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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 (20 Aug. 1984)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B000002KZ6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,588 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Burning Down The House
2. Making Flippy Floppy ( Lp Version )
3. Girlfriend Is Better
4. Slippery People ( Lp Version )
5. I Get Wild / Wild Gravity ( Lp Version )
6. Swamp ( Lp Version )
7. Moon Rocks ( Lp Version )
8. Pull Up The Roots ( Lp Version )
9. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

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Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues

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Observe as David Byrne finally learns to dance. Non-Western sounds and funky rhythms had infected Talking Heads' music prior to this 1983 pop breakthrough, but Speaking in Tongues is where the beat truly gels. The band's quirky, nerdy persona somehow blends easily with music borrowed from the African Diaspora on "Stop Making Sense" and "Burning Down the House". The album also marks one of the last true band collaborations, before Byrne reduced his partners to mere sidemen. If their edgier early albums now sound more challenging and unique in hindsight, Speaking in Tongues at least documents the New York quartet's singular blend of World Beat, art school rock, and the always irresistible dance floor. --Steve Appleford

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. J. Underwood on 2 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
The two other reviews here well describe both the music and the circumstances of this albums release. What I would like to just add here however is that for this album - as well as the remastering to the 5.1 surround sound - the songs themselves are slightly different to the (or at least my) original cd. The very first time I played this version, on 'Making Flippy Floppy' I thought - "I don't remember that bit" and this continued through. Five of the tracks are extended - most by about a minute and a half - and this is not unwelcome. Speaking In Tongues is probably my personal favourite album of Talking Heads and this version just enhances my appreciation - and the addition of the extra track 'Two Note Swivel' fits in well too. Full marks!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gandharva on 13 Feb. 2011
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From a great CD emerges a brilliant 5.1 mix. This is one of a rare breed of re-masters which are actually transformed by a 5.1 mix. Instruments are separated and presented in a rock-solid sound-stage. Favourite track is "Making Flippy Floppy" but nothing on this disc let's the side down. I was encouraged to buy two more Talking Heads re-masters but Speaking In Tongues is the best so far. David Byrne's vocals are superb and the meaty bass gets your feet tapping from the start. Great music, great value.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Oscillator on 29 April 2006
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Well, I've definitely revised my view of this album which I used to think was one of the lesser albums in their canon. I used to think that the live album "Stop Making Sense" contained better versions of some these songs but now I'm not so sure. Taking on its own merit this is a joyous slab of skewed funk. It's strange how Talking Heads haven't really got the credit they deserve and unlike some of their contemporaries (Gang Of Four, Wire etc.) aren't routinely thought of as an influence to current bands. And yet given the quality of their back catalogue ( with the probable exception of their last album "Naked") there's a good case for claiming that they are a contender for best band of the eighties . Kicking off with 'Burning Down The House', you would have thought it couldn't get any better but it does. 'Making Flippy Floppy' with it's squelchy synth and relentless funk obviously owes a debt to Funkadelic/Parliament but listening to it is sheer unbridled joy. 'Girlfriend Is Better' is peerless pop and then you've got 'Slippery People' with it's Staple Singers gospel groove. So four tracks in and it's 5 stars already but the quality doesn't dip, ending as it does with the killer one-two of Pull Up The Roots and the gorgeous "This Must Be The Place".

The extra tracks on the first CD aren't essential although "Two Note Swivel" starts off promising but runs out of steam. And I'm sorry but I can't comment on the 5.1 DVD surround sound version (due to hardware poverty) but it's nice to have the videos for "Burning Down The House" and "This Must Be The Place" available. Could have done with more comprehensive sleveenotes though.

The songs on here are relatively streamlined compared to the over the top (but brilliant with it) kitchen sinkness of "Remain In Light".
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By droflim on 24 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Another fine (and currently good value) CD + DVD set from Talking Heads with very good surround sound using an 'ordinary' DVD player. OK it's not the album that 'Remain in Light' is (see my review) and while it is maybe musically repetitive it is so infectious and funky you don't care. 'Girlfriend Is Better' is particularly catchy. It's worth getting before it becomes stupidly priced like some of their other sets.
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Excellent Remaster! Everything you loved in the old one, but more-so!
Deeper Bass, more three dimensional sound, less flat. Still snappy and awesome.
Awesome for the kids too… no "bad words"
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MLowry on 10 Oct. 2008
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The significance of this album for the 80-ties is difficult to underestimate. David Byrne at its best of dada moods hat drew words and phrases to compose one of a kind crystal clear broken English. Speaking in Tongues is fragmented, sound-bited and crazy glued like the then baby walking (and talking) MTV. It goes beyond a punk revolt and flood of Manchester pop, Ravi Shankar's sitar and double drums funk to stir and mesh'em all but, ultimately, to deconstruct the popular music of the decade. Undoubtedly, TH's best and crowning of their artistic path to freedom in the pop's kitsch. After that, it was easier to get on the "Road to Nowhere".
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JP Marone on 15 Jun. 2012
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First off, I've only been listening to the Heads for a few months but once I heard "77", I fell in love and went out and bought all of their albums. Of course, I bought the original CDs, but just recently I was able to purchase the remastered discs. Now onto "Speaking in Tongues". I LOVE this album. It is my favorite Talking Heads album, with "Remain in Light" being a close second. The first 3 songs on "Tongues" are worth the price of admission. They get me dancing every time I listen to them. This is the Heads at their absolute funkiest, and the whole album has a happy, groovy energy about it that never dies out. If someone can listen to it in 2012 and love it like I do, then it has very well stood the test of time. A true classic in my book.

The remastered CD is a HUGE improvement over the original 1983 CD. There are so many new sounds to be heard, many of which I couldn't hear in the 1983 CD. There's way more depth to each song, and the awesome remastering job just makes it all the more enjoyable. There is one con about it though: none of the tracks are the same volume, and I've had this issue with the other remastered CDs as well except for "More Songs About Buildings and Food". It starts out with "Burning Down the House", which is loud enough, but "Making Flippy Floppy" is much louder, as is "Girlfriend Is Better". "Slippery People" is a little lower, and "Swamp" is the same volume as "Burning Down the House". Then "Moon Rocks" goes right back into "Making Flippy Floppy"'s volume. It disappoints me that the volume levels of these songs are not consistent because they were able to do it right with "More Songs". Still, it isn't that bad of an issue considering how much better it sounds compared to the original. I have no problem turning the volume up and down on my CD player.
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