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The Colour Of Spring

1 Mar. 2003 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 22 Mar. 1993
  • Release Date: 1 Mar. 2003
  • Label: Parlophone UK
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  • Total Length: 45:40
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,073 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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The Colour of Spring is one of those great records of the 80's that most people seem to forget... too busy trying to reunite the members of Berlin or gearing up for a new release from Duran Duran, and so on. It sounds like nothing else, or at least, it sounds like nothing else in comparison to the majority of mid-eighties rock... with Mark Hollis creating a sublime fusion of ambient guitar-pop, rhythmic folk, free-form jazz and even elements of opera and reagee. The compositions are dense and multi-layered, creating a bed of noise that is both bulging and minimalist (if such a thing is possible), as the evocative textures created by Hollis, Paul Webb, Lee Harris and producer Tim Fries-Green - not to mention their army of session-players, child choirs and backing vocalists - act as a bed for those arcane, transcendent, life-altering lyrics.
This is a world away from their previous album, the multi-selling It's My Life, and it shows the kind of progression away from synthesised new-romanticism, to something more akin to their classic records Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock... a brief period when the band could really be described as the Radiohead of their day!! With this record, we find a transitional style - if it has to be compared to the modern-day spectacle, then it's this band's The Bends - with Hollis and Fries-Green creating some gorgeous melancholic melodies, with a sound that alternates between slow moody ambience and heavier other-worldly rock. Opening track Happiness is Easy finds Hollis singing his mumbled poems with the detached intensity of a recently broken man, as percussion, tinkling bells and a throbbing bass-line alternate between verse, bridge and chorus, in a way not too dissimilar to that later joy The Rainbow, from ...
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One of the best albums ever composed. That is what Talk Talk's Colour Of Spring will always be to me. One of the best 10 albums among the 5,000 I have kept. You have to listen to it a few times (7 is a good number) before you quite get there but I can assure you, no matter what is your musical background, you can get to love this music. It is melodic and uplifting, acoustic and atmospheric, peaceful and perfect.

Happiness Is Easy is a perfect song to listen to on Sunday morning around 10 am, if you are at home or alone and feel like surrounding your spirit with harmony. Stay within this song for a while. Although Mark's lyrics leave it a bit open as far as his take on things the feeling this song will place upon you...leaves no doubts. This is one of the most spiritually uplifting songs in rock music. The choir of Children From The School Of Miss Speake is a great addition to this song. I find it more special than the choir in Jerusalem by Vangelis of even Mike Oldfield's work, and the only song I know which exceeds the power of a similar expression is Jan Garbarek's We Are The Stars. The Colour Of Spring is a very exceptional album in terms of talent it brought together. There are 16 musicians and 2 choirs involved here and none of the songs were recorded by the same line up. Happiness Is Easy, for instance, has 10 musicians playing and a choir singing, and the instruments involve drums, 3 sets (and players) of percussion, acoustic bass, electric bass, organ, piano, guitar and effects. Steve Winwood plays organ here and on 2 other songs. I Don't Believe In You is another great song and we have an addition of harp and soprano saxophone here. This spectacular orchestration of this music is what makes it such an unique rock album.
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By A Customer on 22 Oct. 2003
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This is not a review of the music itself, since its merits are well documented. 5 stars, and a truly excellent album.
This is a hybrid SACD, containing a normal CD layer and the high-fidelity SACD layer. It'll replace your old CD version just fine. If you've got the right equipment, it sounds glorious in SACD, as it should: more acoustic than a CD, instruments are more separate, and the bass / treble are clearer.
I've bought this album 4 times already! Vinyl, CD, remastered CD and now SACD.
However, this probably won't be the last version. This is NOT SURROUND. Having invested in surround gear, I've been waiting for this album (along with Spirit of Eden), and I was very disappointed that a surround mix is not here. Such a shame (excuse the pun).
This album would be *bliss* in surround, one of the most worthy albums ever. I'm assuming that the band and EMI are still not talking, hence making a new mix would be tricky (and should always be done with the band's involvement). I hope that EMI realise what they've got here, and that it's not just laziness.
Anyway, should a surround mix be done one day, I'll be buying it a 5th time. I just can't stop myself!
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The Spirit of Hollis & Co...
I first came upon TT back in the early 80's with the extended version of It's My Life; and then came an album that I listened to obsessively for about a year, nothing else passed by my ears for those twelve months, the album I am talking about is of course The Colour of Spring. Never had I heard something so achingly beautiful, a sorrowful pain exquisitely drawn out on keyboards and weeping distortions of strings and snares; Happiness is Easy bled into I Don't Believe, (my favourite song), that piano rift that never leaves you, Life's What You Make it and onto April 5th and on and on, 45 minutes of artistic expression in a world dominated by shallow noise being passed off and mass produced as being somehow musical.
What a dream this album was.
The perfect album hardly anyone was listening to.
And that voice...
That weep of a wail...
For years I had no idea what Hollis was saying.
His handwriting of the lyrics as inscrutable as his diction-which I love by the way.
Poetic, uplifting, tender and all played by lovers of the soul.
Buy it!
Buy it now!
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