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Big Science is the 1982 debut album by avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson and 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.
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 Systems with William S. Burroughs and 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 Records with new liner notes, and, in the data portion of the CD, the bonus track "Walk the Dog" (B-Side of the original "O Superman" single) and the "O Superman" video.
1. From the Air 4:29
2. Big Science 6:14
3. Sweaters 2:18
4. Walking & Falling 2:10
5. Born, Never Asked 4:56
6. O Superman (For Massenet) 8:21
7. Example #22 2:59
8. Let X=X 3:51
9. 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)