Tears For Fears, 'The Hurting'

On March 7 of this year — 30 years to the day after the release of The HurtingTears For Fears launched a new website bearing that album’s cover photo and an inscription (“Thanks for an amazing 30 years. This year is going to be a big one. Get ready!”) that led some to speculate a long-overdue expanded reissue of that record finally would be released.

So far, we know that this “big” year already may include new Tears For Fears music (Curt Smith, who just released a new solo album, and Roland Orzabal are in the studio this summer), and now there’s the first evidence of that much-hoped-for expanded reissue of the band’s 1983 debut album.

The UK arm of Amazon.com currently features two bare-bones listings for The Hurting with no band name attached: a two-disc set on Mercury Records, the label that originally released the Tears For Fears debut, and a four-disc CD/DVD box set on Commercial Marketing, a reissue imprint of the Universal Music Group, Mercury’s parent company. Both versions are due out Oct. 7.

The Hurting — which came in at No. 4 on Slicing Up Eyeballs’ Top 100 Albums of 1983 list — has been reissued once, in 1999, and that was with just four bonus tracks (remixes and extended versions of “Pale Shelter,” “The Way You Are,” “Mad World” and “Change”). As our friends at The Second Disc pointed out earlier this year, there’s plenty of material to include on a proper expanded reissue.

Hopefully we’ll soon know what that includes, and we’ll update accordingly.

 

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