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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LAR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,649 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love For Sale
2. Puzzlin' Evidence
3. Hey Now
4. Papa Legba
5. Wild Wild Life
6. Radio Head
7. Dream Operator
8. People Like Us
9. City Of Dreams
10. Wild Wild Life (Extended Mix)

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I'd love to get ahold of this if anyone knows how and where.
Barry Gilbert
Still very good and it's probably best this way since not all the actors could carry a tune.
kwyjibear
1/2 "Papa Legba" - featuring Caribbean rhythms, this is one of the best tracks.
Rich Latta

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Streisands Love Slave on May 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have no idea why this album gets dismissed as "rubbish" by many Talking Heads fans and David Byrne himself. It's not that bad. You've got the hits "Love For Sale" and "Wild Wild Life" which are good songs but there is so much better to be found on here. "Papa Legba" has some neat percussion. "People Like Us" is a good song but it's even better in the movie 'True Stories' (which i recommened you check out) where John Goodman sings it! "Dream Operator" has to be one of the most beautiful songs the Talking Heads have ever written and it's probably my favorite on the album. The only song I never really cared for is "Hey Now". One last thing I have to say is when a band like Radiohead names themselves after one of the songs off this album, it can't be all that bad.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album, made in conjunction with the filming of David Byrnes' underrated film True Stories, is absolutely amazing from start to finish. This may not be the Talking Heads' best album, but it doesn't fall short by much, and it definitely features a few of the band's most touching and emotionally moving songs. It is both unfortunate and bewildering that this album is looked at as something of a negative chapter in the band's history. A medley group of performers (including John Goodman) sang these songs in the film True Stories, and I understand that David Byrne really wanted to release a soundtrack of the movie player's recordings but was talked into recording the songs himself alongside his then-fracturing Talking Heads band members.

Wild Wild Life is the best known song from this album, as both the song and the video got plenty of air time (and you get both the original version and an excellent extended remix here); Love For Sale also met with some success as a single release. I'm here to tell you these are not even the best songs on this album. Puzzlin' Evidence, Hey Now, and Papa Legba are great but uninspired, but the second half of the album is incredible. Radio Head is the Talking Heads at their eccentric, fast-paced best. People Like Us, sporting a country-type sound, is more laid-back but no less compelling; it is a true song of empowerment and a virtual theme song for "normal" people who only want someone to love. City of Dreams is a touching concluding song that reinforces all the good feelings inspired by both the album and the movie, but even this poignant piece pales in comparison to the almost indescribably good Dream Operator.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
One of my all-time favorite albums. I bought the LP twice...I played it so much, I wore it out. The movie is great. A Texas version of Best in Show or Mighty Wind. But the music will definitely move you. You won't be able to sit still. You'll have to sing every word out loud--very loud! It drives you to it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Courtney M. Brady on February 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I had no idea that this was considered a bad album. This is my favorite Talking Heads album. I like all of the songs on it, but especially Dream Operator. It is extremely beautiful and it is my favorite pop song of all time. I have great memories of watching the movie with my dad as a child. I loved the movie so much that my dad gave me his soundtrack tape. Well, I have long since worn it out and am ready to buy it on CD!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Barry Gilbert on August 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Actually there were THREE albums that came out.
-The Talking Heads album, True Stories
-Sounds from True Stories, with music from Carl Finch and others.
and finally, the really obscure album
-The actual music from True Stories including Pops Staples singing Papa Legba.
I'd love to get ahold of this if anyone knows how and where.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'm not going to give this album five stars or say that it's the best album ever, because it's clearly not. I will say, however, that this album is consistently underrated by music critics. I have a lot of fun with this album every time I listen to it. It's just not as inventive and artistic as other Talking Heads albums are. I can't exactly explain this feeling but I have it. One more time: I enjoy this record and I'm not afraid to say it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DAC Crowell on April 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Actually...no. Some of these appeared in this form in the movie "True Stories", which is a wonderfully skewed look at Texas during its sesquicentennial (which, it should be noted, Texas didn't appreciate much). But while all of these songs here are the Heads's versions, there are some cases where the version on the film was _much_ better. Most notably, "Papa Legba", where Pops Staples turns in a spectacular, chilling, and deliciously bluesy performance on this voodoo-chant based track. But that's not here. As for the material, it's good pop...but for the most part, it's 'good pop', and not too much beyond that. The fire that came before just isn't here. My suggestion would be to, instead, get a copy of the movie and then you get the 'actual' performances of the songs here, as well as a lot of interesting missing music (by the likes of Meredith Monk, etc), plus the context in which all of this appears. "True Stories" is so much moreso David Byrne's vision at work, and what's here is better appreciated in its proper context.
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