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Big World [Joe Jackson]

  • 1. Wild West
    2. Right & Wrong
    3. (It's A) Big World
    4. Shanghai Sky
    5. Fifty Dollar Love Affair
    6. Precious Time
    7. Tonight & Forever
    8. Survival
    9. Soul Kiss
    10. Jet Set
    11. Tango Atlantico
    12. Home Town
    13. We Can't Live Together
    14. Forty Years
    15. Man in the Street
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 6021

  • Credits

    This is a live, direct to 2-track digital recording.
    Personnel: Joe Jackson (vocals, piano, recorder, accordion, melodica); Rick Ford (acoustic guitar, bass, background vocals); Vinnie Zummo (guitar, vocals); Gary Burke (drums); Joy Askew, Nikki Gregoroff, Peter Hewlett, Curtis King, Jr. (background vocals).
    Recorded live at the Roundabout Theatre, New York City on January 22-25, 1986.
    Multi-lingual lyric sheet.
    On his previous couple of albums, Jackson had tried on various styles, inhabiting one or two for the length of a record, or at least for a few songs. On BIG WORLD, he brings all his influences together for a constantly shifting amalgam of textures and styles. After the relative excess of BODY AND SOUL, the band on BIG WORLD was scaled down to bass-guitar-drums and Joe, just like the old days. To underline the excitement generated by small-band interaction the album was recorded live to two-track.
    BIG WORLD was initially released as a three-sided double LP, and the tracks touch on everything from Ennio Morricone spaghetti Western motifs ("Wild West") and tango ("Tango Atlantico") to Steely Dan-ish jazzy pop ("Soul Kiss") and dewy piano balladry ("Shanghai Sky"). Ultimately though, the emphasis is on the energetic, hooky pop/rock that is Jackson's strong suit. BIG WORLD also marks a return to the biting sarcasm and social commentary of his early albums, making it an appealing return to (lyrical) form.

  • Critic Reviews
    CMJ (1/5/04, p.18) - Ranked #20 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1986"
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