- Big Science (album)
Name = Big Science
Type = Studio album
Released = 1982
June 18, 2007(reissue)
Recorded = The Lobby,
The Hit Factory, New York City
Avant-garde Experimental music Pop music
Length = 38:19
Warner Bros. Records
Producer = Laurie Anderson
AllmusicRating|4.5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:difqxq95ldse link]
Robert Christgau(A-) [http://robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=laurie+anderson link]
*Music Box Rating|4.5|5 [http://www.musicbox-online.com/reviews-2007/laurieanderson-bigscience-09232007.html link]
Pitchfork Media(8.7/10) [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/44356-big-science link]
Rolling Stone" Rating|4|5 [http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/laurieanderson/albums/album/118865/rid/5945420/ link]
Last album = "
You're the Guy I Want To Share My Money With" (1981)
This album = "Big Science" (1982)
Next album = "
Mister Heartbreak" (1984)
"Big Science" is the 1982 debut album by
avant-gardeartist Laurie Andersonand the first of a 7-album deal she signed with Warner Bros. Records. It is best known for the 8-minute epic " O Superman", which reached #2 in the UK. The album is minimalist and monochrome in sound, and like a great deal of Anderson's work is based largely on spoken word. It is a selection of highlights from her eight-hour production, " United States Live", which was itself released as a 4-LP box set and book in 1984. "United States Live" was originally a performance piece, in which music was only one element. After "Big Science" music played a larger role in Anderson's work. [GroveOnline|Laurie Anderson|Susan McClary|September 1|2006]
Although considered her debut album, Anderson had previously recorded one side of a 2-LP set titled "
You're the Guy I Want To Share My Money With", a collaboration released on Giorno Poetry Systemswith William S. Burroughsand John Giorno. She had also contributed two pieces to a 1977 compilation of electronic music.
A newly remastered version of the album was released on 18 June 2007 by Nonesuch/
Elektra Recordswith new liner notes, a bonus track, "Walk the Dog" (which was the B-Sideof the original " O Superman" single), as well as the "O Superman" video.
The album has been sampled in a number of hip hop songs:
* "From the Air" was sampled by
Mr. Lifin the song "Home of the Brave" on his "Emergency Rations" EP. The song deals with political repercussions of September 11, 2001playing off the original songs description of a plane crash descending into New York City.
* "Raspberry Fields" by
Cannibal Oxcontains a sample from "Sweaters."
* "This about the City" by
cLOUDDEADcontains a sample from the song "Big Science."
All tracks by
# "From the Air" – 4:29
# "Big Science" – 6:14
# "Sweaters" – 2:18
# "Walking & Falling" – 2:10
# "Born, Never Asked" – 4:56
# "O Superman (For Massenet)" – 8:21
# "Example #22" – 2:59
# "Let X=X/It Tango" – 6:51 ("Let X=X" – 3:51; "It Tango" – 3:01)
Laurie Anderson– vocals, vocoder, farfisa organ, percussion, Oberheim OB-Xa, sticks, violins, electronics, keyboards, handclaps, whistling, marimba
Roma Baran– farfisa bass, glass harmonica, sticks, handclaps, casiotone, accordion, whistling
Perry Hoberman– bottles and sticks, handclaps, flute, sax, piccolo, backing vocals
Bill Obrecht– alto sax
*Peter Gordon –
clarinet, tenor sax
David Van Tieghem– drums, rototoms, timpani, marimba, percussion
Rufus Harley– bagpipeson 3
Chuck Fisher– alto sax on 7, tenor sax on 7
*Richard Cohen – b-flat clarinet on 7,
e-flat clarineton 7, bass clarineton 7, bassoonon 7, bari sax on 7
Leanne Ungar– backing vocals on 7
*George Lewis –
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