Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#137 in the Series) is Tears for Fears, The Seeds of Love.
I would love to know how much time Tears for Fears spent in the studio recording this album. It has so much texture and so many layers that it had to have taken many, many months.
Released in 1989, this was Tears for Fears third release following The Hurting and Songs from the Big Chair. The latter reached #1 on the strength of two singles, Shout and Everybody Wants to Rule the World.
The Seeds of Love peaked at #8 but top to bottom, I think this was a stronger album.
There was a major difference in this album that sets it apart from the first two. That is the incredible vocals of guest singer Oleta Adams.
Ms. Adams was a struggling gospel singer who had previously released two self financed solo albums that did not get much notice. She moved to Kansas City after not finding much success in Los Angeles.
There her life changed. She was performing in a hotel bar when Tears for Fears members Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith wandered while on tour. They made contact with her and two years later she’s singing on their album and touring the world.
She was best known for the duet she sang with Roland that opens the album. It’s a fantastic song called Woman in Chains. If you recognize that drum sound, yes, that is Phil Collins on drums.
Other great songs on the album include the heavily Beatles influenced, Sowing the Seeds of Love, Badman’s Song, Advice for the Young at Heart, Swords and Knives and Year of the Knife.
Oleta Adams maintains a solo career to this day. Most of her success has been in Tears for Fear home country, the U.K.
Tears for Fears also still records and tours but hasn’t had a major hit in the US since Sowing the Seeds of Love.
I often like to try and find live versions of videos to post. But here’s the studio versions of Woman in Chains and Sowing the Seeds of Love. The production and arrangements are so perfect that I felt it was the way to go.