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Posté le: Lun 19 Sep - 07:07 (2016) Sujet du message: WCIBN? Album Focus: Live Nassau Coliseum ’76
18 SEPTEMBER 2016
WCIBN? Album Focus: Live Nassau Coliseum ’76
“And once there were sunbirds to soar with”
As you know, Live Nassau Coliseum ’76 is currently the selected album from the upcoming David Bowie - Who Can I Be Now? (1974 – 1976) box set.
Recorded live at the Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY, U.S.A., 23rd March, 1976, the album is the official document of the Isolar/Station To Station tour.
Bowie’s band for the shows (collectively known as Raw Moon) consisted of: Carlos Alomar (rhythm guitar), Stacey Heydon (lead guitar), Dennis Davis (drums and percussion), George Murray (bass) and Tony Kaye (keyboards and synthesisers). Bowie himself also played saxophone on occasion.
Andy Barding (big cheese contributor for Cygnet Committee), has dashed off a few observations regarding this particular recording...
Way back in the 1970s if you wanted to hear David Bowie singing live you had to, well, queue up outside a town hall and hopefully get a gig ticket.
Because while the BBC had done a great job of sampling Bowie and his early band styles through radio sessions, actual live broadcasts remained rare.
Maybe it was the controversial iron fist of his then management company MainMan that was putting the brakes on broadcasts? Who knows... but while his musical contemporaries were seemingly getting the live concert FM treatment week after week, Bowie was not. His fans may have felt shortchanged by that, especially when a live Ziggy and the Spiders special was announced for Radio Luxembourg in 1972... then cancelled.
Little wonder, then, that when a full gig at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium hit the Californian FM airwaves on October 20, 1972, it was an immediate and utter sensation. A succession of illegal vinyl bootlegs featuring that set followed very quickly, with the most devoted fans shelling out megabucks for these shady discs. And so it continued, right up to its official release, way after time, in 2008.
The same thing happened in 1976, while Bowie was dragging his Thin White Duke character across Canada and the US on the first stage of a huge tour.
The concert at Uniondale, 20 miles East of New York City, was recorded live and then edited into an hour-plus programme that was syndicated across the world. And like its West Coast predecessor, it was a smash - yes, even the extended Sandy Nelson-inspired drum solo during 'Panic In Detroit'!
Bootlegs inevitably followed, again, with a variety of titles, covers, wrongly-spelt song titles, coloured vinyl editions and picture discs. For those caught up in the fascination of bootlegs it became an expensive hobby. Until, again, the set got an official and enhanced release, complete with missing tunes from the original edit, in 2010.
The radio broadcast from Nassau Coliseum may have sounded just like any other 1976 Bowie show – but those lucky enough to attend that actual concert were in on a costume secret. This was one of only a handful of gigs where Bowie eschewed his usual stagewear of white shirt and black waistcoat (with a stylish packet of French cigarettes poking out of one pocket, for good measure).
For half of the gig, Bowie wore just a white shirt and black trousers. For the remainder, he wore a black hooded sweatshirt... a kind of 70s version of the hoodie. Oh, and as we hear in David's own band introduction from that show, lead guitarist Stacy Heydon wore a red shirt that night!
But that's just clothes. At the end of the day, the Uniondale Nassau Coliseum gig remains a powerful live classic. A snapshot of an artist in the process of giving it great gusto, with a hard rocking band that was hard to beat.
Posté le: Jeu 22 Sep - 07:44 (2016) Sujet du message: Say hello to The Gouster
David Bowie - "Who Can I Be Now" (1974-1976)
24 septembre 2016, 00:00 | Laurent Rieppi
Ce weekend des 24 et 25 septembre, Classic 21 vous fait découvrir et vous offre le box CD ou vinyle "Who Can I Be Now" consacré à la période "soul" de David Bowie.
Pour tenter de remporter ce box en CD ou en vinyle, il vous suffit de remplir le formulaire du 24 au 25 septembre ci-dessous. Les gagnants seront tirés au sort à l'issue du concours.
Suite logique du coffret “5 Years” (1969-1973) sorti en septembre 2015, "Who Can I Be Now" nous plonge au cœur de la période "soul" de David Bowie. Grosso modo la période dite du "Thin White Duke", personnage froid et cocaïnomane qu’incarne, à cette époque, le musicien.
Le coffret est composé des albums studios suivant: "Diamond Dogs" (1974), "Young Americans" (1975), "Station To Station" (1976) ainsi que l’inédit "The Gouster", album de transition qui aurait dû sortir entre "Diamond Dogs" et "Young Americans"...
Posté le: Jeu 22 Sep - 15:52 (2016) Sujet du message: Say hello to The Gouster
17 SEPTEMBER 2016
New Helen Green GIF for WCIBN?
“Time may change me...”
In celebration of tomorrow’s worldwide release of David Bowie - Who Can I Be Now? (1974 – 1976), Helen Green Art (whose animations Bowie fans will already know very well), has created this beautiful piece of work.
Posté le: Jeu 22 Sep - 20:43 (2016) Sujet du message: Say hello to The Gouster
David Bowie: Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976) review – an artist on the edge
Alexis Petridis Thursday 22 September 2016 15.00 BST
Bowie performed an extraordinary stylistic pivot between Diamond Dogs and Young Americans, and made it look easy – but as this new box set shows, it was a more convoluted and problematic shift than it appeared at the time
In May 1974, David Bowie released his eighth album, Diamond Dogs. Now it is enshrined as a classic, but at the time it received a mixed critical response: for every critic proclaiming it a work of genius, there was someone like Robert Christgau in Creem, deriding it as “escapist pessimism” and snorting: “$6.98 for this piece of plastic?” Rolling Stone thought its “obscure tangles of perversion, degradation, fear and self-pity” signalled the end of his career: “Bowie’s last gasp.” You don’t have to agree with their assessment to understand why people might have thought the album represented a dead end. Diamond Dogs was an album that pushed the style he had minted two years before on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars to its limit in every respect. Perhaps it was hard to see how Bowie’s apocalyptic lyrical fantasies could get any more lurid and strange, how his brand of glam rock could sound any more dense and decadent and diseased than this, without tipping into the realms of self-parody...
Posté le: Ven 23 Sep - 09:28 (2016) Sujet du message: Say hello to The Gouster
17 SEPTEMBER 2016
David Bowie's excellent 'Who Can I Be Now?' bristles with restlessness and paranoia, writes ADRIAN THRILLS
By ADRIAN THRILLS FOR THE DAILY MAIL Published: 00:35 GMT, 23 September 2016 | Updated: 00:42 GMT, 23 September 2016
DAVID BOWIE: Who Can I Be Now? (Parlophone)
Verdict: Bowie plays the young American
When he began searching for new ideas after killing off his most famous alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust, at Hammersmith Odeon in 1973, David Bowie looked to black America for inspiration.
Sensing the impending implosion of the glam-rock movement he had helped to create, he gave his old band the Spiders From Mars their marching orders and embarked on a creative odyssey that encompassed funk, soul and disco — and yielded some of the best songs of his career.
It is this 'American' phase that is celebrated on the bumper, 12-disc package Who Can I Be Now?, the second in a series of box sets that started with last autumn's Five Years, released just months before his death in January.
Out this week, it spans the period from 1974's Diamond Dogs to 1976's Station To Station, augmenting those original records with live takes and rarities.
It also contains a 'new' album, The Gouster, assembled from tracks recorded in the run-up to 1975's Young Americans...