Spirit Of Eden
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Vinyl, Import, 10 April 2012
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 31.5 x 31.5 x 0.61 cm; 309.86 Grams
- Manufacturer : PARLOPHONE IMPORT
- Manufacturer reference : PCSDX 105
- Original Release Date : 2012
- Run time : 1 hour and 28 minutes
- Label : PARLOPHONE IMPORT
- ASIN : B0074V5Q0M
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,289 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Heavyweight 180gm vinyl LP pressing including a DVD-Audio disc containing the album delivered as a 96kHz/24 bit LPCM stereo mix. Plus one bonus track. Digitally remastered edition of this 1988 album from the British outfit. While their first two albums were commercially successful and their the Colour of Spring album had found the band moving towards a more sophisticated and mature sound, the Spirit of Eden found the band even further away from their earlier works, creating a sound that has now been referred to as Post-Rock. EMI.
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Other reviewers have commented on the surface noise from the vinyl version but, because of the quiet nature of the music featured on Spirit of Eden, noise is inevitably going to be more noticeable than on loud rock music – it is the price you pay for analogue audio and not necessarily a faulty pressing. The LP is made from decent 180 gram vinyl so is nicely weighty – but even so you cannot completely eliminate surface noise from the medium - if you don’t want pops and crackles then buy the CD version instead. However, you do get a bonus with this LP in the shape of a DVD-Audio, which contains a 96kHz/24 bit LPCM stereo mix of the album, which I have played on my Blu-ray player through my TV soundbar and it sounds pretty good with no surface noise! The DVD contains the six album tracks plus “John Cope”, the B-side of the 1988 single “I believe in you” - which was an edited version of the album track; the disc comes tucked inside the album’s sleeve.
This LP/DVD package has been up and down in price over the last few days and if you catch it at around twenty pounds it is a bit of a bargain. Although all of Talk Talk’s music is now rather sadly due a reassessment with the passing of Mark Hollis, I would personally recommend a listen to Spirit of Eden – I wish I had paid more attention to their later music at the time!
Despite having the machinery to play a 12" vinyl version I persisted with the CD for close to 30 years? and never questioned my belief that this is one of the best (in terms of music IMO) recordings of the last 40 years.
The other day I just bought the LP. As I have done for one or two other back catalogue items recently.
I'm into Post Rock (Sigur Ros, Mogwai) plus Radiohead and Elbow, and I can hear this albums (plus Laughing Stock's) influences all over their work.You kind of feel that nowadays most bands would not have the talent or bravery to make such a record, plus I imagine record companies would not encourage it either. Perhaps Radiohead have got the closest in terms of talent and progression in their music over their careers, plus they are mostly able to do what they want. But I would argue that this album stands out as an essential body of work in terms of musical influence, showing bands what is possible and just being so damn perfect. And I am pretty sure that if it was not for this then a lot of my favourite bands would not be so good.