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Talking Heads Bootleg Survey PDF Print E-mail
This page contains information about bootleg albums and CD's made of music by Talking Heads and their individual members. Please note that this list is not complete; if you have some information to add, please E-mail me.

The entire bootleg survey, with complete tracklistings and additional info in download-friendly ASCII format, and can be found here.

Only "real" bootlegs (silver CD's and vinyl) are listed in the bootleg survey - no homemade or home-compiled CD-Recordables, live audio cassettes, MP3s or torrents are included here.
 
Some FAQ's about bootlegs 

- About bootleg buying

The bootlegs featured in the Talking Heads bootleg survey were all (illegally) released by bootleg labels. Most of these companies are out of business these days and their bootlegs are very hard to find (as it is prohibited to sell them).

Sometimes people offer bootlegs on auctions sites such as eBay (although eBay's rules forbid sellers to offer such items). Look for descriptions like "rare", "live" and "import" and make sure (ask the seller prior to bidding !) you are bidding on an original CD and not a CD-r copy. Remember that original bootlegs are not for people who look for bargains.

Bootlegs on CD-r are worth next to nothing, so that's what you should pay for them. Fair traders have a policy of never selling bootlegs from their collection, but they're most likely willing to trade bootlegs with you. If you don't care about accurate tracklistings and sound quality, downloading torrents and mp3's is the way to go - there are plenty of sites that haven't been taken down by the authorities yet where you can fairly easy download some excellent Talking Heads live shows.

- Taping policy

Talking Heads never had an official taping policy - it was simply prohibited to record any shows. Look at the bootleg lists that are floating around to see how much impact this had on avid tapers ;-)

Tom Tom Club allows audience taping (no soundboard) and photography. Read Tina Weymouth's statement on the taping/photography policy of Tom Tom Club

David Byrne does not have a taping policy; recording- and photo equipment is prohibited by default and it's up to the personnel of the club to decide wether or not they let you in/remove you/confiscate your equipment. So be carefull.


TALKING HEADS BOOTLEG SURVEY - artwork
 
 

Format: CD (David Byrne) 
Title: A Head Talks Alone
Date: March 24th, 1992
Place: St. Ann & The Holy Trinity, Brooklyn Heights, NY, USA
Quality: *****



Format: CD (David Byrne)
Title: An Acoustic Evening With David Byrne & Richard Thompson
Date: March 24th, 1992
Place: St. Ann & The Holy Trinity, Brooklyn Heights, NY, USA
Quality: ****



Format: LP
Title: Art School
Date: 1978
Place: Agora, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Quality: ***



Format: CD
Title: Big Heads
Date: 1978, 1982, 1981
Place: Amsterdam, Werchter, Dortmund
Quality: *****/****/***



Format: CD
Title: Byrned to a Crisp
Date: July 1980, 1979
Place: Heatwave Festival, Toronto + Boston
Quality: ***



Format: LP (Talking Heads + Tom Tom Club)  (limited edition 200 copies)
Title: Change Meeting
Date: 24 Augustus 1979 (TH) + 9 July 1982
Place: Berkelee Performance Center, Boston MA
(sleeve says Berkeley Performance Center)
+ Jazz Festival Montreux
Quality: *****



Format: 2LP 
Title: Chicken Chack
Date: 20th July 1982
Place: Parco Redecesio, Milan, Italy
Quality: ***/****



Format: LP
Title: Compassion In A Virtue, But...
Date: November 1978
Place: The Roxy, California, USA
Quality: **/***



Format: CD
Title: Complete Gig
Date: 1983
Place: USA
Quality: *****



Format: LP (Talking Heads Meets B-52's)
Title: During Wartime
Date: November 1979
Place: New york
Quality: **



Format: 2LP
Title: Electrically
Date: December 1978 + November 1978
Place: UCLA + The Roxy, California, USA
Quality: *** & **/***



Format: LP [1]
Title: Electrically
Date: December 1978
Place: UCLA 
Quality: **



Format: 2LP
Title: Electricity
Date: 1978
Place: Agora, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Quality: ****, demo's **



Format: CD
Title: Electricity
Date: 1978
Place: Agora, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Quality: ****/*****



Format: 2LP
Title: Emitting Diode
Date: ?
Place: Central Park and Heatwave Festival, Toronto
Quality: ***



Format: 2LP
Title: Eyes Wide Open
Date: Unknown
Place: Toronto Heatwave Festival, Canada
Quality: **



Format: LP
Title: Fear Of Muzak
Date: Unknown
Place: Unknown
Quality: ****/*****



Format: CD (David Byrne & Brian Eno)
Title: Ghosts (Studio outtakes)
Date: 
Place: -
Quality: ****



Format: LP
Title: Gimme Heads! Performances and Demos from a time since forgotten
Date: none
Place: none
Quality: * to ***** (differs per track)



Format: 2CD (David Byrne)
Title: Girls On My Mind
Date: June, 3 - 1994
Place: Theatre Nazionale, Milan, Italy
Quality: *****



Format: CD
Title: Greek Theatre
Date: Sleeve says 1990, but its recorded in 1984 ('Stop Making Sense')
Place: Greek Theatre, L.A., California, USA
Quality: *****



Format: CD 
Title: Heads In Dallas
Date: December 11, 1978
Place: Texas Palladium, Dallas
Quality: ****/*****



Format: LP
Title: Live Heads
Date: 1979
Place: 'Live on their great 1979 tour'
Quality: ?



Format: LP
Title: Live In Seattle
Date: September 8th, 1978
Place: Seattle
Quality: **

 

Format: LP
Title: Live On Tour / The Warner Brothers Music Show
Date: Unknown
Place: Agora, Cleveland, OHIO, USA
Quality: *****



Format: CD 
Title: Live USA 
Date: August 8th, 1979 
Place: Berkelee Performance Center, Boston MA
Quality: ****/*****



Format: CD
Title: Memories Can't Wait (aka. The Live Experience)
Date: August 8th, 1979
Place: Berkelee Performance Center, Boston MA
(sleeve says Berkley Performance Center, Berkley Ca, USA )
Quality: ****/*****



Format: 7" (The Modern Lovers)
Title: Modern Lovers
Date: 1973 (demo's)
Place: -
Quality: ****



Format: CD
Title: Monkey Business
Date: 1983
Place: USA
Quality: *****



Format: CD (10.000 Maniacs with special guest David Byrne)
Title: More unplugged
Date: 1993
Place: New York (MTV Unplugged session)
Quality: *****



Format: LP
Title: My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (Byrne & Eno)
Date: -
Place: -
Quality: *****



Format: CD
Title: Natures Way
Date: 1983
Place: USA
Quality: *****



Format: 2CD (David Byrne)
Title: No Titles Please
Date: 2 oct. 1994 + 4&5 june 1992
Place: Stockholm, Sweden
Quality: ***** + ****/*****



Format: 2LP 
Title: Rare 12" Mixes
Date: studio tracks
Place: -
Quality: *****



Format: CD 
Title: Stop Making Noise
Date: 1983
Place: Recorded live in the USA during the 1983 tour
Quality: *****



Format: LP
Title: Stop Making Sense Part II
Date: December 1983 (Stop making sense-concerts)
Place: The Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, USA
Quality: **



Format: 2CD (David Byrne)
Title: Stop Wearing Suits
Date: February 1998
Place: Europe
Quality: ****

 

Format: LP
Title: Stripes
Date: 1980
Place: Unknown
Quality: **/***



Format: LP
Title: Take Me To Boston (Exclusive Masterseries)
Date: 1977
Place: Boston
Quality: ****



Format: CD
Title: Take Me To Boston
Date: 1977 + 1979
Place: Boston
Quality: ****/***



Format: LP (Clear vinyl)
Title: Talking Heads & Rhythm Section
Date: Unknown
Place: Westfallenhalle, Dortmund, Germany
Quality: ***



Format: 7"
Title: The Psycho Killers / The Secret Lives Of Tina Weymouth
Date: -
Place: -
Quality: **



Format: CD (David Byrne)
Title: This Sensuous World
Date: May 31th, 1994
Place: Hamburg, Germany
Quality: ***** (soundboard recording)



Format: LP
Title: Theatre Mogador
Date: 3 Decembre 1980
Place: Theatre Mogador, Paris, France
Quality: ***



Format: CD
Title: The Big Country
Date: 1979 + 1984
Place: USA
Quality: ****/*****



Format: CD
Title: Unlicensed
Date: August 8th, 1979
Place: Berkelee Performance Center, Boston MA
(sleeve says Berkley Performance Center, Berkley Ca, USA )
Quality: ****/*****



Format: CD (David Byrne)
Title: Unplugged
Date: 1992
Place: unknown
Quality: *****



Format: CD (David Byrne)
Title: Unplugged + More
Date: 13-12-1992 + 1992
Place: San Francisco, California, USA + USA
Quality: **** & *****



Format: LP 
Title: Why Did The Artists Cross The Road ?
Date: March '79
Place: Agora, Cleveland
Quality: *****



Format: 2LP
Title: Workshop Image
Date: 8/28/77
Place: CBGB's New York City, New York, USA
Quality: **/***

 

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