Upgrade Bonanza: Talking Heads – Cleveland, OH (03/15/79)

talking heads - Cleveland - 1978

Talking Heads
Live at The Agora
Cleveland OH
March 15, 1979

Download: FLAC/MP3

1. The Big Country (6:01)
2. Warning Sign (4:42)
3. Artists Only (5:22)
5. The Good Thing (3:18)
7. New Feeling (4:30)
9. Psycho Killer (7:19)
10. Take Me to the River (6:19)

David Byrne – guitar, vocals
Jerry Harrison – guitar, keyboards
Tina Weymouth – bass
Chris Frantz – drums

Produced and mixed by David Byrne and Ed Stasium


Notes by rednoise Oct. 17, 2005…

This is a transfer of my original radio transcript LP to digital. The record has been played a lot, so there is some surface noise, but it was minimal to begin with and I spent some time carefully cleaning what could be corrected without negatively impacting the music.

LP > WAV > slight cleanup with Adobe Audition > FLAC>MP3

The following tracks have been omitted because they have been officially released on the album “The Name of the Band is the Talking Heads”.

4. The Girls Want to Be with the Girls (3:56)
6. Electricity (3:31)
8. Found a Job (5:35)

Throughout the latter half of 1978 and the early months of 1979, Talking Heads continued to criss-cross their way across Europe and the U.S.A., surprising many audiences with the power of their live shows.

Recognizing that on stage the band tapped into an energy source that their records left unminded, Warner Brothers (Sire’s parent company) taped a Talking Heads show at the Agora in Cleveland on March 15th 1979. Entitled ‘Talking Heads Live On Tour’, the album caught the group on the verge of the sessions for their third album Fear Of Music, and one song, ‘Electricity’, later appeared on that album as ‘Drugs’. The rest of the live album consisted of songs from the first two studio LP’s, charged with an emotional current that belied the often placid sound of the group’s records.

6 thoughts on “Upgrade Bonanza: Talking Heads – Cleveland, OH (03/15/79)

  1. sound quality is excellent, and the whole is much better than the set list might suggest. think I passed on this previously, but that was a mistake. nice one mat

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