You can usually gauge the value of a compilation -- especially one from a major label -- by whatever apparent time and money went into the packaging. Looking at Mercury's The Best of Tears for Fears, it seems someone went to a home-designing retailer, used a picture of one of the marble tile samples, slapped on a press photo, and dolled it up with a cheap-looking gold border. That tells you all you need to know about the disc within. It does include "Break It Down Again," "Shout," "Head Over Heels," "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," "Woman in Chains," "Sowing the Seeds of Love," and "Advice for the Young at Heart," but the remainder is slipshod. No "Mad World," no "Change," and not much care put into the whole thing.
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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman
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