TALK TALK

It's My Life

CD, Album, Reissue (2012)

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Header Photo: Detail from album cover.
Image © James Marsh

James Marsh was the resident Talk Talk and was responsible for so many iconic sleeves. His astonishing artwork can be found & bought in ltd edn signed prints & other stuff here. The highest recommendation.

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Talk Talk It's My Life CD

Talk Talk It's My Life CD


Item Specifications:

Label: EMI - 5099962178426, EMI - CDEMCX 2400022
Format: CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Country: Europe
Released: 30 Mar 2012


Track Listing:

1 Dum Dum Girl 3:50
2 Such A Shame 5:35
3 Renée 6:22
4 It's My Life 3:53
5 Tomorrow Started 6:00
6 The Last Time 4:23
7 Call In The Night Boy 3:47
8 Does Caroline Know 4:30
9 It's You 4:42


More Details:

Standard jewel case with clear tray & 20-page lyrics booklet.
Mark Hollis' handwritten tracklisting and lyrics in the 20 pages counting booklet. Contains 2 pictures but no paintings from James Marsh as in the 1997 reissue. Such a shame. Pardon the pun.

Published:
1, 4: Universal/Island Music Ltd./Zomba Music Publishers Ltd.
2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9: Universal/Island Music Ltd.
6: Universal/Island Music Ltd./Ian Gordon Curnow.
On CD:
Digital remaster p. 1997. The copyright in this sound recording is owned by EMI Records Ltd. © 2012 EMI Records Ltd.
Made In The EU.

On back cover:
Digital remaster p. 1997. The copyright in this sound recording is owned by EMI Records Ltd. © 2012 EMI Records Ltd.
Printed In The EU.


Artwork:

Same artwork was used for all format releases, CD, vinyl and cassette.

Talk Talk It's My Life
Detail from album cover. Image © James Marsh

The artist, James Marsh, used the figures from the famous John Everett Millais's painting, The Boyhood of Raleigh, (1870) (Tate). The Pre-Raphaelite's most famous painting is Ophelia, circa 1851. Millais's sons Everett and George modelled for the boys. The sailor was a professional model. The location was Budleigh Salterton.

For me, this adds a haunting, knowing but unknowing, quality to Marsh's work for I was sure I'd seen the figures before but forgot where I seen them. So seeing them taken out of context from what is a rather traditional painting (the original one) into this surreal landscape is a bit like Magritte and the bowler hat - surreal reality.

Millais painting:

John Everett Millais The Boyhood of Raleigh
Image © Estate of John Everett Millais.

James Marsh was born in 1946. The seminal work for Talk Talk is a highpoint but he has produced covers for, among others, Jamiroquai, Steeleye Span, Gerry Rafferty, Kirsty MacColl & Erasure plus work for numerous companies such as British Airways and The Royal Mail. The list of companies though is almost endless.

Talk Talk It's My Life
Detail from album cover. Image © James Marsh

Marsh's astonishing artwork can be found & bought in ltd edn signed prints & other stuff here. The highest recommendation. Just look at the Talk Talk prints!


Barcode and Other Identifiers:

Barcode: 5099962178426
Label Code: LC0542
Rights Society: SDRM BIEM
Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 8567972 AC69042-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH
Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): ifpi L573
Mould SID Code (Variant 1): none
Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 8567972 AC69042-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH
Mastering SID Code (Variant 2. Written twice.): ifpi L573
Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 9723
Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): 8567972 AC69042-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH
Mastering SID Code (Variant 3): ifpi L573
Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 9702
Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): 8567972 AC69042-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH
Mastering SID Code (Variant 4): ifpi L573
Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 9705


Specific Release Reviews:

If you would like to review this release, good or bad, please email here: here (ihuppert5@aol.com). Also give it a mark out of 5 with 5 being the best. I will get it up within 24 hours.

It's Talk Talk at the zenith of their commercial peak. If people remember the band today I would venture that for most it's some of the songs from here that they have in their mind's eye with , of course, the sublime It's My Life crowding out most other songs.With bands like Talk Talk and Japan there comes a point, one point, where artistic and commercial needs converge as one.With Japan it was Tin Drum; with Talk Talk it is this.

The problem with the band's legacy is that no-one seems to want to promote it these days - at least none of the primary members. Hollis retired after his solo album in the late 1990s and there was really nothing from him to recall those earlier days with Talk Talk. The other 2 band members don't seem to want to engage - ditto the tribute show last year. And Tim Friese-Greene? Try interviewing him about it. Good luck with that.

Four singles were taken from the album in the UK if you count the rerelease of It's My Life in 1985. It's My Life, Such a Shame and "Dum Dum Girl came out the previous year.

If historic UK charts are worth anything (and for me they aren't) it reached number 35 in the UK charts. Yeah, right. So there were 34 better albums in that particular week? Absolute nonsence; it's one of the most important albums ever.

Mainland Europe it fared much better, within the top 5 in Holland, Germany and Switzerland.

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Price: £17.99 (UK Sterling) (Worldwide Air Mail Postage Inclusive).

February 2020: A few in stock. New - still sealed (see photos).

Payment can also be made to Lenin Imports by cheque, po, money order, international money order, cash by registered mail. Or bank transfer. Please e-mail here (ihuppert5@aol.com) to request bank details. Please enclose title of item ordering and return address when ordering via cheque.

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It's My Life ~ CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered (Europe) (2012)

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Artwork

Specific Release Reviews

It's My Life Cassette, Album, Black Ink (UK) (1984)

It's My Life Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue (Europe) (2017)

Mark Hollis Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered (Europe) (2019) - Feb.2020: A few in Stock

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