Laurie AndersonBig Science

Label:Nonesuch – 075597918069
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Red Opaque
Country:USA & Europe
Genre:Electronic, Rock, Pop
Style:Art Rock, Experimental, New Age


A1From The Air
Alto SaxophoneBill Obrecht
Clarinet, Tenor SaxophonePeter Gordon
Pedalboard [Farfisa Bass]Roma Baran
Vocals, Vocoder, Organ [Farfisa]Laurie Anderson
A2Big Science
Glass HarmonicaRoma Baran
Percussion [Bottles]Perry Hoberman
Percussion [Sticks]Anderson*, Hoberman*, Baran*
Rototoms, Timpani [Tympani]David Van Tieghem
Vocals, Synthesizer [OBXa], Percussion, ElectronicsLaurie Anderson
BagpipesRufus Harley
Vocals, Violin [Violins]Laurie Anderson
A4Walking & Falling
Vocals, ElectronicsLaurie Anderson
A5Born, Never Asked
HandclapsAnderson*, Hoberman*, Baran*
MarimbaDavid Van Tieghem
Vocals, Violin [Violins], KeyboardsLaurie Anderson
B1O Superman (For Massenet)
Flute, SaxophonePerry Hoberman
Mastered ByBill Kipper, Bob Ludwig
Organ [Farfisa], Keyboards [Casio], EngineerRoma Baran
Vocals, Vocoder, ElectronicsLaurie Anderson
B2Example #22
AccordionRoma Baran
Alto Saxophone, Tenor SaxophoneChuck Fisher
Backing VocalsUngar*
Clarinet [B♭ & E♭], Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Baritone SaxophoneRichard Cohen
Flute, Piccolo Flute, Backing VocalsPerry Hoberman
Percussion, DrumsDavid Van Tieghem
Vocals, Violin, Organ [Farfisa]Laurie Anderson
WhistlingAnderson*, Baran*
Let X=X / It Tango(6:57)
B3aLet X=X
HandclapsAnderson*, Hoberman*, Baran*
RototomsDavid Van Tieghem
TromboneGeorge Lewis
Vocals, Vocoder, Organ [Farfisa], Synthesizer [OBXa], MarimbaLaurie Anderson
B3bIt Tango
HandclapsAnderson*, Hoberman*, Baran*
RototomsDavid Van Tieghem
Vocals, Synthesizer [OBXa], Organ [Farfisa], MarimbaLaurie Anderson

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Early copies ordered from the Nonesuch Store included a bonus cover art print signed by Laurie Anderson.
Includes lyric sheet insert.
Track times taken from record labels.
Remastered 2007 at Sterling Sound by Greg Calbi.

Songs from "United States I-IV"

Recorded at The Lobby, New York City.
Mixed at The Hit Factory, New York City.
Additional tracks recorded at The Hit Factory, Skyline Studios and Sorcerer Sound.

Special thanks to Patty Anderson, Lester Bangs, Robert Coe, Anton Fier, Charles Holland, Geraldine Pontius, Greg Shifrin and Gail Turner.

B1 mixed at The Lobby; for Massenet; originally released on One Ten Records.
B2 special thanks to Paranormals Medeline Vester, Gerhard Rozhek, Coretta Atteroc, Shelley Karson.
B3 original version appeared in ArtForum February 1982.

℗ 2007 & © 2021 Nonesuch Records inc. Made in the Netherlands.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 075597918069
  • Barcode (Text): 0 75597 91806 9
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A [Etched]): 1-3674-A RE1 JN-H
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A [Stamped]): 30991 2A 075597918069 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B [Etched]): 1-3674-B RE1 JN-H
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B [Stamped]): 30991 2B 075597918069 STERLING

Other Versions (5 of 97)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Big Science (LP, Album, Repress)Warner Bros. RecordsXBS-3674Canada1982
Big Science (LP, Album)Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. RecordsWB K 57 002, WB 57 002Europe1982
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Big Science (LP, Album, Stereo, Europadisk Pressing)Warner Bros. RecordsBSK 3674US1982
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Big Science (LP, Album)Warner Bros. Records57002Italy1982
Big Science (LP, Album, Stereo)Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. RecordsWB K 57 002, WB 57 002France1982



  • Wateralamode's avatar
    I guess this one varies a lot, but this is probably the best sounding record in my collection. It's completely silent, even in the dead wax. Sounds super open. The only thing I noticed is that the strings on From the Air are a little quiet, but I think that's just the remastering.
    • Andrew.stryker's avatar
      Guess I was lucky—fantastic pressing, very clean, great mastering with wide dynamic range.
      • thehappyatom's avatar
        One of the worst pressings I’ve had the misfortune to buy. Rumble throughout and plenty of cracking and popping. Repeated cleaning had done nothing so clearly I got a dud. Such a shame as I was really looking forward to this.
        • dopaminedj's avatar
          Edited 2 years ago
          Absolutely stellar pressing....O Superman is an aural treat. My copy is flat and sounds good to my ears.
          • Fisheds5's avatar
            The mastering on this release is hotter and louder than the original pressing I have; the drums at the beginning of From The Air nearly gave me a headache. It's a shame they used the 'remaster' from the 2007 CD instead of doing a better, more natural sounding remaster.
            • matthewdake's avatar
              This must be a mixed bag, because my copy sounds incredible after a quick on-deck clean. Pro-Ject RPM 1.3 Genie -> AT-VM95ML -> Marantz 2230
              • rb_001's avatar
                Terribly noisy pressing - hash sound in right channel on both sides. Will be returning.
                • Berzerkly's avatar
                  The pressing sounds good on my system...flat and quiet. I was lucky enough to see an ad for the release on Instagram a couple of months ago and get my preorder from Nonsuch in early enough to get an autographed print of the cover art.
                  • picdisc65's avatar
                    BEWARE! I received a sealed copy, only to open it to discover that a different record had been inserted into the sleeve:
                    If you leave yours sealed, it might NOT actually have the Laurie Anderson record inside!
                    • zacharyg543's avatar
                      Side one sounds all good, but O Superman on side 2 has lots of high end distortion on the louder vocal moments. Anyone else with this problem? The packaging and red vinyl are all nice though.


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