Remain in Light [DualDisc]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The musical transition that seemed to have just begun with Fear of Music came to fruition on Talking Heads' fourth album, Remain in Light. "I Zimbra" and "Life During Wartime" from the earlier album served as the blueprints for a disc on which the group explored African polyrhythms on a series of driving groove tracks, over which David Byrne chanted and sang his typically disconnected lyrics. Remain in Light had more words than any previous Heads record, but they counted for less than ever in the sweep of the music. The album's single, "Once in a Lifetime," flopped upon release, but over the years it became an audience favorite due to a striking video, its inclusion in...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The musical transition that seemed to have just begun with Fear of Music came to fruition on Talking Heads' fourth album, Remain in Light. "I Zimbra" and "Life During Wartime" from the earlier album served as the blueprints for a disc on which the group explored African polyrhythms on a series of driving groove tracks, over which David Byrne chanted and sang his typically disconnected lyrics. Remain in Light had more words than any previous Heads record, but they counted for less than ever in the sweep of the music. The album's single, "Once in a Lifetime," flopped upon release, but over the years it became an audience favorite due to a striking video, its inclusion in the band's 1984 concert film, Stop Making Sense, and its second single release in the live version because of its use in the 1986 movie Down and Out in Beverly Hills, when it became a minor chart entry. Byrne sounded typically uncomfortable in the verses "And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife/And you may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?", which were undercut by the reassuring chorus "Letting the days go by". Even without a single, Remain in Light was a hit, indicating that Talking Heads were connecting with an audience ready to follow their musical evolution, and the album was so inventive and influential, it was no wonder. As it turned out, however, it marked the end of one aspect of the group's development and was their last new music for three years. [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. Remain in Light has four unfinished outtakes, and the fact that they're not finished should come as no great surprise given the way that the album was recorded from the rhythm tracks up, but all four are excellent, dense rhythmic vamps highlighted by "Fela's Riff," which is so tight there's no room for guide vocals, and the intertwined, trippy "Double Groove" "Right Start" mutated into "Once in a Lifetime". The DVD side contains Rockpop appearances from 1980, but not any music videos.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/10/2006
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227645229
  • Catalog Number: 76452

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) (5:49)
  2. 2 Crosseyed and Painless (4:47)
  3. 3 The Great Curve (6:27)
  4. 4 Once in a Lifetime (4:22)
  5. 5 Houses in Motion (4:33)
  6. 6 Seen and Not Seen (3:24)
  7. 7 Listening Wind (4:42)
  8. 8 The Overload (6:10)
  9. 9 Fela's Riff (5:19)
  10. 10 Unison (4:49)
  11. 11 Double Groove (4:27)
  12. 12 Right Start (4:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)
  2. 2 Crosseyed and Painless
  3. 3 The Great Curve
  4. 4 Once in a Lifetime
  5. 5 Houses in Motion
  6. 6 Seen and Not Seen
  7. 7 Listening Wind
  8. 8 The Overload
  9. 9 Crosseyed and Painless
  10. 10 Once in a Lifetime
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Talking Heads Primary Artist
Jon Hassell Trumpet
Adrian Belew Guitar
David Byrne Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Jerry Harrison Organ, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Robert Palmer Percussion, Vocals
Nona Hendryx Vocals, Background Vocals
Brian Eno Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Chris Frantz Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Jose Rossy Percussion
Tina Weymouth Bass, Percussion, Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Jon Hassell Horn Arrangements
Adrian Belew Author
David Byrne Composer, Vocal Arrangements, Original Mix
Jerry Harrison Composer, Author
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Rhett Davies Engineer
Brian Eno Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Original Album Producer, Original Mix
Chris Frantz Composer, Original Cover Artwork
Ted Jensen Stereo Master
Dave Jerden Engineer
Johnny Potoker Original Mix
Tina Weymouth Composer, Original Cover Artwork
Frank Gallagher Live Sound
David Jerden Original Mix
Andy Zax Reissue Producer
Karen Ahmed Executive Producer
Matt Cohen Engineer
Ryan Smith Stereo Master
Robin Hurley Executive Producer
Mary Gaitskill Author
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