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Live In New York
Laurie Anderson
Live In New York
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
 
Laurie Anderson scored an improbable hit in the early `80s with the atmospheric "O Superman," a song that appears near the end of this exhaustive two-disc live set. Despite a new arrangement, the track sounds just as entra...  more »

     
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All Artists: Laurie Anderson
Title: Live In New York
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Nonesuch
Original Release Date: 1/1/2001
Re-Release Date: 5/21/2002
Album Type: Live
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, American Alternative, Experimental Music
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPCs: 075597968125, 075597968125

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Laurie Anderson scored an improbable hit in the early `80s with the atmospheric "O Superman," a song that appears near the end of this exhaustive two-disc live set. Despite a new arrangement, the track sounds just as entrancing as it did 20 years ago, if only because the 90 minutes leading up to it features some of the most complex, dreamlike, and unnerving music ever produced. But given that these concerts were recorded just days after the September 11 attacks in New York, the effect is all the more chilling--just try to hold back the goose bumps when Anderson sings, "Here come the planes / They're American planes / Made in America." The air of intensity is palpable throughout Live at Town Hall, as Anderson pulls out vintage pieces like "Let X=X" and "Strange Angels," each one taking new shape and meaning in the process. It is a harrowing listen. --Aidin Vaziri

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CD Reviews

Attending the event
jason@themagictheatr | 04/23/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Playing this CD makes the listener feel they are attending the event itself. The music itself is amazing right through, as are the spken word pieces. There is an intimacy, some intensity, some discomfort but some delight too, for example when the anecdote ('Beginning French') about French 'traffic testers' gives way discreetly to the intro of 'O Superman.' But the intensity is felt most when Laurie refers to 9/11 and her reactions, playing that evening, the sense of an entirley changed world. Her songs fit. My favourites here are O Superman, which I knew from the 8os and Strange Angels, which I didn't know before.
The discomfort comes in when you've listened all the way through and get to O Superman on Disc 2, when the references to 'Amercian planes, made in America' are heard.
This is a good place to go for a live compilation of Laurie Anderson songs."
Stellar!
M. Kobb | California | 03/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've seen Laurie Anderson live on a half-dozen occasions, and the shows are always somehow new.

This show is no different. Unlike most of her shows in recent years, this one heavily features her earlier, most-quirky material. But, that material is re-conceived for the live band. Although updated and punched up a bit, it's still true to its original spirit.

The results are wonderful. If you enjoy the earlier albums like Big Science, you'll love hearing their formerly-sparse arrangements augmented with a really great live band. Some of these songs haven't been performed live for many years, and hearing them now is a treat.

I have to agree with the Amazon reviewer and a couple of others: "O Superman" is clearly the climax of the show. The audience's reaction -- surprised and then delighted -- to the opening of O Superman fading in as if sent from long ago is exhilarating.

Knowing the conext of this show and hearing Laurie sing, voice barely controlled, about the "American planes", gives me chills every time I listen. To think that this song was written nearly 20 years before the events of 9/11 is eerie. Extremely powerful stuff."
Love
jason@themagictheatr | CA | 05/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A maximum of 1,000 words is not enough to do justice to one of the most glorious artists of our time."