'The Name of the Band is Talking Heads.' This is, perhaps, my all-time favorite live album. The band will forever be remembered for another live album, the commercial juggernaut 'Stop Making Sense,' and that recording certainly has its charms, but 'The Name of the Band is Talking Heads' chronicles tours from 1977-1981. So, the defense rests.
If I could only have one Talking Heads album, I would choose 'More Songs About Buildings and Food.' I prefer that sound to when the band expanded to a 10 piece on the road in 1980 and 1981. Here are a couple from of my favorites from that era. If you have never owned 'The Name of the Band is Talking Heads' and can't find it used on vinyl somewhere, I highly recommend the reissue Rhino helped put out in 2004. The two-disc set significantly expands the running time from 73 minutes to a whopping 141, and the evolution from tour to tour is something to behold.
Talking Heads - Artists Only (Live) (mp3)
Talking Heads - Stay Hungry (Live) (mp3)
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