"First, make no mistake Talk Talk is a top contender for my favorite music groups to have ever existed. Their debut album holds little interest to me because of it's dated synth sounds and pop covering. Their remainder of recordings to me got better and better until the final Laughing Stock album which is a timeless, deep and ethereal masterpiece.
This London 1986 concert took place on thier final tour between the Colour of Spring and Sprit of Eden albums. While Colour of Spring is another 5 star album this live album reveals a whole different breath of life and risk that actuly makes the studio recordings sound comparably boxed in.
The power and impact of Give it up here is simply fantastic and Does Caroline Know flows with an openess of life that the studio version pales in comparison to, it's like live we're hearing what these songs really sound like. (BTW- Onetime Peter Gabrial bandmate and ace-guitarist david Rhodes plays the e-bow (a sort of magnetic guitar pick) guitar leads on the previously mentioned two tracks.
Most, if not all the drums/percussion is done live (not programmed)with a few exceptions. Most of the playing is done with taste and restraint. Mark Hollis' vocals are imperfect, vulnerable, moving and give me goosebumps.
Appearantly there was a video of this concert that was released in Italy back in it's day but nowhere else. I've seen the Give it Up video cut from this show and it's great. The audience is ever present and are part of the show, the acoustics of the mid-sized Hammersmith Odeon ring beautifully and play a part in the performance itself. The recording is more raw and real rather than polished or produced.
This show is top of my list for historic concerts that I wish I could go back in time and attend.
The live album for me brings these already great songs into an honest, open air.
Gripes? well, sometimes you can hear the edits between songs (out of sequence)and I wish this was longer and released as the whole concert! I'm guessing this disc covers about half of the show.
Excellent, if you already love and appreciate the It's my Life and Colour of Spring albums then this live album will give you an even better appreciation for the songs and a whole new aural vantage point.
Mark Hollis is a true artist with depth, integrity and the need to move forward, hence we will probobly never see a true Talk Talk concert ever come to take place in the future." amazon
1. Tomorrow Started / 2. Life Is What You Make It / 3. Does Caroline Know ? / 4. Living In Another World / 5. Give It Up / 6. It’s My Life / 7. Such A Shame / 8. Renee
Mark Hollis – vocals, Paul Webb – bass & vocals, Lee Harris – drums, David Rhodes – guitar & vocals, Danny Cummings – percussion, Phil Reis – percussion, Ian Curnow – keyboards, Rupert Black – piano, Mark Feltham – harmonica,