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Talking Heads: 77 [CD + DVDA] [Original recording remastered]

Talking Heads Audio CD
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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 (16 Jan 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000BW9VAM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. "Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town"
2. New Feeling
3. Tentative Decisions
4. Happy Day
5. Who Is It?
6. No Compassion
7. The Book I Read
8. Don't Worry About The Government
9. First Week / Last Week....Carefree
10. Psycho Killer
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Disc: 2
1. "Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town"
2. "Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town"
3. "Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town"
4. "Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town"
5. New Feeling
6. New Feeling
7. New Feeling
8. New Feeling
9. Tentative Decisions
10. Tentative Decisions
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The critically acclaimed art-rockers, as led by David Byrne, release their back catalogue, restored and re-mastered for regular CD and DVD Audio surround sound.

Product Description

2006 CD/DVD SURROUND SOUND remaster by Jerry Harrison of the band & E.T.Thorngren of 1977 classic debut album feat. "Psycho Killer", "Pulled Up" & "Don't Worry About The Government". Includes bonus tracks.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute gem 2 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
A third of a century ago four artists created their first album; the result, Talking Heads:77 is a fabulous, uncut, unpolished diamond of a recording. The sounds are those of the age, punk, pop and rock but the genius of David Byrne et al ensure that this is totally unlike anything else from its day. Byrne's lyrics are painted on a melodious canvas of deceptive complexity. Chris Frantz's percussion stands out, but all four members perform superbly both as individuals and as a unit. The later Brian Eno produced albums are wonderful, but Talking Heads:77 has a purity and innocence that has been produced out of the later work. You will not regret investing a few of your English pounds in this masterpiece!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rejuvenated! 24 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
I always loved this album from the first time of hearing New Feelings I was hooked> I did not hear it until there was a lot of fuss in the music press about the release of Fear of Music so I was not in there as a fan at the begining, however, I soon had the first three Talking Heads albums and bought each new one as it was released. They remained one of the few must have bands whose albums were always anticipated and snapped up. I did, however, feel rather let down by the CD transfer of the Talking Heads albums so I am delighted to say that the situation has now been rectified with knobs on. The graphics on the DVD of 77 are a bit more Punk (in a way that has not dated well) than the subsequent albums and the quality of the videos is rather poor even the bonus tracks are not really worth having here (which is not the case on the other albums) but the sound quality of the CD and DVDA are brilliant! If you liked this in the 70s/80s and wonder if it is worth another listen then buy it,you will be rewarded with an album that still sounds fresh and more vibrant than before due to the excellent rematering; if you are yonger and want to know what all the fuss is about then buy it! Good music does not die it only get burried alive by careless record companies. Thank goodness these albums have been dug up again and can been heard and seen in their full glory. Well done all involved.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 77 25 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
If this is not the greatest debut album of all time then it is certainly the most interesting.
The Talking Heads went onto make (perhaps) better and more sophisticated albums than this with Brian Eno but for me 77 is still their most charming.
Wonderfully idiosyncratic and full of the most eccentric lyrics (Most famously the french speaking Pyscho killer)
The album (much like it's lead singer, David Byrne) twitches with life.
A must!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Seminal `New York Scene' Albums 26 April 2013
By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER
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It's quite odd (I would contend) to think now of this marvellous Talking Heads' debut album in the vein of 'New York punk' (or maybe NY new wave), the genre with which it was initially associated. Although I guess if you think about it, of the other three classic albums (allegedly) from this genre (and period) namely The Ramones debut, Patti Smith's Horses and Television's Marquee Moon, it's really only the former that fits (or probably defines) the 'punk' label. Without wanting in any way to belittle what is (for me) the most important musical movement (certainly of my life-time), the non-Ramones albums here actually reveal a particularly diverse set of influences, ranging from proto-punk, art rock, pop, psychedelia and jazz, all with a poetic tinge.

Looking specifically at 77, whilst (Dumbarton's finest) David Byrne & Co., probably do not (for me) in this album represent quite the level of musical invention of the Television or Patti Smith albums, their predominantly whimsical and idiosyncratic form of pop music is nevertheless quite unlike much of what preceded it (although the Jonathan Richman influence is clear - indeed the Heads inherited keyboardist Jerry Harrison from Richman's band), and is given a particularly unique character as a result of Byrne's distinct, quirky vocal style. Byrne's songs here often take a positive (frequently romantic) outlook on life, none more so than on opener, the vibrant Uh - Oh, Love Comes To Town, and maintain a similar mood on the heavenly Happy Day, the pulsating and effervescent Who Is It? and First Week/Last Week....Carefree.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fodder for the care industry for decades 5 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
'no compassion' has to be my favourite track here - but all the other songs are fine.And to quote Bill Bailey 'David Byrne could come up to me and push me over - and I wouldn't mind'. All the positives about this album have pretty much been said, and it is totally worth buying.Quirky,insightful and a little bit scary - but totally brilliant.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Byrne Motel 3 July 2011
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Even with the benefit of nearly 35 years hindsight Talking Heads debut album remains a deeply curious record and one which it is very easy to see why Eno became so absorbed in them. It's worth remembering how suspicious the CBGB crowd ( and other bands affiliated to these scene) were of them when they first appeared slotting in uncomfortably between Television's artful reconstruction of Rock n Roll, Blondie's 1960's girlgroup cuteness and The Ramones buzzsaw fury. David Byrne and fellow heads seemed to be young vacationing Republicans who had inadvertently got lost among the scuzz and sleaze of The Bowery when they were in fact looking for their Summer house in The Hamptons.

If the truth be told however Byrne and Co had a particular kinship with The Ramones and both would tour the UK together soon after the release of this debut album. Theirs was a shared interest in 'less is more' with Minimalism being at the core of their respective Arts. A further shared concern came across in the subject matter of many of their songs where mental instability and the hopeless search for comfort in an accelerated uncaring world came very much to the fore.

Talking Heads debut album is a masterpiece of minimalism and aggravated emotions. From the opener 'Uh-Oh Love Comes To Town' it's clear that a new rock agenda is being forged. What would be a straightforward love song in the hands of many others comes across here as something to be wary of with Byrne's narrator passionately imploring the subject of his desire to acknowledge his superiority in aspects of intellect, the songs that follow are just as quietly menacing, 'New Feeling' is next with the new feeling never properly expressed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Album
In my opinion the best Talking Heads album, brilliant album, brilliant band. Every single song is a gem from start to finish. Buy it! :)
Published 5 months ago by Katharine
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but repetitive
This is a very good debut album. The band's rhythm section is top notch, and many songs have some memorable, slightly funky rhythmic and uplifting hook going for them. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Recondo
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
A good record that was delivered on time with no problems. Album was new and arrived intact.
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Published 9 months ago by Sergio
4.0 out of 5 stars Brillant except for 1 track
Brillant except for its most well known track `Pyschokiller` which does not fit at all and any females who only heard that track must have been mislead as to what the rest of album... Read more
Published 12 months ago by idleshark
5.0 out of 5 stars The No.1 Talking Heads Album
The first & by far best Talking Heads Album! The first record(when I was 13) that I ever bought & what a record!!!
Published on 7 Dec 2010 by K. Sian
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly brilliant
One of those rare ablums where the tracks start off brilliant and just get better, every one is a gem. Last two tracks Psycho Killer and Pulled Up - amazing. Read more
Published on 6 May 2007 by A. Jarvis
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I think Talking Heads first 4 albums all deserve 5 stars. If you listen to them in chronological order you can track the progress of one of popular music's most inventive and... Read more
Published on 14 April 2006 by Arnold Golightly
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