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Talking Heads' last proper studio album before their protracted breakup finds them returning to the dynamic that produced their best work, with inspired results. As swan songs go, Naked proves to be a pretty good one: Alternately serious and playful, it once again allows frontman David Byrne to worry about the government, the environment, and the plight of the working man as it frees up the rest of the band to trade instruments and work with guest musicians. It's closest in spirit to Remain in Light -- arguably too close: The first side is a collection of funky, syncopated, almost danceable tunes; the second, a murky, darkly philosophical rumination on identity and human nature. The major difference is a Latin influence replacing Light's African rhythm experimentation, most evident on the album openers "Blind" and "Mr. Jones," as well as in drummer Chris Frantz's decision to use brushes and softer percussion instruments (as opposed the big beat sound he offered up on Little Creatures and True Stories). With the venerable Steve Lillywhite behind the boards and such luminaries as Johnny Marr, Kirsty MacColl, and Yves N'Djock punctuating the credits, the album sounds technically perfect, but there's little of the loose, live feel the band achieved with former mentor Brian Eno. It's quite a feat to pull of a late-career album as ambitious as Naked, and the Heads do so with style and vitality. But no matter how much the liner notes may boast of free-form invention and boundless creativity, the album's elegiac, airtight tone betrays the sound of four musicians growing tired of the limits they've imposed on one another. ~ Michael Hastings

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1
Blind
00:04:58

Nick Delre, Engineer - Jack Skinner, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - JERRY HARRISON, Piano, Writer - Steve Lillywhite, Producer, Produced by - Fernando Kral, Engineer - Lenny Pickett, Saxophone - Stan Harrison, Saxophone - David Byrne, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Guitarra - Chris Frantz, Drums, Writer - Tina Weymouth, Writer, Bass - Talking Heads, Producer, Produced by, MainArtist - Earl Gardner, Trumpet - Wally Badarou, Keyboards - Mark Wallis, Mixer, Engineer & Mixer - Yves N'Djock, Guitar, Guitarra - Steve Elfon, Saxophone - Robyn Eubanks, Trombone, Sackbut - Abdou M'boup, Bells, Drums, Congas - Richard Manwaring, Engineer, Recorder, Recording Engineer - Jean-Loup Morette, Engineer, Assistant - Laurie Frink, Trumpet

2006 Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Parlophone Records Ltd 2006 Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to EMI Records Ltd

2
Mr. Jones
00:04:19

Nick Delre, Engineer - Jack Skinner, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - JERRY HARRISON, Keyboards, Writer - JAMES FARBER, Mixer, Engineer & Mixer - Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Fernando Kral, Engineer - David Byrne, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Chris Frantz, Drums, Writer - Tina Weymouth, Keyboards, Writer, Bass - Talking Heads, Producer, MainArtist - Mory Kante, Guitar - Manolo Badrena, Bells, Percussion, Congas, Shaker - Abdou M'boup, Bells, Congas - Richard Manwaring, Engineer, Recorder - Jean-Loup Morette, Engineer - Charlie Sepulveda, Trumpet - Angel Fernandez, Trumpet, Writer - Mitch Frohman, Saxophone - Al Acosta, Saxophone - Dale Turk, Trombone - Steve Gluzband, Trumpet - Bobby Porcelli, Saxophone - Jose 'Ite' Jerez, Trumpet - Steve Sachs, Saxophone

2006 Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Parlophone Records Ltd 2006 Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to EMI Records Ltd

3
Totally Nude
00:04:11

Nick Delre, Engineer - Jack Skinner, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - JERRY HARRISON, Keyboards, Writer - JAMES FARBER, Mixer, Engineer & Mixer - Steve Lillywhite, Producer, Produced by - Fernando Kral, Engineer - David Byrne, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Guitarra - Chris Frantz, Drums, Writer - Tina Weymouth, Writer, Bass - Talking Heads, Producer, Produced by, MainArtist - Yves N'Djock, Guitar, Guitarra - Abdou M'boup, Percussion - Richard Manwaring, Engineer, Recorder, Recording Engineer - Jean-Loup Morette, Engineer, Assistant - Eric Weisberg, Guitar - Philippe Servain, Accordion

2006 Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Parlophone Records Ltd 2006 Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to EMI Records Ltd

4
Ruby Dear
00:03:50

Johnny Marr, Guitar - Nick Delre, Engineer - Jack Skinner, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - JERRY HARRISON, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Fernando Kral, Engineer - David Byrne, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Chris Frantz, Drums, Writer - Tina Weymouth, Writer, Bass - Talking Heads, Producer, MainArtist - Brice Wassy, Percussion, Shaker - Mark Wallis, Mixer, Engineer & Mixer - Richard Manwaring, Engineer, Recorder - Jean-Loup Morette, Engineer - Moussa Cissokho, Drums, Percussion

2006 Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Parlophone Records Ltd 2006 Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to EMI Records Ltd

5
(Nothing But) Flowers
00:05:35

Johnny Marr, Guitar - Nick Delre, Engineer - Jack Skinner, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - JERRY HARRISON, Hammond Organ, Writer - JAMES FARBER, Engineer - Steve Lillywhite, Producer, Produced by - Fernando Kral, Engineer - KIRSTY MACCOLL, Vocals - David Byrne, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Guitarra - Chris Frantz, Drums, Writer - Tina Weymouth, Vocals, Writer, Bass - Talking Heads, Producer, Produced by, MainArtist - Brice Wassy, Shaker - Mark Wallis, Engineer - Yves N'Djock, Guitar, Guitarra - Abdou M'boup, Congas - Richard Manwaring, Engineer - Jean-Loup Morette, Engineer - N-Jock, Writer

2006 Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Parlophone Records Ltd 2006 Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to EMI Records Ltd

6
Democratic Circus
00:05:03

Sydney Thiam, Congas - Nick Delre, Engineer - Jack Skinner, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - JERRY HARRISON, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - JAMES FARBER, Mixer, Engineer & Mixer - Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Fernando Kral, Engineer - David Byrne, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Chris Frantz, Drums, Writer - Tina Weymouth, Vocals, Writer, Bass - Talking Heads, Producer, MainArtist - Richard Manwaring, Engineer, Recorder - Jean-Loup Morette, Engineer - Eric Weisberg, Guitar

2006 Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Parlophone Records Ltd 2006 Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to EMI Records Ltd

7
Facts of Life
00:06:27

Nick Delre, Engineer - Jack Skinner, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - JERRY HARRISON, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - JAMES FARBER, Mixer, Engineer & Mixer - Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Fernando Kral, Engineer - David Byrne, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Chris Frantz, Drums, Writer - Tina Weymouth, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Bass - Talking Heads, Producer, MainArtist - Brice Wassy, Bells, Percussion - Nino Gioia, Percussion - Wally Badarou, Keyboards - Mory Kante, Guitar - Richard Manwaring, Engineer, Recorder - Jean-Loup Morette, Engineer - Badarou, Writer

2006 Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Parlophone Records Ltd 2006 Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to EMI Records Ltd

8
Mommy Daddy You and I
00:03:58

Johnny Marr, Guitar - Nick Delre, Mixer, Engineer, Engineer & Mixer - Jack Skinner, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - JERRY HARRISON, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Fernando Kral, Engineer - David Byrne, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Chris Frantz, Drums, Writer - Tina Weymouth, Organ, Writer, Bass - Talking Heads, Producer, MainArtist - James Fearnley, Accordion - Manolo Badrena, Percussion - Richard Manwaring, Engineer, Recorder - Jean-Loup Morette, Engineer

2006 Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Parlophone Records Ltd 2006 Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to EMI Records Ltd

9
Big Daddy
00:05:38

Nick Delre, Engineer - Jack Skinner, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - JERRY HARRISON, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Shaker - JAMES FARBER, Mixer, Engineer & Mixer - Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Fernando Kral, Engineer - Lenny Pickett, Saxophone - Stan Harrison, Saxophone - David Byrne, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Chris Frantz, Drums, Writer - Tina Weymouth, Writer, Bass - Talking Heads, Producer, MainArtist - Earl Gardner, Flugelhorn, Trumpet - Brice Wassy, Bells, Percussion, Tambourine - Steve Elfon, Saxophone - Robyn Eubanks, Trombone - Richard Manwaring, Engineer, Recorder - Jean-Loup Morette, Engineer - Laurie Frink, Trumpet

2006 Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Parlophone Records Ltd 2006 Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to EMI Records Ltd

10
Bill
00:03:22

Sydney Thiam, Percussion - Nick Delre, Engineer - Jack Skinner, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - JERRY HARRISON, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Writer - Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Fernando Kral, Engineer - KIRSTY MACCOLL, Vocals - David Byrne, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Writer - Chris Frantz, Drums, Keyboards, Writer - Tina Weymouth, Keyboards, Piano, Writer, Bass - Talking Heads, Producer, MainArtist - Alex Haas, Whistle - Mark Wallis, Mixer, Engineer & Mixer - Richard Manwaring, Engineer, Recorder - Jean-Loup Morette, Engineer - Eric Weisberg, Guitar - Arthur Russell, Cello

2006 Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Parlophone Records Ltd 2006 Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to EMI Records Ltd

11
Cool Water
00:05:22

Phil Bodner, Cor Anglais - Johnny Marr, Guitar - Nick Delre, Engineer - Jack Skinner, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - JERRY HARRISON, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Fernando Kral, Mixer, Engineer, Engineer & Mixer - David Byrne, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Chris Frantz, Drums, Writer - Tina Weymouth, Writer, Bass - Talking Heads, Producer, MainArtist - Richard Manwaring, Engineer, Recorder - Jean-Loup Morette, Engineer

2006 Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Parlophone Records Ltd 2006 Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to EMI Records Ltd

12
Sax and Violins (2005 Remaster)
00:05:17

KEVIN KILLEN, Mixer - JERRY HARRISON, Writer - Steve Lillywhite, Producer, Produced by - Fernando Kral, Engineer - David Byrne, Writer - Chris Frantz, Writer - Tina Weymouth, Writer - Talking Heads, Producer, Produced by, MainArtist - Richard Manwaring, Engineer, Recorder, Recording Engineer

2006 Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Parlophone Records Ltd 2006 Digital Remaster (P) 2006 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Talking Heads Tours Inc under exclusive licence to EMI Records Ltd

Album Description

Talking Heads' last proper studio album before their protracted breakup finds them returning to the dynamic that produced their best work, with inspired results. As swan songs go, Naked proves to be a pretty good one: Alternately serious and playful, it once again allows frontman David Byrne to worry about the government, the environment, and the plight of the working man as it frees up the rest of the band to trade instruments and work with guest musicians. It's closest in spirit to Remain in Light -- arguably too close: The first side is a collection of funky, syncopated, almost danceable tunes; the second, a murky, darkly philosophical rumination on identity and human nature. The major difference is a Latin influence replacing Light's African rhythm experimentation, most evident on the album openers "Blind" and "Mr. Jones," as well as in drummer Chris Frantz's decision to use brushes and softer percussion instruments (as opposed the big beat sound he offered up on Little Creatures and True Stories). With the venerable Steve Lillywhite behind the boards and such luminaries as Johnny Marr, Kirsty MacColl, and Yves N'Djock punctuating the credits, the album sounds technically perfect, but there's little of the loose, live feel the band achieved with former mentor Brian Eno. It's quite a feat to pull of a late-career album as ambitious as Naked, and the Heads do so with style and vitality. But no matter how much the liner notes may boast of free-form invention and boundless creativity, the album's elegiac, airtight tone betrays the sound of four musicians growing tired of the limits they've imposed on one another. ~ Michael Hastings

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