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Talking Heads: Chronology Deluxe (2011)

Talking Heads , Talking Heads  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Talking Heads
  • Directors: Talking Heads
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Deluxe Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2011
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005JJSG94
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,223 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Chronology pulls together live performances from across Talking Heads' career. It starts with their earliest days at CBGB and The Kitchen in New York City in the mid-seventies, through their breakthrough years in the late seventies and on to global success in the eighties. They completed their last tour in 1983 although they would continue to make very successful albums throughout the eighties before officially breaking up in 1991. The DVD concludes with their "reunion" performance of "Life During Wartime" on their induction into the Rock `n' Roll Hall Of Fame in 2002.

This deluxe version is packaged in a hardback cover with a 48 page book containing photographs and an unexpurgated Lester Bangs essay written as a review of the "Fear Of Music" album for The Village Voice in 1979 but only ever published in a heavily edited version.

Bonus Features:
Full audio commentary by David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth.
35 minute South Bank Show feature (1979)
David Byrne interview (1978)

Track Listing
1) Mic Test (1976)
2) With Our Love (1975)
3) I'm Not In Love (1975)
4) Psycho Killer (1975)
5) Intros Montage (1976)
6) The Girls Want To Be With The Girls (1976)
7) Don't Worry About The Government (1978)
8) Dressing room fan footage: Found A Job (1978)
9) Thank You For Sending Me An Angel (1978)
10) Warning Sign (1978)
11) Artists Only (1979)
12) Take Me To The River (1979)
13) Crosseyed And Painless (1980)
14) Animals (1980) 15) Love → Building On Fire (1982)
16) Cities (1982)
17) Burning Down The House (1983)
18) Life During Wartime (2002)


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4.7 out of 5 stars
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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
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David Byrne presents a series of retrospective snapshots of early Talking Heads, live performances recorded back when they were recent art school grads and most folks weren't yet hip to what they were doing. Alas, I was one of those clueless souls. When I first saw them play at an outdoor gig on the UCLA campus in 1979, I was intrigued by the subversive paranoia of "Psycho Killer" and by their transformation of Al Green's "Take Me to the River," but I have to admit I was not bowled over by most of their songs or by their frontman. Who the hell was this jittery new wave robot?

Fortunately that reaction was due to my own shortcomings and prejudices as a listener rather than any deficiencies in the group or their music, and fortunately producer Brian Eno recognized their unique sound and vision and decided to collaborate with them. The insistent rhythms and angular melodies and oblique lyrics finally worked their way into my brain and took root, and I became a fan, buying and listening to everything they released.

At last we have a video compilation to document the development of one of the most vital avant-garde groups in rock history. The performances are well-filmed, if at times rather fuzzy or grainy, but they are amply worth the viewing and listening. Byrne points out that "the early clips were obviously not commercial--the sound and image can be a little rough--but you can see the extremely stripped down version of the band playing at CBGB in those days."

During the course of the 67-minute program, we watch as players are gradually added to the mix, enriching the sound and making it more and more compelling.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Retrospective November 29, 2011
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I recieved mine today and it was a time machine disguised as a DVD.
I was lucky enough to see them live 5 times in the course of their various tours.

The early B&W videos have been cleaned-up well. The audio has also been cleaned-up too.

A must buy for TH fans.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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First, I definitely recommend the "Deluxe Limited Edition", this review is based on that Edition. This dvd contains some very significant, early rare, previously unreleased, footage of the Talking Heads. The Talking Heads along with the Ramones, Blondie, & Patti Smith were among the very finest punk rock bands to emerge from the New York City "CBGB" music scene, and all are inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I was fortunate to visit CBGB's in NYC before it was shut-down in 2006, due to a dispute between Hilly Krystal (founder) & the owner of the building.

The Deluxe Limited Edition Contains a DVD, a Hard Back Book written by the late Lester Bangs for the Village Voice, only in this Edition, you get his written works about the Talking Heads in a previously unreleased "Unedited" form. The Bonus Material on the DVD contains: The South Bank Show 1979, which actually is video/ audio commentaries by David Byrne, Chris Franz, Jerry Harrison, & Tina Weymouth, with their performances playing in the background.

I know the amazon product description lists the songs on the dvd, but it doesn't list the venue, & other info about the song, so I'll include that info in my review.

1.Mic Test (The Kitchen NYC 1976)
2.With Our Love (CBGB 1975 NYC)
3.I'm Not in Love (CBGB 1975 NYC)
4.Psycho Killer (intro by Seymour Stein, Sire Records, CBGB 1975 NYC)
5.Intros Montage (the Kitchen NYC 1976)
6.The Girls Want to be with the Girls (the Kitchen NYC 1976)
7.Don't Worry About the Government (Old Grey Whistle Test Show, UK 1978)
8.Dressing Room fan footage & "Found a Job" (Entermedia Theatre NYC 1978)
9.Thank you for sending Me an Angel (Entermedia theatre NYC 1978)
10.Warning Sign (Sproul Plaza, Berkely, CA 1978)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection December 15, 2011
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I found the Talking Heads Chronology to be a terrific collection of concert video and other selected moments. I enjoyed seeing the bands early days, the personnel changes and additions and how the group developed into a great band with David Byrne as its lead. A fun buy, worth getting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is very cool. Lots of concert footage and history. Provides insight into the time period and band for anyone who wants to research it or nostalgia for anyone who lived it. I kind of wish I had spent the extra cash and ordered the deluxe edition.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant footage, poor editing January 20, 2012
By S. Monk
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The Talking Heads Chronology Deluxe DVD really is pretty cool. The footage is really interesting, especially the bonus features. It was a worthwhile watch.

HOWEVER, there was one thing that really bothered me: THE EDITING. Maybe I'm just a picky art student, but it is completely obvious the editing between clips was done pretty hastily, and probably on iMovie. (Not that there's anything wrong with iMovie, but you have to disguise your use of it if you're going to do it well.) The fade-outs between clips were much too quick (I recognized them as the default fade-out speed for iMovie) and many times cut off the ends of people's speech. The choices in where to cut clips were also really clunky and not very natural- you'd think cutting a clip after someone talks would be alright, but there's one in particular (I think it's the intro montage) that cuts right as David starts talking again and it's really distracting. The commentary was also a little strange, in that it didn't explain beforehand that they weren't commenting together- each member is separate (to be honest, I was looking forward to whatever drama would ensue with David thrown in with the rest of them.) It's interesting commentary though- the best part is when, during the Hall of Fame performance, David says something like "Now you get to see your favorite band all old and pasty, just like you. Maybe it's better not to see that." (Ha ha ha)

Besides that blunder, the book-style casing is beautiful and the footage is great if you love the Heads as much as I do.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I like Talking Heads work, however do not recall purchasing this ablum
I do not appreciate being command/directed about what or how much I ought/should submit this is a failing of yours and will work against your wishes in that soon i shall refuse to... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Alan Laurent
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD set
Cool book. Great videos. Interesting early live performances. This video alone will show why Talking Heads Are beloved and in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Published 2 months ago by W. Jeffrey Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Ummm... Yeah.
It's the chronology of the Talking Heads. Enough said. Buy it. Love it. Share it. There is nothing more enjoyable than watching beautiful things do their thing.
Published 3 months ago by Brent
5.0 out of 5 stars time flies
i enjoyed the really early footage and the interviews (please put out that cigarette! and stop reading questions from your notes), would have liked to see a bit more from 1980... Read more
Published 8 months ago by cnybkrdr
5.0 out of 5 stars TALKING HEADS RULEZ FOREVER AND EVER!!!!!
THIS WAS THE BEST PURCHASE THAT IVE GOTTEN FROM AMAZON BESIDES ALL THE OTHER COOL DVDS THAT IVE PURCHASED HERE IN THE PAST. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Angry Chick
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cool!
Comes in a great book/case. DVD has many videos I hadn't seen before. Very cool part of Talking Heads history.
Published 11 months ago by D. Kneece
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice job
So glad someone thought to film the band, and then someone put this together.
This is not just one for the fans, lots of good music.
Published 14 months ago by J. Poinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for Talking Head fans!
This DVD shows the start of the Talking Heads in their simplest raw form. David Byrne playing lead guitar and singing in a way only he can do. Read more
Published 15 months ago by J Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great clips show evolution of Talking Heads
As a long time Talking Heads fan, I thought this collection did a great job of showing the growth of the band as performers in the late 70s and early 80s. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Allen Asch
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of a fascinating journey.
I found this DVD to be truly fascinating. Not so much for the music, which is thoroughly enjoyable to a Talking Heads fan, but observing the personal growth and disparate... Read more
Published 17 months ago by KCCjr
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