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United States Live (4 CD) Best of, Box set, Live


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Best of, Box set, Live
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002L74
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156,604 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Say Hello
2. Walk The Dog
3. Violin Solo
4. Closed Circuits (For Voice And Amplified Mic Stand)
5. For A Large And Changing Room
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Sax Solo (For Tape Bow Violin)
2. Sax Duet
3. Born, Never Asked
4. From The Air
5. Beginning French
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Red Map
2. Hey Ah
3. Bagpipe Solo
4. Steven Weed
5. Time And A Half
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Cello Solo
2. It Tango
3. Blue Lagoon
4. Hothead (La Langue D'Amour)
5. Stiff Neck
See all 19 tracks on this disc

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Ciaran Taylor on April 7 1999
Format: Audio CD
I saw Laurie Anderson perform "United States" in London shortly after this recording was made, and it stayed with me as a very special event, so I was very excited when I got these CDs. After a while I was struck by how much is missing: the concert was a very visual experience, and on the CDs you sometimes are reminded of this when you hear the audience respond to something you can't see. Also I feel that most of what's best here is done better on "Big Science", so unless you're a Laurie Anderson-obsessive you're probably better off with that. Still... I'm glad I have "United States".
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I remember seeing this performance series being advertised in The Village Voice & wanting desparately to go...but at 17, I didn't quite have the wherewithall to get the $ together to go & have always regretted this. But it was soon enough after that I had a summer job & the LPs were available. The sound was rather thin & scratches noticeable, so I bought the CD box soon after that. I always see this box set around (new & used), so I'm surprised that people say they haven't been able to find it. I always had half-wished that it had gone out of print, if only so that it finally gets the digital remastering (from the original tapes) that it deserves. The one thing that has bugged me about the set is that there is occassional popping/crackling noises that makes it sound as if the cd's were mastered from a pristine LP. The sound on the LP's was always very quiet & you had to turn up the volume, which made any surface noise extremely unpleasant. The CD's are louder, but the tape hiss is more obvious. Some cd's are already on their 3rd remastering.....so it seems that an upgrade is long overdue, SACD would be nice too.
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I had the good fortune of attending this two day performance in Brooklyn. It felt then like we were participating in something special. Looking back it was as I can't think of anything else from the 80's that was in anyway cultural or arresting. Maybe the Clash's first night at bond's before the fire dept showed up? Anyway during intermission the second night my current wife then girlfriend accidently kicked Grace Jones in the ankle while she was sipping champagne. We thought she was going to kick both of our asses. Luckilly Phillip Glass was walking by at that moment and struck up a conversation w/ her and save us from such humiliation. Plus it was so hard to get a cab to take you from the city to brooklyn back then.
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Yeah, it's worth [money] for her 13:00 minute version of "Blue Lagoon" from MISTER HEARTBREAK. Professor Anderson says it all very well, below. I never fully appreciated Laurie until I saw her live recently on tour. I mean, I knew she was smart and inventive, but she finally got to me. She's paying attention to it all; she sees beneath the surfaces.
I suspect you do, too.
And she's coyly feminine and beguiling.
This is a great live set.
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I don't need to go into the finer points of the performance, or of LA's career, in this review; that has been done already (see John Bickelhaupt's review in this section for a great take on the essence of US Live). I will say that if you want an intellectual, complex snapshot of the political, social, economic, psychological and popular culture forces driving Americans in the 1980s, you need to listen to this album. LA captures with (oftentimes frightening) clarity what living in America -- especially urban America -- entailed during that period. However, don't think that her lens is trained only on the '80s; to sum up her approach using a lyric line from a later album (in my opinion her most accessible album, Strange Angels): "History is an angel being blown backward into the future." So much stands out here, so much that is dissected and yet left opaque so that, rather than pontificating, LA simply draws pictures of the landscape and steps back, allowing for multiple interpretations. Key favorites in the work for me include "Violin Solo" (haunting); "Yankee See" (in which LA takes the ironic turn and parodies her own performance -- it also says much about American consumer culture and, specifically, the state of modern art); "Dance of Electricity"; "Private Property" (remember Wm. Buckley??); and, of course, "O Superman." How can you not shudder and snicker simultaneously at the lines:
"And when love is gone/there's always justice/and when justice is gone/there's always force/and when force is gone/there's always Mom/hi Mom!"
Be warned: This is difficult music. This album forces you to look over the precipice into the abyss. That's what's so great about it.
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In the 80's, I would listen to this over and over while I vacuumed the balcony's at a Florida beach condo where I was (barely) gainfully employed at the time. It operated for me on the level of the associations that it dredged up from my memories and knowledge. Are you well read in the history of modern military technolgies? Do you have a morbid fascination with environmental decay and the mostly unconsidered consequences of the choices imposed on us by imperatives of our economic system? Are you endowed with a cinematic imagination with which you can explore these consequences? If so, this recording is for you.
The first time I ever heard Laurie Anderson's music, I was terrified.
I got over it.
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