Little Creatures [DualDisc]

Little Creatures [DualDisc]

by Talking Heads
     
 

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Talking Heads' most immediately accessible album, Little Creatures eschewed the pattern of previous Heads' albums, in which instrumental tracks had been worked up from riffs and grooves, after which David Byrne improvised melodies and lyrics. The songs on Little Creatures, most of which were credited to Byrne alone (with the band credited only with arrangements)… See more details below

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Talking Heads' most immediately accessible album, Little Creatures eschewed the pattern of previous Heads' albums, in which instrumental tracks had been worked up from riffs and grooves, after which David Byrne improvised melodies and lyrics. The songs on Little Creatures, most of which were credited to Byrne alone (with the band credited only with arrangements) sounded like they'd been written as songs. Perhaps as one result, the band had been streamlined, with extra musicians used only for specific effects rather than playing along as an ensemble. Byrne, who was singing in his natural range for once, frequently was augmented with backup singers. The overall result: ear candy. Little Creatures was a pop album, and an accomplished one, by a band that knew what it was doing. True, Byrne's lyrics were still intriguingly quirky, but even his subject matter was becoming more mature. "I've seen sex and I think it's okay," he sang on "Creatures of Love," and suddenly the geek had become a man. Where he had once pondered the hopes of boys and girls, he was now making observations about children. And even if his impulses remained strange -- "I wanna make him stay up all night," he declared about a baby (presumably not his own) in "Stay Up Late" -- he retained his charm and inventiveness. Little Creatures was, in a sense, Talking Heads-lite. It was hard to think of this as the same band that produced "Psycho Killer." But for the group's expanding audience, who made this their second platinum album, that was okay. And their popularity was being accomplished with no diminution in their creativity. [In the fall of 2005, Talking Heads' catalog was finally remastered and reissued as DualDiscs, containing a CD on one side and a DVD with 5.1 mixes, along with bonus video material, on the other. Initially, the DualDiscs were only available as a box set, but in 2006, the albums were reissued individually as digipacks (the box set contained all white jewel cases). Little Creatures contains an early version of "Road to Nowhere" that is much tamer and simpler than the finished version, and an early version of "And She Was" that lacks the pre-chorus and sounds like a rough demo; there's also an extended mix of "Television Man" that was released as a 12" single, plus videos of "And She Was" and "Road to Nowhere" on the DVD side.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/2006
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227645427
catalogNumber:
76454

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Talking Heads   Primary Artist
Naná Vasconcelos   Water Drums
David Byrne   Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Harrison   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Eric Weissberg   Pedal Steel Guitar
Gordon Grody   Background Vocals
Erin Dickens   Background Vocals
Chris Frantz   Drums
Diva Gray   Background Vocals
Lani Groves   Background Vocals
Lenny Pickett   Saxophone
Steve Scales   Bongos,Conga,Tambourine
Tina Weymouth   Bass,Background Vocals
Andrew Cader   Washboard
Jimmy Macdonell   Accordion
Ellen Bernfeld   Background Vocals
Kurt Yahijian   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Byrne   Composer,Video Director
Jerry Harrison   Composer,Author
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Chris Frantz   Composer
Ted Jensen   Stereo Master
Tina Weymouth   Composer
Jim Blashfield   Video Producer,Video Director
Andy Zax   Reissue Producer
Melanie West   Engineer
Matt Cohen   Engineer
Tina Silvey   Video Producer
Ryan Smith   Stereo Master
Melissa Marsland   Video Producer
Rev. Howard Ginster   Cover Painting
Andrew Thomas   Animation,Screen Design

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