Sunday, July 21, 2013

more songs about buildings and food

Talking Heads began a collaboration with Brian Eno and began experimenting with new textures for their second helping of new wave ditties about anxiety and detachment.  After the underground sensation of their debut 'Talking Heads '77'the band went to Compass Point Studios at Nassau in the Bahamas to produce their next album with Brian Eno.  The sessions featured David Byrne on vocals, guitars, and synthesized percussion; Chris Frantz on drums and percussion; Jerry Harrison on piano, organ, synthesizer, guitar, and backing vocals; and Tina Weymouth on bass guitar and backing vocals; with Brian Eno adding synthesizers, piano, guitar, percussion, and background singing; and Tina & the Typing Pool providing some backing vocals. 

Their edgy funk sound is filled out with new layers of percussion and with new explorations into reggae, soul, gospel, and country motifs.  Eno reveals:     “The first gospel song I ever really responded to (‘Surrender to his Will’ by Reverend Maceo Woods and The Christian Tabernacle Choir) was one I heard on a distant Southern American radio station whilst in Compass Point, Nassau – working with Talking Heads on the album 'More Songs About Buildings and Food'. Being with them and becoming aware of their musical interests had opened my ears to some kinds of music I hadn’t really been noticing up to that point – including gospel." 

The album was finished in about a month.  Weymouth would later recount:   "When we were making this album I remembered this stupid discussion we had about titles for the last album.  At that time I said, 'What are we gonna call an album that's just about buildings and food?' And Chris said, 'You call it more songs about buildings and food.'"

'More Songs About Buildings and Food' made it to number twenty-nine on the US album chart and number twenty-one in the UK.  The album cover is a mosaic of the band using 529 close-up Polaroid photographs as conceived by Byrne and executed by artist Jimmy De Sana.

"Take Me to the River" broke the band into the US top forty, peaking at number twenty-six.

"Thank You for Sending Me an Angel"  

"Warning Sign"

"Found a Job"

"The Big Country"

'More Songs About Buildings and Food'

full album:

01 "Thank You For Sending Me An Angel" 00:00
02 "With Our Love"  02:11
03 "The Good Thing"  05:42
04 "Warning Sign" 08:45
05 "Girls Want To Be With The Girls"  12:39
06 "Found A Job" 15:17
07 "Artists Only"  20:18
08 "I'm Not In Love"  23:53
09 "Stay Hungry"  28:27
10 "Take Me To The River" 31:07
11 "The Big Country"  36:10
12 "Stay Hungry (1977 Version)"  41:49
13 "I'm Not In Love (Alternate Version)"  45:36
14 "The Big Country (Alternate Version)" 50:54

15 "Thank You For Sending Me An Angel (Country Angel Version)"  55:58

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