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At the start of their career, Talking Heads were all nervous energy, detached emotion, and subdued minimalism. When they released their last album about 12 years later, the band had recorded everything from art-funk to polyrhythmic worldbeat explorations and simple, melodic guitar pop. Between their first album in 1977 and their last in 1988, Talking Heads became one of the most critically ... Read more in Amazon's Talking Heads Store

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  • Audio CD (12 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Applebush
  • ASIN: B00JKHYNC0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,618 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Listen  1. Artists Only (The Berklee School of Music, Boston 24th August 1979 FM Broadcast) 6:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Stay Hungry (The Berklee School of Music, Boston 24th August 1979 FM Broadcast) 3:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Cities (The Berklee School of Music, Boston 24th August 1979 FM Broadcast) 5:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Paper (The Berklee School of Music, Boston 24th August 1979 FM Broadcast) 2:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mind (The Berklee School of Music, Boston 24th August 1979 FM Broadcast) 5:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Heaven (The Berklee School of Music, Boston 24th August 1979 FM Broadcast) 4:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Book I Read (The Berklee School of Music, Boston 24th August 1979 FM Broadcast) 5:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Electric Guitar (The Berklee School of Music, Boston 24th August 1979 FM Broadcast) 3:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Air (The Berklee School of Music, Boston 24th August 1979 FM Broadcast) 4:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Warning Sign (The Berklee School of Music, Boston 24th August 1979 FM Broadcast) 5:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Love - Building on Fire (The Berklee School of Music, Boston 24th August 1979 FM Broadcast) 3:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Memories Can't Wait (The Berklee School of Music, Boston 24th August 1979 FM Broadcast) 3:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Psycho Killer (The Berklee School of Music, Boston 24th August 1979 FM Broadcast) 7:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Life During Wartime (The Berklee School of Music, Boston 24th August 1979 FM Broadcast) 4:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Take Me to the River (The Berklee School of Music, Boston 24th August 1979 FM Broadcast) 5:37£0.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Recorded at The Berklee School of Music, Boston 24th August 1979. FM Broadcast. The 1979 Talking Heads tour, promoting the release of their Fear Of Music album, would be the last to feature the stripped down quartet lineup and the first to gain them significantly more exposure in America. They had established themselves in Europe, but outside of college radio or the New England and California regions, America was just catching on to what an intriguing and captivating live band they were. These excerpts are from their appearance at Boston's prestigious Berklee School of Music, which was one of the wildest and most memorable performances on this breakthrough tour. With the original B52's opening this show, there was plenty of momentum before The Heads even hit the stage. This, combined with playing before an intelligent and relatively home turf audience, ignited an inspired performance. These excerpts, originally broadcast via the King Biscuit Flower Hour, capture several highlights from this memorable night. The band's sound was clearly evolving, containing more complex rhythmic structures and song arrangements. The new songs had increasingly funny, yet even more thought-provoking lyrics. The overt awkwardness that frontman David Byrne often displayed onstage was just beginning to be perceived as the uninhibited expression that it really was, with many now dancing to it. His unusual vocal affectations were engaging and the music was clearly beginning to resonate more deeply, particularly in a live context. "Stay Hungry" begins the recording in a somewhat ominous style, with Jerry Harrison's keyboards adding even creepier textures than the album version. "Cities," a track from Fear Of Music follows. It's a galloping romp through Byrne's stream of consciousness thoughts about city life. The last three tracks are all classics and equally fantastic performances. First up is a thoroughly engaging rendition of the non-album single side "(My Love Goes To A) Building On Fire." The "Psycho Killer" that closes this set is outstanding, featuring Byrne firmly in the land of no self-consciousness and the entire group ripping into a wild jam with Byrne and Harrison both blazing on guitars. (Think of the heavy psychedelic fuzz guitar jam in the middle of The Chambers Brothers "Time Has Come Today" and you wouldn't be far off). Following an ecstatic audience demanding more, they return for an encore of their unique take on Al Green's "Take Me To The River". Originally a gospel number, Talking Heads completely redefine the song and in the process make it their own. Shortly after this tour, Talking Heads would begin overtly expanding their musical parameters. Their studio recordings would soon reach an unparalleled intensity (and density) on their next album. They would make truly inspired choices at augmenting the stage band, without diluting any of their originality. With the help of MTV and its heavy rotation of the music video for "Once In A Lifetime" the following year, the band's music would reach a much broader audience. This recording, however, is a fine example of the original Talking Heads literally reaching the peak of their four-piece powers.

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 12 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
There are a few Talking Heads live albums out there but for a group that developed with every studio release this is no bad thing as each live outing preserves a certain stage in that development. Many of the details of this release are in the extensive blurb provided by Amazon so it's worth noting that some of these performances may be available elsewhere. It's also worth noting that there isn't much, if any, evidence of post recording tarting up so the sound quality is occasionally a bit dense and we have a warts and all record, between track tuning and all. We also have Tina Weymouth's bass much further forward in the mix than on the studio tracks, which is definitely no bad thing. For me this adds to the immediacy of the recording and ensures that this album will be getting regular plays in the Big Jim Household.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter Rafter on 14 Jun. 2014
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I've wanted this since 1980 when I got the Cities import 45 with the live version from this show.
The last of the original 4 piece...they should've put this out 40+ years ago...Psycho Killer/Life During Wartime/Take Me To Thje River SMOKES. This is a snapshot of a great American Band that would sustain this level of greatness for many years.
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I've been a big fan of Talking Heads since first hearing the single "Take me to the river" and was lucky enough to see them at this point in their career when they were touring Fear Of Music. As previous reviewers have noted the sound quality at points isn't perfect but for me it adds to the feel of the recording otherwise this is a very good cd showing Talking heads on mighty form.

An absolute must own for Talking heads fans.
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