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Tears for Fears Release ‘Rhythm of Life’ Demo From ‘Seeds of Love’ Box Set

The previously unreleased track was originally given to Oleta Adams.

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Curt Smith performs live in 1990; Photo: Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

In advance of the new Tears for Fears box set documenting the group’s third studio album, The Seeds of Love, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith have released a demo written for the album, “Rhythm of Life.” The Seeds of Love took four years to put together, during which time Orzabal and Smith’s vision for the record changed many times. “Rhythm of Life,” for instance, was written and eventually given to singer Oleta Adams.

The demo version, although a bit rough-around-the-edges, is nonetheless remarkable for how composed it is. Orzabal and Smith are as in-sync as they’ve ever been, and there’s an undeniable groove that runs throughout, all leavened by little vocal improvisations and surprising synth runs.

It’s been three decades since the release of The Seeds of Love, but the album still retains much of its original magic. “Out of all our albums, I’d probably rank it highest,” Orzabal said in a statement. “I think it surprised a lot of people, a lot of our peers as well, people who maybe we were being compared to in the mid-’80s.”

Added bassist-singer Curt Smith: “The tracks I liked then, I still like now. ‘Woman in Chains,’ ‘Badman’s Song,’ ‘Sowing the Seeds of Love’ and ‘Advice for the Young at Heart’ have all stuck around. We still play those live.”

The full box set will be released on October 9, consisting of four CDs and a Blu-Ray that tells the story of how the original album came to be. Included will be unreleased demos, live renditions, b-sides, and new mixes. The band are also just coming off the release of the box set for their 35th anniversary of Songs from the Big Chair, and in February were the subject of an episode in the BBC series Classic Albums.

The Seeds Of Love super deluxe edition is out on October 9. Scroll down to read the full tracklist and pre-order it here.

CD 1 – ORIGINAL ALBUM: NEW REMASTER:

“Woman In Chains”
“Badman’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”

CD 2 – THE SUN: 45’s AND B-SIDES

“Sowing The Seeds Of Love” (7” version)
“Tears Roll Down”
“Woman In Chains” (7” version)
“Always In The Past”
“My Life In The Suicide Ranks”
“Woman In Chains” (Instrumental)
“Advice For The Young At Heart (7” Version)
“Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams” (Instrumental)
“Music For Tables”
“Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams” (Mix One)
“Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams” (Mix Two)
“Sowing The Seeds Of Love” (US Radio Edit)
“Woman In Chains” (US Radio Edit)
“Advice For The Young At Heart” (Italian Radio Edit)
“Year Of The Knife” (Canadian Single Version)
“Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams”

CD 3 – THE MOON: RADIO EDITS AND EARLY MIXES

“Year Of The Knife – Overture”
“Year Of The Knife” (Early Mix – Instrumental)
“Sowing The Seeds Of Love” (Alternate Mix)
“Tears Roll Down”
“Year Of The Knife” (Steve Chase 7″ Remix)
“Badman’s Song” (Early Mix)
“Advice For The Young At Heart” (Instrumental)
“Year Of The Knife” (The Mix)
“Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams” (Mix One Edit)
“Sowing The Seeds Of Love” (Early Mix – Instrumental)
“Woman In Chains” (US Radio Edit 2)
“Year Of The Knife” (Canadian Single Version – Instrumental)
“Famous Last Words” (French Radio Edit)
“Woman In Chains” (Reprise)

CD 4 – THE WIND: DEMOS, DIVERSIONS AND JAMS

“Rhythm Of Life” (Demo)
“Advice For The Young At Heart (Demo)
“Swords And Knives (Demo)
“Famous Last Words (Demo)
“Sowing The Seeds Of Love (Demo – Instrumental)
“Badman’s Song” (Langer/Winstanley Version – Instrumental)
“Woman In Chains” (Townhouse Jam)
“Broken” (Townhouse Jam)
“Rhythm Of Life (Townhouse Jam)
“Badman’s Song (Townhouse Jam)
“Badman’s Song (Reprise – Townhouse Jam)
“Standing On The Corner Of The Third World (Townhouse Jam)

BLU RAY – THE RAIN – ORIGINAL ALBUM MIX, NEW REMASTER & STEVEN WILSON 5.1 MIX

“Woman In Chains” (Original album master)
“Badman’s Song” (Original album master)
“Sowing The Seeds Of Love”(Original album master)
“Advice For The Young At Heart” (Original album master)
“Standing On The Corner Of The Third World” (Original album master)
“Swords And Knives” (Original album master)
“Year Of The Knife” (Original album master)
“Famous Last Words” (Original album master)
“Woman In Chains” (New remaster)
“Badman’s Song” (New remaster)
“Sowing The Seeds Of Love” (New remaster)
“Advice For The Young At Heart” (New remaster)
“Standing On The Corner Of The Third World” (New remaster)
“Swords And Knives” (New remaster)
“Year Of The Knife” (New remaster)
“Famous Last Words”(New remaster)

STEVEN WILSON 5.1 MIX

“Woman In Chains”
“Badman’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”

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