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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 (October 16, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000002UWE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,470 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Today
2. Talk Talk
3. My Foolish Friend
4. Such A Shame
5. Dum Dum Girl
6. It's My Life
7. Give It Up
8. Living In Another World
9. Life's What You Make It
10. Happiness Is Easy
11. I Believe In You
12. Desire
13. Life's What You Make It (Live)
14. Tomorrow's Started (Live)

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Who would have imagined that the missing link between Miles Davis and Portishead would be a pasty Brit band whose synth-driven hits show up from time to time on rock-of-the-'80s collections? For those only familiar with MTV hits like "Talk Talk" and "It's My Life," this compilation is the beginning of a revelation. Talk Talk mastermind Mark Hollis is an eccentric genius whose hook-laden hits hide an equally satisfying catalog of art-rock experimentation. As Talk Talk evolved, Hollis (opting for a cut-up technique that anticipated the Pro-Tools revolution) ditched synth-pop and produced some of the most sublime late-night records ever. Think Stevie Winwood tranquilized by listening to too much Blue Nile and you start to get the picture. But fair warning: buy this album, and there's a good chance you'll end up purchasing the whole catalog. --Bill Forman

Customer Reviews

Talk Talk has great musical skill.
Chris
Great album, all the songs in this album are great, i recommend this album to everyone !!!
Fabio C. Degrossi
Very good music and good sound quality.
z_Doc

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Damonte on April 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
OK, I'm writing this review principally because I'm disturbed by the other reviews. Sure, "It's My Life" and "Such a Shame" are swell songs, but if that's where it ended, Talk Talk would not be particularly important. It's the second half of this album that is groundbreaking and timeless. This compilation gets 5 stars from me because it's such an interesting journey from their early pop hits to the experimental tracks on "Spirit of Eden". Pick it up, and then get "Colours of Spring", "Spirit of Eden", and "Laughing Stock" -- essential albums for anyone interested in music.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alan Caylow on May 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This outstanding British art-pop band, led by singer/songwriter Mark Hollis, released five studio albums between 1982 and 1991. "Natural History" is a Best-Of collection that covers the first four Talk Talk albums, and I can most certainly guarantee that if you enjoy this disc, you'll definitely want to seek out the band's whole catalog. They only had one Top 40 hit in the States, "It's My Life" (recently covered by No Doubt), but there's a lot more intelligent, sophisticated tunes where that classic song came from. Talk Talk made GREAT music, with a grace and power in the way they used keyboards and piano, the big thumping of the drums, the cleverness of the songwriting & arrangements, the way their music could instantly grab you and hold your attention, and, of course, the distinctive, rich voice of Mark Hollis. "Talk Talk," "Such A Shame," "It's My Life," "Life Is What You Make It," "Living In Another World," "Desire"....simply wonderful songs. Thanks to "Natural History," I'm an instant fan, and I'm already seeking out the rest of the group's stuff. They never got the huge success that they so rightfully deserved, but Talk Talk was and IS a band to treasure. "Natural History" is a marvelous introduction.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dave Felter on May 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Not as popular as say, the PET SHOP BOYS, not as commercial as CULTURE CLUB, and not as beloved as THE SMITHS, TALK TALK is nevertheless an 80's band that really always deserved a closer look. Synth-pop die-hards remember the singles 'Talk Talk' and the sublime (and personal favorite) 'It's My Life', but there are more than a few other tracks that upon closer scrutiny are clearly as strong as those, and they are all included on this disc. Possessing a haunting, pained vocal style, Mark Hollis brings his sensitive p.o.v. to a number of songs that anyone other than hardcore TALK TALK fans probably have never heard, tracks like the hard-driving 'Living in Another World'. As catchy and memorable as any New Wave hit, 'World' to me is one of those lost classics that few have heard and should've. Clocking in at 7 minutes it's a fierce, up-tempo, break-up epic. The singer wounded and hurt but accepting and even complimentary to his lost love. Need other reasons to pick up 'Natural History'? How about the infectious and inspiring 'Life's what you make it'. Alternately funky and New Wavey it's another stand-out on a disc that has several pleasant surprises if you've been only a casual fan. Like New Wave? Order this.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on September 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Talk Talk remain a fairly obscure 80's synth band-turned-art/jazz band. Their only top 40 hit was 1984's "It's My Life", but that was a great song, and I still hear it played on 80's radio stations. The band was more sophisticated, musically, than other synth bands and they paid for it by being less commercial. I have all of their cds: "The Party's Over" (1982), "It's My Life" (1984), "The Colour Of Spring" (1986), "Spirit Of Eden" (1988) and "Laughing Stock" (1991). This hits compilation does not include anything from "Laughing Stock". Great melancholic synth-pop hits like "Such A Shame", "Dum Dum Girl", "It's My Life", "Life's What You Make It", "Today", "Talk Talk", "Happiness Is Easy", "Tomorrow's Started" and "I Believe In You" display the band's depth and range. I think this band would rank next to Echo and the Bunnymen, The Church, The Call and bands of that nature. It's a good compilation by itself, but you could just as easily buy the individual cds and be no worse off.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Talk Talk is one of those bands few people care to know about (all they remember is the going back to nature video for "It's My Life") but everyone SHOULD know about. This compilation is but a taste of their cannon and the later albums - represented here by a few edited cuts - showcase excruciatingly beautiful songs that talk about the conflicts of a greater sense of spiritruality in a very human and natural word. If that makes this album sound boring disregard all I have said and just buy the album. You will be mesmerized!
Update on Talk Talk (just in case people are interested): They recorded 2 experimental semi-instrumental CD's under the band name of O'Rang (available on an independent label in the US) with band members from other organizations such as Matt Johnson from The The) and rumor is that they will reunite in 1999. A current import only compilation of B-sides and remixes is also just out in Great Britain (released May of 1998) and it's a must if only for the CD version of their best song EVER - originally a b-side to the 12" mix of "Life's What You Make It" called "It's Getting Late in the Evening"
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