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Glass Spider [DVD] [2007]
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 2007
I have just read the review below me, and speaking as someone who not only owns the two previously released videos, but who has also seen the Glass Spider tour live at Wembley, Mark is for the most part correct. It was very cheesy, overblown and 'Spinal Tap'. However, most Bowie fans know all the faults of this tour back to front, and even Bowie admits that this tour was a bit of a disappointment, plus he has openly admitted that he was going through his 'Phil Collins' period creatively speaking.

However, there is still a lot to enjoy here. Firstly, with regards to the DVD concert recorded over two nights in Sydney, you could hardly call the performances of 'Sons Of The Silent Age' and the two cover versions of 'White Light/White Heat' and Iggy and the Stooges 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' as sounding cheesy, but you could for the 'Let's Dance' material on this, which was just too twee sounding on this tour. Also, I think 'Rebel Rebel' and 'Young Americans' sounded pretty good on this. After all, when I went to one of the Wembley gigs, not only was I hugely disappointed that there wasn't any material played from either 'Hunky Dory', 'Ziggy Stardust', 'Station To Station', 'Low' and 'Lodger', he didn't even play 'Rebel Rebel' or 'Young Americans', but I do remember a really tacky dance routine for 'Dancing With The Big Boys' from the 'Tonight' album that nobody wanted to hear.

Now on to the 2 cd's which I am really greatful to own, because what with 'All The Madmen', 'Big Brother'/'Chant', 'Scary Monsters', plus '87 And Cry' etc, you get a fuller perspective of all the diverse material that was played on this tour. Also, for purely selfish reasons, it's now been four whole years since the last Bowie album, so I'm just greatful to have some new material to listen to.

One final thought, even artists as ground breaking as David Bowie are entitled to a few off years. After all, when he recorded 'Scary Monsters' in 1980 there was a musical climate of Ska/New Wave & Post Punk/New Romantic & Synth Pop, plus when he recorded 'Outside' and 'Earthling' in the mid to late 1990's, he was inspired by the likes of Tricky/Goldie/Leftfield/Underworld etc. Whereas with 'Never Let Me Down' from 1987, we had a musical climate of Phil Collins and Stock/Aitkin and Waterman, while the yanks had soft 'poodle perm' rock anthems, so it was hardly an inspiring time to be an artist. However, ironically Bowie was influenced by Prince at the time, which on paper was a good thing, but unfortunately Prince's style of music just didn't suit his 'Never Let Me Down' album or his Glass Spider tour.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2013
The Glass Spider DVD+2CD Edition is exemplary for the current quality-control-free era of the music industry:
The DVD soundtrack is in pure MONO, by using only ONE of the original VHS stereo channels spread over both channels (in 2.0) now, or even upmixed in 5.1! You can here this clearly at the long solo guitar intro, which on the VHS has an impressive left/ right channel echo, so you hear every note twice, on the DVD you hear them only once, because of the missing channel (but now in 5.1!). (If interested: the original stereo version is still available on a "half-legal" DVD of the same name (ASIN: B000GCGDOE), but that one is badly edited, no track markers...)
The first bonus CD has also a mastering defect, from track 10 (1:03) onwards the tracks are sounding somehow out of phase (I don't know what happened here).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2007
I am not a massive Bowie fan, however I had borrowed a VHS tape of this concert many years ago and really enjoyed it, especially the musical talents of Pete Frampton,Carlos Alomar and Charlie Sexton on guitars. I was very excited to see the release of a DVD and expected clearer and crisper sound. I have listened and watched "The Jean Genie" on every audio setting possible to get the best out of guitar duel, yet I can hardly hear Peter Framptons input at all. The same problem occures with Charlie Sextons solos. Is it me, or my kit, or is the sound mix totaly off the mark? If so, shame on the producers. Pete Frampton, you rock, R.I.P.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2007
Funny how memories can change as the years pass by.
I went to Wembley stadium to see this tour and quite frankly it was appaling.Unless you were standing close to the stage the visuals were nigh on impossible to see, The sound was the worst id ever heard for a stadium show and the set list a complete bore.
Time does its job and here we are 20 years later and like a lot of other Bowie fans i buy this for completions sake. The first thing i did was play the cd version of the show (recorded on a different date and venue to the DVD recording) and did i smile, yes i did. I know Bowie was riding high on his Lets Dance audience, which i certainly wasnt a fan of but the decision to play stadiums was a HUGE mistake. Listening to the show now on cd without the visual distraction it turns out to be not half bad The cd also includes tracks that are not included on the DVD so its great to have the full show after all these years. Altho there is of course the overblown production sound of the 80s this tour if it had been shown in smaller venues without the visuals wouldnt have taken the knocking it did. Certainly not the man at his best but by no means as bad as memory serves to tell. Thankfully Bowie himself recognised that the direction he had gone in was a dead end and within a few short years was back on track. This DVD/CD is interesting in as much as its a snapshot of Bowie playing the superstar not Bowie the artist, and this character was being played out onstage as all his previous ones had and like all the previous ones, when Bowie had enough he stepped away and came back as someone/something else.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2007
Clearly not the highlight of Bowie's career so far, but not at all as bad as many say. There are some very good performances of classic songs including Time and The Jean Genie, but most of his 80s songs come across as rather dull. '87 And Cry (CD only) and Let's Dance are among the exceptions. The sound quality is good, but one would wish for better video. However, this is probably the best they can make out of the source material since it looks like it was shot on video and not film. The stage show is amusing, you got to see Fashion and Time. And the outfit he wears at the end is worth the purchase price alone. I love those boots with wings :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2012
My mom ordered this for her cousin, who is a massive David Bowie fan, and he is very happy with it. It has some amazing songs on it, and is WELL worth the money
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Glass spider tour has been severely criticized since it started. I think that this collection is a proof of how unfaired were all those comments. Bowie was brave, dared to risk and took his plastic and scenic vein to the top (a huge plastic spider covering the stage, pretentious coreography...). The setlist was risky, quite far of his gretest hits, (that many people waited to hear), but really good. Songs versions were great, in a new and revitalizing fashion, with the impressive Peter Frampton's guitar. The tour was disappointing for many people who doesnt understand Bowie. Bowie is unpredictable, sometimes brilliant, sometimes frustrating, but always creative. We should not go to a Boiwe's show with any perspective. Anyway, it's fair to say that it's not the best Bowie's voice. Overall, a simply stunning and creative show. Give a chance, open your mind.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
He's referred to this as his Phil Collins years hasn't he? I only bought this for completion: I thought he'd let us down in '87 and didn't go. More fool me. I haven't listened to the cds yet but the dvd is great fun. David seems to be enjoying himself too. It's still old DB, still the same mimes, moves, songs and voice. Even the hair's not that bad (at least compared to guest guitarist Charlie something). The supposedly cluttered stage is full of interest. The songs are done good! '80s drum sound, but revamped in style really. I never liked Fame that much, but here it's great, so are lots of other then-not-that-oldies. OK, it's not the Thin White Duke, but in my not very humble opinion much better than the false bonhomie of the Serious Moonlight DVD or the well received but frankly in-your-face clatter of the Outside tour (or my memory of) .

I quite fancy seeing the Sound and Vision tour on DVD now (another tour I was too hip to see).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2010
What a splendid tour this was!Bowie at his best. Theatre, dance and rock perfectly combined.I have put away my old VHS copies of this concert and for an incredibly cheap price purchased the DVD concert and 2 CDs which don't contain exactly the same songs. Good idea. It all looks real on a flat wide screen. Get it before it sells out.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2007
Groundbreaking show that clearly influenced Madonna and U2 amomgst everyone, this dvd is absolutely essential viewing and the bonus cds are quite wonderful.

All in all this proves the genius of Bowie. Essential buy for anyone.
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