The Seeds of Love

The Seeds of Love

by Tears for FearsTears for Fears


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Along with Songs from the Big Chair, The Seeds of Love was part of a one-two artistic punch in the late '80s that situated Tears for Fears as one of the decade's more ambitious pop groups. But at the time, Tears was more a platform for Roland Orzabal than a true band -- Curt Smith is present only on the smash "Sowing the Seeds of Love" (his only co-writing credit), while Ian Stanley was replaced by Nicky Holland as a keyboardist and Orzabal's songwriting partner. Like their other albums, The Seeds of Love continues the concept of moving from hurting to healing to beginning anew (the hit "Sowing the Seeds of Love") to growing apart. The songs feature expansive melodies instead of blatant hooks, and the sound is more grounded in soul and gospel on songs like "Woman in Chains," the updated Philly-soul strain of "Advice for the Young at Heart" and "Badman's Song." Orazabal's passionate vocals are well matched by Oleta Adams' fervent contributions. The group even dabbles in jazz on "Standing on the Corner of the Third World," the fabulous "Swords and Knives," and the slow-burning "Year of the Knife." As for the title track, it manages to be insanely intricate as well as catchy. Full of arcane references, lovely turns of phrase, and perfectly matched suite-like parts, it updates the orchestral grandiosity -- though not the actual sound -- of the Beatles' psychedelic period. It's completely different from the polished, atmospheric soul that surrounds it, but paradoxically, it's also the album's cornerstone. "Sowing the Seeds of Love" is the apotheosis of Orzabal and Smith's evolution together, and foreshadowed their impending split: the two parted on bad terms during the album, ensuring yet another change in the band's direction thereafter.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2020
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0602547706928
catalogNumber: 4770692
Rank: 6297


Disc 1

  1. Woman in Chains
  2. Bad Man's Song
  3. Sowing the Seeds of Love
  4. Advice for the Young at Heart
  5. Standing on the Corner of the Third World
  6. Swords and Knives
  7. Year of the Knife
  8. Famous Last Words

Disc 2

  1. Sowing the Seeds of Love
  2. Tears Roll Down
  3. Woman in Chains
  4. Always in the Past
  5. My Life in the Suicide Ranks
  6. Woman in Chains
  7. Advice for the Young at Heart
  8. Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams
  9. Music for Tables
  10. Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams
  11. Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams
  12. Sowing the Seeds of Love
  13. Woman in Chains
  14. Advice for the Young at Heart
  15. Year of the Knife
  16. Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams

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   Piano,Strings,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Curt Smith   Bass,Percussion
Simon Clerk   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Peter Hope-Evans   Harmonica
Chris Hughes   Drums
Luis Jardim   Percussion
Manu Katché   Drums
Robbie McIntosh   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Tessa Niles   Vocals,Background Vocals
Roland Orzabal   Guitar,Keyboards
Pino Palladino   Bass
Kate St. John   Oboe,Saxophone
Ian Stanley   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Carole Steele   Percussion
Randy Jacobs   Guitar
Andy Caine   Background Vocals
Carole Kenyon   Background Vocals
Dolette McDonald   Background Vocals
Neil Taylor   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Tears for Fears   Producer
Nicky Holland   Composer
Curt Smith   Composer
Chris Hughes   Composer
Richard Niles   Orchestral Arrangements
Roland Orzabal   Composer,Programming
Ian Stanley   Composer
Stylorouge   Artwork
David Scheinmann   Art Direction
David Bascombe   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Steve Hammonds   Track Selection
Steve Chase   Engineer
Curt Evans   Artwork
Paul Sinclair   Track Selection,Sleeve Notes

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