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Talking HeadsLittle Creatures

Label:Sire – 9 25305-1, Sire – 1-25305
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Specialty Pressing
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Rock
Style:Alternative Rock, Pop Rock

Tracklist

A1And She Was3:36
A2Give Me Back My Name3:20
A3Creatures Of Love4:12
A4The Lady Don't Mind4:03
A5Perfect World
Lyrics ByChris Frantz, David Byrne
4:26
B1Stay Up Late3:51
B2Walk It Down4:42
B3Television Man6:10
B4Road To Nowhere4:19
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"SP" etched in runouts denotes Specialty Records Corporation pressing.
"E A S T" embossed around center spindle hole on side B denotes metal parts were originally made for use at Allied Record Company.
Metal parts originally made at Sheffield Lab Matrix.

An Allied Record Company pressing also exists, at Little Creatures.

First cat. # on jacket, inner sleeve
Second cat # on labels

Recorded and mixed at Sigma Sound, New York. Mastered at Sterling Sound, New York.

Sire Records Company, Marketed by Warner Bros. Records Inc., a Warner Communications Company
© 1985 Sire Records Company & Talking Heads Tours Inc.
℗ 1985 Sire Records Company
Made in U.S.A.

© 1985 Index Music, Inc. / Bleu Disque Music Co., Inc.
All rights administered by WB Music Corp. ASCAP

Includes printed inner sleeve with lyrics.

Some copies with gold promo stamp on jacket front.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 7599-25305-1
  • Barcode (Scanned): 075992530514
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Pressing Plant ID (Side B embossed around center hole): E A S T
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, var. 1): SPO-1 SLM △ 9715 1-2 SH-SP B-21284-SH2 1-25 305-A SH2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, var. 1): SLM △ 9715-X 1-7 B-21285-SH1 SH-SP1- 25305-B SH1 SP STERLING 0-4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, var. 2): SLM △ 9715 1-8 [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21284-SH1 SH-SP 1-253 05-A SH1 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, var. 2): SLM △ 9715-X 1-8 [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21285-SH1 SH-SP 1-25305-B SH1 STERLING SP 0-3SM1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, var. 3): SLM △9715 1-1 [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21284-SH3 1-25305-A SH3 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, var. 3): 1-1 SLM △ 9715-X B-21285-SH5 [Allied "ɑ" logo] 1-25305-B SH5 STERLING SP 0-3SM1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, var. 4): SLM △9715 1-SP0-6 [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21284-SH1 SHSP1-25305-A SH1 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, var. 4): SLM △ 9715-X ̶1̶-̶8̶ [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21285-SH1 SHSP 1-25305-B SH1 STERLING SP0-3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, var. 5): SLM △9715 1̶-̶2̶ SH-SP [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21284-SH1 1-25305-A SH1 STERLING SPO-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, var. 5): SLM △ 9715-X ̶1̶-̶8̶ [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21285-SH1-SH-SP 1-25305-B SH-1 STERLING SP O-3SM1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, var. 6): SLM △9715 1̶-̶ ̶6̶ SP 0-2 [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21284-SH1 1-25305-A SH1 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, var. 6): SLM △ 9715-X ̶1̶-̶8̶ [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21285-SH1-SH-SP 1-25305-B SH-1 STERLING SP O-3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, var. 7): SLM △ 9715 1̶-̶7̶ [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21284-SH1 SH-SP 1-253 05-A SH1 SP STERLING G-3 SM-1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, var. 7): SLM △ 9715-X 1̶-̶8̶ [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21285-SH1-SH-SP 1- 25305-B SH1 STERLING SP 0-3SM1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, var. 8): SLM △ 9715 1-6 SPO-2 [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21284-SH1 1-25305-A SH1-SP STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, var. 8): SLM △ 9715-X 1-2 SPO-1 SH-SP [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21285-SH2 1-25305-B SH2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, var. 9): SLM △ 9715 ̷1̷-̷1̷ SPO-1 [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21284-SH4-SH-SP 1-25305-A SH4 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, var. 9): SLM △ 9715-X · ̷1̷-̷2̷ SH-SP [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21285-SH1 1- 2 5 3 0 5-B SH1 STERLING SPO-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, var. 10): SLM △ 9715 ̶1̶-̶9̶ 0-5 [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21284-SH1 1-2 5 3 0 5 - A SH1 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, var. 10): SLM △ 9715-X ̶1̶-̶7̶ [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21285 -SH1 SH-SP 1- 2 5 3 0 5 - B SH1 STERLING

Other Versions (5 of 143)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Little Creatures (LP, Album)EMI, EMI, EMI, EMI, EMI1C 064 24 0352 1, 1C 064-24 0352 1, 1C 264 24 0352 4, 064 24 0352 1, 24 0352 1Europe1985
Little Creatures (LP, Album)EMI, EMITAH 2, EJ 24 0352 1UK1985
Little Creatures (CD, Album)EMICDP 7 46158 2UK1985
Little Creatures (LP, Album)Sire92 53051Canada1985
Little Creatures (LP, Album, Stereo)EMI31C 064 240352Brazil1985

Reviews

Abandon_Ark's profile picture
Abandon_Ark
Matrix/Runout is a little different in a copy I have:

Matrix / Runout (Side A runout):
SLM △9715 1̶-̶9 0-5 [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21284-SH1 SH-SP-1-25305-A SH1 STERLING
Matrix / Runout (Side B runout):
SLM △ 9715-X ̶1̶-̶2 SP0-1 SH-SP [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21285-SH2 1-25305-B SH2
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MEllODrOnE
All the original Talking Heads albums sound wonderful. Recorded and mastered well with excellent clarity and separation. Beautiful midrange tones, punchy drums and defined bass. A real treat to listen to. Spacious and full sounding, intimate vocals and immaculate detail.
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davekcmo
The DualDisc release sounds amazing in 5.1 surround. Lots of detail you'd never get on a stereo release. Happy to see Jerry Harrison was personally involved in the mix.
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streetmouse
Edited 2 years ago
To this reviewer’s thinking, Talking Heads had nowhere to go after Stop Making Sense, other than to put aside the absurd and create this accessible eschewed album. Of course that doesn’t mean you have to love it or hate it, it simply means that this is where the band was at at this particular moment in time and accept the brilliant offerings laid out here, while perhaps dancing along to songs such as “And She Was,” “Creatures of Love,” “Stay Up Late” along with the infectiously delicious “Road to Nowhere.” Of course the other tracks have their place, though not a one of them holds a candle to the afore mentioned numbers.

All and all it’s a joyous bouncy album, an ambitious retreat from the experimental attributes of their preceding records, celebrating a down to earth rebirth of the band. Without a doubt, the record is focused, with imagery that's resounding and pure, along with instrumentation that’s clean clear and crisp, exactly what the vocals of David Byrne (who for the first time was using his own honest voice) required, though here we find the alienation of the band nearly matter of factly set aside in favor of a more accessible and deliberate, all be it imaginative reality … yet certainly not a foray into mainstream pop culture.

That said, there’s a simplistic complexity found within these grooves, stunning lyrical bridges, flowing instrumental interludes, along with embellishments that at times often rival and are as interesting as the songs themselves. Little Creatures is a fine album, one that’s been conceptualized well, though with far too many listeners shrugging it off as the downhill slide for Talking Heads, though when songs from this album find their way to the airways, those same listeners sing right along, knowing each and every word, where to my way of thinking says it all, that the album has stood the test of time, is a delight to hear over and over again, subversively seeping its way into the musical DNA of our very beings.

*** The Fun Facts: As to the album’s artwork, the Talking Heads are depicted alongside mountains, animals and bell towers on the cover of their 1985 release Little Creatures. David Byrne, the leader of the band is seen supporting a globe (the world?) Atlas style, holding things together, while the other members are featured standing behind him. Graphic designer Tibor Kalman used a painting by Georgia folk artist Howard Finster as the basis of the album cover. Kalman designed several Talking Heads albums, yet this was actually David Byrne’s idea, to use the artwork of Howard Finster. Byrne explained that saying, “It was through the gallery that we contacted Finster and made suggestions regarding the format, size and type of painting. After following Byrne’s suggestion to use a Finster painting, graphic designer Tibor Kalman added the red lettering for the band’s name at the top of the painting, which is unique because the letters are cleverly interspersed within the original painting, with Finster’s clouds and stars sometimes above and sometimes beneath the text.

Review by Jenell Kesler
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Cardiff_Giant
All of my Talking Heads records sound great, but this one in particular-- wow. From that first snare hit on "And She Was" it just explodes from the speakers with amazing clarity of all the voices and instruments. Blows away any digital version you'll hear. This Specialty pressing shows how it should be done!
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notfamous
My copy is dead quiet. One of the quietest pressings I have. Yay.
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oh_cynda_moore
I have now bought TWO very clean copies of this album and there's the same bad skip on "And She Was." Does anyone else have this problem? Was this a pressing defect or does the universe hate me?