January 12, 2013 – 4:49 am

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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.

This show has been officially released.

Disc 1
101. Animals Intro
102. 1984
103. Rebel Rebel
104. Moonage Daydream
105. Sweet Thing
106. Candidate
107. Sweet Thing (reprise)
108. Changes
109. Suffragette City
110. Aladdin Sane
111. All The Young Dudes
112. Cracked Actor
113. Rock’n'Roll With Me

Disc 2
201. Knock On Wood
202. It’s Gonna Be Me
203. Space Oddity
204. Future Legend
205. Diamond Dogs
206. Big Brother
207. Change Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family
208. Time
209. The Jean Genie
210. Rock’n'Roll Suicide
211. Band Introductions
212. John I’m Only Dancing (Again)

David Bowie - vocals
The Mike Garson Band
Mike Garson - piano, mellotron
Earl Slick - lead guitar
Carlos Alomar - rhythm guitar
Doug Rauch Raunch - bass
Greg Errico 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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  1. 33 Responses to “DAVID BOWIE - LOS ANGELES 1974”

  2. Thanks for this, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Jan 12, 2013

  3. Thrilled to have the man back in action and this show is icing on the cake. He was transforming the DD show into the more soulful approach he used on his next album Young Americans. He played four nights at Philadelphia’s Tower Theater that summer (which formed most of the David Live LP) and would return to the Spectrum that Thanksgiving.

    By Tony on Jan 13, 2013

  4. Portrait in Flesh has a bonus track, Panic in Detroit which is not listed. Anyone have any info on the track?

    By ND on Jan 13, 2013

  5. killer bowie boys! incredible stuff all month for that matter. gracias big-O amigos…

    By Billy Jack on Jan 13, 2013

  6. Very,Very tasty,love his work. Bowie does drop a clanger every now and then but you can’t argue with the man’s musical genius. His acting!!!!???? Thanx big-O

    By BLUEFOOD on Jan 14, 2013

  7. Right on!

    By Timmy on Jan 14, 2013

  8. CHERIE CURRIE: I believe this is the concert a very very young CHERIE CURRIE of THE RUNAWAYS attended that changed her life forever!

    Read her biography and see the film THE RUNAWAYS

    By THE Russian Assassin on Jan 15, 2013

  9. Any Bowie is ALWAYS appreciated. Thanks, BigO. The man is a genius!!!

    By Dennis on Jan 15, 2013

  10. Worst Bowie stage for live, funked up more like FUCKED UP, he renders some of his classics almost un-listenable (Th Jean Genie) !

    Saying that I loved Diamond Dogs and Young Americans definitely had it’s moments “Fascination” included! No coincidence that he was a coke head and remembers little of the next few years!

    By Hard knox on Jan 16, 2013

  11. If the start of ‘dudes’ is missing, then it is from the same master that all the other versions of this night’s show are from, like ‘portrait in flesh’.

    Also, if you listen to ‘time’ and the error with the ‘brot brot brot” sound effect at the start, this is exactly the same as on the ‘cracked actor’ documentary.. where the effect comes back in after ‘time’ starts..

    which means that when cracked actor was created, they probably took the full audio in stereo and preserved it on a master tape, which is where we get this audio from. If only they could have given us ‘dudes’ without the first verse missing :)

    By Halloween Jack on Jan 16, 2013

  12. @ND - the panic in detroit bonus track… i don’t remember for sure, but I seem to remember he only performed that song on this tour in detroit…. i think he did three shows in detroit and there are boots around from the shows (audience recordings)

    By Halloween Jack on Jan 16, 2013

  13. Awesome, just awesome. Thanks!

    By Jeremy Shatan on Jan 16, 2013

  14. ND, where does Panic In Detroit fall in your track list? Mind sharing? :-)

    I have another .mp3 version of this show along with cover art for both Strange Fascination and Portrait In Flesh. So I don’t know which boot I actually have. But neither boot’s cover art mentions Panic In Detroit and I don’t have that song file.

    Halloween Jack, if Panic In Detroit were only performed in Detroit, what’s it doing on the David Live re-release? I heard him say at his Detroit gig in ‘97 that he was only doing that song here, so I wouldn’t be surprised. But he must have performed it in more cities on the Diamond Dogs tour.

    BTW, according to the David Live notes, he played in Detroit seven times on that tour. Were I only old enough…

    By Motorvilleboy on Jan 17, 2013

  15. Panic In Detroit…. Bowie performed this song almost every night onhis 1990 SOUND & VISION tour. I saw it twice… it was AWESOME!

    By THE Russian Assassin on Jan 18, 2013

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    Post This one

    By Geoff Westcott on Jan 19, 2013

  17. bigO,

    You rock and have rocked 4ever. Thank you for all the fantastic music you share.


    By rut row on Jan 24, 2013

  18. Hi Motorville boy :)

    sorry, I should have been more specific - I was talking about this part of the tour, which was a revamped setlist, many of the songs released on “david live’ were dropped in favor of some ‘young americans’ songs like “it’s gonna be me”, by the time this LA show happened.

    So, on these shows, he only performed ‘panic in detroit’ at the detroit shows. It was not performed at these LA shows.

    By Halloween Jack on Jan 27, 2013

  19. Motorvilleboy :) I think you, me, and many others, would love to have a time machine - I think we would visit every Bowie gig in 1974 and 1975, armed with today’s modern HD camcorders :)

    Sigh… like you, I was old enough to appreciate the Diamond Dogs / Soul Tour era music, but too young to attend a show.

    By Halloween Jack on Jan 27, 2013

  20. thanks for the bowie. there is only one thing i love more than new live bowie, that is Delores Caudle

    By allan corlett on Jan 29, 2013

  21. is that Delores Caudle of Texarkana?

    By Diamond Doug on Jan 30, 2013

  22. Judging by Google results, Delores Caudle’s a big deal in Texarkana.

    By YogaforCynics on Jan 30, 2013

  23. …not to mention the Fouke Monster…


    By barth on Jan 30, 2013

  24. Hey Diamond Jack, thanks for the clarification. So then “Panic” on David Live, but not in this LA setlist makes sense. It still doesn’t belong on Portrait In Flesh then!

    Does anybody out there have the 1974 June 22 show at Cobo Arena in Detroit, or a link to it? That’s the only night “Panic” could have been recorded, if he only played it here early in the ‘74 tour(s). His other six Detroit shows that year were during the Soul Tour in October, when I suppose “Panic” might have been omitted for new stuff.

    Yep, I’d love to have been at any of those shows!!

    By Motorvilleboy on Jan 30, 2013

  25. This show is a cracker! Thanks!!!!

    By Tony on Feb 2, 2013

  26. Oops, I called Halloween Jack “Diamond Jack”, a local Detroit reference. LOL Sorry, Jack, if you’re still paying attention to this string. :-)

    By Motorvilleboy on Feb 6, 2013

  27. Correct spelling on credits:
    Doug Rauch-Bass
    Greg Errico-Drums

    By Evil dr.Louie on Mar 10, 2013

  28. Hello Evil dr.Louie

    Thanks for the feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Mar 10, 2013

  29. Hello Evil dr.Louie

    Thanks for the feedback. Cheers.
    By bigozine2


    By DROPKICK SARGE on Mar 10, 2013

  30. Hey Motorville boy.. great point, thanks for bringing it up, regarding “panic in detroit” not belonging on this LA show.

    I just looked at the setlist of “portrait in flesh” on this youtube page (full album posted there) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfK9IT8mDXs and ‘panic’ isn’t on there.

    so, yep, you are correct, “panic” doesn’t belong in this set.

    By Halloween Jack on Mar 21, 2013

  31. thanx from bangu, Rio, Brazil.

    By moodyxadi on Apr 1, 2013

  32. As for Panic In Detroit as a bonus track the answer is simple. It is basically the B-side of Knock On Wood tacked onto the end. panic didn’t appear on David Live originally. It’s a very good vinyl rip of the single.

    By MR on Apr 21, 2014

  33. thank you so much

    By andy peal on Jun 7, 2014

  34. this was officially released on record store day

    By officially released on May 8, 2017

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