SRK 3645 Songs from the Broadway Production of
"The Catherine Wheel"
Produced by David Byrne
Released on December 1981
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T his score to the Twyla Tharp production effectively closes the chapter on the trilogy of post-modern music begun with Remain In Light and continued on My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. Unfortunately, it didn’t show up on a lot of people’s radar screens because, well, it’s the score to a modern ballet for crying out loud. And yet it really isn’t. What you’ll find on the soundtrack to The Catherine Wheel is the same mixed media approach of My Life (“Eggs in a Briar Patch,” “The Red House”), herky-jerky Heads trips (“My Big Hands,” “Big Blue Plymouth”) and ambient pieces (“Cloud Chamber,” “Light Bath”). Eno has a hand in it but not a big one; The Catherine Wheel is clearly Byrne’s show. As such, it functions as a kind of master’s thesis on modernism. Out of the shadow of Eno, Byrne is more interested in the modern condition: man is trapped (“His Wife Refused”), looking for lost utopias (“What A Day That Was”), fabricating an illusion of freedom (“Big Blue Plymouth”). It’s heavy stuff underneath, but absurdly amusing on the surface. Byrne finally scratched the artistic itch with this one, returning to Talking Heads and writing pop music for the rest of the ‘80s. The 1980-1981 period remains something of an agitated anomaly, though I would tell you it’s the best stuff he’s ever done. The CD and cassette versions add another eleven tracks; given the quality of the original ten, I’d suggest you spring for the deluxe package (I wish I had). If you enjoyed Light and My Life, you should get around to The Catherine Wheel sooner than later.

SRK 3645 back cover SRK 3645 lyric sleeve
SRK 3645 back cover SRK 3645 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

    LP track listing...
  1. HIS WIFE REFUSED    4:26
  2. TWO SOLDIERS    (David Byrne/Brian Eno)    4:45
  3. THE RED HOUSE    3:17
  4. MY BIG HANDS (FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS)    2:45
  5. BIG BUSINESS    (David Byrne/John Chernoff)    5:16
  6. EGGS IN A BRIAR PATCH    3:31
  7. POISON    2:38
  8. CLOUD CHAMBER    2:42
  9. WHAT A DAY THAT WAS    5:32
  10. BIG BLUE PLYMOUTH (EYES WIDE OPEN)    4:45
  11. LIGHT BATH    1:08

    CD/cassette bonus tracks...
  12. ADE
  13. WALKING
  14. UNDER THE MOUNTAIN
  15. DINOSAUR
  16. WHEEZING
  17. BLACK FLAG
  18. COMBAT
  19. LEG BELLS
  20. THE BLUE FLAME
  21. DENSE BEASTS
  22. FIVE GOLDEN SECTIONS

    All songs written by David Byrne unless noted

CREDITS

DAVID BYRNE -- vocals, bass, guitars, OBX, Primetime, Prophet, percussion, fierce and high guitars, vibes, horses, mini synthesizer, Prophet strings, kitchen metals, cover photos
JOHN CHERNOFF -- Gung gong, congas, galloping guitar
YOGI HORTON -- drums, concert toms
Adrian Belew -- steel drum guitar, guitars, floating guitars
John Cooksey -- drums (9)
Brian Eno -- bass, piano, Prophet scream
Sue Halloran -- vocals (10)
Jerry Harrison -- clavinet, large drum
Dolette McDonald -- vocals (7)
Steve Scales -- congas (9)
Twyla Tharp -- water pot (8)
Bernie Worrell -- mini moog, piano, clavinet
Julie Last -- engineer
Doug Bennett -- engineer
Butch Jones -- mixing engineer
Jim Feldman (for Resource Manhattan) -- design

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US/UK December 1981 Sire LP/CS SRK/M5S 3645 lyric sleeve
CAN 1981 Sire LP XSR 3645 lyric sleeve
GER December 1981 Sire LP K56979  
JPN 1981 Warner LP P-11168  
US 1987 Sire CD 3645  
GER 1987 Sire CD 27418  

 

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