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  • Audio CD (12 Oct. 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B000024KBU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,059 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sugar On My Tongue
  2. I Want To Live
  3. Love -> Building On Fire
  4. I Wish You Wouldn't Say That
  5. Psycho Killer
  6. Don't Worry About The Government
  7. No Compassion
  8. Warning Sign
  9. The Big Country
  10. Take Me To The River
  11. Heaven
  12. Memories Can't Wait
  13. I Zimbra
  14. Once In A Lifetime
  15. Crosseyed And Painless
  16. Burning Down The House
  17. Swamp
  18. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

Disc: 2

  1. Life During Wartime (Live)
  2. Girlfriend Is Better (Live)
  3. And She Was
  4. Stay Up Late
  5. Road To Nowhere
  6. Wild Wild Life
  7. Love For Sale
  8. City Of Dreams
  9. Mr. Jones
  10. Blind
  11. (Nothing But) Flowers
  12. Sax And Violins
  13. Gangster Of Love
  14. Lifetime Piling Up
  15. Popsicle

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Thirty-three songs featuring merely a smattering of pseudo-self-conscious filler mean that hindsight has been good to Talking Heads' music. Fans have long since debated where the genius lay, though a couple of hours with Sand In The Vaseline yields no clear answers beyond "Probably not Jerry Harrison". The speed with which Talking Heads transformed from art-school punks to a highly credible funk noise is well illustrated here: just compare the irritating earliest material to the clipped funkadelica of "Girlfriend Is Better", and "Burning Down The House". The band's purple patch between More Songs About Buildings And Food and Remain In Light is well-represented here, especially on songs like "Heaven" and "Once In A Lifetime", where Brian Eno's masterful production lent the band's music an esoteric elegance they never quite returned to. In fairness though, 1985's Little Creatures suggested they didn't much care to. "Road To Nowhere" and "And She Was" (both featured here) represent the group's last truly great pop spree, before Byrne's all-consuming interest in world music (and his Luaka Bop label) began to dominate. --Peter Paphides

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By B Moraes VINE VOICE on 3 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
As an overview of Talking Heads this compendium is marvellous. It may theoretically have been out done in terms of quantity by a with bells on box-set, but for me it's still the smart choice. We begin in the foothill's and then hit the summit with selections from the twin peaks of Fear of Music and Remain in Light albums, then back down gain.When I say foothills that's not to say that the material not from these albums is inferior, far from it, there are the bright shining moments such as Psycho Killer and The Big Country, but those two afore-mentioned albums are cohesive masterpieces, whereas the other albums are patchier. So come on kids put away those Franz Ferdinand, Clap Your Hands say Yeah, Arcade Fire and Rapture albums for the moment and shake your trousers to the original and best Art-Funk outfit ever.
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To my eternal discredit, I lost touch with Talking Heads after Psycho Killer - I was probably too busy bringing up the kids. Then a friend lent me the shorter "Once in a Lifetime" compilation, and after 2 or 3 plays I kept finding one or other of their tracks going round in my head. So I bought this because there are even more tracks.
One of the reviewers said that because of the many different styles on this album, most people will be disappointed with some. Another way of looking at it is that it gives you an opportunity to see how the band evolved from a basic new wave format into all sorts of other directions - and the full discography for the tracks helps show how each member contributed. For example, there's no doubt the sound of the band was much thinner without Jerry Harrison, even though he's easily overlooked. David Byrne normally gets all the attention for his clever lyrics and musicianship, and quite rightly so, but what a great rhythm section. Tina Weymouth is very modest about her contribution, but she is a very capable and inventive player and has the good taste not to show off.
The charm of this band is that they were always open to new ideas and so didn't get stuck in a rut. This is an excellent collection of inventive and intelligent music, with useful sleeve notes that include examples of their achingly cool album covers.
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The mark of a truly exceptional band is when you listen to their greatest hits and have to go back to the original albums to listen to all the rest. But if you only have space for one talking heads album this should be it!
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If you are going to buy a Talking Heads compilation, this is the one to go for. Its a really good selection of singles and some of the best album tracks. If I'd have been asked to pick my 33 favourites, it wouldn't be much different. The sleevenotes written by the band are quite interesting too.
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By A Customer on 9 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
This collection is priceless. Buy it!
It is a fantastic compendium of material from the world's most original band. Not only does it contain a great cross-section of their eclectic, nervy, yet melodic material (which is all great), but it also contains a number of tracks not on their other albums.
Buy it now - you won't be disappointed!
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