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Stop Making Sense [Special Edition]

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Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
Ten years after they called it quits and 15 years after Jonathan Demme's groundbreaking concert film first ran, this expanded reissue of the original STOP MAKING SENSE soundtrack seems as strange and new as the Heads did back in the dark, Reagan-era day. Minimal but soulful, angular but always fluid and naturally groovy, this is the best white pop band of the new wave era making flippy floppy with a loose and loving sense of intellectual cool Steve Malkmus would kill for. Adding classics like the galloping headrush "Thank You for Sending Me An Angel," the taut, James Brown-goes-dada "Found a Job," and the pricelessly sweet "This Must Be the Place Naïve Melody" to an ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
Ten years after they called it quits and 15 years after Jonathan Demme's groundbreaking concert film first ran, this expanded reissue of the original STOP MAKING SENSE soundtrack seems as strange and new as the Heads did back in the dark, Reagan-era day. Minimal but soulful, angular but always fluid and naturally groovy, this is the best white pop band of the new wave era making flippy floppy with a loose and loving sense of intellectual cool Steve Malkmus would kill for. Adding classics like the galloping headrush "Thank You for Sending Me An Angel," the taut, James Brown-goes-dada "Found a Job," and the pricelessly sweet "This Must Be the Place Naïve Melody" to an original lineup that included "Once in a Lifetime," "Burning Down the House," and "Psycho Killer," this is a key collector's piece for any fan and an excellent intro for newcomers. It even features an ace run through the Tom Tom Club's hip-hop classic "Genius of Love"! You can almost see David Byrne in his size-99 suit, looking like a stockbroker from Neptune as he stood at the edge of the stage wondering, "Well, how did I get here?" Sure, the synth-stylized music's chilly spaciousness and the band's reticence to rock out can seem alienating, but they never claimed to be a party band -- and that geek-chic, loner vibe was always part of the appeal now, wasn't it?
All Music Guide - Greg Prato
When the soundtrack for the classic Talking Heads movie Stop Making Sense was originally issued in 1984, it was only nine tracks in length, even though a total of 16 were performed on film. So when the film was re-released in theaters and on home video in 1999, a new version of the soundtrack was issued as well, including all 16 songs and sporting an even better remastered sound. Recorded over three nights at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre in December 1983 during the tour in support of Speaking in Tongues, the usual four-piece lineup was supplemented by Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell, percussionist Steve Scales, guitarist Alex Weir, and backup singers Lynn Mabry and Ednah Holt. Songs from all eras of the band are featured. The first four tracks are early selections "Psycho Killer," "Heaven", performed as bare renditions, plus full-band funky versions of such later hits as "Life During Wartime," "Burning Down the House," "Once in a Lifetime," and "Girlfriend Is Better." Also included are lesser-known album tracks "Swamp," "This Must Be the Place," "Crosseyed and Painless", plus a track from David Byrne's 1981 Catherine Wheel album "What a Day That Was", and "Genius of Love" by the Tom Tom Club a side project of drummer Chris Frantz and bassist Tina Weymouth. One of the greatest live albums ever, the 1999 version of Stop Making Sense captures the Talking Heads at the height of their powers. A quintessential purchase.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/1999
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624748922
  • Catalog Number: 47489
  • Sales rank: 3,117

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Talking Heads Primary Artist
David Byrne Guitar, Vocals
Jerry Harrison Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Bernie Worrell Keyboards
Chris Frantz Drums, Vocals
Ednah Holt Background Vocals
Lynn Mabry Background Vocals
Steve Scales Percussion
Alex Weir Guitar, Vocals
Tina Weymouth Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
David Byrne Composer, Concept, Re-Recording Supervisor
Jerry Harrison Composer, Re-Recording Supervisor
Talking Heads Producer
Jonathan Demme Director, Re-Recording Supervisor
Brian Eno Composer
Chris Frantz Composer
Gary Goetzman Producer, Re-Recording Supervisor
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Joel Moss Engineer
Eric "ET" Thorngren Engineer
Tina Weymouth Composer
Mark Wolfson Engineer
Brian K. Lee Mastering
Gary Kurfirst Executive Producer
Adelle Lutz Cover Photo
Sandy McLeod Visual Consultant
Allen Chinowsky Engineer
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  • Posted January 25, 2012

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    Not The Best Live Talking Heads

    That title goes to This Band Is Called Talking Heads. By the time they recorded this set, Byrne and Co. were superstars and, after this album, it was mostly downhill. Unlike most bands, they saw the writing on the wall and hung it up. I don't know why this isn't as compelling as the earlier stuff. I think they miss Adrian Belew's guitar. Don't get me wrong, this is still very good. I just wonder if, after all the first generation fans are gone, if the group's music will be more than a 80s new wave period curiosity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Talking Heads, greatest band ever!

    This CD rocks!! If you love Talking Heads, or music in general, get this CD. If you love this CD, get the DVD. It's the coolest thing ever! You'll want to watch it every day! Take my word for it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Something Missing

    Having purchased the original LP (that's vinyl for you youngsters), video cassette, and CD, I was hoping SMS Special Edition would include all songs performed in the movie. However, SMS Special Edition omits Cities and the Big Business/I Zimbra tracks. Cities and I Zimbra are underrated tunes from ''Fear of Music''. Big Business is from David Byrne's music for ''Catherine Wheel'', which also supplied the tune What a Day That Was. I love David Byrne and Talking Heads and and agree with all that this is the ultimate concert ever recorded. Enjoy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definitive Heads

    I am fifty years old and this album still rings true as one of the best performances in the rock genre. Sure wish the video was still available...alas, I lost my copy to a borrower.

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    Posted October 26, 2008

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