Sire publish David Byrne’s ‘The Catherine Wheel,’ a musical score commissioned by Twyla Tharp (1981)

David Byrne’s ‘The Catherine Wheel’ is a musical score commissioned by Twyla Tharp for her dance project and released in December 1981 by Sire.

Track Listing : 1.His Wife Refused (David Byrne) – 04:26 . 2.Two Soldiers (David Byrne, Brian Eno) (David Byrne) – 04:45 . 3.The Red House (David Byrne) – 03:17 . 4.My Big Hands (Fall Through The Cracks) (David Byrne) – 02:45 . 5.Big Business (David Byrne, John Chernoff) – 5:16 . 6.Eggs In A Briar Patch (David Byrne) – 03:31 . 7.Poison (David Byrne) – 02:38 . 8.Cloud Chamber (David Byrne) – 02:42 . 9.What A Day That Was (David Byrne) – 05:32 . 10.Big Blue Plymouth (Eyes Wide Open) (David Byrne) – 04:45 . 11.Light Bath (David Byrne) – 01:08

Musicians : David Byrne – Vocals, Bass, Guitars, Obx, Primetime On (2), Prophet On (3 – 4), Fierce And High Guitars On (5), Horses On (6), Mini Synthesizer On (7), Prophet Strings On (7), Kitchen Metals On (8), Synthesizers On (9), Triggered Flutes On (11) . Adrian Belew – Steel Drum Guitar On (1), Guitars On (2), Floating Guitars On (6) . John Chernoff – Gung Gong On (1 – 6), Congas On (2), Galloping Guitar On (5), Percussion On (11) . Yogi Horton – Drums On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 6 – 10) , Concert Toms On (10) . Bernie Worrell – Mini Moog, Piano On (1), Clavinet On (5) . Brian Eno – Bass On (2 – 6), Piano On (2), Prophet Scream On (3), Vibes On (6) . Jerry Harrison – Clavinet On (6), Large Drum On (8) . Dolette Mcdonald – Vocals On (7) . Twyla Tharp – Water Pot On (8) . John Cooksey – Drums On (9) . Steve Scales – Congas On (9) . Sue Halloran – Vocals On (10)

Production : Produced By David Byrne Doug Bennett – Engineer . Julie Last – Engineer

Recorded In 1981.

Released In December 1981 By Sire.

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Dangerous Mind
(The Catherine Wheel is one of the greatest “fuck albums” of all time, too. That’s how they should market it, if you ask me. I toyed with the obnoxious linkbait title of “David Byrne, of all people, recorded the ultimate fuck album” but thought better of it). […]

Robert Christgau
Byrne’s take on the rhythms of Africa is even more perilous for imitators than Coltrane’s on the mysteries of the Orient, but this surprisingly apt translation-to-disc of his Twyla Tharp score proves his patent is worth the plastic it’s imprinted on. […]

allmusic
Only the lyrics disappoint; they consist almost entirely of clichéd and predictable depictions of domestic suburban angst. […]

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