Talk Talk ‎– Laughing Stock

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The fifth Talk Talk album, released in September 1991.

CD pressing variation: Most pressings of this album on CD have tracks 3 & 4 overlapping for about 30 seconds. The US Polydor version has no overlap, offering the full versions of both songs. "New Grass" is about 6 seconds shorter on the US CD though. The US version of "Taphead" features a faint 4-second instrumental fragment at the beginning not found on the UK CD.

Versions (52)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
847 717-1 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(LP, Album) Verve Records 847 717-1 UK & Europe 1991 Sell This Version
847 717-1 Talk Talk Laughing Stock = El Hazmereir(LP, Album) Verve Records 847 717-1 Argentina 1991 Sell This Version
none Talk Talk Laughing Stock(6xFile, FLAC) Universal Motown Records Group none UK & Europe 1991
847 717-2 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD, Album) Polydor 847 717-2 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
847 717-2 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD, Album) Verve Records 847 717-2 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
STARCD 5866 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD, Album) Verve Records STARCD 5866 South Africa 1991 Sell This Version
847 717-2 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD, Album) Polydor 847 717-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
P2 47717 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD, Album) Polydor P2 47717 US 1991 Sell This Version
847 717-2 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD, Album) Verve Records, Polydor 847 717-2 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
847 717-2 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD, Album) Polydor 847 717-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
847 717-2 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD, Album) Verve Records 847 717-2 France 1991 Sell This Version
847 717-2 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD, Album) Verve Records 847 717-2 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
none Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD, Album, Promo) Polydor none UK 1991 Sell This Version
POCP-1143 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD, Album, Promo) Polydor POCP-1143 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
847717-4 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(Cass, Album) Polydor 847717-4 Greece 1991 Sell This Version
847 717-4 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(Cass, Album) Verve Records, Polydor 847 717-4 Turkey 1991 Sell This Version
847 717-4 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(Cass, Album) Verve Records 847 717-4 UK & Europe 1991 Sell This Version
STARC 5866 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(Cass, Album) Verve Records STARC 5866 South Africa 1991 Sell This Version
422 847 717-4 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(Cass, Album) Polydor 422 847 717-4 US 1991 Sell This Version
847 717-4 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(Cass, Album) Polydor 847 717-4 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
847 717-4 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(Cass, Album) Verve Records 847 717-4 Malaysia 1991 Sell This Version
847 717-4 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(Cass, Album) Polydor 847 717-4 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
847 717-4 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(Cass, Album, Chr) Verve Records, Polydor 847 717-4 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
422 847 717-4 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(Cass, Album, Promo) Polydor 422 847 717-4 US 1991 Sell This Version
MG 1466 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 1466 Poland 1991 Sell This Version
847 717-1 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(LP, Album) Verve Records 847 717-1 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
847 717-1 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(LP, Album) Verve Records 847 717-1 Portugal 1991 Sell This Version
847 717-1 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(LP, Album) Verve Records, Polydor 847 717-1 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
847717-1 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(LP, Album) Polydor 847717-1 Greece 1991 Sell This Version
SAC 486 Talk Talk Mark Hollis Talks About Laughing Stock(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Polydor, Verve Records SAC 486 US 1991 Sell This Version
PLVP002CD Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD, Album, RE) Pond Life PLVP002CD UK 1999 Sell This Version
PLVP002CD Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD, Album, RE) Pond Life PLVP002CD UK 1999 Sell This Version
TTCDR -020, TTCDR-020 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CDr, Album, RE, Unofficial) Collector's Digitally Recordings, Collector's Digitally Recordings TTCDR -020, TTCDR-020 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
847 717-1 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial) Verve Records (2), Polydor (2) 847 717-1 2010 Sell This Version
847717-1 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(2xLP, Album, RE, Unofficial, Red) Polydor (2) 847717-1 UK & Europe 2011 Sell This Version
847717-1 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(2xLP, Album, RE, Unofficial, Whi) Polydor (2) 847717-1 UK & Europe 2011 Sell This Version
BING-074, B0015253-01 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(LP, Album, RE) Ba Da Bing!, Universal Music Special Markets BING-074, B0015253-01 US 2011 Sell This Version
847 717-1 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, Gre) Verve Records (2) 847 717-1 2011 Sell This Version
847 717-1 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, Red) Verve Records (2) 847 717-1 2011 Sell This Version
0600753376478, 533 764-7, 533764-7 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(LP, Album, RE, 180) Verve Records, Verve Records, Verve Records 0600753376478, 533 764-7, 533764-7 UK 2012 Sell This Version
B0024137-01 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(LP, Album, RE) UMe, Polydor B0024137-01 US 2016 Sell This Version
00600753655191 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(LP, Album, RE, 180) Polydor 00600753655191 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
847 717-2 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD) Polydor 847 717-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
847 717-2 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD, Album) Polydor 847 717-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
847 717-2 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD, Album) Polydor 847 717-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
847 717-2 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD, Album, RE, RP) Polydor 847 717-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
847 717-2 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD, Album, RE, RP) Polydor 847 717-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
847 717-2 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD, Album, RP) Polydor 847 717-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
847 717-2 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD, Album, RP) Polydor 847 717-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
847 717-2 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD, Album, RP) Polydor 847 717-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
847 717-2 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD, Album, RP) Polydor 847 717-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
847 717-2 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD, Album, RP) Polydor 847 717-2 US Unknown Sell This Version

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musicade

musicade

March 6, 2019
referencing Laughing Stock, 2xLP, Album, RE, Unofficial, Whi, 847717-1
Does anyone know which versions of each track is on this unofficial release? It looks like a mix of originals from laughing Stock and the tracks from the singles which also appeared on Missing Pieces.
smurphy031

smurphy031

February 28, 2019
referencing Laughing Stock, LP, Album, RE, BING-074, B0015253-01
There was a second pressing was cut by Kevin Gray (his initials, KPG@CA can be found on the dead wax. That’s how you know you’ve got this second pressing). Everything I’ve read states the second, Kevin Gray cut, pressing by BaDaBing is far superior to the first.

This is the pressing I have and it’s excellent.

This is likely why there is a disparity in quality between those who bought early pressings and those who bought later pressings. If you can get this second kevin gray press, highly recommended.
barhoniac

barhoniac

February 28, 2019
referencing Laughing Stock, LP, Album, RE, 180, 0600753376478, 533 764-7, 533764-7
This vinyl issue is a straight up transfer from the standard uk cd.The crossfade from After The Flood to Taphead is split between side one and side two. ie you can hear the start of Taphead at the end of side one for about a minute.
Back To Black didnt bother to use the original non-crossfade vinyl masters. Lazy transfer. Dont waste your money
Sounds-for-Sure

Sounds-for-Sure

February 27, 2019
edited 19 days ago
referencing Laughing Stock, LP, Album, RE, 180, 00600753655191
Whenever you're wondering which vinyl pressing to buy of this masterpiece: I had the 2011 Ba Da Bing and the 2012 Verve issues, but sold both of them again, because they weren´t quiet enough for me. I now have the European 2016 issue on Polydor and I love it. Most quiet issue I heard and dynamics are great too in my opinion. Mark Hollis left us a miracle with this album.
Ticat

Ticat

February 27, 2019
referencing Laughing Stock, LP, Album, RE, B0024137-01

I have had this version for about 6 months now, listened to it about once a month and am quite happy with it. I am not experiencing any excessive noise, just wonderful music.
somesounds

somesounds

February 25, 2019
referencing Laughing Stock, LP, Album, RE, B0024137-01
Not a great pressing. Sounds like a cd with the volume turned down and the dynamics sucked out of it. Disappointing.
Starlightspacelab

Starlightspacelab

February 25, 2019
referencing Laughing Stock, LP, Album, 847 717-1

51 one star ratings - what an asshole - what a waste of time & arrogance to rate such a masterpiece in a negative bashing on endless repeat
granorob1

granorob1

November 3, 2018
referencing Laughing Stock, LP, Album, RE, B0024137-01
Agree with several of the commenters here: the first track is bad with pops and clicks, but the rest sounds pretty good.
Thorens160

Thorens160

October 11, 2018
referencing Laughing Stock, LP, Album, 847 717-1

For whom it may concern. I'm not a 1st press junkie at all. But I have to admit: unfortunately in this case soundwise there is only one choice.
Numanoid

Numanoid

June 13, 2018
edited 9 months ago
referencing Laughing Stock, Cass, Album, 847 717-4
Studying for my first major University Chemistry exam, this tape was played non-stop during November and December '91. Seems a natural progression of their sound, becoming even more wry than "Spirit of Eden". Sadly it was their last, but I guess it is good to end on a high. "Myrrhman" echoing their first outing "Mirror Man".

Later in life, there was a hippie I knew, a very kind and gentle person. The only time I saw him aggravated was when somebody tried to remove "After The Flood" from the turntable before it had played to the end!