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Even though Jackson plays with a full band, the overall recording has a thin quality to it. But the low end comes in thankfully with Gary Burke and Rick Ford on drums and bass guitar. Jackson has never hidden his dislike of right-wing politics and takes aim at Ronald Reagan in that song. But I get his point. One way to do that is to travel — which, it seems, Jackson has done plenty of. The album really kicks into high gear with a pair of taut tunes. For both of these songs, having them recorded live was the right thing to do because the energy and intensity of the performance could have easily been lost in the piecemeal fashion of most recording sessions.
Part of that is because by , punk was no longer in fashion. Rather, a softer New Wave sound was ascending — and was a better match for an accomplished musician like Jackson. On Big World, it clearly works. The music he creates for these 15 powerhouse songs spans a number of genres, but they are almost always rooted in rock. It spent 25 weeks on the Billboard Album charts and peaked in May at He was clearly riding a wave of creative output during this decade by recording and releasing nine albums in 10 years.
His uncanny ability to take risks in music was not always a hit with the general public. This was a great period for Jackson that was largely lost to people who saw Look Sharp as a one-hit wonder album.
The album included an eight-page booklet which included the lyrics to all fifteen songs and recording information in English, German, Japanese, French, Italian and Spanish. All songs written and arranged by Joe Jackson. The track sequence differed between the compact disc , LP and cassette releases. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Big World disambiguation. Joe Jackson. The Great Rock Discography 5th ed. Edinburgh: Mojo Books.
ISBN Official Joe Jackson Website. Retrieved 17 November London: Guinness World Records Limited. Look Sharp! Mike's Murder Tucker.