TALKING HEADS - AMSTERDAM 1980

February 2, 2016 – 4:39 am

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TALKING HEADS
Amsterdam 1980 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Jaap Eden Hall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; December 11, 1980. Excellent audio (soundboard and audience matrix).

Thanks to Hans Devente for the source files; and to nfagdtrfb for this matrix and for sharing the show at Dime.

nfagdtrfb noted:

I originally circulated 16bit SBD and 16bit AUD from Hans summer 2012 transfers from his Nak Dragon. My edits/mastering of those are what ended up here on Dime and elsewhere. Hans had made those available as raw 16bit transfers. Hans generally uploaded two big unedited files, one for each cassette tape side. The versions I posted were mastered and dithered from Hans 16bit raw transfers.

Later after his Dragon died, Hans got another Nak (CR model?) and re-posted new 24bit transfers on his blog. That was very shortly before his blogs all disappeared (again). I managed to grab all the 24bit transfers and save them. To my knowledge, no one took those 24bit versions and circulated anything from them, except for me, I did the Tilburg 78 and Torhout 79. I had offered to send the new Eden Hall raw files around to anyone who wanted to try the matrix, but got no takers.

For this matrix, I took those newer 24bit raw transfers from Hans’ blog and made this new matrix version from those, so I did not use anything  from the previous 16bit versions. This is all new and sourced from the 24bit files.

nobody, Dime (2013):

I just blasted this whole set at top volume in here… THIS IS THE TORRENT OF THE YEAR SO FAR!!!!! “The Great Curve” almost caused me to fly through the ceiling and I’m not even high. The back-to-front depth of this matrix is unbelievable, you can hear every single nuance of everybody’s contribution. You hear Dolette McDonald and Steve Scales so clearly here… I dare say this rivals CD2 of TNotBiTH, a bold statement surely, but for a non-multi-track recording where it’s just a stereo rendering and a mono SBD integrated together, it’s utterly stunning and so, so powerful. This is not always easy to achieve with such a large ensemble as this band on this tour, but achieve it you have. As someone who has done matrixes before and knows what a task it truly is, I say BRAVO!!! and thank you again.

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Lineage:
Source tapes kindly provided from the collection of Hans Devente:
Lo-gen mono soundboard, and Hans master cassette audience recording.
Cassettes > Nakamichi deck > Audacity > WAV 2496 > FLAC 2496 by Hans.
Matrix: FLAC > Wavelab 2496 > R8Brain > CD-Wave > TLH > FLAC 1644.
Matrix mix is approximately 60% Soundboard and 40% Audience source.
Psycho Killer fades in, first 13 seconds is Audience source only.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Psycho Killer 5:44 (9.6MB)
Track 102. Warning Sign 6:07 (10.3MB)
Track 103. Stay Hungry 4:02 (6.8MB)
Track 104. Cities 5:26 (9.1MB)
Track 105. band intros 1:19 (2.2MB)
Track 106. I Zimbra 4:41 (7.9MB)
Track 107. Drugs 5:20 (9.0MB)
Track 108. Once in a Lifetime 6:03 (10.2MB)
Track 109. Animals 4:44 (8.0MB)
44 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Houses in Motion 7:15 (12.2MB)
Track 202. Born Under Punches 8:41 (14.6MB)
Track 203. Crosseyed And Painless 7:21 (12.4MB)
Track 204. Life During Wartime 5:20 (9.0MB)
Track 205. Take Me To the River 6:19 (10.6MB)
Track 206. The Great Curve 7:50 (13.2MB)
43 mins

Lineup:
David Byrne - guitar, vocals
Jerry Harrison - guitar, vocals
Tina Weymouth - bass, vocals
Chris Frantz - drums
Adrian Belew - guitar
Bernie Worrell - keyboards
Dolette McDonald - percussion
Steve Scales - conga
Busta “Cherry” Jones - bass

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  1. 101 Responses to “TALKING HEADS - AMSTERDAM 1980”

  2. Saw them November 5, 1980 at The Stage West, West Hartford, CT and it was a great show. So awesome to get this recording of the tour a month later. With the added musicians the sound of the band became full in concert. Saw them Nov 4, 1979, same location with just the four members, still a great show but a different sound. Both enjoyable, both great memories, Talking Heads live was an event in those days. So glad I got to see them offering two different band setups. This recording has great sound. Thanks as always.

    By Webwar on Feb 2, 2016

  3. Saw the SMS tour in Portland, Maine. One of the best shows that I have ever seen.

    Thank you to everyone who made it possible for me to play this at top volume.

    By Eric (the other Eric) on Feb 2, 2016

  4. Like Webwar, I saw both bands - ‘79 as a quartet, ‘80 as a large group. Yes, both shows were tremendous. Talking Heads do not get the credit they deserve for their live shows. One of the best ever…..

    By Rick on Feb 2, 2016

  5. Adrian Belew is fantastic on this - thank you.

    By tajackson on Feb 2, 2016

  6. Great sounding matrix. Thanks. I would be cautious about comparing the sound quality with The Name Of This Band Is. This is wonderful to have, but the sound has distortion (dB clipping?) not present on the pristine sounding official release.

    By Lightning Popkins on Feb 3, 2016

  7. Best TALKING HEADS line-up EVER ! ADRIAN BELEW RULES !

    By Theo on Feb 3, 2016

  8. I’m sorry, Theo, while he is good, Mr. Adrian Belew, he does not… How you say…. Rule!… I’m sorry, as it seems I am the first to tell you this and set you straight, which you did need, so, you’re welcome.

    Come to me anytime, any of you guys, with any questions or quarrels that may arise. I will help you.
    This is free of charge, BTW….

    By APex on Feb 5, 2016

  9. the reason many official releases sound so pristine are because of overdubs and other studio tinkering,Prefer warts and all when it comes to live shows as only bootlegs can really be trusted, cases in point Thin Lizzies live and dangerous,Stones YA YAS and Led Zeps HTWWW all full of dubs and edits

    By COREY M on Feb 5, 2016

  10. These nuts on your chin are pristine.

    By COREY MORON on Feb 5, 2016

  11. I loves some Adrian Belew-solo, Bowie, Talking Heads, Crimson, or NiN!!! Great post, BigO!!!

    By DanC on Feb 6, 2016

  12. YAWN,boring ,Goober Moron troll cocksucker

    By COREY M on Feb 6, 2016

  13. Know anything about music Faggot

    By COREY M on Feb 6, 2016

  14. I know about these nuts on your chin.

    By COREY MORON on Feb 6, 2016

  15. Yawn, faggot troll

    By COREY M on Feb 6, 2016

  16. Classless asshole cocksucker piece of shit

    By COREY M on Feb 6, 2016

  17. Think you’ll one up me in the verbal war think again minor leaguer ,your keeping this thing going not me once you shut up i will Go pleasure yourself in front of your huge Obama poster

    By COREY M on Feb 6, 2016

  18. Go Fantasize about Barrack giving you the big one while bent over the arm of a chair

    By COREY M on Feb 6, 2016

  19. or better yet go pay a male escort to do you while wearing an Obama mask, getting exited at the thought i bet arnt you.glad i was able to give good advise,hope your a hole dosent get too stretched out ,Relax , grab your knees and it should go right in

    By COREY M on Feb 6, 2016

  20. Sure wish somebody would shut him up, where’s darth when ya need him.

    By Deadwing on Feb 6, 2016

  21. Agree Deadwing ,wish he would shut up then i would,in case you havent noticed, Goober Moron starts this shit lately, go look at recent posts and see for yourself, Make a music comment and that A Hole is right there polluting the post with his totally tasteless comments just to stir up shit. with no regard for others who may see it

    By COREY M on Feb 6, 2016

  22. At least keep the smack isolated to fewer posts but this AHole goes to every post he can with his shit with no regard for others, Example we have lost quite a few music legends lately,out of respect for them and their memories you would think this BOZO would shut up or at least keep his comments out of their posts but not him, his futile need for one upsmanship is the most important thing

    By COREY M on Feb 6, 2016

  23. I’m keeping these nuts isolated on your chin.

    Deadwing- COREY M is darth. These nuts are on his chin when he needs them.

    By COREY MORON on Feb 6, 2016

  24. Sorry deadwing, ive tried

    By COREY M on Feb 6, 2016

  25. Goober you are not very good at talking smack,as for nuts on chins you seem to know a lot about it,sure cum stains are all over your collar as we speak

    By COREY M on Feb 6, 2016

  26. Jim Rome would have already run you from his yearly smackoff

    By COREY M on Feb 6, 2016

  27. Shut the fuck up loser. let you anger over your hero Obama go and let people get back to discussing music

    By COREY M on Feb 6, 2016

  28. People are discussing these nuts on your chin.

    By COREY MORON on Feb 6, 2016

  29. Last word itis Dick head you aint winnin that cocksucker your retorts are lame

    By COREY M on Feb 6, 2016

  30. These nuts on your chin are the last word in nuts on a chin.

    By COREY MORON on Feb 7, 2016

  31. Wipe the load of cum off of your ugly face Goober,go take a bath and leave the smack talk to the ones who do it well. This is a big boy game

    By COREY M on Feb 7, 2016

  32. These nuts are smacking on your chin, big boy.

    By COREY MORON on Feb 7, 2016

  33. Repetitive personafied, nothing new .having a brain freeze in your attempts to come up with new words Goober Fag, same ole blabber , im actually bored ,you are not even a challenge at this point, just like a robot who repeats the same stuff YAWN

    By COREY M on Feb 7, 2016

  34. These nuts are frozen on your chin.

    By COREY MORON on Feb 7, 2016

  35. Your brain is frozen. Go ahead keep on making yourself look worse and worse with each same ole same ole repetitive blabber, BORING YAWN

    By COREY M on Feb 7, 2016

  36. Guess im guilty of feeding the troll in this case myself

    By COREY M on Feb 7, 2016

  37. And ive been accused of being an attention addict ,this Nut takes the cake.He dosent even make valid points about anything important Guess that happens when your IQ is around 25, right Goober?

    By COREY M on Feb 7, 2016

  38. Guess I’m guilty of having these nuts on your chin.

    I’ve been accused of having these nuts on your chin.

    These nuts on your chin make a valid point.

    By COREY MORON on Feb 7, 2016

  39. fuck off both of you you`re ruining a great site.

    By More Corey on Feb 7, 2016

  40. Im with you man, this idiot is the one who wont let it go,he goes from post to post in an attempt to stir up shit because he disagrees with political comments in past posts, Do you have a suggestion to get back on point, He even makes his shitty comments on R.I.P. posts the scumbag.

    By COREY M on Feb 7, 2016

  41. Go to any recent post where i make a comment,regardless of topic and see who starts this shit. Ive explained to the Dickhead that there were others to consider but apparently that dosent matter to him

    By COREY M on Feb 7, 2016

  42. Even others who have disagreed with certain statements have enough class to refrain from this garbage

    By COREY M on Feb 7, 2016

  43. No one’s disagreed that these nuts are on your chin.

    By COREY MORON on Feb 7, 2016

  44. To goober Moran,Dickhead with a .25 IQ, in case you havent noticed others beside me have asked you to shut the fuck up.In past political comments even when disagreements would occur over the number of comments as well as the comments themselves it never got personal and i never resorted to vulgarity and name calling

    By COREY M on Feb 8, 2016

  45. The political comments as excessive as they may have been created a lot of controversy however for the most part a certain level of decorum and goon manners remained intact.The comments were for the most part confined to one or two posts where a political artical may have been attached to a music post

    By COREY M on Feb 8, 2016

  46. To continue to harp on this and bring this behavior to every single post is insulting to a great blog and many people who come here.Personally i can go to toe with you and crush you verbally every time but with the exception of a political article that may trigger a response there is no need, We have lost many great music legends lately and to pollute this site with this vulgar crap especially on RIP posts is disgusting and insults not me because i look at you as an idiot, but the deceased artists and their many fans Go Away your repetitive blabber is dumb and makes you look like a 6th grader with your dumb middle school bathroom humor

    By COREY M on Feb 8, 2016

  47. Big O does NOT deserve this childish bs.
    knock it off and talk music.

    By dropkick sarge on Feb 8, 2016

  48. These nuts are harping on your chin.

    By COREY MORON on Feb 8, 2016

  49. Believe he was talking to you this time sarge, see what i mean about this idiot

    By COREY M on Feb 8, 2016

  50. Ive tried to move on but this Dick Brain wont quit his stupid shit,look at the many recent posts and you tell me who starts this shit every post

    By COREY M on Feb 8, 2016

  51. Very well documented

    By COREY M on Feb 8, 2016

  52. It’s very well documented that these nuts move on your chin, COREY M-darth. You’re the only one I ever talk to, troll.

    By COREY MORON on Feb 8, 2016

  53. No Dickhead you are talking to everyone by your continuing to follow post to post, your Obama infatuation hasnothing to do with with the deaths of Bowie ,Frey,Kantner and others as well as comments about music. Disagree all you want in appropriate posts where toe topic is being discussed but stalking post to post is insulting others that you say you respect as they are as sick of your shit as everyone else someone should take your keyboard and shove it up your already streched asshole pervert fag

    By COREY M on Feb 8, 2016

  54. Cmon lets here the same old tired reply, nothing new im sure pea brain,or you can just go away and show some respect for others

    By COREY M on Feb 8, 2016

  55. Show some respect for these nuts on your chin.

    By COREY MORON on Feb 8, 2016

  56. very imaginative comments ,dont think youve said anything new in your last statements cumbreath

    By COREY M on Feb 8, 2016

  57. Go ahead dickhead keep polluting the blog and ruin it for others

    By COREY M on Feb 8, 2016

  58. These nuts on your chin ruined it for others chins.

    Shut the fuck up and the polluting stops.

    By COREY MORON on Feb 8, 2016

  59. You shut the fuck up Goober,you are the polluter ,Go bend over a chair and take your daily penis Enema ,

    By COREY M on Feb 8, 2016

  60. These nuts are using your chin as their chair.

    By COREY MORON on Feb 8, 2016

  61. you seem to know a lot about nuts, very experienced no doubt like the feel of them bouncing off of your but while getting rammed from behind while receiving your many Ennamas ,

    By COREY M on Feb 9, 2016

  62. Your X rated smack ain’t cutting it cum breath ,very weak.hang it up

    By COREY M on Feb 9, 2016

  63. And show some respect to others who are tired of this bullshit

    By COREY M on Feb 9, 2016

  64. Goober Moron Blog polluter

    By COREY M on Feb 9, 2016

  65. following someone post to post with your very weak vulgar bullshit proves the point

    By COREY M on Feb 9, 2016

  66. These nuts on your chin prove a point.

    By COREY MORON on Feb 9, 2016

  67. No imagination / Blog pollution Ass Hole cocksucker,

    By COREY M on Feb 9, 2016

  68. Keep up the Blog Pollution Goober

    By COREY M on Feb 9, 2016

  69. ?

    By Roger Dodger on Feb 9, 2016

  70. What the hell is wrong with people here? I just started visiting this site at the recommendation of others. While i find the music very good and diverse and informative as well as many of the articles are interesting . What i am sick and tired of is the constant dirty language and insults , it never ends.Other blogs dont have this shit.Im sure everyone is not at fault here as i see many comments that discuss music.These people know who they are and need to stop.It is destroying this blog to have to read this crap on almost every post Please refrain from the vulgar back and forth feuding and stop the insults and let those of us who come here for the right reasons enjoy what is otherwise a great blog Thank you

    By Roger Dodger on Feb 9, 2016

  71. while it was somewhat amusing to watch corey m flail and curse like his alter ego darth once did this bit has pretty much run its course. unfortunately there is no moderator here.

    By barth on Feb 9, 2016

  72. not amusing to anyone else, and not appropriate to this forum. All of the Darth-Barth-whoever BS is the only thing detracting from BigO

    By Dano on Feb 9, 2016

  73. From what ive read both of these people Core M whoever he is as well as Moron whoever he is share the blame for this, havent really read comments from others that seem offensive just those two.As a newcomer dont know the history,just seems like when one of those nuts make a comment the other is there on cue with an insult, really gets old especially the gutter talk.some of us actually have kids that we may want to share this site with

    By Roger Dodger on Feb 9, 2016

  74. Dano & Rog: I guarantee you that the overwhelming majority of us agree 100% with you. Buy no amount of pleading for civility has had any neutralizing effect.

    By Happy Camper on Feb 9, 2016

  75. Happy Camper–Agreed, and it shows what level of respect they have for others here and the site itself.

    The day will come when BigO may call time due to the insults and such and we will all miss out on the great music on offer here. Seen it before, and I fear it will happen again.

    By Crack on Feb 9, 2016

  76. To Roger and the other regulars, It is not now nor ever was my intention to have this whole thing degenerate to the gutter level that it has become. Past political comments and rants in an earlier post were meant to create healthy passionate debates not personal feuds laced with constant back and forth verbal X rated insults. The comments were for the most part limited to one or two posts not every post on this site

    By COREY M on Feb 9, 2016

  77. While i may have been partially responsible for creating the monster that this has become,i have also made efforts to try to move away from it as everyone has and is entitled to their opinions whether it be politics,music or any other topic.Correct me if i am wrong but i dont believe i was the first one to start the x rated insult rants. For the most part even the people who have differed from me on political opinions have been respectful and havent resorted to gutter talk

    By COREY M on Feb 9, 2016

  78. There is one individual who continues to try and keep this going,If you look at any recent comments ive made ,they have been music related not political nor very controversial ,Many have been trying to show respect for recently deceased artists who have passed away.This person then makes his presence known with an insult with the hope that i will feed the frenzy with one of my own. I agree that this has gone too far,someone needs to emphasize that to this other individual as well for the sake and out of respect for others who come to this site

    By COREY M on Feb 9, 2016

  79. someone needs to emphasize these nuts on your chin.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVTmxC_pVqg

    By COREY MORON on Feb 9, 2016

  80. Keep it up Ass Hole if this blog gets shut down its on you

    By COREY M on Feb 9, 2016

  81. Read the comments above,Barth/Camper.Roger/Crack/Dana ecc

    By COREY M on Feb 9, 2016

  82. Maybe thats what you want though Power trip

    By COREY M on Feb 9, 2016

  83. to COREY M aka darth-

    “It is not now nor ever was my intention to have this whole thing degenerate to the gutter level”
    but u did and u didnt stop after being asked to politely by several people.

    “Past political comments and rants in an earlier post were meant to create healthy passionate debates”
    political comments and rants are out of place on a music blog. u were asked politely to stop by several people and didn’t. rants have no place on any comment forum.

    “The comments were for the most part limited to one or two posts”
    no they were not.

    “While i may have been partially responsible”
    *eye roll*

    “i have also made efforts to try to move away from it”
    no u have not.

    “everyone has and is entitled to their opinions whether it be politics,music or any other topic”
    darth said that too… your freedom of speech is limited to the rules and discretion of the web site or blog owner. a moderator may delete any comments or persons for any reason. its not a democracy. bigO chooses not to moderate, which leads to the behavior exhibited by u and your fellow troll.

    “There is one individual who continues to try and keep this going,”
    wrong again darth. there are two people who keep this going. if one stops the other will probably stop. the #1 rule in internet chat forums is… dont feed the troll.

    do not reply to me, Corey-darth. your rants and childish rationalizations of your obnoxious behavior became tiresome a long time ago. u need professional help:
    http://psychcentral.com/disorders/histrionic-personality-disorder-symptoms/

    By barth on Feb 9, 2016

  84. Barth,the bottom line is right or wrong i have moved away from those topics ,the trashy gutter attempts at insults have many times occured following comments that have nothing to do with past political rants and or statements I have tried to move forward and leave this in the past. this other individual is the one who wont let it go Bottom line

    By COREY M on Feb 9, 2016

  85. When a vulgar attempt at an insult occurs following a comment about music and or a recently deceased artists it is not insulting me but the artist as well as the many other fans who visit sites like this

    By CoreyM on Feb 9, 2016

  86. I suppose the old adage never discuss politics or religion is true , as it creates a lynchmob mentality

    By CoreyM on Feb 9, 2016

  87. COREY M- the bottom line is that these nuts are on your chin.

    By COREY MORON on Feb 9, 2016

  88. Yawn, boring

    By CoreyM on Feb 9, 2016

  89. can someone please supply a link to the flac files,i lost my pc in a fire and lost all talking heads masters

    hans

    By hans de vente on Feb 10, 2016

  90. As someone who is new to this blog i dont have a dog in the hunt so all that im left with is what i have seen first hand .This person calling himself Corey M makes a comment related to music or an artist and this person called Moron is pouncing with a vulgar insult which triggers another vulgar response in return Someone has to start the verbal war and from what ive seen it is CM, Regardless of whos right and whos wrong this blog is not the place for these types of comments, Please both of you ,call a truce in your war , if not for each other then for others who come to blogs to download and discuss music

    By Roger Dodger on Feb 10, 2016

  91. correction my mistake ,Moron seems to be the instigator at least from what ive seen and i dont know the history as to what may have triggered this.It just needs to stop.This seems to be one of the best blogs that ive run across lately , a real shame that it has to be dragged down by this kind of stuff

    By Roger Dodger on Feb 10, 2016

  92. everybodys using me!

    By darths keyboard on Feb 10, 2016

  93. Agreed, Moron appears to be the real moron here. Some have tried to justify the moron by asserting that Corey M is really Darth but I disagree - the writing styles are clearly different.

    By MrBill on Feb 10, 2016

  94. “the writing styles are clearly different”

    the behavior is clearly similar. too similar to be a mere coincidence. a troll by any other name would smell as bad. out, damned trolls!

    Roger- this vile behavior was instigated several weeks ago by yon COREY M when he repeatedly made obnoxious uninformed political comments on this music site. several people including myself engaged him and proved his viewpoints wrong. he persisted with his hostile political comments on a music site. several people including myself politely suggested that he should go to the political section of bigO and make his comments. we were ignored. eventually he gave up when no one responded.

    COREY M obviously made an enemy who is now trolling him. neither wants to ignore the troll so they have produced a large amount of profane comments. both trolls know that bigO does not choose to delete comments except for spam.

    again i beseech thee- ignore the troll. a plague on both their houses!

    By barth on Feb 10, 2016

  95. To Corey M,By responding to Moron’s vulgar profanity with even worse vile language in return only feeds the frenzy. My advise to you would be just to let this fool have his say and not respond that way only he and not you would look like an idiot.The way things are now you both look like candidates for a mental ward

    By Roger Dodger on Feb 10, 2016

  96. As someone who has studied politics it is a topic that can trigger very passionate and sometimes angry responses even among the most sensible of people. When opinions are expressed enemies are made which is why i never discuss politics even among those i’m close to.You seem to want to move on from your past comments and become just a guy like most here who want to talk music only,When that guy starts his shit from now on as hard as it is just let it go. Eventually others will tire of him and his behavior ,Just a suggestion

    By Roger Dodger on Feb 10, 2016

  97. The mix on these tracks is incredible, especially with regard to percussion. The band was on fire around this time, obviously.

    By rgruber88 on Feb 13, 2016

  98. If anyone could provide a link to a lossless version of this Talking Heads show, say at uploaded.net or somewhere similar, well, that would just be terrific and kind!

    please and sicerely

    HF

    By Huckleberry Finial on Jan 28, 2017

  99. Are you proud of all your gay sex references and threats on this page cory? Its odd how similar your insults are to those of Harry Reems…oh wait that’s you as well

    By Walter White on Jan 28, 2017

  100. Great show by the way, thanks big o

    By Walter White on Jan 28, 2017

  101. This is a really great sounding show thank you big o!

    By Zanter on Jan 28, 2017

  102. This is really really great Zanter, don’t know how I missed this 1, thanks big o

    By Raoul Duke on Jan 29, 2017

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