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Talk Talk — The Rainbow
Album: Spirit of Eden
Avg rating:
7.7

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Total ratings: 3289









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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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.
 passsion8 wrote:
The first notes are a call to reverence. This is my church. Play the album from the start and be moved. 
 
True. Amen brothers and sisters. Rejoice
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.
Love this and everything from this band..
Thanks To RP I now am the happy owner of this excellent CD.  Thanks Bill & Rebecca.  Go!
{#Hearteyes}
This was when they really caught my ear's attention...
 Dave_Mack wrote:
Talk Talk rules on Radio Paradise!
 
Yes!
Talk Talk rules on Radio Paradise!
The colours of this rainbow are everlasting
I hope in the future these Talk Talk albums will continue to astound new listeners, as they did me back in the early 90s.
Filling my California house too...great tune. Cheers!  {#Cool} 

robertomiller wrote:
This fills the house and morning in California rather well. As did the two previous songs. I think I'm ready for work in the studio now...
 

Ugh
This fills the house and morning in California rather well. As did the two previous songs. I think I'm ready for work in the studio now...
 ExploitingChaos wrote:
Song - 10
Album - 10
 
20 it is.
Song - 10
Album - 10
I like this track. It's dreamy, hypnotic...and seems to drag on for about three days.
 Solanus wrote:
I always have mixed feelings when this song comes on when I'm at work. Part of it is the fight between having a nice little break from work and getting pulled out of my groove if I'm on a roll. The bigger issue is that the best way to appreciate this song is kicked back, eyes closed, and the music LOUD so you can hear everything going on in it, and that is sort of frowned upon within my cubicle farm.

 

I listened to this track while cooking, kind of dancing around kitchen and enjoying it loud:)
 konz wrote:

No, I think I've heard it all 4 times in the past 30 days.  Maybe you're not listening frequently enough.

Last play: Dec 4, 2017
Plays in last 30 days: 4

 
Bill G. does a fine job of keeping this song alive.
I thought, "this is a cool-sounding song, let me rate it"—checked and I'd already rated it a 10 years ago {#Yes}

I had the exact same thought.
 
Wolford wrote:
Can this LP really be 30 years old?!  Like every great album, it knows no time boundaries.

 


Can this LP really be 30 years old?!  Like every great album, it knows no time boundaries.
 westslope wrote:
I am not hearing Steppen Wolf here (no matter how hard I try).
 
But I do wonder if this piece influenced Steven Wilson's use of the harmonica on his latest To the Bone album.  

 
Of course, you big dumbass.....  This is Mark Feltham playing here who also plays on Steven Wilson's latest effort To the Bone.

A big thank you to  Ben_D_Wire for pointing that out.  
 Ben_D_Wire wrote:

Mark Feltham also plays on Steven Wilson's latest solo album, To The Bone. Watch the "making of" video and be in awe at the emotion that guy pours into his playing when he gets into the zone. All the more poignant when you realise he was losing his wife to cancer at that time.

 
Thanks for the tip! I'll have to get that CD! {#Cheers}
 westslope wrote:
The cubicle farm blues.....
 
Solanus, what about headphones?  

 
Technically I'm supposed to keep an ear out for the phones, so that puts a damper on playing it loud. But I would guess the boss would frown upon me more with my feet up and my eyes closed, completely focused on the music. I need to at least keep up the facade of getting work done.
I am not hearing Steppen Wolf here (no matter how hard I try).
 
But I do wonder if this piece influenced Steven Wilson's use of the harmonica on his latest To the Bone album.  
The cubicle farm blues.....
 
Solanus, what about headphones?  
I always have mixed feelings when this song comes on when I'm at work. Part of it is the fight between having a nice little break from work and getting pulled out of my groove if I'm on a roll. The bigger issue is that the best way to appreciate this song is kicked back, eyes closed, and the music LOUD so you can hear everything going on in it, and that is sort of frowned upon within my cubicle farm.
The song has a good front part but has an awkward transition and ending to it, like they couldn't decide how to end it, so they just do.{#Ask}
 Sam_Chucklestone wrote:
This is one of the best songs ever made imho.

It comes up regularly when I use PSD but it never plays. Does anyone else have this problem?

 
No, I think I've heard it all 4 times in the past 30 days.  Maybe you're not listening frequently enough.

Last play: Dec 4, 2017
Plays in last 30 days: 4
 Sam_Chucklestone wrote:
This is one of the best songs ever made imho.

It comes up regularly when I use PSD but it never plays. Does anyone else have this problem?

 
Yes. And I am bummed out too.
Tedious tedious tedious tedious....
Well put !
 

passsion8 wrote:
The first notes are a call to reverence. This is my church. Play the album from the start and be moved. 

 


The first notes are a call to reverence. This is my church. Play the album from the start and be moved. 
 SeriousLee wrote:
That harmonica!

 
Mark Feltham also plays on Steven Wilson's latest solo album, To The Bone. Watch the "making of" video and be in awe at the emotion that guy pours into his playing when he gets into the zone. All the more poignant when you realise he was losing his wife to cancer at that time.
Love this album so much... Reminds me of my times in Holland very stoned.
Cheers guys and gals of RP
Among musicians (some of my best friends are musicians) this track and album are regarded as genius. I didn't see, hear or feel what they meant at first... but do now. 
Don't have this at home... but totally baffled every time I hear it (mostly on RP, obviously {#Cool} )
 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.

 
Hmmm.   I will have to listen more carefully next time.  12 hour road trip coming up so I will have lots of opportunity. 
 MassivRuss wrote:
Booooring. {#Cry}

 
It is a slow burn and does require patience, but the payoff can be phenomenal. Or you just don't like it - oh well.
Booooring. {#Cry}
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.
The opening notes sound like marine animals.  Are they?
That harmonica!
 pfwashburn9485 wrote:
Mark sure qualifies as a master of control of his own destiny .... Thank You Talk Talk 

Always a .... 10     :o)~   From The Connecticut Jury 
 
I guess he must be controlling his own destiny; he's been essentially retired from music for about 20 years.  He sure did some cool stuff though.
 musicforme wrote:
Here we go again with a massively over played track and not long since the last time.

 
Played 4 times in 30 days. You must really hate this! Once a week clearly doesn't qualify as overplayed.
Here we go again with a massively over played track and not long since the last time.
Another overplayed track, brilliant but lets hear something new/different or more obscure.
He didn't drink that's why  !!! {#Cool}{#Roflol}{#Wink}
Shivers. Every time.
 the_jake wrote:
Should I know who "Jimmy Finn" from this songs lyrics is?
 

 
There's a character named Jimmy Finn in "Life on the Mississippi" by Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain. Don't know if it's the same or not. Plausible. Finn is a prisoner that Mark Twain encounters....
What was Mark drinking when he wrote this!!!  {#Drunk}
Bill, I've said this before, you gotta check out the soundtrack for "Siesta." Marcus Miller, Miles Davis. It's magic. 
 SurfDoc wrote:
Bill, is there a play count somewhere on your site?  I feel like this song would be in the top ten played.

 
{#Yes} Was just thinking the same thing. 

If you click on the picture of the album on this page, you should be able to see the number of times this got played in the last 30 days. 
Just bought this CD after hearing it here. Magnificent.
Bill, is there a play count somewhere on your site?  I feel like this song would be in the top ten played.
Should I know who "Jimmy Finn" from this songs lyrics is?
 
Mark Hollis has an amazing voice. I wish he would share his gifts more with the world and make more music.  

I love the last 2 albums but Talk Talk's earlier music is also great.  Especially love the song Renee from It's my Life.
 
I wanted so hard to get into Talk Talk, but something keeps me back. Just when I think 'ok, I've got it', it begins to flow and then abruptly stops. :-/ Always leaves me wanting something more. Lack of hooks I guess.
 michaelc wrote:
at first I thought miles davis but something I had not heard. 

 
exactly my thoughts... {#Biggrin}
 kcar wrote:

The intro does sound a bit like Miles...

 
Somewhat, but the sound of a muted trumpet can often make people think of Miles Davis.  
 GeorgeMWoods wrote:
Bill, you have to check out the soundtrack to the movie "Siesta." These guys owe Marcus Miller and Miles Davis royalties.

 
The intro does sound a bit like Miles...
I like the slowness of this song so much.
Blows my mind every time, especially when the harmonica comes on.
Talk is cheap - Talk Talk is priceless.
 rullrich wrote:
Criminally underrated.

 
I want to give it a 100!
 
 rullrich wrote:
Criminally underrated.

 
And amazing at the same time. 
Criminally underrated.
Pure