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More Songs About Buildings & Food [Dual Disc, Original recording remastered]

Talking HeadsAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (January 10, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Dual Disc, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B000C3H4LS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,179 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Thank You For Sending Me An Angel
2. With Our Love
3. The Good Thing
4. Warning Sign
5. The Girls Want To Be With The Girls
6. Found A Job
7. Artists Only
8. I'm Not In Love
9. Stay Hungry
10. Take Me To The River
11. The Big Country
12. Stay Hungry (1977 Version)
13. I'm Not In Love (Alternate Version)
14. The Big Country (Alternate Version)
15. Thank You For Sending Me An Angel (Country Angel Version)

Editorial Reviews

Formed in the mid-70s by art school chums David Byrne, Chris Frantz & Tina Weymouth-and ex-Modern Lover Jerry Harrison-Talking Heads rose out of CBGB's punk crucible and proved themselves one of the most artistically adventurous and influential bands ever. Their visionary, polyrhythmic sound fused elements including rock, funk, and punk with diverse world beats, avant-garde minimalism and pure pop genius. From their 1977 debut through their Brian Eno and self-producted classics to their swan song, 1988's Steve Lillywhite-produced Naked, the Heads constantly broke creative ground and scored unforgettable hits. Inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, the band's masterpieces are celebrated in Rhino's deluxe DualDisc upgrade of their catalog, beginning with their first four classic albums.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their finest studio recording January 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
For a band that produced many fine and innovative studio recordings, I can say without hesitation that this is their absolute best. David Byrne's lyrics are scalpel-sharp, especially on "I'm Not in Love." Other songs feature his quirky observations, such as in the "Big Country" or "The Girls Just Want to Be With the Girls." The music is tight, with expertly timed stop-starts, unusual chord changes, and hypnotic riffs. I find that the songs "Thank You for Sending Me an Angel" and "Found a Job" are the true stand-outs. However, those who are only vaguely familiar with the Talking Heads will zero-in on the cover version of "Take Me to the River," which though it brought the band some much needed attention, had the effect of overshadowing what was otherwise perhaps the finest album recorded in the decade of the 70s.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Talking Heads didn't make a classic album with "More Songs About Buildings And Food", but they were working on it. This digitally remastered dual disc greatly improves the sound quality from the old cd version.

The cd side sounds great in stereo, but it's the dvd side that will knock your socks off. When you hear "Thank You For Sending Me An Angel" in 5.1 surround sound it's like hearing it for the first time again. The other great tracks on this album are "The Good Thing", "Warning Sign", "Artists Only", "Take Me To The River" and "The Big Country". The dvd side also includes two live videos which is good if you missed seeing the Talking Heads in concert like myself.

The four bonus tracks are all marked previously unreleased, and I know I've never heard these versions of four songs from this album. I actually liked the '77 version of "Stay Hungry". The alternate version of "I'm Not In Love" does nothing to improve the song, and the alternate version of "The Big Country" is more stripped down than the original, which didn't do much for me. The alternate version of "Thank You For Sending Me An Angel" is likewise uninteresting.

The booklet comes with praises by different popular musicians and a note about the 5.1 remixing process by Jerry Harrison. The lyrics are not included like in the old cd version which I think was an oversight. The price of this remastered dual disc is steep and really ought to be more like $9.99.

All in all, worth rebuying if you're a true Heads fan like myself.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As funky as hell June 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
More Songs About Buildings And Food sees the Heads moving away from their poppier first album and, under the guidance of Brian Eno, discovering that there had always been a dance element to their music. It's an inspired move - whereas before Byrne had been the focus of the band, the formidable Weymouth / Frantz rhythm section relly makes its presence felt here: from With Our Love through Found A Job up to Stay Hungry, they just keep churning out those grooves. Retrospectively, this was an element of their music that was already there just waiting to be expanded upon: several of the songs featured on the album had already been written, sometimes as long as two years before the release of the record, and were already (I think) part of the band's live repertoire. Byrne's lyrics and way with a chorus are not forgotten, however - Good Thing has an absolute monster of a chorus. Another excellent feature of the album is that many of the songs crescendo at the end with an absolutely storming vamp that you want to continue forever.
The Big Country deserves special mention because it showed that the band still had much more to explore - it's a melodic, country tinged, slightly balladic (although not actually a ballad - they didn't do one of those till their seventh album) song about an idealised American heartland; although in typical Byrne style the narrator of the song doesn't seem to find the vision particularly appealing ('I wouldn't live there if you paid me'). They wouldn't really travel in this direction again until Little Creatures, although nothing on there is as good as The Big Country.
Overall, the album is excellent. As with Fear of Music, Remain In Light and Speaking In Tongues, if you're a music fan of any sort you should consider getting it. If you scroll up you'll find some preview links - I suggest you click them.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grade "A" Tenderloin November 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The musicianship on this - the Heads' second release - is amazing. Perfect, really. By the time you're into the second song - "With our Love" - you know these guys mean business:

"Forgot the trouble, that's the trouble -
forgot the trouble, that's the trouble -
forgot the trouble and that's the trouble,
With our Love, With our Love."

An achingly painful sentiment, expressed in the confines of an intense wall of guitar chops and a bone-jarring refrain. Eno synth sounds are lurking around the second verse, too. Sort of makes you feel ... nervously happy - nervous because music shouldn't be so intense, happy because the perfectly punctuated bass, percussion and guitars deliver the goods. It's a toe-tappingly cool song.

The first six songs are without flaw. Each different from the other - different sounding vocals, synthesizers, reverb, percussion. And Great Lyrics. It makes for unbelievably intriguing music. "Girls Want to be with Girls" is a hoot - with a sort of an electronic choir of angels forming the refrain. Goofily irresistable.

"Found a Job" then smacks you in the face.

"Damn that television, what a bad picture -
don't get upset, it's not a major disaster."

The raunchy guitars repeatedly jab your ribs. And they don't let up. Get up and DANCE YOU FOOL!!

Side Two (on vinyl) - beginning with "Artists Only" - misses the mark with a few throwaway songs. Redeemed by "Stay Hungry" and "The Big Country." ("Take Me to the River" has been way overplayed).

Overall this is solid stuff that has - truly - stood the test of time. This release is now 26 - that's 26 (!!!) years old. Eesh. Though the gray hairs have multiplied, this album of my youth retains its sinewy strength. A tasty cut of Grade "A" Alt-Rock.

Four Starz **** - check it out Holmesqueeze.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars After all of these years, this album still sounds great!
This is is the second in the Talking Heads' trilogy of masterworks, the first to be produced by Brian Eno. The pop songs have an art punk edge that makes the music unique. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Peter Gueckel
4.0 out of 5 stars Docking it 1 star
This has always been one of my favorite Talking Heads albums- easily the premiere "New Wave" act.
They put out a series of classic albums starting with their debut and going... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Cousin Bobby
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird and Wonderful
If you listen to Radiohead or Phish, and this album is new to you, it may not seem all that strange ... until you consider that it's over 30 years old. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Laura S.
4.0 out of 5 stars "I wouldn't live there, if you paid me"
Is there a better line in any song to sum up what life was like in the 'burbs in the late '70s and early '80s? Read more
Published on December 26, 2011 by Brian Maitland
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I'm too biased because I LOVE THIS BAND
Talking Heads is one of the most neglected bands of all times. Everything they did and everything they touched was fantastic, fresh, bold, artful yet always very accessible. Read more
Published on July 28, 2011 by Scott B. Saul
5.0 out of 5 stars More songs..
I`m no longer painting or cleaning my brain.. but Tina can still dunk me in the river at short notice, any time..!
Published on March 20, 2011 by Mark Gaffney
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply irresistible
When I think of new wave, I think of Talking Heads' More Songs About Buildings And Food as the epitome of the genre/movement, ahead of such 1978 releases as Blondie's Parallel... Read more
Published on February 13, 2011 by hired goon
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best of the late 70's
More Songs About Buildings and Food, along with Fear of Music are the two absolute best Talking Heads albums. Read more
Published on December 30, 2010 by D McPixel/Vectors
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe their best
If not their best album, MSABAF is at least second-best (to Fear of Music).
Ignore the one-star review - that's someone who apparently didn't know the correct place to... Read more
Published on August 26, 2010 by K. Crothers
4.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Sorry, I had to take one star away from the overall rating because "Take Me To the River" is WAY too ordinary and bland in comparison to the rest of this highly addicting/highly... Read more
Published on August 7, 2010 by B. E Jackson
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