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True Stories

Talking Heads Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1. Love For Sale
2. Puzzlin' Evidence
3. Hey Now
4. Papa Legba
5. Wild Wild Life
6. Radio Head
7. Dream Operator
8. People Like Us
9. City Of Dreams
10. Wild Wild Life (Extended Mix)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Far too under-rated... May 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have no idea why this album gets dismissed as "rubbish" by many Talking Heads fans and David Byrne himself. It's not that bad. You've got the hits "Love For Sale" and "Wild Wild Life" which are good songs but there is so much better to be found on here. "Papa Legba" has some neat percussion. "People Like Us" is a good song but it's even better in the movie 'True Stories' (which i recommened you check out) where John Goodman sings it! "Dream Operator" has to be one of the most beautiful songs the Talking Heads have ever written and it's probably my favorite on the album. The only song I never really cared for is "Hey Now". One last thing I have to say is when a band like Radiohead names themselves after one of the songs off this album, it can't be all that bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Stories Soundtrack Feb. 20 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
One of my all-time favorite albums. I bought the LP twice...I played it so much, I wore it out. The movie is great. A Texas version of Best in Show or Mighty Wind. But the music will definitely move you. You won't be able to sit still. You'll have to sing every word out loud--very loud! It drives you to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Stories is the best album ever made! Nov. 28 2003
Format:Audio CD
David Byrne's inspiring artistic lyrics are full of raw emotion. His lyrics range from being upbeat and uplifting to melancholy and bittersweet. Wild, Wild Life; City of Dreams; People Like Us; Radio Head and Puzzlin' Evidence are very notable songs, but the greatest song ever written, composed and sang is on this cd, Dream Operator. Dream Operator is the most beautiful song, a combination of stunning instrumentals which flow like water and David Byrne's rich voice, which has perfect pitch and great range. Byrne's voice ranges from a sweet sounding soprano to a deep baritone. True Stories is the best compiliation of Talking Heads songs, even better than Sand in the Vaseline, which had a serious lack of Dream Operator.
This albums deserves six stars on a five star scale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Talking Heads' most moving, uplifting album Oct. 16 2003
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This album, made in conjunction with the filming of David Byrnes' underrated film True Stories, is absolutely amazing from start to finish. This may not be the Talking Heads' best album, but it doesn't fall short by much, and it definitely features a few of the band's most touching and emotionally moving songs. It is both unfortunate and bewildering that this album is looked at as something of a negative chapter in the band's history. A medley group of performers (including John Goodman) sang these songs in the film True Stories, and I understand that David Byrne really wanted to release a soundtrack of the movie player's recordings (which he did) but was also talked into recording the songs himself alongside his then-fracturing Talking Heads band members.
Wild Wild Life is the best known song from this album, as both the song and the video got plenty of air time (and you get both the original version and an excellent extended remix here); Love For Sale also met with some success as a single release. I'm here to tell you these are not even the best songs on this album. Puzzlin' Evidence, Hey Now, and Papa Legba are great but uninspired, but the second half of the album is incredible. Radio Head is the Talking Heads at their eccentric, fast-paced best. People Like Us, sporting a country-type sound, is more laid-back but no less compelling; it is a true song of empowerment and a virtual theme song for "normal" people who only want someone to love. City of Dreams is a touching concluding song that reinforces all the good feelings inspired by both the album and the movie, but even this poignant piece pales in comparison to the almost indescribably good Dream Operator.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Talking Heads' most moving, uplifting album Oct. 16 2003
By Daniel Jolley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album, made in conjunction with the filming of David Byrnes' underrated film True Stories, is absolutely amazing from start to finish. This may not be the Talking Heads' best album, but it doesn't fall short by much, and it definitely features a few of the band's most touching and emotionally moving songs. It is both unfortunate and bewildering that this album is looked at as something of a negative chapter in the band's history. A medley group of performers (including John Goodman) sang these songs in the film True Stories, and I understand that David Byrne really wanted to release a soundtrack of the movie player's recordings but was talked into recording the songs himself alongside his then-fracturing Talking Heads band members.

Wild Wild Life is the best known song from this album, as both the song and the video got plenty of air time (and you get both the original version and an excellent extended remix here); Love For Sale also met with some success as a single release. I'm here to tell you these are not even the best songs on this album. Puzzlin' Evidence, Hey Now, and Papa Legba are great but uninspired, but the second half of the album is incredible. Radio Head is the Talking Heads at their eccentric, fast-paced best. People Like Us, sporting a country-type sound, is more laid-back but no less compelling; it is a true song of empowerment and a virtual theme song for "normal" people who only want someone to love. City of Dreams is a touching concluding song that reinforces all the good feelings inspired by both the album and the movie, but even this poignant piece pales in comparison to the almost indescribably good Dream Operator. The Talking Heads aren't really known for songs of a soft, tender nature, but Dream Operator is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.

Put all of these tracks together, mixing a number of different styles in the uniquely David Byrne-inspired way, and you have what I consider one of the best albums of the 1980s. This album never fails to make me feel better and, more importantly, to feel better about myself. This is an album for the average man or woman going about his/her life, wanting nothing more than to be loved and find contentment in his/her own heart. It may be more pop-oriented than earlier, vintage Talking Heads albums, but True Stories remains one of the best CDs in my collection.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Far too under-rated... May 19 2004
By Barbara Streisands Love Slave - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have no idea why this album gets dismissed as "rubbish" by many Talking Heads fans and David Byrne himself. It's not that bad. You've got the hits "Love For Sale" and "Wild Wild Life" which are good songs but there is so much better to be found on here. "Papa Legba" has some neat percussion. "People Like Us" is a good song but it's even better in the movie 'True Stories' (which i recommened you check out) where John Goodman sings it! "Dream Operator" has to be one of the most beautiful songs the Talking Heads have ever written and it's probably my favorite on the album. The only song I never really cared for is "Hey Now". One last thing I have to say is when a band like Radiohead names themselves after one of the songs off this album, it can't be all that bad.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Stories Soundtrack Feb. 20 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
One of my all-time favorite albums. I bought the LP twice...I played it so much, I wore it out. The movie is great. A Texas version of Best in Show or Mighty Wind. But the music will definitely move you. You won't be able to sit still. You'll have to sing every word out loud--very loud! It drives you to it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream Operator is my favorite pop song! Feb. 5 2006
By Courtney M. Brady - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I had no idea that this was considered a bad album. This is my favorite Talking Heads album. I like all of the songs on it, but especially Dream Operator. It is extremely beautiful and it is my favorite pop song of all time. I have great memories of watching the movie with my dad as a child. I loved the movie so much that my dad gave me his soundtrack tape. Well, I have long since worn it out and am ready to buy it on CD!
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4.0 out of 5 stars To add to the confusion Aug. 7 2002
By Barry Gilbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Actually there were THREE albums that came out.
-The Talking Heads album, True Stories
-Sounds from True Stories, with music from Carl Finch and others.
and finally, the really obscure album
-The actual music from True Stories including Pops Staples singing Papa Legba.
I'd love to get ahold of this if anyone knows how and where.
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