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David Live (Canadian issue)

DAVID LIVE

Released 29 October 1974

RCA APL20771 (UK)

Side One

1984
Rebel Rebel
Moonage Daydream
Sweet Thing

Side Two

Changes
Suffragette City
Aladdin Sane
All the Young Dudes
Cracked Actor

Side Three

When You Rock 'N' Roll With Me
Watch that Man
Knock on Wood
Diamond Dogs

Side Four

Big Brother
Width of a Circle
Jean Genie
Rock 'N' Roll Suicide

David Bowie (vocals, guitar)

Earl Slick (guitar)

Michael Kamen (electric piano, synthesiser, oboe)

Mike Garson (grand piano, Mellotron)

David Sanborn (alto sax, flute)

Richard Grando (baritone sax, flute)

Herbie Flowers (bass)

Tony Newman (drums)

Pablo Rosario, Gui Andrisano, Warren Peace (backing vocals)

"It was my ecstatic pleasure and great honour to be accompanied by some of the finest musicians I have ever worked with. Also eternal thanx to my friends and fans at the Tower for your wonderfulness."

love on ya! Bowie 74

All songs by Bowie except Knock on Wood (Floyd/Cropper) and When You Rock 'n' Roll With Me (Bowie/Peace)

Recorded at Philadelphia Tower Theatre
14 and 15 July 1974

Produced by Tony Visconti

Live recording supervised by Keith Harwood

Mixed at Electric Lady Studios New York by Eddie Kramer and Tony Visconti

   

The Tower Theatre shows on 14 and 15 July were nearly cancelled at the last moment when Bowie's backing band, after hearing the news that the shows were to be recorded for an LP, refused to play without an increased fee in line with the normal recording rates. The normal show fee of $150 for a member of the group was increased to $5,000 after Bowie relented.

David Live was recorded without Tony Visconti who was held up when his car broke down travelling from New York. Engineer Keith Harwood was left to do the job alone and the microphones were not placed according to Visconti's instructions. As a result various instruments were not isolated properly thus making the tracks much more difficult to mix.

The mixing was done a few days after the Philly shows by Bowie, Tony Visconti and Eddie Kramer at Electric Lady studios in New York. Some of the backing vocals had to be re-recorded due to loss of microphone contact during the shows.

The whole post production process was done in haste as DeFries wanted to secure the record's release for the Christmas market.

Other songs recorded and later released

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Possibly recorded at one of the Philadelphia soundchecks. Despite what the credits say on David Live the song wasn't written by Bowie. It's a cover of Here Today and Gone Tomorrow from the Ohio Players' 1968 LP Observations in Time. 1990 Ryko reissue of David Live

Time
1990 Ryko reissue of David Live

Panic in Detroit
First released as the b-side of Knock On Wood single, then Bowie Rare (1982) and 2005 EMI reissue of David Live

Space Oddity
2005 EMI reissue of David Live

   

REISSUES

 
Rock Concert At the Tower Philadelphia

Rock Concert [RCA Netherlands, 1979]

At the Tower Philadelphia [Reissue, 1982]

An abridged single disc reissue released by RCA in the Netherlands

Rebel Rebel 2:40 / Changes 3:34 / Aladdin Sane 4:57 / All the Young Dudes 4:18 / Cracked Actor 3:29 / When You Rock 'n' Roll With Me 4:18 / Watch That Man 4:55 / Diamond Dogs 6:32 / Rock 'n' Roll Suicide 4:30

   
   

1990 RYKO reissue

Bonus tracks:

Band intro

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Time

   

2005 EMI reissue

The tracks were remixed and remastered by Tony Visconti for 5.1 Surround Sound.

Released in stereo version in gatefold card sleeve and 5.1 Surround DVD-A.

The new tracklist incorporated the bonus tracks sequenced as per the set list order of the Philly concerts.

Bonus tracks:

Here Today Gone Tomorrow

Band intro

Time

Panic in Detroit (previously the b-side of Knock on Wood single, then on Bowie Rare)

Space Oddity (previously unreleased)


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DAVID LIVE  |  YOUNG AMERICANS  |  STATION TO STATION  |  LOW  |  HEROES  |  LODGER  |  SCARY MONSTERS

CRACKED ACTOR  |  THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH  |  JUST A GIGOLO  |  THE ELEPHANT MAN

ARTICLES  |  TV APPEARANCES