Once in a Lifetime

Once in a Lifetime

by Talking Heads

CD(Multi-Item Set / Remastered / Includes DVD)


You can't always judge a book -- or a box set -- by its cover, but in the case of this retrospective of the artiest element in New York's first punk generation, it's fairly safe to do so. After all, the odd-sized (16 3/4" x 5 1/4"), uniquely constructed collection -- which looks more like a high-end art book than a set of compact discs -- fits perfectly with the off-kilter aesthetic that David Byrne and company exuded in their time together. Once in a Lifetime cherry-picks the Talking Heads' best-known material, from early churners like "Psycho Killer" to more ornate latter-day favorites like "Nothing but Flowers," but the set also puts more shadowy material into focus. The band's earliest singles, "Love Goes to Building on Fire" and "Uh, Oh Love Comes to Town," are not only aired but, in the case of the latter, presented in an alternate version laced with steel drums. Byrne even went back to the band's embryonic phase to cull the charmingly raw, previously unreleased "Sugar on My Tongue." Diehards will find other compelling cuts tucked away on the three audio discs: An alternate take of "Drugs" spotlights Robert Fripp's angular guitar line, while "A Clean Break," which never made it onto a studio album, is presented in a fast-and-furious concert setting. The collection is rounded out by a DVD version of the Heads' 1988 video collection, Storytelling Giant, expanded from its original issue by three clips, including the hazy "Sax and Violins" (the accompaniment for a song that appeared in Wim Wenders's Until the End of the World). The set's extensive 80-page booklet features commentaries from the band members and others, a detailed time line, and archival photos. There's plenty to free your mind in these grooves, and plenty of incentive for your ass to follow.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/2003
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227393427
catalogNumber: 73934

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Talking Heads   Primary Artist
Wally Badarou   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Jon Hassell   Trumpet
Mory Kanté   Kora
Naná Vasconcelos   Percussion
David Byrne   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Bells,Synthesizer Drums,Group Member
Jerry Harrison   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Marimbas,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Group Member
Kirsty MacColl   Background Vocals
Bernie Worrell   Synthesizer
Robin Eubanks   Trombone
Charlie Sepulveda   Trumpet
Nona Hendryx   Background Vocals
Eric Weissberg   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Gordon Grody   Background Vocals
Lakshminarayana Shankar   Violin
Tawatha Agee   Background Vocals
Manolo Badrena   Conga,Shaker,cowbell,Wood Block
Ellen Bernfield   Background Vocals
Moussa Cissokho   Conga
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Raphael Dejesus   Percussion
Erin Dickens   Background Vocals
Brian Eno   Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Background Vocals
Angel Fernandez   Trumpet
Chris Frantz   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Tambourine,Group Member
Laurie Frink   Trumpet
Robert Fripp   Guitar
Mitch Frohman   Alto Saxophone
Earl Gardner   Trumpet
Diva Gray   Background Vocals
Lani Groves   Background Vocals
Stan Harrison   Alto Saxophone
Richard Landry   Saxophone
Julie Last   Background Vocals
Abdou M'Boup   Conga,cowbell,talking drum
Johnny Marr   12-string Guitar
Tom Morrell   Pedal Steel Guitar
Yves N'Djock   Guitar
Lenny Pickett   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Porcelli   Alto Saxophone
Jose Rossy   Percussion
Steve Sacks   Baritone Saxophone
Steve Scales   Percussion
Sweetbreathes   Background Vocals
Sydney Thiam   Conga
Dale Turk   Bass Trombone
David Van Tieghem   Percussion
Brice Wassy   Shaker,cowbell,Wood Block
Alex Weir   Guitar
Lani Weymouth   Group Member
Laura Weymouth   Group Member
Tina Weymouth   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals,String Bass,Group Member
Gene Wilder   Conga
Acosta   Tenor Saxophone
Andrew Cader   Washboard
Steve Elfon   Baritone Saxophone
Steve Gluzband   Trumpet
Jimmy Macdonell   Accordion
Tommy Camfield   Fiddle
Bert Choir Cross   Background Vocals
Ari Wilder   Conga
Jóse "Ito" Jérez   Trumpet
Kurt Yahijian   Background Vocals
Dolette McDonald   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jon Hassell   Horn Arrangements
David Byrne   Composer,Liner Notes,Concept,Video Producer,Video Director
Green   Composer
Jerry Harrison   Composer,Liner Notes,Concept
Steve Morse   Author
Talking Heads   Producer
Toni Basil   Video Director
Tom Harrison   Author
Joe Barbaria   Engineer
Tony Bongiovi   Producer
Hugh Brown   Creative Supervision
Chris Carroll   Author
John Miller Chernoff   Author
Rhett Davies   Engineer
Brian Eno   Composer,Producer
James Farber   Engineer
Angel Fernandez   Horn Arrangements
Chris Frantz   Composer,Liner Notes,Concept
Michael Gross   Author
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Composer
Dave Jerden   Engineer
Butch Jones   Engineer
Nick Launay   Producer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Richard Manwaring   Engineer
Yves N'Djock   Composer
Jack Nuber   Engineer
Rod O'Brien   Engineer
Gary Peterson   Annotation
Lenny Pickett   Horn Arrangements
Johnny Potoker   Engineer
Lance Quinn   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Alex Sadkin   Engineer
Jay Scott   Author
Ed Stasium   Engineer
Mark Wallis   Engineer
Wim Wenders   Video Director
Tina Weymouth   Composer,Liner Notes,Concept
David Wild   Creative Consultant
Maggie Estep   Liner Notes
Mark Spector   Producer
Neal Teeman   Engineer
Paul Christiansen   Engineer
Russ DeVault   Author
Steve Hirsch   Cinematography
Lance Loud   Author
Anthony DeCurtis   Author
Bruce Pilato   Author
Roy Trakin   Author
Brad Baker   Horn Arrangements
Jim Jarmusch   Video Director
Larry Kelp   Author
Joe Nick Patoski   Author
Fernando Kral   Engineer
Marc Kirkeby   Author
Steven Chean   Editorial Research
Ted Bafaloukos   Video Director
Jim Blashfield   Video Producer,Video Director
Robert Christgau   Author
Anatole Dauman   Video Producer
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson   Video Producer
Alan Lewis Kleinberg   Video Producer
Ira Mayer   Author
Melvin Sokolsky   Video Director
James Wolcott   Author
Jonathan Taplin   Video Producer
Greg Tate   Author
Rabindranath Tagore   Poetry
Hugo Ball   Composer
Wayne Zieve   Composer
Mike McClain   Engineer
Stephen Stanley   Engineer
Tina Silvey   Video Producer
Mikal Gilmore   Author
Tim Scanlin   Liner Note Coordination
Max Bell   Author
Sandy McLeod   Video Producer
Michael Aron   Author
Jacques Attali   Quotes Researched & Compiled
Joe Beirne   Video Producer
Robyn Bensinger   Video Producer
Robert Blau   Author
Aurobindo Bose   translation
Debra Burchett Lee   Author
Jim Czarnecki   Video Producer
Vladimir Dubossarsky   Cover Painting
Mary Gaitskill   Liner Notes
Dick Hebdige   Liner Notes
Annabel Jankel   Video Director
Judy Jarvis   Author
Tibor Kalman   Video Producer,Video Director
Peter Kobel   Author
Roman Kozak   Author
William LAmato   Author
William Leith   Author
Tony Liose   Author
Melissa Marsland   Video Producer
Michael Maslow   Video Producer
Ed McCormack   Author
Bill Melo   Author
Joyce Millman   Author
James Nold   Author
Craig Zeller   Author
Alexander Vinogradov   Cover Painting
Pete Oppel   Author
Michael Owen   Video Producer
Frank Veldkamp   Web Design
Mark Peel   Author
Lynn VanMatre   Author
John Podhoretz   Author
Steve Pond   Author
Carter Ratcliff   Author
Frank Rose   Author
Stefan Sagmeister   Art Direction
Munro Sickafoose   Author
Sylvie Simmons   Author
Ken Tucker   Author
Kyoichi Tsuzuki   Liner Notes
Paul Tassie   Creative Consultant
Amanda Stern   Collage
Tom Carson   Author
Rick Moody   Liner Notes
John Rockwell   Author

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