Talk Talk ‎– Laughing Stock

Ba Da Bing! ‎– BING-074, Universal Music Special Markets ‎– B0015253-01
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© 2011 Ba Da Bing Records
℗ 1991 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
Manufactured by Universal Music Enterprises, a division of UMG Recordings Inc., 2220 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Recorded at Wessex Studios London
Sept 1990 - April 1991

Published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd / EMI Music Publishing Ltd

Mark Hollis' handwritten lyrics are printed on the inner sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): B0015253-01-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): B0015253-01-B
  • Barcode (Sticker): 6 00197 00741 9

Other Versions (5 of 46) View All

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
847717-4 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(Cass, Album) Polydor 847717-4 Greece 1991 Sell This Version
PLVP002CD Talk Talk Laughing Stock(CD, Album, RE) Pond Life PLVP002CD UK 1999 Sell This Version
B0024137-01 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(LP, Album, RE) UMe, Polydor B0024137-01 US 2016 Sell This Version
847 717-4 Talk Talk Laughing Stock(Cass, Album) Verve Records 847 717-4 UK & Europe 1991 Sell This Version


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February 24, 2018
edited 4 months ago

Same as alphagrade here. My copy sounds beautiful. Very minor surface noise in quietest tracks like Runeii only audible in headphones. But i mostly listen thru speakers. Purchased in 2011. I have an original copy of Spirit and don't hear much difference in quality. maybe just slightly more dynamic range.


February 22, 2018

I have this dreaded Ba Da pressing which I purchased back in 2014 via Juno Records. I must have struck gold as I have a clean and delightful pressing with no audible surface noise.


July 29, 2017
I wish I'd read the reviews before purchasing mine. Was only $18, but it sounds thin, shitty, tons of surface noise. Giant drag, because it's such great music.


December 17, 2015
Just got an email from New On Vinyl saying there will be a reissue coming in January. You'd be better off paying to import it than buying this spotty pressing for $70+.


May 3, 2015
This pressing is an absolute embarrassment. It is truly awful, and should have never left the factory. BaDaBing also did the Mark Hollis reissue and it's equally as terrible. It's such a shame.


January 19, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
I guess I lucked out, my copy sounds pretty good. There's definitely some surface noise but it's more than tolerable.


January 2, 2015
There are at least two pressings of this reissue. The first one had terrible surface noise issues (not sure where that was pressed); they did a re-press at RTI and that one apparently sounds better, but many copies are still scuffed (with resulting surface noise) because of the inner sleeve. The RTI pressing has their marks -- "22153.1(3)..." and "22153.2(3)..." -- in the deadwax. This is cut by Kevin Gray ("KG@CA" in the deadwax) and despite supposedly being cut from a CD it really does sound fantastic, if you can get a clean copy.


December 12, 2014
I bought a copy of this and it had a sizable defect, it looked like a piece of paper, pressed in the the B-side. It also had surface noise and just didn't sound all that great. I contacted Ba Da Bing via twitter and they sent me a replacement copy free of charge! the new copy they sent me sounds miles better and has no defect.


August 4, 2014
My copy sounds good. I'm playing it on a brand new Pro-Ject Debut Carbon through headphones, and it's clean. There is some slight background noise in quiet parts, but so what, it's vinyl?!?! It's a respectable reissue that sounds better than my CD and I can afford it. I would buy this one if I were you.


February 8, 2014
Terrible surface noise and pops. I am so disappointed with this copy! Hiss, pops, crackle, fuzz - you name it, I heard it. Awful and unacceptable! I read several rave reviews about the dynamics on this one and couldn't wait to score a copy. Wish I bought the CD!