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The Catherine Wheel

  • 1. Light Bath
    2. His Wife Refused
    3. Ade
    4. Walking
    5. Two Soldiers
    6. Under the Mountain
    7. Dinosaur
    8. Red House, The
    9. Wheezing
    10. Eggs in a Briar Patch
    11. Poison
    12. Cloud Chamber
    13. Black Flag
    14. My Big Hands (Fall Through the Cracks)
    15. Combat
    16. Leg Bells
    17. Blue Flame, The
    18. Big Business
    19. Dense Beasts
    20. Five Golden Sections
    21. What a Day That Was
    22. Big Blue Plymouth (Eyes Wide Open)
    23. Light Bath
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3645

  • Credits
    ProducerDavid Byrne
    EngineerDoug Bennett; Julie Last

    Personnel: David Byrne (vocals, guitar, flute, piano, Clavinet, synthesizer, Oberheim synthesizer, sound effects); Sue Halloran, Dolette MacDonald, Dollette McDonald (vocals); Adrian Belew (guitar, steel guitar, steel drum, sound effects); Brian Eno (guitar, piano, keyboards, vibraphone, background vocals); John Chernoff (guitar, piano, congas, percussion); Bernie Worrell (piano, Clavinet, keyboards, synthesizer, Moog synthesizer); Jerry Harrison (Clavinet, organ, drums); John Cooksey, Yogi Horton (drums); Steve Scales (congas, percussion).
    Recording information: Celestial Sound Studios; Olympic Sound, London, England.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Twyla Tharp; John Chernoff; Adrian Belew; Richard Horowitz; David Byrne; Doug Gray.
    David Byrne's first solo project--not counting his collaboration with Brian Eno, MY LIFE IN THE BUSH OF GHOSTS--is a score for a ballet by Twyla Tharp which was commissioned in an unusual way. Tharp gave Byrne a tape of edits of existing music, which the troupe had been using in initial rehearsals, and told him to write new music which matched the length, tempo, and mood of what was on the tape.
    As a result, THE CATHERINE WHEEL has an odd, occasionally disjointed effect, with short segues and instrumental interludes appearing between what are basically Talking Heads-style pop songs. In fact, this album's best track, "What a Day That Was," was performed by the Heads on the STOP MAKING SENSE tour. So basically, this was not nearly as much of a departure for Byrne as it was claimed to be at the time.

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