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Hear the demo of ‘Rhythm of Life’ from the Tears For Fears Seeds of Love box

First listen to previously unreleased audio

Tears for Fears are today making available, via streaming platforms, the original demo of ‘Rhythm of Life’ a song written by Nicky Holland and Roland Orzabal during the The Seeds of Love sessions but ultimately not included on the album.

This previously unreleased ‘Rhythm Of Life’ demo was recorded in 1986 and features just the two songwriters, with Roland handling lead vocal, Linn Drum programming and keyboards and Nicky on Electric Piano, keyboards and backing vocals.

Rhythm of Life is one of four demos recorded by Roland and Nicky in 1986 which features on CD 4 of the box set: “The Wind: Demos, Diversions and Jams”. Full details in the track listing below. As well as that disc, The Seeds of Love box set also includes the remastered album on CD, a disc of 45s/B-sides, a CD of unreleased early mixes, and a blu-ray audio featuring a Steven Wilson 5.1 mix.

Listen to the demo of ‘Rhythm of Life’, below.

The Seeds of Love is reissued on 9 October 2020. SDE had a great deal of involvement in this set and as such we are selling the box set – and the black vinyl edition –  over on the SDE shop. Use this link to pre-order or alternatively make use of the buy buttons below. SDE stock allocations are guaranteed – if you pre-order we will supply!


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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: 6:40
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

43 responses to Hear the demo of ‘Rhythm of Life’ from the Tears For Fears Seeds of Love box

  1. torchomatic says:

    Nice, always liked Olet’s version, which I bought at the time. Not too keen on the whole LP she did, but this was a great record, the 12″ is sublime.

    • David Steel says:

      Can I just ask for me to listen to the 5:1 disc properly do i need a subwoffer and a sound bar to create the 5:1 sound

      • Ryk says:

        David,

        A soundbar would give you 2, possibly 3, channels (depending on the soundbar). With a subwoofer that would give you, at most, 3.1. Personally, I would say that the channels output by a soundbar are too close together to get any real benefit, especially for music in a decent sized room.

        Ideally, for 5.1, you would need a subwoofer, a centre speaker, left and right front speakers, and left and right rear speakers, as well as an amp that outputs in at least 5.1 discrete channels. You could pick up a cheaper all-in-one 5.1 setup to give you an idea of the benefits of music played this way, but that would include low quality speakers and thereby less quality sound, or you could just get a 5.1 amp for now and add speakers as you can afford them. I slowly built up my system a speaker or two at a time (starting with the centre and left and right fronts). I have now built up to an 11.1 setup with amp to match (although most media only makes use of 5.1 of those), and 5.1 music sounds great, with instruments and vocals coming from all directions. My only problem now is the fairly recent release of Dolby Atmos, which benefits from an additional, at least, 4 ceiling speakers, which would also require a new amp.

        Note: to play the 5.1 sound you would also need either a DVD or blu-ray player that outputs that many channels (although most do these days).

  2. Derek in Canada says:

    I like it a lot, and am looking forward to finding in on the SDE coming up in October.
    Certainly one of the more memorable tracks by TFF.
    But, not to put a fly in the ointment here, I can’t help to find a certain resemblance
    to the main theme from one of my all-time favourite soundtracks: Escape from New York.
    Anyone else?

  3. Mike Vinnicombe says:

    I thought the opening lines sounded like George Michael!

  4. Larry Davis says:

    Forgot to mention I rebought this box on Amazon UK cuz it’s $32 less than Amazon US!! Now why they can’t ship those goshforsaken signed Kiki Dee boxsets to the US is really frustrating…maybe like with the Richard & Linda Thompson boxsets (previously unavailable to US customers), deals will pop up on KD and US customers can get one??

  5. Larry Davis says:

    Love the demo…sounds like Roland was channeling Oleta in his vocal there…and I agree with Chris regarding Nicky, both albums are great…although I have a sneaking suspicion there was an album in-between that was scrapped…I do know she moved to NYC, got married & had kids, collaborated with Cyndi Lauper on “Hat Full Of Stars”, or at least just the title track, as well as Andy Partridge, but that’s it…I’d love to know the latest…and being she is in NYC, not far from me…what got me to tune into Nicky as her own artist was “Advice For The Young At Heart”…the unique beauty and style of it…

  6. Shawn C. says:

    Love it. Roland’s voice sounds fantastic. Can’t wait for this release!

  7. Nigel Day says:

    I like this. Needs a little work but it could have replaced the tedious Badmans Song

  8. Chris says:

    Whatever happened to Nicky Holland?

    I have her two solo albums (Nicky Holland and Sense & Sensuality) which are great and know they were reissued a few years ago, but I’m not aware of anything new since these albums (which is over 20 years ago !).

  9. Adam L says:

    Thanks for posting Paul but am sorry to say this is pretty bad and as you said it did Oleta no favours .
    As I am not a fan of Seeds of Love except for the 4 singles (which I love) I did not have high hopes for a song that did not make the album especially considering how god awful the non single tracks are .
    Glad Roland never worked with Nicky Holland again that’s for sure .

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I didn’t say it did Oleta ‘no favours’… I said it wasn’t a hit. Roland did Oleta many favours… it was his championing of her that led to the record deal and ‘Get Here’ etc. He was very involved in the Circle of One album, producing it until he had other commitments and then Dave Bascombe came in to finish it off. When I wrote the sleeve notes to the reissue of Circle of One I asked Roland if I could interview him about it, he agreed immediately and said something along the lines of how he’d “do anything” for Oleta.

      • Adam L says:

        Hi Paul, am not too sure what you are talking about as nowhere in my post did I say Roland did Oleta no Favours (we all know the story )I was merely pointing out the song did Oleta no favours ie it wasn’t a hit .

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          I do not agree the song did Oleta no favours, is what I’m talking about. Just because it wasn’t a hit, Roland giving Oleta that song was important in terms of the second album.

    • -SG- says:

      I think your opinion regarding the seeds of love is in the minority here. I will concede that while TFF gave Oleta a career, their blinking at the pinnacle of success did not do them any favors, but perhaps saved them from self destruction. 4 years in the 80’s was an entire career. Their sound began to change mid tour as their hearts drifted to a more organic sound, perhaps inspired by Oleta. In a sense this was not unlike David Bowie shifting gears mid tour and making Young Americans. The re-recording of I Believe and Mothers Talk was an indication of that shift. Had they been more prolific It appears that they would have embraced a more soulful sound which would have likely alienated their fans, not unlike Paul Weller in the Style Council. Abandoning the project meant the concept never fully digested so we got remnants of a phantom album which apparently was never fully realized. Seeds of Love was such a major shift, and felt like we missed something in the process. However SOL is a remarkable album, with a depth in sound. An anomaly in a world that was listening to Milli Vanilli and New Kids On the Block at the time. Turn off the critical voice and listen. It is an album to revisit and re- evaluate from time to time, it will reveal different things if you listen today. It is not as catchy as SFTBC or as raw as The Hurting, but SOL really was their opus.

  10. Mark Lendhurst says:

    Where are the videos???? Especially Tears Roll Down the original version that I had on a VHS tape. For the completist thus is a deal breaker. Am I incorrect by saying that they included the videos for the hurting and songs from the big chair but not this one? That hurts

  11. Schu says:

    Pretty damn good demo if you ask me. I’m not real keen on the ending but it could have maybe been reworked to fit on the album if they had needed more songs. As it stands, the album is pretty much perfectly sung and sequenced that it didn’t need anything else. However, this is definitely nice to have as part of the SDE and adds to the full story of the album’s development and design.

  12. Carlos Valenzuela says:

    This is one of the tracks i most wanted to hear from the boxset because i’m a big fan of Oleta’s powerful track. It’s really interesting to listen the different vibe for the demo and be able to appreciate the work in progress. I was surprised to find big differences to Rhythm Of Life Twilight Version backing track. How curious is the end of the song for trying to make an efford to reach an epic finale similar to “Shout”‘s repiting chorus with a guitar solo.

  13. joel ivins says:

    is it just me, or is anyone else constantly coming back to these TFF articles to peruse the comments section?…I don’t know how we all are going to handle the wait, pouncing on any new article regarding the SDE like my fat ass on a taco…will be listening to this version on the way home

    • Darren Royle says:

      I come back for comments on TFF and more recently the Simple Minds re-issue of Street Fighting Years. Makes for fun reading!

    • Don says:

      Ha! You busted me. I’ve been doing this since the “Seeds Of Love” SDE was announced. I’ve also been stalking the Prince fan site’s discussion of the upcoming “Sign ‘O’ The Times” SDE. I’m a sad, lonely shut-in who loves his music. Thank God for my cats.

  14. Carmen says:

    Wow, first exposure to this track for me. I really like the whole vibe of it. I can’t wait to hear more when the box arrives.

    Paul, I recognize the availability of instrumental tracks throughout the box, but I was curious if there was ever consideration of a full instrumental version of the album through Steven Wilson’s remixing? The XTC re-issues offer those on the Blu-ray, and I do enjoy them although I admit I’ll get some here, and more might not be everyone’s cup of tea.

    Thanks for all you do!

  15. Brian says:

    I like it. It sort of reminds me of Sade.

  16. Joe Atari says:

    it’s a fantastic song, clearly, even at the genesis of it, but Oleta brought this song into another dimension. if you haven’t also check the full William Orbit remix which amplifies the epic feel of Oleta’s version over 7 minutes, more of an extended version than a remix (1990)

    back to TFF, i think it will be interesting to re-order the deluxe edition TFF extras into the order the album appears in and create an alternative album version as a whole

    • I think the Twilight version is the real deal. Too bad it wasn’t included on the Circle of One deluxe edition!

      The Twilight Version, like this demo, has a guitar solo by Roland. Why William Orbit took that out is beyond me.

      Love the demo.

      • SimonP says:

        I think that Orbit 12″ version sounds phoned in. Not a good remix and one that sounds like he didn’t spend a lot of time on it. The intro is especially bad.

  17. Ivan says:

    I was expecting it to be more different to the version released by Oleta Adams with more vocals by Roland. Is there a more developed version in the TFF vaults?

  18. mike says:

    More soulful than I was expecting, the George Michael circa Faith era analogy is a good one. Its a damn brilliant song whatever, always loved it. Has made me grab Nicky Holland’s debut from the rack, ah Ladykiller, there is a tune…

  19. John Archbell says:

    I’m glad it didn’t make the album – it would have been a ‘skip’ track for me. It suits Oleta’s vocal a lot more. It wouldn’t sound out of place in a cocktail bar – Sowing The Seeds is ALL gold as it is.

    Rhythm of Life reminds me of a poor man’s Mr Pessimist from the Elemental album, which in turn channels something off Talk Talk’s, ‘The Colour of Spring’.

    Appreciate the share though Paul. Thankyou.

  20. Fogarrach says:

    This would have fitted perfectly into the album.

    My first listen, and gosh it is good.

  21. Bruce says:

    Nice. Looking forward to this box set so I can relive the second summer of love!

    Good work, Paul. It’s a pity you can’t offer signed copies on SDE.

  22. Karen says:

    Enjoyed the Rhythm Of Life made my Bank Holiday weekend

    Paul, was there a b side called Ghost Papa, it was on a CD Single of Women In Chains?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      It was an extra track on the 12″ and CD single of the 1992 reissue of Woman in Chains (not the original). The B-side was actually Badman’s Song. Anyway, as discussed previously ‘Ghost Papa’ belongs to the ‘Elemental’ era, not Seeds…

  23. Gary Hunter says:

    Listeneing to it, it has a kind of George Michael vibe about it.

    • CJ says:

      I was thinking the exact same thing, and then wondering if I was crazy for thinking of it. Glad I’m not the only one who hears a bit of George in this.

  24. Gary Hunter says:

    This sounds very good :)

  25. SimonP says:

    Title is familiar. Was it eventually released by Oleta Adams as a single?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Yes, although it wasn’t really a hit.

      • SimonP says:

        Just listened to the ‘original’ version followed by this one. Think I prefer Roland singing it. Must’ve been hard to drop the song. Probably correct that it doesn’t fit on the album but also too good for a b side.

  26. Andrea Grasso says:

    So the playing credits on Youtube, with Chris, Pino and Oleta, are wrong?

  27. Thorsten says:

    I didn’t expect this version to be so good, love it!!!

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