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Natural History - The Very Best Of Talk Talk

Natural History - The Very Best Of Talk Talk

21 May 1990
4.7 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 21 May 1990
  • Release Date: 12 Mar. 2007
  • Label: Parlophone UK
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  • Total Length: 57:27
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  • ASIN: B001J676TM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,911 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Talk Talk went from being New Romantic clones to experimental jazz-esque pioneers in the space of less than 7 years - as recorded here.

The bonus of having their (frankly excellent, if mildly disturbing) videos finally on DVD makes this an utterly essential, and extremely good value purchase.

Most are directed by Tim Pope, who focussed on great ideas and mood, rather than special effects. The live versions of Dum Dum Girl and Give It Up are particular highlights for me, though the bizarre images in Living In Another World, of the band adrift, upside down, in darkness, on a dismembered piano are wonderfully surreal, too!

The later songs' production stand up well to the scrutiny of today's tastes, whereas the synth-pop charm of the earlier tracks has worn a little thin, even if the pop hooks are still intact.

A truly great compilation, and whilst it may not be thought of as their 'best' work, does include all the singles.

Enjoy!
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I was trying to think of another band that went through so much change in such a relatively short period of time as Talk Talk. I do not think it is an exaggeration to compare their progression from out-and-out pop to truly avant garde rock music in less than 10 years to the likes of Pink Floyd's development from the pure pop of Arnold Layne and See Emily Play through to the Wish You Were Here album over a similar period. You have here some of the finest pop singles made by anyone in the early to mid 1980's (alongside their pop videos, some with alternative versions) and it is only towards the end of this set that you get an inkling of where the band is headed with two tracks from 1988's Spirit of Eden. There are no tracks at all from the even more extreme Laughing Stock from 1991 and so this is fundamentally a singles collection and none the worse for that. But do let yourself be led into the dark side of the later albums and even into some of Mark Hollis's solo albums which have been quoted as influences by, amongst others, Radiohead, Portishead, Sigur Ros, Death Cab for Cutie and Elbow. A crucial band.
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Okay, lets get the annoying bits out the way first. The actual audio cd part of this boxed set is just a repackaged version of 2007 natural history disc, which in turn was a repackaged version of the 1990 very best of /natural history disc. Secondly this boxed set is only a two disc set, audio and dvd. Not 3 discs as amazon states. For a more comprehensive audio package, the brilliant Asides Besides is highly recommended. With that in mind I have deducted 1 star.

Now for the good part. The dvd features all TALK TALKs video clips in their glory with a running time of 49 minutes. It features two very different versions of the song Talk Talk and two similar sequences/ versions of Dum Dum Girl. Best of all it has the glorious It's my life clip that every TALK TALK admirer remembers. Many of these clips I had not seen here in Australia back in the 1980's but it is quite astonishing how fine they look all these years later. My Foolish friend being a fine example.

Overall this is an important collection for TALK TALK fans, but only for the dvd. I am sure the distributors had good intentions making it a cd/dvd package for a new generation of admirers, but for the long time lovers of the music of TALK TALK, perhaps just the DVD at a cheaper price would have been sufficient. But if you are new to the music of TALK TALK or simply want to impress someone with the sound AND vision of TALK TALK, then this is the perfect starter pack.
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this is a crucial release and well overdue,i only got this for the dvd as i have every song on cd allready at least once!!!!very cheap for such a lot of good stuff.it really is amazing what they achieved in a few short years but sadly most people only know 2 or 3 of the hits and have no idea what brilliant later work was created.the early videos are so dated but my foolish friend to me actually improves the song somehow,the it's my life video is beautiful,and i never tire of life's what you make it either.all the songs on the cd are good,most are very good.there is only one thing i don't like and that is that yet again no songs from "laughing stock" are added at the end and they could possibly have put solo mark hollis/orang representation to complete the story.despite that complaint it is great anyway!
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A long overdue appearance for the Talk Talk videos on to DVD, most of which where previously available on video to accompany the original CD release of Natural History back in 1990.

I have to admit that I was disappointed that EMI chose to base this particular Sound & Vision package - a brilliant, and well-priced, concept - around Natural History, a very flawed compilation concentrating on album versions, rather than the far better Best of from 1997 with almost all the single versions. That's why I gave this four stars rather than five.

The real reason that this re-issue, as people have rightly already said, is worth purchasing is for the DVD of course. However, this isn't exactly the same as the old Natural History video by any means, and for several reasons! Firstly, it seems to have been digitally cleaned up, so the film prints are no longer fleccy and dirty. Secondly we now have both versions of the Talk Talk video for the first time, so I wasn't imagining that I'd once seen a different video - the original video only featured the one with the mute crowds and the sign language 'talking' - while It's My Life now has a far longer end after the music fades out.

However, the final surprise is the most interesting one, although EMI missed a trick here. The version of Life's What You Make It is NOT the one on the original Natural History video, it's a live take (just like the brilliant two versions of Dum Dum Girl), so they've missed an opportunity to include both takes here.
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