| 10 October 1995|
10 October 1995
Tears for Fears
| Tim Palmer
Saturnine Martial & Lunatic
Rock music, New wave, Pop rock
Tears for Fears albums, Rock music albums
Raoul and the Kings of Spain is the fifth album by British pop-rock band Tears for Fears. Like the previous album, Elemental, it is essentially a solo effort by Roland Orzabal—neither album being made with the involvement of Curt Smith who had left the band at that time.
The album, according to Orzabal, has a recurring theme of familial relationships and delves into his own Spanish heritage. The album's title was mooted as far back as the 1980s as a possible contender for the band's third album (which ultimately became The Seeds of Love). Raoul was originally Orzabal's first name given at birth before being Anglicized by his parents to Roland (Orzabal later gave the name "Raoul" to his first son, born in 1991).
The album was originally scheduled to be released by Mercury Records but the project was cancelled after Tears For Fears left the label to sign with Sony/Epic Records. The album was eventually released by Sony in October 1995 with a slightly different track listing and new cover art.
The album peaked at #41 in the UK and #79 in the US, but was more successful in continental Europe, reaching #23 in Italy, #13 in Belgium (Wallonia) and #5 in France.
The album features a reunion with Oleta Adams, who had recorded and toured extensively with the band for The Seeds of Love album, and here duets with Orzabal on the track "Me and My Big Ideas".
The album was re-released in August 2009 by Cherry Pop Records, complete with seven bonus tracks (see below).
Due to the band's label switch to Sony in 1994, none of the B-sides from the album's singles (tracks 13-17 on the 2009 reissue) are included on the Tears for Fears B-sides collection Saturnine Martial & Lunatic, which was released in 1996 by PolyGram, the band's old record company.Tears for Fears
Roland Orzabal – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
Alan Griffiths – guitar, keyboards
Jebin Bruni – Hammond organ
Gail Ann Dorsey – bass guitar
Brian MacLeod – drums, percussion
Jeffrey Trott – guitar
Oleta Adams – guest vocalist on "Me and My Big Ideas"
Mark O'Donoughue – backing vocals
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