March 22, 2011 – 3:31 am

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Aylesbury Friars Club 1971 [Rattle Snake, 1CD]

Live at the Aylesbury Friars Club, Aylesbury, UK; September 25, 1971. A bit rough but still a rather good audience recording. Historic.

This early show, a fan favourite, has previously circulated as Close To The Golden Dawn and The Spiders From Aylesbury but this Rattle Snake release is considered “a bit clearer” than the rest.

According to gsparaco at collectorsmusicreviews.com: “This is a very good and clear audience recording that some speculate was recorded on semi-professional equipment. For many years it was hoarded by high end collectors but finally surfaced in 2003. Except for BBC sessions, this is the earliest recording of David Bowie in circulation.”

At that time “journalist Kris Needs wrote that Bowie ‘was still going around with his long hair and floppy hats, but he was still great to watch on stage. He had just got back from New York and was full of talk about the people he’d met there, Lou and Warhol… the response to that [Aylesbury] gig was amazing.’ In Needs’ assessment, this was the show that convinced Bowie that he could attain popularity in his home country.”

The cover notes:

What we have here is one of the rarest Bowie recordings of all time - the Pre Ziggy Stardust Show, only weeks before Bowie had his first meeting (September 10, 1971) with Andy Warhol at the Factory in New York. At Aylesbury Bowie performs with Michael Ronson (lead guitar), Mick Woodmansey (percussion), Trevor Bolder (bass guitar), Tom Parker ex Animals (piano). Weeks later Bowie and his new band would start rehearsals at the Underhill Rehearsals Studios, South London, the new band would soon be named the Spiders and Ziggy would be there. The rest is history as they say.

Thanks to Outsider for sharing the tracks on the net.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Intro [2:14] (3.5MB)
Track 02. Fill Your Heart [3:46] (6.3MB)
Track 03. Buzz The Fuzz [3:09] (5.0MB)
Track 04. Space Oddity [5:57] (9.5MB)
Track 05. Amsterdam [6:13] (9.9MB)
Track 06. The Supermen [4:05] (6.5MB)
Track 07. Oh! You Pretty Things [3:13] (5.4MB)
Track 08. Eight Line Poem [3:37] (6.1MB)
Track 09. Changes [4:19] (6.9MB)
Track 10. Song For Bob Dylan [5:14] (8.3MB)
Track 11. Andy Warhol [3:44] (5.9MB)
Track 12. Queen Bitch [3:15] (5.2MB)
Track 13. Looking For A Friend [3:31] (5.6MB)
Track 14. Round And Round [6:13] (9.9MB)
Track 15. Waiting For The Man [3:55] (6.2MB)

David Bowie - vocals
Mick Ronson - guitar
Trevor Boulder - bass
Woody Woodmansey - drums
Tom Parker - piano

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  1. 12 Responses to “DAVID BOWIE - AYLESBURY 1971”

  2. Many thanks for the recent Bowie. He’s my all-time favorite and haven’t seen much of his material on the site. One more for the collection!

    By Dennis on Mar 22, 2011

  3. Thanks bigO!

    By Namoosedog on Mar 23, 2011

  4. Thanks BigO a gig from my home town! Excellent!

    By Peter on Mar 25, 2011

  5. brizz-hot! Thank you!(As in Brilliant,extremely warm!)

    By mm on Mar 26, 2011

  6. love Bowie but this wasn’t worth the download.too tiny…

    By James on Mar 28, 2011

  7. Thanks for sharing this. I always wanted to hear this show. Bring on more Bowie.

    By Matt on Apr 11, 2011

  8. Good stuff!

    By Mikel on Dec 6, 2011

  9. @ Bowie fans, unheard Bowie to be broadcast. Check the link to BBC sight http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24624687

    By Creatist on Oct 24, 2013

  10. i wonder what else other than the 5 tracks from the album will be included since the entire show is only 15mins. figure they wont be complete songs since even at 3mins apiece that would cover the full 15min show.

    By darth on Oct 24, 2013

  11. the show will be bowie havin a chin wag whilst the songs play, u bloody tosser. if ye had bovvered to click the triangle in the bowie photo, yed have seen its a clip from the mock radio show ya git. now belt up and go here and be gutted:

    By barth on Oct 24, 2013

  12. Can you reupload tracks 2 and 8 please ?
    Thanks !

    By hunkdor on Mar 10, 2015

  13. For all the people who seem a little anatomically obsessed. This little lady can answer your questions.


    By Pen Island on Sep 7, 2018

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