on 14 February 2003
This great live album is sadly impaired by the fact that it is limited to only eight songs. There is indeed a film of this show, anyone who has seen the "Talk Talk: Natural History" video will have seen the footage of "Give it Up". The concert was recorded at Hammersmith Odeon in London in 1986 on the tour to promote "The Colour of Spring" album. The encore, not included here, was "The Party's Over"!!! This was the last time the group ever toured, as their two final albums "Spirit of Eden" (1988) and "Laughing Stock" were too freeform in nature to be recreated onstage. This is, so far, the only official live Talk Talk album, and it was a classic show. But we know there is far more of it than is featured here, and, as has consistently been the case with EMI's Talk Talk compilations (with the exception of "Natural History"), the album is too much of a half measure for the die hard fans, who would be much happier with the bootleg versions. EMI would, of course, instantly redeem themselves if they saw fit to release the film!
on 16 November 1999
This is the sound of Talk Talk live. Critics have said that it's how the songs should be heard. The versions on this album are fuller than you'll find on the studio recordings.
The musicianship of the band shines through. THE highlight has got to be, "Renee". Brought to life, this song is a tour de force - Mark Hollis's vocal is stunning, it really is.
If you know Talk Talk, you'll know them a hell of a lot better after listening to this.
on 10 July 2003
I was there, back in 86 in the best seats of the house. They were fantastic and this album proves why. I have seen the respective video of the concerts and it is a shame that not all of the songs from the video are on the album, but never the less, this is well worth getting if you have the chance. If you love talk talk music, then you'll love this.
This is an excellent recording of a great band. The arrangements are for the most part terrific and Mark Hollis' voice really stands out as being superb, to be honest much better than I thought he'd be live.
generally, the songs are presented in a more sophisticated way than many of their studio counterparts, the only exception being the way they start 'Such a Shame' with the chorus rather than the slow build-up on the record.
If you can still get this for a reasonable price and are a fan, go for it.