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  • Audio CD (Oct. 30 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002LAR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 6 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)

Product Description

Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the quirky quartet's 1985 album including three bonus tracks: 'Wild Wild Life' (Extended Mix), 'Papa Legba' (Pop Staples Vocals Version) and 'Radio Head' (Tito Larriva Vocal Version). True Stories was the band's seventh studio album and features the hits 'Wild Wild Life', 'People Like Us', 'Love For Sale' and more. EMI. 2009.

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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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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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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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