Laurie Anderson - Big Science (Red Vinyl)
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Laurie Anderson's 1982 debut album, Big Science, returns to vinyl for the first time in thirty years.
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, which premiered over two nights at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1983, she cut the spare "O Superman (For Massenet)", an electronic-age update of nineteenth 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 7" and spun the eight-minute-plus track on BBC Radio 1. The exposure resulted in an unlikely hit for Anderson, gaining lots of attention in the American press, and a worldwide deal with Warner Bros. Records.
Limited Edition RED vinyl produced by Nonesuch Records in 2021. Remastered in 2007 for the album's 25th Anniversary.