DAVID BOWIE - RAINBOW 1972 (R.I.P. 1947-2016)

January 13, 2016 – 11:21 am

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London 1972 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Finsbury Park Rainbow Theatre, London, UK; August 20, 1972. Fairly to very good audience recording.

Thanks to original uploader Halloween Jack; and to conejo for sharing the show at The Traders’ Den.

Halloween Jack noted in 2009:

From the second night of the famous “Rainbow” shows, rumoured to have been recorded by a mate of Woody Woodmansey. This was recently sent to me on CDR by Bofinken who asked if I could clean it up a bit and torrent it. To be perfectly honest it was so good I had very little to do. I cleaned off a tiny bit of hiss, removed a few crackles and pops then balanced the volume between tracks and channels. There is a cut in “Width of a Circle”, the discs had the missing section badly replaced by a section from the officially released “Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture”, this I obviously removed.

In my opinion this is as good if not better than the famous Maloney Boston recording and must rank as one of the best Ziggy audience recordings. Part of this show has been booted as “Rainbow Theatre” and complete as “Rainbow - The Magic Theatre”, It is certainly an upgrade on both of these…

Click here for a write-up on the August 19, 1972 show.

Click here for Woody Woodmansey in Portland 2016.

Click here for Sally (The Mekons) Timms’ ‘Thank You David Bowie’.

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Track 01. Ode to Joy 0:31 (868k)
Track 02. Lady Stardust 3:29 (5.8MB)
Track 03. Hang Onto Yourself 2:51 (4.8MB)
Track 04. Ziggy Stardust 3:19 (5.6MB)
Track 05. Life On Mars 3:57 (6.7MB)
Track 06. The Supermen 3:01 (5.1MB)
Track 07. Changes 3:37 (6.1MB)
Track 08. Five Years 5:13 (8.8MB)
Track 09. Space Oddity 5:08 (8.6MB)
Track 10. Andy Warhol 4:23 (7.4MB)
Track 11. My Death 5:51 (9.8MB)
Track 12. Width of a Circle (Cut) 5:35 (9.4MB)
Track 13. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud 4:31 (7.6MB)
Track 14. Starman 4:13 (7.1MB)
Track 15. Moonage Daydream 5:10 (8.7MB)
Track 16. Queen Bitch 3:06 (5.2MB)
Track 17. Suffragette City 3:26 (5.8MB)
Track 18. White Light White Heat 3:48 (6.4MB)
Track 19. Waiting For The Man 12:02 (20.2MB)
84 mins

Overburn to fit all the tracks onto one audio CD.

The Spiders From Mars:
David Bowie - vocals, guitar
Mick Ronson - guitar, vocals
Trevor Bolder - bass
Mick “Woody” Woodmansey - drums

Mick Ronson passed away in 1993 and Trevor Bolder died in 2013.

Click here to order David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar (2016).

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  1. 9 Responses to “DAVID BOWIE - RAINBOW 1972 (R.I.P. 1947-2016)”

  2. Wonderful Big O - Lovely that you keep adding a DB set each day passes after David’s tragically early death. It’s appreciated here
    Don’t know whether it is worth mentioning that the ‘Ode to Joy’ is the Wendy ‘Walter’ Carlos ‘Clockwork Orange’ version? It added to the anticipation and sense of post apocolyptic dystopian dramatic angst in the hall!! I nearly smudged my make-up!
    Rhoda Borrocks

    By swappers on Jan 13, 2016

  3. Just as all the intros are from Clockwork Orange soundtrack on the previous two concert sets also, Beethoven’s 9th and the unspecified one prior to this . . . . . . a favourite album (and film) so just thought it mentioning as David seems to have always used it for an age

    By swappers on Jan 13, 2016

  4. Many thanks Big O. This has made me very happy in what has been a very sad week. The first (and best) Bowie concert I attended. As a 16-year-old east London boy it was a real eye-opener to be in the audience David attracted in these early days. And the show was fantastic (with Roxy Music as support). PS Didn’t Matthew Fisher play keyboards at this show? I seem to remember him occasionally being on stage.

    By Milton Keynes on Jan 13, 2016

  5. Thanks for keeping Davids memory alive Big O, This is actually a very good audience recording, superior to the one on the 19th. the beginning of his Ziggy Persona , The pain that so many of us who loved him and respected what he brought to us are going through now is hard to describe, havent had many dry eyed moments since i heard, even my kid barely past teen years is devastated , She like most young people put down most of my musical faves from the past, David was the one exception , His generational appeal was unsurpassed.

    By COREY M on Jan 13, 2016

  6. Wow. what a treasure you are sharing, Big O!

    By ScarRad on Jan 13, 2016

  7. Don’t you think the guy was worth at least 1 soundboard?

    By Timmy on Jan 14, 2016

  8. 1st album i ever bought in, ‘79 or ‘80 I think, was David Live along with Dark Side Of The Moon. It was the law that every white kid in the suburbs had to have Dark Side. Live is still one of my all-time favorite live albums. Throughout the years I was lucky enough to see most of my “Heroes” (pun intended) in concert with the huge exception of David Bowie. I know he had stopped touring but was hoping that maybe there was a chance that that he might have done something to promote his new album. Thanks to BigO for ll they do and in particular for all the DB posts this week. I did smudge my make-up swappers.

    By RastafErion on Jan 14, 2016

  9. Thanks. This is a terrific share.

    By the sobsister on Jan 15, 2016

  10. This is so fantastic!! Thanks mucho BigO!!!!

    By oneL on Jan 15, 2016

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