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  • Audio CD (10 Jun. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Smokin'
  • ASIN: B00C9S9KYS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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This great live set captures Talking Heads at The Park West, in Chicago, in 1978. After playing a selection of showcases in Europe at the start of the year - and taking time-out to record their second album in the Bahamas - the group were amidst a tour criss-crossing the USA from New York to Los Angeles. Talking Heads have their origins in a Providence, Rhode Island band called The Artistics, formed in 1974. True to their name, founder members David Byrne (vocals, guitar) and Chris Frantz (drums) were students of the School of Design there, as was Frantz's girlfriend, Tina Weymouth. The band quickly folded and all three moved to New York together. Tina was persuaded to learn bass; achieved - apparently - by listening to Suzi Quattro albums! Now known as Talking Heads, the trio soon secured their debut gig as support to the Ramones, at the CBGB's in mid-1975. The band was signed by Seymour Stein's Sire Records and released their debut single, the intriguingly entitled Love Goes to Building on Fire in February 1977. Eschewing the straight-down-the-line blitzkrieg-bop of the Ramones, the guitar-histrionics of Television and The Heartbreakers or the kitsch Pop leanings of Blondie, Talking Heads took a more oblique, avant-garde approach to their music. They were definitely New Wave rather than Punk. After their first single, the group immediately expanded the line-up, adding Jerry Harrison (previously with Jonathan Richman's Modern Lovers) on keyboards, guitar and backing vocals. Their debut album, Talking Heads: 77 was released in September. All the songs, bar one, were written exclusively by David Byrne. The sole collaboration was the Byrne-Frantz-Weymouth number Psycho Killer, the album's stand-out cut (first written for the The Artistics). With its insistent Psycho Killer... qu est-ce que c est hook and Weymouth's driving bass-line, it was released as a single. Although it only reached number 92 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, it has gained the band a huge amount of recognition and airplay over the years. Other standout cuts include the exuberant The Book I Read, the Caribbean styling of Uh-Oh Love Comes To Town and the punchy but nimble New Feeling. Rolling Stone magazine loved the album, proclaiming it one of the definitive records of the decade and praised the band's wiry energy and Byrne's distinctive vocals: like a drowning man lunging for air . Second album More Songs about Buildings and Food was a more diverse - and even more successful - collection of songs. Away from the confines of New York, the album was recorded in Nassau, in the Bahamas with Brian Eno producing. A cover of Al Green s Take Me to the River was also released as a single, and exposed Talking Heads to a significantly larger audience when it reached number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100. Other standout cuts featured include, The Big Country, The Girls Want to be with the Girls and The Good Thing. This broadcast recording, which includes all three singles by then released, together with the cream of the two albums other cuts, is a superb distillation of all that made Talking Heads such a unique and remarkable band.

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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Jun. 2013
Format: Audio CD
If you're a fan you'll definitely want this. A live set from 1978 recorded
at The Park West, Chicago. Truth-be-told the sound quality is a tad rough
around the edges but hearing the band in their ascendancy and on such
fine form is a treat not to be missed. Standout performances of 'The Book
I Read', 'Stay Hungry', 'Don't Worry About The Government' and (especially)
'Take Me To The River' prove beyond doubt that they were a force to be
reckoned with. The 1984 soundtrack to Jonathan Demme's great live film
'Stop Making Sense' may have greater depth and polish but 'Real Live Wires'
more than makes up for in atmosphere that which it lacks in sonic acuity.

A Treasure.
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The reviewer below who has slagged off the quality of this broadcast CD is obviously not used to how an FM broadcast transmission from this period sounds. The recording presented here is actually very good for the period and the source . Far from the master being from an old cassette tape as this person suggests ( if that were the case the mastering would suffer from 'tape-drop out' which it certainly doesn't) it has clearly been recorded onto reel to reel probably by the station who broadcast it originally. This is not a low generation copy or the hiss would be unbearable, whereas as it happens there is actually none.

There are a number of 1970s broadcast CDs around at the moment and this is certainly a more professionally sounding example than most, and given that this was a pivotal show in TH's history, is a pleasure to be able to own a copy of something this rare and this good.
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You likely know who Talking Heads are, so that's not worth discussing. This is a recording of a live show from in 1978 in support of the More Songs about Buildings and Food album. It therefore includes tracks from the first two albums. You get some of this time frame in the The Name of this Band is Talking Heads revord - which is an official release.

What I wanted to specifically deal with is the sound and package. The package itself is a standard jewelcase, with a slipover cover which has the same artwork as shown here. The booklet is four pages, with two pages of text giving some background. The date of the show this is from is given as: WXRT FM from The Park West, Chicago, 28th August, 1978.

Now, since it was broadcast over FM, there is no reason for this to sound anything other than great, or good. If only. This wasn't mastered from any first generation recording done at the station, that's for sure. This was someones cassette tape. It has that wishy-washy haze at the top end, and the dull thump on the low end, that characterizes such home recordings.

So, historically this may be interesting, but go in your eyes (and ears) wide open. This isn't close in fidelity to the other live releases, and if you're a hardcore fan, you likely have bootlegs that sounds just like this.
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