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The Best of Talking Heads

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Essentially a careful distillation of the somewhat unwieldy Once in a Lifetime box set, this disc provides an ideal primer for those interested in exploring new wave's smartest band -- and a fine one-stop for the already converted. The 18 songs here stretch back to the Heads' nascence as a trio -- represented by the chirping, insistent "Love -- Building on Fire" -- with stops at every turn in the band's long and winding career. Naturally, that means you'll find staples such as "Psycho Killer" and the dense, rough-hewn "Life During Wartime," but also present are less ubiquitous tracks, including the dreamy "Heaven" and the sun-dappled "Girlfriend Is Better." If you're ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Essentially a careful distillation of the somewhat unwieldy Once in a Lifetime box set, this disc provides an ideal primer for those interested in exploring new wave's smartest band -- and a fine one-stop for the already converted. The 18 songs here stretch back to the Heads' nascence as a trio -- represented by the chirping, insistent "Love -- Building on Fire" -- with stops at every turn in the band's long and winding career. Naturally, that means you'll find staples such as "Psycho Killer" and the dense, rough-hewn "Life During Wartime," but also present are less ubiquitous tracks, including the dreamy "Heaven" and the sun-dappled "Girlfriend Is Better." If you're looking for off-the-wall finds or archival nuggets, this isn't the place to find 'em, but if a dose of brain food -- with a long, cool, butt-moving chaser -- is your pleasure, The Best of Talking Heads delivers the goods in spades.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rhino's -- or, more accurately, Sire/Warner/Rhino's -- Best of Talking Heads follows 2003's box set Once in a Lifetime by a year, and it features the same remastering from that set. It also shares part of a title with the 1992 U.K. compilation The Best of Talking Heads: Once in a Lifetime, which was released the same year as the American double-disc overview Popular Favorites: Sand in the Vaseline. Given the similar titles, similar release dates, and similar track listings, it's easy to get confused at first, but all you need to know is that if you're looking for a comprehensive collection, get the Rhino box, and if you want a disc of hits, get this single-disc Rhino collection. Not that the 2004 Best of Talking Heads has every hit or well-known song -- "I Zimbra," "Born Under Punches," "Crosseyed and Painless," "Swamp," and "Stay Up Late" could all have been here and all are missed -- but at 18 tracks, this is a generous compilation and draws a better portrait of the band than not just the 1992 single-disc compilation, but arguably the patchwork Popular Favorites as well. For the casual fan, this is likely all they'll need to have, and for others, it's a good place to get acquainted with the band.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2004
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227648824
  • Catalog Number: 76488
  • Sales rank: 8,633

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Talking Heads Primary Artist
Wally Badarou Synthesizer, Conga, Keyboards
Jon Hassell Trumpet
Mory Kanté Kora
Naná Vasconcelos Percussion
Adrian Belew Guitar
David Byrne Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Bells, Synthesizer Drums
Jerry Harrison Organ, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals
Kirsty MacColl Background Vocals
Robert Palmer Percussion
Bernie Worrell Synthesizer
Robin Eubanks Trombone
Nona Hendryx Background Vocals
Gordon Grody Background Vocals
Erin Dickens Background Vocals
Brian Eno Organ, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Chris Frantz Synthesizer, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Tambourine, Background Vocals
Laurie Frink Trumpet
Earl Gardner Trumpet
Diva Gray Background Vocals
Lani Groves Background Vocals
Stan Harrison Alto Saxophone
Abdou M'Boup Conga, cowbell, talking drum
Johnny Marr 12-string Guitar
Yves N'Djock Guitar
Lenny Pickett Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jose Rossy Percussion
Steve Scales Percussion
David Van Tieghem Percussion
Brice Wassy Shaker
Tina Weymouth Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals, String Bass
Gene Wilder Conga
Andrew Cader Washboard
Steve Elfon Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Macdonell Accordion
Ellen Bernfeld Background Vocals
Ari Wilder Conga
Kurt Yahijian Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jon Hassell Horn Arrangements
David Byrne Composer
Al Green Composer
Jerry Harrison Composer
Talking Heads Producer, Audio Production
Moby Author
Joe Barbaria Engineer
Tony Bongiovi Producer, Audio Production
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Rhett Davies Engineer
Brian Eno Composer, Producer, Audio Production
James Farber Engineer
Chris Frantz Composer
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Composer
Dave Jerden Engineer
Butch Jones Engineer
Ira Kaplan Author
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Bob Ludwig Remastering
Richard Manwaring Engineer
Yves N'Djock Composer
Jack Nuber Engineer
Rod O'Brien Engineer
Lenny Pickett Horn Arrangements
Kate Pierson Author
Johnny Potoker Engineer
Lance Quinn Producer, Horn Arrangements
Tommy Ramone Audio Production
Alex Sadkin Engineer
Dave Schools Author
Ed Stasium Engineer
Eric "ET" Thorngren Engineer
Mark Wallis Engineer
Tina Weymouth Composer
Neal Teeman Engineer
Douglas McCombs Author
Brad Baker Horn Arrangements
Fernando Kral Engineer
Nick Delre Engineer
El-P Author
Stephen Stanley Engineer
Matt Safer Author
Dustin Hawthorne Author
Neil Selkirk Inlay Photography
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