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Spirit Of Eden

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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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  • Audio CD (1 Sep 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B000005RS5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,267 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. The Rainbow (1997 - Remaster) 9:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Eden (1997 Digital Remaster) 6:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Desire (1997 - Remaster) 6:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Inheritance (1997 - Remaster) 5:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I Believe In You (1997 - Remaster) 6:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Wealth (1997 - Remaster) 6:43£0.99  Buy MP3 

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TALK TALK Spirit Of Eden CD

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By "stevewilliams52" on 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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By P. W. Moore on 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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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Mr Gene Anthony Gin on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mushroom on 8 Oct 2009
Format: Audio CD
So it was 1988. There was no mainstream embrace of `Acid House' this would not be until 2 years later when the Shaman released `Pro Gen'. Talk Talk had already started to move away from being able to provide a punchy single such as `It's my Life' and were concentrating more on albums. `The Colour of Spring' did contain the smash `Life's What You Make It' complete with it's dawn in the murky park MTV friendly video of greatcoat wearing men with floppy haircuts shedding their 'New Romantic' mantle and burrowing underground, in the same way that 'Radiohead' and countless other bands do, disappearing off the radar to work on their albums for how long it takes. The previous record did start to move toward making more atmospheric musical forms, with looser arrangements.
`Spirit of Eden' takes this development to a level of high emphatic ambience, with a real feeling of sound as material that can be crafted and the negative spaces are just as important as the positive ones. It was unfortunate at the time this was released on vinyl. Vinyl copies of this recording do tend to crackle due to the silences and atmospheres, this probably did have some impact on the sales of this record and the fact that there were no more singles produced by the band.
A grand array of musicians were put together to assist Mark Hollis, Lee Harris and Paul Webb with their soundscaping. Some famous Jazz, folk and classical musicians were added to cultivate new sounds. The result is a great album that continues to grow in stature with those who love and appreciate music. It is difficult for me to analyse individual tracks as they all seem to bleed into each other.
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