Talking Heads "The Name Of The Band is Talking Heads" opinions?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Exitmusic, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. Exitmusic

    Exitmusic Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Leicester U.K
    In my view of one of the greatest live albums of all time,most of the live versions of the 77 material beats the studio counterparts and don't forget the definitive take of Houses In Motion on disc 2 .

    What are your thoughts?
  2. mBen989

    mBen989 Senior Member

    Scranton, PA
    I have the Rhino expanded 2 CD version and even if it has slightly wonky SQ and edits for time on the disc covering 1980, it builds on a solid foundation.
  3. Rickchick

    Rickchick Forum Resident

    Love it and agree with OP.
  4. Dr. Luther's Assistant

    Dr. Luther's Assistant dancing about architecture

    San Francisco
    Wonderful compilation. It was a great thrill upon release, and the subsequent expansion was unexpected -- icing on the cake.
  5. davers

    davers Forum Resident

    It captures an exciting time in the band's history, and the cool sleeve art gives it that Talking Heads touch!
  6. Fillmore West

    Fillmore West Forum Resident

    San Francisco
    I don't think that Talking Heads receives enough credit today, especially concerning live shows. Stop Making Sense gets a lot of attention, but Name of This Band is more representative of their work.
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  7. cdollaz

    cdollaz Forum Resident

    Richmond, TX, USA
    The expanded edition is one of the best live albums of all time.
  8. Vaughan

    Vaughan Forum Resident

    Essex, UK
    Agree with others, it's excellent. The reissue was decent too. I like that it covers different eras of the band - what constituted the first LP is my favorite.
  9. tug_of_war

    tug_of_war Sassafras & Moonshine

    Agreed. I prefer the expanded edition over the original release.
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  10. egebamyasi

    egebamyasi Forum Resident

    Worcester, MA
    I prefer the original album over the expanded release.
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  11. Apesbrain

    Apesbrain Forum Resident

    East Coast, USA
    Just listened to the original double-LP the other day. Love it!
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  12. fmfxray373

    fmfxray373 Capitol LPs in the 70s were pretty good.

    san diego
    Worth it for Love>Building On Fire alone.
    Bought the original LP when it came out.
  13. sekaer

    sekaer Forum Resident

    United States
    It’s the only TH record I listen to FWIW
  14. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Western Canada
    Exceptional live stuff. Interestingly, I don’t find any of the songs to really be better than their studio counterparts. Love the studio work.
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  15. chervokas

    chervokas Forum Resident

    Great career summary of the band as a live act on its way up and through it's peak in those Remain in Light era shows.
  16. npc145

    npc145 music junkie

    Talking Heads were a phenomenal live band. I saw them every tour. First time was at CBGB when they opened for Television. They were still a 3 piece. They got better every tour. The big band at Radio City Music Hall was mind blowing. I was in Central Park when they recorded Life During Wartime, Take Me To The River and The Great Curve. The last three songs on the expanded The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads.
  17. Dr. Luther's Assistant

    Dr. Luther's Assistant dancing about architecture

    San Francisco

    I agree with this, in general. Although I do think that the first album material (in particular) did benefit from the maturation of the band's execution due to extensive early touring.
  18. wolfram

    wolfram Slave to the rhythm

    Berlin, Germany
    I'm sick with envy. :disgust:
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  19. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Western Canada
    I like what you’ve said! Those songs do take on a different character, for the better, especially Psycho Killer.
  20. ausgraeme

    ausgraeme Forum Resident

    It’s a great document of their evolution as a live band. Stop Making Sense is more polished but there’s an edginess to The Name of This Band.... that makes it a great listen.
  21. It certainly sounds better and it isn’t edited as much. The reissue on Rhino is a nice replica of the original vinyl although the inner sleeves are a bit blurry. I suspect that they had to copy one of the original inserts.
  22. TheSeldomSeenKid

    TheSeldomSeenKid Forum Resident

    I have mentioned TNOTBITH on a few past Best Live Albums Threads here in recent years. It is my #1 Favorite Live Album of All Time, but I am biased, as Talking Heads are my #1 Favorite Music Artist(Not Counting Solo Music Artists like David Bowie, Peter Gabriel and Steven Wilson).

    My first Talking Heads Album was 'True Stories', so actually did not buy the Cassette Tape for 'TNOTBITH' until around 1987-88, and the CD Reissue butchered the Intro to 'Crosseyed and Painless' that was a bad mistake-IMO.

    Along with 'Stop Making Sense' on BluRay, I also own on DVD the 'Rome' Concert and the 'Chronology'(Book Deluxe Edition) that has Live Performances between 1976-1983 and 'Life During Wartime' played at their Rock HOF Induction, but never seem to find time to play them, along with my other Music BluRay & DVD Concert Videos.
  23. rmath84

    rmath84 Forum Resident

    Me too, but thanks to the OP for getting me to give this a listen. I hardly ever play Talking Heads but whenever I do I wonder why, they're great.
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  24. Lewisboogie

    Lewisboogie “Bob Robert”

    I have the expanded edition. Love it. Reminds me of seeing them in Champaign, IL — 1982 or 1983.

    For those backing the original issue, can you explain why less is more in this case?
  25. NaturalD

    NaturalD The King of Pop

    Boston, Mass., USA
    I love the expanded version but there is a compact perfection to the original release, plus the full version of Crosseyed and Painless (and the sweet sound of the original vinyl pressing). Lots of great stuff on the 2CD version, and the reconstructed 1980-81 show is nice. But some tracks from the 77-79 disc (is the bass out of tune on Mind?) amount to CD bloat.
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