Talking Heads ‎– Speaking In Tongues

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The Cassette version contained longer versions of five tracks than the LP: "Making Flippy Floppy", "Girlfriend is Better", "Slippery People", "I Get Wild/Wild Gravity", and "Moon Rocks".

CD pressings prior to 1990 (including target CDs) use the LP edits of these songs, while most pressings from 1990-onwards use the full versions. Catalog numbers are identical between these two types of CD releases, and some CD releases of the extended album display the LP edit's timestamps on the back.

Versions (110)

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1-23883, 9 23883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, Win) Sire, Sire 1-23883, 9 23883-1 US 1983 Sell This Version
1-23883, 9 23883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, TP, All) Sire, Sire 1-23883, 9 23883-1 US 1982 Sell This Version
W8-23883 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(8-Trk, Album, Club) Sire W8-23883 US 1983 Sell This Version
9 23883-2 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(CD, Album, Tar) Sire 9 23883-2 US 1983 Sell This Version
9 23883-2 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(CD, Album, Tar) Sire 9 23883-2 US 1983 Sell This Version
92-3883-4 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album) Sire 92-3883-4 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
23883-4 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album) Sire 23883-4 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
92-38834 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album) Sire 92-38834 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
92-3883-4 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album) Sire 92-3883-4 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
9 23883-4 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album) Sire 9 23883-4 France 1983 Sell This Version
92-38834, 92 38834 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album) Sire, Sire 92-38834, 92 38834 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
ZWB 1554 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album) WEA, Warner Bros. Records ZWB 1554 South Africa 1983 Sell This Version
92 3883-4 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album) Sire 92 3883-4 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
23883-4 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album) Sire 23883-4 New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
9 23883-4 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album) Sire 9 23883-4 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
23883-4 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album) Sire 23883-4 US 1983 Sell This Version
W4-23883 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album, Club) Sire W4-23883 US 1983 Sell This Version
W4-23883 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album, Club) Sire W4-23883 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
W4-23883 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album, Club) Sire W4-23883 US 1983 Sell This Version
92-3883-4 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album, Ext) Sire 92-3883-4 UK & Europe 1983 Sell This Version
92-3883-4 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album, Ext) Sire 92-3883-4 UK & Europe 1983 Sell This Version
92-3883-4 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album, Ext) Sire 92-3883-4 UK & Europe 1983 Sell This Version
92-3883-4 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album, Ext) Sire 92-3883-4 Scandinavia 1983 Sell This Version
759 92-3883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire 759 92-3883-1 Portugal 1983 Sell This Version
923883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire, WEA Records 923883-1 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
923883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire 923883-1 Ireland 1983 Sell This Version
92 38831 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire 92 38831 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
P-11324 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire P-11324 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
WBC 1554 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records WBC 1554 South Africa 1983 Sell This Version
92 3883 - 1, LB 923883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire, Sire 92 3883 - 1, LB 923883-1 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
23883, 80611 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire, Sire 23883, 80611 Argentina 1983 Sell This Version
92-3883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire 92-3883-1 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
92-3883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire 92-3883-1 UK & Europe 1983 Sell This Version
92-3883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire 92-3883-1 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
28.075 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 28.075 Brazil 1983 Sell This Version
92-3883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire 92-3883-1 France 1983 Sell This Version
23883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire 23883-1 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
23883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire, WEA 23883-1 Iceland 1983 Sell This Version
92-3883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire 92-3883-1 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
92-3883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire 92-3883-1 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
23883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire 23883-1 New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
92-3883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire 92-3883-1 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
LWB-6186 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Sire LWB-6186 Mexico 1983 Sell This Version
92-3883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire 92-3883-1 UK & Europe 1983 Sell This Version
BAN 923883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire BAN 923883-1 Israel 1983 Sell This Version
23883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire 23883-1 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
92-3883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire 92-3883-1 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
92-3883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire 92-3883-1 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
W1 23883 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire W1 23883 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
W1 23883 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire W1 23883 US 1983 Sell This Version
SRK 23883 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire SRK 23883 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
1-23883, 9 23883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, All) Sire, Sire 1-23883, 9 23883-1 US 1983 Sell This Version
9 23883-1, 1-23883 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, Club) Sire, Sire 9 23883-1, 1-23883 US 1983 Sell This Version
9 W1-23883, W1-23883 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, Club) Sire, Sire 9 W1-23883, W1-23883 US 1983 Sell This Version
9 W1-23883 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, Club) Sire 9 W1-23883 US 1983 Sell This Version
92-3883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, DMM) Sire 92-3883-1 Scandinavia 1983 Sell This Version
92-3883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, DMM) Sire 92-3883-1 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
92-3883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, DMM) Sire 92-3883-1 Austria 1983 Sell This Version
92-3883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, DMM) Sire 92-3883-1 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
92-3883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, DMM) Sire 92-3883-1 UK & Europe 1983 Sell This Version
92-3883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, DMM) Sire 92-3883-1 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
1-23883, 9 23883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, Jac) Sire, Sire 1-23883, 9 23883-1 US 1983 Sell This Version
1-23771 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, Ltd, Cle) Sire 1-23771 US 1983 Sell This Version
92-3771-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, Ltd, Cle) Sire 92-3771-1 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
P-11324 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, Promo) Sire P-11324 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
1-23883, 9 23883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, SRC) Sire, Sire 1-23883, 9 23883-1 US 1983 Sell This Version
1-23883, 9 23883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, Spe) Sire, Sire 1-23883, 9 23883-1 US 1983 Sell This Version
1-23883 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, TP) Sire 1-23883 US 1983 Sell This Version
1-23883, 9 23883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, Win) Sire, Sire 1-23883, 9 23883-1 US 1983 Sell This Version
SRK 23883 Talking Heads Speaking in Tongues(LP, Album, Promo) Sire SRK 23883 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
9 23883-2 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(CD, Album, Tar) Sire 9 23883-2 US 1984 Sell This Version
670.4190 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, RE) Sire 670.4190 Brazil 1988 Sell This Version
9 23883-2 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(CD, Album, Club) Sire 9 23883-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
WPCP-3624 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(CD, Album, RE) Sire WPCP-3624 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
7599-23883-2 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(CD, Album, RE) Sire 7599-23883-2 UK & Europe 1998 Sell This Version
9 23883-2 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(CD, Album, RE) Sire 9 23883-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
WPCR-75155 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(CD, Album, RE) Sire WPCR-75155 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
8122 73344 2 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(CD, Album, RE, RM + DVD-A, Multichannel, 5.1) Sire, Warner Bros. Records, Rhino Records (2), Warner Strategic Marketing 8122 73344 2 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
R2 76453 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Hybrid, DualDisc, Album, RM, Multichannel) Sire, Warner Bros. Records, Rhino Records (2) R2 76453 US 2006 Sell This Version
WPCR-13295 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Sire, Warner Music WPCR-13295 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
none Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(10xFile, FLAC, Album, RM, 24b) Rhino Records (2), Warner Bros. Records none 2011
8122796665 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, RE, 180) Sire, Rhino Records (2) 8122796665 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
R1-23883 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, RE, 180) Rhino Records (2), Sire R1-23883 US 2013 Sell This Version
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9 23883-2 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(CD, Album) Sire 9 23883-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
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9 23883-2 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(CD, Album, Club, RE, ARC) Sire 9 23883-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
9 23883-2 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(CD, Album, PDO) Sire 9 23883-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
7599-23883-2 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(CD, Album, RE) Sire 7599-23883-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
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CD 23883 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(CD, Album, RE, RP) Sire CD 23883 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
7599-23883-2 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(CD, Album, RP) Sire 7599-23883-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
9 23883-2 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(CD, Album, RP) Sire 9 23883-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
JPCD 2003047 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(CD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Talking Heads) JPCD 2003047 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
23883-4 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album) Sire 23883-4 Greece Unknown Sell This Version
W4-23883 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album, Club) Sire W4-23883 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
92-38834 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album, RE) Sire 92-38834 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
9 23883-4, 4-23883 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) Sire, Sire 9 23883-4, 4-23883 US Unknown Sell This Version
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923883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire 923883-1 Ireland Unknown Sell This Version
92-3883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire 92-3883-1 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
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IFRecordings

IFRecordings

April 11, 2019
referencing Speaking In Tongues, LP, Album, 92 38831
I've got a copy from Canada with 92 38831 on the spine, but with a different 'stamp'. It has no pressing code ('Q'), above the A and B it says 238831 instead of 92 38831 and the other information is different. Is it a variation of this release or can I add it as a different version? Can't find this release on Discogs.
achtungcmd

achtungcmd

March 29, 2019
referencing Speaking In Tongues, LP, Album, RE, 180, R1-23883
Burning Down the House has a ton of skipping. It seems to be the most messed up track; others sounded mostly fine. Very irritating considering it is one of the best tracks on the album.
nickster66

nickster66

March 5, 2019
referencing Speaking In Tongues, LP, Album, Club, 9 23883-1, 1-23883

My edition indicates "Club." How does one buy a club edition? I bought mine at Tower Records. Do they carry club editions in their racks? What does Club mean anyway?
sam.r.smith

sam.r.smith

January 28, 2019
referencing Speaking In Tongues, LP, Album, Win, 1-23883, 9 23883-1
Much better than the Rhino pressing. Do yourself a favor and find a vintage copy.
sam.r.smith

sam.r.smith

January 11, 2019
edited 4 months ago
referencing Speaking In Tongues, LP, Album, RE, 180, R1-23883
I wish I'd read the reviews before purchasing this album. There is a lot of skipping during "Burning Down The House." This is my first listen, and so far it seems to be isolated to that track. This seems to be a common manufacturing defect. Otherwise, the album is quiet and sounds great. It's a real shame.

Edit: a single skip during "Slippery People" and several skips during "I Get Wild/Wild Gravity." Pretty pissed about this.
technics11

technics11

December 5, 2018
referencing Speaking In Tongues, LP, Album, RE, 180, R1-23883
This reissue plays flawlessly and is dead quiet. Whenever people complain about skipping I'm always very suspect of a poor quality turntable or at least an incorrectly set up turntable. If you're tonearm is tracking at the correct force and antiskating is set accordingly you shouldn't have a single skip. I've never had a single record skip, old or new, on either of my Technics TT which both have anti skating and I've checked the tracking force with a stylus scale. My feeling is that people bash pressings when it's really their turntable. Pressing issues are more likely to be non-fills and surface noise from manufacturing that could be cleaned.
hipnotik_i

hipnotik_i

November 3, 2018
referencing Speaking In Tongues, LP, Album, Ltd, Cle, 1-23771
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.
streetmouse

streetmouse

October 15, 2018
referencing Speaking In Tongues, LP, Album, Win, 1-23883, 9 23883-1

There’s much to say about Speaking In Tongues, an album that evolved and had been refined from the Talking Heads’ beginnings, a step away from the burned out new wave synth machine, and more toward the avant garde aspects David Byrne was so inspired by. David went on to say, “We felt it was possible to work within a kind of pop song format and kind of do what you wanted as long as you stayed within that format. And having a love of pop music, we felt that occasionally something we did kind of by accident would connect to a larger public and other things would not.”

Of course all that was true for the moment, as in the near future, Byrne would go on to break up the band, shrug his avant garde sensibilities and step through the door of world music, which was a mistake of the highest magnitude, ‘less of course you’re a fan of that early Sunday morning style of public radio music that’s played in the background, requiring no thought, no inspiration and no exploration of the conceptual nature.

With a heavy R&B vibe that was laced with soul overtones, the album opens with the hit single “Burning Down The House,” a visual as well as a musical manifestation, all due to the expanded lineup of session players who would eventually work their way into live shows in a very bouncy Funkadelic (ah-la Parliament) manner, which would increase the sonic nature of the entire album, filling it with unexpected grooves and a presentation that at the time was impossible to ignore.

That being said, it’s easy to hear the control Byrne was taking, secreting himself away with producer Brian Eno, to the point where the other band members felt marginalized and leading to the attributes that would become the Tom Tom Club. All and all the album is very frank in its nature, filled with an air of cool detachment, yet in the same breath, it was experimental and joyous with deeply consider lyrics, especially if one hovers over the number “This Must Be The Place,” which turns out to be perhaps one of the most pointed, if not pained visions of relationships in the modern age.

There was something about Speaking In Tongues that made it absolutely undefinable, especially when one considers the iconic translucent album and cover artist Robert Rauschenberg was charged with creating, one that came with a hefty price tag for listeners (though I never manage to get one of the 1000 deluxe editions signed by both Rauschenberg and Byrne), serious frustration with opening the package without breaking it, supporting the nature of the record with the attitude that the music existed beyond space, that it merely needed to be held to be appreciated.

At the same time, the album is deep, evolving, charming, goofy, new age, and heavily reliant on aspects of American blues and R&B singles from the mid 60’s. Speaking In Tongues was a deeply crafted affair, and while the songs were great at the time, very few of them have been able to hold up of the years for me. The record is a sort of encrypted message in a bottle that I continually return to, attempting to sort it all out, make sense of it, compartmentalize it, yet all and all, it eludes me, relegating me to hearing it as a cohesive unit, where the lyrics and the music meld together as one, nearly indistinguishable from each other. Though … that relationship I talked about earlier on the song “This Must Be The Place”? Perhaps that relationship regarded not an actual interpersonal relationship between two individuals, or even that of David Byrne and the other band members, but rather the relationship the Talking Heads had with their fans.

Regardless, it’s a not to be missed lively affair.

*** The Fun Facts: Regarding the album title, a person who has what is known as “the gift of tongues” or the ability to speak in tongues, often unbeknownst to them and unrecognizable to others, usually occurs in the midst of religious ecstasy, trance, or delirium. Experts call this phenomenon glossolalia, a Greek compound of the words glossa, meaning “tongue” or “language,” and lalein, meaning “to talk.”

Review by Jenell Kesler
a.m.glad

a.m.glad

October 4, 2018
edited 4 months ago
referencing Speaking In Tongues, LP, Album, RE, 180, R1-23883

Side A is perfect but Side B skips an absurd amount of times. Hoping it's just my rinky dink record player and not consistent with other owners of this press.

EDIT (12/27/18): It was indeed my record player. I've since upgraded, and can confidently say this is a flawless repress. However, if you have a cheap, spring loaded tonearm, it will most likely skip.
evilmainer

evilmainer

October 3, 2018
edited 7 months ago
referencing Speaking In Tongues, LP, Album, Spe, 1-23883, 9 23883-1

Brimming with diversity I hear music from Island, new wave, punk, funk and rock genre’s and sometimes in one song. And the lyrics, wow. It’s no surprise to me now why as a young kid I associated this music with intellectual, independent if not nerdy kids I grew up. These tunes really challenge the mind.