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  • British version includes non-regular studio LP track "Lifetime Piling Up."
  • Personnel: Jerry Harrison (vocals, guitar, piano, organ, keyboards, background vocals); David Byrne (vocals, guitar, keyboards, vocoder, percussion); Ellen Bernfeld, Erin Dickens, Gordon Grody, Diva Gray (vocals, background vocals); Brian Eno (vocals); Alex Weir (guitar, background vocals); Yves N'Djock (guitar); Johnny Marr (12-string guitar); Jimmy Macdonell (accordion); Stan Harrison (alto saxophone); Lenny Pickett (tenor saxophone, brass); Steve Elfon (baritone saxophone); Laurie Frink, Earl Gardner (trumpet); Wally Badarou (keyboards, synthesizer); Bernie Worrell (keyboards); Chris Frantz (synthesizer, drums, percussion, background vocals); Tina Weymouth (bass synthesizer); Abdou M'Boup (congas, talking drum); Brice Wassy (cowbells, shaker, wood block, percussion); Andrew Cader (rub-board); Nino Gioia (timbales); David Van Tieghem, Steve Scales (percussion); Ednah Holt, Kurt Yahjian, Kirsty MacColl, Lani Groves, Lynn Mabry, Nona Hendryx, Tawatha Agee, Dollette McDonald (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: Chris Frantz; Dave Jerden; Eric "ET" Thorngren; Tom Nist; Robin Laine; Jay Mark; Jerry Harrison; Kevin Killen; Alex Sadkin; Mark Wallis; Mick Guzauski; Nick Launay; David Byrne; Charlie Brocco.
  • Recording information: Blank Tapes, NY (03/1978-12/1983); Can Am, Los Angeles, CA (03/1978-12/1983); Compass Point Studio, New Providence, The Bahamas (03/1978-12/1983); Eldorado Studios, Los Angeles, CA (03/1978-12/1983); Ocean Way, Los Angeles, CA (03/1978-12/1983); O'Henry Studios, Toluca Lake, CA (03/1978-12/1983); Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, CA (03/1978-12/1983); Right Track, New York, NY (03/1978-12/1983); Sigma Sound, New York, NY (03/1978-12/1983); Sigma Sound, NY (03/1978-12/1983); Studio Davout, Paris, France (03/1978-12/1983); Sundragon Studios, New York, NY (03/1978-12/1983).
  • Photographers: Jimmy DeSana; Ebet Roberts; Hugh Brown ; Marcia Resnick; David Byrne; John Dalton .
  • Unknown Contributor Role: Brice Wassy.
  • Arrangers: Chris Frantz; Jerry Harrison; Tina Weymouth ; David Byrne.
Professional Reviews
Q (12/03, p.156) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...This collection is laced with a compelling sense of psychosis..."

Uncut (1/04, p.118) - 4 stars out of 5 - "'Once In A Lifetime' still sounds like it's being broadcast back to us from some voodoo World Service of the future....TALKING HEADS ought to be lauded as authentic pioneers."
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