Introducing ... Talk Talk

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Introducing ... Talk Talk
Greatest hits album by Talk Talk
Released 28 July 2003
Recorded 1981–1988
Genre Art rock, post-rock, synthpop, experimental rock, alternative dance, ambient
Length 67:21
Label EMI
Talk Talk chronology
The Essential
Introducing... Talk Talk
The Collection (re-release)

Introducing ... Talk Talk is a compilation album by Talk Talk released in 2003 (one of many "best of" albums of the band released by coincidence the same year). Introducing ... Talk Talk is slightly different from some of the other "best of" albums by the band in that it doesn't feature a casual track list of the band's singles like "Talk Talk" or "It's My Life", but instead arguably lesser known tracks like the "I Believe in You" B-side "John Cope" and "It's Getting Late in the Evening". The first 5 tracks come from the 1982–1984 period, including a piano version of "Call in the Night Boy", B-side to a non album A-side in 1983. Whilst the remaining seven tracks cover 1986–1988, the EMI era of the band's more experimental phase, most songs in this part of the album are drawn from The Colour of Spring an Spirit of Eden. Nothing post-1988 is featured, as EMI, who released the album, couldn't collect material from Laughing Stock or Missing Pieces, both recorded over 1990–1991, or the live album London 1986, released by Pond Life in 1999.

As with all of the band's EMI compilations until 2013, the album was not a band sanctioned release.


Allmusic said in their 3/5 review that the album had a "bizarre" track list, but "this will be ideal for fans who want cheap access to some of the group's best B-sides without breaking for the extensive and more expensive Asides Besides.[1]


  1. "Have You Heard the News?" – 5:07
  2. "Candy" – 4:41
  3. "Renée" – 6:21
  4. "Tomorrow Started" – 5:58
  5. "Call in the Night Boy" (Piano version) – 3:52
  6. "For What It's Worth" – 5:21
  7. "Happiness Is Easy" – 6:33
  8. "April 5th" – 5:52
  9. "It's Getting Late in the Evening" – 5:48
  10. "Desire" – 7:04
  11. "John Cope" – 4:41
  12. "I Believe in You" – 6:03

"Desire" is cut short of 13 silent seconds. The song actually finishes around 6:55 on both Spirit of Eden and any compilation which features it, including Introducing... Talk Talk, and around 23 silent seconds follow until the song reaches 7:17. On this album however, only around 9 silent seconds follow, leading the song to 7:04.