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on 7 August 2005
Laurie Anderson is one of the most genuinely distinctive voices in modern music. Unlike most of her contemporaries she is not willing to scrape a living on the periphery from various grants. Instead she takes her vision into the mainstream without compromising or weakening her stance. It is surprisingly accessable. The set opens with the studio version of O Superman (I would have prefered the warmer live version). This was the moment that Laurie took her vision into the heart of the UK pop charts. It is not representative of her work as a whole, but is still probably one of the most imaginative records ever to make the top five. This set spans seven albums and all are generously represented here. The tracks are well selected and flow well as a set. There are, of course, numerous highlights. Big Science, Sharkey's Day, So Happy Birthday, Language is a Virus, Strange Angels and Love Among the Sailors just to name a few.
Laurie's supreme acheivment is, and will probably remain, the massive United States Live (though it is about time that they lowered the price of that masterwork to more affordable levels). Her first three albums are merely capabable echoes of that. By the time she got to Strange Angels, however, she started to move on. But she her style is, at the core, still there. The set concludes with the wonderful story telling of The End of the World.
The presentation is beautiful. With two digipacks and a very imformative booklet held inside an outer jacket.
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on 7 April 2016
The alternative to alternative this is alternative +

I like to listen to different music genre but to be fair its very different and not for everyone the track o superman got to no 2 in the uk charts in the 80s
its rather political though as are a lot of the tracks in this anthology the song is connected to the Iran hostage crisis.which took place in 1979-1980
its more like the Laurie Anderson book of shadows with links to Tao and Buddhist also a mention of Ouija and different spiritual aspects with Chinese mandolin playing ..I got the impression that it was her meditations written down and put to music this anthology is certainly different but I enjoyed it but its not to everyone's taste with a lot of spoken words as opposed to sung
to summarise gets you thinking and is intriguing and somewhat mythical in Laurie's own unique style
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 28 September 2011
Like most, my introduction to Laurie Anderson was through the hauntingly strange but beautiful O!, Superman, which I bought as 45rpm single. Everybody else I knew (parents, for example! hated it, they almost believing it was sending telepathic messages through its eerie monotonous backing, to their impressionable teenage son.... which, of course, made me love it even more.

Big Science remains my favourite piece from Ms Anderson. Something with a tangible message, wrapped up with ambience and a melancholic, slightly sinister beauty. From there on in, tracks become more experimental and less easy to grasp.

I've always appreciated that Laurie isn't out to produce commercial material and hats off to how she's re-inventing herself, in the true artist's sense and she's always exploring ways to incorporate and encompass her multi-instrumental abilities, her poetry and also that her photography and installation art that she produces have an influence on. Having said that, a lot of the time, I'm just not on her wave-length and maybe because she's taking the American (which she is, of course) slant and taking oblique perceptions on a culture that I'm not familiar with. Unfortunately, however much I try, I'm just not overly induced to try to, either.

The product is beautifully put together, the colour booklet especially. I don't regret buying it but for those looking to sample Ms Anderson on the back of her singles, I'd suggest the Big Science album.
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on 19 April 2013
I have all her albums, either on vinyl or CD, but still had to buy this as a good compilation. If you like Laurie, this is a no-brainer. If you haven't heard her music, this is an excellent starter. Nobody else like her out there. Peerless.
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on 6 February 2013
Laurie Anderson is certainly unique and this anthology perfectly captures a superb cross section of her material. I don't think there are many out there who can touch her! This package is quite lovely also with an informative booklet. Highly recommended.
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on 23 March 2014
Had it in mind to buy a good while ago. A truly wonderful anthology, well worth the money and super music!
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