The album cost over Â£1 million (GBP) to create. It kept the band’s epic sound while presenting a rising influence going from blues and jazz to the Beatles, the last of which is very obvious in the hit single “Sowing the Seeds of Love”. Another single was “Woman in Chains,” on which Phil Collins played drums and Oleta Adams â€” whom Tears for Fears member Roland Orzabal would guide to a victorious solo career â€” shared vocals.
In 1990 Virgin Books released a 64-page companion book for the album, entitled “Tears For Fears – The Seeds of Love”, and it gives insight into the recording and writing method behind the album.
The album was reissued and re-mastered in 1999 including four bonus tracks, which were initially B-sides to the album’s singles.
- Woman in Chains
- Badmanâ€™s Song
- Sowing the Seeds of Love
- Advice for the Young at Heart
- Standing on the corner of the Third World
- Swords and Knives
- Year of the Knife
- Famous Last Words
A new version of the album was reissued in 1999. A remix done by â€œJohn Panic and the Bible of Dreamsâ€ was released as well as a separate single in the UK and it actually reached the #70 spot on the charts.
#1Â Â UK Album Chart â€“ Platinum
#2Â Â Megacharts – Platinum
#3 Â Â French Album Chart â€“ Platinum
#4Â Â New Zealand Albums Chart
#5Â Â Canadian Album Chart – 2x Platinum
#5Â Â Media Control Charts â€“ Gold
#5Â Â Swedish Albums Chart
#8 Â Â Swiss Chart â€“ Gold
#8Â Â Billboard 200 – Platinum
#13 Austrian Album Chart
#14 Norweigan Albums Chart
#18 ARIA Charts