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Must have for Talking Heads fans
on 6 November 2013
Talking Heads have been my favourite band for a very long time and the only LP I don't love is True Stories, but I had never heard The Name of This Band until very recently. I was seriously missing out! Talking Heads were a fantastic live band as I already knew from Stop Making Sense (my 2nd all time favourite LP) so I expected big things and I wasn't disappointed. The recordings sound a lot more stripped back and direct than their studio versions or Stop Making Sense and perhaps have more excitement and energy because of it. This is the expanded 2004 reissue; usually I dislike the addition of bonus tracks (no better way to ruin an album than to stick a duff B Side after the epic finale) to an album but like the 1999 Stop Making Sense reissue it works quite well here because it is more a compilation of live recordings rather than a cohesive album. The extended version is quite a long listen though so I created 2 separate folders in my MP3 library with the original and expanded tracklists.
Favourite picks include New Feeling which sounds really punchy, Air which has an interesting synth in place of the choir and Drugs which is a lot cleaner and sharper than it is on Fear of Music. It is all brilliant through!
That said this is quite an expansive record and I don't think it is a particularly good introduction to the Heads as it doesn't display the sonic variation between albums that much. A better starting point would be to buy a few albums (I recommend 77 and Remain in Light) and listen through the discography a bit before diving into this.
Only problem? There's nothing from Speaking in Tongues! Not to worry as SMS includes a lot of tracks from that album, including a sublime version of This Must Be the Place.