Talking Heads : The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads 2xLP RE (180 Gram)
In order to present something close to the music on that album, the original quartet lineup was greatly expanded. Added were two percussionists (Steven Stanley, Jose Rossy), two backup singers (Nona Hendryx, Dollette McDonald), Busta Cherry Jones on bass, Bernie Worrell (!) on keys, and a young Adrian Belew on lead guitar. The excitement of this material is palpable, and the muscular band rips into these tunes with more power than the originals in most cases. "Drugs" gets revamped for live performance, and "Houses in Motion kicks into high gear with a great art-funk coda. Belew is absolutely on fire throughout, especially on "The Great Curve" and "Crosseyed and Painless," where his deranged feedback soloing has never sounded better. At this point in their career, Talking Heads were still basically an underground band; it was "Burning Down the House" that really thrust them into the mainstream, and Stop Making Sense documents their arrival as a more or less mainstream act. The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads captures a hungry band on its way up, performing with a fire that was never matched on later tours. Unfortunately, The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads remained unavailable on compact disc for years, which is a shame since it's arguably one of their finest releases.
- Sean Westergaard (All Music Guide)
Recorded for WCOZ broadcast, Northern Studios, Maynard MA, November 17, 1977
1. New Feeling
2. A Clean Break
3. Don't Worry About the Government
4. Pulled Up
5. Psycho Killer
Recorded at The Capitol Theater, Passaic NJ, January 17, 1979
6. Artists Only
7. Stay Hungry
9. Love - Building On Fire
10. Memories (Can't Wait)
Recorded at Emerald City, Cherry Hill NJ, November 8, 1980-November 9, 1980; Central Park, New York, August 27, 1980; Sun Plaza Concert Hall, Tokyo, Japan, February 27, 1981
1. I Zimbra
3. Houses in Motion
4. Life During Wartime
5. The Great Curve
6. Crosseyed and Painless
7. Take Me to the River
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