Thought I’d better get this beast out of the way. (A few people have been waiting a while for these 🙂 ) Putting you in the picture Talk Talk fell out with Parlophone Records over this and sued them and won the case for unpaid loyalties and having their name associated with it. A re-issue of their previous singles tarted up and remixed to accompany the two compilation albums from that year, “Natural History (The Very Best Of Talk Talk)” and where some of these were taken from, “History Revisited – The Remixes” As I keep mentioning some work, some don’t. This collection of twelves have some additional mixes that were not on the album
(Thanks to Mike for saving me the job of rerecording these, it was a some what weird nostalgic trip, shame this project contributed to the band splitting.)
Talk Talk – It’s My Life (12″)
First up is their classic given a wildlife sound effect work over. Dominic Woosey (Neutron 9000) The bass has been redone and clipped with the acoustic guitar given a featuring role. I defy anyone not to want to go to the toilet when listening to this (the running water)! Exclusive to the B-side is a mini-megamix by the people behind Jive Bunny And The Mixmasters, Andy Pickles and Ian Morgan, shoe horning 4 tracks into 9 minutes. The normal version of the single is also on here.
Parlophone – 12R 6254
|A1||It’s My Life (12″ Mix)||5:58|
|A2||It’s My Life||3:53|
|Talk Talk – Recycled||8:53|
|B1a||Life’s What You Make It|
|B1b||Living In Another World|
|B1c||Such A Shame|
|B1d||It’s My Life|
Talk Talk – Such A Shame (12″)
Gary Miller goes all Afro-beat on this version and it nearly bloody works! A bold remix the original is also on here to compare. Bonus track is a live version of another single , “Dum Dum Girl” from 1986, can’t believe I didn’t get to see them live!
Parlophone – 12R 6276
|A||Such A Shame||5:40|
|B1||Such A Shame (Original Version)||4:28|
|B2||Dum Dum Girl (Live 1986)||3:39|
Talk Talk – Life Is What You Make It (Both 12″s)
This has some moderate success in the clubs. So dance act BBG manage to recreate their own hit “Snappiness,” on their quite lame remix. Fluke add sampled rock guitar, more piano and a weird snare clash. Dominic Woosey adds techno influences, quirky samples, additional vocals and overdubbed guitar; it is the pick of the mixes from both twelves. Again the original is here and a stunning live version of an early track, “Tomorrow Started” from Hammersmith Odeon, a must listen!
Parlophone – 12R 6264
|A||Life’s What You Make It (The BBG Remix)||6:14|
|B1||Life’s What You Make It||4:26|
|B2||Tomorrow Started (Live From Hammersmith Odeon)||7:45|
Parlophone – 12RX 6264
|A||Life’s What You Make It (The Fluke Remix)||6:16|
|B||Life’s What You Make It (The Dominic Woosey Remix)||8:21|
Talk Talk – Living In Another World (12″)
Last of all and probably the most disappointing is the 2 mixes from 4 to the Floor (who?) and Julian Mendelsohn. Both very long and over indulgent, Mendelsohn keeps the spirit of the original the other has an annoying repeated sample over a shuffle beat, designed for the Balearic clubs.
Parlophone – 12RS 6282
|A||Living In Another World (Four To The Floor Remix)||7:46|
|B||Living In Another World (Mendelsohn Remix)||10:52|