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
(1998)Radio Sessions: 1992-961998
Lost Songs Vol - 1
(2001)Lost Songs Vol - 12001
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] All tracks (except 4 and 10, which are newer versions recorded in 1999) were cleaned up from original tapes, remixed and new vocal takes recorded.

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

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written 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 (1999 newly recorded version)"   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 (1999 newly recorded version)"   6:37
11. "Life With Picasso" Bowness 3:26
12. "Death and Dodgson's Dreamchild"   2:19
Bonus track on 2005 reissue
No. Title Length
13. "The Hidden Art of Man Ray" 11:42