Home of the Brave (soundtrack)

Home of the Brave is the fourth album by Laurie Anderson, released in 1986 by Warner Bros. Records. It is a soundtrack album to her concert film of the same name.[4]

Home of the Brave
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Soundtrack album from Home of the Brave by
ReleasedMay 26, 1986
Recorded1985
StudioPark Theater, Union City, New Jersey
Genre
Length34:08
LabelWarner Bros.
Producer
Laurie Anderson chronology
United States Live
(1984)
Home of the Brave
(1986)
Strange Angels
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideA–[2]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[3]

Three of the eight tracks on the album were recorded in the studio and thus differ considerably from the filmed versions. A music video for "Language Is a Virus" was produced, using the soundtrack studio recording but footage of the live performance.

Two songs on the album were remakes of earlier works: "Language Is a Virus" was originally titled "Language is a virus from outer space - William S. Burroughs" and was performed on Anderson's earlier United States Live (the soundtrack album omits the song's spoken word introduction, "Difficult Listening Hour", which had appeared on United States Live and which was also performed in the film). "Sharkey's Night" is a song from Anderson's previous album, Mister Heartbreak. However this rendition is performed by Anderson herself (the original was vocalized by William S. Burroughs) as it is in the film. Burroughs' voice is heard on the track "Late Show," however. The soundtrack album omits the other live performances of songs from Mister Heartbreak that were featured in the movie.

An alternate, faster-paced version of "Smoke Rings" was recorded for release as a possible single, but there is no indication it was ever issued; it can be heard during Anderson's made-for-TV short film What You Mean We?

Track listingEdit

All compositions written by Laurie Anderson.

  1. "Smoke Rings" – 6:58 co-produced by Nile Rodgers
  2. "White Lily" – 1:16
  3. "Late Show" – 4:30
  4. "Talk Normal" – 5:27
  5. "Language Is a Virus" – 4:10 Produced by Nile Rodgers
  6. "Radar" – 2:03
  7. "Sharkey's Night" – 6:16
  8. "Credit Racket" – 3:31

PersonnelEdit

Additional personnel

  • Dolette McDonald – vocals on 1, 4, 7
  • Janice Pendarvis – vocals on 1 and 7
  • Robert Sabino – keyboards on 1, Morse code on 1
  • Nile Rodgers – synthesizer, guitar on 1 and 5, keyboards on 5, Synclavier on 5
  • Jimmy Bralower – drums on 1 and 5
  • William S. Burroughs – vocal sampling on 3
  • Richard Landry – saxophone on 3, 4 and 7, clarinet on 4
  • Robert Aaron – saxophone on 5
  • Kevin Jones – Synclavier programming on 5
  • Curtis King – backing vocals on 5
  • Frank Simms – backing vocals on 5
  • Diane Garisto – backing vocals on 5
  • Tawatha Agee – backing vocals on 5
  • Christopher Sawyer-Laucanno – backing vocals on 5
  • Brenda White King – backing vocals on 5
  • Daniel Ponce – percussion on 7
  • Isidro Bobadilla – percussion on 7
  • Bill Laswell – bass animals on 8

Technical

  • Leanne Ungar – engineer
  • Carolyn Cannon – art direction, design
  • Les Fincher – cover photography

ChartsEdit

Chart performance for Home of the Brave
Chart (1986) Peak
position
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[5] 74
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[6] 14
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 34
US Billboard 200[8] 145

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Home of the Brave - Laurie Anderson | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" – via www.allmusic.com.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1990). "A". Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books. ISBN 0-679-73015-X. Retrieved August 16, 2020 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (May 21, 2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9780743201698 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "TrouserPress.com :: Laurie Anderson". www.trouserpress.com.
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 284. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ "Charts.nz – Laurie Anderson – Home of the Brave". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
  7. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Laurie Anderson – Home of the Brave". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
  8. ^ "Laurie Anderson Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 13, 2021.