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The sole solo album by former Talk Talk frontman Mark Hollis, released on January 26, 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."

An early promotional CD-R retains both of these features; an early promotional cassette also retains the original title, but uses the finalized release's attribution of the album to Hollis alone.

Tracklist

The Colour Of Spring 3:52
Watershed 5:45
Inside Looking Out 6:21
The Gift 4:22
A Life (1895 - 1915) 8:10
Westward Bound 4:18
The Daily Planet 7:19
A New Jerusalem 6:49

Versions (18)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
537 688-2 Mark Hollis Mark Hollis(CD, Album, PMD) Polydor 537 688-2 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
none Talk Talk Mountains Of The Moon(CDr, Promo) Country Masters none UK & Europe 1998 Sell This Version
none Mark Hollis Mountains Of The Moon(Cass, Promo) Polydor none UK 1998 Sell This Version
HOLLIS 1 Mark Hollis Title T.B.C.(CD, Album, Promo) Polydor HOLLIS 1 UK 1998 Sell This Version
PLVP003CD Mark Hollis Mark Hollis(CD, Album, RE) Pond Life PLVP003CD UK 2000 Sell This Version
537 688-1 Mark Hollis Mark Hollis(LP, Album) Polydor 537 688-1 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
none Mark Hollis Mark Hollis(8xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, 44.) Polydor none Europe 2007
Bing 075, B0015254-01 Mark Hollis Mark Hollis(LP, Album, RE) Ba Da Bing!, Universal Music Special Markets Bing 075, B0015254-01 US 2011 Sell This Version
080 288-0, 0802880 Mark Hollis Mark Hollis(LP, Album, RE, RM) Polydor, Polydor 080 288-0, 0802880 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
none Mark Hollis Mark Hollis(8xFile, AAC, Album, 256) Polydor none US Unknown
537 688-2 Mark Hollis Mark Hollis(CD, Album, RP) Polydor 537 688-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
537 688-2 Mark Hollis Mark Hollis(CD, Album, RP) Polydor 537 688-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
537 688-2 Mark Hollis Mark Hollis(CD, Album, RP, Bla) Polydor 537 688-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
537 688-2 Mark Hollis Mark Hollis(CD, Album, RP, Opt) Polydor 537 688-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
537 688-2 Mark Hollis Mark Hollis(CD, Album, RP, Son) Polydor 537 688-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
537 688-2 Mark Hollis Mark Hollis(CD, Album, RP, Uni) Polydor 537 688-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
537 688-2 Mark Hollis Mark Hollis(CD, Album, RP, Uni) Polydor 537 688-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
537 688-2 Mark Hollis Mark Hollis(CD, Album, RP, Whi) Polydor 537 688-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version

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james73

james73

November 30, 2019
edited 8 days ago
referencing Mark Hollis, LP, Album, RE, RM, 080 288-0, 0802880
My copy is unplayable on Side 2. The cartridge is bouncing all over the place all the way across the entire side of the record. This is the first time I've had an LP with this sort of issue. Weird. Going back for a replacement and will report back.
theboywhospokeclouds

theboywhospokeclouds

November 28, 2019
referencing Mark Hollis, LP, Album, RE, RM, 080 288-0, 0802880
Mine finally arrived and it's playback is EXCELLENT! Really low noise floor, lovely stereo imaging, very clean, robust sound...still haven't A-Bed with the digital copy, but, this is well worth the money. I'm so relieved! My Ba Da Bing reissue is now for sale. :) And agree that the Ba Da Bing pressing was atrocioius (you can read my detailed comments on this on the release page for that release). Highly recommended.
jrsmusic

jrsmusic

November 27, 2019
referencing Mark Hollis, LP, Album, RE, RM, 080 288-0, 0802880
No major complaints here. Very few minor crackles....beautiful playback. I think maybe the early part of the run may have release agent residue stuck on the vinyl surface. A machine cleaning with a quality fluid will help. Let the fluid sit for a few mins, and gently scrub with a goat hair brush.... VPI, Okki Nokki etc.
rb515

rb515

November 26, 2019
referencing Mark Hollis, LP, Album, RE, RM, 080 288-0, 0802880
My pressing of this reissue is wonderfully quiet. Happily, there are no vinyl pressing flaws. It sounds great. I have a good copy of the original vinyl and many, if not most, of those had pressing issues. To be honest, the original has a better soundstage though it's littered with occasional cracks and pops which can be quite distracting. Not exactly sure what the remastering did for this sonically, but it's decent and beats paying $500 for a copy of the original that can be quite iffy. This new pressing is also a million times better than the Ba Da Bing atrocity. So if you have a brilliant copy of the original I would say don't bother. If you don't, try this one out.
charliesorbit

charliesorbit

November 23, 2019
referencing Mark Hollis, LP, Album, RE, RM, 080 288-0, 0802880
Unsure how it can be that the reviews of this pressing vary so much. Surely it was done at one plant? But I admit I don't know much about the process. For what it's worth - my copy which I'm listening to as I type is utterly flat, the stylus tracks perfectly, and I'm onto "The gift" (last track, side one) with not one pop, no distortion. A much more "live" sound than my original CD. Couldn't be happier. Just lucky? (Got mine from a decent UK eBay retailer). Update - ok, "A life (1985-1915)" was a touch noisier, but still more than content with this vinyl - have had much worse this year.
mitchwagz

mitchwagz

November 22, 2019
referencing Mark Hollis, LP, Album, RE, RM, 080 288-0, 0802880
Mine is pretty damn quiet. Didn’t even hear a pop honestly. Seems like it’s hit or miss. Buy from a place with a good return policy I suppose. Incredibly happy with the actual sound though. It sounds fantastic!
mandomtz

mandomtz

November 22, 2019
edited 16 days ago
referencing Mark Hollis, LP, Album, RE, RM, 080 288-0, 0802880
My copy sounds STELLAR to my ears. I find it rather amusing how pretty much every vinyl release by Talk Talk or Mark Hollis get's ripped apart by so-called audiophiles (or audiophallics,as I like to call them) because of surface noise. The surface noise on these records has little to do with the record, or the mastering itself; so much as the fact that the recordings are VERY quiet, if not damn near silent at moments. Of course, any amount of surface noise is gonna be more noticeable.Yes, this would would even be the case if Mo-Fi pressed this album w/ AAA mastering. Get over it. You're not listening to a bloated psyche-prog album that buries vague surface noise with volume or busy arrangement... If you demand a noiseless version of this album... get the CD. If it must be ANALog, then I recommend tracking down a cassette in good condition. Complaining about surface noise on a Mark Hollis/ Talk Talk release is akin to bitching about about a speck of dust on a Rothko painting. It is what it is... Enjoy it for what it is.
aairplane77

aairplane77

November 21, 2019
referencing Mark Hollis, LP, Album, RE, RM, 080 288-0, 0802880
I was a bit hesitant to pick this up because of the mixed reviews here and the $33USD price tag at my local. That said, I had some store credit, took a chance and I'm blown away by how good this pressing sounds...especially compared to the shit original copy I got from Forced Exposure many years ago. Quiet, flat and dynamic...does the music justice and probably the best way to own an analog copy of this classic.
armadillo01

armadillo01

November 20, 2019
referencing Mark Hollis, CD, Album, PMD, 537 688-2
I'm keeping my Ba Da Bing! reissue from 2011. Its minimal surface noise does not compare to the hissing, popping and some bad remastering decisions like making Mark's voice too loud of this woe-begotten re-reissue.
dustplanks

dustplanks

November 19, 2019
referencing Mark Hollis, LP, Album, RE, RM, 080 288-0, 0802880
Tons of pops here and the vinyl seems to have some sort of micro warping. The needle is bobbing up and down so fast it sounds like vibrato on the full recording.