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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:
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  • 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: #50,115 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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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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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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. You get a real sense of how they started in the small clubs and exploded into the music scene. I still think the first two albums, Talking Heads: 77 and More Songs About Buildings and Food are the core of the greatness of the Talking Heads and this DVD shows some of the earliest renditions of these songs in small live settings.
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So much music on here, from so many sources. Looking back on this I still can not believe that the Talking Heads sold a single record! I actually saw them play live on Saturday Night Live in the late 70's, I just could not believe what the hell they were doing! I kind of followed them after that, hearing a few songs like Life During Wartime from Fear of Music. Then Burning Down the House became a monster hit, and they followed it up with the live video Stop Making Sense. When I first saw the video, I just could NOT believe that it was real! It was just the craziest thing I had ever seen. Now this package comes out, and to get to watch video from so many sources is just really, really, special. I wish I could have the ENTIRE sets from any of this sources! It is going to take me awhile to internalize all this, the performances just show over and over that this band, The Talking Heads, is one of the GREATEST bands of ALL TIME. check them out. Cheers.
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