Talking Heads ‎– Speaking In Tongues

Rhino Records (2) ‎– R1-23883, Sire ‎– R1-23883
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180 Gram

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Burning Down The House
Percussion – Steve ScalesSynthesizer – Wally Badarou
A2 Making Flippy Floppy
Guitar – Alex WeirViolin – Shankar
A3 Girlfriend Is Better
Synthesizer – Bernie Worrell
A4 Slippery People
Backing Vocals – Dolette McDonald, Nona HendryxPercussion – Raphael DejesusSaxophone – Richard Landry
A5 I Get Wild / Wild Gravity
Percussion – David Van Tieghem, Raphael Dejesus
B1 Swamp
Guitar – Alex WeirSynthesizer – Wally Badarou
B2 Moon Rocks
Guitar – Alex WeirPercussion – Steve Scales
B3 Pull Up The Roots
Guitar – Alex WeirPercussion – Raphael Dejesus
B4 This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
Percussion – David Van TieghemSynthesizer – Wally Badarou

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Lacquers cut from the original analog 2-tracks at Bernie Grundman Mastering.
Replica of the original LP jacket.
Includes a custom inner sleeve.

Basic tracks recorded at Blank Tapes, NY
Final overdubbing and mixing at Compass Point Studios and Sigma Sound, NY
Mastered at Sterling Sound, NY

Sire Records Company, 3300 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505-4694
Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.
© 1983 Sire Records Company & Talking Heads Tours Inc.
℗ 1983 Sire Records Company
Printed In U.S.A. [Jacket]
Made in U.S.A. [Labels]

© 1983 Bleu Disque Music Co./Index Music, Inc. ASCAP
All rights for the world on behalf of Bleu Disque Music administered by WB Music Corp.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 81227 96665 2
  • Barcode (Scanned): 081227966652
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etching): R1-23883-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etching): R1-23883-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A pressing plant etching): 21053.1(3)…
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B pressing plant etching): 21053.2(3)…
  • Matrix / Runout (Sides A & B lacquer cutting engineer initials etching): CB
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
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
92 38831 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire 92 38831 Sweden 1983 Sell This Version
923883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire 923883-1 Ireland Unknown 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
923883-1 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album) Sire 923883-1 Ireland 1983 Sell This Version


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January 11, 2019
edited 6 days ago
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.


December 5, 2018
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.


October 4, 2018
edited 20 days ago

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.


June 8, 2018
Not discounting any other reviews here, but mine plays flawlessly and sounds amazing. Just saying


April 24, 2018
I have several posts out about RHINO pressings. I'll restate:


Do yourself a favor and ALWAYS seek out an original. You'll thank yourself.


February 22, 2018
I have the same issue. Received my copy today and it skips 4 times on Burning Down The House. Will be returning tomorrow. The search for vintage continues.


August 13, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
I have had mostly excellent experiences with Rhino Reissues in general. This one is certainly an exception to that rule. I bought one at a record store when I was traveling out of state. When I arrived home and played it, I was immediately disappointed as the playback skipped wildly on the opening song - it wouldn't play though. I put it on a different turntable that I keep upstairs and the album skipped in all the same spots. I wrote to Rhino since I won't be returning to the store I got it from for a long time, maybe ever since I live out of town. They responded and sent me another sealed new copy. To my dismay it did the exact same thing. I even put the 1st copy from the store I bought on and I have every reason to believe most if not all of these have this manufacturers defect. Both copies I have skip during "Burning Down The House" in the exact same spots. It's too bad. This is a great album and I have two copies of this reissue that are unlistenable. I recommend getting a vintage copy.