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Having had tape recordings of 2 Talk Talk albums from early 80's made by a good friend i decided to buy the triple album CD that arrived today.

I had forgotten just how fantastic a band they were. Having read up a little on Paul Webb he used a WAL & Kramer DMZ4000 fretless basses back then.

What a bass sound. Most Vids from that era show him using the Kramer fretless bass. I believe he changed to a MM Stingray in later years.

And here's me been looking for one of them for several months to no avail. I shall continue my serach for a god quality DMZ4000 / 4001

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It was sad that Mark Hollis died last year. The colour of spring is an amazing album.

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A most underrated band, even at the time.  Spirit of Eden is also a great listen.

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I highly recommend Spirit of Eden, Laughing Stock, and their double compilation CD Asides Besides.

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4 minutes ago, Jean-Luc Pickguard said:

I clicked here expecting a thread slagging off a sub-par telecoms company.

Modified the title just in case :laugh1:

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One of my favourite bands. Still watch their Montreux Jazz Festival gig regularly. Took me a while to realise John Turnbull from Ian Dury and The Blockheads was part of the band.

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Many of the 80s bands has great bass lines played by great bassists. I didn’t like much of that music at the time, being a teenage punker, but now really appreciate the musicianship of said bassists.

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I still like  Colour of Spring, and esp Life's What and Give It Up, and think it's dated better than the previous two albums. I'd thought they'd be as big as Tears for Fears but maybe Mark Hollis' private persona didn't cut the mustard

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The Colour of Spring and Spirit of Eden are masterpieces. The latter especially is a slow burning gem that rewards repeated listening.

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I have the  live at Hammersmith DVD and its a real treasure. Webb, like all the other members, was a great  musician.

Also still have Colour of Spring and Its My Life on CD since they were issued on that medium

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It was so sad to lose Mark Hollis last year, Talk Talk were one of the few bands that I would have loved to know what made them tick, what made Mark write the way he did, such clever and beautiful music.

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Whats he playing here ... not a fretless by the look of it. Old MM ?

There's a good view of it at  5.00

 

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Same gig at Hammersmith, looks like his fretless is a P/J

 

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Def a P/J fretless at Montreaux

 

 

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6 hours ago, dmccombe7 said:

Having had tape recordings of 2 Talk Talk albums from early 80's made by a good friend i decided to buy the triple album CD that arrived today.

I had forgotten just how fantastic a band they were. Having read up a little on Paul Webb he used a WAL & Kramer DMZ4000 fretless basses back then.

What a bass sound. Most Vids from that era show him using the Kramer fretless bass. I believe he changed to a MM Stingray in later years.

And here's me been looking for one of them for several months to no avail. I shall continue my serach for a god quality DMZ4000 / 4001

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One of my fave bands D, makes me miss the old fretless 

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I know he used a custom  MM which had 2 different face woods. Top half of the body was a darker colour then the bottom half. I saw him use the black bass but couldn't quite make out what it was. Think its a Fender Precision of some kind

He also had a black Stingray bass not sure if it was fretless or not

According to his profile he used his Kramer DMZ fretless on most things at the beginning. 

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7 minutes ago, martthebass said:

One of my fave bands D, makes me miss the old fretless 

Same here altho i still have the 6er fretless but its heavy :laugh1:

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Paul Webb released a rather good album last year as Rustin Man called Drift Code. Nothing like Talk Talk and not much fancy bass in evidence, but well worth a listen.

 

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Saw a video on Facebook the other day of my fave track ‘I don’t believe in you’ where he’s playing a Vigier Passion - could just be for that vid though. 

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I honestly think 'Spirit of Eden' is one of the best produced albums ever. The band were falling apart due to addiction etc and I think you can hear it in this album. An incredible piece of music 

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A friend of mine is one of the last independent record seller of Belgium (not linked to a franchise).

He told me the saddest thing ever. When Mark Hollis passed away, he didn't sell a single record of Talk Talk and certainly none of his only solo album, when he always sells some records of dead artists.

He, himself being a musical encyclopedia until the advent of real crap music (the new media heroes for one day), loves Mark Hollis solo album, which is not the easiest to listen to.

Talk Talk was making pioneering real avant-garde music. I massively love all the albums and THAT bass sound, wow, heavy !

 

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Been thinking about new music for the car...I have the greatest hits album - perfect addition to my listening repertoire...

Thanks for the reminder 

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