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Live in New York

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Track Listing

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1.01Here with You3:14
1.02Statue of Liberty4:21
1.03Let X=X6:42
1.05My Compensation2:30
1.06Washington Street5:11
1.07Pieces and Parts3:44
1.08Strange Angels5:56
1.09Dark Angel4:46
2.02One Beautiful Evening2:41
2.07Life on a String3:11
2.08Beginning French2:04
2.09O Superman8:55
2.10Slip Away5:35
2.11White Lily2:34
2.12Puppet Motel3:18
2.13Love Among the Sailors3:58

News & Reviews

  • Watch: Laurie Anderson Performs with Ai Weiwei for Luminato Festival; Leads Free NYC Concerts for River to River Festival

    Laurie Anderson began a week of special performances when she was joined by artist and activist Ai Weiwei, via Skype from Beijing, for the premiere of Greetings to the Motherland at Toronto's Luminato Festival last night; watch it in full here. Anderson leads two free concerts in New York City this week for the annual River to River Festival, featuring stories from United States Parts 1-4 with special guests Steve Buscemi and Young Jean Lee on Tuesday and a night of improvisation with longtime musical collaborators on Wednesday.

  • Luminato Line-Up Includes Free Sets from Bombino, Amadou & Mariam, Laurie Anderson, Carolina Chocolate Drops

    The line-up for the 2013 Luminato Festival in Toronto has been announced, and included among this year’s performers are Bombino, Amadou & Mariam, Laurie Anderson, and Carolina Chocolate Drops. All of these artists will give free concerts in David Pecaut Square at the Hub of the Festival, which runs from June 14 to 23. Among the Luminato Festival’s other highlights will be a multi-artist, two-night tribute to Joni Mitchell at Massey Hall.

About this Album

“She sang about lover’s quarrels, angels, wanderlust, and New York … The songs didn’t promise solace, only clear observations and new questions ... [W]hat once seemed off-handed or oblique had turned chillingly prophetic.” —New York Times

The performances on Laurie Anderson's 2002 two-CD live recording, Live in New York, were recorded in New York City at Town Hall on September 19 and 20, 2001, just a week after the September 11 attacks on the city. The dates were part of an intimate US tour by Anderson in support of her critically acclaimed Nonesuch debut, Life on a String; it was her first tour with a band.

The two-disc set features ten songs from Life on a String as well as new arrangements of such vintage Anderson works as “Let X=X,” “Strange Angels,” and “O Superman.” Anderson, who performs on violin, keyboards, and effects, was joined on stage by Skúli Sverrisson (bass), Peter Scherer (keyboards), and Jim Black (drums).


Laurie Anderson, vocals, violin, keyboards
Skúli Sverrisson, bass, concertina
Jim Black, drums, electronic percussion
Peter Scherer, keyboards, samplers

Produced by Laurie Anderson
Musical Director:  Skuli Sverrisson     
Recorded September 19-20, 2001 at Town Hall, New York City, by Jody Elff and Adam Blackburn (Effanel Music)
Assistant Engineer: Brandon Karp (Effanel Music)
Mixed by Jody Elff
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, ME
Production Manager: Bill Berger
MIDI and keyboard tech: Rick Van Benschotten

All songs written by Laurie Anderson and published by Difficult Music (BMI), except: “My Compensation,” lyrics by Laurie Anderson and music by Laurie Anderson/Skúli Sverrisson, published by Difficult Music (BMI); “Poison” and “Puppet Motel,” written by Laurie Anderson/Brian Eno and published by Difficult Music (BMI)/Upala Music (BMI).

Design by John Gall

Executive Producer: David Bither

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