David Bowie Divine Symmetry

David Bowie Divine Symmetry – BBC Radio 1 8-1-97- VH1 Fashion Awards 09-1996 – Bridge benefit 19-09-96 – SQ 10 (DIEDRICH)

Tracklist
01 The man who sold the world – 8-1-97 ,Radio 1.flac
02 Supermen – 8-1-97 ,Radio 1.flac
03 Andy Warhol – 8-1-97 ,Radio 1.flac
04 Repetition – 8-1-97 ,Radio 1.flac
05 Lady Stardust – 8-1-97 ,Radio 1.flac
06 White light white head – 8-1-97 ,Radio 1.flac
07 Shopping for girls – 8-1-97 ,Radio 1.flac
08 Quicksand – 8-1-97 ,Radio 1.flac
09 Aladdin Sane – 8-1-97 ,Radio 1.flac
10 Fashion – VH1 Fashion Awards september 1996.flac
11 Little Wonder – VH1 Fashion Awards september 1996.flac
12 Aladdin Sane – Bridge Benefit, San Francisco 19-09-1996.flac
13 Jean genie – Bridge Benefit, San Francisco 19-09-1996.flac
14 I’m hot for you baby – Bridge Benefit, San Francisco 19-09-1996.flac
15 I Can’t Read – Bridge Benefit, San Francisco 19-09-1996.flac
16 The man who sold the world – Bridge Benefit, San Francisco 19-09-1996.flac
17 “Heroes” – Bridge Benefit, San Francisco 19-09-1996.flac
18 Let’s Dance – Bridge Benefit, San Francisco 19-09-1996.flac

review
A bizarre mastering fault introduces the disc, with track one running blank for 17 seconds and track two (“Man Who Sold the World”) cutting in nine seconds late. It’s a sorry opening to what rapidly resolves itself as the best Bowie boot of the late 1990s — and, perhaps surprisingly, one of the best ever made. A nine-track BBC session, staged to compensate British fans for the singer’s 50th birthday concert taking place in New York, opens things up with an oldies but goldies session bolstered by some of the most dynamic rearrangements he has ever conceived. Half unplugged, half undressed, the fruits of these re-evaluations were apparent on his revelatory fall tour, but there is a sense of ingenuous relaxation here which even the best gigs did not recapture. Two cuts from the September 1996 VH1 fashion awards follow. Recorded live, with all the sonic niceties that implies, takes on “Fashion” and “Little Wonder” jerk things back into familiar focus, and bigger and better performances of both are available elsewhere. But seven songs recorded at Neil Young’s Bridge concerts that same month not only regain one’s attention with another revision of “Aladdin Sane,” it keeps it through a performance highlighted by a blistered blues-flavored “Jean Genie,” an astonishingly effective acoustic-led “Heroes,” and, finally, “Let’s Dance,” wickedly, but irresistibly reinvented as the funk/punk son of “Station to Station.” Bowie’s career is no stranger to some truly influential and utterly indispensable boots: Santa Monica (1972), His Masters Voice (1973), and Thin White Duke (1976). As much as his official output, those albums painted the image and confirmed the vision which sustained Bowie through the remainder of his career — a point since proven by official releases for at least portions of all three. It took 20-plus years; Divine Symmetry is as great, and as revelatory as the best of those. And the next two decades don’t look so scary, after all.

Review 2
Fairly random acoustic set from Bowie’s BBC radio session in 1997. A few tracks come off as slightly dreck and drab, and it’s a shame he wasn’t afforded more air time, however long time fans will enjoy the Aladdin Sane and The Man Who Sold The World acoustics. It’s also nice to hear Repetition (taken from the indifferent Lodger album), which Bowie frequently played live at the time. An interesting set from the Thin White accoustic one.
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