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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 (April 10, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B00775D77Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,986 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Happiness Is Easy (1997 - Remaster)
2. I Don't Believe In You (1997 - Remaster)
3. Life's What You Make It (1997 - Remaster)
4. April 5th (1997 - Remaster)
5. Living In Another World (1997 - Remaster)
6. Give It Up (1997 - Remaster)
7. Chameleon Day (1997 - Remaster)
8. Time It's Time (1997 - Remaster)

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Out of print in the U.S.! Reissue of the British trio's third album, originally released in 1986. Features the hit 'Life's What You Make It' and the U.K. singles 'Living In Another World' and 'Give It Up'. EMI. 2012.

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One of the best albums ever composed.
Deven Gadula
For one thing,this album has very little if anything to do with new wave.
Andre S. Grindle
The music and lyrics create a perfect unit.
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Gizmola on March 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album was so unexpectedly ahead of its time in 1986 people are still catching up to it twenty years later, although that's not a bad thing. Colour of Spring is one of those rare albums that can be appreciated on a lot of levels. The first thing people always notice about Talk Talk is Mark Hollis's unique nasal-congested voice, and his slurred annunciation. It's often hard to make out the lyrics of a Talk Talk song, which in an odd way is what makes them interesting, in the same way that Michael Stipe's delivery adds a little bit of enigma to a lot of early REM songs. While many of the lyrics are a bit cryptic, Hollis offers a generally philosophical look at humanity, although at moments he can turn quite caustic. As hinted in the album title, there's a general interest here in the cycle of nature, and thus this album's positioning in "spring" reflects a desire to simplify and focus on the important things in life, admonishing listeners not to lose sight of the importance celebrating the simple beauty of the world and living for the present. It's not all oblique cryptograms however, as in this verse from the opening track "Happiness is Easy"

"It wrecks me how they justify their acts of war
They assemble, they pray
Take good care of what the priests say
'After death it's so much fun'
Little sheep don't let your feet stray"

What shouldn't be underestimated is the incredible feeling and power Hollis imbues into these songs. Hollis's vocals are deceptively effortless, and it's not until you hear someone attempt a Talk Talk song (Gwen Stefani for example, with her recent cover of 'It's my life') that you really appreciate what an incredible singer this guy was during this time period.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Belge on September 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Colour of Spring" is joyous and yet introspective at the same time, it would be one of my "desert island" discs. (If you were stranded on a desert island, what records would you want to have with you?)
One of the fascinating things about this album is the engineering/production. If you have a good pair of headphones, or better still, a really nice sound system, this album will bring you lots of pleasure. For example, on "Happiness is Easy" there's a beautful children's chorus who's stereo image is about 100 feet wide. At the same time, there's a very closely miked accoustic bass, you can almost feel the pluck and bowing of the strings. In "Living in Another World", which really rocks out, there's a great blues-y acoustic piano. The piano sounds like you're right inside the damn thing, listening to the hammers hit the strings. Right along side it is the beautiful thunk thunk thunk of an acoustic drum.
Some people don't like this album because its too "ponderous". I have never felt that way. There's always a compelling pulse in each song. There are great "hooks". Mark Hollis' voice is beautiful, and the melodies are very captivating. But the thing that really elevates this album for me is all the subtle details that you may not pick up on the first few times you listen to it. I found that even after playing it over and over again for months, I was still finding new little sonic wonders hidden here and there in the music. I would highly recommend this disc, especially to artists and musicians.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By FloydWaters on February 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
To the reviewer who said this album was mostly unknown outside the circle of Talk Talk aficionados, you're in luck! I hadn't even HEARD of the band until I saw this album mentioned in an interview of Rick Wright, Pink Floyd's keyboardist. On a lark I decided to give it a try--and sure enough, his taste proved extraordinary.
"The simplicity of the songs and Mark Hollis's voice make this album just incredible," Mr. Wright had explained to Record Collector magazine. "The first tune, 'Happiness Is Easy', says it all--nothing but a bass, a snare and a weird chord. That's Talk Talk all over, great songs and simplicity with a twist ... Why does it touch me? Hard to say, but it's got the feelgood factor, which all my favourite records have..."
From the second I heard the opening to "Happiness is Easy", I knew every word of Mr. Wright's was dead-on accurate. "Colour of Spring" is indeed a most appropriate title--I immediately felt a sense of gentle, uplifting power coming from the music. Although pensive, sometimes even sad in the lyrics at times, he does not go overboard with it. Mr. Hollis' voice becomes like a musical instrument in its own right, mingling perfectly with the open, never overpowering musical arrangements.
Particularly striking about this album are the Hammond organ played by Steve Winwood, which floats gently in the background and provides each track is atmosphere. The acoustic guitar and piano seem to dance gracefully in and out of the songs. Overall, Colour of Spring is incredibly soothing, but without putting the listener to sleep. This is the perfect album to unwind from a stressful day, and definitely a recommendation worth listening to!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1999
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More of a preface to their later albums than a reprise of their earlier work, "Colour of Spring" shines very brightly. Every single track is gorgeous, and the sound quality in the remastered version is a noticeable improvement over an already good original recording. If you want to get into talk talk, this is the album that I would recommend. "Happiness is Easy" and "Life's What You Make It" are two very accessible cuts that made into college and late night radio back in the second half of the 80s. The rest of the album is equally brilliant, and on the whole it can serve as a good introduction to "Spirit of Eden" and "Laughing Stock", their later, more challenging albums. The introspective, atmospheric, and sometimes atonal, evolution of the band's music can be foreseen here. I would bet that, if you get this, you'll be hooked and will want more. Don't be afraid to make the move and go for their later stuff: it's pure genius!
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