David Bowie Live at Santa Monica '72 Limited Edition Deluxe Double 180gram 2LP Set + Unique Ziggy Badge.
A mere 36 years after the original bootleg of this brill concert appeared EMI finally release it officially.
In 1972, David Bowie set out on his first US tour. He'd recently introduced the world to his Ziggy Stardust persona with his top 5 album 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars' and had completed a hugely successful UK tour. The Santa Monica concert, David’s first live US radio broadcast, was aired live on KMET in L.A.
Over the last 36 years this historic recording has only been occasionally available as a bootleg. For many, ownership of this concert was regarded as a true test of being a ‘proper Bowie fan’. This powerful, galvanizing show allows a more than 70 minute glimpse into the earliest nationwide live radio exposure granted David and the Spiders.
The set list is compiled primarily from the 'Hunky Dory' and 'Ziggy Stardust' albums and features two covers, Jacques Brel's “My Death” and the Velvet Underground's “Waiting for the Man,” alongside the awesome power of ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ centrepiece “The Width Of A Circle” (this version is a ten and a half minute sonic assault) and an ‘Aladdin Sane’ previewing “The Jean Genie.” The set list is also quite different from the Ziggy terminating ‘Ziggy Stardust – The Motion Picture Soundtrack.
Accompanying David was The Spiders From Mars: Mick Ronson – guitar, vocals, Trevor Bolder – bass, Mick "Woody" Woodmansey – drums and Mike Garson – piano.
This is David Bowie at the pinnacle of his creative power – in 1981 NME critics called it, “(quite simply) ... the performer’s, and one of rock’s, best ever bootlegs”.
The CD will be released as a limited edition with special packaging featuring shots taken at the actual gig for the first time.
The double LP will be a heavyweight vinyl one off run.
“I can tell that I’m totally into being Ziggy by this stage of our touring. It’s no longer an act; I am him. This would be around the tenth American show for us and you can hear that we are all pretty high on ourselves. We train wreck a couple of things, I miss some words and sometimes you wouldn’t know that pianist Mike Garson was onstage with us but overall I really treasure this bootleg. Mick Ronson is at his blistering best.”
1. Introduction (Live)
2. Hang On To Yourself (Live)
3. Ziggy Stardust (Live)
4. Changes (Live)
5. The Supermen (Live)
6 Life On Mars? (Live)
7 .Five Years (Live)
8. Space Oddity (Live)
9. Andy Warhol (Live)
10. My Death (Live)
11. The Width Of A Circle (Live)
12. Queen Bitch (Live)
13. Moonage Daydream (Live)
14. John, I'm Only Dancing (Live)
15. Waiting For The Man (Live)
16. The Jean Genie (Live)
17. Suffragette City (Live)
18. Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (Live)
28 April 2008
Format: LP Double Vinyl