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Talk Normal: The Laurie Anderson Anthology

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. O Superman (For Massenet)
    2. From the Air
    3. Big Science
    4. Born, Never Asked
    5. It Tango
    6. Gravity's Angel
    7. Excellent Birds
    8. Langue d'Amour
    9. Sharkey's Day - (single edit)
    10. Walk the Dog
    11. Cartoon Song
    12. So Happy Birthday
    13. City Song
    14. Big Top, The
    15. Dr. Miller
    16. Lighting Out for the Territories
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Smoke Rings
    2. Talk Normal
    3. Language Is a Virus
    4. Credit Racket
    5. Strange Angels
    6. Babydoll
    7. Coolsville
    8. My Eyes
    9. Dream Before, The
    10. Day the Devil, The
    11. Speak My Language
    12. Love Among the Sailors
    13. Poison
    14. In Our Sleep
    15. Night in Baghdad
    16. Night Flight from Houston, The
    17. Rotowhirl, The
    18. Ouija Board, The
    19. End of the World, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 76648

  • Credits

    Personnel: Laurie Anderson (vocals, violin, Farfisa organ, keyboards, synthesizer, marimba, percussion); Perry Hoberman (flute, saxophone, percussion); Peter Gordon (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Bill Obrecht (alto saxophone); Roma Baran (Farfisa organ, keyboards, bass); David Van Tieghem (marimba, drums, roto-toms).
    Producers: Laurie Anderson, Roma Baran.
    Engineers: Leannie Ungar, Roma Baran.
    Personnel: Laurie Anderson (vocals, violin, whistle, synthesizer, bells); Peter Gabriel (vocals, synthesizer, electronic drums); Adrian Belew, Nile Rodgers (guitar); Bill Laswell (bass); David Van Tieghem (drums, electronic drums, percussion); Anton Fier (drums); Daniel Ponce (iya, shekere, bells); Michelle Cobbs, Dolette McDonald, Brenda Nelson (background vocals).
    Producerts: Laurie Anderson, Peter Gabriel, Roma Baran, Bill Laswell.
    Engineers: Leanne Ungar.
    Personnel: Laurie Anderson (vocals, electric violin, saxophone, vocodor, synthesizer); Chuck Fisher (clarinet, saxophone); Bill Obrecht (saxophone); Peter Gordon (synthesizer, background vocals); Ann DeMarinis (synthesizer); David Van Tieghem (drums, percussion); Joe Kos, Geraldine Ponfius (background vocals).
    Producers: Roma Baran, Laurie Anderson.
    Engineer: Bob Bielecki.
    Recorded live at The Brooklyn Academy Of Music, Brooklyn, New York from February 7-10, 1983.
    Personnel: Laurie Anderson (vocals, electric violin, keyboards); Nile Rodgers (guitar, keyboards, synthesizer); Adrian Belew (guitar); Richard Landry (clarinet, saxophone); Robert Aaron (saxophone); Joy Askew (keyboards, Moog synthesizer); Rob Sabino (keyboards); Bill Laswell (bass); Jimmy Bralower (drums); David Van Tieghem (percussion); Kevin Jones (programming); Dolette McDonald, Janice Pendarvis, Tawatha Agee, Diane Garisto, Curtis King, Frank Simms, Brenda White-King, Knut Bohn (background vocals).
    Producers: Laurie Anderson, Roma Baran.
    Engineer: Leanne Ungar.
    Principally recorded at Park Theatre, Union City, New Jersey.
    Personnel: Laurie Anderson (vocals, keyboards, percussion, programming); Bobby McFerrin (vocals); Scott Johnson, John Selolwane, Chris Spedding, David Spinozza, Ray Phiri, Jimi Tunnell (guitar); Gib Wharton (pedal steel guitar);
    Kenny Kosek (violin); Hugh McCracken (harmonica); Tom "T-Bone" Wolk (accordion); Alex Foster (alto saxophone); Lenny Pickett (tenor saxophone); Lew DelGatto (baritone saxophone); Laurie Frink, Earl Gardner (trumpet); Steve Turre (trombone); Robby Kilgore (keyboards, bass); Dave LeBolt, "Blue" Gene Tyranny (keyboards); Peter Scherer (bass); Tony Levin (Chapman stick); Bakithi Khumalo (fretless bass);Steve Gadd (drums); Manolo Badrena, David Van Tieghem, Crusher, Sue Hadjopoulos, Bill Buchen (percussion); Leon Pendarvis (programming).
    Producers: Laurie Anderson, Roma Baran, Mike Thorn, Leon Pendarvis, Ian Ritchie.
    Engineers: Eric Liljestrand, Josh Abbey, Malcolm Pollack.
    Personnel: Laurie Anderson (vocals, violin, keyboards); Lou Reed (vocals, guitar); Jamie West_Oram, Adrian Belew, Marc Ribot, Gerry Leonard (guitar); Guy Klucevsek (accordion); Brian Eno (keyboards, programming, loops); Peter Scherer (keyboards); Greg Cohen (bass); Joey Barron (drums); Cyro Baptista (surdo, tambourine, triangle, percussion).
    Producers: Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson.
    Engineers: Kevin Killen, Joe Ferla, Ben Fenner.
    Principally recorded at Skyline, Westside Studios, London, England.
    Personnel: Laurie Anderson (vocals, violin, keyboards); Joey Barron (drums).
    Producer: Laurie Anderson.
    Engineer: Ben Fenner.
    Recorded at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, England.
    Compilation producers: Laurie Anderson, David McLees, Shawn Amos.
    Includes liner notes by Gillian G. Gaar.
    Digitally remastered by Dan Hersch and Bill Inglot (Digiprep).
    Personnel: Laurie Anderson (vocals, violin, Farfisa, keyboards, Oberheim synthesizer, Synclavier, vocoder, marimba, percussion, electronics); Peter Laurence Gordon (vocals, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Joe Kos, Geraldine Pontius, Bobby McFerrin (vocals); John Selolwane, Gerry Leonard , Jamie West-Oram, Adrian Belew, Nile Rodgers, Scott Johnson , Jimi Tunnell (guitar); Kenny Kosek (violin); Perry Hoberman (flute, saxophone); Roma Baran (harmonica, Farfisa); Hugh McCracken (harmonica); Guy Klucevsek, T-Bone Wolk (accordion); Richard Landry (clarinet, saxophone); Bill Obrecht (saxophone, alto saxophone); Robert Arron, Chuck Fisher (saxophone); Alex Foster (alto saxophone); Lenny Pickett (tenor saxophone); Lew Del Gatto (baritone saxophone); Mike Thorne (keyboards, percussion programming); Brian Eno (keyboards, loops); Dave Lebolt, Joy Askew, Robbie Kilgore, "Blue" Gene Tyranny, Robert Sabino (keyboards); Anne DeMarinis (Oberheim synthesizer, Synclavier); Peter Gabriel (Synclavier, background vocals); Kevin Jones (Synclavier); David Van Tieghem (marimba, drums, timpani); Bakithi Kumalo (fretless bass); Tony Levin (Chapman stick); Jimmy Bralower, Anton Fier, Joey Baron (drums); Cyro Baptista (shaker, surdo, tambourine, triangle); Daniel Ponce (shekere, bells); Manolo Badrena, Sue Hadjopoulas, Bill Buchen (percussion); Eric Liljestrand (drum programming); Diane Garisto, Brenda White-King, Curtis King, Frank Simms, Brenda Nelson, Phillip Ballou, Tawatha Agee, Benny Diggs, Janice Pendarvis, Dollette McDonald, Michelle Cobbs (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Kevin Killen; Stewart Lerman.
    Audio Remasterers: Dan Hersch; Bill Inglot.
    Liner Note Author: Gillian Gaar.
    Recording information: 39th Street Music; A & R Recording Studios; Bearsville Studios, Woodstock, NY; Blue Rock Studios; Brooklyn Academy Of Music; Electric Lady Studios; Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA; Kampo Cultural Center; London, England; Park Theatre; Pinwhell Studio; Platinum Island Studios; Quad Recording Studios; RCA Recording Studios; RPM Sound Studio; Sadler's Wells Theatre; Sigma Sound Studios; Skyline Studios; Sorcerer Sound; Soundtrack Studios; The Hit Factory, New York, NY; The Lobby; The Stereo Society; Westside Studios, London, England.
    Photographer: Stephen L. Davis.
    Many don't know what to make of multi-media performance artist Laurie Anderson, but that hasn't stopped them from enjoying her creations. Anderson brings the worlds of modern art, theater, pop music, world music, and the avant-garde together, blurring the superficial barriers between them with warmth, wonder, and a sense of the absurd.
    TALK NORMAL collects tracks from all of her albums, from the minimalist, slightly foreboding BIG SCIENCE, through the sensuous, soulful STRANGE ANGELS, to the Spaulding Gray-like narrative-with-music THE UGLY ONE WITH THE JEWELS AND OTHER STORIES. Anderson enlists a variety of creative performers from many genres to embellish her creations, including Nile Rogers, Brian Eno, Bill Laswell, and Bobby McFerrin. Many of these pieces have a surreal, dreamlike ambience, as if Anderson is taping into some collective subconscious, but her humor, all-inclusive attitude, and unpredictability keeps things from becoming pretentious. TALK NORMAL is a compact synopsis of a unique talent.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (12/1/00, p.103) - "...An even-handed career survey, ending with her welcome return to minimalist gestures and wry narratives..." - Rating: B+
    Alternative Press (3/01, p.68) - 4 out of 5 - "...Makes it abundantly clear that there ain't nobody quite like Laurie Andersen..."
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