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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, New Wave

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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Notes

"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"E A S T" embossed around center spindle hole on side B denotes metal parts were originally made for use at Allied Record Company.
Metal parts originally made at Sheffield Lab Matrix.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
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, var. 11): SLM △ 9715 1̶-̶ SP0-6 [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21284- SH-SP 1-253 05 - A SH1 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, var. 11): SLM △ 9715-X 1̶-̶8̶ [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21285-SH1-SH-SP 1- 2 5 3 0 5 - B SH1 STERLING SP 0-3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, var. 12): SLM △ 9715 1̶-̶6̶ SP 0-2 [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21284-SH1 1-25305-A SH1-SP STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, var. 12): SLM △ 9715-X 1̶-̶8̶ [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21285-SH1-SH-SP 1-25305-B SH1 STERLING SP0-3SM1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, var. 13): SLM △ 9715 1̶-̶6̶ SP 0-2 SM1-1 [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21284-SH1 1-25305-A SH1-SP STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, var. 13): SLM △ 9715-X 1̶-̶1 0̵-̵5̵ [Allied "ɑ" logo] B-21285-SH1 SHSP-1-25305-B SH1 SP STERLING 0-5

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

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  • filstan's avatar
    filstan
    While I only have this pressing purchased at release point years ago as a reference point, Little Creatures is a top quality sound recording. Wide soundstage, and distinct instrument clarity. Impressive pressing!
    • fcaravella's avatar
      fcaravella
      Another superb OG pressing from Talking Heads. Sadly, mine has a defect (like and indent) that causes a momentary lapse of quality, but it doesn’t take too much away from this stellar pressing.
      • Freeman2321's avatar
        Freeman2321
        Wow, I'm glad I got this pressing. It seems people think it's the best original pressing so that's always a plus! I bought this for 4$ on oct.15 2015. Just shows you how much vinyl has gone up. Now the cheapest one is 12.50. 3x as much for just a 8 year gap! And I thought vinyl was getting big then! lol. Things change as it always does. Gotta just roll with the punches!
        • jfsebastion1957's avatar
          Edited 5 months ago
          I've only heard a small handful of Original pressings, but to my ears this is the best of em'.
          • Smallh's avatar
            Smallh
            It’s a good album that has many of the heads questionable songs
            • musicjunky1967's avatar
              Edited 6 months ago
              I've had bad luck with the Talking Heads albums that have been reissued on Rhino. They skip terribly. That being said, you just cannot beat the original pressings by the band. They still sound amazing! This one is no exception. Very well mixed and produced. Look for the original pressings, kids. All I'm saying here.
              • Monsterhead's avatar
                Monsterhead
                Of the four Talking Heads albums I have heard this was the least interesting. Kind of a run out of ideas album. I'm sure Road to Nowhere made it onto the best of though.
                • MEllODrOnE's avatar
                  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.
                  • davekcmo's avatar
                    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.
                    • streetmouse's avatar
                      streetmouse
                      Edited 4 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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