R2 76488 The Best of Talking Heads
Compilation produced by Talking Heads with Gary Stewart & Andy Zax
Released on August 17, 2004
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T his is the best of the single-disc compilations of Talking Heads, essentially Sand in the Vaselineís better half. The early material sounds noticeably cleaner than I remember--noticeably cleaner than most music from 1977 or the Heads albums that followed for that matter--and like Michael Jackson you wonder if they havenít tampered with those tapes to the point of nose return. The trouble with shining up the early stuff is it gives a false impression of the Headsí first album; the ideas and energy were certainly there, but the studio sophistication came later. To hear it now, the pristine sound and execution suggest a band of engineers not artists. Anyway, enough grousing about historical revision, since objective truth only exists as an object of pursuit in philosophy. On the off chance that you came hear to hear about The Best of Talking Heads, hear this: itís completely superfluous for fans or anyone who purchased Sand, and only recommended to those people who want to buy a single disc of the Headsí best music across their career. The latter may number more than a few, since itís a good introduction to the band, makes a nice gift, costs less than buying the songs individually in case youíre so inclined, etc. To their credit, should history remember, the Heads didnít cash in on a greatest hits compilation until the end of their career. Since then, no less than seven compilations have been released here and abroad, including (I kid you not) one from Starbucks on their Opus Collection imprimatur. Apparently, the coffee maker has found a way to turn a profit that requires even less effort than boiling water.

R2 76488 back sleeve
R2 76488 back sleeve


  1. LOVE->BUILDING ON FIRE    (David Byrne)
  2. PSYCHO KILLER    (David Byrne/Tina Weymouth/Chris Frantz)
  3. UH-OH, LOVE COMES TO TOWN    (David Byrne)
  4. TAKE ME TO THE RIVE    (Al Green/Mabon Hodges)
  5. FOUND A JOB    (David Byrne)
  6. LIFE DURING WARTIME    (David Byrne/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)
  7. HEAVEN    (David Byrne/Jerry Harrison)
  8. MEMORIES CAN'T WAIT    (David Byrne/Jerry Harrison)
  9. ONCE IN A LIFETIME    (David Byrne/Brian Eno/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)
  10. HOUSES IN MOTION    (David Byrne/Brian Eno/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)
  11. THIS MUST BE THE PLACE (NAIVE MELODY)    (David Byrne/Christ Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)
  12. GIRLFRIEND IS BETTER    (David Byrne/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)
  13. BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE    (David Byrne/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)
  14. ROAD TO NOWHERE    (David Byrne)
  15. AND SHE WAS    (David Byrne)
  16. WILD WILD LIFE    (David Byrne)
  17. BLIND    (David Byrne/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth)
  18. (NOTHING BUT) FLOWERS    (David Byrne/Chris Frantz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth/Yves N'Djock)


Hugh Brown -- art direction & design
IQ Biometrix FACES software -- cover and back inlay images
Jimmy de Sana -- cover band photos
Neil Selkirk -- inlay photo

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