16 Songs, 1 Hour 14 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jonathan Demme’s chronicle of Talking Heads’ late-1983 run at the Pantages Theatre is one of music’s greatest documentaries. But a large part of that comes from the band’s restless, catchy songs, which shape-shifted live. They turn “Psycho Killer” into a terse opening statement and transform “Slippery People” into an expansive funk jam, while the raucous version of Al Green’s “Take Me to the River” is more revival meeting than Mudd Club throwdown.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jonathan Demme’s chronicle of Talking Heads’ late-1983 run at the Pantages Theatre is one of music’s greatest documentaries. But a large part of that comes from the band’s restless, catchy songs, which shape-shifted live. They turn “Psycho Killer” into a terse opening statement and transform “Slippery People” into an expansive funk jam, while the raucous version of Al Green’s “Take Me to the River” is more revival meeting than Mudd Club throwdown.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
188 Ratings
188 Ratings
Pdx73 ,

Stop Making Sense

I remember being at this concert when the Stop Making Sense tour hit Vancouver and of all the 100's of shows I've seen in 53 years of life, this was the most memorable. Memorable for the exquisite sound mixing which allowed a sold out hockey arena to focus on one member of the Talking Heads ensemble and be able to actually hear that single musician's craft. At the height of the show there were as many as 15 people onstage, 6 or 7 of them percussionists alone, and still I could look at anyone onstage and hear their contribution to the song. This fidelity and clarity has been reproduced in this album and anyone who loves the Talking Heads needs this particular recording in their library. No Talking Heads collection is complete without it. Period.

rebelfrog221 ,

Talking Heads at Their Best

I've listened to this album practically since birth (my dad is a huge Talking Heads fan), so I think it's really the only way to hear these songs. Studio versions pale in comparison, so spend the extra money!

tuckp ,

Warning - NOT the original album!

If you're like me and you absolutely fell in love with this album back in the 80's be careful - this is the "Special New Edition"! Not the original that you fell in love with. I'm not sure what precisely was done to the album but several of the songs (esp. Psycho Killer) are not at all how you remember them from the original version of this album in the 80's.
You may think its better, you may think its worse, you may not notice, but please listen first!

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