Laurie Anderson

Big Science

LP red

Most recently dispatched: 9 April

Laurie Anderson’s 1982 debut album, Big Science, will return to vinyl for the first time in 30 years with a new red vinyl edition on Nonesuch Records.  The release includes the re-mastered original album first released on CD for the 25th anniversary in 2007.

In the early 1980s, Laurie Anderson was already respected as a conceptual artist and composer, adept at employing gear both high-tech and homemade in her often violin-based pieces, and she was a familiar figure in the cross-pollinating, Lower Manhattan music-visual art-performance circles from which Philip Glass and David Byrne also emerged.  While working on her now-legendary seven-hour performance art/theater piece United States, Part I–IV, she cut the spare ‘O Superman (For Massenet)’, an electronic-age update of 19th century French operatic composer Jules Massenet’s aria ‘O Souverain’, for the tiny New York City indie label 110 Records.  In the UK, DJ John Peel picked up a copy of this very limited-edition 33? RPM 7” and spun the eight-minute-plus track on BBC Radio 1.  The exposure resulted in an unlikely #2 hit, lots of attention in the press, and a worldwide deal with Warner Bros. Records. 

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Item code: 0075597918069
Label: Nonesuch
Info correct on: 25/2/2021