Tag Archives: David Bowie

David Gone

11 Jan

It is never good to wake up to such news.
David Bowie has taken on his final persona and left us.
Not much to say in the sadness.
I reviewed his David Live album nearly a year ago.
I guess I’ll find it and listen to it.

So long Star man…

Weekly Vinyl – David Bowie

9 Jan

Live
David Bowie
(1974)
SONY DSC

I’m not sure if I mentioned it before, but I was in a phase, back in my formative years, where I loved live albums. This was purchased in the midst of this phase.
I like the fact that this album, which is a double album – two vinyl disk, is quite raw. Recorded over two nights on July 14 and 15, 1974 at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia, PA, it claims that, “No studio overdubs or re-recording of voices, instruments or audience have been added with the exception of several backing vocals due to loss of theatre mike contact.”
It does sound a bit muddied and you can hear that the band is not always together. It is pretty close to what you would hear at many live shows – the bass and drums not syncing in rhythm, guitarists and singers missing their cues, flubbed notes… It’s a great feeling. The sound is quite balanced, unlike a life show, so to fix that I put the sound onto one speaker and fiddled with the equalization until it became more “live” like.
Musically, this album features Bowie more “bluesy” than I remember him. The two disks feature a bevy of his more known songs, “Rebel Rebel, Changes, Suffragette City, Alladin Sane, Jean Genie and others.

Making space sexy

13 May

I tried to ignore this but… Chris Hadfield, the commander of the International Space Station, is making space cool — even sexy, in its way.

Making a song with the remnants of the Barenaked Ladies was OK. The outer edge of relevance and hipness.
But making an outer space Space Oddity.

In “space”.
Not lip-synced.
Commander Hadfield is singing.
Very cool.
Do my kids want to go to space? They haven’t seen the video yet. But they will want to. I want to. (Go to space.)
But I’ll take an electric guitar. And a big amp. If they let me.
I’ll take a kazoo — if I could go.
We all want to go to space now.
Thanks, Cmdr. Hadfield.