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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1991

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Living In Another World - '91 (4:40) Remixed by - Julian Mendelsohn
2. Such A Shame (5:40) Remixed by - Gary Miller
3. Happiness Is Easy (Dub) (7:00) Remixed by - Lee Harris , Paul Webb
4. Today (3:23) Remixed by - Gary Miller
5. Dum Dum Girl (Spice Remix) (5:00) Remixed by - Justin Robertson
6. Life's What You Make It (6:12) Remixed by - BBG
7. Talk Talk (5:20) Remixed by - Gary Miller
8. It's My Life (Tropical Rainforest/Love forest Mix) (5:57) Remixed by - Dominic Woosey
9. Living In Another World (Curious World/To the floor Dub Mix) (7:46) Remixed by - 4 To The Floor
10. Life's What You Make It (The Fluke Remix) (6:16) Remixed by - Fluke

Total time 57:14

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Line-up / Musicians

- Mark Hollis / vocal, guitar, piano, organ
- Lee Harris / drums
- Mark Feltham / harmonica
- Martin Ditcham / percussion
- Tim Friese Greene / organ, piano, harmonium
- Levine Andrade / viola
- Stephen Tees / viola
- George Robertson / viola
- Gavyn Wright / viola
- Jack Glickma / viola
- Garfield Jackson / viola
- Wilf Gilbson / viola
- Simon Edwards / acoustic bass
- Ernest Mothle / acoustic bass
- Rodger Smith / cello
- Paul Kegg / cello
- Henry Lowther / trumpet, flugelhorn
- Dave White / contrabass clarinet

Releases information

Parlophone CDP 7 95965 2 (1991)

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Review by Easy Livin
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2 stars "History reinvented" - Talk Talk's manager

The remixes on this album are not those which appeared on collections such as "A-sides, B-Sides" and "Remixed", which were carried out with the approval and involvement of the band (with the exception here of the Dub mix of "Happiness is easy"). These versions were commissioned by the band's record label Parlophone without the band's agreement, indeed Talk Talk subsequently took the label to court over the matter.

The tracks selected are most of those which appeared on the "Natural history, the best of" compilation of Talk Talk singles, hence the name of this collection. A variety of remixers are hired to add their treatment to the tracks, including Paul Webb, Justin Robertson and Fluke.

To be honest, it is hard to see what all the fuss was about. The songs are still entirely recognisable, most of the remixes being unadventurous and superficial. Apart from a slightly expended intro and some prosaic dance rhythms, Gary Miller's version of "Such a shame" for example is hard to distinguish from the original album track. Likewise, his work on "Today" appears to consist of the insertion of a few extraneous noises and little else, the remix running to a mere 3 minutes.

Fluke's version of "Life's what you make it" does at least try to generate some interest, the jungle noises and Two Tone beat which opens the track catching the ear. All that happens thereafter through is that the original track is overlaid on the new beat.

It almost seems as if Parlophone were too worried about upsetting the band, and ended up with an album designed by a committee. In the end, such compromises never work, and they ended up pleasing no one.

An opportunity missed.

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