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Los Angeles 1974 [no label, 2CD]
Live at the Universal Amphitheater, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA; September 5, 1974. Excellent Pre-live master (?).
Here’s a curtain raiser to David Bowie’s new album, The Next Day, scheduled for early March 2013 release.
Thanks to steve23yh for sharing this show at the Mind-Warp Pavilion.
This is what steve23yh noted:
Second up for Christmas from Hunky Geordie, and this one’s really special. I don’t normally do all the hyperbole in torrent titles and so on: usually just let the music speak for itself - but in short, this is the best sound I’ve come across on ANY Bowie bootleg.
Two tapes in Andre’s box of goodies - one marked LA 2-9-74, the other 5-9-74. Immediately apparent that they were both from the 5-9-74 gig. Both labelled “master” - but I think that owes more to the stickers that used to come with TDK tapes!
But after listening for a quarter of an hour or so, I started bouncing all over the room, because it became clear that this one’s very very special. Two reasons I believe it’s a pre-FM recording:
1. 10:38 of the animal noise introduction. Never heard any of this before, and basically it’s cats and dogs, with street noises and guitars being tuned/tested. No two ways about it, no FM station would play this without constant DJ chatter and station idents; and
2. The sound is just brilliant. I’ve got a silver of Duke Of LA, and thought it 10/10 quality, but without the FM compression the scales just lift from one’s eyes. It’s live album quality, no messing about.
There’s a quirk that the start of All The Young Dudes is still missing - perhaps it was cut from the master for bad language? Either way, no problem. Couple of “sneeze and you miss them” tape flutters on one channel later on. No problem.
You may think you’ve got a great quality recording of this concert. Not till now you haven’t!
Meanwhile, Maarten commented at the MWP site:
This gig was never broadcast on the radio, so there are no pre-FM or FM recordings. As far as I know all recordings come from the same tape that was discovered in the early ’90s. As far as I know the history of this on bootleg was that the first version was on bootleg vinyl (Strange Fascination). The first CCD version, also called Strange Fascination was then taken from vinyl. (The Duke of LA is a copy of that version.)
A later CD version, confusingly also called Strange Fascination was then taken from the master (or at least not from the vinyl boot). This contains the 10-minute intro and better sound quality than the other versions. This version was then copied for a host of other bootleg CDs (Bowie 1974, Wealth and Authority and A Portrait In Flesh).
I just compared It’s Gonna Be Me from your version to one of the silver boots with the complete version and it sounds as if what you have came from a tape of the cd - some added hiss, receded highs and some extra flutter.
So not to take anything away from all the hard work you have put in uploading all your great tapes - but there are better versions of this one around. The good news for you is of course that if you like this recording - there’s an even better version to grab!
To which steve23yh replied:
Have now heard back from Andre: It’s not off a CD steve was told it’s was off the master paid a lot of money for it. Great show I only played it a few times.
So the lineage is effectively confirmed as being parallel to the CD release, rather than sourced from the CD.
Pre-live master (?) > TDK SF90 tapes > JVC PC-X95 tape deck > hard wire > Goldwave for track splits > FLAC 4
The little jump before “stars in his face” in All The Young Dudes is a tiny gap in the tape.
Edit between It’s Gonna Be Me and Space Oddity, crowd noise only.
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Track 101. Animals Intro (17.0MB)
Track 102. 1984 (4.6MB)
Track 103. Rebel Rebel (3.9MB)
Track 104. Moonage Daydream (8.7MB)
Track 105. Sweet Thing (5.4MB)
Track 106. Candidate (4.0MB)
Track 107. Sweet Thing (reprise) (2.8MB)
Track 108. Changes (5.5MB)
Track 109. Suffragette City (6.0MB)
Track 110. Aladdin Sane (7.9MB)
Track 111. All The Young Dudes (6.7MB)
Track 112. Cracked Actor (5.3MB)
Track 113. Rock’n'Roll With Me (7.8MB)
Track 201. Knock On Wood (5.4MB)
Track 202. It’s Gonna Be Me (11.6MB)
Track 203. Space Oddity (8.3MB)
Track 204. Future Legend (1.7MB)
Track 205. Diamond Dogs (9.4MB)
Track 206. Big Brother (4.8MB)
Track 207. Change Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family (1.7MB)
Track 208. Time (9.3MB)
Track 209. The Jean Genie (9.1MB)
Track 210. Rock’n'Roll Suicide (8.5MB)
Track 211. Band Introductions (1.6MB)
Track 212. John I’m Only Dancing (Again) (12.5MB)
David Bowie - vocals
The Mike Garson Band
Mike Garson - piano, mellotron
Earl Slick - lead guitar
Carlos Alomar - rhythm guitar
Raunch - bass
Enrico - drums
Pablo Rosario - percussion
David Sanborn - alto sax, flute
Richard Grando - baritone sax, flute
Michael Kamen - electric piano, Moog, oboe
Warren Peace - backing vocals
Jean Fineberg - backing vocals
Anthony Hinton - backing vocals
Dianne Sumler - backing vocals
Luther Vandross - backing vocals
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