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Stop Making Sense: Special New Edition (1984 Film) Extra tracks, Live, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Soundtrack

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This Special New Edition of the classic 1984 Talking Heads live concert album Stop Making Sense features all of the songs on the original album plus the film's seven previously unreleased tracks. For the first time, the entire song lineup is presented, and in the same order as in the film. All have been digitally remastered. This album release precedes the 15th anniversary re-release of the film on September 15. The Jonathan Demme-directed film of the band's December 1983 concerts at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood boasts a new digital mix, Dolby digital format and a newly restored print. Certified at 2 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)

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The soundtrack to the Jonathan Demme documentary, Stop Making Sense captures the Talking Heads live in 1984 on what would turn out to be their last major tour. This collection, and the film, is a true gift to the band's fans, a testament to the Heads' extraordinary talent, both in the studio and especially onstage. Frontman David Byrne infuses each song with a jolt of energy and drama that could only have come from a late-'70s art-school student. Now-classic tracks such as "Psycho Killer," "Girlfriend is Better," "Once in a Lifetime," "Take Me to the River," and "Burning Down the House" have never sounded better. This expanded 1999 reissue includes all nine of the original tracks, plus seven previously unheard cuts, including "Heaven," "Found a Job," and "Crosseyed and Painless." --Lorry Fleming
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 7, 1999)
  • Special New Edition edition
  • Original Release Date: 1984
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Live, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000K3G8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I first heard Stop Making Sense when I was 7 years old. Having grown up with Talking Heads and had an affinity for live recordings, my father bought the CD for me. I loved all nine tracks on the original album. At age 10, I saw the film and was introduced to Stop Making Sense in all its glory. There were a lot of songs in the film which were not included on the album and I wondered why. Every single song blew my mind, and I wanted so much to hear all the music without having to go to my VCR to watch the film just to hear it. People made double albums back in the 80s, why couldn't it have been released as a double album?
Thankfully, with the release of the DVD came the re-release of the Stop Making Sense album, with all the songs from the film as well as the original 9. But I was a little skeptical. Two songs on here from the retrospective Sand In the Vaseline, "Life During Wartime" and "Girlfriend Is Better" had been edited down, the latter in particular being chopped to shreds, leaving out almost an entire verse. This was the case with even more songs on the vinyl release of the album, with most of the songs being shortened way too much. I worried that all of the songs would be edited down, and that the full-length versions would be lost forever. Finally, after receiving the DVD this past Christmas, my love for Stop Making Sense was rekindled, I saw this CD in Virgin Megastore for 10 bucks, and decided that for that price it couldn't be that bad, edited or not, so I picked it up.
Thankfully, the editing is very minscule, even unnoticeable. There are minor edits in "Slippery People" and "What A Day That Was," but they are almost unnoticeable. For the most part, the songs have remained untouched, and are here as we have always known them.
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Jonathon Demme's 1984 concert film of the Talking Heads was an incredible experience. Sadly, when the original soundtrack was released, it contained only nine of the songs performed. Not only that, but they were entirely out of sequence, completely destroying the original purpose behind David Byrne's conception of the concert. Thank God they released this anniversary edition of the soundtrack, as this really does the film justice. Every song is here, and in its proper place, the way it was meant to be heard.

So, what is the big deal, you ask? Well, picture this. The soundtrack begins with "Psycho Killer," one of the first really big hits for the group. Instead of the entire band being onstage, David Byrne walks out with an acoustic guitar and a boom box. He presses PLAY on the box, which cues a drum program to begin playing. So the first song is just David Byrne singing and strumming his guitar, accompanied by pre-recorded percussion. For the next song, "Heaven," Byrne is joined onstage by bassist Tina Weymouth. Then Chris Frantz's drumset is wheeled out, and the three of them go into "Thank You For Sending Me an Angel." We finally hear some real drumming, not the predictable, computerized beats in "Psycho Killer." The album really begins to come alive. Then they go into "Found a Job," and things get more interesting. Byrne swaps his acoustic guitar for an electric, and lead guitarist Jerry Harrison comes out, meaning we now have two guitars. By the time the fifth track, "Slippery People," is underway, the entire band (including the extra musicians and backup singers) are on the stage, and now things are cooking. What happens over the remaining twelve tracks can only be described as an overload of the senses.
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While this is ceratainly a fantastic album and probabely the Talking Heads best overall collection it is not the exact sound track as advertised. I own a VHS HIFI copy of the actual movie and have played it in the form of an audio cassette at least 100 times. The current new issue does not contain all the songs in the movie and several of the included tracks are not the ones in the movie. For instance, the hypnotic guitar solo during the introduction to Cross Eyed and Painless, perhaps the Talking Heads most energetic song, has been dramatically shortened from the version in the movie. Despite these frustrating shortcomings the newly released Stop Making Sense is far superior to the original release and should be considered an essential for any Talking Heads fan!
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The movie remains one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, concert film of all time, and this re-release finally does it justice. While the earlier version was just a sort of live greatest hits CD, this one is a more complete look at the band and its skills. From the simplicity of "Psycho Killer," which consists solely of David Byrne playing an acoustic guitar over the rhythm of a boombox to the lush orchestration and gospel-inspired power of "Take Me To The River," this CD amazes. The addition of "Heaven" "Crosseyed and Painless" and others add depth and breadth.
The truly remarkable thing about Talking Heads is that they make intelligent music. Not only are their lyrics far more sophisticated than just about any other band, but the music is also a notch above. They play challenging chord progressions, non-syncopated drum beats and complicated harmonies that force us to listen to music in entirely different ways. And although this album precedes Byrne's total immersion into world music, you can definitely see its influence in the music. This album belongs on the shelf of anyone who considers himself/herself a fan of music.
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