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Talking Heads - The 1975 CBS Demo Session lp


"Recorded right about the time the Village Voice referred to David Byrne as a "skinny, neurasthenic Roy Orbison with the voice of a psychotic fifteen-year-old and he isn't even fifteen", these CBS demos (Heads would sign to Sire soon after) actually do sound like they could have been recorded at a parallel-universe Sun Studios, without the dripping echo, of course. It's the Heads as early as the Heads get, and they start off as tight and quiet as one would expect, with the most reserved version of "Psycho Killer" in existence. The rest is still as taut as a sailor's knot (especially the wonderful "Warning Sign"), but, just like Stop Making Sense, we can hear Byrne gradually loosening his cheeks and learning to rock as the songs progress. And just remember that Tina learned to play the bass in the cab on the way to the studio."

Well-recorded, skitterish set- these aren't demos as "let's get this sketch of a song down to remember it" but probably as a starting place for recording ideas. Most of these sound a lot better as they were eventually released, but in this form it's obvious that David Byrne is a hell of a guitar player and writer, and that Tina did not learn to play the bass in the cab on the way to the studio.

01 Psycho Killer
02 Sugar On My Tongue
03 Thank You For Sending Me An Angel
04 I Want To Live
05 I Wish You Wouldn't Say That
06 The Girls Want To Be With The Girls
07 Who Is It?
08 With Our Love
09 Stay Hungry
10 Tentative Decisions
11 Warning Sign
12 I'm Not In Love
13 The Book I Read
14 Love Goes To Building On Fire
15 No Compassion

Edition of 500, if these people can be trusted.

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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 14 December, 2010.

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