Big World

Universal Music Special Imports
Release date
31 Oct 2006
Running length
15 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Wild West 4:37 2,774
2 Right And Wrong (Live) 4:35 185
3 (It's A) Big World 4:44 1,805
4 Precious Time 3:23 2,456
5 Tonight And Forever 2:31 2,783
6 Shanghai Sky 5:10 1,909
7 Fifty Dollar Love Affair 3:38 1,934
8 We Can't Live Together 5:25 1,710
9 Forty Years 4:26 1,884
10 Survival 2:19 1,682
11 Soul Kiss 4:44 2,479
12 The Jet Set 3:50 1,812
13 Tango Atlantico 2:58 1,781
14 Home Town 3:11 8,773
15 Man In The Street 5:05 1,631

About this album

Big World is a 1986 album by Joe Jackson. The album was recorded live in at the Roundabout Theatre in New York City on January 22-25, 1986. Jackson’s intent was to capture the excitement and spontaneity of a live performance, but without any interference from the crowd. The audience remains silent during the recording per Jackson’s request, so no applause is heard in the recording. The music was mixed live from microphones on each instrument and then recorded directly into a stereo digital tape recorder. Unlike most live recordings, no post-recording mixing or overdubbing was performed. Therefore the music heard on the album is exactly as it was played live during the concert performances. A Top 40 album, Big World is currently[when?] out of print. Among many critics, however, it is highly regarded.

The LP release of this title is a double album, but only has music on three sides. The fourth side label proclaims “there is no music on this side”, and the record has a groove that quickly leads to the inner bump track. Also, the song “Wild West” contains a musical reference to the theme from “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly”.

In respect of the album cover-art, the different languages used to write “Big World” are the French, Arabic, English, Greek,German, Hindi, Armenian, Japanese, Hebrew and Russian amongst others.

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  • Drazba

    have this on vinyl-really good album-didnt realize it was out of print

    2 Aug 2011 Reply
  • pollepet

    big album

    23 Feb 2010 Reply
  • misterbruno

    I love this album! Funny things I'll remember about it: How it came out as two vinyl LPs but the fourth side was INTENTIONALLY BLANK. How Joe describes in the liner notes that it was live but they asked the audience not to make noise. Weird.

    22 Oct 2008 Reply
  • ajphux

    Right And Wrong is the shit.

    12 Mar 2008 Reply

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