Talking Heads :: Saratoga Performing Arts Center, NY August 1983

1983 was was an incredibly fertile year for Talking Heads. The companion album to Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense made an effort at capturing the band’s live mojo, but due to its length (neutered at nine tracks) failed to paint a complete picture. Thankfully there are a number of high-quality boots in circulation. The below show, a soundboard recorded in August of ’83 in Saratoga, NY, captures this period beautifully. I ripped the FLAC files to 256 kbps mp3s. Highest recommendation.

Download (Zipped Folder 86 MB): Talking Heads :: Saratoga, NY August 1983( Disc I)

Download (Zipped Folder   136 MB): Talking Heads :: Saratoga, NY August 1983 (Disc II)

Set 1:
Talking Heads :: Psycho Killer
Talking Heads :: Heaven
Talking Heads :: Thank You For Sending Me An Angel
Talking Heads :: Building On Fire
Talking Heads :: Book I Read
Talking Heads :: Slippery People
Talking Heads :: Cities
Talking Heads :: Big Blue Plymouth (Eyes Wide Open)
Talking Heads :: Burning Down The House
Talking Heads :: Life During Wartime

Set 2:
Talking Heads :: Making Flippy Floppy
Talking Heads :: Swamp
Talking Heads :: What A Day That Was
Talking Heads :: This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
Talking Heads :: Once In A Lifetime
Talking Heads :: Big Business >
Talking Heads :: I Zimbra
Talking Heads :: Houses In Motion
Talking Heads :: Genius Of Love (Tom Tom Club)
Talking Heads :: Girlfriend Is Better
Talking Heads :: Take Me To The River


Talking Heads :: Crosseyed And Painless

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27 thoughts on “Talking Heads :: Saratoga Performing Arts Center, NY August 1983

  1. Very nice.

    I don’t think I would have fully appreciated catching them on this tour as a 5 year old, but still wish I could have been there nonetheless.

  2. What a jem. I was there. It’s a shame the venue lost it’s ability to stage such an act these days….Live Nation just rocks.

  3. A wonderful show – thank you!

    However, I’m having issues with two of the songs in the 2nd zip – “I Zimbra” and “Houses in Motino” are coming up as “file is corrupted” when I unzip.

  4. Hmm, I just checked the files on my laptop and both seem fine. Could be something happened during the compression. Are the rest OK? I can just add those two tracks separately if so.

  5. This is easily one the top shows in my live music collection. An excellent soundboard which catches the band at the height of their creative powers. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. @Satisfied

    Thanks for the fixed tracks – that did it!

    You also read my mind – it was “Big Business” and not “I Zimbra” that wasn’t unzipping.

  7. Sweet!

    Anyone know of a good boot of the Forrest Hills Show? I was there and it’s the only one where the Weymouth sisters performed Genius of Love.

  8. I’m having the same problem as Brian, only I can’t get the last three on disc 2 and the Encore. (I couldn’t unzip anything after “Once in a Lifetime” but the fix gave me 3 of them.)

  9. Only ever saw them once in about ’78 or ’79…would have loved to have seen this incarnation of the band – great show.

  10. This is fantastic. Thanks for hosting this, and for taking the time to repost the fixed tracks. Awesome stuff.

  11. This show was amazing. The build up from solo to full band added an energy and excitement that was unmatched.

  12. I am so happy these files were still available for download. I missed these when they were originally posted and I am thrilled to get them. Wow!

  13. My best friend dragged me to this show I was not a TH fan. Then I saw one of the best musical performances of my life. I’ve been a Talking Heads fan ever since. What a great show!

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