Speak (No-Man album)

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Compilation album by No-Man
Released April 1993 (Cassette)
August 1999 (CD re-release)
Recorded 1988-1989, 1999
Genre Ambient, Art rock
Length 50:54
Label Hidden Art, Materiali Sonori, Snapper Music
Producer Tim Bowness, Steven Wilson
No-Man chronology
Radio Sessions: 1992-96
Lost Songs Vol - 1
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Speak is a compilation album consisting of previously obscure material by British Art rock band No-Man. Originally, recorded between 1988 and 1989,[2] the songs were re-mixed and re-sung in 1999 (during the band's sessions for Returning Jesus). The songs had only been released on compact cassette earlier in the band's history.[3][4]

Snapper Music's 2005 reissue of Speak adds the bonus track "The Hidden Art of Man Ray" (an untreated improvisation from 1988). The track also appears as a second disc on the limited edition of Tonefloat's vinyl release of Speak.[5]

"Pink Moon" is a Nick Drake cover from his album of the same name.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson, except where noted[6]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Speak"   Ben Coleman, Wilson 1:24
2. "Pink Moon"   Nick Drake 3:03
3. "Iris Murdoch Cut Me Down"     4:33
4. "Curtain Dream"     3:01
5. "Heaven's Break"     3:22
6. "French Tree Terror Suspect"   Coleman, Wilson 2:59
7. "River Song"   Donovan Leitch 2:01
8. "Riverrun"     4:44
9. "The Ballet Beast"     1:27
10. "Night Sky Sweet Earth"     6:37
11. "Life With Picasso"   Bowness 3:26
12. "Death and Dodgson's Dreamchild"     2:19
Bonus track on 2005 reissue
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "The Hidden Art of Man Ray"     11:42