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

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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.


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)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 10, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Dual Disc, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000C3H4LS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,872 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Johnson on 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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Wee Jimmy on 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. McGrath on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scott B. Saul on July 28, 2011
Format: Audio CD
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. This band evolved with their sound getting bigger, fatter, more complicated, more percussive and funky, the instrumentation more daring with each and every subsequent release.

"More Songs About Building and Food" came at a great time in this band's history. It smack dab in the middle of their tuneful yet more simple debut "Talking Heads 77" and the start of exploring world music and polyrythyms of "Fear of Light".

On this album, Talking Heads is confident, road-traveled and sticking to the most conventional and raw/organic sounds you will hear from their catalog. When this stuff debuted, I was young and focused only on the melody of the songs yet, in hindsight, there is wonderful instrumentation, unique arrangements and producer Brian Eno captured the band perfectly. David Byrne's simple and minimalistic guitar playing explores an ironic virtuasity that will later be explored by more celebrated players like Andy Summers from The Police and The Edge from U2. The bass/drum interplay outshines most rock/pop bands or their era and is indicative of funk which, once again, will be more common place at the turn of the century (while it is common today for bassists to be challenging the sound of the guitarist, in the 70's so many bass players only played the root of the chord that the guitar player was focused on).

There are only strong songs on this excellent album. "The Big Country" is a highlight not only because the band is trying their hand at a different sound, but it is simply a great ballad-type song. "Warning Sign" is a fantastic tune with interesting change of tempos.
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