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True Stories

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 (25 Sep 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fame
  • ASIN: B000024KC6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love For Sale
2. Puzzlin' Evidence
3. Hey Now
4. Papa Legba
5. Wild Wild Life
6. Radio Head
7. Dream Operator
8. People Like Us
9. City Of Dreams
10. Wild Wild Life (Long E.T. Mix)

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10 TRACKS CD-EAN 077774634526 -MADE IN THE UK

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I am in the strange position of agreeing with both Neil Barnden and David Frew. Neil believes that the film versions of the songs are great (they are), but doesn't like the album; whereas David loves the album, and thinks the film is dross.
I thought the film was great (and, indeed, the old guy doing Papa Legba is worth it on its own), but I also really like the album.
I bought it because it followed on from Little Creatures, one of the very great albums of the 80s, and at first was disappointed (like most of the buying public, I suppose) that it wasn't simply that album done again. But as we all know, David Byrne doesn't do anything twice. Ever.
However, as I listened to it more and more, I began to really enjoy it for its own merits. There are some odd songs on here (including Papa Legba!), but there are some rocking classics (Wild Wild Life, Puzzlin' Evidence, Radio Head).
However, perhaps the most surprising elements of the album are the "ballads" (God I hate that word...) with which the album draws to a close: Dream Operator, People Like Us and City of Dreams are real genuine, wistful, lump-in-the-throat stuff.
This album is not as instantly satisfying as Little Creatures, but nonetheless, is a real gem, waiting to be discovered. Now it's Mid-Priced, you have even less excuse for not owning a copy; it's well worth it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT wee album! 11 July 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having listened to their albums chronologically, I was not particularly looking forward to this instalment in the band's discography, but lo and behold, against what a lot of the critics said, and what I was going by (I generally agreed with them about TH albums up to this point), I enjoyed it a heck of a lot: does it have the revolutionary, varied brilliance of Fear or Light? hell no. Does it have the consistently quality, bouncy melodic nature of tongues or creatures? again, no, but Looking at it for what it is rather than what it isn't, got to say, has some of my fave Talking Head songs on it: stylistically, it veers from bouncy, off beat rock with a poppy edge to the second half's more creatures-like melodic style, albeit with a , to these ears, at least, more balladic almost power pop like style. And luckily, whatever style you get on this admittedly hodgepodge album, the quality is always good, songs always enjoyable: is it as consistent as their previous releases? no. Is it still a cracking' wee album filled with highlights? oh yes;

My personal highlights are Wild wild life, with its ferocious vocals in the verse and the quite frankly, stunningly catchy, brilliantly delivered chorus. Dream operator and People like us, side by side, both had great, melodic, almost balladic like choruses that were very heartfelt and enjoyable: poppy in the extreme, yes, but just very, very emotional and enjoyable, thanks to Byrne's always fantastic vocal delivery (he actually really does excel in the more emotionally bare moments doesn't he!: and to complete it all, hey now has a great chorus as well, very poppy in a bouncy way like wild wild side, and VERRRY catchy indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Talking Heads' most moving, uplifting album 17 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album, made in conjunction with the filming of David Byrnes' underrated film True Stories, is absolutely amazing from start to finish. This may not be the Talking Heads' best album, but it doesn't fall short by much, and it definitely features a few of the band's most touching and emotionally moving songs. It is both unfortunate and bewildering that this album is looked at as something of a negative chapter in the band's history. A medley group of performers (including John Goodman) sang these songs in the film True Stories, and I understand that David Byrne really wanted to release a soundtrack of the movie player's recordings (which he did) but was also talked into recording the songs himself alongside his then-fracturing Talking Heads band members.
Wild Wild Life is the best known song from this album, as both the song and the video got plenty of air time (and you get both the original version and an excellent extended remix here); Love For Sale also met with some success as a single release. I'm here to tell you these are not even the best songs on this album. Puzzlin' Evidence, Hey Now, and Papa Legba are great but uninspired, but the second half of the album is incredible. Radio Head is the Talking Heads at their eccentric, fast-paced best. People Like Us, sporting a country-type sound, is more laid-back but no less compelling; it is a true song of empowerment and a virtual theme song for "normal" people who only want someone to love. City of Dreams is a touching concluding song that reinforces all the good feelings inspired by both the album and the movie, but even this poignant piece pales in comparison to the almost indescribably good Dream Operator.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An underrated Talking Heads classic 8 Mar 2013
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This is Talking Heads performing the songs from the film of the same name, in which the actors (including John Goodman) sang the songs on the soundtrack, musical-style.

The result is a great pop-rock album, not usually considered to be among TH's best but I beg to differ. Though different in character `True Stories' is right up there with `Stop making Sense' and `Remain in Light' as one of the band's finest moments.

This collection is full of gems: `Wild Wild Life' (short and longer version both included), `Puzzlin Evidence', `Papa Legba', `Love for Sale' and `Hey Now' are all good danceable pop/rock songs with a streak of that unique Byrne-esque quirkiness. But the album's outstanding moments have real emotional power: `Dream Operator' and `City of Dreams' plus `People Like Us' are true classics.

The songs are performed with power and finesse, and would be immediately accessible even to non-fans of the band. Perhaps this very sing-along simplicity is what has caused hard-core fans to generally dismiss `True Stories' as unworthy of inclusion in the best of the TH legacy. But for me it's one of the best albums of the 1980s, and it still sounds great.
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