I'm not an all-out Talking Heads fan because I didn't start with the group until about their third or fourth albums and lost interest after Little Creatures (have you seen the movie, True Stories? No? Well, don't). So while I don't have all their individual albums on CD, this compilation fills in the gaps. Even though they don't measure up to Rhino's usual standards, the liner notes are good. Some people might tell you that this CD is a great introduction to the band, but I think the best intro to Talking Heads will always be Stop Making Sense (both the DVD and CD, take your pick).
Tracks: I certainly wouldn't skip any of these 18 tracks, but if I had to pick a few favorites, they would be Love → Building on Fire, the cover of Al Green's Take Me To The River, Found A Job, Once In A Lifetime, This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody), Burning Down The House, And She Was, and Road To Nowhere.
Take Me To The River is certainly on my top 10 list of covers. As Kate Pierson of the B-52's says in the liner notes, "It's a rare thing that a band can do a cover song and make it their own. Simply put, they made Al Green's 'Take Me to The River' into a Talking Heads song."
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Purchased at a Best Buy in Corpus Christi, this disc kept me company on travels around the South Texas/Gulf Coast region in my little Toyota Corolla .
Previously revisited for the blog:
The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads (1982)