David Live [Virgin]

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All Music Guide - 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, 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...
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All Music Guide - 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, 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 David Live is primarily of interest as a historical document, yet there's enough good material to make it worthwhile for fanatics.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: 3/15/2005
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724387430426
  • Catalog Number: 743042

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 1984 (3:23)
  2. 2 Rebel Rebel (2:42)
  3. 3 Moonage Daydream (5:08)
  4. 4 Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise) (8:35)
  5. 5 Changes (3:35)
  6. 6 Suffragette City (3:45)
  7. 7 Aladdin Sane (4:59)
  8. 8 All the Young Dudes (4:15)
  9. 9 Cracked Actor (3:25)
  10. 10 Rock 'N' Roll with Me (4:18)
  11. 11 Watch That Man (5:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Knock on Wood (3:29)
  2. 2 Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (3:40)
  3. 3 Space Oddity (6:27)
  4. 4 Diamond Dogs (6:25)
  5. 5 Panic in Detroit (5:41)
  6. 6 Big Brother (4:11)
  7. 7 Time (5:22)
  8. 8 The Width of a Circle (8:11)
  9. 9 The Jean Genie (5:19)
  10. 10 Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (4:47)
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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
Peter Mew Mastering
Tony Visconti Producer, Liner Notes, Sleeve Notes
Mario J. McNulty Digital Editing
Chris Peyton Reissue Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bowie's best live album bar none!

    The conventional wisdom seems to rate "Stage" as Bowie's best live album. While I certainly do think that "Stage" is one of the best live albums ever recorded, I give the edge to "David Live." Several of the tracks included here arguably surpass their recorded versions ("1984," "Sweet Thing," "Changes," "Cracked Actor," "Time" and "Width of a Circle." The live version of "All the Young Dudes" included here also surpasses all of Bowie's other versions of this song and almost blows Mott the Hoople's cover out of the water. The LP, and initial CD, versions of this album contained an edited version of Bowie's performance due to space limitations. This CD edition preserves the entire concert by including five songs that were not included on the original, including "Space Oddity" and "Time." Bowie performs the "Diamond Dogs" material (every track except for "Future Legend" and "We are the Dead" is included in this performance) and several of his classics in a style that presages the blue eyed soul thrust that would cahracterize his next album, "Young Americans." This is an underrated classic that will not disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    David Live [Virgin]

    I never was that big of a Bowie fan. The 70s for me were ruled by the beast that is Led Zeppelin. But anyway, a Bowiehead (i doubt that's we they called themselves, but that's all i got) friend of mine put me on to this live recording as a Bowie starter kit. I was expecting Disc One to be the one that grabbed me, with his better-known songs "Rebel Rebel," "Changes" and "Suffragette City" (which were all great live, don't get me wrong), but Disc Two is what makes the (double) album. This is going to sound like a lame movie review from the local NBC affiliate in Des Moines, but I swear that Disc Two grabs you and doesn't let go. To hear his band expand and improvise their way through the best of Bowie's first 6-7 albums with wild piano florishes and saxophone wails is an amazing experience; musta been cool to catch him live in person at this point in his career. Not sure what the original sounded like, but the sound on this new version is crisp and clean. Bonus points for the cool packaging.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    David Live [Virgin]

    Never was that big of a Bowie fan, but a Bowiehead (is that the term?) friend of mine recommended getting this re-issue of the original album that just came out today. I have to say, it's a perfect time capsule of Bowie at the halfway point of the decade that he owned. The most well-known tracks ("Rebel Rebel", "Changes" "Suffragette City"; all from Disc One) are the obvious highlights and are the best-received by the audience, but I think the best performances are on Disc Two, which is full of the best of Bowie's lesser known songs from his first 6-7 albums. I didn't hear the original album version when it came out in 1974, but it sounds extremely well-recorded to me with the remastering. And it's cool that they added two bonus tracks and reorganized the songs to be how that audience experienced them back then. To hear Bowie and his band expand and improvise on all these classics, wailing away on saxophone and piano, makes me understand why people called this period his "Philly soul" stage.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    As I remembered when it was first released. This is Bowie at his best!

    I have searched the (so called) record stores more than a few times for this release and was unsucsesful. It was a great suprise to find it on your website. This is Bowie at his best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best

    I am a huge Bowie fan, needless to say I've collected many of his LP's & Cd's. Yes, Ziggy Stardust is a great work of art as well as his other works, but "David Live" takes it further. If your a true fan, it doesnt get better!

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