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Name of This Band Is Talking Heads [Expanded]
     

The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads [Expanded]

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by Talking Heads
 

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This concert set, initially released in 1982, somehow slipped between the cracks, escaping CD release for more than two decades -- a situation that's remedied in fine fashion by this reissue, which nearly doubles the original's content with the addition of 16 new tracks. The supplements include live material that dates back as far as the Heads' days as up-and-comers

Overview

This concert set, initially released in 1982, somehow slipped between the cracks, escaping CD release for more than two decades -- a situation that's remedied in fine fashion by this reissue, which nearly doubles the original's content with the addition of 16 new tracks. The supplements include live material that dates back as far as the Heads' days as up-and-comers on the CBGB scene, such as a skeletal early rendition of "The Girls Want to Be with the Girls" and an embryonic version of "Drugs" (which appears under the title "Electricity"). Some of the newly appended material merely rehashes what was there in the first place -- such as a superfluous second version of "Psycho Killer" -- but most of the bonuses, 13 of which have never been released in any form, are meaty nuggets indeed. A sparse reading of "The Book I Read," for instance, capitalizes on David Byrne's quirky vocal intensity, while an agitated "Born Under Punches" slips and slides down the complex eddies the band eventually became adept at traversing. Although a reunion looks as unlikely now as when the band first split all those years ago, The Name of This Band goes a long way toward satisfying those live Heads cravings.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Although most people probably think the only Talking Heads live release is Stop Making Sense, the fact is that there's an earlier, better live album called The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads. Originally released in 1982 on LP and cassette, the album chronicles the growth of the band, both stylistically and personnel-wise. The first LP is the original quartet version of the band, recorded between 1977 and 1979, performing excellent versions of tunes (mostly) off 77 and More Songs About Buildings and Food. Also included were the previously unavailable "A Clean Break" and "Love Goes to a Building on Fire," as well as early versions of "Memories Can't Wait" and "Air." The second LP comes from the Remain in Light tour, recorded in 1980 and 1981. In order to present something close to the music on that album, the original quartet lineup was greatly expanded. Added were two percussionists (Steven Stanley, Jose Rossy), two backup singers (Nona Hendryx, Dollette McDonald), Busta Cherry Jones on bass, Bernie Worrell (!) on keys, and a young Adrian Belew on lead guitar. The excitement of this material is palpable, and the muscular band rips into these tunes with more power than the originals in most cases. "Drugs" gets revamped for live performance, and "Houses in Motion" kicks into high gear with a great art-funk coda. Belew is absolutely on fire throughout, especially on "The Great Curve" and "Crosseyed and Painless," where his deranged feedback soloing has never sounded better. At this point in their career, Talking Heads were still basically an underground band; it was "Burning Down the House" that really thrust them into the mainstream, and Stop Making Sense documents their arrival as a more or less mainstream act. The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads captures a hungry band on its way up, performing with a fire that was never matched on later tours. Unfortunately, The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads remained unavailable on compact disc for years, which is a shame since it's arguably one of their finest releases.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/2004
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227648923
catalogNumber:
76489
Rank:
70416

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Talking Heads   Primary Artist
Adrian Belew   Guitar,Background Vocals
David Byrne   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Jerry Harrison   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Robert Palmer   Percussion
Bernie Worrell   Synthesizer,Background Vocals,Clavinet
Nona Hendryx   Background Vocals
Busta Cherry Jones   Bass,Guitar
Brian Eno   Synthesizer,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Chris Frantz   Drums
Dollette McDonald   Percussion,Background Vocals
Steve Scales   Percussion,Conga
Tina Weymouth   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Chris Franz   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards

Technical Credits

David Byrne   Composer
Green   Composer
Jerry Harrison   Composer
Talking Heads   Producer,Reissue Producer,Audio Production
Brian Eno   Composer
Chris Frantz   Composer
Lynn Goldsmith   Cover Photo
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Composer
Kooster McAllister   Engineer
Jon Pareles   Author
Ken Rasek   Engineer
Ed Stasium   Engineer
Tina Weymouth   Composer
David Hewett   Engineer
Reggie Collins   Liner Notes
Ira Mayer   Author
Andy Zax   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Hugo Ball   Composer
Wayne Zieve   Composer
Gary Stewart   Reissue Producer
Gary Peterson   Liner Notes
Roman Kozak   Author
Dave Artale   Engineer
John Dalton   Cover Photo
Katshuiko Sato   Engineer

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The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads [Expanded] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
I was not a Talking heads fan in their heyday. I thought about picking up the vinyl version of this album but never did. Finally it came out on CD and I bought it. Several listens over the years have convinced me that David Byrne & Co. were not just clever new wave artists, but a great live band. Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth were a tight rhythm section but the surprise on Disc 1 was the guitar interplay between Jerry Harrison and Byrne. Disc 2 is the Heads as a "big band" and the sound is fuller. Adrian Belew,future guitarist for King Crimson, adds some weird sounds to the songs. Byrne's vocals on both discs sound like he is always on the edge of a breakdown but he seems more confident on Disc 2. A listen to this long lost recording may cause you to reappraise the Talking Heads