TEARS FOR FEARS
Seeds Of Love Ltd. Super Dlx. 4CD+BR Audio
- Artikelnummer 31500
- Band/Artist: TEARS FOR FEARS
- Format: Boxset, CD
- Genre: HARDROCK
- Erscheinungsdatum: 09.10.2020
Mehr als dreißig Jahre nach seiner ursprünglichen Veröffentlichung hat Tears For Fears' dritter Longplayer „The Seeds Of Love“ aufgrund seines Umfangs, seines Ehrgeizes, seiner zeitlosen Musikalität und der Tatsache, dass die Aufnahmen über vier Jahre gedauert haben, mythischen Status erlangt.
„The Seeds Of Love“ erscheint als 2CD, 1CD, 1LP und Super-Deluxe-Box-Set. Auf der 1CD und 1LP ist jeweils das Album enthalten. Auf der 2CD sind zusätzlich zum Album ein Set von B-Seiten und seltenen Mixes zu finden.
Das Super-Deluxe-Box-Set besteht aus vier CDs und einer Blu-Ray, die die Entstehungsgeschichte dieses außergewöhnlichen Albums vollständig erzählt. Das Box-Set enthält 22 unveröffentlichte Tracks von Demo-Sessions, Live-Jams, Studio-Sessions zusammen mit einem Set von B-Seiten und seltenen Mixes. Zu den Höhepunkten gehören die Demos von "Advice For The Young At The Young At Heart" mit Roland Orzabal als Leadsänger und "Rhythm Of Life", das es nicht auf „The Seeds Of Love“ schaffte und später an Oleta Adams für ihr Album Circle of One weitergegeben wurde. Die Blu-ray enthält auch einen atemberaubenden 5.1-Mix des für den Grammy nominierten Künstlers Steven Wilson sowie Album Mixe & New Remasterte Tracks.
The wait is finally over! 4CD+blu-ray box set of the 1989 album.
Although various physical formats are available, the one everyone is going to be interested in is the 4CD+blu-ray super deluxe edition box set.
It features a remaster of the album (created by Andrew Walter at Abbey Road in 2015), a CD of B-sides, remixes and edits, and then two CDs of unreleased audio.
The fifth disc is a blu-ray featuring a 5.1 surround sound mix by Steven Wilson.
The box set is beautifully presented and the four additional bonus discs have the titles ‘The Sun’ (CD2), ‘The Moon’ (CD 3), ‘The Wind’ (CD4) and ‘The Rain’ (blu-ray) and explore different aspects of the album.
CD 2 – ‘The Sun: 45s and B-sides’ features flip-sides such as ‘Always in the Past‘ and ‘My Life In The Suicide Ranks‘ and the various mixes of ‘Johnny Panic and The Bible of Dreams‘. The much-desired ‘Canadian Single Version’ of ‘Year of the Knife‘ (a completely different mix and only issued as a promo single) is released here commercially, for the first time, and other rare radio edits and instrumentals are also included.
As stated, nothing on CD 3 and CD 4 has ever been commercially released anywhere. CD3 – ‘The Moon: Radio Edits and Early Mixes’ starts with an extraordinary ten-minute ‘suite’ of ‘Year of the Knife’ segueing from an imposing orchestral version (‘Overture’) to an unheard instrumental mix with a unique and hitherto unknown spooky synth intro! Other highlights on this disc include an alternate mix of ‘Sowing The Seeds of Love’ that runs for nearly seven-and-half-minutes and doesn’t fade at all, ending in laughter and screaming, an alternate version of Badman’s Song, numerous attempts to create a single version of ‘Year of the Knife’, an instrumental/backing track mix of Advice For The Young At Heart and a brilliant early take on Sowing The Seeds of Love – it’s an instrumental but this sounds incredible!
CD 4 – ‘The Wind: Demos, Diversions & Jams’ features some truly amazing content, including four home demos recorded by Nicky Holland, Roland’s songwriting partner for five of the eight tracks on The Seeds of Love. These are ‘Rhythm of Life’, a song that never made it onto The Seeds Of Love (and was later given to Oleta Adams), ‘Advice For The Young At Heart’ with Roland on lead vocals, ‘Swords and Knives’ and ‘Famous Last Words’.
Talking of Oleta, she joined The Seeds of Love sessions in early 1988 along with world-class session players such as drummer Manu Katché and bass player Pino Palladino and Oleta would of course play a significant part in songs such as ‘Woman In Chains’ and ‘Badman’s Song’. DAT tapes of these sessions – which took place at London’s Townhouse studio – were discovered early in the research process and so CD 4 contains around 30-minutes of highlights of these live-in-the-studio sessions, exactly as it was performed at the time, complete with chatter, some laughter and no overdubs. These jams were mixed at the time by Dave Bascombe and include very different versions of ‘Woman in Chains’, ‘Badman’s Song’, ‘Standing On The Corner Of The Third World’ and ‘Rhythm of Life’. They are a fascinating insight into Roland’s process (Curt was rarely present) and one of the many highlights of this package.
Perhaps the most interesting peak-behind-the-curtain is a instrumental version of Badman’s Song as produced by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley! In January 1987, after Chris Hughes had left The Seeds of Love project (he would return) new inspiration was sought. Roland told me: “We met up with Clive and he took my Fairlight and drums version of ‘Badman’s Song’ and we worked on that, but of course at that point, it wasn’t a duet at all. In fact, it wasn’t anything like the monster it became. It was much simpler and didn’t really have the essence of what it gained when Oleta came along.”
The sessions were aborted for the simple reason that (according to A&R man Dave Bates) “Roland decided it wasn’t working. There just wasn’t the spark and it was not the thing he was looking for.” These almost mythical sessions with Langer and Winstanley are a fascinating part of the legendary four-year gestation period and the audio offers a glimpse down the path not travelled.
For the final disc, Blu-ray – ‘The Rain’, Steven Wilson has created what he calls a “very immersive 5.1 surround sound experience” by rebuilding the album from the multi-track tapes. It took the best part of a year to locate all the tapes and was an incredibly complicated process. Steven says that by the time he had all the elements for ‘Year of the Knife’ the multi-track session ran to “well over 100 channels”! Steven’s 5.1 mix of The Seeds Of Love was created with the input and approval of engineer/co-producer Dave Bascombe and Roland Orzabal and he goes into some detail in the booklet around the challenges of creating this mix.
Although there is no new stereo mix (Steven Wilson calls the original mix “sonically one of the best sounding albums I’ve ever heard”) the blu-ray does contain both the newly remastered version of the original mix and significantly, for the purists, Bob Ludwig’s original 1989 mastering.
The box set is the same height and width and style as the previous Tears For Fears boxes (it’s actually not quite as thick) and each CD comes in a gatefold card wallet, which make great use of those ‘sun’, ‘moon’, ‘wind’ and ‘rain’ illustrations. It includes a tour programme replica (in miniature) and the aforementioned booklet. For the latter, I interviewed Roland Orzabal, Curt Smith, Chris Hughes (Producer of Songs From The Big Chair), Dave Bascombe (co-producer of The Seeds of Love), Nicky Holland (songwriter, keyboard player and backing vocalist for The Seeds of Love), Oleta Adams and Dave Bates (Head of A&R, Phonogram),
The four CDs on the box set feature a total of 50 tracks. By my estimation, eight tracks have never been commercially issued on CD, one track is new to CD in the UK and 22 tracks are previously unreleased. This does not include the eight tracks of audio which make up the surround sound mix, so technically that’s 30 previously unreleased audio tracks.