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Talk Talk - Laughing Stock album download
Abstract, Post Rock, Ambient
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Laughing Stock would also be Talk Talk’s final album as the band’s members decided to pursue solo careers, especially Mark Hollis who would then release his 1998 self-titled album. Ultimately, Laughing Stock along with their previous record, Spirit of Eden and Slint’s Spiderland are considered some of the first true post-rock records and would later play an enormous influence on more modern post-rock bands in the decades to come. Laughing Stock Q&A. Producers Tim Friese-Greene. More Talk Talk albums. Live at Montreaux 1986.

In other words, Talk Talk’s labels were enablers of Hollis’ work. Their financial support, their willingness to support him in his endeavours and their belief in his talent are the very reasons that these albums exist. It’s a surprising, provocative response that goes against the grain of our very understanding of those records, but it’s also an honest and intriguing perspective worthy of closer examination. To do that, it’s necessary to consider the story of Talk Talk’s career in more detail. Less than two years after Laughing Stock’s release, furthermore, he would force Slowdive to scrap most of their second album – according to singer Rachel Goswell in an interview with Melody Maker’s Ian Watson – after telling them that, I see you’ve got no songs. McGee was protecting his investment, and simultaneously interfering with the band’s creative process.

Since the age of 16 my favourite album has been Talk Talk’s 1991 masterpiece and swansong Laughing Stock. The album marked the end of the fascinating career of Talk Talk, a project which, beginning as a mildly interesting pop group, slowly transformed into a vehicle for the most unexpected, conceptually ambitious, and beautiful experimental rock. After Laughing Stock, bandleader Mark Hollis released one remarkable solo album before more or less vanishing from the music scene entirely. Laughing Stock sits among a class of albums which excite feeling and passion as much as thought

Virtually ignored upon its initial release, Laughing Stock continues to grow in stature and influence by leaps and bounds. Picking up where Spirit of Eden left off, the album operates outside of the accepted sphere of rock to create music which is both delicate and intense; recorded with a large classical ensemble, it defies easy categorization, conforming to very few structural precedents - while the gently hypnotic "Myrrhman" flirts with ambient textures, the percussive "Ascension Day" drifts toward jazz before the.

Talk Talk two final albums could have been, on the preface, a completely disjointed experience. Recorded with the intention to only capture improvised moments. Mark Hollis, singer and perfectionist, even went as far as to let brought in musicians listen to just a sliver of a song, that might as well been an improvised part, to then improvise themselves to that incomplete picture of a song. A roundabout way to record an album but it has without a doubt left its mark on Laughing Stock. The unique atmosphere Laughing Stock has can certainly in part be lent to this fact. Combined with the brilliance of Mark Hollis and everyone else involved in the recording and making of the album has made Laughing Stock into something that really is quite like nothing else. A statement that one cannot say about many albums. One that springs in mind however, is Slint's Spiderland.

Now, defining post-rock itself can be a dicey task, particularly because it can entail just about anything that’s a little bit rock and a little bit anything else. But to put it in an easier to dissect example, the foundation that Talk Talk laid out on Laughing Stock can be traced to bands like Mogwai and Godspeed! You Black Emperor to Sigur Ros, and to some extent, even Isis. That’s not to say they all sound exactly like Talk Talk, because they don’t

Album Name Laughing Stock. Data de lançamento 19 Novembro 1991. Labels Verve Records. Estilo de MúsicaNew-Wave. Membros têm este álbum5. 2. Ascension Day. 3. After the Flood.

Talk Talk was an English pop and rock band formed in 1981, led by Mark Hollis (vocals, guitar, piano), Lee Harris (drums), and Paul Webb (bass). The group achieved early chart success with the synth-pop singles "Talk Talk" (1982), "It's My Life", and "Such a Shame" (both 1984) before moving towards more experimental music in the mid-1980s, pioneering what became known as post-rock.


1 Myrrhman 5:33
2 Ascension Day 6:00
3 After The Flood 9:39
4 Taphead 7:30
5 New Grass 9:40
6 Runeii 4:58

Companies, etc.

  • Recorded At – Wessex Sound Studios
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Polydor Ltd. (UK)
  • Copyright (c) – Polydor Ltd. (UK)
  • Manufactured By – PolyGram Records, Inc.
  • Marketed By – PolyGram Records, Inc.
  • Made By – EDC, USA


  • Cello – Paul Kegg, Roger Smith
  • Contrabass Clarinet [Contra Bass Clarinet] – Dave White
  • Double Bass [Acoustic Bass] – Ernest Mothle, Simon Edwards
  • Drums – Lee Harris
  • Engineer – Phill Brown
  • Harmonica – Mark Feltham
  • Illustration [Cover Illustration] – James Marsh
  • Management – Keith Aspden
  • Percussion – Martin Ditcham
  • Piano, Organ, Harmonium – Tim Friese-Greene
  • Producer – Tim Friese-Greene
  • Sleeve – Russell Uttley
  • Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Henry Lowther
  • Viola – Garfield Jackson, Gavyn Wright, George Robertson, Jack Glickman, Levine Andrade, Stephen Tees, Wilf Gibson
  • Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Organ – Mark Hollis


Recorded at Wessex Studios London Sept 1990 - April 1991.
All songs: © 1991 EMI Publishing Ltd.

℗ © 1991 Polydor Ltd. (UK). Manufactured and marketed by PolyGram Records, Inc., New York, New York. Made and printed in U.S.A.

Slightly different release to Laughing Stock and Talk Talk - Laughing Stock. This version has ASCAP/BMI underneath the catalog number on the CD and there is no 0704 code on the rear cover or back of the booklet and there is no UML in hub.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 422-847717-2 6
  • Matrix / Runout: 847 717 2 40% J [EDC logo]
  • Matrix / Runout (Moulded in hub): MADE IN USA
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L007
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 0395
  • Rights Society: ASCAP/BMI
  • SPARS Code: AAD

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
847 717-1 Talk Talk Laughing Stock ‎(LP, Album) Verve Records 847 717-1 UK & Europe 1991
847717-4 Talk Talk Laughing Stock ‎(Cass, Album) Polydor 847717-4 Greece 1991
PLVP002CD Talk Talk Laughing Stock ‎(CD, Album, RE) Pond Life PLVP002CD UK 1999
B0024137-01 Talk Talk Laughing Stock ‎(LP, Album, RE) UMe, Polydor B0024137-01 US 2016
847 717-4 Talk Talk Laughing Stock = El Hazmereir ‎(Cass, Album) Verve Records 847 717-4 Argentina 1991