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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
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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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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Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
Always wanted a high resolution version of this title, but could not afford the prices the hybrid SACDs were fetching online. Thankfully someone thought it would be a good idea to reissue this one with a great transfer of the master tapes and a bonus track too on a DVD. After selling the unplayed vinyl back to a local used record store (sold off my remaining vinyl collection two summers ago), I got what I wanted for a lot less than what the SACD costs. I have an SACD-R copy and I notice very little difference (if any) between it and the DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Masterpiece Oct. 30 2007
Format:Audio CD
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 moderate hits. Despite being decent songs, the group was an obvious Duran Duran light outfit, with Duran's same producer on the helm and the name in the same vein as Duran.

Some respect was added when It's My Life, Dum Dum Girl and Such a Shame were released. All 3 remain pop classics. I even became tempted buying their Colour of Spring album based on very favorable reviews and the hits Living in Another World and Life's What You Make It. Like so many other people, I settled for their Natural History collection which I have listened to regularly for many years.

That collection included 2 of the songs on Spirit of Eden. They did not, however, fit in any way with the rest of the collection so I most often simply stopped listening at that point. Having, however, read rave reviews about the album for many years, I became curious to hear how it actually is. Could it be that as a whole, it sounds better than the fragments I had heard on the Natural History collection? I finally gave in and bought it a couple of years ago. In most cases, such shots in the dark lead to nowhere (Arcade Fire and Sufjan Stevens are recent examples). This time I struck, however, gold.

This is a demanding album and really unlike almost everything else. Yet, I became instantly hooked on it. I have been constantly playing it since I bought it, always discovering new dimensions. Being such a unique album, it is difficult describing the music. The songs are long (only six of them) and in most cases relatively mellow. Comparisons that come to mind are David Sylvian, Miles Davis, Pink Floyd and Radiohead.
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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 7 months ago by Jamie
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 One of the best albums ever
For eight years, in the Eighties, I was a rock critic corresponding from Los Angeles for several European magazines. Read more
Published on May 9 2004 by Stenie M. Di Sospiro
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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