TALKING HEADS - ONCE IN A LIFETIME: THE BEST OF
Format: Compact Disc/EP/Single
Expanding on the excellent two-disc SAND IN THE VASELINE compilation, the three-CD/one-DVD Talking Heads box set, ONCE IN A LIFETIME, includes most of the former release, along with more than 20 additional tracks. Like the highly visual NYC art-rockers themselves, the collection, in both sound and design, is perversely smart and strangely beautiful.
Starting with the group's early days in the late 1970s, ONCE IN A LIFETIME features frantic, urban-themed tracks such as "Don't Worry about the Government" and "Pulled Up". From the city, the setting shifts to wider spaces on their breakthrough cover of Al Green's "Take Me to the River" and the rural twang of "The Big Country". The second disc sees the Heads hitting the zenith of their fruitful collaborations with Brian Eno, while frontman David Byrne reaches new levels of both lyricism and experimentation on the iconic title track. The third disc cherry-picks from the group's later years, including their most accessible songs ("And She Was", "Road to Nowhere", and "Wild Wild Life"), along with the previous unreleased outtake "In Asking Land". As a summation of the consistently inventive and restlessly energetic ensemble that was the Talking Heads, things don't get any better than ONCE IN A LIFETIME.
|2)||Take Me To The River|
|3)||Once In A Lifetime|
|4)||Burning Down The House|
|5)||This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)|
|6)||Life During Wartime (live)|
|7)||And She Was|
|8)||Road To Nowhere|
|9)||Wild Wild Life|
|10)||Nothing But Flowers|
|11)||Sax And Violins|
|12)||Lifetime Piling Up