The Seeds of Love [UK Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Tears for Fears' third album was their third -- and, in many ways, their most impressive -- pop masterpiece in a row, which was lucky, because it had a production history that made the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's look like a spontaneously generated single. The comparison with the Beatles' album is especially apt, not just because of the time it took to make -- the three years between this record and its predecessor recalled that whole late-'60s/early-'70s phenomenon of artists in a seeming contest to see who could take the longest between releases and spend the most studio time on an album -- but also in the ornate cover and interior art, and the album's centerpiece, "Sowing the Seeds of Love." The latter was a conscious homage to "All You Need Is Love" and also a political song with a dig at British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's conservative government of the same type that John Lennon and company used to engage in occasionally as a band -- though American soul and gospel influences are the most musically obvious attributes here. True, the album ended up more a canvas for co-founder Roland Orzabal than a "group" effort by Orzabal and co-founder Curt Smith -- and the partnership splintered in the three years it took to make, with Nicky Holland succeeding Ian Stanley on keyboards and supplanting Smith as Orzabal's songwriting collaborator, but the results were difficult to dismiss. And with this expanded re-release, The Seeds of Love has finally gotten an edition worthy of the effort that went into delivering it -- the majestic opener, "Women in Chains," with its richly textured mix of electric, electronic, and acoustic sounds and almost operatic vocals -- also steeped in gospel -- seems almost larger than life here, and that's pretty much true of the entire album. All of it is laid out in audiophile clarity -- the best vocals in Tears for Fears' history and, not coincidentally, featuring guest singer Oleta Adams in a prominent if not dominant role, and their most ambitious production yet, ironically, juxtaposed around their most basic musical structures. The four bonus tracks are more a matter of 15 and a half minutes of loose ends from the convoluted sessions being tied up than anything essential being added to the original record -- the worldbeat rap number "Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams," the highly percussive fan favorite "Tears Roll Down," the searing guitar and keyboard-dominated "Always in the Past," and the ethereal "Music for Tables." None of them are essential, though the first is enlightening and shows some other directions the rest of the music might've taken. The annotation by Richard Smith is highly informative as well, and ties up more loose ends than the bonus tracks do.
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  • Release Date: 3/13/2001
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 731455810523
  • Catalog Number: 558105

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tears for Fears Primary Artist
Jon Hassell Trumpet
Oleta Adams Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Phil Collins Drums
Simon Phillips Drums
Maggie Ryder Background Vocals
Nicky Holland Keyboards, Background Vocals
Curt Smith Bass
Simon Clerk Organ, Synthesizer, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Peter Hope-Evans Harmonica
Chris Hughes Drums
Luis Jardim Percussion
Manu Katché Drums
Carol Kenyon Background Vocals
Robbie McIntosh Guitar, Slide Guitar
Dollette McDonald Background Vocals
Tessa Niles Background Vocals
Roland Orzabal Guitar, Keyboards
Pino Palladino Bass
Ian Stanley Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Carole Steele Percussion
Louis Jardine Percussion
Randy Jacobs Guitar
Andy Caine Background Vocals
Neil Taylor Guitar
Technical Credits
Tears for Fears Producer
Nicky Holland Composer
Curt Smith Composer
Dave Bascombe Producer, Engineer
Stephen Chase Engineer
Richard Niles Orchestral Arrangements
Roland Orzabal Composer
David Bascombe Engineer
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