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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 Feb 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sire SR 6036
  • ASIN: B000002KNU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,102 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Next to CBGBs peers like the Ramones and the Voidoids, Talking Heads barely sounded like a punk band. After the startlingly non-conformist "Love Building on Fire", '77 made for a surprisingly tuneful collection of songs: nervy vignettes of urban unease, arranged for a tight little new wave quartet. The most overtly disturbed song, "Psycho Killer", now sounds a touch heavy-handed; more unassuming tracks like "New Feeling", "Happy Day", and "Don't Worry About the Government"--preppie pop with brains--have aged better. The first of four consecutive masterpieces for Sire, '77 is the work of a truly great American band. --Barney Hoskyns

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tony Nicholls on 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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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Mcclure on 24 Jan 2006
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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 By Billy Finch on 25 Aug 2009
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 April 2013
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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 By Alistair Haycock on 5 Nov 2011
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'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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katharine on 10 Feb 2014
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In my opinion the best Talking Heads album, brilliant album, brilliant band. Every single song is a gem from start to finish. Buy it! :)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Jarvis on 6 May 2007
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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. IMHO one of the finest albums of all time. Talking Heads at their very best.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Arnold Golightly on 14 April 2006
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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 unique bands. Today this might be classed as powerpop, but there's so much more going on. It's not that i can't review all the tracks critically, its just i'm choosing not to. That's because this album is one of those rarities, that can and should be listened to all the way through from beginning to end. No filler in classic albums like this. Worth every penny.
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