Tears For Fears ‎– Sowing The Seeds Of Love

Fontana ‎– IDEAT 12, Fontana ‎– 874 711-1
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single

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A Sowing The Seeds Of Love (Full Version)
Arranged By [Orchesteral Arrangement] – Raoul's Fairlight, Richard NilesProducer – David Bascombe, Tears For FearsWritten-By – Smith*, Orzabal*
B1 Tears Roll Down
Producer – David Bascombe, Tears For FearsWritten-By – Bascombe*, Orzabal*
B2 Shout (U.S. Remix)
Producer – Chris HughesRemix – Steve Thompson & Michael BarbieroWritten-By – Stanley*, Orzabal*

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'Sowing The Seeds Of Love' is taken from the forthcoming album 'The Seeds Of Love'.
Compact Disc: 838 730-2. Cassette: 838 730-4. L.P.: 838 730-1.

Published by:
Track A: Virgin Music (Pubs) Ltd.
Track B1: Virgin Music (Pubs) Ltd./Copyright Control.
Track B2: Virgin Music (Pubs) Ltd./10 Music Ltd.

℗ 1989 Phonogram Ltd. (London) except Track B2: ℗ 1984 Phonogram Ltd. (London).
© 1989 Phonogram Ltd. (London).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 42287 47111 1
  • Barcode (String): 042287471111
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A stamped): IDEAT 12 A-6U-1-1 TY1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B stamped): IDEAT 12 B-6U-1-1 TY1
  • Label Code: LC 0211
  • Price Code: PG 122

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
IDEAG 12, 874 996-7 Tears For Fears Sowing The Seeds Of Love(7", Single, Pos) Fontana, Fontana IDEAG 12, 874 996-7 UK 1989 Sell This Version
874 711-1 Tears For Fears Sowing The Seeds Of Love(12", Single) Fontana 874 711-1 US 1989 Sell This Version
874 993-2 Tears For Fears Sowing The Seeds Of Love(CD, Maxi) Fontana 874 993-2 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
874 711-1 t.f.f.* The Seeds Of Love • Collection(12", EP + Box, Ltd) Fontana 874 711-1 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
874 711-2, IDCD 12 Tears For Fears Sowing The Seeds Of Love(CD, Single) Fontana, Fontana 874 711-2, IDCD 12 Europe 1989 Sell This Version



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June 3, 2012
edited over 7 years ago
Probably one of the best examples of perfect rock song with perfect pop production. A beautiful, carefully constructed, kaleidescopic refraction of The Beatles' 1968 utopian love psychedelia filtered through the spacious, glossy, reverb-laden bombast of mid-1980s production. Tears For Fears managed to write a song that was utterly referential to the past in a sonic sense, and yet wholly their own, building on pain and trouble of the present, delving bravely into politics and injustice, but emerging intact with ideals and ideas for the future. The message is conveyed through layered vocals and interlocking lyrics, fantastic phrasing and melodies couched on a shifting emotional palette of chord progressions. It all seems to paint the wide spectrum of human experience, the nuanced feelings we each experience but don't have a name for, assuring us we share this emotional space together, as one with all human beings. The bold intent of the song was to loudly repudiate the 1987 reelection of UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (the "Capitalist Granny" in the lyrics) and also espouse a conscious, socialist political model ("What about the workers?"). The multiple sections of the song are all equally worth attention and build together to a joyous extended climax, and each section is complete with little detailed niches and ideas that dropped delicately into place for the listener to notice as the song unspools from 0:00 to 6:50. At one point, Roland sings "if you're a worried man, then shout about it!", making a reference back to the TFF hit "Shout", a sly backwards reference to their own backcatalogue, very much like The Beatles did in several of their own respective songs in the late '60s. Listen actively with headphones to pick up on all the little details. It's an anthem for the world, the sound of human art reaching as broadly and and articulately as possible into the realm of universal beauty, a protest song, and a suggestion that utopia is possible, if only we embrace each other.