Once in a Lifetime

Before you even get to such gems as "City of Dreams" or "This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)," the packaging of this three-disc set is enough in itself to make music aficionados and especiall

Before you even get to such gems as "City of Dreams" or "This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)," the packaging of this three-disc set is enough in itself to make music aficionados and especially Talking Heads freaks smile and get a little wistful. Just like the band's music—especially when the group first took shape—the oblong, book-styled box is completely nontraditional, groundbreaking and absolutely beautiful. The width of four CDs (the fourth, a DVD collecting the band's videos), the box includes 55 cuts (hits, rarities, album cuts), as well as essays from each band member, among others. David Byrne provides a remarkable analysis of himself and the headspace in which these songs were created. Nothing short of an event for fans, and an eye-popping, soul-thrilling smorgasbord of cool sounds and images for all.—WO