*UPDATE* from Nonesuch Records - The initial run of Laurie Anderson's Big Science reissue on compact disc contained a slight problem in the mastering that has now been resolved. On the 2nd track, "Big Science," the introd... more »uction to the song was missing the first of two wolf howls. If you purchased one of the CDs that contains the 'dropped' wolf howl, please return it (disc only!) to Nonesuch, 1290 Ave of the Americas, New York, NY 10104, attn: Big Science Reissue Exchange, with a return address, and we will send you the revised version. The re-mastering of Laurie Anderson's Big Science still resonates just as deeply as the original. Articulating a dream-like American society amidst social and political anxiety, Anderson's work is both comforting and sinister at the same time.« less
*UPDATE* from Nonesuch Records - The initial run of Laurie Anderson's Big Science reissue on compact disc contained a slight problem in the mastering that has now been resolved. On the 2nd track, "Big Science," the introduction to the song was missing the first of two wolf howls. If you purchased one of the CDs that contains the 'dropped' wolf howl, please return it (disc only!) to Nonesuch, 1290 Ave of the Americas, New York, NY 10104, attn: Big Science Reissue Exchange, with a return address, and we will send you the revised version. The re-mastering of Laurie Anderson's Big Science still resonates just as deeply as the original. Articulating a dream-like American society amidst social and political anxiety, Anderson's work is both comforting and sinister at the same time.
"This remastered and "expanded" 25th anniversary edition of Big Science is a huge letdown. Not only is the one audio bonus track not included on the cd proper (it's a file on the enhanced portion of the cd) but the remastering itself is negligible. Also, the introduction to the title track has actually been truncated from the original version. My disappointment is compounded by my purchase of Holger Czukay's Movies which was remastered with such care that, even though it was recorded slightly earlier than Big Science, sounds like it was recorded yesterday.
Big Science is a phenomenal and groundbreaking album. If you're interested in delving into Laurie Anderson's work, this is the place to start. However, if you're already a fan and you already own Big Science on cd, this is simply a waste of money."
A Note From Nonesuch Records
J. Berman | New York, NY | 08/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
An American minimalist music classic
Paul Allaer | Cincinnati | 07/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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!"
Very nice remastering
Alan Riva | Valley Village CA, USA | 07/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The quality of the remastering is excellent. The material was totally unique when first released, and still is.
The extra MP3's are very cool. The "O Superman" video is basic but very innovative. Laurie really knows how to use all the various elements she does in the video and it is a reflection of some of the multi-media tools she uses in her live shows.
The packaging is very nice as well. Groovy pics and a nice booklet with lyrics and backround information.
Note: I found that dragging the cursor from the track listing (Mp3's) and going over the little face in the middle allows you to create your own little "doggie" songs.
Go buy this now!
I can't wait for Mister Heartbreak and the live multi-disc remastered!"
A Record For All Times.
William J. Walker | England | 08/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After 20+ years of listening to it, I still come back to this album and find it as fresh now as it ever was. The music on this album is full of striking sounds and imagery and at its centre the cool, crisp, mostly spoken vocal delivery and I do love that voice. The thing I feel that is most often overlooked is the humour in the imagery, many of the tracks raise a smile or a chuckle and may confound your expectations. The music can be wonderfully calming one moment but will have you bolt upright the next. Surprisingly for a mostly 'electronic' album it hasn't dated at all, perhaps because it's all done with a delicate touch and great melodies will always stand the test of time.
This CD release is a nice repackaging effort. The sound does seem a little sharper and the disc is accompanied by a booklet containing some insightful notes from Laurie Anderson, the lyrics(which were also included with the previous edition) and some photos not present on the previous edition. The video to 'O Superman' and its B-side, the(audio only)track 'Walk the Dog', are included in the 'Enhanced' section of the disc, which means you can only play them on a computer(although it gives you the option of Wave/MP3 download). To be honest neither added anything to the original album but I suppose it's nice to have them here.
If you already own a copy of this album and, like me, love it, it is probably just about worth buying this new edition. If you don't own it: Why not? "