Tears for Fears' biggest-selling album, Songs from the Big Chair, will be released in its most spectacular format today, November 11, 2014, via Universal Music Enterprises. The album, which spawned classic songs like "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," "Mother's Talk," "Shout" and "Head over Heels," will be available in five formats, including a six-disc deluxe edition box set featuring previously unreleased material and in a first for a pop album, a 5.1 surround sound mix by Steven Wilson.
Tears for Fears' phenomenal 10-million-selling second album marked a transition in the band's sound and catapulted them into international prominence.
As a group, Tears for Fears led the "Second British Invasion" of pop music in the mid-eighties in both the U.S. and Europe with songs from the album that dominated the radio airwaves. In the U.S., "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" led the Songs from the Big Chair single releases, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1985. "Shout" was the band's second single and stayed at No. 1 for three weeks. The album inevitably went straight to No. 1, selling 5-million copies in the U.S. alone.
Songs from the Big Chair peaked at No. 2 on the U.K. album charts and remained in the Top 10 for over six months. The album went on to yield the hit singles "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" (which spent 14 weeks in the U.K. Top 5 and peaked at No. 2) and "Shout," which reached No. 4 and remained on the chart for 16 weeks. Both became global smash hits.
Now available in five rebooted, extended formats, this is the most comprehensive reissue of Songs from the Big Chair. The six-disc, deluxe edition box set features a multitude of remixes and B-sides, plus a disc of nine previously unreleased tracks and a 5.1 surround sound version of the album mixed by renowned musician and audio engineer Steven Wilson.