Real Live Wires is a live album by Talking Heads released on the Smokin’ label.
It was recorded at The Park West, in Chicago, in 1978 while the group were promoting their second album, More Songs About Buildings and Food for a radio broadcast.
There is another version of this recording on the Nova Sales & Distribution (UK) Ltd label called Live Chicago 1978 but feedback from Amazon is that the recording quality is not as good as Real Live Wires.
I think this is one of those live recordings that slips through the copyright laws after 25 years and can be sold legally in Europe. Please correct me if you know the truth.
The two official live albums, The Name Of The Band Is Talking Heads and Stop Making Sense are two of the greatest live albums ever released. It is interesting to hear other material when Talking Heads were such an innovative new wave band in the late 1970s.
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Songs On Talking Heads Real Live Wires
The Big Country – 5:14
Warning Sign – 4:23
The Book I Read – 5:18
Stay Hungry – 3:12
Artists Only – 5:20
The Girls Want to Be with the Girls – 4:06
Don’t Worry About the Government – 2:59
The Good Thing – 3:29
Uh-Oh Love Comes to Town – 2:51
Love-Building on Fire – 2:59
New Feeling – 3:04
Psycho Killer – 6:01
Thank You for Sending Me an Angel – 2:03
Take Me to the River – 5:29
At this stage the group performing was still the original quartet:
David Byrne – lead vocals and guitar
Jerry Harrison – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Tina Weymouth – bass, backing vocals
Chris Frantz – drums, backing vocals
Buying Talking Heads Real Live Wires
There are some comments about the quality of the recording so you may want to listen to the mp3 samples on Amazon.co.uk before you buy.
These links will help you get to the albums quickly and easily but I recommend that you still search for the best deal.
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