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Product details

  • Audio CD (11 Sept. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00004W3L6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 712,305 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dum Dum Girl
  2. Such A Shame
  3. Renee
  4. It's My Life
  5. Tomorrow Started
  6. The Last Time
  7. Call In The Night Boy
  8. Does Caroline Know
  9. It's You

Disc: 2

  1. Happiness Is Easy
  2. I Don't Believe In You
  3. Life's What You Make It
  4. April 5th
  5. Living In Another World
  6. Give It Up
  7. Chameleon Day
  8. Time It's Time

Disc: 3

  1. The Rainbow
  2. Eden
  3. Desire
  4. Inheritance
  5. I Believe In You
  6. Wealth

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Calver on 6 Mar. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Talk Talk were, in my opinion, one of the finest eighties and nineties British bands that never sold like so many have. If you thought 'It's My Life' was just a 'nice pop song' just admire the power of that song against the esoteric and whistful sounds of 'Eden'. Such an beautiful ecletic mix of technological wizardry and, well, pure beauty. I have particular favourites, such as the breezy 'Time It's Time' with the anti-pop idea of a recorder ensemble! And no one should miss the glorious 'Wealth' - this should hold its own against any other sublime song, so subtle and Hollis' voice so georgeous on the words 'take my freedom'. I think all 3 albums, especially the last two, should be listed in the all-time top 20 of 80's/90's albums, and with Its My Life, should be rewarded for its sheer audacity, originality and damn brilliance! Buy it and soon!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MR J J FLAVIN on 9 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
What's outstanding about this box set is hearing the development of Talk Talk, from the pure pop of "It's My Life" to the unbelievably athmosphearic , film-soundtrack-like, depth of the music in "Spirit of Eden".
That any band can progress and develop in musical terms in such a short space of time (1984 to 1988) is incredible, and I hate to say it, but comparisions with the Beatles immediately come to mind.
That is not to say, that Talk Talk's music is anything like the Beatles. Talk Talk have a style completely of their own.
The last time I heard these albums was back in the 80s , on cassette tape, subsequently lost. Now i've bought this box-set, I've fallen in love all over again with the music, which to me, confirms the timelessness of their work.
There are numerous highlights to the collection, but my overall favourite is "I Believe In You" from Spirit Of Eden.
It is one of the most delicate and most moving piece of music I have ever heard - and my tastes are quite varied and wide ranging, so that's saying something about the quality of the work on offer in this box set.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kubricker on 9 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
First heard 'Colour of Spring' coming through the wall from my brother's bedroom back in '86 during a time when I would be reading Stephen King's THE STAND in my own room. Consequently images from that apocalyptic tale became entwined with this gorgeous music, not least of which was 'Living In Another World'. Makes me wish the Coen Bros. had filmed it and used this as the soundtrack.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Best way to collect Talk Talk 17 Nov. 2006
By SRFireside - Published on
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For those of you who know Talk Talk only by their radio hit It's My Life, you have missed out on one of the most progressively artistic bands of the era. Their music constantly evolved with each album. The artistic depth on these albums is really worth experiencing. This collection is probably the best way to get 60% of Talk Talk's album collection at a manageable price. Here's a break down of the albums:

It's My Life - Obviously this is the album that has the hit single on it. While I can say by a margin IT'S MY LIFE is the best song on the album, it isn't the only great song on this album. This is the album where Tim Friese-Greene came into the picture and introduced some amazing musical techniques using instruments to simulate environmental noises (remember those seagull sounds on It's My Life?). Add to that some nice layers of instruments and you get songs that you can really lose yourself in. SUCH A SHAME and IT'S YOU are aggressive sounding. TOMORROW STARTED and RENEE are dark and moody with themes similar to Talk Talk's first album. Then you have fun songs like the reggae vibe in DOES CAROLINE KNOW and THE LAST TIME. All in all a very lush range of moods and music.

The Colour of Spring - Here the band starts moving away from the new wave/new romantic synth-pop genre and into something much more progressive and ambient. The switch to a more acoustic sound actually fits in very well with the band's sensibilities. LIFE'S WHAT YOU MAKE IT is the Phil Collins-esque anthem song that hits heavy with the drums and guitar (great song to get your night on the town started) and LIVING IN ANOTHER WORLD is a big as life number with a more upbeat tempo. You also get songs that play up the instrumental ambience with HAPPINESS IS EASY and CHAMELEON DAY. All in all I consider this album Talk Talk's best.

Spirit of Eden - This album is a pretty big departure from any album they did previously. It's very avantgarde and ambient with it's intense focus on subtle sound textures and dynamic range. I admit this album isn't for everybody. However I BELIEVE IN YOU is still a very approachable and laid back song and DESIRE gives you a nice double play by being laid back and then very aggressive all in one song.

I'm rather picky with my music, and when I see the words "remastered" I expect some real remastering. Many remasters don't do much more than adjust the midrange and kick up the overal volume (original recordings done back in the 80's called for a boosted midrange to get a better sound out of vinyl records). Not so in this collection. While the improvemements vary from CD to CD it is to be sure that what you are getting a true remastering of the original source.

Of all the albums on this collection I believe It's My Life benefits the most with the new remastering. This album was the one mastered for vinyl and the original CD was a little muddy in the midrange and really needed a clean up. There is a night and day difference with this remaster, which I am so very happy about. Colour of Spring and Sprit of Eden both had enhanced mastering back when they were released so the remastering isn't as noticeable, however the subtle improvements are there. Be rest assured, though, all that means is all three albums come out crystal clear and full of high fidelity. You're getting the best masters on this collection.

Listen for yourself. I challenge any of you who do not know Talk Talk to check out some samples of their music. If it sounds appealling then it would be in your best interest to get this collection. The remastering alone makes it worth it, especially for It's My Life. You'll thank me once you get these CD's, put them in a good stereo system and lose yourself in the music.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Remastered box set - The way to go 1 Jun. 2001
By ctrlx - Published on
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Quite a steal, especially since the remastered albums are not available in the U.S. My old copies of these CD's have found a new home on the shelves at the Used CD store. These three, along with Laughing Stock (a non-EMI release, are indispensable. They cover the evolution of the band as they progressively strayed from the pop-huckster-wannabe sensibilities which dominated their self-titled debut, eventually building pieces which are more about atmosphere than recycled Duran Duran cliches. This is exactly the style of music which benefits from a top notch remastering job. I also highly recommend London 1986, a live CD from this period. Amazing that this band could not only replicate, but exceed, what was done in the studio.
Talk Talk x3 11 Aug. 2007
By Catfood03 - Published on
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Talk Talk's transition from a fairly decent, if unremarkable, New Wave pop act into admirable composers of freeform and avant music is one of the more exhilarating and noteworthy progressions any band has ever made in their career. Because this change in Talk Talk's music occurred in such a relatively short time frame, these three selections collected here will adequately illustrate how a band was willing to walk away from conventional pop to become something more precious and unique.

The earliest of the three discs, the sophomore album It's My Life, is easily the weakest here. It's a slight step down from the material on the band's debut, but it does show at an early stage a sign of restlessness to break away from their musical contemporaries in the New Wave movement. Although the exploration of odd and experimental electronic sounds make this unique in the Talk Talk discography, the songwriting doesn't come on quite as strong. The notable exceptions being the soaring title track and "Such A Shame", as well as the contemplative "Renee" and "Tomorrow Started".

Color of Spring moves away from the electronics and closer to a much warmer organic sound, which proved to be a more natural fit for the band. The aggressive drum and minor key piano hook of "Life's What You Make It" is perhaps the best-known song here, but the superb "Give It Up", and "Living In Another World" also contend as my favorites from this album. More revealing however are the quieter numbers like "April 4th" and "Chameleon Day", precursors of the musical change around the corner.

Spirit of Eden takes Talk Talk's music into a whole new uncharted territory. Six long songs of abstracted beauty. Mark Hollis is as unintelligible as ever, he might as well be singing the recipe off a cake mix, but it's the fragile quivers in his voice that adds yet another unique element to this recording. (Forget deciphering the handwritten lyrics). One standout track, "Desire", enters in as easily as a breeze through a window and exits as harsh as a thunderstorm. "I Believe In You" makes use of a backing choir that is doubly angelic and chilling. "Wealth" periodically erupts with a cacophonous electric guitar to add an unexpected element of tenseness to an otherwise leisurely composition.

As good as Spirit of Eden is however the band's swan song album Laughing Stock is greater still (not included in this set), and in my opinion one of the best albums ever made. Unfortunately it's future is now in the hands of a different record label and has yet to see the remastered treatment it fully deserves. From there what remains is Mark Hollis's sole self-titled recording, which is more sparse and intimate than any of Talk Talk's music but definitely worth checking out.

My final rating is for the entire collection of music contained within this set, but if I were to rate these albums individually (out of 5 stars)...

It's My Life: 2 stars,
Color of Spring: 3 stars
Spirit of Eden: 4 stars.
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