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Talk Talk - Laughing Stock Album

Talk Talk - Laughing Stock Album

  • Performer: Talk Talk
  • Genre: Rock
  • Title: Laughing Stock
  • Released: 11 Oct 2011
  • Style: Post Rock, Art Rock
  • Label: Ba Da Bing!, Universal Music Special Markets
  • Catalog: BING-074, B0015253-01
  • Country: US
  • MP3 version size: 2538 mb
  • FLAC version size: 1094 mb
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 042


2New Grass
4After The Flood
5Ascension Day


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
847 717-1Talk Talk Laughing Stock ‎(LP, Album)Verve Records847 717-1UK & Europe1991
847717-4Talk Talk Laughing Stock ‎(Cass, Album)Polydor847717-4Greece1991
PLVP002CDTalk Talk Laughing Stock ‎(CD, Album, RE)Pond LifePLVP002CDUK1999
B0024137-01Talk Talk Laughing Stock ‎(LP, Album, RE)UMe, PolydorB0024137-01US2016
847 717-4Talk Talk Laughing Stock = El Hazmereir ‎(Cass, Album)Verve Records847 717-4Argentina1991


  • CelloPaul Kegg, Roger Smith
  • Composed ByMark Hollis, Tim Friese-Greene
  • Contrabass Clarinet [Contra Bass Clarinet]Dave White
  • Double Bass [Acoustic Bass]Ernest Mothle, Simon Edwards
  • DrumsLee Harris
  • EngineerPhill Brown
  • HarmonicaMark Feltham
  • Illustration [Cover]James Marsh
  • Organ, Piano, HarmoniumTim Friese-Greene
  • PercussionMartin Ditcham
  • ProducerTim Friese-Greene
  • SleeveRussell Uttley
  • Sleeve [At]Peacock Design
  • Trumpet, FlugelhornHenry Lowther
  • ViolaGarfield Jackson, Gavyn Wright, George Robertson, Jack Glickman, Levine Andrade, Stephen Tees, Wilf Gibson
  • Vocals, Guitar, Piano, OrganMark Hollis


© 2011 Ba Da Bing Records
℗ 1991 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
Manufactured by Universal Music Enterprises, a division of UMG Recordings Inc., 2220 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Recorded at Wessex Studios London
Sept 1990 - April 1991

Published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd / EMI Music Publishing Ltd

Mark Hollis' handwritten lyrics are printed on the inner sleeve.


  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): B0015253-01-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): B0015253-01-B
  • Barcode (Sticker): 6 00197 00741 9


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Polydor Ltd. (UK)
  • Copyright (c) – Ba Da Bing!
  • Recorded At – Wessex Sound Studios
  • Manufactured By – Universal Music Enterprises
  • Published By – Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
  • Published By – EMI Music Publishing



Talk Talk - Laughing Stock. musicjunkie612. Talk Talk. ASCAP, LatinAutor - Warner Chappell, Warner Chappell, PEDL, CMRRA, LatinAutor, Hexacorp music publishing и другие авторские общества 9. Laughing Stock is the fifth and final studio album by British band Talk Talk, released in 1991. Following their previous release Spirit of Eden 1988, bassist Paul Webb left the group, which reduced Talk Talk to the duo of singermulti-instrumentalist Mark Hollis and drummer Lee Harris. Talk Talk then acrimoniously left EMI and signed to the jazz-based Verve Records, and recorded Laughing Stock at London's Wessex Sound Studios with producer Tim Friese-Greene from September 1990 to April 1991. Laughing Stock. A work of staggering complexity and immense beauty, Laughing Stock remains an under-recognized masterpiece, and its echoes can be heard throughout much of the finest experimental music issued in its wake. Talk Talk - Laughing Stock review: Like I could summarize my feelings for this album in this little box. It is astounding that Laughing Stock was one of the first albums widely considered post rock for many reasons. First, Talk Talk was a New Wave band, and a fairly successful one at that. By their final album, the band or what was left of it abandoned that staple and moved to a more experimental sound. Spirit of Eden, the album preceding this one, abandoned all pop sensibility and led directly into this remarkable, influential album. But how influential was it, really From my point of view, no one takes any ideas from Talk Talk anymore. Laughing Stock - Talk Talk. Лента с персональными рекомендациями и музыкальными новинками, радио, подборки на любой вкус, удобное управление своей коллекцией. Genre: Post-Rock. The world needs to hear this album, even if you havent liked post rock before, because I guarantee that this is not the type of music you think of when you think post rock. Unfortunately, it should be. Full Review. Talk Talk - Laughing Stock 1991. To favorites 12 Download album. Listen album. Post-Rock Art Rock Free Jazz. Laughing Stock is a music album by Talk Talk released in 1991. Laughing Stock is ranked 176th in the overall chart, 36th in the 1990s, and 8th in the year 1991. The top rated tracks on this album are New Grass, After The Flood and Ascension Day. This album is rated in the top 1 of all albums on . Laughing Stock would also be Talk Talks final album as the bands 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 Slints 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. Writers Mark Hollis. More Talk Talk albums. Live at Montreaux 1986. Missing Pieces. Show all. Dreamy and loose, Talk Talk's Laughing Stock turns 180 degrees away from the '80s pop sound of It's My Life and runs headlong into a web of Brian Eno, avant-garde, jazz, and experimental structure. The songs ache with languid phrases and the naked, vulnerable voice of Mark Hollis, the only element of the band that remains perceptible from their verse-chorus-verse past. Laughing Stock and Talk Talk have been a big part of my life for three years now. This is music i listen to while i'm at the beach, laying down in the sand, and watching the stars. The haunting songs of Mark Hollis, beautifully


Oreavi Oreavi
Scalpers trying to pull in $40+ for this thing... Ha ha ha. It was literally cut from the CD masters. Check the first comment, that person got the info straight from the label:, yeah. It's trash.
Grari Grari
Both Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock were mixed in a Mitsubishi ProDigi digital tape recorder, which according to the Spirit of Eden's DVD-Audio liner notes, "only recorded at a sampling rate of either 44.1khz or 48khz"
Adoraris Adoraris
There was a second pressing was cut by Kevin Gray (his initials, [email protected] can be found on the dead wax. That’s how you know you’ve got this second pressing). Everything I’ve read states the second, Kevin Gray cut, pressing by BaDaBing is far superior to the first.This is the pressing I have and it’s excellent. This is likely why there is a disparity in quality between those who bought early pressings and those who bought later pressings. If you can get this second kevin gray press, highly recommended.
Abuseyourdna Abuseyourdna
Can you add a new entry on this one? Surprised it doesn't have one yet
Kegal Kegal
Same as alphagrade here. My copy sounds beautiful. Very minor surface noise in quietest tracks like Runeii only audible in headphones. But i mostly listen thru speakers. Purchased in 2011. I have an original copy of Spirit and don't hear much difference in quality. maybe just slightly more dynamic range.
Syleazahad Syleazahad
Agreed I have a copy of this and the Mark Hollis LP and always wondered what the fuss was about. Mine is clean and no audible noise. Anyone know if this is similar to the CD release or does it have the same track times as the original LP pressing?
Carrot Carrot
I have this dreaded Ba Da pressing which I purchased back in 2014 via Juno Records. I must have struck gold as I have a clean and delightful pressing with no audible surface noise.
Irostamore Irostamore
I wish I'd read the reviews before purchasing mine. Was only $18, but it sounds thin, shitty, tons of surface noise. Giant drag, because it's such great music.
Mr_Mole Mr_Mole
Just got an email from New On Vinyl saying there will be a reissue coming in January. You'd be better off paying to import it than buying this spotty pressing for $70+.
Moronydit Moronydit
This pressing is an absolute embarrassment. It is truly awful, and should have never left the factory. BaDaBing also did the Mark Hollis reissue and it's equally as terrible. It's such a shame.
Error parents Error parents
was the "such a shame" comment a pun? haha
Coiril Coiril
I guess I lucked out, my copy sounds pretty good. There's definitely some surface noise but it's more than tolerable.
Ffrlel Ffrlel
There are at least two pressings of this reissue. The first one had terrible surface noise issues (not sure where that was pressed); they did a re-press at RTI and that one apparently sounds better, but many copies are still scuffed (with resulting surface noise) because of the inner sleeve. The RTI pressing has their marks -- "22153.1(3)..." and "22153.2(3)..." -- in the deadwax. This is cut by Kevin Gray ("[email protected]" in the deadwax) and despite supposedly being cut from a CD it really does sound fantastic, if you can get a clean copy.
Yndanol Yndanol
I bought a copy of this and it had a sizable defect, it looked like a piece of paper, pressed in the the B-side. It also had surface noise and just didn't sound all that great. I contacted Ba Da Bing via twitter and they sent me a replacement copy free of charge! the new copy they sent me sounds miles better and has no defect.
Ienekan Ienekan
My copy sounds good. I'm playing it on a brand new Pro-Ject Debut Carbon through headphones, and it's clean. There is some slight background noise in quiet parts, but so what, it's vinyl?!?! It's a respectable reissue that sounds better than my CD and I can afford it. I would buy this one if I were you.
Terrible surface noise and pops. I am so disappointed with this copy! Hiss, pops, crackle, fuzz - you name it, I heard it. Awful and unacceptable! I read several rave reviews about the dynamics on this one and couldn't wait to score a copy. Wish I bought the CD!
Dukinos Dukinos
RE: BAD PRESSINGoddly, i have LS and the hollis album on ba da bing, and they both sound great. i also have an original (greek) pressing of LS, and the ba da bing press sounds just as good.
Whitemaster Whitemaster
You lucky duckling.
Wilalmaine Wilalmaine
Re: poor pressing issue. Ive listened to four different cleaned mint copies of this one by now and some are definitely quieter than others - the first copy I had was unlistenable because of surface noise, two werent that bad but still noisier than new vinyl should be and my last one was finally decent but had a major cutting error halfway through the last track of side one. Im guessing the pressing plant must have had some issues during the print run.
Ylonean Ylonean
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Nuadabandis Nuadabandis
I bought both Laughing Stock and Mark Hollis re-issues from Ba Da Bing. They are very badly pressed, producing lots of surface noise and the sourcing is suspect. Not on heavy vinyl. I would try to track down and original copy of Laughing Stock if you want vinyl and stick with MH on cd.
Vizuru Vizuru
It's more quiet than I expected.. Oh well. It is still the best album ever made.