David Live [Virgin]

David Live [Virgin]

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by David Bowie
     
 

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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, although his concerts are equal parts visual spectacle and musical concert, soSee more details below

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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, although 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. The performances often turn into groove-oriented vamps here, but the soul reworkings of Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, and Diamond Dogs material are intriguing conceptually, and the version of "All the Young Dudes," a song Bowie gave Mott the Hoople, is inspired. David Live is primarily of interest as a historical document, yet there's enough good material to make it worthwhile for fanatics. [Virgin's expanded 2005 edition contains the bonus tracks that were on Rykodisc's 1991 CD reissue, but they're inserted into the running order of the album instead of being tacked onto the end, which is where they were on the 1991 edition.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2005
Label:
Parlophone (Wea)
UPC:
0724387430426
catalogNumber:
743042

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Bowie   Primary Artist,Vocals
Earl Slick   Guitar
Mike Garson   Piano,Mellotron
Michael Kamen   Oboe,Electric Piano,Moog Synthesizer,Musical Direction
David Sanborn   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Herbie Flowers   Bass
Richard Grando   Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Pablo Rosario   Percussion

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Michael Kamen   Musical Director
Barry Bongiovi   Studio Manager
Tony Visconti   Producer,Liner Notes,Sleeve Notes
Chris Peyton   Reissue Design

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