Missing Pieces (Talk Talk album)

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Missing Pieces
Compilation album by Talk Talk
Released 2001
Recorded 1990-1991, 1998
Genre Art rock, experimental rock
Length 55:27
Label Pond Life
Talk Talk chronology
The Collection
Missing Pieces
Introducing...Talk Talk

Missing Pieces is a 2001 compilation album by Talk Talk. The first six tracks are the A- and B-Sides of the three CD singles released in 1991 for their final album Laughing Stock. Four of these are versions of album tracks, with the addition of the otherwise uncollected B-Sides "Stump" and "5:09". The final track, "Piano", was recorded pseudonymously by Mark Hollis (as "John Cope", the title of the B-Side of their 1988 single "I Believe In You" from the album Spirit of Eden) for the 1998 album "AV 1" by Allinson / Brown, which was produced by former Talk Talk producer Phill Brown. According to Hollis, it was designed to cycle indefinitely for a Dave Allinson/Phill Brown art exhibition and is presented twice in a row on the CD.[1] Missing Pieces was released in 2001 to a generally mixed to positive reception. It is now out of print.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars
Leonard's Lair 3/5 stars

Leonard's Lair gave 3/5 stars, with "5:09" listed as the album highlight.[2] The mixed score was because "if many more tenuous releases see the light of day there's a danger of that impression being cheapened." Allmusic also gave it a 3/5 star review, despite the review being more positive.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Notes Length
1. "After the Flood"   Mark Hollis & Tim Friese-Greene A-Side (Outtake) 4:14
2. "Myrrhman"   Mark Hollis & Tim Friese-Greene B-Side 5:36
3. "New Grass"   Mark Hollis & Tim Friese-Greene A-Side 9:36
4. "Stump"   Mark Hollis, Tim Friese-Greene & Lee Harris B-Side 4:45
5. "Ascension Day"   Mark Hollis & Tim Friese-Greene A-Side 6:04
6. "5:09"   Mark Hollis & Tim Friese-Greene B-Side 5:14
7. "Piano"   John Cope (Mark Hollis)   14:40


  • Lee Harris – drums
  • Mark Feltham – harmonica
  • Martin Ditcham – percussion
  • Mark Hollis – vocal, guitar, piano, organ
  • Tim Friese Greene – organ, piano, harmonium
  • Levine Andrade, Stephen Tees, George Robertson, Gavyn Wright, Jack Glickma, Garfield Jackson, Wilf Gibson – viola
  • Simon Edwards, Ernest Mothle – acoustic bass
  • Roger Smith, Paul Kegg – cello
  • Henry Lowther – trumpet, flugel horn
  • Dave White – contra bass clarinet


  1. ^ "Such a shame: The Within Without interview with Mark Hollis, September 1998 ...". Within Without. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Talk Talk - Missing Pieces". Leonardslair.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  3. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Missing Pieces - Talk Talk". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-23.