TALK TALK

It's My Life

Cassette, Clear Shell (UK)

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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 Life Cassette, Album, Repress, Clear/Blue Shell (UK)

Talk Talk Life Cassette, Album, Repress, Clear/Blue Shell (UK)


Item Specifications:

Label: EMI - TC-EMC 2400024, EMI - TC-EMC 24-0002-4
Format: Cassette, Album, Repress, Clear/Blue Shell
Country: UK


Track Listing:

A1 Dum Dum Girl
A2 Such A Shame
A3 Renée
A4 It's My Life
B1 Tomorrow Started
B2 The Last Time
B3 Call In The Night Boy
B4 Does Caroline Know?
B5 It's You


More Details:

Logo: EMI
p. 1984 Original sound recordings made by EMI Records Ltd.
© 1984 EMI Records Ltd.
8402 DP
Printed in England
Manufactured in England
EMI Records Ltd
Hayes Middlesex England
Made and printed in the UK

Publishers:
Tracks A1 & A4 Island Music Ltd. / Zomba Music Publishers Ltd.
Tracks A2, A3, B1, B3, B4 & B5 Island Music Ltd.
Track B2 Island Music Ltd. / Berlac Music

XDR Quality System
Dolby System

Late 80's repress of the first UK issue, originally released with a white cassette printed with black or red ink and no printing and manufacturing info near the barcode.
This repress has a clear/blue transparent cassette printed with white ink.
A slightly different repress, with clear/foil transparent cassette, also printed with white ink, exists.
Both releases have "Printed in England - Manufactured in England" near the barcode.


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 (String): 5099924000246
Barcode (Text): 5 099924 000246


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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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It's My Life ~ Cassette, Album, Repress, Clear/Blue Shell (UK)

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