Laurie Anderson's Live in New York was recorded a mere week after September
11, 2001, and the air of intensity is palpable throughout the two-disc set.
Recorded at Town Hall, it includes ten songs from the 2001 CD Life
on a String (Nonesuch), plus arrangements of earlier songs from her catalog,
including "Let X=X," "Strange Angels," "Coolsville,"
and the early-1980s classic "O Superman." The latter tune, clothed
in a new arrangement, sounds just as poignant as it did 20 years ago, if only
because the 90 minutes leading up to it are filled with some of her most dreamlike,
unnerving, and yet utterly human music. Selections from this monumental endeavor
are the subject of this episode of New Sounds.
PROGRAM #2070, Laurie Anderson
"Live At Town Hall" (First aired 9/10/02)
Live at Town Hall,
Sept. 19-20, 2001
Here With You [3:00]
Statue of Liberty [4:00]
Life On A String [3:00]
Dark Angel [4:30]
Washington Street [5:00]
Beginning French [2:00]
O Superman [8:00]
Slip Away [5:30]
White Lily [2:30]
Love Among The Sailors [4:00]
2-CD set #79681**
More information on Laurie Anderson can be found at www.laurieanderson.com.
sources include www.cdnow.com, www.amazon.com, and the Public Radio Music Source,
a buying service for recordings. www.prms.org
**In most better stores; in NY, try J&R on Park Row, Tower Records, Virgin
megastore at Times Square, HMV, Other Music on 3rd St., etc.