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The cliché about David Bowie says he's a musical chameleon, adapting himself according to fashion and trends. While such a criticism is too glib, there's no denying that Bowie demonstrated remarkable skill for perceiving musical trends at his peak in the '70s. After spending several years in the late '60s as a mod and as an ... Read more in Amazon's David Bowie Store

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  • Audio CD (21 April 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mainman
  • ASIN: B00002MQ6G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Milt M. R. Ingarfield on 8 Feb. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This broadcast from the 20th of October 1972 in Santa Monica U.S.A. starts with an announcer telling the radio audience "that the house lights are about to go down for the appearance of David Bowie, the guitar of Mick Ronson powers out the opener "Hang onto yourself", the first impression you get, is what's the rush?
The sound is rough, but as the song progresses the sound engineer corrects this.
The first song ends "Ziggy Stardust' starts this gives the audience no chance to catch their breath, this is where the backing vocals of Mick Ronson on the lines "So where were the spiders", can be heard to great effect.
The applause is dying down when the newest member of the band Mike Garson can be heard playing the piano intro for "Changes" as Trevor Bolder's bass guitar joins in this is the signal for the driving sound of Woodmansey drums to start and Ronson's guitar picking out the main theme of the song with David singing "Oh Yea" the song begins.
Bowie's 12-string guitar introduces the song "The Superman" at the end of the first verse Mick Ronson's fingers slid down the neck of his guitar to signal the rest of the band to follow his lead.
This gives Garson enough time to start playing "Life on Mars" which brings a ripple of applause from the crowd, with just the sound of piano and vocals the first part ends and just as he sings the lines "As they ask to focus on sailors fighting in the dance hall" the snare drum and bass guitar come to life and with the guitar punching out the line "Is there life on Mars?" with the sound of piano only the song ends.
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By Anonymous on 9 Aug. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A truly fantastic gig, Bowie at his most raw, yet tender and intimate best. Mick Ronson and The Spiders also play at the top of their game, supporting Bowie's coming of age genius, represented by a fantastic set of songs, this concert includes the virtuoso Mike Garson on keyboards. The cd package contains 'wish you were there' wonderful photos which will help to take you even further into the auditorium. An essential and exhilarating early Live performance, Bowie at his Best.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Live versions of Bowie's first great band 6 Mar. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I find this a beautiful CD, of a RADIO SHOW, that was broadcast at the end of Bowie's first american tour. At that point, the SPIDERS were fresh, the material wasnt played to the point of tired repetition. If you compare this Cd, to the soundtrack to the movie ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS, you become amazed at the difference in sound. For one thing, the playing here is tight, concise, and energetic. On the movie soundtrack, from the END of the spider's history, what you hear is sloppy, dull playing. If you want to hear EARLY Bowie live, and your time machine is broken, so you cant go back to hear it in person, then for now, this is the next best thing. IF you can find it, buy it.
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David Bowie - 'Santa Monica '72' (Griffin) 22 Mar. 2005
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
An absolute must-have for every true Bowie fan. I finally got to see David play live nearly a year ago and one thing I'll say about a David Bowie concert, the man simply takes you into his own world for over two hours. A must-be there event!The shindig on this disc took place on October 20, 1972. Total of eighteen cuts and a duration of 76:39. Thank goodness for the invention of compact discs, no doubt. I remember years ago when the only source of an early '70's Bowie concert was some pricey lousy sounding bootleg put on 2-lp vinyl. Now, the fan gets the entire show one shiny disc. Great matching art work to go with it. Tunes I couldn't get enough of were "Ziggy Stardust", "The Superman", "Space Oddity", "John,I'm Only Dancing", "Jene Genie", "Suffragette City" and "Rock&Roll Suicide". One of the better archive concerts EVER to be released, period!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Standing on the shoulder of giants 10 Oct. 2005
By Bill Woods - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have this on vinyl bootleg I acquired in the 1980's. If youngsters question why their elders claim Bowie is so influential they only have to listen to this. Apart from the duff take-off special effects noise bowie tries to conjure up in Space Oddity and the flat chorus on Five Years, this album blows away any other Bowie concert CD. The sound is incredible on the vinyl - I can't say for the CD edition as I have never heard it. I had the privelege of seeing Bowie on his STAGE tour in Sydney and was very disappointed by the concert album they released of that tour. I'm happy this 1972 performance has finally officially been released - but inexplicably it seems to have failed to make much of an impact- even with Bowie fans. Being there in 1972 must have been an incredible experience . As far as I'm concerned its the only Bowie album anyone needs to own!
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David Bowie is his own special effect 9 May 2006
By intagliosfera - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The greatest strength of this recording is the fact that it is LIVE. One night. One continuous take. It's a testament to just how good this artist was (and is)and how his talent takes over the stage without resorting to recording tricks or artifice. It's easy to think of Bowie as an image maker, and easy to forget that he's a music maker. The Spiders prove themselves to be a white-hot, smokin' band too. This recording gives me pleasure every time I listen, and I always find something new.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
actually 4.78 stars 10 Jan. 2004
By THE Uncle Todd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
OK folks-- remember this is 1972-- this is a live radio broadcast-- they are mixing on the fly
A stunning representation of the Bowie experience
Sure the levels are off from time to time i.e. Jean Genie, but look at it as a whole entity, warts and all. He flubs lyrics in Suffragette City (which he did again just recently in Cleveland 2004), the mix can be questionable from time to time BUT IT'S 1972!! A stunning collection of songs and better than the original version of the Ziggy Sardust movie S/T. Mick Ronson proved he was the next guitar god. Crank it up!
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