Note: this release was originally purchased as a 2 LP set, later replaced by a CD. The 2 LPs only had music on three sides; the fourth side had a label that stated "there is no music on this side" and a groove that quickly took to the needle to the center of the record. If you're like me, you played side 4 once, just to be sure. Sure enough, turns out there was no music on that side.
One my all-time favorite albums is Jackson's Night and Day so I unfairly compare all his albums to that one. As such, this one doesn't measure up. However, it's got a few good songs on it. Unfortunately, at this point in Jackson's career, he was apparently more interested in how things were recorded than what things were recorded. From the liner notes:
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The album is titled Big World because Jackson tries to tackle a different world genres (French, spaghetti western, surf rock, Middle Eastern, etc.) and the lyrics namecheck countries and cities. This album is out of print in the US but is available as an inexpensive import. As you can tell, it's not my favorite, but I'll still give it the occasional listen.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #34
Tracks: 15 tracks over 61 minutes.
- Good: Wild West, Tonight And Forever, Forty Years, Survival, The Jet Set, Home Town
- Meh: Right And Wrong, Precious Time, Shanghai Sky, Fifty Dollar Love Affair, Soul Kiss
- Skip: (It's A) Big World, We Can't Live Together, Tango Atlantico, Man In The Street
Previously revisited for the blog:
Volume 4 (2003)
Night And Day II (2000)
Tucker: The Man And His Dream Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1988)
Body and Soul (1984)
Night and Day (1982)
Look Sharp! (1979)
note: all tracks not currently available