DAVID BYRNE - THE CATHERINE WHEEL -12" LP VINYL album

The Catherine Wheel is David Byrne's musical sore commissioned by Twyla Tharp for her dance project. The Catherine Wheel premiered September 22, 1981 at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City.

 

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Album Description & Collectors information:

 Released in 1983, "The Catherine Wheel" stands as a remarkable artistic achievement by David Byrne, the influential musician and former frontman of Talking Heads. This 12" LP vinyl album, produced by David Byrne and the Twyla Harp Foundation, showcases Byrne's visionary approach to music and his penchant for collaboration. With its release on SIRE Records in Germany, marked by the record catalog number SIR 56 979, "The Catherine Wheel" offers listeners a captivating and experimental sonic journey.

"The Catherine Wheel" is more than just a musical album; it is a groundbreaking multimedia project that combines music and dance. Created in collaboration with choreographer Twyla Tharp, the album serves as the musical score for Tharp's dance production of the same name. This unique fusion of music and dance enhances the album's immersive and multidimensional nature, inviting listeners into a world of movement and sound.

At its core, "The Catherine Wheel" showcases David Byrne's innovative and eclectic approach to music production. The album pushes boundaries with its fusion of various musical styles, including elements of new wave, art rock, world music, and electronic experimentation. Byrne's intricate compositions and inventive use of instruments create a rich tapestry of soundscapes that defy genre conventions and captivate the listener's imagination.

Collaboration lies at the heart of "The Catherine Wheel." Byrne worked closely with the Twyla Harp Foundation, including renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp, to create a seamless integration of music and dance. This collaborative spirit extended to the musicians involved, including members of Talking Heads and other notable artists, who contributed their unique talents to shape the album's sonic landscape. The collective effort resulted in a cohesive and immersive experience that transcends traditional musical boundaries.

"The Catherine Wheel" delves into a range of lyrical themes that explore human emotions, societal constructs, and personal introspection. Byrne's evocative lyrics and poetic storytelling add depth and introspection to the album's sonic journey. T

"The Catherine Wheel" holds a significant place in David Byrne's discography and his artistic evolution beyond Talking Heads. Its innovative blend of music and dance, coupled with Byrne's unique sonic experimentation, has left a lasting impact on the world of music and performance art. The album's collaborative nature and boundary-pushing approach have influenced subsequent generations of artists, inspiring them to explore new possibilities and challenge artistic norms.

The tracks "Big Blue Plymouth", "My Big Hands", "Big Business", and "What a Day That Was", were performed live by Talking Heads in 1982 and 1983; the latter two appear in their Stop Making Sense film, and "What a Day That Was" appears on the album.

Music Genre:

 80s New Wave, Prog Rock 

Album Production Information:

 The album: "DAVID BYRNE The Catherine Wheel" was produced by: David Byrne and Twyla Harp Foundation

Record Label Information:

 SIRE Records SIR 56 979  

Media Format:

 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

 1981 Made in Germany  
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: DAVID BYRNE The Catherine Wheel
    His Wife Refused
  • Adrian Belew - steel drum guitar
  • David Byrne - vocals, bass, guitars

      David Byrne a Scottish-American musician, singer, songwriter, and artist. He is best known as the lead singer and principal songwriter of the American rock band Talking Heads, which was active between 1975 and 1991. Byrne's solo career began in the early 1980s, and he has released several albums and collaborated with various other musicians and artists. He has also been involved in various film, theater, and art projects throughout his career. In addition to his music, Byrne is known for his eclectic and experimental approach to songwriting and his distinctive stage presence. He has won several awards and accolades throughout his career, including an Academy Award for his work on the film "The Last Emperor" in 1988.

  • John Chernoff - gung gong
  • Yogi Horton - drums
  • Bernie Worrell - mini Moog, piano
    Two Soldiers
  • Adrian Belew - guitars
  • David Byrne - basses, guitar, OBX, primetime
  • John Chernoff - congas
  • Brian Eno - bass, piano

    Brian Eno

    The 1970s and 1980s marked a transformative period in the world of music, with experimentation and innovation at the forefront of artistic endeavors. One name that stands out prominently during this era is Brian Eno, a multifaceted musician, producer, and visionary who left an indelible mark on the European music scene.

    The Ambient Pioneer:

    Brian Eno, born in Woodbridge, Suffolk, in 1948, began his musical journey as a member of the glam rock band Roxy Music. However, it was his departure from the band in the early 1970s that allowed him to fully embrace his avant-garde inclinations. Eno's ambient music, characterized by atmospheric soundscapes and minimalistic compositions, became synonymous with the era.

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    Eno's solo albums during the 1970s, such as "Music for Airports" (1978) and "Another Green World" (1975), exemplified his ability to create immersive sonic environments. His work in ambient music not only reflected the cultural and technological shifts of the time but also laid the foundation for an entirely new genre that would continue to influence artists for decades to come.

    Collaborations with Iconic Bands:

    Apart from his solo ventures, Brian Eno's collaborative efforts with some of the most iconic bands of the era solidified his reputation as a musical innovator. Eno's influence was particularly evident in his collaboration with the German electronic band Kraftwerk, where his production skills enhanced their groundbreaking albums, including "Autobahn" (1974) and "Radio-Activity" (1975).

    Eno's collaboration with David Bowie in the late 1970s produced a series of critically acclaimed albums, including "Low" (1977), "Heroes" (1977), and "Lodger" (1979). Eno's ambient textures and electronic experimentation played a pivotal role in shaping the sound of these albums, contributing to Bowie's reinvention and the broader evolution of popular music.

    Production Wizardry:

    Brian Eno's prowess as a producer extended beyond his collaborations with Bowie and Kraftwerk. His work with Talking Heads on the landmark album "Remain in Light" (1980) showcased his ability to blend diverse musical elements, incorporating African polyrhythms and avant-garde sensibilities. This collaboration marked a turning point for Talking Heads, propelling them into uncharted musical territories.

    Additionally, Eno's production work with U2 in the 1980s, particularly on "The Unforgettable Fire" (1984) and "The Joshua Tree" (1987), played a crucial role in shaping the band's sonic identity. His innovative production techniques and sonic landscapes elevated U2's sound to new heights, contributing to their global success.

  • Yogi Horton - drums
    The Red House
  • David Byrne - basses, guitars, prophet
  • Brian Eno - prophet scream
  • Yogi Horton - drums
    My Big Hands
  • David Byrne - vocals, bass, guitars, percussion, prophet
  • Yogi Horton - drums
    Big Business
  • David Byrne - vocals, bass, fierce and high guitars
  • John Chernoff - galloping guitar
  • Bernie Worrell - clavinet
    Eggs in a Briar Patch
  • Adrian Belew - floating guitars
  • David Byrne - guitars, horses
  • John Chernoff - gung gong
  • Brian Eno - bass, vibes
  • Jerry Harrison - clavinet
  • Yogi Horton - drums
    Poison
  • David Byrne - vocals, bass, guitars, mini synthesizer, prophet strings
  • Dolette McDonald - vocals
    Cloud Chamber
  • David Byrne - kitchen metals
  • Jerry Harrison - large drum
  • Twyla Tharp - water pot
    What a Day That Was
  • David Byrne - vocals, bass, guitars, synthesizers
  • John Cooksey - drums
  • Steve Scales - congas
    Big Blue Plymouth
  • David Byrne - vocals, guitars
  • Sue Halloran - vocals
  • Yogi Horton - concert toms, drums
    Light Bath
  • David Byrne - triggered flutes
  • John Chernoff - percussion
Complete Track-listing of the album "DAVID BYRNE The Catherine Wheel"

The detailed tracklist of this record "DAVID BYRNE The Catherine Wheel" is:

    Side one
  • His Wife Refused - 4:26
  • Two Soldiers (Byrne, Brian Eno) - 4:45
  • The Red House - 3:17
  • My Big Hands (Fall Through the Cracks) - 2:45
  • Big Business (Byrne, John Chernoff) - 5:16
    Side two
  • Eggs in a Briar Patch - 3:31
  • Poison - 2:38
  • Cloud Chamber - 2:42
  • What a Day That Was - 5:32
  • Big Blue Plymouth (Eyes Wide Open) - 4:45
  • Light Bath - 1:08

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Band Description:

The Talking Heads were a rock band formed in New York City in 1975. The band consisted of David Byrne (vocals, guitar), Chris Frantz (drums), Tina Weymouth (bass), and Jerry Harrison (guitar, keyboards, and vocals). They were known for their eclectic and experimental style, which incorporated elements of punk, funk, world music, and avant-garde art. They released several critically acclaimed albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.  

David Byrne a musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and artist who is best known as the frontman of the rock band Talking Heads. He was born in Dumbarton, Scotland, and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Byrne co-founded Talking Heads in 1975 with Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison. He was the lead vocalist and primary songwriter for the band, which became known for its eclectic and experimental style. After the band's disbandment in 1991, Byrne continued to release solo albums, collaborate with other musicians and artists, and pursue other creative projects. He is also known for his contributions to the world of contemporary art and his work as an author and film director.

Chris Frantz the drummer and co-founder of the rock band Talking Heads. He was born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and raised in New York City. Frantz formed Talking Heads in 1975 with David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison. He played drums and percussion in the band throughout its career. After the band's disbandment in 1991, Frantz continued to play music and has been a part of several other music projects. He and his wife, Tina Weymouth, co-founded the Tom Tom Club, which released several albums throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. He also worked as a DJ and producer.

Tina Weymouth the bassist and co-founder of the rock band Talking Heads. She was born in Coronado, California, and raised in New York City. She formed Talking Heads in 1975 with David Byrne, Chris Frantz, and Jerry Harrison. As the bassist of the band, she played an important role in the development of the band's eclectic and experimental style. After the band's disbandment in 1991, Weymouth continued to play music and has been a part of several other music projects. She and her husband, Chris Frantz, co-founded the Tom Tom Club, which released several albums throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. She also worked as a DJ and producer.

Jerry Harrison the guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist of the rock band Talking Heads. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He joined Talking Heads in 1977 as a replacement for the band's original guitarist, Jerry Harrison played guitar and keyboards and sang backing vocals in the band, which became known for its eclectic and experimental style. After the band's disbandment in 1991, Harrison continued to play music, produce and collaborate with other musicians. He has released several solo albums and collaborated with various musicians and bands, such as The Modern Lovers and Jonathan Richman. He has also been involved in the production of several music records and has been active as a record producer, songwriter, and remixer.