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Compilation album by
ReleasedApril 1993 (Cassette)
August 1999 (CD re-release)
Recorded1988–1989, 1999 (Tracks 4 & 10)
StudioNo-Man's Land, Hemel Hempstead
GenreAmbient, Art rock
LabelHidden Art, Materiali Sonori, Snapper Music
ProducerTim Bowness, Steven Wilson
No-Man chronology
Radio Sessions: 1992-96
Lost Songs Vol 1
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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 ion 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[]

All tracks are written by Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson, except where noted[6].

1."Speak"Ben Coleman, Wilson1:24
2."Pink Moon"Nick Drake3:03
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, Wilson2:59
7."River Song"Donovan Leitch2:01
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"Bowness3:26
12."Death and Dodgson's Dreamchild" 2:19
Bonus track on 2005 reissue
13."The Hidden Art of Man Ray"11:42




  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "No-Man recordings – "Speak"". Retrieved 5 September 2010.[dead link]
  3. ^ "No-Man Music – Prog Archives". Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". rateyourmusic.com. Archived from the original on 20 January 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "No-Man – ((Speak)) (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  6. ^ a b "No-Man – Speak (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved 5 September 2010.