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Talking Heads '77

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At the start of their career, Talking Heads were all nervous energy, detached emotion, and subdued minimalism. When they released their last album about 12 years later, the band had recorded everything from art-funk to polyrhythmic worldbeat explorations and simple, melodic guitar pop. Between their first album in 1977 and their last in 1988, Talking Heads became one of the most critically ... Read more in Amazon's Talking Heads Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002KNU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,971 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Next to CBGBs peers like the Ramones and the Voidoids, Talking Heads barely sounded like a punk band. After the startlingly non-conformist "Love Building on Fire," 77 made for a surprisingly tuneful collection of songs: nervy vignettes of urban unease, arranged for a tight little new wave quartet. The most overtly disturbed song, "Psycho Killer," now sounds a touch heavy-handed; more unassuming tracks like "New Feeling," "Happy Day," and "Don't Worry About the Government"--preppie pop with brains--have aged better. The first of four consecutive masterpieces for Sire, 77 is the work of a truly great American band. --Barney Hoskyns

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Debut Albums Ever February 19, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Soon after emerging from the punk/alternative/new wave CBGB's Club scene in 1976, the Talking Heads released their amazingly authentic debut, "Talking Heads '77." This exhilirating, inspiring debut album features the band at their most attentive, crafting every detail to the fullest. Foreshadows every direction the band's music will take, while capturing the sophistication (there's that word again) of their unique music. Although "77" was relatively disappointing on the charts and in commercial terms, it remains true that all great classics are brought to the light with time. "Uh-Oh, Loves Comes To Town" is just as unique as the Talking Heads themselves, while "No Compassion" shows the more grim, yet delightful side of their music. The purposely naive and satirical "Don't Worry About The Government" foreshadows the Heads' later cynical aspect. And "Psycho Killer" remains to this day one of the group's most effective and uneasy songs. And although there are many predictable (yet still unique) places in the content, "Talking Heads 77" is a remarkable, landmark gem deserving of attention.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning Of Something Great September 18, 2008
Format:Audio CD
People picking up The Talking Head's debut album for the first time may be in for a surprise, especially if they're used to the eccentric experimentation of the "Remain In The Light" era, or the commercialized pop of the "Little Creatures" era. Back in 1977, the Talking Heads were a punk band but mostly only in their ethics. They played simple rock tunes but most of them lacked the raw energy of punk as played by the Ramones or Clash. Indeed, much of the music here sounds like late 60s and early 70 pop rock. What seperates these songs from post-psychedelic pop, however, is the lyrics and frantic atmosphere that would go on to characterise much of The Talking Head's music in the coming years.

David Byrne's singing style is paranoid and tense and the lyrics are as abstract and arty as any art-rock album. In a way, this is art-rock brought done to a more pop like level. This was also a proto-type for the New Wave sound that was beginning to appear around this time. Songs like "Psycho Killer" have become early staples for the New Wave era and they also signaled the beginning of punk as being an art form rather than just a backlash against corporate rock. New wave can be seen as the first form of punk where the music was more important than the attitude.

And that's what albums like this signify: A transistion of the popular music format. Music always goes through transistions and albums, like this one, that aid in those transistions are often the best representations of the new genres that are created. This was a beginning for The Talking Heads but it was also part of the beginning for the whole 80s new wave sound. Though in some ways the influence out ranks the music, this is still a fun listen and an essential addition to a person's music collection.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic debut June 2, 2004
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This is not Talking Heads' best album - fans tend to rate any one of their four subsequent studio releases - but it's definitely worth having. Quirky, poppy and slightly amateurish, it has a sound all of its own. The emphasis is squarely on David Byrne's songs, to which the band are at this stage subordinated, and the songs are pretty much uniformly great. The best known is of course Psycho Killer, a jarring and twisted number written from the point of view of a (surprise) psycho killer, but there is better fare on offer here. Don't Worry About The Government, Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town, Happy Day and Book I Read are all cheerfully deranged masterpieces; Byrne's ability to write a song in character is utilised to the full, as is his ability to explore themes that other lyricists just wouldn't think of: who else could write a line like 'some civil servants are just like my loved ones'? However, the album's crowning glory is Pulled Up, an ecstatically cheerful pop song which, in its middle eight, showcases the band's ability to 'be funky' with a sparse guitar riff, wonderful bassline and soaring tune.
But it's not perfect by any means - when Byrne runs out of decent tunes the songs fall flat on their faces because the band don't quite have the chemistry going on that they did over the next few albums. Songs like Who Is It are lightweight and throwaway, and although they're not particularly bad, I certainly wouldn't have bought the album if they were all like that. Maybe this lack of chemistry was simply because the band were entering the studio to record an album for the first time and their nerves got the better of them - certainly they had a great reputation as a live band at around the same time - but they do bring the album's star rating down a notch. But if you've bought and liked any of their albums, you should enjoy this.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A superb debut, but get the remaster. February 21, 2006
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One of those debut albums that is clearly the beginning of a legacy, "Talking Heads '77" finds the band raw yet somehow fully formed. At its best, it is absolutely brilliant, somewhat schizophrenic new wave pop, at its worst, quite frankly, it's not much different.

Having met in art school in Rhode Island, David Byrne (guitar and vocals), Tina Weymouth (bass) and Chris Frantz (drums) relocated to New York to pursue their destiny as a band, eventually adding Jerry Harrison to the mix (keyboards and guitar) from Jonathan Richman's Modern Lovers (highly recommended for anyone who enjoys this album). The band performed Byrne's songs-- a fractured, paranoid, intelligent and yet goofy sort of off-kilter pop-- the key to his music is that you can't readily identify when it was recorded, it has that magic timeless nature to it such that if you played this album for someone who had never heard it, they'd have no reason to assume it was recorded nearly thirty years ago. With Byrne's strained, frantic vocals and an unnervingly able and inventive rhythm section, the pieces all get superb readings.

Again, at its best it's brilliant schizophrenic pop-- from the deep groove of paranoid "Psycho Killer" to the mildly funky, building and paranoid "No Compassion" (the clearest pointer to what the future holds) to goofy-yet-serious chirping opener "Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town" or the seemingly endless imagery of "Don't Worry About the Government". The less intriguing tracks are pleasant enough ("New Feeling"), but often fairly unmemorable ("First Week/Last Week... Carefree") when compared to the rest of the record. They'd probably stand out on anyone else's album, but the better material on here raises the bar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Sounds Amazing
Having owed this album in the late 70's it was great to hear it again in the original format. Amazing!
Published 13 days ago by dgp
5.0 out of 5 stars A gift for our son
As a long time Talking Heads aficeianado, our son LOVED this compilation. This was an important addition in their history.
Published 3 months ago by sue walla
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the Talking Heads
There isn't much to review here. The Talking Heads are what the are...amazing! I collected all the CD's so I could have them all.
Published 7 months ago by J. Gacioch
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Wave classic
I originally purchased this on 8-track in 1978, and haven't listened to the album since I ditched my 8-track player in 1982. Read more
Published 11 months ago by David Cripe
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Game Changer to 70's Rock
I loved this album when I had it on vinyl. I played it over and over. This is thee best T Heads album in my opinion. This is such a fun, upbeat, quirky cd. Read more
Published 13 months ago by LA Woman
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Talknig Heads
Arrived on time, appeared just as I expected, and even better once opening the package! This is an essential Talking Heads album for any lover's collection!
Published 13 months ago by stephk1223
5.0 out of 5 stars Music that can twist your point of view irrevocably...
As the music industry has slowly homogenized into a money-only obsessed machine over the past few decades, more challenging and adventurous music seems to have fallen by the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by ewomack
5.0 out of 5 stars Numero Uno
I always dug Talking Heads but had the case of being born too late to really see them come into fruition. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kdub
5.0 out of 5 stars The first and quite possibly the best
Talking Heads is my favorite American band. They have had such a career and written so much good music, that it is almost unfair to single out their first album as their best, but... Read more
Published 21 months ago by calaf
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the essential Heads albums
This, along with More Songs and Fear of Music, are the essentials. If you are new to the Heads, any one of these three albums would give you a great introduction to what The... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Laura S.
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