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David Live: at the Tower Theatre Philadelphia/Remastered

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  • Audio CD (21 Feb 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00070DK5K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. 1984 (Live) 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rebel Rebel (Live) 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Moonage Daydream (Live) 5:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise) 8:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Changes (Live) 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Suffragette City (Live) 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Aladdin Sane (Live; 2005 Digital Remaster) 4:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. All The Young Dudes (Live) 4:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Cracked Actor (Live) 3:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Rock 'N' Roll With Me (Live) 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Watch That Man (Live) 5:04£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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Listen  2. Here Today Gone Tomorrow (Live) 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Space Oddity (Live) 6:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Diamond Dogs (Live) 6:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Panic In Detroit (Live) 5:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Big Brother (Live) 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Time (Live) 5:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Width Of A Circle (Live) 8:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Jean Genie (Live) 5:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (Live) 4:47£0.99  Buy MP3 

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David Live is the re-release of the vintage David Bowie concert album. This double-disc set has been refurbished with new mixes, previously unreleased tracks and new sleeve notes by longtime Bowie producer Tony Visconti. The album chronicles the 1974 tour in support of Bowie's Diamond Dogs album, specifically a five-night stand at Philadelphia's Tower Theatre. The new edition restores the original running order and tacks on the tracks "Space Oddity" and "Panic in Detroit". Also featured are unusual renditions of familiar tracks such as "The Jean Genie", "Rock'n'Roll Suicide" and "All the Young Dudes".

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Significantly improved recording 23 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
The 2005 issue of "David Live" is a significant improvement on previous issuings of the album, thanks to the labours of producer Tony Visconti. What we have now for the first time is a complete 1974 Diamond Dogs show. The sound has been genuinely polished up and Bowie's vocals are incredibly strong. The album feels much more 'live' than previous issues. A good example of the improved quality of the recording is 'Sweet Thing' where, for the first time, you hear the echo on Bowie's opening vocals. People in the UK or Europe never had the chance to see this tour, so it's all in your head (helped by the unforgettable images one has from the BBC documentary 'Cracked Actor' of the mid-70s). The album sounded weird when it first came out and still sounds weird today with Bowie classics given an unorthodox musical treatment. It all adds to the strangeness of this album with oboes and flutes working majestically alongside the electrifying guitar work of Earl Slick. The best thing about the new recording, and worth the investment of money alone, is the inclusion of 'Space Oddity'. I am sure that for many Bowie fans this will be the best 1974 recording of the song they now own (here it's even better than the bootleg version from Los Angeles 1974). It's the eeriest live version of the song you'll ever hear and quite stunning. In my opinion this is the best official live album in Bowie's catalogue, superior to 'Stage' as a live album. The sheer energy of the performance is quite extraordinary. For anyone seeking genuine Bowie magic you'll find it in abundance on this live album. "David Live" has consistently been under-appreciated in my view; it's always been one of my favourite Bowie albums, live and un-live. The new edition is an absolute treat - for hardcore fans it's a 'must' buy, for others it will surprise you at every turn. It catches Bowie at a singular and unique moment in his development as a singer and artist.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David's 1st Official live album. 2 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
I bought the vinyl double set as a 15 year old on its release in 1974.

This is one of my all time favourite live albums. This is a marvellous re-issue, with the running order in the correct sequence that the concert was originally performed at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia.

A highly recommended purchase - it is beautifally packaged as well, in my opinion this is the better of his two official live releases, although Stage is recommended as well. A brilliant re-issue!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Live 23 Feb 2005
By Gee Bee
Format:Audio CD
Recorded during the 1974 Diamond Dogs Tour which metamorphosised into the Soul Tour this release is a recording of an artist in a state of change.
Many of the tracks Bowie covers here are as you will never hear elsewhere as songs are completely re-worked and overhauled with a soul tinge. Thus, if you want standard sounding Bowie songs then David Live maybe not for you, but for me you can hear Bowie testing himself as to where he's going next, alongside all the turmoil that was the Diamond Dogs Tour and Bowie's impending collapse!
The cover image is Bowie's soul boy look taken from the same Diamond Dogs/Soul tour not the later Station to Station Thin White Duke style where Bowie sported the 'Aryan look.'
The booklet includes Visconti comments, extra photo's and the release has the tracks in the order the shows were performed with added tracks!!
A fantastic, unusual Bowie live release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GUILTY SECRET! 11 Feb 2005
By Mick W
Format:Audio CD
For many, their choice of favourite David Bowie album is an easy one. Ziggy? Hunky Dory? Let's Dance? For me, though, this 1974 over-the-top, drug-crazed extravaganza is the one. Unfortunately for me, I'm the only Bowie fan I know who can make this claim. Sure, the playing in parts is patchy, the production not always up to the mark, and the set list unfamiliar to many. But the atmosphere of the show permeates everything and Bowie's vocals are superbly dramatic as he wrings every drop of emotion from the performance. This was originally released about the time of the famous BBC documentary about Bowie, just before Young Americans was released, and my own memories of this music are illustrated by scenes from that programme. If you enjoy Bowie-lite, go somewhere else. However, if you prefer your Bowie full-on, this is the CD that repays repeated plays.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Completes the picture 1 Dec 2009
By J. Bee
Format:Audio CD
Stage is usually seen as the definitive polished live version of Bowie's work and the Santa Monica recording as the rougher 'official bootleg'.
I had to complete the collection with David Live, with no other excuse than the fantastic version of Panic in Detroit where Earl Slick lets fly with one of the best guitar solos on record (my humble opinion) - only available in the old days as a b-side to Knock on Wood and not on the vinyl version of Live.

David Live is a perfect set combining raw outings of earlier years with the new mood white soul boy direction that Bowie was moving in.
This is not an album just for the Bowie completeist - just one of the finest live albums ever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hmm 21 April 2009
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I almost forgot how good this album was having owned it as double vinyl over 30 years ago. One song haunted me from it ... Sweet Thing and this was the inspiration to order again. As a live album it's unusually brilliant an excellent recording at the height of his Philly Soul period!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawed masterpiece 19 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
This was, as commented above, panned by DB & certainly most of the biogs suggest it was recorded amidst scenes of band mutiny and near-collapse on the part of the singer. That said, for me its his best album. The versions of Changes, Cracked Actor, All the Young Dudes, Space Oddity, Sweet Thing & Rock & Roll Suicide are so from the heart - all the more powerful for the tattered vocal and breathless near-death quality of the delivery. This version sounds superb - Garson and Slick in particular shine - and knocks the anodyne & at times histrionic 'Stage' into a cocked hat on every level. Its a shame they couldn't shoehorn Alan Yentob's BBC Cracked Actor documentary onto the DVD issue as its the perfect coked out complement to the music (as Milt explains eloquently above) and finds DB in stunningly eloquent, self deprecating and paranoid form. I gather the boots of the later soulier shows contain better performances but this reissue has been created with love and would be my desert island disc without question.
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i lost this cd its good to get it back
Published 15 days ago by dave mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
best bowie live album
Published 29 days ago by DONALD.DEVLIN
4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't jump
At least in CD form it doesn't keep jumping.
Published 4 months ago by Malcolm Mather
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowie sounding young!
I love the way Bowie plays around with his songs when singing live. A must for all DB fans everywhere.
Published 5 months ago by craig callaghan
5.0 out of 5 stars David live
A great CD to listen to listen to when I am driving across the country. It makes me think of my care free teenage years when I first purchased the LP and enjoyed Bowie the first... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars New cd
this is an album i bought on vinyl years ago when it was released,used to never be off, good to have it on cd now.if you are a big fan of bowie like i am you will love this. Read more
Published 9 months ago by william macdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Love David Bowie forever
I am starting my further collection for a few months ago loved him since the 70s 80s 90s and forever..
Published 14 months ago by Kelly Ravel
5.0 out of 5 stars david bowie at his best for me,without a doubt!
this live album vears towards a jazz/soul flavour just before the young americans album.if you like early bowie and have not heard this album then get it you will not be... Read more
Published 14 months ago by stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bowie
One of the best live albums ever made. Worth buying for Sweet Thing alone,the atmosphere created is electric. If you like Bowie a little bit you must buy this.
Published 15 months ago by Mahgni
4.0 out of 5 stars A good live album.
I recommend this album to those who love Bowie and would like a flavour of one of his live shows. Bowie's soul phase isn't for everyone though.
Published 16 months ago by Trish Berryman
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