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Laughing Stock
Post Rock
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The fifth Talk Talk album, released in September 1991. CD pressing variation: Most pressings of this album on CD have tracks 3 & 4 overlapping for about 30 seconds. The US Polydor version has no overlap, offering the full versions of both songs. New Grass" is about 6 seconds shorter on the US CD though. The US version of "Taphead" features a faint 4-second instrumental fragment at the beginning not found on the UK CD. Tracklist.

UMG (от лица компании "Polydor"); UMPI, Downtown Music Publishing, LatinAutor - Warner Chappell, CMRRA, Warner Chappell, PEDL, LatinAutor, UBEM, ASCAP" и другие авторские общества (7). Композиция. UMG; EMI Music Publishing, ASCAP, CMRRA, Warner Chappell, UMPI, PEDL, UMPG Publishing, UBEM, LatinAutor, Downtown Music Publishing, LatinAutor - Warner Chappell" и другие авторские общества (8).

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 Mark Hollis and 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 would also be Talk Talk’s final album as the band’s 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 Slint’s 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. More Talk Talk albums. Live at Montreaux 1986.

Virtually ignored upon its initial release, Laughing Stock continues to grow in stature and influence by leaps and bounds. Picking up where Spirit of Eden left off, the album operates outside of the accepted sphere of rock to create music which is both delicate and intense; recorded with a large classical ensemble, it defies easy categorization, conforming to very few structural precedents - while the gently hypnotic "Myrrhman" flirts with ambient textures, the percussive "Ascension Day" drifts toward jazz before the two sensibilities.

Talk Talk are one of these bands, where 'Laughing Stock' sounds a million miles from their debut album in '82. This is clearly a more mature album than their earlier releases, but just not as exciting. The splinter group 'O-Rang' do a far better job for me than this album. That's not to say that 'Laughing Stock' is bad. Far from it. Ian Hollis' vocals sounds great, being very suited to this type of music. The space used between players is fantastic and it's got an original sound that could only be attributed to Talk Talk.

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. If we took Laughing Stock out of 1991 and put it in 2007, it would probably still have the same pioneering effect, because hardly anyone managed to follow their.

This reissue of Talk Talk 's final album, 1991's Laughing Stock, presented here without any distracting "bonuses" on immaculate vinyl, helps tells the story of Talk Talk's fraught, exhausting, confounding, brave, and ultimately brilliant final act. (There's also a postscript, in the form of frontman Mark Hollis' solo album, but we'll get to that. Though you're more likely to describe Laughing Stock as lovely or otherworldly or even gentle, in its way it's as uncompromising as any apocalyptic noise record

Since the age of 16 my favourite album has been Talk Talk’s 1991 masterpiece and swansong Laughing Stock. The album marked the end of the fascinating career of Talk Talk, a project which, beginning as a mildly interesting pop group, slowly transformed into a vehicle for the most unexpected, conceptually ambitious, and beautiful experimental rock. After Laughing Stock, bandleader Mark Hollis released one remarkable solo album before more or less vanishing from the music scene entirely. Laughing Stock sits among a class of albums which excite feeling and passion as much as thought


A1 Myrrhman
A2 Ascension Day
A3 After The Flood
B1 Taphead
B2 New Grass
B3 Runeii

Companies, etc.

  • Record Company – Universal Music Company Ltd.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Polydor Ltd. (UK)
  • Copyright (c) – Polydor Ltd. (UK)
  • Manufactured By – Universal Music Enterprises
  • Distributed By – Universal Music Distribution
  • Mastered At – Capitol Mastering


  • Acoustic Bass – Ernest Mothle, Simon Edwards
  • Cello – Paul Kegg, Roger Smith
  • Composed By, Producer, Organ, Piano, Harmonium – Tim Friese-Greene
  • Composed By, Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Organ – Mark Hollis
  • Contrabass Clarinet – Dave White
  • Drums – Lee Harris
  • Engineer – Phill Brown
  • Harmonica – Mark Feltham
  • Illustration – James Marsh
  • Management – Keith Aspden
  • Percussion – Martin Ditcham
  • Sleeve – Russell Uttley
  • Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Henry Lowther
  • Viola – Garfield Jackson, Gavyn Wright, George Robertson, Jack Glickman, Levine Andrade, Stephen Tees, Wilf Gibson


Recorded at Wessex Studios, London
Sept 1990 - April 1991

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (6 00753 65519 1): 600753655191
  • Matrix / Runout (stamped, side 2 runout): MASTERED BY CAPITOL
  • Matrix / Runout (side 1 runout): B0024137-01-A
  • Matrix / Runout (side 2 runout): B0024137-01-B

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
847 717-1 Talk Talk Laughing Stock ‎(LP, Album) Verve Records 847 717-1 UK & Europe 1991
847717-4 Talk Talk Laughing Stock ‎(Cass, Album) Polydor 847717-4 Greece 1991
PLVP002CD Talk Talk Laughing Stock ‎(CD, Album, RE) Pond Life PLVP002CD UK 1999
847 717-4 Talk Talk Laughing Stock ‎(Cass, Album) Verve Records 847 717-4 UK & Europe 1991
847 717-2 Talk Talk Laughing Stock ‎(CD, Album) Polydor 847 717-2 Spain 1991

  • Kirizius
Agree with several of the commenters here: the first track is bad with pops and clicks, but the rest sounds pretty good.
  • Fordregelv
My copy's not bad at all. Sure, a bit of surface noise on "Myrrhman," but its "Taphead" that's got some pops for me. But overall very fine and I'm happy with it.
  • Risteacor
I had the same crackling/surface noise as many of you but a second cleaning worked wonders and now, the disc is very quiet and sounds excellent to me.
  • Mananara
Yes the first track is clicky, annoying, but the background is black. The silence is silent. The dynamics are riviting. There’s no digitalis in the sound - it still feels pure. Overall, flawed but don’t count it out unless you can’t abide by having any clicks.
  • Darkraven
The guitar in Runeii clips - I can't abide by that. Clicks okay - but clipping?! Yuck. This is only good as a stop-gap to a better copy.
  • Foginn
My side A is quite noisy and a warp too. Side B sounds 100x better. Might exchange it back at the shop. Seems like a temperamental pressing.
  • Worla
Believe the negative reviews. I've purchased 60+ records and this is the worst sounding pressing I've ever heard. Even after extensively cleaning it on both sides, not only did much of the pops, clicks and hissing persist, but Runeii has disgusting amounts of distortion that sealed the deal in getting rid of this piss-poor release. Shame on UMe for this!
  • Vobei
Yes. I think poor pressing are more common than 1/60, but I have to concur, the noise on Runeii pushed it past acceptable.
  • Juce
Seems like this pressing is very hit or miss. I had the same grievance with the Ba Da Bing pressing, of which I eventually sold. I can confirm that (as it is with mine) certain copies are actually decent. If you don't want to take the risk, then buy the much more lauded European pressing. I'm just happy my copy isn't as noisy as my Ba Da Bing was. What an awful record to suffer from such absurdly crap pressings. Shame on the plant.
  • Yojin
I should have checked the reviews first.This is exactly as described by others. Never heard so much noise in my life.For now I'm just skipping track one entirely to avoid frustration.
DON'T buy this US pressing. Seriously, save yourself a lot of trouble and just ask your dealer to order the European 'Back To Black' series release instead - same year (2016), different country - this [US] copy is basically fucked. Six months of repeated visits to the record store and two different copies cleaned by different machines and different methods, I gained nothing but problems on this pressing. On the bright side, the moment I put the European copy on I found exactly what I was hoping for the first time around. For your health.
  • Beranyle
I agree with you. I have listened to both releases you've mentioned and the Back to black sounds fabulous. The US release you have mentioned is too noisy and absolutely to avoid.
  • MeGa_NunC
This pressing is absolutely stunning. My copy is crank able, dynamic and quiet. Unfortunately it looks like the consensus is mixed. My copy came from the Amazon seller importcds so I'm not sure if it was pressed in a different plant that the bad copies. It may be a hit or miss but take the gamble, it's a great record regardless.
  • Fordg
I find this much better than the 2011 Bada Bing pressing, but not as good as the 2012 Parlophone pressings of Spirit of Eden and Colour of Spring. The vinyl isn't as heavy and no dvd or downloads. That said, my copy is really quiet - listening on headphones and no noise to speak of during the many silences.
  • Timberahue
This pressing sounds even better than my 2011 Ba Da Bing pressing, which is also wonderful. http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/15957-laughing-stock-mark-hollis/
  • Fenrikree
I listened to another copy in the shop, not warped this time but still the same issue with track 1. Does anyone have a good copy of this pressing?
  • Whitesmasher
Go the 2016 European 'Back To Black' series copy dude.
  • interactive man
Ive just got home with a sealed copy. Put it on the turntable and the 1st problem is that its badly warped on the outside edge of the disc. Secondly there is a really intrusive 'click' all through the 1st track. Ive not listened to any more, its going back to the shop. Hopefully I can swap it for a copy I can listen to 1st to make sure its ok. Great shame.
  • Ffleg
same here. same here. same here. same here. same here.
  • Snake Rocking
yep, same problem... I'm glad some others have posted confirming since I did - thought I was being pedantic.
  • Molotok
These are the same issues with my copy that I just bought. The 1st track has a horrible noise and the edging of the vinyl also appears to be unfinished or something.
  • Arcanescar
This would be a beautiful master if the pressing company could put some fucking effort into at least making a decent piece of wax. Returned my first copy due to a repetitive pop that sounded like a run-out groove all across Myrrhman (of course, the quietest track) and a warp on the innermost songs of the disc. And I actually regret taking that one back. Now my second copy has a softer repetitive pop on Myrrhman, but a nice loud one across parts of Taphead. Not to mention the vinyl looked like it'd been left on the floor - not just your occasional factory debris but full marks and smudges. Same warping throughout the final track.I don't have as exceptionally high standards as this probably makes it sound, but jesus christ guys. This is a hallmark album in the way of 'making silence count' - at least give some caution to the quality and cleanliness of your disc.Sadly I'd have nothing but praise for the sound if it weren't marred by its physical condition. Maybe I've just been unlucky.
  • monotronik
Ive got the same problems! Im gonna get the european version that came out last month. Its pressed in Holland.
  • Sudert
Is it worth buying this version as it's new and selling my spanish copy (https://www.discogs.com/Talk-Talk-Laughing-Stock/release/1212241)? Thanks!
  • Fog
Not a big fan of this pressing. Definitely not as crisp as the Spirit of Eden remaster.
  • Vetalol
Great pressing. Quiet and nuanced. $25 for a single LP is pushing it though considering this a US pressing, and there was no need to import.
  • Cerekelv
Can anyone tell me the difference between this and the 180. Gram 2012 pressing listed on discogs?And also, how does this compare to the original pressing? Like objectively speaking, is one superior to the other?
  • Vareyma
I think this is the same pressing I have, but mine is definitely not 180 gram.
  • Ghile
I put in on a scale... 125 g...... but quality seems to be good. Only had time for the first song.
  • Deodorant for your language
Can anyone verify the quality of this pressing? I know there existed major complaints on the 2011 repress.
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