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Talking Heads: Chronology Deluxe

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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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Product Details

  • Actors: Talking Heads
  • Directors: Talking Heads
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Deluxe Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • 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 (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005JJSG94
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,113 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Davis TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 24, 2011
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By KingsLeadHat on 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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gary Covington on January 9, 2012
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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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Grabowski on January 21, 2012
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What's nice about this collection is how well it complements the rest of Talking Heads' limited catalog of live releases. While the package design and between-segment disc presentation fits right in with the gimmicky and careless visual appearance of about half of their albums, the content--a mix of live performances (or "live" in at least the American Bandstand bit) broadcast on TV and concert bits recorded professionally and sometimes perhaps not--does a nice job of adding to what's already been released without duplicating anything. None of these performances were included among the live videos in the CD-DVD reissues from several years ago, though some of these are from the same concerts. So no double-dipping here, even if it would be nice to have those 8 spots included on the disc if for no other reason than more convenient viewing. Furthermore, where Stop Making Sense focuses on their late-middle period songs, this set is all about the pre-1983 songs. In fact, for the first time we really get to see and hear the Heads' original three-piece sound over the first several performances here from 1976. Finally, it's great to see their too-short 2002 reunion captured here. Overall, this is the perfect video companion to The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads.

This video is much shorter than I'd like it to be. There is clearly more extant concert footage from each of the gigs represented here, though I suppose much further inclusion would have duplicated some songs. Then of course there's the fact that they basically stopped performing together after filming Stop Making Sense despite recording a few more albums. I guess you can say Byrne quit when he knew he was a Head.
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