Big World

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All Music Guide - Jason Damas
Joe Jackson crafted his most labored, serious album in 1984's Body and Soul, so it's no surprise that he made a complete turnaround for its follow-up, Big World. Instead of delving deeper into jazz, Jackson pared his lineup down to a basic guitar, bass, and drums rock combo and recorded all of Big World live in front of an audience in a move to avoid the over-production that bogged down records of its period. Interestingly, Jackson insisted the audience not make a sound during the recording, so this doesn't sound like a live album, except in the spots where Jackson's voice wears a bit thin. And, running over 60 minutes and across three record "sides," Big World is a ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Damas
Joe Jackson crafted his most labored, serious album in 1984's Body and Soul, so it's no surprise that he made a complete turnaround for its follow-up, Big World. Instead of delving deeper into jazz, Jackson pared his lineup down to a basic guitar, bass, and drums rock combo and recorded all of Big World live in front of an audience in a move to avoid the over-production that bogged down records of its period. Interestingly, Jackson insisted the audience not make a sound during the recording, so this doesn't sound like a live album, except in the spots where Jackson's voice wears a bit thin. And, running over 60 minutes and across three record "sides," Big World is a sweeping album, shifting from a more accessible first side to an experimental middle and closing out with a more aggressive third side. It works, since Big World is the most raw and immediate record of the middle part of Jackson's career. But listeners expecting another Look Sharp! won't be impressed, as this is still a much more serious, concerned Jackson than before. As the title of the album suggests, Jackson is tackling big issues, such as global cultural differences, Reagan-era politics, yuppies, and relationships -- from romantic ones to those you hold with your roots, as on the reflective "Home Town." At times, it works marvelously, and at times the songs are too ponderous and minimal to make any impact. But the best moments, like "Right and Wrong," "Tonight and Forever," and "Home Town," establish Big World as one of the best and most overlooked records of Joe Jackson's career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/1998
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 082839602129
  • Catalog Number: 3960212
  • Sales rank: 32,744

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wild West (4:37)
  2. 2 Right and Wrong (4:35)
  3. 3 (It's A) Big World (4:44)
  4. 4 Precious Time (3:23)
  5. 5 Tonight and Forever (2:31)
  6. 6 Shanghai Sky (5:10)
  7. 7 Fifty Dollar Love Affair (3:38)
  8. 8 We Can't Live Together (5:25)
  9. 9 Forty Years (4:26)
  10. 10 Survival (2:19)
  11. 11 Soul Kiss (4:44)
  12. 12 The Jet Set (3:50)
  13. 13 Tango Atlantico (2:58)
  14. 14 Home Town (3:12)
  15. 15 Man in the Street (5:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Jackson Primary Artist, Harmonica, Piano, Accordion, Keyboards, Recorder, Vocals, Melodica
Joy Askew Vocals, Background Vocals
Gary Burke Drums
Nikki Gregoroff Vocals, Background Vocals
Pete Hewlett Vocals, Background Vocals
Curtis Rance King Jr. Vocals, Background Vocals
Vinnie Zummo Guitar, Vocals
Ted Leonard Guitar
Jim Skiathethis Drums
Rick Ford Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Joe Jackson Arranger, Composer, Producer, Package Concept
Guy Charbonneau Remote Recording
Michael Frondelli Engineer
David Kershenbaum Producer
Laurie Rosenwald Art Direction
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