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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\i>
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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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pulls together a strong, mix of material from all across the Heads' career. Certainly the best available compilation package.Published 2 months ago by redx
Excellent collection of Talking Heads tracks - they were an innovative NY punk era band who were thought provoking and made great music.Published 17 months ago by P. Allsopp
Perfect condition and speedy delivery for this rare, great edition. I'm very happy!Published 23 months ago by Mario F. M. Santos
If you are a talking heads fan you should find most of your favourites here.
a real trip down memory lane for me, david byrne rocks!