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big science LP [Import]

Laurie Anderson Vinyl
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 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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  • Vinyl
  • Format: Import
  • Label: WB
  • ASIN: B0040OUN86
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,240,489 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
"Big Science" is an intense experience. It is also one of the greatest records I've ever heard. Laurie Anderson's ability to touch emotions with pure sound and rhythm is a tribute to her discipline and technical mastery. The sparse clarity of her word-and-sound-scapes leads you curiously on to places you never knew existed! Well, that's what I reckon anyway. Alf agrees with me. Don't cheat yourself - listen to it all in one sitting with the phone off the hook and a do not disturb notice on your door. You may find it bewildering and irritating. It's not pop. You can dance to it. I do! 5 stars and counting.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By not_a_real_folkie VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
UK listeners of a certain age will, of course, either love or loathe Laurie Anderson on the strength of her unlikely 1981(?) hit, O Superman. That mammoth track forms the literal centrepiece of this extraordinary record, but is also quite unrepresentative. Laurie Anderson is no one-trick pony.
Every track on this album has its own soundscape and character. Sonically highly experimental (we jump from howling dogs on Track 2 to bagpipes on Track 3), the charm of Anderson's very warm-hearted art lies in the vocal performances. Whilst the music/noises on each track can be somewhat challenging, the largely spoken lyrics draw you into a filmic world that's far from cold or 'difficult'. Subtle humour, of the type that the Yanks do best, is laced through these songs.
Ultimately, Laurie Anderson is perhaps not trying to say anything startlingly profound about life's big questions (as some - not amongst these reviews - have suggested) but takes delight in illuminating little corners of life that tell us a lot about mankind's foibles, occasional failings and overwhelming humanity. She starts the album with the tannoy musings of a pilot about to attempt a crash-landing, and ends it with the heart-melting line "Your eyes. It's a day's work just looking into them.". How does she do that?
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1982's cult classic = the sound of the future... 22 Jun 2007
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
Laurie Anderson's roots were clearly in art, her years prior to the release of 'Big Science' taking in performance, art criticism, unreleased avant garde music, and her path crossing with such luminaries as Philip Glass, William S Burroughs, Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg. The album itself was an odd one, a major label distillation of Anderson's stage presentation 'United States I - IV' - all of which were eventually released as a box set of live recordings a few years later (...something I'd like to see reissued on compact disc). 'Big Science' is a record that sounded revolutionary and forward thinking back then, in between, and right about now. This remastered edition sounding even better, sounding like the future, and the kind of record that you can use to dismiss major label pseudo-experimentation like 'Kid A' by Radiohead.

In the UK, 'Big Science' and Laurie Anderson are probably best known for the accidental hit single 'O Superman (For Massanet)', which was a hit after being championed by the late, great John Peel. It also had a very odd video that I found strangely reassuring - 'O Superman' has to be one of the strangest hit singles of all time, from its central loop of someone taking a half-breath (...uhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhetc...) to Anderson's oblique spoken word, to the vocoding effects on the vocals, and music that shifts in from the background to the fore (...one part really reminds me of parts of the soundtrack to 'Koyaanisqatsi' by Philip Glass). It's hypnotic stuff and I can understand completely why a 60-something co-worker of mine used to play it taped off the radio in the car (& nothing else) back in the 80s.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to see it re-mastered, but... 8 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Big Science is one of my favourite Laurie Anderson albums, possibly because it was my first encounter with her music, but mainly because of the raw simplicity underlying the technology. There can't be too many songs that include bagpipes, violin and human voice all trying to emulate each other, but Sweaters does it with gusto creating an incredibly muscial cacophany. The tremendous, thundering percussion on this track adds a dramatic dash of arrhythmia to the mix.

The CD itself contains just the original tracks, with the additional material available as CD-Rom content, as previously mentioned. This means that the CD itself is no different to the original - except that in the cleanup process, the analogue hiss was removed. Unfortunately, this has necessitated the removal of the first howl from the title track, following which there was a period of silence before the second howl and the vocals beginning. A very small edit, but it just doesn't feel right this way. On an "ideal" version of an album, it is strange to have bits removed. Interestingly, I remember Laurie herself commenting on the instruments used on her tour during the autumn of 2001 - where she added some old synths to the list of instruments used in order to add some "analogue dirt". I like the analogue dirt! I'll stick to the original version of the album, I think, and keep the new version for the O Superman video and the studio version of "Walk the dog".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A truely original work
Containing the track "O Superman" with which older music fans may be familiar, this album features idiosyncratic songs by a highly talented and original artist. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kevin Holden
5.0 out of 5 stars Sent promptly, exceptable quaility,
Sent promptly, exceptable quaility, gets rid of ugly Staines, fun at parties, improves your sexxx appeal, promotes Anglo - Scottish relations, buffs up to a high gloss on Cars and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr Pip S
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic of underground art
a record as fresh, if not as startlingly original, as when it was first issued. Accessible art but a great performance in all events
Published 16 months ago by Simon Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars An old favourite
Still a good album. Really enjoyed hearing it again. O Superman is as good as ever. Laurie Anderson is really an under rated talent.
Published 16 months ago by anon
3.0 out of 5 stars different but not necessarily better
Having owned and loved an original vinyl copy of this album since it's release I was looking forward to this. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. K. Briddon
5.0 out of 5 stars Laurie Anderson - Big Science
I needed a CD of this to replace a rather old and much played LP. Being a big fan of Laurie Anderson I now have a complete CD collection of her music. Read more
Published 17 months ago by El Den
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Laurie Anderson is so very engaging and creative, and she makes lovely sounds and mixes. Superman is an amazing track, and all the other tracks are excellent. She's a genius :-)
Published 19 months ago by J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars why wouldnt you..??
why wouldnt you want to own this..??
i needed a new copy , ordered it , arrived well within alloted time and in fine nick. Read more
Published on 5 May 2011 by sssssssssssssss
5.0 out of 5 stars Here come the planes
I remember when I first heard the single 'O Superman' on the radio, but then it isn't the sort of record you forget. Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2010 by D. J. H. Thorn
5.0 out of 5 stars CD review
It's an album that your either going like or dislike, I like it my wife doesn't.
Published on 14 Sep 2010 by Mr. M. D. Brocket
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