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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 35
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 35
  3. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. hughm
    Aug 31, 2004
    10
    I have waited years for this album to come out on cd. A classic, not to be missed
  2. Jul 25, 2013
    10
    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. Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    Oct 3, 2004
    10
    amazing
  4. timC
    Aug 24, 2007
    10
    Just trying to counter-act Joe B's horrible 0 rating for this amazing classic. Hating the Talking Heads is like actually saying, out-loud, in front of everyone, that you have no taste, and no sense of humor. Awesome album by one of the all-time great innovators of American rock. Collapse
  5. DerK.
    Aug 9, 2008
    10
    When I first bought the original cassete version as a teenager in the 80's I was hooked on to this album. The expanded CD version perfects it. There is no other live album in the New Wave/Alternative genre that can match TNOTBITH. The jury is still out as whether it's the greatest live Rock album but for New Wave/Alternative nothing comes close to it before or since. Expand
  6. May 16, 2011
    9
    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
  7. JoeB
    Aug 29, 2006
    0
    Pathetic group!

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