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      Talking HeadsSpeaking In Tongues

      Label:Sire – 1-23771
      Format:
      Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Clear
      Country:US
      Released:
      Genre:Electronic, Rock
      Style:Leftfield, Synth-pop, Indie Rock

      Tracklist

      A1Burning Down The House
      PercussionSteve Scales
      SynthesizerWally Badarou
      4:00
      A2Making Flippy Floppy
      GuitarAlex Weir
      ViolinShankar
      4:36
      A3Girlfriend Is Better
      SynthesizerBernie Worrell
      4:25
      A4Slippery People
      Backing VocalsDolette McDonald, Nona Hendryx
      PercussionRaphael Dejesus
      SaxophoneRichard Landry
      3:30
      A5I Get Wild / Wild Gravity4:06
      B1Swamp
      GuitarAlex Weir
      SynthesizerWally Badarou
      5:09
      B2Moon Rocks
      GuitarAlex Weir
      PercussionSteve Scales
      5:04
      B3Pull Up The Roots
      GuitarAlex Weir
      PercussionRaphael Dejesus
      5:08
      B4This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
      PercussionDavid Van Tieghem
      SynthesizerWally Badarou
      4:56
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      Basic tracks recorded at Blank Tapes, NY.
      Final overdubbing and mixing at Compass Point Studios and Sigma Sound, NY.
      Originally Mastered at Sterling Sound, NY.

      Limited edition of 50,000. Clear vinyl.
      The packaging, designed by Robert Rauschenberg, is a transparent plastic case with artwork and credits printed on 3 12" circular transparent collages, one per primary color.

      Canadian import has a sticker on the front cover:
      Imported For Distribution In Canada By WEA Music Of Canada Ltd.

      The full-color source material at the bottom of the images page came from a blog post by David Byrne about the project that can be found here.

      Runouts are etched, except for STERLING, which is stamped.

      Barcode and Other Identifiers

      • Matrix / Runout (Side A, runout, variant 1): 1-1 23771 A SH3 SLM △ 4430 ─?
      • Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout, variant 1): T 23771 B SH4 SLM △ 4430-X ─? 1-1 STERLING
      • Matrix / Runout (Side A, runout, variant 2): 1 23771 A SH3 SLM △ 4430 1-1 -─? STERLING
      • Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout, variant 2): △ 3951-X 1-4 1 23771 B SH4 SLM △ 4430-X · ─? 1-1 STERLING

      Other Versions (5 of 138)View All

      Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
      Speaking In Tongues (LP, Album, Test Pressing, Allied Pressing)Sire, Sire1-23883, 9 23883-1US1982
      Speaking In Tongues (LP, Album, Winchester)Sire, Sire1-23883, 9 23883-1US1983
      Speaking In Tongues (LP, Album)Sire92-3883-1UK & Europe1983
      Speaking In Tongues (LP, Album, Limited Edition, Clear)Sire92-3771-1Europe1983
      Speaking In Tongues (Cassette, Album)Sire23883-4US1983

      Reviews

      TuckCon's profile picture
      TuckCon
      "Everybody, get in line!"

      It's a bit awkward to place on a record shelf since there really isn't a spine, but it's still pretty awesome owning such a strangely packaged album. Legend has it, if you manipulate the collages just right, you can create one giant picture. But it beats me what that's supposed to be. I think it's just cool looking. It is a very Talking Heads way of packaging an album.

      4/5-This is, for me at least, one of the grails of my collection.
      germ007's profile picture
      germ007
      My copy has a couple small clear adhesive dots holding the blue and yellow rings together and one holding the bottom ring to the inside. Was this how they were packaged originally or did someone do this over time? They aren’t that noticeable and I can probably remove them with adhesive remover but don’t want to if it’s original.
      lover_of_loons's profile picture
      lover_of_loons
      Can anyone who has owned this from new provide some details on sound quality? I bought one that had never been opened, and the vinyl is very noisy. I realise that I may have bought one that had been re-sealed, but the vinyl definitely looked unplayed.
      RockWrok's profile picture
      RockWrok
      Exact same thing has happened to my clear vinyl copy ! Vinyl has yellowed and has transparent ring around first track on each side. Played it and it sounds fine still tho.
      Marx-Music's profile picture
      Marx-Music
      I have had mine all these years and it has yellowed as well. I just pulled it off the shelf and it is about the same color as the first picture on discogs. Mine isn't exposed to light and the record has never been played and it is unaffected. It appears to be just the outer case. Still one of the great record jacket designs ever.
      Frachtheini's profile picture
      Frachtheini
      Strange as it seems, my VINYL also changed color after about 33 years, although I kept it in it's case and that wasn't exposed to sunlight (exept when the record was played). The clear vinyl record has now a transparent red ring about the size of the first song - and then it goes back to clear.... (really spooky!)
      hipnotik_i's profile picture
      hipnotik_i
      I can vouch for the yellowing of the outer case for this. I have had mine for years and it has definitely gotten more yellow over time. The record still sounds great though.
      dlukask's profile picture
      dlukask
      I could be wrong, but I think most of these limited editions, being 30 years old, have just turned yellow over time. Having just bought two copies of this (one that is unopened and intact strictly for my collection, one opened and in lesser condition – so I can "play" with it...), I noticed one copy is more yellow than the other. I did some digging and found an interesting article that I think applies to the variance of coloration and brittleness found in this rare record's outer shell...

      http://www.vintagecomputing.com/index.php/archives/189

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      Quoted from Dr. Rudolph D. Deanin, founder of the graduate program in Plastics Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell:

      The plastics most commonly used to make the structural cases for electronic equipment are polypropylene, impact styrene, and ABS," replied Deanin. "These all tend to discolor and embrittle gradually when exposed to UV and/or heat. They become oxidized and develop conjugated unsaturation, which produces color. They crosslink or degrade, which causes brittleness."

      From looking at a stamp on the Super Nintendo's plastic case, I learned that the case is composed of ABS, which is a rugged, durable plastic that is sadly more susceptible to discoloration and degradation from both UV and heat than the alternatives.

      "There are other plastics which would be more stable," Deanin continued, "but manufacturers avoid them because they are more expensive and/or more difficult to process."

      Instead of using more expensive plastics, manufactures put additives known as stabilizers, absorbers, or blockers into the plastic mixture to reduce the effects of degradation. They also get creative with their use of pigmentation.

      "Since most discoloration is toward yellowing, some manufacturers add a little blue to neutralize the yellow," Deanin said. "This gives a temporary reprieve, but eventually the yellow keeps growing and overpowers it anyway."
      Reefer.Sutherland's profile picture
      Reefer.Sutherland
      I believe there are 2 versions of this ltd edition: 1 with a clear plastic case, and 1 with a case that is gold-tinted, like the one pictured with the listing.
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