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Talk Talk — The Rainbow
Album: Spirit of Eden
Avg rating:
7.8

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Total ratings: 4663









Released: 1988
Length: 8:00
Plays (last 30 days): 4
Oh yeah
The world's turned upside down
Jimmy Finn is out
Well how can that be fair at all

Lenient
The song the lawyer sang
Our nation's wrong

Well how can that be fair at all
Repented, changed
Aware where I have wronged

Unfound corrupt
This song the jailor sings
My time has run

Sound the victim's song
The trial is gone
The trial goes on

Sound the victim's song
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I love this song...new to me through RP.  Until this I only knew about Talk Talk's "popular" songs played on commercial radio, which is probably why I never pursued them.  Shame on me, and kudos to RP.
 oscarvan wrote:

Just kicked the Average up .1



Every time I play this album...yes album, it just takes me on a different journey.  A top 5 album of all time!
Just kicked the Average up .1
 spinslps wrote:

Everytime Radio Paradise plays something off of this album, I give them a $20.00 donation.


Sounds like bribing, see you in court!
 Easyrider wrote:

Pure brilliance and spiritually moving ✌️



The entire album is a masterpiece.  A rare 10!
Pure brilliance and spiritually moving ✌️
The moment this tracks opens and aural experience succumbs🥰
Can hear Spiritualized taking notes from this for LAGWAFIS album - specifically Cop Shoot Cop
 timmus wrote:

One of these days BillG should just play the entire Spirit of Eden album.  A "deep tracks" format late at night would be incredible.



Agree. Except this isn't fm radio in Cleveland or wherever. "Late at night" isn't fixed across the whole RP listening audience. Maybe Bill could add world time zone channels :-)
The more I hear this tune, the more I like it!!  Thank You RP!
 Easyrider wrote:

Each time I hear this tune,I stop what I’m doing and marvel at the musicianship,a pure and brilliant 10.




I agree. Had to bump it from 9 to a solid 10.
 timmus wrote:

One of these days BillG should just play the entire Spirit of Eden album.  A "deep tracks" format late at night would be incredible.


It is a great album, I agree, but when is late at night for you?
One of these days BillG should just play the entire Spirit of Eden album.  A "deep tracks" format late at night would be incredible.
Pure beauty...
 luminouslass wrote:

Timeless and hauntingly beautiful!  




I AGREE!! First time that I heard this tune. Thank You RP!  
Timeless and hauntingly beautiful!  
Each time I hear this tune,I stop what I’m doing and marvel at the musicianship,a pure and brilliant 10.
 torino390 wrote:

So deep. How music can trigger certain emotions still amazes me. Talk Talk were masters at it.



Wow....I haven't heard this in a while. Spine-tingling!
So deep. How music can trigger certain emotions still amazes me. Talk Talk were masters at it.
Harmonica soufflé
A wonder of timeless beauty and work of rare genius
They've some great tracks but I hate to say that it's difficult to get excited about this at all.  Ho hum all the way. Sorry.
Music to fully immerse yourself into this wonderful soundscape✌️
Amazing work! Easy 10! Praise to RP as I would never have stumbled upon this record or any of their other music. By the way, this record is best suited to late night listening.
Sublime just edges a little nearer to a description of this.
Song is 8 minutes long... about 20 minutes too short. Listening to the entire album puts me in a state. 
 spinslps wrote:

Everytime Radio Paradise plays something off of this album, I give them a $20.00 donation.



That's $140.00  so far this month!!
Mark Hollis is one of music's most under acknowledged geniuses.  
 ColdMiser wrote:



I have to agree, not that I don't like the song, but it does seem like I hear it every day here.

Your imaginations I thinks, but you do caveat your comment with 'seem' so I'll let you off     ;-)

Plays (last 30 days):
Main Mix - 5
 NeilBlanchard wrote:

This is THE most frequently played song on RP, I think. At least lately.




I have to agree, not that I don't like the song, but it does seem like I hear it every day here.
Awesome band. Loved this album but I feel Hollis did start to lose it later in life. His music started to get real weird!
Great album! 
Interesting that Talk Talk generates so few negative comments.

Which in my book merely reinforces my view that they are one of the top 5 bands of all time.
I have never heard this (thanks BillG!) I had no idea these pop stars could be so melodic and atmospheric Love it
 ourmanwhere637 wrote:
The most underrated album of all time. 
 
It's certainly up there, largely because their work before and the one album after sounded nothing like this ephemeral beauty. 
 Grayson wrote:
"You should never listen to music as background music. Ever." ~ Mark Hollis. Why we play Radio Paradise.

RIP Mark Hollis. 
 
Excellent quote.  It says more about his feelings about music than about the general state of the musical world.  Personally, a background stream of instrumentals takes the edge off the tinnitus.

One should never listen to Mark Hollis as background music.  Ever.
 passsion8 wrote:
The first notes are a call to reverence. This is my church. 
 

I always loved this comment and every time I hear the beginning notes I go in my head "This is my church call"
I've never heard this song before. I'm spellbound.
"Before you play two notes, learn how to play one note. And don't play one note unless you've got a reason to play it."

You played one note like no other, Mark. RIP.
 spinslps wrote:
Everytime Radio Paradise plays something off of this album, I give them a $20.00 donation.
 
Wow, at 6 plays for this, 3 for Eden and 4 for  I Believe in You in the last 30 days on the Main Mix alone, you're in for $260. You are a die-hard RP supporter indeed!
 NeilBlanchard wrote:
This is THE most frequently played song on RP, I think. At least lately.
 
In the SF Bay Area, I hear this and other Talk Talk songs played in stores quite often (at least relative to the expected frequency of such an event). Evan as background, it has power.
The most underrated album of all time. 
I will admit that it took me, even as a major TT fan, some time to get used to this album when it was released.  On the heals of some incredible, and more commercial, material.  But when it hit, it really stuck.  I would later come to understand why so many of the world's musicians put TT on a pillar and why they had become so revered. 

I will say that over the years I would search for more and more  (band info, Mark Hollis info, music, back stories, etc.).  So little info in public about this great band...but isn't that how Mark Hollis really wanted it?  Less can be more...how refreshing.  Resulted in what could be the best band nobody's heard of (or remembers).

Chills. Every time. RIP Mark Hollis. 
Love this..............as a bonus it is THE piece that my son and I completely connected on.  Our tastes are different. He holds Pink Floyd and the Dead in the highest regard.  I think I appreciate them but don't share his enthusiasm.  It is hard for him to understand how I can't see it.   But I see this.  Thanks again Bill.       
E P I C
Where is an 11 when you need it? 
I bought the album right after it was released. Unfortunately I couldn't do anything with this album, which was overly complex for me at the time.
I should have taken more time for this.
R.I.P. Mark Hollis, you will stay great!
 exjunkie wrote:
I keep waiting for the song to go somewhere but . . . 

Music isn't about a destination, it's about a journey.
Fabulous,every time this is played 10👍
This is THE most frequently played song on RP, I think. At least lately.
 exjunkie wrote:
I keep waiting for the song to go somewhere but . . . 
 

That's too bad. while you are waiting you forget to enjoy the ride...
Mark Hollis.: "To me the ultimate ambition is to make music that doesn't have a use by date, that goes beyond your own time." He added: "Technique has never been an important thing to me. Feeling always has been, and always will be, above technique."
Talk Talk fans... check out former band members & TT touring musicians as "Spirit of Talk Talk" in new recordings (recorded while social distancing) and released in videos for frontline workers' charities. They've released 2 newly recorded/mixed tunes with videos here, as of  May 17, 2020:
https://www.youtube.com/channe...
Damn, Bill's been on his game all afternoon 😁
Sublimely beautiful ❤️
Do please read Phill Brown's book "Are We Still Rolling" about his engineering career, which reached its peak with the recording of this album.  The circumstances are incredible.

Are We Still Rolling?
by Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Learn more: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0...
Gives me shivers everytime such a beautiful song...
Another song introduced to me for the first time by RP where I immediately go and download the entire album to explore later. 
Me too
WOW
 MM_Prague wrote:
OK, you can flame me if you want, but I'm hearing echoes of Steppenwolf's "The Pusher" in places here. In any case, a good song.
 
I'm totally with you - would segue perfectly, especially with the 'drugs' comments!
I love you RP when you play a track that takes my breathe away, this is one of them.  Just a beautiful track.  Check out EOB RP fans.
This is blinking awsome. I'd forgotten all about it.
Just got this on Vinyl and spun the entire thing.  Really good.
I keep waiting for the song to go somewhere but . . . 
 westslope wrote:
This is so profound, so exquisite.  RP could play The Rainbow 10 times a month.
  I could't agree more.  In fact, this song makes me WANT to to drugs!

This is so profound, so exquisite.  RP could play The Rainbow 10 times a month.
 MrStatenIsle wrote:
I  know these guys are one of the darlings of RP, but I just can't find a place and time where they resonate with me.  :(
 
I'm with you on this one.  Ditto Talking Heads
Greatly underrated! I love them!
Timeless.  I need it on vinyl
 MrStatenIsle wrote:
I  know these guys are one of the darlings of RP, but I just can't find a place and time where they resonate with me.  :(
 
That's too bad, because this tune is really, really good.  I can see folks objecting to the vocal timbre, but the instrumental work and overall atmosphere are outstanding.

This one is perfect for those mellow after-midnight sessions with a good Scotch.
 Broken_Ear wrote:
One of the greatest musicians of the 80s passed away today, so sad. RIP Mark.
 
I had no idea about this until I saw this post, what a great shame. Mark Hollis and the rest of the band are one of the greatest musical talents to emerge from the UK . Always recognisable but totally unique. What an amazing legacy of tracks he has left behind.
 spinslps wrote:
 
 
That's a great idea ! Talk talk donation ;) 
I can totally picture this song being used in a movie .
 the_jake wrote:


No relation to poster  



When this song starts to play - I get a Pavlovian response for the Miles Davis tune that typically follows it.    "Doo-Bop"
 

I appreciate you pointing out the patterns in the algorithm. Power to the hive brain!!!
I  know these guys are one of the darlings of RP, but I just can't find a place and time where they resonate with me.  :(
Most sublime. Prog Blues? RIP Mark.
Now they need to start playing some tunes off of Laughing Stock.
Thank you!!!  Talk Talk rules.  
 Jim_Messenger wrote:

Could not have put it better myself.   Why we have listened to RP for 10 years or more.

Mark may have passed away but RP will ensure his music will live on. 

And it needs to in the 3 minute sound bite music world we now have in the 21st Century.
 
 True, but the "three-minute song" format has existed since the beginnings of recorded music; it is not an innovation or deviation of the 21st Century. 
This entire album is magical. It's a slow-burn, but so worth the wait.
 the_jake wrote:
When this song starts to play - I get a Pavlovian response for the Miles Davis tune that typically follows it.    "Doo-Bop"
 

I'm pleased to report that all your dribbling has not been in vain. From one 10 to another.
 MeanUncleJake wrote:
Thanks To RP I now am the happy owner of this excellent CD.  Thanks Bill & Rebecca.  Go!
 

No relation to poster  



When this song starts to play - I get a Pavlovian response for the Miles Davis tune that typically follows it.    "Doo-Bop"
Whale talk?
The last half hour has been a string of 9s and 10s in my ratings and I've been thinking "Thanks, Bill! hope this means the pledge drive is going well".
Everytime Radio Paradise plays something off of this album, I give them a $20.00 donation.
RIP Mark Hollis
Love this whole dreamy album.  Thanks for playing so much Talk Talk lately.  
This song never works in PSD -- it comes up but doesn't play anything.  And that's a shame because I rated this one an 8!
 MassivRuss wrote:
Dear Lord this is awful....
 

Such a Shame you feel that way.
Dear Lord this is awful....
RIP Mark Hollis... You deserve better than rest. We learned try to never talk empty.
 Grayson wrote:
"You should never listen to music as background music. Ever." ~ Mark Hollis. Why we play Radio Paradise.

RIP Mark Hollis. 
 

Gee Mark, Some of us have to work for a living!   Or simply get things done around the house and we do enjoy music in the background. Besides, some excellent music works really well  as both background and actively listened-to music.  

Talk Talk is terrific cross country road music.  I switch in and out of paying attention to it depending on the scenery and road conditions.  

Otherwise:  10^3 thanks for the terrific music!    We will still be listening to your music and talking about you when your grandchildren have gray hair.  
Anyone else keep hearing Six Blade Knife by Dire Straits with the bass line and rhythm?
 Repose en paix Mark. REP 
Thank you for playing all this great Talk Talk music lately.  Love this album.  
I never tire of this album. Downloaded everything i did not have by Mark Hollis and Co. since his death. I was missing out on a lot of great music. Incredibly talented man. 
 jkamm14 wrote:
First exposed to them through MTV ("Talk Talk", "It's My Life"), gained a deeper appreciation for them from The Colour Of Spring, The Spirit Of Eden, and Laughing Stock (all highly recommended). They created some fantastic, interesting, intimate and artful songs. 

RIP Mark Hollis.
 

Hear, hear... Brothers and sisters
 StfuDonny wrote:
Godspeed, Mr. Hollis. 
 
RIP Mark Hollis!  I'm FINALLY going 8 to 9 on this late 80s masterpiece. 
Long Live RP!!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Hollis_(musician)
First exposed to them through MTV ("Talk Talk", "It's My Life"), gained a deeper appreciation for them from The Colour Of Spring, The Spirit Of Eden, and Laughing Stock (all highly recommended). They created some fantastic, interesting, intimate and artful songs. 

RIP Mark Hollis.
Godspeed, Mr. Hollis. 
 Grayson wrote:
"You should never listen to music as background music. Ever." ~ Mark Hollis. Why we play Radio Paradise.

RIP Mark Hollis. 
 
Could not have put it better myself.   Why we have listened to RP for 10 years or more.

Mark may have passed away but RP will ensure his music will live on. 

And it needs to in the 3 minute sound bite music world we now have in the 21st Century.
RIP Mark Hollis. I love this album!
 Solanus wrote:
Brilliant obituary on The Quietus
 
Oh wow. It is. Thank you for sharing that, Solanus. 
"You should never listen to music as background music. Ever." ~ Mark Hollis. Why we play Radio Paradise.

RIP Mark Hollis. 
RIP Mark Hollis. 
I rated this 10?!?!

Finally got something right.   
One of the greatest musicians of the 80s passed away today, so sad. RIP Mark.
 Toff wrote:
The colours of this rainbow are everlasting
 
So true, especially today
Brilliant obituary on The Quietus
Mark Hollis rest in peace, such a loss...
RIP Mark Hollis
 kingart wrote:
Feb. 26, 2019

Mark Hollis
, frontman of the ‘80s-era British group Talk Talk, has died, his former manager confirmed to the BBC. He was 64. While news of his passing was widely reported on Monday, Hollis had retired from the music business after releasing a solo album in 1998 and it was some hours before his death was confirmed.
 
This is the first song I went to when I heard the news last night.
Feb. 26, 2019

Mark Hollis
, frontman of the ‘80s-era British group Talk Talk, has died, his former manager confirmed to the BBC. He was 64. While news of his passing was widely reported on Monday, Hollis had retired from the music business after releasing a solo album in 1998 and it was some hours before his death was confirmed.
It seems like this song gets really close to doing something a couple of times but then fizzles out.
I just discover this album by chance on Apple Music a few days ago. I read the review and thought it can't be that dam good! As I listened, I realized Ive never heard anything quick like it and quickly fell in love with the album. Today listening to RP and "The Rainbow" came on. What are the chances of that!!
Bill, this never plays when it comes up on PSD.