9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered and Extended!!
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...
Published on 2 Mar 2008 by Mr. D. J. Underwood
7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great Heads
This album is good, but in my opinion sees Talking Heads just as they began to decline a little.
It contains the truly excellent 'Burning Down The House', 'Slippery People' and 'Swamp', but some of the other tracks are a little disappointing. In other words, it's not as consistently superb as Remain In Light, Fear of Music and More Songs About Buildings And...
Published on 9 May 2001
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered and Extended!!,
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!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Talking Brilliance,
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.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The forgotten album comes good.,
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". "Remain In Light" might indeed be the high watermark of the Talking Head albums but it really is time to reassess the less feted later albums. "Little Creatures" (which, strangely for such a well established band, was a lot of people's first taste of Talking Heads) was very good and "True Stories", whilst not up to the same standard, is still worth having. But this is brilliant. Listening to the gloriousy melodic choruses and relentless grooves it's been a revelation to me (as was the new version of "The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads")as to how uniformly strong this album is.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album, great sound, but has some volume issues,
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.
So in conclusion, I recommend you buy this product because it's probably better than the Dualdisc, and it's definitely better than the original CD. Just expect to be fiddling with the volume control a lot.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have for Talking Heads Fans,
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"
4.0 out of 5 stars Infectious and funky,
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.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broken English,
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".
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album,
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This is possibly the best Talking Heads album, IMHO, and is more accessible and funky than their earlier work. Making Flippy Floppy, Pull Up the Roots and This Must be the Place are must-have tracks, and Girlfriend Is Better is one of the best songs ever written.
To be honest, the nearest you'll get to a turkey on this album is the single Burning Down the House, becasue it was so over-played even before Tom Jones got his leathery mitts on it.
Really very good.
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Talking Heads" pop collection...,
This collection of tracks comes a couple years after the last part of the trilogy, of albums recorded with "Brian Eno", the last part "Remain in Light" is still this bands "zenith" in my humble option, at no other time since have they been so inventive and groundbreaking, no with this album the lessons learned with their former producer have been taken in another direction, the only repeating theme is the use of "African" percussion as with the previous 2 albums "Fear of Music & "Remain in Light".
The possible reason for this with this album is that the band have taken the duties of producer as a collective between themselves, don't get me wrong this is not a bad album but without the inventive genius that is "Eno" there is something missing, but what they have done with this album is bring the mixing skills of the late "Alex Sadkin" who worked with "Grace Jones" and men known as the "Rhythm Twins" better known as "Sly Dunbar" and "Robbie Shakespeare".
With "Mr Sadkin's" experience with reggae music he brought to the table a sense of pop music that paid off, for this is "Talking Heads" most commercial collection they ever released in my option.
From the opening track of "Burning Down the House" that has been so badly covered in resent years as to make me cringe every time I hear it. To the wonderful song that is "This must be the Place (naïve melody)", the album as a whole is just so easy to listen to, not to say that it falls into the "easy-listening" category, no far from it the words are as surreal as always.
As with most of the bands output the lyrics where written by the lead vocalist and front man of the band "David Byrne", as always only "David" knows what all his words are about.
But where the words have hidden meaning the music on the whole album is very accessible.
Another element that made this recording funkier than before was the use of the keyboard player "Bernie Worrell" from "Funkadelic" & "Parliament "and the choppy guitar work of "Alex Weir" doing his best to sound like "Nile Rodgers of "Chic" fame.
Another possible reason in my option for the more commercial sound of this recording is, this would turn out to be their last studio recording for the label "Sire" and they wanted their swansong for that label to be less experimental in nature to impress their new label "EMI".
In the decades that have passed since the release of this album and the others in bands back catalogue no one at "Sire" has thought to re-issue this album or any other "Talking Heads" album I find this to be criminal oversight on their part, the bands whole collection on that label should be all re-mastered and restored for the 21st century post haste...
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting Music for the Soul,
This is a worthwhile addition to anyone's CD collection, especially if you were one of those many people trying to find something with a bit of individuality in the 80's!!!
I found this to be one of the most accessible Talking Heads CD's along with 'Stop Making Sense' and 'Fear of Music'.
There's the obvious 'Burning Down the House' and 'Girlfriend is Better' but even better than that (in my humble opinion!) are 'Swamp', 'Slippery People' and 'Pull up the Roots'. It's great for a groovy and for singing out loud in the car. The best track has got to be 'This Must be the Place (Naive Melody)' which is a rare, ultimately happy, moving and beautiful love song.
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