Best of Talking Heads: Once in a Lifetime

Best of Talking Heads: Once in a Lifetime

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For the holiday season of 1992 (and a year after they announced their split), the Talking Heads issued the excellent double disc anthology, Popular Favorites 1984-1992: Sand in the Vaseline, which combined rarities, hits, and key album cuts. While America got the double disc set, Europe received a streamlined, single disc collection, The Best Of (Once In A Lifetime). As its title suggests, the fourteen track collection focuses solely on the group's best known tracks, including such classics as "Psycho Killer," their commercial breakthrough cover of Al Green's "Take Me to the River," "Once In A Lifetime," and "Burning Down the House," among others. But the inclusion of a pair of oddities, "Sax and Violins" and "Lifetime Piling Up," will raise a few eyebrows, especially with such a backlog of stronger material that very easily could have fit alongside the renowned hits (namely "Memories Can't Wait," "Crosseyed and Painless," "Swamp," "Girlfriend is Better," etc.). But by and large, for a single disc collection, The Best Of (Once In A Lifetime) accomplishes its goal -- hopefully one day a slightly more expanded version will see a stateside release.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/13/2000
Label: Emd Int'l
UPC: 0077778059325
catalogNumber: 780593
Rank: 19742

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Talking Heads   Primary Artist
Wally Badarou   Synthesizer,Keyboards
David Byrne   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Vocoder
Jerry Harrison   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals
Kirsty MacColl   Background Vocals
Bernie Worrell   Keyboards
Nona Hendryx   Background Vocals
Gordon Grody   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tawatha Agee   Background Vocals
Erin Dickens   Vocals,Background Vocals
Brian Eno   Vocals
Chris Frantz   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Laurie Frink   Trumpet
Earl Gardner   Trumpet
Diva Gray   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lani Groves   Background Vocals
Stan Harrison   Alto Saxophone
Ednah Holt   Background Vocals
Abdou M'Boup   Conga,talking drum
Lynn Mabry   Background Vocals
Johnny Marr   12-string Guitar
Dollette McDonald   Background Vocals
Yves N'Djock   Guitar
Lenny Pickett   Tenor Saxophone,Brass
Steve Scales   Percussion
David Van Tieghem   Percussion
Brice Wassy   Percussion,Shaker,cowbell,Wood Block
Alex Weir   Guitar,Background Vocals
Tina Weymouth   Bass,Synthesizer Bass
Kurt Yahjian   Background Vocals
Andrew Cader   Rubboard
Steve Elfon   Baritone Saxophone
Nino Gioia   Timbales
Jimmy Macdonell   Accordion
Ellen Bernfeld   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Byrne   Arranger,Composer,Cover Photo
Jerry Harrison   Arranger,Composer
Talking Heads   Producer
Tony Bongiovi   Producer
Rhett Davies   Engineer
Brian Eno   Producer
Chris Frantz   Arranger,Composer
Dave Jerden   Engineer
Butch Jones   Engineer
Nick Launay   Producer,Engineer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Richard Manwaring   Engineer
Joel Moss   Engineer
Jack Nuber   Engineer
Lenny Pickett   Horn Arrangements
Johnny Potoker   Engineer
Lance Quinn   Producer
Alex Sadkin   Engineer
Steven Stanley   Engineer
Ed Stasium   Engineer
Eric "ET" Thorngren   Engineer,overdub engineer
Brice Wassy   Contributor
Tina Weymouth   Arranger,Composer
Mark Wolfson   Engineer
Fernando Kral   Engineer,overdub engineer
Frank Olinsky   Art Direction
Kathy Botich   Overdub Assistant
Kathe Duba-Noland   Copy Editing
Melanie West   Engineer

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