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The Best of Talking Heads

Talking HeadsAudio CD
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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 (August 17, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0002IQMKM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love ->
2. Building On Fire
3. Psycho Killer
4. Oh, Love Comes To Town
5. Take Me To The River
6. Found A Job
7. Life During Wartime
8. Heaven
9. Memories Can't Wait
10. Once In A Lifetime
11. Houses In Motion
12. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
13. Girlfriend Is Better
14. Burning Down The House
15. Road To Nowhere
16. And She Was
17. Wild Wild Life
18. Blind
19. (Nothing But) Flowers

Editorial Reviews

Formed in NYC in the mid-'70s by David Byrne, Chris Franz, Tina Weymouth, & ex-Modern Lover Jerry Harrison, the Talking Heads evolved out of their now-legendary humble beginnings at CBGB's to become one of the most adventurous & influential bands ever. Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, the Heads' visionary, polyrhythmic sound daringly combined funk & punk, African beats, avant-garde minimalism, & pure pop. From their 1977 debut through their Brian Eno-produced classics to their '88 farewell, Naked, they both pushed artistic boundaries & delivered indelible radio hits like "Once In A Lifetime" & "Burning Down The House."

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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost A Complete Collection Of Hits! September 5, 2004
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This latest "The Best Of The Talking Heads" is a good collection for the casual fan, but for a better retrospective of the band the two cd collection "Sand In The Vaseline" (also remastered) is a better choice. This single disc collection does lack the hit "I Zimbra" which definately should have been included. The Talking Heads most popular hits (less "I Zimbra") such as "Psycho Killer", "Life During Wartime", "Take Me To The River", "Burning Down The House" and "Once In A Lifetime" are all included as well as "Love Building On Fire", "Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town", "Found A Job" plus ten more tracks. The remastering is excellent with increased bass, midrange and extended output. If you enjoy seventies new wave such as Blondie, The Ramones, The Damned to name a few then you'll enjoy this collection.
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96 of 106 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One song short of perfect August 23, 2004
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Talking Heads interest seems to be rebounding lately, with the four disc box set earlier this year, the long awaited release of the out of print "The Name Of This Band is Talking Heads" live CD, plus plans for reissuing remastered versions of the band's back catalog sometime in 2005. I'm excited about that. After all, the "Talking Heads '77" "Psycho Killer" was one of the first of the NYC/CBGB's gang to chart a single, and "Take Me To The River" snuck into the Top 40, introducing Talking Heads to the "Saturday Night Live" AND "American Bandstand" crowd.

The influence of Talking Heads simply cannot be overstated. These four art school neurotics developed a style that mixed the nervous energy of punk ("Psycho Killer") with bubblegum pop ("Uh Oh, Love Comes to Town") and waspy soul. The ironically titled "Fear Of Music" album saw the creative resources gel for remarkable power ("Life During Wartime"), the soulful enough to get Simply Red to cover it "Heaven", and Eno's arty injections making him a key element in the band's sound ("Memories Can't Wait") and an invisible fifth member. But it was Eno's forceful presence and Byrne's artistic restlessness that, by their still remarkable "Remain In Light," Talking Heads were turning the whole insular art rock world on its ear with polyrythmic productions (both the single and ground breaking video for "Once In A Lifetime") that remains influential even now.

Once they got a big dose of artiness out of the way, Talking Heads released their breeziest album to date, "Speaking In Tongues." It gave the Heads their lone American Top 10 in "Burning Down The House." By then, David Byrne was beginning to overshadow the band (Tom Tom Club side project being the exception) and it was getting obvious that the Heads were becoming volatile.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional best-of set October 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Of course you know all these songs, and of course there are many more great cuts deeper on the original albums, but for a single-disc review of a band with over 10 years' worth of releases, this 18-track set is hard to beat. The group went through several striking stylistic changes over its lifetime, but that variation actually helps this disc hold together as an album as well as a set of songs.

This would make a great introduction for a younger fan of the current crop of danceable art rock bands (Of Montreal, The Killers, Decemberists) or a casual fan looking to supplant an old LP collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The convergent boundary of "kooky" and "profound" October 25, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD this summer. I'm not a Talking Heads mega-fan by any means, but this CD transformed me. It became almost an addiction; I kept the CD in my car, and I found myself coming up with excuses to drive around and immerse myself in Talking-Heads-land whenever I felt pangs of Byrne-withdrawl. It was my own personal religious service, basically.
Let's talk about a few of the tracks.

2. Psycho Killer. Why is a song about a psycho killer so much fun? David Byrne has shown us convincing snippets of a killer's inner dialog... why am I not terrified? Why do I enjoy it so much? Why does Byrne seem to channel Kip from Napoleon Dynamite in the line, "Say something once -- why say it again?" So many questions.

3. Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town. So, there are a bajillion songs in the world about the agonizing experience of falling in love. But can the Talking Heads write one that manages to be zany and unique? Um, yes they can. Here's a hint: whenever the Talking Heads mention stockbrokers in their lyrics, the song is gonna be great. David Byrne doesn't have time to explain the banality of life in the professional/business/moneyish world. He just inserts the word "stockbroker" into songs whenever he wants to infuse us, the listeners, with the feeling of "ugh! banality!" -- and then he promptly subverts it -- because, hey, even stockbrokers fall in love. See also: Track 16, Wild Wild Life "Check out Mr. Businessman. . . on his way to the stock exchange..."

5. Found A Job. Many songs on this album are actually intense stories that deserve to be turned into full-length movies or novels. Instead, they are condensed into a few minutes of song. This song is about a couple who, after bickering over what to watch on TV, decide that they should make their own TV shows.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great record, but few songs missing March 23, 2006
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This is a good collection for the casual fan, but Sand in the Vasoline is the better "Best of" collection. Don't get me wrong, there is a collection of great songs here, but it doesn't have some songs. "City of Dreams" is a great song and sadly isn't included on this record. Between the two, I'd say "Sand" is better
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars ROAD TO NOWHERE
Well, that's Talking Heads, not much to say. Theatrical and sarcastic, they had the honor to open some of RAMONES's concerts.
Published 1 month ago by DIPR
5.0 out of 5 stars I've got a girlfriend with bows in her hair and nothing is better than...
Girlfriend is Better is on this disc! I love this song so I bought this CD just for it but there are other great tunes you will enjoy.
Published 1 month ago by N. Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Collection
I was looking for the best and I think I found it. It has almost all the songs I really wanted and reminded me of a few that I had forgotten. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Skye
3.0 out of 5 stars My Tastes Have Changed
I liked the Talking Heads about 25 years ago or so, when they were at the height of their popularity. I wasn't a die-hard fan, but I enjoyed their music. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Schwartzberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Talking Heads
Yahoo! Burning down the house...the best! An oldie, but a real goodie for those of you who remember this one
Published 3 months ago by Nanci F
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Trip to the 70's
I think I like the Talking Heads more now than I did in the 70s and 80s. Getting all their hits on one CD (download) is always preferred than what it was like 30 years ago getting... Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. A. Rahm
5.0 out of 5 stars Talking hEads Fan must have CD
How could you not like "The Best of ...." fill in the blank with any band. If you are a Talking Heads fan this is an excellent CD. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Talking heads fan
I enjoyed there songs and my mom love them to. this is a great one to get if you like there hits.
Published 4 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
So happy I bought this! If you love Talking Heads this is a must have album! Takes me back to my youth!
Published 4 months ago by J. Newsom
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Talking Heads
The sound quality of this 2004 collection is great, not overdone and much better than the dull sound of the 2CD 1992 compilation "Sand in the Vaseline: Popular Favorites" The song... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jay
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