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Spirit Of Eden [Original recording remastered]

Talk Talk Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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EU pressing of this 1988 album from the eclectic British trio. Spirit Of Eden completed the band's transformation from hitmaking Pop band to Post-Rock pioneers. EMI.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars freedom of the spirit Feb. 26 2006
By darby
Format:Audio CD
I was threatened to be pushed off a cliff, metaphorically speaking, if I didn't give Talk Talk a chance. I put in The Colour of Spring... Laughing Stock... and then the amazing Spirit of Eden. I simply drown with my headphones on listening to this album. I close my eyes and the music overtakes every other thought in mind. The talent within this band surprised me! These past three albums were albums I could appreciate. Five stars for its stimuation, creativity, and feverish chills that Mark Hollis somehow sings into your skin... a must have!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful, Sacred, Sublime Nov. 15 2006
Format:Audio CD
The soundtrack of the universal soul, the perfect blend of silence and sound, the most joyfully poignant expression of each of the most exalted human emotions. In our world, music must have form and identity, and musical expression is learned from what has come before. Spirit of Eden exists in a timeless place outside that world. To say that this music has taken me to heights, depths, and breadths previously unexplored cannot express how much it has meant to me as much as the telling of a simple story, one of many anecdotes, the likes of which will be recognized, chuckled over, and cherished by anyone who has truly experienced this music.

I was visiting a friend, and fellow devotee of this record, in a beautiful little spot in Taiwan (I seldom got together with a good friend I hadn't seen in a while without Spirit of Eden somehow present). After catching up over a bottle of Tequila, he informed me that he had taken secret video of a bunch of everyday people in everyday places going about their lives. I suggested we watch it, on mute, with Spirit of Eden coursing through his excellent sound system. What followed I can only identify as mystical. The music was such a perfect match to this completely random string of events, it was as if it had been written specifically for the piece, synchronizing perfectly with the pinnacles, pitfalls, seriousness and absurdity of this slice of life.

Not surprising then that now, I dare not play it for anything less than a monumental occasion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully dramatic - Hollis finds his voice July 6 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Talk Talk began as a band in the wrong place: a synth-rock band whose singer clearly was not designed for that - when I was a pop listenerm, I was well aware of how Mark Hollis' mumbling voice just did not fit the songs.
On their previous album "The Colour Of Spring", Talk Talk had moved away from 1980s style synthesisers to use basically acoustic instrumentation or older synthesisers. In the process they created on songs like "Life's What You Make It", "Time It's Time" and the jazzy "April 5th" music that was seemingly dark yet actually very joyful and uplifting when listened to with an open ear. On "Spirit Of Eden", the primitive synthesisers so characteristic of "April 5th" were completely discarded, to be replaced with quasi-classical orchestration and sparse piano and drums as the dominant instruments.
Though seen as a quantum leap by many, in fact, aside from their slow pace, the opening two tracks, "The Rainbow" and "Eden", could almost have come off "The Colour Of Spring": however, Hollis was clearly growing much more reflective and emotional, with the result that the joyful subject matter of the previous album completely disappeared.
It is only on "Desire" that we see genuine advances on previous Talk Talk: this plea for innocence, with its much-imitated quiet-to-loud dynamics and incomprehensible chorus, stands far apart from the restrained pop music Talk Talk began with. Yet, though they appear to overblow the chorus, "Desire", like, say, Laura Nyro's "Gibsom Street", uses this "overblowing" to achieve an emotional power that cannot be achieved any other way. It might be painful to listen to but that only emphasises its value.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a new Talk Talk fan July 29 2005
By Paul
Format:Audio CD
I'll be the first to admit that beyond a few hook-driven tunes from the 80s, I did not like what Talk Talk put out back then. Synth-pop was not my favourite style. However, a friend put me onto Spirit of Eden and I can say that it's a rare find. I can't really classify it - it's certainly not Prog-Rock à la Yes or even Pink Floyd. Less ominous and weighty, much more mood-driven, perfectly suited for the voice. And a decade ahead of Radiohead.
There are, I think, a few better albums out there in the way of 'atmospheric' music, but not many.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums ever May 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
For eight years, in the Eighties, I was a rock critic corresponding from Los Angeles for several European magazines. Before that, perhaps unusually, I had acquired, in Italy, a thorough and hands-on education in classical music. Jazz also featured prominently in my formative years. I must admit I missed "Spirit of Eden" when it was released, and found out about it only years later. Many of the reviews spoke of a music that made demands on the listener, and that would pay one back only after several listens. Nonsense: I expected something as abstruse as Anthony Braxton, I was delighted to chance upon a work which is great from the first note, and at the first listen. Yes, it will leave some listeners guessing, if they are not used to slightly more rarefied music. But even those who are, will continue to enjoy it after many listens. The thing that is most surprising is how quickly Mark Hollis learnt about "cultured" music and how tastefully he managed to incorporate his new finds, as if he had been jamming with Miles Davis or conducting music by Arvo Pärt. He had obviously metabolized all the great composers and musicians he had been avidly listening to, yet forging a very personal style. In conclusion, this is one of the best albums in the Eighties and indeed one of the best ever recorded. By not belonging to any specific genre, and yet by being so knowing and profoundly satisfying, it is a work for all listeners who want the most from music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kept the DVD-A, sold the vinyl to a local used record store
Always wanted a high resolution version of this title, but could not afford the prices the hybrid SACDs were fetching online. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Boris The Cat
3.0 out of 5 stars Spirit of Edien
This was a little disappointing, compared to the It's My Life album. The CD arrived quickly and was in good shape.
Published 12 months ago by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Masterpiece
It must be admitted; I had for the longest time a rather negative view on Talk Talk. I first discovered Talk Talk via their first singles - Talk Talk and Today - that became... Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2007 by gnagfloW
5.0 out of 5 stars good stuff
clearly this is the best band in the world. they were once pop and without much transition they became this amazing jazz. Read more
Published on June 4 2004 by "ezranovatriples"
5.0 out of 5 stars The world turned upside down.
The refernce to Eden in the title is very appropriate. There is something primal about the music on this Cd, a kind of stripped down beauty only hinting at the power it possesses,... Read more
Published on April 7 2004 by Reverend_Maynard
5.0 out of 5 stars Let it grow on you
The music in this collection is very different from both earlier Talk Talk material and just about anything else most people have ever listened to. Read more
Published on March 18 2004 by Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Elevates beyond the elevator
Although some have suggested that this is a pop album or even a jazz album, it's actually closest in sound and ambition to ambient music. Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2004 by R Jess
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's talk
What comes from the origin of mankind, is still around today and is a common denominator for all nations? Music
Music is about emotions and it could be of various nature. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2004 by Guylaine Le Ber
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