Mark Hollis ‎– Mark Hollis

Polydor ‎– 080 288-0, Polydor ‎– 0802880
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered


A1 The Colour Of Spring
A2 Watershed
A3 Inside Looking Out
A4 The Gift
B5 A Life (1895 - 1915)
B6 Westward Bound
B7 The Daily Planet
B8 A New Jerusalem

Companies, etc.



Hype sticker on front:
Only solo album by Talk Talk frontman
A genuine 'lost classic' reissued on heavyweight vinyl, re-mastered at Abbey Road

Original artwork – printed inner sleeve, lyrics and credits

"A sound whose ambience is as natural as breathing"

Includes download card

On rear sleeve:
© 2019 Polydor Ltd. (UK). ℗ 2019 Polydor Ltd. (UK). All rights reserved.
Made in the EU

The tracks are numbered sequentially, 1 to 8, on the release.
The catalogue number is given as 080 288-0 on the outer sleeve, sticker and labels, and as 0802880 on the inner sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 02508 02880 9
  • Barcode (Scanned): 602508028809
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, hand-etched): 0802880 BJ75254-01 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, hand-etched): 0802880 BJ75254-01 B1

Other Versions (5 of 18) View All

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
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, Whi) 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


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November 19, 2019
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.


November 18, 2019
edited 2 days ago
I picked this up locally on Friday and cleaned it thoroughly on my Record Doctor V vinyl cleaner before listening to it twice on Saturday. And I have two comments...

First, there were some noticeable pops and clicks in track 3 on side 1 and track 2 on side 2. Otherwise it was fairly clean after a first wash. So the pressing isn't the cleanest but I have heard much worse.

Second, with that said, I'm sure I have much dirtier pressings that are new out of the sleeve (and I clean EVERYTHING before it goes on my system), but I just don't hear the less discernible pops and clicks because the music simply overshadows the surface noise (and my system will definitely register almost everything - Rega Planar 6 w/ Ania Cartridge, Conrad Johnson ET3SE preamp, Nuforce monoblocks, Dali Helicon 8 speakers). This isn't an excuse for the pressing, but to be honest any Talk Talk/Mark Hollis pressing requires the absolute cleanest of clean pressings because of the primacy of silence in his approach and recordings.

To be honest, I had this issue with my copy of Spirit of Eden also (a Parlophone 1988 pressing) and I had to clean it 4 times to get it so the surface noice didn't disturb the listening experience.

I'm a realist, and so I'm not going to kvetch over substandard pressings when very little these days meets the standards of yore (as if things were really that much better 30-40 years ago ... I remember my first copy of Areosmith's Rocks (first pressing) skipping out out of the sleeve). I'm just going to argue that Mark's music is so demanding that it requires someone like a MoFi or Vinyl Me Please (their current releases are phenomonal from a QC standpoint, especially their AAA releases) to do it proper. And so I'm going to clean this a few more times and, if that doesn't work, return it to see if I can get a slightly cleaner pressing.

But to be honest, the mastering and the sound on this version are spectacular and if I can't get another copy ever, it is still wonderful.


November 17, 2019
edited 1 day ago

no problems at all with my copy. cleaned it with an RCM (okki nokki) before playing it the first time (i do with all my records) and listened to it with good headphones via an Project - The Classic SB with an 2M Black catrige while cleaning other records. The 2M Black is not known for beeing too pardoning so it will register an even sligthly unclean or bad pressing. in this case: no pops, no clicks no (extraordinary) surfance noise etc. you can hear some very quite background noise in one or two really silent parts, but only when listening via headphones i guess and also this will be the case with nearly every record.


November 17, 2019
Unfortunately my pressing was as bad as others have described - quite unbelievable given the quality issues of the original, and the delicate, quiet nature of the music itself. I've returned my copy and am hoping for a better repress in the future.


November 16, 2019
I bought my copy in the Netherlands. It's not terrible, but not great either - what this album deserved. There's a lot of background noise. No pops or clicks though.


November 14, 2019

My copy is perfect in every way. No strange noises, levels have headroom so the tops are not distorted an little noisy ay he beginning of each side, but it's like that with every record that I own :)


November 14, 2019

What a disgracefully appalling pressing this one is. Can’t believe they let someone with no technical background in vinyl mastering whatsoever (which becomes clearly evident from the very moment the needle hits the groove) lay their hands on such a delicate piece of music. This needs to be recalled from distribution immidiately.


November 13, 2019
edited 7 days ago
My copy was full of click, pops and noise. Now, I'm waiting another one.


November 12, 2019
When it comes to Optimal media GmbH, you'll never know what you will get. If they manage to get the vinyl into the sleeve before breakfast break, you'll be lucky. Otherwise, you'll find all sort of stuff inside and pops and noises while you listen to the disc.



November 12, 2019
My copy sounds ok: no distortion, no clicks, no skips, hole is perfectly centered.