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Talking Heads
Fear of Music

  (Item #: talkifearo_1812_1902) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning sounding copy of the Talking Heads' killer third LP with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • I'd be hard-pressed to name another group from the era who put out more groundbreaking yet accessible records than the Talking Heads
  • Producer Brian Eno wasn't shy about adding multiple layers of effects and processing - the texture of Eno's synthesizers gives the music depth and character
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...the music is becoming denser and more driving... with lyrics that match the music's power... its better songs are as good as any Talking Heads ever did."
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Talking Heads
More Songs About Buildings and Food

  (Item #: talkimores_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An unbeatable copy of 'More Songs' with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides, The Talking Head's One True Masterpiece
  • Never before have you heard these songs sound as BIG, BOLD and ALIVE! Take Me to the River rocks like you won't believe
  • Eno produced, Rhett Davies engineered, every track is (psycho) killer - a Must Own from 1978
  • 5 stars: "Brian Eno brought a musical unity that tied the album together, especially in terms of the rhythm section, the sequencing, the pacing, and the mixing."
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White Hot Stamper

Talking Heads
Stop Making Sense

  (Item #: talkistopm_1809_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • Both sides are big, bold and dynamic, with the kind of energy that you rarely find outside the live event
  • ""A bona fide classic," opined Neil Jeffries in a five-star review of the reissue for Empire, "a perfectly measured snapshot of a widely loved and respected band playing at the height of their powers ... No other band could do this. No other music movie soundtrack sounds this good."" Wikipedia
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Super Hot Stamper

Talking Heads
Remain In Light

  (Item #: talkiremai_1902) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • One of the few copies to hit the site in years, this classic has excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We're huge fans of late '70s / early '80s art-rock and new wave music and we'd be hard-pressed to name another act from the era who put out so many good records
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Even without a single, Remain in Light was a hit, indicating that Talking Heads were connecting with an audience ready to follow their musical evolution and the album was so inventive and influential, it was no wonder."
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Talking Heads
True Stories

  (Item #: talkitrues_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER
  • Both sides here are super full-bodied and and Tubey Magical with a solid bottom end and plenty of energy
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Despite its perfunctory nature, however, True Stories is not without its charms... "Dream Operator" is one of the most affecting tunes Talking Heads ever recorded; the closing-credits theme "City of Dreams" is similarly touching." - All Music
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Talking Heads
Fear of Music

  (Item #: talkifearo_1811_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $129.00 (You save $20.99 / 14%)


  • This Talking Heads LP boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • I'd be hard-pressed to name another group from the era who put out more groundbreaking yet accessible records than the Talking Heads
  • Producer Brian Eno wasn't shy about adding multiple layers of effects and processing; the texture of Eno's synthesizers gives the music depth and character
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...the music is becoming denser and more driving... with lyrics that match the music's power... its better songs are as good as any Talking Heads ever did"
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Talking Heads
Talking Heads: 77

  (Item #: talkitalki_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Talking Heads' New Wave Classic Debut with solid Double Plus (A++) sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big, full and lively, as well as correct tonality from top to bottom, this is the right sound for this groundbreaking music
  • This album and specifically this Hot Stamper has the energy and power of live rock and roll, no doubt about it
  • 5 stars and a Top 100 Title: "The music was undeniably catchy, even at its most ominous, especially on 'Psycho Killer,' Byrne's supreme statement of demented purpose. [T]hey had succeeded as artists, using existing elements in an unusual combination to create something new that still managed to be oddly familiar. And that made Talking Heads: 77 a landmark album."
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Talking Heads
Little Creatures

  (Item #: talkilittl_1905) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A Killer Copy with Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - this one has the BIG BEAT sound we love - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • I ask you, what record from 1985 sounds better than Little Creatures?
  • These sides are rockin' on tracks like Stay Up Late, Road To Nowhere, And She Was, Creatures of Love and more
  • Surprisingly big, punchy and open sound for this '85 pop classic - a Top 100 album and longtime Better Records favorite
  • "Ear Candy ...a pop album, and an accomplished one, by a band that knew what it was doing." - 4 1/2 stars
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Super Hot Stamper

Brian Eno & David Byrne
My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

  (Item #: eno__mylif_1803_1904-) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding original pressing with seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and quiet vinyl to boot
  • Spacious, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with a solid bottom end and driving rhythmic energy, this is the sound you want for this brilliant collaboration
  • Rick Wright of Pink Floyd noted that the album "knocked me sideways when I first heard it – full of drum loops, samples and soundscapes. The way the sounds were mixed in was so fresh, it was amazing."
  • 5 Stars: "... a whirlwind 45 minutes of worldbeat/funk-rock ... it's a tremendously prescient record for the future development of music during the 1980s and '90s."
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Talking Heads
More Songs About Buildings and Food

  (Item #: talkimores_1802_1901) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound throughout for More Songs, The Talking Head's One True Masterpiece
  • Both sides here are big and full with plenty of rhythmic energy - Take Me to the River rocks like you won't believe
  • Eno produced, Rhett Davies engineered, every track is (psycho) killer - this is absolutely a Must Own Album from 1978
  • 5 stars: "Brian Eno brought a musical unity that tied the album together, especially in terms of the rhythm section, the sequencing, the pacing, and the mixing."
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1977

The Dan Gets Big, and Killer Debuts from Elvis and The Talking Heads Come Out

  (Item #: 1977) 



1977 turned out to be a great year in music.

Click HERE to see the records currently on the site that were recorded or released in 1977.

And HERE to see the records from 1977 that we've reviewed.


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Brian Eno / David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

Our Shootout Winner from 2007

  (Item #: enobymylif_2007) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

This QUIET Original Sire LP has EXCELLENT SOUND! We just did a mini-shootout for this fun album, and this copy was the clear winner on both sides. It’s got the kind of deep, meaty, well-defined bass that’s absolutely critical to this music. The various instruments and noises have more room to breathe than on the other copies we played. The overall sound is airy, open, and spacious with excellent clarity. The percussion -- a HUGE part of this album -- sounds Right On The Money. You can really hear the sound of the skins!

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Talking Heads - Fear of Music

Our First White Hot Stamper - 2015

  (Item #: talkifearo_2015) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

The Talking Heads and producer Brian Eno certainly weren't shy about adding multiple layers of effects and processing, and the average pressing of this record turns some of the more complicated parts into grainy mush. The material here is darker than the songs on the first two albums, so a copy that lacks any extension up top will have trouble bringing the music to life. The texture of Eno's synthesizers gives the music depth and character, and a copy with smear issues forsakes much of that. It takes a special pressing to make this music really work, but this one really gets it right.

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Talking Heads - Little Creatures

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: talkilittl_2009) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

This Original Sire LP rocks with the best of them. We’re huge fans of this album, and when you hear a copy like this one you’ll know exactly why. Not many records from this era sound as amazingly rich as this one, that’s for sure! This copy boasts the kind of tight, punchy, surprisingly deep note-like bass that absolutely makes or breaks this album. Without the proper bass foundation, this funky beat-crazy Talking Heads album can’t BEGIN to do what it’s trying to do: get your feet tappin’ and your body rockin’ to the music.

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Talking Heads - Little Creatures

I Ask You: What Album from 1985 Has Better Sound?

  (Item #: talkilittl_wtlf) 



We’re huge fans of Little Creatures here at Better Records and we think when you hear one of our Hot Stamper copies you’ll know exactly what we love about it. Not many records from this era sound as amazingly rich as this one, not in our experience anyway. (As I write this there are four Hot Stamper pressings from 1985 on the site, and one of them is Brothers in Arms, hardly anyone's idea of audiophile quality sound I venture to say.)

The recording is simply outstanding -- punchy, smooth & so ANALOG, with an especially beefy bottom end, the kind a good Big Beat Pop Album record needs. (For a mental reference think Get The Knack or Parallel Lines.)

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Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: talkimores_2009) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

THE BEST SIDE ONE WE'VE EVER HEARD -- BAR NONE! I will stop short of awarding it more than three pluses, because the recording certainly has its share of limitations, but never before have we heard these songs sound so BIG, BOLD and ALIVE! Side two is darn good as well, rating a very strong A++. If you thought you'd never hear a truly great pressing of this album, here's the copy that will prove you wrong!

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Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food

What to Listen For

  (Item #: talkimores_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of the album.

With Our Love turned out to be one of our favorite tests for side one. The picking of the rhythmic guitar in the intro told us just about everything we needed to know about smear, veiling and resolution. On most copies the instrument is simply blurry, the notes mashed together. When you've got a copy with its transients intact, resolving properly and clearly right there in front of you, you have the makings of a Hot Stamper side one.

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Talking Heads - Remain In Light

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: talkiremai_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

HOT STAMPERS DISCOVERED AT LAST! We’ve been trying to find a great sounding copy of this album forever, and this is the week we finally succeeded. It takes an exceptional pressing to get all the elements correct -- the funky bottom end; the processed, multi-tracked vocals; the Brian Eno production weirdness and so on.

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Talking Heads - Remain In Light

Rhino Heavy Vinyl Debunked

  (Item #: talkiremai_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing.

The Rhino Heavy Vinyl reissue of this album was Dead On Arrival the minute it hit my turntable. No top, way too much bottom, dramatically less ambience than the average copy -- this one is a disaster on every level.

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Talking Heads - Speaking in Tongues

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: talkispeak_2010) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

White Hot Stampers discovered, hot enough to burn down the house! We just finished a HUGE shootout for the last great Talking Heads album and were as pleased as punch to finally hear a few copies of this album that deliver the same kind of magic that we've been getting on the better pressings of Little Creatures. Most copies of Speaking In Tongues are too flat, dry and veiled to get worked up about, but this one shows you that excellent sound for this album is indeed possible, albeit very difficult to find.

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Talking Heads - Talking Heads: 77

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: talkitalki_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

AMAZING SOUND ON BOTH SIDES of this White Hot Stamper LP. Side two rates A+++ and side one is not far behind at A++ - A+++. This copy murdered the typical pressings in an incredibly enjoyable shootout.We couldn't believe how amazing this album can sound on a top copy. I'd even say that it's a sonic step up from More Songs About Buildings and Food, Fear Of Music and Remain In Light, probably tying with Little Creatures for top Talking Heads honors.

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Talking Heads
The Name of this Band is Talking Heads

  (Item #: talkinameo_1905) 


  • This superb double album boasts Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on all four sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • When the sound is this immediate and three-dimensional, it takes the listener's enjoyment of the music to a whole new level
  • Although most people probably think the only Talking Heads live release is Stop Making Sense, the fact is that there's an earlier, better live album called The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads. Originally released in 1982, the album chronicles the growth of the band, both stylistically and personnel-wise... The excitement of this material is palpable, and the muscular band rips into these tunes with more power than the originals in most cases... arguably one of their finest releases.
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