Tears For Fears – Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82-92) (1992)

FrontCover1Tears for Fears are an English pop rock band formed in Bath, England, in 1981 by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Founded after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced Graduate, Tears for Fears were associated with the new wave synthesizer bands of the early 1980s, and attained international chart success. Tears for Fears were part of the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the US.

The band’s debut album, The Hurting (1983), reached number one on the UK Albums Chart. Their second album, Songs from the Big Chair (1985), reached number one on the US Billboard 200, achieving multi-platinum status in both the UK and the US. Songs from the Big Chair contained two Billboard Hot 100 number one hits: “Shout” and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”. The latter song won the Brit Award for Best British Single in 1986.

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After the release of their platinum-selling third album, The Seeds of Love (1989), Smith and Orzabal had an acrimonious split in 1991. Orzabal retained the Tears for Fears name as a solo project, releasing the albums Elemental (1993) and Raoul and the Kings of Spain (1995). Orzabal and Smith reconciled in 2000 and released an album of new material, Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, in 2004. The duo have toured on a semi-regular basis since then. After almost a decade in development, the band’s seventh album, The Tipping Point, has been announced for release in February 2022.

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Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82–92) is a greatest hits album by the English pop/rock band Tears for Fears. It was released on 2 March 1992 by Fontana Records. Preceded by the single “Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)”, the album contains the band’s UK and international top-20 singles (except “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”). It has been certified double platinum in the United Kingdom, platinum in the United States, and gold in several other countries including Canada, France and Germany.

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Tears Roll Down originally peaked at number one in Italy, number two in the UK and France and reached the top 10 in several other countries upon its release, but re-entered the UK top 10 at number six in 2004 for several weeks following the success of Gary Jules’ cover version of “Mad World”. (wikipedia)


Capturing some of their chart-topping smashes and other key tracks, Tears for Fears marks a monumental career with their collection Tears Roll Down: Greatest Hits 82-92. Toward the end of the praise surrounding their third album, 1991’s Seeds of Love, Curt Smith left the band. Roland Orzabal was left to sail the ship alone, and the strong success dwindled years later. However, this dozen-track compilation showcases some of the band’s early tracks heavily dominated by pulsating bass drops and heavy synth beats. (by MacKenzie Wilson)


Manny Elias (drums, percussion)
Roland Orzabal (guitar, vocals keyboards)
Curt Smith (bass, keyboards, vocals)
Ian Stanley (keyboards, background vocals)
more musicians


01. Sowing The Seeds Of Love (Orzabal/Smith) (from The Seeds Of Love; 1989) 6.19
02. Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Orzabal/Stanley/Hughes) (from Songs from the Big Chair;1985) 4.11
03. Woman In Chains (Orzabal) (from The Seeds of Love; 1989) 6.29
04. Shout (Orzabal/Stanley) (from Songs from the Big Chair; 1985) 6.33
05. Head Over Heels (Orzabal/Smith)  (from Songs from the Big Chair, 1985) 4.14
06. Mad World (Orzabal) (from The Hurting; 1983) 3.29
07. Pale Shelter (Orzabal) (from The Hurting: 1983) 4.39
08. I Believe (Orzabal) (from Songs from the Big Chair; 1985) 4.50
09. Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down) (Orzabal/Bascombe) (previously unreleased) 4.45
10. Mothers Talk (Orzabal/Stanley) (from Songs from the Big Chair: 1985) 4.59
11. Change (Radio Edit) (Orzabal) (full length version from The Hurting, 1983) 3.54
12. Advice For The Young At Heart (Orzabal/Holland) (from The Seeds of Love, 1989) 4.54




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