Mark Hollis’ solo album getting vinyl reissue, remastered at Abbey Road
We sadly lost Talk Talk frontman Mark Hollis earlier this year, but his music lives on and his classic -- and only -- solo album is now getting a vinyl reissue. The album was remastered at Abbey Road, and it'll be out on heavyweight vinyl with original artwork and a printed inner sleeve with lyrics and credits. The reissue comes out October 18 via UMC/Polydor. You can pre-order it at uDiscover Music and here's some more info:
The only solo album by former Talk Talk frontman Mark Hollis, released January 1998. Despite being released as a solo album by Hollis, it was originally intended to be credited to Talk Talk, under the name ‘Mountains of the Moon’.
A beautiful and haunting work, this album picks up where he left off with Talk Talk’s’ Laughing Stock’ seven years before, re-emerging with a suite of music that encompassed jazz, ambient, and folk.
His inspiration came not from ‘pop’ but 20th-century classical music and jazz from the late fifties and sixties (there is a distinct flavour of Miles Davis – ‘In A Silent Way’ here) and is one of the quietest and most intimate records ever made – creating an exceptional atmosphere in which the listener can submerge.
A Life (1895 – 1915), which has been referred to as “the album’s epic centrepiece” refers to Roland Leighton (1895–1915), a British soldier and poet who was the fiancé of Vera Brittain at the time of his death in World War I. Hollis has stated about the song…“That was someone born before the turn of the century…and dying within one year of the First World War at a young age. It was based on Vera Brittain’s boyfriend. It’s the expectation that must have been in existence at the turn of the century, the patriotism that must’ve existed at the start of the war and the disillusionment that must’ve come immediately afterwards. It’s the very severe mood swings that fascinated me”.
While you await the vinyl reissue, you can listen to a Spotify stream of the album below.
There's also a Mark Hollis tribute with former Talk Talk members happening November 26 in London.
1 The Colour Of Spring
3 Inside Looking Out
4 The Gift
1 A Life (1895-1915)
2 Westward Bound
3 The Daily Planet
4 A New Jerusalem