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Perpendicular's Avatar Perpendicular 09:57 PM 01-15-2010
Here's a chance to rate your Talking Head's (Brick) catalog, based on your opinion of enjoyment with the 5.1 surround DVD-Audio format, from 1 (being the best) through 8. I know, it's tough for some of us, but try to do it, and good luck!

Here are mine:

1) Fear Of Music (my second owned album, purchased the year it was released)
2) More Songs About Buildings And Food (originally, my first Head's album, won on a radio station call-in along with two tickets to see them in concert)
3) Talking Heads: 77
4) Speaking In Tongues
5) Remain In Light
6) Little Creatures
7) Naked
8) True Stories

Let's hope they will have a reunion and put out some new material.

Yes, I do like some of David Byrne's solo work and liked the Tom-Tom Club some what (back when), but nothing is like the band when they are all playing together.
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Perpendicular's Avatar Perpendicular 08:27 PM 01-19-2010
I decided to change the Thread title based on some of you may have purchased your discs individually.
Also, I started to think that I should open it up to all formats.
Now open for all talk regarding Head's fans.
sharkshark's Avatar sharkshark 12:36 AM 01-22-2010
heh, thanks for the PM.

My main intro to TH was "Sand in the Vaseline", so I'm much less tied historically to individual albums. Brick really allowed me to open up to the charms of the many album tracks that didn't make the greatest hits set.

I couldn't rate them all in a row with the same way that I could for, say, the Police, or Gabriel, or the Beatles. I flip disc to disc with pretty much equal time for all.

On a semi-related note, I just heard today about the new Gabriel cover album (Scratch My Back). Awesome idea, he's covering all these artists, and then a follow-up album will collect them covering his music! Such a cool idea.

(Alas, no 5.1 on the horizon, it seems... damn shame).

Anyhoo, he covers Listening Wind from Remain in the Light, which I must admit is not an album I've given enough notice to. Frankly, that's a track that didn't really engage me. However (and that's what's sometimes great about covers done with the level of musical intelligence as these), I can now go back and listen more closely to a track I may have dismissed.

So, it doesn't answer your main question, but as I guess one of the more vocal people over the years fighting to ensure that various players conformed to allow proper playback of Brick Dualdiscs, I guess it's only appropriate that I show up and leave my two cents...
ratboy's Avatar ratboy 11:29 AM 01-23-2010
1. More Songs
2. Fear of Music
3. 77
4. Speaking in Tongues
5. Remain in light
6. Naked
7. Ture stories
8. Little creatures
fullhorn's Avatar fullhorn 08:27 PM 01-26-2010
1. Speaking in Tongues
2. More Songs about Buildings and Food
3. Fear of Music
4. Remain in Light
5. 77

Not really interested in the rest, but I can't get enough of the Blu-Ray of Stop Making Sense.
BillW's Avatar BillW 06:03 AM 01-27-2010
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1. Speaking in Tongues
2. More Songs about Buildings and Food
3. Fear of Music
4. Remain in Light
5. 77

Not really interested in the rest, but I can't get enough of the Blu-Ray of Stop Making Sense.

I didn't know there was a BD of SMS. How qood is the video/sound quality?


1. SIT
2. MSABAF
3. FOM
4. RIL
5. LC
fullhorn's Avatar fullhorn 06:45 AM 01-27-2010
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I didn't know there was a BD of SMS. How qood is the video/sound quality?


1. SIT
2. MSABAF
3. FOM
4. RIL
5. LC

Video is still the same grainy and dirt ridden print but still a nice improvement.

The audio on the other hand is outstanding. I was able to switch back and forth with the DVD and the difference is impressive.
BillW's Avatar BillW 05:44 PM 01-28-2010
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Video is still the same grainy and dirt ridden print but still a nice improvement.

The audio on the other hand is outstanding. I was able to switch back and forth with the DVD and the difference is impressive.

I quess they didn't have the money for better video equipment. I am excited to hear about the audio however! Time to open the wallet once again.
bbrio's Avatar bbrio 06:41 AM 11-28-2011
+1 for the BluRay of SMS. Outstanding!!!!
scolumbo's Avatar scolumbo 07:59 AM 11-28-2011
1. Fear of Music (based on sheer number of favorites)
2. 77 (2 classics - Psycho Killer & Tentative Decisions put this near the top)
3. More Songs
4. Speaking in Tongues
5. True Stories
6. Remain in Light
7. Little Creatures
8. Naked

Stop Making Sense - probably my favorite concert on Blu-ray. Audio is exceptional for a concert video.
Nil's Avatar Nil 12:51 AM 11-30-2011
1) Fear Of Music
2) Remain In Light
3) Naked
4) More Songs About Buildings And Food
5) Speaking In Tongues
6) Talking Heads: 77
7) Little Creatures
8) True Stories

The 5.1 production by Jerry Harrison was superb.
Zen Traveler's Avatar Zen Traveler 12:51 PM 12-19-2011
1. Speaking in Tongues
2. Remain in Light
3. Little Creatures
4. Naked
5. Fear of Music
6. More song about Buildings and Food
7.True Stories

*Note I don't have Talking Heads:77 and will update my list when I get it.
Zen Traveler's Avatar Zen Traveler 12:59 PM 12-19-2011
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...Anyhoo, he covers Listening Wind from Remain in the Light, which I must admit is not an album I've given enough notice to. Frankly, that's a track that didn't really engage me...

The first time I heard that song it Freaked me out listening to the lyrics. Definitely a thoughtful piece that conjures up images....I guess I had the opposite reaction.
privit1's Avatar privit1 05:59 AM 12-20-2011
I dont have the 'brick' but managed to buy them all as EU double discs and only bought them when they were less that £5 each.!!

1) Naked
2) Little Creatures
3) Fear Of Music
4) Talking Heads: 77
5) More Songs About Buildings And Food
6) Remain In Light
7) Speaking In Tongues
8) True Stories
Zen Traveler's Avatar Zen Traveler 12:34 PM 06-15-2012
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1. Speaking in Tongues

2. Remain in Light

3. Little Creatures

4. Naked

5. Fear of Music

6. More song about Buildings and Food

7.True Stories


*Note I don't have Talking Heads:77 and will update my list when I get it.

I listened to these disks again after obtaining TH "77" and felt the need to change my order in case anyone is keeping score. J/K

1. Remain in Light

2 Speaking in Tongues

3.Naked

4 Little Creatures

5 Fear of Music

6 More songs about Buildings and food

7 Talking Heads 77

8 True Stories

I will also add that these sound excellent being converted to "7.1" and it actually sounds like there was a rear channel recorded using the Denon AVRs matrix function. cool.gif
Zen Traveler's Avatar Zen Traveler 10:48 AM 06-16-2012
I am curious, does "the Brick" have dualdisks or separate DVD-A and CD disks?
holt7153's Avatar holt7153 01:25 PM 06-16-2012
^^^
Dualdiscs-one physical disc inside a plastic case.
mcnarus's Avatar mcnarus 04:47 PM 06-16-2012
Top two studio albums would be Remain in Light and More Songs. But also wanted to highlight their forgotten live album, The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads, particularly the expanded 2-CD version. SMS is fun, but Name is both a great look at the early band and a burning live concert at their absolute peak.

The remastered studio albums were never released on CD (at least in the US), so far as I know. But they can be had from iTunes (and, I presume, other online sources), and they sound awesome in 2-channel, despite the compression.
Zen Traveler's Avatar Zen Traveler 06:04 PM 02-05-2014
I just listened to some of my favorite Talking Heads songs on DVD-A and was wondering if anyone who has Audyssey (or any other setup method) would post how loud they listen to any of these songs on either the Main Volume or SPL Meter:

I have found between -10 to 12 perfect to achieve an (approx) 80 to 94 dB average and high:

Burning down the House (extended version: My ultimate showing off my system/take to other places disk.
Houses in Motion (The loudest and second favorite of songs tested at 94 dB peaks)
Once in a Lifetime, Listening Wind, Mommy Daddy You and I, Big Daddy, Sax and Violins, along with Take me to the River, were the ones I listened to this evening.

That said, if you have your favorite songs on any of these disks please post those numbers as well. smile.gif
JA Fant's Avatar JA Fant 11:45 AM 02-18-2014
Thanks! for sharing all.smile.gif
Zen Traveler's Avatar Zen Traveler 12:50 PM 04-18-2014
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Thanks! for sharing all.smile.gif

You're welcome and hope folks don't mind the bump to see if anyone has a response the my post below: smile.gif

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Originally Posted by Zen Traveler View Post

I just listened to some of my favorite Talking Heads songs on DVD-A and was wondering if anyone who has Audyssey (or any other setup method) would post how loud they listen to any of these songs on either the Main Volume or SPL Meter:

I have found between -10 to 12 perfect to achieve an (approx) 80 to 94 dB average and high:

Burning down the House (extended version: My ultimate showing off my system/take to other places disk.
Houses in Motion (The loudest and second favorite of songs tested at 94 dB peaks)
Once in a Lifetime, Listening Wind, Mommy Daddy You and I, Big Daddy, Sax and Violins, along with Take me to the River, were the ones I listened to this evening.

That said, if you have your favorite songs on any of these disks please post those numbers as well. smile.gif

Since this post I've put in the various disks again and feel all of this is GREAT source material to show off Home Theaters and that folks watching movies alone are actually missing one of the fabulous things about the art of Home Theater.
holt7153's Avatar holt7153 03:13 PM 04-18-2014
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You're welcome and hope folks don't mind the bump to see if anyone has a response the my post below: smile.gif

I have Audyssey (XT32) on my AVR so If I get time this weekend I'll spin something from the Brick. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) is definitely a fun track for a sub workout.
ti-triodes's Avatar ti-triodes 04:37 PM 04-18-2014
Funny, I only bought the Remain In Light Dualdisc when these things first came out because I pretty much overplayed the Heads in the 80's and 90's. I was at my library a few weeks ago and saw they had the Brick. eek.gifeek.gif Needless to say I've been spinning these things a lot lately. They sound fantastic. I wound up getting most of the DVD/CD combos from Amazon UK. Most are still reasonably priced, except for Little Creatures and True Stories. Even the Dualdisc of LC is crazy now. If you're still interested in these things, it looks like the time to buy is now. Stock seems to be finally drying up.
weekendtoy's Avatar weekendtoy 08:27 PM 04-18-2014
I recently picked up Remain in Light on eBay for $12 shipped. It's an amazing multi-channel disc. The music is so dense with so much going on, the multi-channel really opens it up. This one is a must have for sure. I imagine the the others must be pretty good as well.
JA Fant's Avatar JA Fant 06:02 AM 04-19-2014
Agreed-

I wish I would have bought the 'brick' upon its release in 2005?
I am looking for a TH 'Brick' if some one here has an extra or knows where a copy is located besides eBay or Amazon...smile.gif
Zen Traveler's Avatar Zen Traveler 08:52 AM 04-19-2014
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I have Audyssey (XT32) on my AVR so If I get time this weekend I'll spin something from the Brick. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) is definitely a fun track for a sub workout.

Cool! I almost missed the Bonus Track of Psycho Killer on "Talking Heads:77 (really the only song I like on that disk) so I also would like to get your impressions of the Bonus Track of Burning Down the House on "Speaking in Tongues," which is my favorite show-off song. It sounds AMAZING on my 9.2 Home Theater! I realize that it's only a 5.1 mix but on my system the vocals and drums travel all of the way around the room and it actually seemed like it was mixed in 7.1! eek.gif When David Byrne starts talking to himself the returned vocals actually come out of my rear speakers and not my surrounds and is WAY cool.

For the record, I listened to it at -10 on the MV which made the SPL meter needle hover around 85 dB with a 94 dB peak (C weighted and Slow). I also checked out This Must Be the Place at the same MV level and it gave me about an 80 dB level with peaks to 85 dB or so--Not as loud but still awesome sounding. {Note: I have an AVR-4311ci and use Dolby PLIIz with rear and height speakers. I also have DYN EQ on but DynVolume off)
Zen Traveler's Avatar Zen Traveler 09:04 AM 04-19-2014
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I recently picked up Remain in Light on eBay for $12 shipped. It's an amazing multi-channel disc. The music is so dense with so much going on, the multi-channel really opens it up. This one is a must have for sure. I imagine the the others must be pretty good as well.

Yeah, buddy (as we said when I lived in Arkansas)."Remain in Light" and "Speaking in Tongues" are my 2 favorite Talking Heads disks because they almost have no bad songs on them and the surround mixes are phenomenal. I have always liked Once in a Lifetime but Houses in Motion is my go-to song on the Disk for demonstration purposes. smile.gif I also play this disk at -12 on the MV and it gives me the same SPL as -10 on the other mentioned disk...The reason I ask about Volume/SPL is because if I played it much louder on my system (I would go deaf) it starts to sound "bright" and was curious where others start to have diminishing returns...
Zen Traveler's Avatar Zen Traveler 09:07 AM 04-19-2014
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Agreed-

I wish I would have bought the 'brick' upon its release in 2005?
I am looking for a TH 'Brick' if some one here has an extra or knows where a copy is located besides eBay or Amazon...smile.gif

I don't own The Brick, but bought my individual copies off of Ebay and Amazon--I haven't checked recently how much they are going for.
Nil's Avatar Nil 11:57 AM 08-02-2014
This is tangential, but I just became aware of a 30th anniversary release of Stop Making Sense that is reported to be the first time it is out as digital - which doesn't make sense because the blu-ray came out in 2009. Is this just a digital theatrical release (not coming to Bay Area theaters as far as I can tell )? Said to also be available on iTunes. I wonder if it is improved over the blu-ray in any way? One of the greatest rock concerts ever filmed, and I got to see them during that tour!
JA Fant's Avatar JA Fant 12:01 PM 08-02-2014
Thanks! for sharing.
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