Talking Heads ‎– Speaking In Tongues

Rhino Vinyl ‎– R1-23883, Sire ‎– R1-23883
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180g

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 (Runout, side A, etched): R1-23883-A CB 21053.1(3)...
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, side B, etched): R1-23883-B CB 21053.2(3)...
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 125) View All

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
90611 Talking Heads Hablando En Lenguas = Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album) Sire 90611 Argentina 1983 Sell This Version
9 23883-2 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(CD, Album, RE) Sire 9 23883-2 US 2000 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
W4-23883 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(Cass, Album, Club) Sire W4-23883 Canada Unknown Sell This Version


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July 30, 2020

Bought this twice... each song skipped so much that there wasn't a single second of clear music on BOTH copies.


June 11, 2020
another skipping copy, on the first track. fresh out of the shrink wrap, v disappointing, as it's shop stock.


June 8, 2020

I had to return two copies of this pressing due to a ton of skipping on the first track on both. Bummed - the other tracks sounded pretty good otherwise, but I can't live with a Burning Down the House skipping all over the place.


May 24, 2020

Mine sounds legendary. No issues here, kinda glad I didn't know about the issues because then I wouldn't have bought this great vinyl copy of this great album. If you're is bogus I'd consider buying another copy, because my copy really does sound amazing.


March 10, 2020
All my Rhino TH reissues are so rad, sound perfect on my system, sorry to those who do have problems with theirs though


February 27, 2020

No issues with my copy plays perfect and is dead quite!!! Burning down the house plays fine guess I got a good copy! Or maybe just have a decent turntable. Record sounds amazing.


February 9, 2020
edited 8 months ago
There's so much skipping on Burning Down the House! I was too annoyed with the skipping to even listen beyond that point. I know it's not my record player because I tested out a few of my other records and they sound fine...I don't have a suitcase player or anything just an Audio Technica lol. I understand Audio Technicas aren't the highest quality record players either but when my other records play with no problems? I think its fair of me to think there's an issue with the record itself. Pretty disappointed, I got this as a holiday gift too :/


February 9, 2020
I must have also got lucky as my pressing is a good one. Sounds terrific!


December 25, 2019
edited 9 months ago

My pressing is perfect - none of the skips people mention. It's very well done actually with clear sound, punchy "fast attack" bass, and excellent dynamic range!


August 20, 2019
If you have skipping, check if your record player isn't a suitcase or an all-in-one "retro" box