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Spirit Of Eden(Includes Bonus DVD) [VINYL] [Special Edition]

Talk Talk Vinyl
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With the exception of a handful of common threads -- chief among them the plaintive vocals and haunting lyrics of frontman Mark Hollis -- there is little to suggest that the five studio LPs that make up the Talk Talk oeuvre are indeed the work of the same band throughout. After beginning their career with records virtually epitomizing the new wave era that spawned them, the British group never ... Read more in Amazon's Talk Talk Store

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  • Vinyl (16 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: EMI Catalogue
  • ASIN: B0074V5Q0M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,984 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Rainbow
2. Eden
3. Desire
Disc: 2
1. Inheritance
2. I Believe In You
3. Wealth
Disc: 3
1. The Rainbow
2. Eden
3. Desire
4. Inheritance
5. I Believe In You
6. Wealth
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4.9 out of 5 stars
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Desert Island Disc 17 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
I remember how eager I was to own this album when it first came out around 1990, and how on hearing it for the first time I was completely dumb struck. It is a feeling that has never diminished.
I get frustrated trying to explain just how good it is - how original, moving, unique and thought provoking, yet can never really do the piece justice. I once read an interview with Rob Dickinson (brother of Iron Maiden's Bruce) from the band Catherine Wheel, who summed it up perfectly by describing it as "organic, breathing, what love truly sounds like". He describes the opening section as like "blood seeping from a wall". I couldn't ever better it. It is indeed music for the soul. It commands you to sit quietly and just let it wash over you.
There are too many things to recommend about the Spirit of Eden, whilst it is in six parts, it is actually a "whole". If I had to choose one track, then "I believe in you" is the piece that will stay with me always. How does someone write a piece like that?
I would have to say it would be my Desert Island disc - it has been the soundtrack for so much of my life, including recently the birth of my Son.
I read recently an interview with Turin Brakes who also cite Talk Talk's influence on them. It seems to be the case for so many people.
It is one of those rare albums that can be classified as truly "timeless".
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Album of All Time 9 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
For ages I have wrestled with the idea of trying to put into words my thoughts on what has been my very favourite album for nearly 20 years (ever since my mate Jamie played it to me just after its release - I will never forget that enlightening moment). I know that I will fail miserably, particularly as there are many fine reviews below, but I must have a go. When "Spirit Of Eden" was released in 1988, hitherto there had been no album like it. Music journalists struggled for comparisons, suggesting Miles Davis' "In A Silent Way", Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks" or Can's "Tago Mago", even Satie or Debussy. These are fair starting points, but nothing can prepare the virgin listener for the boldest, most adventurous yet introspective masterpiece in modern music. Any attempt to describe this music in mere words will never do it justice or even fully succeed. The only way is to listen to it - ideally, as Mark Hollis himself recommended, "...in a calm mood with no distractions." The apparent influence this album (and its sequel "Laughing Stock") has had on other musicians is immense: Elbow, Pineapple Thief, Bark Psychosis, Porcupine Tree, Oceansize, Radiohead, Portishead, to name but a handful. I will round off by saying to anyone reading this: if you are yet to hear this inspired work of art, please at least give it a try, and persevere with it if you don't fall in love with it immediately - its charms are many and subtle. It changed my life and, just in case Mr. Hollis, Friese-Green, Webb or Harris reads this, I wish to thank you so much...
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can music change your life? Discuss. 4 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Can music change your life? Can music change anyone's life? I'm not so sure. Not directly, anyway. It's not like music can say, "Go for that job, support this policy, watch your cholesterol, have you ever thought of studying economics?" And if songs ever do say as much, then they're mostly pretty poor (U2, most solo Lennon, USA for Africa).

So: Did `Spirit of Eden' change my life?

I turned 17 at the end of 1988. For a present from a forgotten Auntie or Uncle - either for my birthday or Christmas (they're quite close) - I received a Woolworth's voucher. One of those lazy gifts you buy for a distant relative.

Now, before we all get rose-tinted about it, remember that Woolworth's always had a poor selection of music. Back when it was vinyl it had but a few rows of vinyl albums (and it never improved when CD's took over). Most of these were terrible albums too, but I went through them all anyway - we're only talking about a hundred at the very most - and apart from anything that I already had, `Spirit of Eden' stood out for two reasons. 1: It had/has a great cover sleeve and 2: It only had six songs on it. I had a fascination for albums with long & few songs on them. Plus, I had a vague recollection that Talk Talk had had a good song on the charts a few years previously. (When I bought `Colour of Spring' a year later I was immediately reminded: it was `Life's what you make it'.)

So home you go, put the record on, not expecting much and...

...Is there a better way to discover truly great music?

Nobody had told me, I hadn't read a review, hadn't heard a note, knew nothing of the record's existence `til I bought it and...

I could have shook; I wanted to shout. Did anybody else know?

No, actually. Nobody else did.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have two copies of this album.... 12 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
.....one for me and another to pass on to others, everyone should hear it. The greatest album ever made, in my opinion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album I have ever heard 28 Feb 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Spirit Of Eden is a rare album - each track is better than the last (no, really). Take a deep breath as the first sounds emerge, relax, give the music a chance and when the album ends you'll be in a state of bliss.
It is just beautiful. Quiet, always melodic (there's not a note out of place), with passionate noisy bits. And honest, it really does get better each time you listen to it - you can pick out every single sound.
I've loved this album for years now - late at night, when you're driving on a long journey, the miles just melt away.
Thank you Mark Hollis and the band for an album that I will always treasure. I can't imagine anything ever knocking this off my personal top slot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
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Published 3 days ago by jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality vinyl
The sound quality of this vinyl pressing is superb. I had never heard of this album until I read a review regarding it being a good vinyl album to buy on record shop day. Read more
Published 9 days ago by P. Crossley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good album
Published 21 days ago by M. J. Bremner
5.0 out of 5 stars An album to listen to again and again
Each time I listen to this the emotions return. I just put on the track "I believe in you". As Tim Friese-Greene's keyboard creeps into the mix, I get the same combination... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Indigofruit
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss Talk Talk?
Mark Hollis's solo album Colour of Spring is one of my all-time favourites. I was expecting Spirit of Eden to be an 80s pop-tastic pale version. It certainly isn't. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Matthew Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Island Disc
Simply one of my favourite albums ever. It is a slow burn, it can take many months or even years to get to know these subtle and complex compositions.
Published 6 months ago by Eoghan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite ever albums
This is simply wonderful. A little-known album that has had a profound influence on popular music since it was released. I bought this when it was new. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dominic Uglow
5.0 out of 5 stars just brilliant
One of my desert island discs. I have been listening to this LP since it came out and now bought the CD. Highly recommended.
Published 10 months ago by Anna Blume
4.0 out of 5 stars Different and retrospective
You have to be in a relaxed frame of mind to enjoy this album, more moody than the usual Talk Talk fare. One to listen to on your own.
Published 12 months ago by Mr Alan Barrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a pair of Jeans
On first buying "Spirit of Eden" after reading the favourable reviews from the dirty fingered print musical papers. ( used to get so much for your money then). Read more
Published 13 months ago by Pelgrease
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