The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads [2004 Version] Image

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  • Summary: This two-disc set marks the long-awaited compact disc debut of the legendary band's 1982 live double album. While the original tracks are retained (and the discs follow the original's breakdown of 1977-1979 and 1980-1981), a whopping 16 tracks are added to the set, including 13 that were never before released in any format. Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
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  1. 100
    Terrifically thorough. [Nov 2004, p.131]
  2. Captures the punk attitude, brittle R&B vamps, and quirky lyrical trips of their early years. [20/27 Aug 2004, p.123]
  3. A caterwauling hunk of avant-garde precision.
  4. A terrific and long-overdue reissue that's sure to satiate established fans as well as the new converts it hopes to earn.
  5. The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads is not only a vital document of an important, groundbreaking band on their way up, it's one of their best albums, easily surpassing Stop Making Sense.
  6. In the 1977-79 half of Name, nearly every song beats the studio version. But the 1980-81 disc is the prize, as the Heads take their lofty concepts to the stage with a ten-piece band. [2 Sep 2004, p.147]
  7. This is no cynical cash-in; every new track adds gestalt to an album which in its original incarnation was pretty damn great to begin with.

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  1. Positive: 33 out of 35
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 35
  3. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Jul 25, 2013
    This record is everything that is great about Talkin Gheads. Fantastic performances and great stage banter transport the listener back to the good old days of the lat 1970's and early 1980's. Collapse
  2. Mar 24, 2012
    Most of the songs on here will equal, if not exceed, the original album songs themselves. A must-have live album--I personally prefer this TH live album over "Stop Making Sense". Expand
  3. May 16, 2011
    Another great live record I have heard recently (the other being Led Zeppelin's How the West Was Won). If they had only released disc 1, I would have given this a perfect score. The first disc is just an amazing record...maybe not Talking Heads rawest, but the band sure feels loose yet pointed. Disc two is very good, but maybe a little too tightly-wound with additional musicians. Maybe Byrne was trying to be too perfect, which I feel deterred from the overall feel of the disc. Still, though, this was a great refresher for me on the Talking Heads. They were a great live band! Expand
  4. j30
    Nov 10, 2011
    I wasn't sure whether the Talking Heads would translate well live or not. But rest assured, they bring on home.
  5. Jun 6, 2012
    As live albums go it's really good and if youâ

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