March 11, 2015 – 12:53 pm

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San Francisco 1978 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Boarding House, San Francisco, CA; September 16, 1978. Very good Pre-FM.

Here’s a relatively early Talking Heads show that’s a must-have for the fans.

Thanks to Elprez00 for sharing the tracks at Dime.

Elprez00 noted:

Great recording, fantastic show, and high energy from Byrne. TH ‘77 and More Songs About Buildings and Food are my favorite albums, and this is a show that puts some of the best songs from both on display! The entire show is good, but the portion of the show from Drugs through No Compassion is HOT HOT HOT!!!! If you don’t have this - GET IT!

Thanks also to mortimer1961 for the artwork.

KSAN reels 633A, 633B, 633C
Reel playback: Revox A-77 (15ips) > Panasoic SV-250 DAT (internal A/D)
Plyback: Panasonic 3800 > Apple G4 (Peak editing, sample rate conversion) > Xact prep

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Big Country 5:19 (8.9MB)
Track 02. Warning Sign 4:30 (7.6MB)
Track 03. The Book I Read 5:22 (9.0MB)
Track 04. Stay Hungry 3:07 (5.2MB)
Track 05. Artists Only 5:10 (8.7MB)
Track 06. The Girls Want to be with the Girls 3:53 (6.5MB)
Track 07. The Good Thing 3:11 (5.3MB)
Track 08. Love/Buildings On Fire 3:34 (6.0MB)
Track 09. Drugs 3:33 (6.0MB)
Track 10. Found A Job 5:08 (8.6MB)
Track 11. New Feeling/Pulled Up 7:09 (12.0MB)
Track 12. Psycho Killer 6:52 (11.5MB)
Track 13. Take Me To the River 5:45 (9.7MB)
14. I’m Not In Love - Omitted *
Track 15. No Compassion 4:55 (8.3MB)
68 mins

* I’m Not In Love can be found on The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads.

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  1. 12 Responses to “TALKING HEADS - SAN FRANCISCO 1978”

  2. I declare this Talking Heads comment area a D####-free zone. Now let’s get on and listen to this music from an exceptionally good band. Thank you.

    By Christopher Maddock on Mar 11, 2015

  3. Fantastic! Thanks Big O
    Ca always have some more Talking Heads early later or in the middle!

    oh yeah, and what Christopher said . . . . . .
    don’t none of all y’all hold your breath mind

    By swappers on Mar 11, 2015

  4. Thank you so much, BIG O! This is incredible… .the sound and the performance. Artists Only has always been one of my all time favest tunes.

    Had the pleasure of seeing them live in concert just 3 times… 1980, 1982 and 1983. I would have loves to have seen their 1978 or 1979 stops here in Atlanta

    By The Russian Assassin on Mar 11, 2015

  5. I saw them in ‘79, still before they amped up to a 10-piece. Their energy as a quartet was fabulous, which this set shows. For those of you who want more, I’ve had this promo LP for decades, and it’s excellent:

    By rick on Mar 11, 2015

  6. Annoying refreshing

    By Timmy on Mar 12, 2015

  7. Remember hearing this while doing college radio. We were into the Heads from day 1 at our station. Thanks so much for posting this, great memories.

    By Vinyl Hampton on Mar 12, 2015

  8. for the 2nd half of 75 and all of 76 til early march 77 they were a 3piece band. first time i ever saw them was where they opened for the ramones at cbgbs around the first day of summer 75. one of the only bands where adding someone improved them. i guess that rnr hall of fame induction is still their last reunion to this day. one of the best shows they ever did in my opinion towards the end of their career was forest hills in queens nyc. but everything from them from 75-83 was great. pity that if the police could reunite they couldnt. havent heard much from tina chris or jerry in 30 yrs. pity on that too.
    shrunken heads was fun. tomtom club was great.

    By darth on Mar 12, 2015

  9. Tom Tom Club is still a viable entity. They still play live, and just put out an EP (Downtown Rockers) last year.

    By Luis Torregrosa on Mar 12, 2015

  10. THANKS, BIG O!

    I saw them in ‘83 in Portland, Maine when I was a teenager. It was the first concert I saw that had lots of people my age and relatively few baby boomers. It still ranks as one of the best nights of my life.

    By Eric (The Other Eric) on Mar 12, 2015

  11. Saw them in ‘77 and again in ‘78. The four piece band show in ‘77 was fantastic. Nothing against the ‘78 show but in ‘77 they were on fire. Great band live. Hopefully they will regroup one more time. I know this is a different time but one more would be fun. Thanks for all the great shows. It’s fun to find shows from bands that I’ve seen on those specific tours. Thanks again. Love live rock. (Not today’s pop crap!)

    By Webwar on Mar 12, 2015

  12. David Byrne was a neighbo(u)r in Greenwich Village when I was teaching at NYU. We got acquainted. He used to park his bicycle and have lunch in a Japanese restaurant at the University Place, close to NYU. We spoke about his concerts in Russia and his photo exhibition in Moscow. (Byrne is an excellent photographer!) But I never asked him about a TH reunion. This topic was a taboo!

    By Alex D on Mar 12, 2015

  13. Alex..thanks for a first hand believable tale !

    By yoga willy on Mar 12, 2015

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