33 Songs, 2 Hours 36 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
95 Ratings

95 Ratings

Jumpin_J ,

Classic. Now if you could only get the booklet.

I have been writing to Warner Brothers for years wondering why TNOTBITH had not been releaed with the rest of the catalog. Turns out my patience was greatly rewarded. Not just has this been remastered, but it's loaded with bonus and previously unreleased tracks.

And you may ask yourself, why another live album? Unlike many live albums which capture a single night or tour, this album actually features the evolution of a band. Disc 1 captures the band from 1977-79 where they are essentially the four man band. The music is fairly stripped down and comparable to the songs they recorded on the first three albums (TH 77, More Songs About Buildings & Food, & Fear Of Music). You hear them in small clubs and gradually larger audiences. Then of disc 2, they tackle the material of Remain In Light with more complex African rhythms and funk beats. Here, the band is forced to double its size with the amazing Steve Scales on percussion and Adrian Belew adding fantastic guitar solos. Some may wonder why some songs are repeated on the album. The early version called Electricity which is more rock later becomes Drugs, the ambient version featured more like on Fear Of Music. There are other repeats here, Psycho Killer and Stay Hungry. Again we see how the songs evolve over time and the difference with a small and big band. All featuring great sound and remastering.

I penalize the album one star for one major problem which is the fault of iTunes. You can't publish the booklet that comes with the CD (yay old technology!). It's stuffed with photos, liner notes, and several reviews of the various shows. This recording is as much an autobiography of a band on the rise as an essential live album. It's a great bookend to Stop Making Sense. The download is great, but the actual CD package is a must have. Pick this up!

Bennett H. ,


Quite possibly one of the best albums ever. Like the iTunes review said, i didnt know about it until after i had Stop Making Sense, but now that i have it, i can't stop listening to it. From the first songs with the original members to the rest with the new members, its all nonstop musical genius. If you own any Talking Heads album, make it this one!

Vein Glorious ,

Most of a Classic Live Album

They all are right. In fact, not only is this the Heads best live album, it may well be the Heads best album. I mean, Remain in Light, its only compitition isn't as funky and (maybe) just a little more arty than the versions here. (Plus, this album doesn't include "The Overload"...) Problem: they omitted the "pleasent" intro to "Crosseyed and Painless" that was on the LP version--and made the whole song! Thus, I dock it a notch cos the LP version's better...

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