Individuals that are big fans of David Byrne will know that â€œThe Knee Playsâ€ is not a new album, but its release by Nonesuch is the first time it has made it onto CD. This package contains the music from the CD, along with a DVD that has over 400 different photographs taken during the original stages of The Knee Plays. Why exactly this CD was not released in 1985 is beyond me; the format was already in common use by this period, but individuals that are fans of Byrne or the Talking Heads can feel vindicated in the fact that there is a legit CD version of this release finally. â€œTree (Today is an Important Occasion)â€ is the first track on the score, and it provides an interesting approach to musical arrangements that is simultaneously catchy and yet is something that pulls at the fabric of what is proper in music.
The more mournful sound of â€œIn The Upper Roomâ€ brings the soundtrack to a different space, but the brass-heavy arrangement of the orchestra acts as a common thread. This common thread allows listeners to stick with the recording, despite the tracks instrumental leanings. A middle ground appears when Byrneâ€™s vocals start out â€œThe Sound of Businessâ€. This track has a lot in common with the soundtracks for late sixties and early seventies television shows; the inclusion of vocals does not make this a full comparison, but individuals will feel this similarity. Individuals will be focused in on the instrumentation on the tracks during â€œThe Knee Playsâ€, but one should really focus on what Byrne is saying, especially during tracks like â€œSocial Studiesâ€. A discussion of different cultures is present during this track, with Byrne confidently explaining that it would make sense to eat a different localeâ€™s food in order to understand their culture.
The arrangements on â€œThe Knee Playsâ€ do have an eighties tint to them, but there is a sort of timelessness to the tracks that will ensure that listeners in the current period can appreciate what is being done during â€œThe Knee Playsâ€. Regardless of whether individuals know what is happening in the play during the specific tracks of â€œThe Knee Playsâ€, what results on this audio CD is something that is truly special. Give â€œThe Knee Playsâ€ a listen and be transported back to the middle 1980s. Hopefully one can find a videotaped recording of this performance soon.
Top Tracks: Jungle Book, Social Studies