Girls Want to Be with the Girls, The - (bonus track)
Electricity (Drugs) - (bonus track)
Found a Job - (bonus track)
Mind - (previously unreleased)
Love --> Building on Fire
Memories Can't Wait
Heaven - (previously unreleased)
Psycho Killer - (previously unreleased)
Warning Sign - (previously unreleased)
Stay Hungry - (previously unreleased)
Cities - (previously unreleased)
Once in a Lifetime - (previously unreleased)
Animals - (previously unreleased)
Houses in Motion
Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) - (previously unreleased, bonus track)
Crosseyed and Painless
Life During Wartime
Take Me to the River
Great Curve, The
Talking Heads: Jerry Harrison (vocals); David Byrne (keyboards, bass instrument, percussion); Tina Weymouth (keyboards, bass instrument); Chris Franz (keyboards, drums, percussion).
Personnel: David Byrne (vocals, guitar); Jerry Harrison (guitar, piano, keyboards, synthesizer, background vocals); Tina Weymouth (guitar, synthesizer, percussion, background vocals); Adrian Belew (guitar, background vocals); Busta Cherry Jones (guitar); Bernie Worrell (Clavinet, background vocals); Chris Frantz (drums); Steve Scales (congas, percussion); Dollette McDonald (percussion, background vocals); Nona Hendryx (background vocals).
Additional personnel: Brian Eno (guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, background vocals); Bernie Worrell (synthesizer); Robert Palmer (percussion); Adrian Belew, Nona Hendryx.
Audio Mixers: Ed Stasium; Talking Heads; Dave Artale; Ken Rasek; Butch Jones.
Audio Remasterer: Bob Ludwig.
Liner Note Authors: Andy Zax; Gary Peterson; Reggie Collins.
Recording information: 11/17/1977-02/27/1981.
Authors: Ira Mayer; Jon Pareles; Roman Kozak.
Photographers: Gary Kurfirst; Lynn Goldsmith; Mark Weiss; Tom Ligamari; Beverly Price; Charlie Clough; Jimmy DeSana; Donna Santisi; Ebet Roberts; Bob Grossman; Paul McAlpine; Melissa Hill; K.P. Schleinitz; Hugh Brown ; Marcia Resnick; Mark Price .
This live album was originally released as a double LP in 1982, when the Talking Heads were still extremely active. Twenty-two years later, the bonus-laden, two-CD reissue serves as a fascinating in-concert document of the phases the band went through during its first five years. The late-'70s tracks on the first disc show the early version of the band in all its geeky glory, mixing spastic New Wave quirkiness, funk rhythms, and art-school lyrics. It's intriguing to hear the difference between some of the songs' inception and their eventual recorded versions, such as a relatively straightforward "Electricity (Drugs)," which would turn ominous and atmospheric on FEAR OF MUSIC.
The second disc captures the expanded, early-'80s version of the band, with extra musicians and backing vocalists in tow, tackling the fugue-like art-funk masterpieces of the aforementioned album and REMAIN IN LIGHT. It's all the more impressive to hear the interlocking of the guitars, keyboards, and percussion achieved without the benefit of studio overdubbing, and David Byrne's near-manic intensity is even more focused and affecting in the live setting. Even vinyl freaks/Heads maniacs who hung on to the original LP for two decades will need to get this, if only for the wealth of indispensable bonus tracks.
Rolling Stone (p.147) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[S]howing off not only the Heads' acerbic intelligence but their flesh-and-blood force and humor."
Spin (p.90) - "[Y]ou get to hear just about every great song they wrote before 1982 in the same place..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.127) - "[A] gem....This two-disc set captures the punk attitude, brittle R&B vamps, and quirky lyrical trips of their early years." - Grade: A
Uncut (p.130) - 5 stars out of 5 - "[T]errifically thorough....[With] a previously unreleased and mesmeric nine-minute 'Born Under Punches'."
Magnet (p.97) - "[M]uch richer than 1984's STOP MAKING SENSE, capturing the concert highlights of a and that's wilder, fiercer and more soulful onstage than on any of its studio albums."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.127) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[A]n admirable document of the Talking Heads' in-concert evolution from jittery, lean new wave to powerhouse post-punk-funk."
'Stop Making Sense' may be the more famous live album, but 'The Name of this Band' is far better. Disc one showcases Talking Heads performing a lot of their earlier songs, with 'The Book I Read', 'Drugs' and 'Memories Can't Wait' being highlights. Disc two has a similar setlist to 'Stop Making Sense', but without as much happening in the background, allowing the songs to take centre stage rather than funk jam theatrics. In particular, 'Stay Hungry' and 'Born Under Punches' sound great live. A brilliant album that more or less doubles up as a best of for the early part of their career. Now all we need is a live album with material from 'Naked' and the Talking Heads catalogue will be complete.
The best live album by the talking heads bar none. This album has alot more of the talking heads older songs from 77, more songs about buildings and food, fear of music and a couple of songs from remain in light. Its two discs and has a great raw rocky sound to it that stop making sense although very good doesnt have, so pick this up and treat yourself to some wicked versions of psycho killer and mind.
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