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Talking Heads -Burning Down Rome [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC]

4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Lighthouse
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WSGONY
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Frontman David Byrne leads his band Talking Heads in a live performance from Rome in December 1980.

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As any fool knows, Talking Heads' "Stop Making Sense" is the greatest live concert film ever. However, when I discovered their Rome concert footage online a few years ago I was forced to re-evaluate. Although Rome was not designed to be a film and does not have the staging and incomparable sense of theatre, the selection of tracks (with four from 1980s "Remain in Light") and the band were even greater.

Now, someone has had the sense to release the concert. The sound and picture quality are not fantastic but they are more than adequate although the Lighthouse icon in the top right hand corner is one of the most stupid devices I have ever seen. The complete absence of extras, liner notes and the like signify a release on the cheap (compare "Talking Heads Chronology" which is awash with such delights).

To anyone who is not familiar with this performance the real revelation is Adrian Belew. He is mind-blowing. No matter who your guitar heroes are, try to watch "Stay Hungry" or the concluding "The Great Curve" (simply one of the greatest performances ever) and try to stay calm. This is, to coin a phrase, not earth music - it sounds as otherworld and ground breaking as it was 31 years ago.

To anyone contemplating the purchase, prepare yourself for the irritations and then brace yourself to be blown away
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This dvd is really for the big Talking Heads fans, your average casual fan isn't going to ignore the rough sound or the poor camera work. That being said,if you ARE a big fan of this band like I am then this dvd is quite an important release. The 1980 expanded lineup was really the beginning of the band expanding the audio & visual aspect of their albums & concerts. What began here continued to develop as seen in the later classic Stop Making Sense. Damn this band were good..............and so is this dvd.
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...may have been a more appropriate title. Never mind.

I really enjoyed this - possibly more than Stop Making Sense, which I always thought was a bit over-staged.

This feels more vital, energetic and raw - and it's got Adrian Belew and his mind-stretching guitar noises.

If you need all your audio to be oversampled and 64-bit remastered or your video strictly HD then don't get this.

If you own their first four albums and appreciate a good live performance then this DVD will be money well spent.
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This concert DVD is a Lighthouse Productions release. You can tell it's from Lighthouse Productions because they have helpfully floated a naff graphic of a lighthouse over the picture throughout the entire concert! This ingenious branding exercise ensures that I will never buy one of their products again.

They have also added huge graphical song title labels over the concert footage whenever a new song starts.

The picture quality is bootleg standard as is the sound. The picture and sound are frequently out of sync and there are more crackles and pops than you could find in a whole box of rice crispies.

On the plus side, the concert is from an era when the band was arguably making some of the most wonderful music it ever made. What a shame this material fell into the wrong hands.

I note that David Byrne's top-notch tour film Ride, Rise Roar is available for less money.
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