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Big Science Import

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Critics lauded the sonic experiments of this NY performance artist, and the UK gave her an unlikely hit when O Superman shot to #2. Here's the 1982 Warner Bros. LP that followed: O Superman; Big Science; From the Air , and the rest of these songs full of tape loops, found sounds and other ahead-of-their-time elements. Bonus audio and video, too!
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  • Audio CD (July 17, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000QCU9QW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Berman on August 7, 2007
Format: Audio CD
While we feel that the remastering of Laurie Anderson's Big Science dramatically improves the sound quality of the original CD, there was indeed a small omission: the first of two wolf howls that introduces track 2, "Big Science," is missing in the master used for the initial production run of the reissue. This error has since been fixed. Anyone who purchased the CD with the 'truncated' introduction to the title track may return it to us and we will send you the corrected version free of charge. Please see the product description above for more details.
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Having been a fan of different and "alternative" music, I was intrigued when I first saw the videos for "Sharkey's Day" and "O Superman" on MTV. I was just blown away. So, I went out and picked up my first Laurie Anderson album, Big Science. I was simply amazed at the quality and consistency of this album. I wanted to hear O SUPERMAN first, but when I started with FROM THE AIR, I didn't stop until the album was over. Mesmerizing is the best word I can think of in describing this album. While the lyrics may seem loony, they are actually very intelligent and thought provoking. One of the most haunting songs is BORN, NEVER ASKED. There is a line in that song that says, "What is behind that curtain?" This just underscores the simple yet fascinating aspects of Laurie's lyrics. I just never knew that I was "always falling when I was walking." If you didn't know that, then you must own this album. In fact, everyone should. This is simply a magical piece of art.
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When "Big Science" was originally released in 1982, it was one of the most unexpected successes of that year, not only as an album, but also generating one of the most unlikely top 10 singles ever with the 8+ min. "O Superman (For Massenet)". Certainly the video helped it make a success, but there was more than that.

Now, 25 years after the original release, comes the remastered and upgraded version. "Big Science" (9 tracks, 41 min., plus bonus materials) starts off with one of its best tracks, "From the Air", a threatening piece from the perspective of an airline captain. The beautiful title track follows, with its slow yet mesmorizing tone. Other highlights for me on the album are of course "O Superman", which still sounds as intruigingand hypnotizing as it did 25 years ago (I still lived in Belgium then, and can attest that this was a genuine hit single there and in many other European countries), and "Let X = X", another minimalist masterpiece. Some of the shorter tracks, such as "Sweaters" and "Walking & Falling" doen't really catch on for me, but it doesn't diminish the overall classic status of the album.

I had this on vinyl but never got the original CD issue, so I don't know how much the audio differs or improves, but regardless I think the audio quality of this remaster is great, so I'm not certain what the complaint about that could be. The bonus materials on the enhanced portion of the CD are skimpy but nice: the video for "O Superman" and an audio file for for "Walk the Dog", which was the B-side of "O Superman". Even though the song is certainly not "essential", it's too bad that it wasn't added onto the regular audio portion. Laurie Anderson also provides some nice liner notes. Overall, I am very happy that I finally got this in my collection, and this album is a true classic of American minimalist music. Highly recommended!
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An essential album. Despite the enormous popularity that "O Superman" received as a single, everyone seems to have forgotten this astonishing album. It is not a curiosity, not simply weird or quirky; it's a masterpiece: a complex, lovely, and intelligent combination of poetry, humor, sound, and atmosphere. It avoids the most common mistake of spoken word + music attempts: rather than simply using the music as a background for the words, this album integrates the music with the words and with the rhythms of the sentences, enhancing every syllable with its presence. The style of the music is indescribable. While the tools are thoroughly 80's: low tech synth, strange electronic noises, etc, the music does not sound dated. Far from it, it seems ahead of our time as well as its own. The overall atmosphere is foreboding and surreal (as exemplified in the hit single "superman"): a plane without a captain in "from the air", a soulless city of cars and malls in "big science", and the kafkaesque themes of disorientation and mystery in "walking and falling" and "born, never asked". But it's quite diverse, and it's best moments go beyond mere atmosphere and into the sublime--as in the stunningly chaotic, infectious, and joyful "example #22" and in the deeply moving final tracks "let x=x" and "it tango". After listening to these last two tracks, you might discover that your feet are no longer touching the ground. There's a quality of anti-gravity in the music. It's easy to appreciate Anderson soley for her intriguing writing (marvellous lines like: "It's a sky-blue sky. Satellites are out tonight. Let x=x."), while forgetting to notice the role played by the music. This album is a brilliant musical creation, as well as a brilliant linguistic one. It deserves our attention.
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