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Tears For Fears, "Head Over Heels"

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Posted on June 15, 2020 at 21:21:13
Luminator
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"Funny how time flies"

Another audiophile was talking to me about 1985: "I was already in my 30s, when I bought" Tears For Fears' Songs From The Big Chair. "When I heard funny how time flies at the end of 'Head Over Heels,' I was already in agreement. My kids were in grade school, and I had less and less time to go to shopping for myself, including record stores. So I would use my Columbia House subscription, and order cassettes which were already at least a year old. And yep, when they said to wait 6 to 8 weeks, they meant it. But anyway, Songs From The Big Chair was one I actually bought from a record store."

In a separate email, he composed, "Most audiophiles I know are my age. So yeah, we're twice as old as were in '85, when I bought the album."

The bizarre video for "Head Over Heels" placed the band in a Toronto library, included a chimpanzee wearing a Boston Red Sox jersey, and ended up with lead singer Roland Orzabal and the librarian as an elderly couple.



Songs From The Big Chair is available in a wide number of physical media. The original Mercury/Phonogram CD sounds harsh and thin. The cassette and LP sound better. If you like the thinner sound, but wish it were cleaner, try the SHM-CD.



In other conversations, the audiophile voiced his disappointment at Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs' gold CDs. He has purchased different titles than I, but he said that most exhibited slow, muddy, lifeless sound. The lone exception is Tears For Fears' Songs From The Big Chair, arguably one of MFSL's best-balanced. In addition, the Extended Remixes of "Shout" and "Everybody Rules The World" are excellent.

Some of you have recommended the 30th anniversary Super Deluxe package, which includes 4 CDs and 2 DVDs. As I have not heard/seen this, I am not at liberty to comment.

-Lummy The Loch Monster

 

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RE: Tears For Fears, "Head Over Heels", posted on June 16, 2020 at 01:51:48
fantja
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Killer 80's song- Lummy.
There is not a bad issue (on CD) of this Pop Masterpiece.

 

RE: Tears For Fears, "Head Over Heels", posted on June 16, 2020 at 01:53:46
fantja
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I own the original Mercury "atom" CD, MFSL Gold CD and 30th anniversary Box Set (original not the current re-issue).

 

Can always follow up with "Advice For The Young At Heart", posted on June 16, 2020 at 13:16:30
Luminator
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How do you like the SFTBC box set? It has edits, remixes, and B-sides. For me and my classmates, SFTBC represented the end of junior high. In fact, in June 1985, as my plane took off from SFO to HNL, I listened to TFF's "The Working Hour." The sax seemed to lift up with the plane!

TFF then took 4 long years, to come out with The Seeds Of Love. And by then, the landscape had completely changed. We were in college, a far cry from junior high.

"Head Over Heels" includes the line, "funny how time flies." If we segue to "Advice For The Young At Heart," we get the line "soon we will be older." One of the first new songs from college, "Advice For The Young At Heart" is one of my favorites. In all these decades, perhaps only 5 or 6 audiophiles have said the same.

 

RE: Can always follow up with "Advice For The Young At Heart", posted on June 16, 2020 at 16:38:50
fantja
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The box set is excellent and worth owning if you love this album.

I liked Seeds of Love, as well.

 

Great band. Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark and the far better known, Cars, round, posted on June 19, 2020 at 15:27:21
tinear
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out my non-guitar driven favorite bands of that era. TFF were a very strange group, believing in some sort of psychic mumbo-jumbo. Anyhow...

 

RE: Great band. Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark and the far better known, Cars, round, posted on June 20, 2020 at 02:55:39
fantja
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Not mumbo-jumbo, just sheer musicianship. The key ingredient(s) were the band members.

 

Yup. I try to account for generational and other differences... but, posted on June 20, 2020 at 16:35:22
tinear
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I have to say contemporary music, overall, sucks. My teen has turned me on to some acceptable bands, but they've been around over 10 years. NO acts I'd pay to see now. Acts I've liked are just geezers and to me look foolish up there. It's a young man's game... or should be. "Hope I die before I get old," imagine hearing Daltrey singing that without irony!

 

RE: Yup. I try to account for generational and other differences... but, posted on June 22, 2020 at 13:33:30
fantja
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Agreed-
I do feel bad for kids these days. Auto-tune, Pro-tools...etc.

 

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