Talking Heads: 77

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Talking Heads: 77
Studio album by Talking Heads
Released September 16, 1977
Recorded 1976–77 at Sundragon Studios, New York City
Genre Art punk,[1] new wave[2]
Length 38:37
Label Sire (US, UK)
Philips (Europe, Japan)
Producer Tony Bongiovi, Lance Quinn, Talking Heads
Talking Heads chronology
Talking Heads: 77
(1977)
More Songs About Buildings and Food
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[3]
BBC Music (favorable)[4]
Robert Christgau (A−)[5]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[6]
Mojo 3/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone favorable[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[9]
Uncut 5/5 stars[7]

Talking Heads: 77 is the debut album by Talking Heads, released in 1977. The single "Psycho Killer" reached #92 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #290 on Rolling Stone magazine's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. In his 1995 book, The Alternative Music Almanac, Alan Cross placed it in the #5 spot on his 10 Classic Alternative Albums list.[10]

Release history[edit]

The album was released by Sire Records in the UK and US and Philips Records throughout continental Europe.[11]

In 2005, it was remastered and re-released by Warner Music Group on their Warner Bros./Sire Records/Rhino Records labels in DualDisc format with five bonus tracks on the CD side (see track listing below).[citation needed] The DVD-Audio side includes both stereo and 5.1 surround high resolution (96 kHz/24bit) mixes, as well as a Dolby Digital version and videos of the band performing "Pulled Up" and "I Feel It in My Heart". In Europe, it was released as a CD+DVDA two disc set rather than a single DualDisc. The reissue was produced by Andy Zax with Talking Heads.[citation needed]

The album was re-released on vinyl on April 18, 2009 for Record Store Day.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by David Byrne,[11] except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town"   2:48
2. "New Feeling"   3:09
3. "Tentative Decisions"   3:04
4. "Happy Day"   3:55
5. "Who Is It?"   1:41
6. "No Compassion"   4:47
Side two
No. Title Length
7. "The Book I Read"   4:06
8. "Don't Worry About the Government"   3:00
9. "First Week/Last Week…Carefree"   3:19
10. "Psycho Killer" (Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth) 4:19
11. "Pulled Up"   4:29

Personnel[edit]

Talking Heads[11]
Recording personnel[11]

Charts[edit]

Album
Year Chart Position
1978 UK Albums 60[13]
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
1978 "Psycho Killer" Billboard Hot 100 92[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gittins, Ian (September 1, 2004). Talking Heads: Once in a Lifetime, The Stories Behind Every Song. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 39. ISBN 0634080334. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ Aaron, Charles (August 2004). "New Wave". Spin (New York): 104. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Talking Heads: 77". AllMusic.com. 
  4. ^ "Music - Review of Talking Heads - Talking Heads 77". BBC. Retrieved May 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (October 31, 1977). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ Smith, Jon (July 15, 2012). "Talking Heads - Talking Heads 77". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Talking Heads 77 LP". CD Universe. Muze. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ Demorest, Stephen (November 3, 1977). "Talking Heads '77". Rolling Stone (New York). Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Talking Heads: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Alan Cross' Ten Classic Alternative Albums". Apr 18, 2010. Retrieved Mar 9, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c d Talking Heads: 77 liner notes
  12. ^ "Record Store Day releases". Recordstoreday.com. Retrieved May 4, 2012. 
  13. ^ British Hit Singles & Albums, Edition 17, 2004 Guinness World Records Limited, p.548
  14. ^ Billboard chart history. Retrieved 2012-06-22.