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Live In New York [Live]

Laurie AndersonAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Calling Laurie Anderson “the most important multimedia artist of our time,” The Los Angeles Times recently noted the “rare, profound maturity” of her latest songs. Thirty years into her recording career—in which she has simultaneously remained busy as a visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker and internationally touring live performer—she has ... Read more in Amazon's Laurie Anderson Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 21, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B0000668N9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,694 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Laurie Anderson scored an improbable hit in the early ‘80s with the atmospheric "O Superman," a song that appears near the end of this exhaustive two-disc live set. Despite a new arrangement, the track sounds just as entrancing as it did 20 years ago, if only because the 90 minutes leading up to it features some of the most complex, dreamlike, and unnerving music ever produced. But given that these concerts were recorded just days after the September 11 attacks in New York, the effect is all the more chilling--just try to hold back the goose bumps when Anderson sings, "Here come the planes / They're American planes / Made in America." The air of intensity is palpable throughout Live at Town Hall, as Anderson pulls out vintage pieces like "Let X=X" and "Strange Angels," each one taking new shape and meaning in the process. It is a harrowing listen. --Aidin Vaziri

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was there July 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I had tickets to about 2 broadway shows and a 3 day vacation planned for Fla. the week of Sept 11th. Right after the attacks, I, of course, and every other New Yorker were too stunned to even leave our house except for work. I did'nt go to Fla., did'nt go to the plays - The next event I had scheduled prior to Sept 11 was Laurie - My friend and I dragged ourselves on the subway and to Town Hall on that wednesday Sept 19th.I can't even begin to tell you what a balming effect this music had in the wake of Sept 11th. I did'nt get the CD yet but this was the best sounding live show I ever attended - I was in the forth row and Laurie was phenominal. The drummer / percussionist just blew us away. I'm not sure this made the CD, but I remember when Laurie first walked out, she dedicated the night's music to peace.What a testament to that dedication. A lovely concert.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attending the event April 22, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Playing this CD makes the listener feel they are attending the event itself. The music itself is amazing right through, as are the spken word pieces. There is an intimacy, some intensity, some discomfort but some delight too, for example when the anecdote ('Beginning French') about French 'traffic testers' gives way discreetly to the intro of 'O Superman.' But the intensity is felt most when Laurie refers to 9/11 and her reactions, playing that evening, the sense of an entirley changed world. Her songs fit. My favourites here are O Superman, which I knew from the 8os and Strange Angels, which I didn't know before.
The discomfort comes in when you've listened all the way through and get to O Superman on Disc 2, when the references to 'Amercian planes, made in America' are heard.
This is a good place to go for a live compilation of Laurie Anderson songs.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar! March 9, 2005
By M. Kobb
Format:Audio CD
I've seen Laurie Anderson live on a half-dozen occasions, and the shows are always somehow new.

This show is no different. Unlike most of her shows in recent years, this one heavily features her earlier, most-quirky material. But, that material is re-conceived for the live band. Although updated and punched up a bit, it's still true to its original spirit.

The results are wonderful. If you enjoy the earlier albums like Big Science, you'll love hearing their formerly-sparse arrangements augmented with a really great live band. Some of these songs haven't been performed live for many years, and hearing them now is a treat.

I have to agree with the Amazon reviewer and a couple of others: "O Superman" is clearly the climax of the show. The audience's reaction -- surprised and then delighted -- to the opening of O Superman fading in as if sent from long ago is exhilarating.

Knowing the conext of this show and hearing Laurie sing, voice barely controlled, about the "American planes", gives me chills every time I listen. To think that this song was written nearly 20 years before the events of 9/11 is eerie. Extremely powerful stuff.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sept. 11 in perspective September 23, 2002
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What a haunting and beautiful piece of work this is. It's music from Laurie's last studio album mixed with some of her "greatest hits," but it's the time and place that really give this double cd its power. Recorded just days after the Sept. 11 tracks and at Town Hall, you can hear the emotion in her voice. And the bravery of pulling out such difficult tracks as "O Superman" and "Let x=x" with their chilling, prophetic lines about crashing planes and burning buildings. From anyone else this would have seemed like sacrilege and a horrible misstep to capitalize on the moment, but in Laurie Anderson's hands they are soothing, healing balm. Bless you for this, Laurie. It truly is the definitive memorial for the living and the dead.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful... May 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The two discs which comprise this set span 20 years of LA's music, from the early single "O Superman!" to pieces from her latest studio endeavor "Life On a String" (2001). What makes this collection most worthwhile, however, is not the mere breadth of material covered but, rather, the emotional weight which each and every piece carries.
At the beginning of the set, Lori dedicates the music to the
"opportunity we all have to truly understand the events of
the past few days" (i.e. Sept. 11), and the themes of not knowing "what comes next" surfaces and resurfaces time and
again throughout the length of the concert(s) from which
these cds hail. In the opening song "Statue of Liberty" (from "Life on a String") Lori states with a slight tremble
in her voice, "Freedom is a scary thing. So precious. So
easy to lose". In "Let X=X" the line "I feel like I am in
a burning building" takes on new meaning, while when Lori
sings "Big changes are coming, here they come" at the end
of "Strange Angels" it's hard not to see what this would have
meant both to her and to her audience on that particular evening. Personally, the most emotionally charged moment for me is on "Love Among the Sailors", especially the line, "And if this is the work of an angry God, I want to look into his angry
eyes" which is uttered with such intensity that I can't help
feeling a shutter every time I listen...
There's definitely something for everyone on these 2 cds,
from long-time Anderson fans to "initiates" who are looking
for a good introduction to her art and music (though
perhaps the best place to start is with the "Talk Normal"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing and moving
Laurie Anderson concert in NYC recorded just days after the 9/11 tragedy. Great quality audio and a beautiful and diverse mix of Laurie songs from over the decades. Read more
Published on April 23, 2008 by cfm1982
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
A maximum of 1,000 words is not enough to do justice to one of the most glorious artists of our time.
Published on May 12, 2003 by jason@themagictheatr
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Concert I've Ever Seen
Firstly, I have yet to hear this album, but I did see her show In Toronto on September 13th, 2001, and I have to say that it was aesthetically and artistically the most incredible... Read more
Published on March 26, 2003 by troy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave New World
Laurie Anderson recently applied for and was hired as kitchen worker at McDonald's hamburger joint near her studio in Manhattan. Huh???... Read more
Published on October 9, 2002 by Gavin B.
5.0 out of 5 stars I was there
I had tickets to about 2 broadway shows and a 3 day vacation planned for Fla. the week of Sept 11th. Read more
Published on July 11, 2002 by P. Lannan
5.0 out of 5 stars She's amazing....
Well, the first time I got to see Laurie live last
year (2001) in a small theater in New Hamsphire
she doesn't sing a word really, it turned out to
be a talk. Read more
Published on June 28, 2002 by J. Bilby
4.0 out of 5 stars disappointed by Life on a String? check this out...
After waiting many years between Bright Red and Life on a String, I confess to being somewhat disappointed with the latter. Maybe I like Eno's production more than Willner's. Read more
Published on June 17, 2002 by M. Derby
5.0 out of 5 stars The most important thing to come out of this whole mess
You know, when I watched the events unfold the week of Sept 11th, I was oddly enough concerned about one person's safety and another one's opinions. Read more
Published on June 5, 2002 by John Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and Beautiful
Even if it didn't have so many extra layers of resonance, given the post-Sept. 11 setting in New York, this would still be one of the most gorgeous and haunting releases in recent... Read more
Published on May 25, 2002
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