Sunday, July 26, 2009

Another Side of Bowie

David Bowie
David Live
Ripped @ 192
While universaly lambasted by critics (and you know what I think about most critics) this album is still one of my favorite Bowie discs. Presented as complete discs 1 & 2, the way it was ment to be listened to.
Say "F&@% the reviewers" and give it a try.

Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

During the supporting tour for 1974's Diamond Dogs, David Bowie shifted away from the arch camp of glam rock and turned toward a highly stylized variation of Philly soul — a transition captured on the 1974 double live album, David Live. It's an interesting idea for a record, and certainly one that's fascinating as a historical footnote, but David Live winds up as one of the true failures in Bowie's catalog, one of the few records in his catalog that's a genuine chore to sit through from beginning to end. Part of the problem is inherent to any live Bowie LP: his concerts are equal parts visual spectacle and musical concert, so having just the aural portion of the show misses a crucial part of the story. Another part of the problem is that the soul reworkings of Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, and Diamond Dogs material is intriguing conceptually, but the execution, at least on this record, is awkward and ham-fisted, nowhere near as sleek and sexy as the subsequent Young Americans and, especially, Station to Station albums. And that points out the real problem with David Live — the performances are stilted, lacking energy, and often degenerating into bland groove-oriented vamps. It doesn't help that the recording is lousy and that no amount of aural tweaking — whether on Rykodisc's 1991 CD reissue or Virgin's expanded 2005 reissue, which is heavily remixed by its original producer Tony Visconti — can change the fact that this is a flat, colorless experience. [The 1991 Rykodisc edition tacks on a number of bonus tracks at the end of the disc rather than insert them into the running order, which the 2005 Virgin edition thankfully did.]

1 1984
2 Rebel Rebel
3 Moonage Daydream
4 Sweet Thing
5 Changes
6 Suffragette City
7 Aladdin Sane
8 All the Young Dudes
9 Cracked Actor
10 Rock & Roll with Me
11 Watch That Man
12 Knock On Wood
13 Diamond Dogs
14 Big Brother
15 Width of a Circle
16 Jean Genie
17 Rock & Roll Suicide
18 Band Intro
19 Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
20 Time
Get it HERE


Dave C said...

I used to have this on vinyl back in the day. I don't remember liking it very much. It definitely wasn't one of my "go to" LPs when I wanted to hear some Bowie. That said, I am curious and it's time to give it another try. And how about that blue suit! Thanks for the post.

George said...

A great live album.. Mick Ronson let's rip on his solo on Moonage Daydream... just awesome.

Trustar said...

Dave C & Richard

Thanks for dropping in and leaving a comment.

I hope your both suprised after listening again how good this album is. I know it was a wide departure from the Bowie of the day but that's what makes it so cool.

Thin White Philly Soul.


Trustar said...

Glad to hear your a fan too. I met Mick Ronson not long after this came out. Kind of a dick but he sure could play.

Thanks for dropping in George.


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