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Hear an unreleased version of Tears For Fears’ ‘Woman in Chains’

Superb alternate rendition of the 1989 single

When I was helping to research the archive audio for the forthcoming Tears For Fears The Seeds of Love reissue, we discovered that Roland Orzabal had a box full of DAT tapes which featured live-in-the-studio renditions of some songs from the album – largely ‘Badman’s Song’ and ‘Woman in Chains’!

These were duly despatched to Abbey Road Studios to be transferred and yours truly had the job of going through something like 23 hours of sessions to see if there was anything that would be suitable for release in the box set. Today, for the first time, you can hear one of those tracks – Woman in Chains.

We dubbed these ‘Townhouse Jams’ (since the recordings were made in London’s Townhouse Studios) and they are totally live, with no overdubs. The version of ‘Woman in Chains’ you can hear was recorded on either 8 or 9 February 1988 (both dates are marked on the DAT tape), shortly after Oleta Adams had flown to the UK to join the sessions. Amongst the session musicians here are drummer Manu Katché (Phil Collins plays on the master studio recording) and Pino Palladino on bass.

Co-producer Dave Bascombe recorded these sessions and mixed them at the time. In an exclusive extract from the book in the super deluxe box set here’s what he had to say about the band’s working methods (when I interviewed him):

“I’m a bit sceptical about getting all these great players in, but it was astounding to watch and hear them. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to end up with the best results but it’s great, especially for the guy playing with them; it’s a huge treat. It wasn’t so much jamming, that’s the thing… just endless takes. It was new ground and there was no question of anybody getting told ‘that’s the one,’ it was just having endless permutations – we could go away and edit for days and days. It was a bit self indulgent but new ground for Roland in that sense, he’d never had a chance to play with musicians like that so why not try and get the best out of it.

My side of the glass is always tedious when you’re doing that sort of stuff. Trying to come up with something to say after take 39 is impossible!”

Listen to Woman in Chains (Townhouse Live Jam) below:

This version of ‘Woman in Chains’ is exclusive to super deluxe edition box set of The Seeds of Love (it’s on CD 4: “The Wind: Demos, Diversions and Jams”) and along with the other formats, that will be released on 9 October 2020.

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The Seeds of Love
– 4CD+blu-ray box set

CD 1 – ORIGINAL ALBUM
NEW REMASTER BY ANDREW WALTER AT ABBEY ROAD

01. Woman In Chains: 6:31
02. Badman’s Song: 8:32
03. Sowing The Seeds Of Love: 6:19
04. Advice For The Young At Heart: 4:50
05. Standing On The Corner Of The Third World: 5:33
06. Swords And Knives: 6:12
07. Year Of The Knife: 7:08
08. Famous Last Words: 4:26

CD 2 – THE SUN
45’s AND B-SIDES

01. Sowing The Seeds Of Love – 7″ Version: 5:43
02. Tears Roll Down: 3:16
03. Woman In Chains – 7” Version: 5:28
04. Always In The Past: 4:38
05. My Life In The Suicide Ranks: 4:32
06. Woman In Chains – Instrumental: 6:30
07. Advice For The Young At Heart – 7” Version: 4:49
08. Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams Instrumental: 4:18
09. Music For Tables: 3:32
10. Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams Mix One: 6:22
11. Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams Mix Two: 5:55
12. Sowing The Seeds Of Love – US Radio Edit: 4:04
13. Woman In Chains – US Radio Edit 1: 4:42
14. Advice For The Young At Heart – Italian Radio Edit: 3:40
15. Year Of The Knife – Canadian Single Version: 5:40
16. Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams: 4:17

CD 3 – THE MOON
RADIO EDITS AND EARLY MIXES

01. Year Of The Knife – Overture: 1:47
02. Year Of The Knife – Early Mix – Instrumental: 8:50
03. Sowing The Seeds Of Love – Alternate Mix: 7:22
04. Tears Roll Down – Alternate Mix: 4:07
05. Year Of The Knife – Steve Chase 7″ Remix: 4.29
06. Badman’s Song – Early Mix: 7:56
07. Advice For The Young At Heart – Instrumental: 4:56
08. Year Of The Knife – The Mix: 06:55
09. Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams – Mix One Edit: 3:43
10. Sowing The Seeds Of Love – Early Mix – Instrumental: 5.55
11. Woman In Chains – US Radio Edit 2: 4:19
12. Year Of The Knife – Canadian Single Version – Instrumental: 5:40
13. Famous Last Words – French Radio Edit: 3:07
14. Woman In Chains – Reprise: 6:39

CD 4 – THE WIND
DEMOS, DIVERSIONS AND JAMS

01. Rhythm Of Life – Demo: 5:12
02. Advice For The Young At Heart – Demo: 4:52
03. Swords And Knives – Demo: 3:51
04. Famous Last Words – Demo: 4:12
05. Sowing The Seeds Of Love – Demo – Instrumental: 6:06
06. Badman’s Song – Langer / Winstanley Version – Instrumental: 7:30
07. Woman In Chains – Townhouse Jam: 7:06
08. Broken – Townhouse Jam: 1:37 Tears For Fears
09. Rhythm Of Life – Townhouse Jam: 3:09
10. Badman’s Song – Townhouse Jam: 8:17
11. Badman’s Song – Reprise – Townhouse Jam: 2:50
12. Standing On The Corner Of The Third World – Townhouse Jam: 9:09

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

Steven Wilson 5.1 MIX

01. Woman In Chains: 6:30
02. Badman’s Song: 8:32
03. Sowing The Seeds Of Love: 6:19
04. Advice For The Young At Heart: 4:55
05. Standing On The Corner Of The Third World: 5:33
06. Swords And Knives: 6:20
07. Year Of The Knife: 6:55
08. Famous Last Words: 4:11

Original Album Mix (Bob Ludwig 1989 mastering)

01. Woman In Chains: 6:31 (Original album master)
02. Badman’s Song: 8:32 (Original album master)
03. Sowing The Seeds Of Love: 6:19 (Original album master)
04. Advice For The Young At Heart: 4:50 (Original album master)
05. Standing On The Corner Of The Third World: 5:33 (Original album master)
06. Swords And Knives: 6:12 (Original album master)
07. Year Of The Knife: 7:08 (Original album master)
08. Famous Last Words: 4:26 (Original album master)

New remaster (by Andrew Walter at Abbey Road)

01. Woman In Chains: 6:30 (New remaster)
02. Badman’s Song: 8:32 (New remaster)
03. Sowing The Seeds Of Love: 6:19  (New remaster)
04. Advice For The Young At Heart: 4:55 (New remaster)
05. Standing On The Corner Of The Third World: 5:33 (New remaster)
06. Swords And Knives: 6:20 (New remaster)
07. Year Of The Knife: 6:55  (New remaster)
08. Famous Last Words: 4:11 (New remaster)

The Seeds of Love vinyl LP remaster (same tracks on picture disc)

Side 1
01. Woman In Chains: 6:31
02. Badman’s Song: 8:32
03. Sowing The Seeds Of Love: 6:19
04. Advice For The Young At Heart: 4:50

Side 2
01. Standing On The Corner Of The Third World: 5:33
02. Swords And Knives: 6:12
03. Year Of The Knife: 7:08
04. Famous Last Words: 4:26

The Seeds of Love 2CD deluxe

CD 1 – ORIGINAL ALBUM
NEW REMASTER BY ANDREW WALTER AT ABBEY ROAD

01. Woman In Chains: 6:31
02. Badman’s Song: 8:32
03. Sowing The Seeds Of Love: 6:19
04. Advice For The Young At Heart: 4:50
05. Standing On The Corner Of The Third World: 5:33
06. Swords And Knives: 6:12
07. Year Of The Knife: 7:08
08. Famous Last Words: 4:26

CD 2 – THE SUN
45’s AND B-SIDES

01. Sowing The Seeds Of Love – 7" Version: 5:43
02. Tears Roll Down: 3:16
03. Woman In Chains – 7” Version: 5:28
04. Always In The Past: 4:38
05. My Life In The Suicide Ranks: 4:32
06. Woman In Chains – Instrumental: 6:30
07. Advice For The Young At Heart – 7” Version: 4:49
08. Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams Instrumental: 4:18
09. Music For Tables: 3:32
10. Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams Mix One: 6:22
11. Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams Mix Two: 5:55
12. Sowing The Seeds Of Love – US Radio Edit: 4:04
13. Woman In Chains – US Radio Edit 1: 4:42
14. Advice For The Young At Heart – Italian Radio Edit: 3:40
15. Year Of The Knife – Canadian Single Version: 5:40
16. Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams: 4:17

The Seeds of Love single CD remaster

NEW REMASTER BY ANDREW WALTER AT ABBEY ROAD

01. Woman In Chains: 6:31
02. Badman’s Song: 8:32
03. Sowing The Seeds Of Love: 6:19
04. Advice For The Young At Heart: 4:50
05. Standing On The Corner Of The Third World: 5:33
06. Swords And Knives: 6:12
07. Year Of The Knife: 7:08
08. Famous Last Words: 4:26

 

 

45 responses to Hear an unreleased version of Tears For Fears’ ‘Woman in Chains’

  1. Pingback:Tears For Fears: ‘Standing On The Corner Of The Third’ World live jam | superdeluxeedition

  2. Skip James says:

    Don’t know if anyone has pointed this out already – Just noticed that these songs are available for streaming on Amazon music. At least in the US. Find the SDE and scroll till you see these songs:

    Sowing The Seeds Of Love (Early Mix / Instrumental)
    Rhythm Of Life (Demo)
    Woman In Chains (Townhouse Live Jam Sessions) [feat. Oleta Adams]

  3. BM says:

    nothing beats the original…

  4. Mark Thompson says:

    WOW…. this is AMAZING..!! What a day you must have had finding these treasure troves . Can’t simply wait For the box set ..

    well done Paul ☔️

  5. Stephen BC says:

    I don’t mind this version, it has some life. I’d always skipped the album version as I never liked it.

    I’m sure this disc will be in my player a lot.

  6. Dave says:

    The album version is perfect – just goes to show the value of a brilliant producer – knows what to himight (guitar counter melody etc) and what noodling detracts from the incredible emotional arc of this song (piano fills, Manu’s flatlined drum pattern, etc) to delete or fade down. Was hard to listen to this as I consider the original rather sacred ground. This coming from a musician’s perspective …

  7. MATT SPARKES says:

    Why does nobody seem to go on about Roland’s voice? Almost like it goes without saying! I’m going to say it anyway, it is stunning. His range reminds me of Macca a little bit, rocking out one minute, crooning the next. Always loved his leads more then Curt’s, who although sweet always seemed a bit weak and limited to me.

  8. Pete says:

    I love the work that Paul and others have put to have this Deluxe version. Yet I also want to completely disagree with the greatness of the drums on this version. I’ve never liked Manu Katché, his loose feel of the tempo is neither groovy or tight. Totally overrated, happened to be around the right time when artists were wanting to explore World Music feel (He is born in France, doesn’t have it). Just my opinion, I’m still greatful of hearing all kinds of work in progress -versions like this 100%

  9. Thilo says:

    What a fantastic version of a fantastic song!
    Thanks a lot!
    I wonder if i become a TFF-Fan !?

  10. Phil Fogel says:

    Paul this is such a fabulous version, thank you so much. I was at this tour in Montreal in 1989 with one of my best friends. Would love to relive that moment, any chance any of their concerts would be released on DVD or Blu-Ray?

  11. Tony says:

    Love hearing this so much, and so glad it was saved for posterity. To hear this song as a work-in-progress is fantastic. You can hear that they’re not quite there with it yet, but you can see where it’s headed and that they’re clearly on to something fantastic. Have not been this excited for a box set for many years.

  12. Isaías says:

    It makes me wonder if there’s any version before Oleta Adams join in and what it looked like, something completely different I’m sure. So there are 23 hours of live jamming, my god! I suppose there’s much more which the box doesn’t offer. So 2 more CDs add to this box woulnd’t be a bad idea then …

  13. Marxisn't says:

    What a great and lovely find! This track is important as it appears to look both backward and forward. The vibe and part of the guitar figure reminds me of Pharaohs (without the drum machine); perhaps that was the starting point of the writing? Overall the vibe is very organic and shows the thought of getting players in and working with Oleta to add soul. Fabulous!

  14. Schu says:

    Damn, when is this SDE getting released again :-) Can’t wait!

  15. Russ says:

    Why do they not speak to each other anymore?

  16. Doug says:

    Hi Paul…so excited for this release!! Out of curiosity do you know why a DVD containing the videos and maybe the going to california concert weren’t included this time around?

  17. Greg Propes says:

    Oh wow. For me, Woman in Chains is the pinnacle of their entire catalogue by some distance. This early version was the one track I was looking forward to hearing the most. Organic is the right word. While the original will always be hardwired into my brain, this version is even better than I could have imagined. I can’t wait to hear the other Townhouse Jam material.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I know I’m biased having worked on it, but I can honestly say CD 4 of the box set is ludicrously ‘playable’. You will find yourself going back to it repeatedly.

  18. R. Michael Cox says:

    Listening to 23 hours of this wonderful music, picking the songs and no rejects! Wow! Congrats. This was my one and only time seeing TFF on this tour and it was great. Superb album and tour.

  19. Johnathan says:

    So looking forward to this. While I knew “Sowing The Seeds Of Love” from its original release and chart run, I wasn’t exposed to “Woman In Chains” until the first TFF hits set (‘Tears Roll Down’) came out in early ‘92, and the song became an immediate (albeit late) favorite. I even lifted the title for a contemporaneous college term paper I was writing!

  20. David Roest says:

    I wonder which TFF album will be next in line for a super deluxe treatment. I guess Elemental but by that time Curt and Roland were not on speaking terms so maybe the solo albums could be skipped. I’m sure we’ll find out in a year of 2.

  21. Beechlander says:

    Brilliant. Exactly the kind of thing that should be included on a boxset reissue – a good quality work-in-progress version that provides a different perspective of a track that fans will already know well. If only all reissue projects could be researched so deeply and tackled like this.

  22. mike says:

    love the drumming on the jam version, fascinating to see how a song evolves.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Me too… I think I prefer the intro on this version to the *actual* version. Very ‘organic’ sounding.

      • Trash says:

        Have to agree with you Paul and the term ‘organic’ captures it perfectly.
        Manu Katché is always fantastic and there is a lovely feel to his drumming here.
        The whole tracks has a much-more laid back feel which is quite nice too.

  23. Robert says:

    Hi Paul
    Silly question perhaps but what was the purpose of the jams? Practice for the studio version?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      From Roland’s point of view to breath life into, and explore, the songs. There were almost two years into the album at this point and it wasn’t really working for them, so they brought Oleta over and got some session players in and songs like Badman’s Song in particular became a whole other thing, thanks to constant playing, tweaking, restructuring etc.

  24. Justin Cole says:

    “yours truly had the job of going through something like 23 hours of sessions to see if there was anything that would be suitable for release in the box set”

    I am certain there are a great many people who are highly enviable of you getting to hear everything on those DAT tapes. Were there any moments, or even complete tracks, on those tapes you wish could have been included?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      No. What is on the box is exactly what I suggested. Nothing was rejected. There is literally dozens of versions of the same few songs on those DATs and what is on the box are the best versions!

      • Christopher Merritt says:

        So glad an expert curator like yourself was hired to do this – super excited for this release!

      • Jenny Stewart says:

        God Roland’s voice is just AMAZING what a range….. Love this version thank you

      • -SG- says:

        That repetition you describe reminds me of a lot of the material in the Radiohead Hacked discs. A lot of the same stuff worked and reworked. Well done Paul sifting through all of that and compiling something we would want to hear. I have no doubt that you would pick the best stuff. I am relieved that someone who actually enjoys the music helped to put this together, U2 could have really used someone like you to compile that All you Can’t Leave Behind set. Really looking forward to this set.

  25. Richard Z says:

    While it’s early to form a definitive opinon, ofcourse the posted information and track lists were enough for me to pre-order, but from what I am hearing so-far it it sounds promising .
    No reason to regret placing the order.

    Thanks for the link to this wonderful version of “Woman In Chains”!

  26. Chris Squires says:

    I know it’s a different group and different vibe but something about this reminded me of what Rain Tree Crow were trying to capture in sessions from 1989 / 1990.
    Just something about it….

  27. Kauwgompie says:

    Beautiful. What a treasure. This box is going to be something special for sure. Not the regular run of the mill SDE. It’s sold out on Amazon UK by the way which makes me worry a bit. Better order soon if you haven’t already. These TFF boxes have never been produced in large quantities, even Songs From The Big Chair is sold out again. One of the best and most popular albums from the 80’s.

  28. Kittens69 says:

    Dunno about you, but just makes me wish Curt had been allowed to sing more in this era of the band. Roland, to me, forever sounds like he’s the over-eager vocalist in a 6th form band. Over-wrought, over-sung and the beauty of the original lost in all that busy instrumentation.

    • Rowly75 says:

      I take it he didn’t appear on any of the townhouse sessions then otherwise that would have been on disc 4. Would have been nice to hear his ‘take’ on it…

  29. Wayne C says:

    That is absolutely superb, I only wish you could have twisted their arms to do an expanded super deluxe with more of the same!. I’d have bought a 10 Cd box. I’m quite envious knowing you’ve had to listen to so much stuff !, I bet that wasn’t to much at a stress!.

  30. Phil G says:

    Such a fantastic version – thanks for sharing, Paul.

    Still can’t quite believe that by this time next month, I’ll actually have a copy in my hands…

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