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"I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording)" is a single by the British band Tears for Fears. It was the band's eleventh single release, and as a live re-recording of a song from their second LP Songs from the Big Chair, it effectively served as that album's fifth single. It was Tears for Fears' ninth UK Top 40 hit (peaking at #23).[1] The song also reached the Top 10 in Ireland[2] and peaked at #28 in New Zealand.[3]

"I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording)"
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Single by Tears for Fears
from the album Songs from the Big Chair
B-side"Sea Song"
Released30 September 1985
Format7", 10", 12"
LabelPhonogram Records
Mercury Records
Songwriter(s)Roland Orzabal
Producer(s)Tears for Fears
Tears for Fears singles chronology
"Pale Shelter (You Don't Give Me Love)"
"I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording)"
"Sowing the Seeds of Love"

The song was written by Roland Orzabal who had originally planned to offer it to British musician Robert Wyatt to record, though it was later decided that Tears for Fears would record the song themselves for their album Songs from the Big Chair. Additionally, a cover of Robert Wyatt's "Sea Song" served as the single's B-side. The album version of "I Believe" is dedicated to Wyatt in the liner notes. Rolans Orzabal has confirmed the song is about Primal Therapy, particularly in the last line (which includes references to "a newborn scream" and "the shaping of a life").

This is the first Tears for Fears release on which the band itself is listed as producer. Although the single was not released in the United States, this re-recording of the song was done in the midst of the band's 1985 American tour.

In the course of the song, Orzabal shouts "William!" prior to a saxophone solo. The shout was directed to Tears for Fears' touring saxophonist of the time, Will Gregory, best known today as the keyboardist, producer, and composer of the electronic music duo Goldfrapp.

The music video for the song, featuring a shirtless Orzabal (as seen on the single's picture sleeve), was filmed in an aircraft hangar in Seattle, Washington. It was again directed by Nigel Dick.


Track listingsEdit

7": Mercury / IDEA11 (UK)Edit

  1. "I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording)" (4:35)
  2. "Sea Song" (3:52)

2x7": Mercury / IDEA1111 (UK)Edit

  1. "I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording)" (4:35)
  2. "Sea Song" (3:52)
  1. "I Believe (Album Version)" (4:37)
  2. "Shout (Dub Version)" (6:45)

10": Mercury / IDEA1110 (UK)Edit

  1. "I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording)" (4:35)
  2. "I Believe (Album Version)" (4:37)
  3. "Sea Song" (3:52)

12": Mercury / IDEA1112 (UK)Edit

  1. "I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording)" (4:35)
  2. "Shout (Dub Version)" (6:45)
  3. "Sea Song" (3:52)
  4. "Shout (U.S. Remix)" (8:00)

Credits and personnelEdit


  1. ^ "i+believe+(a+soulful+re-recording) - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  2. ^, Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group -. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Tears for Fears - Songs from the Big Chair Liner Notes.

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