David Bowie 1974-10-30 New York ,Radio City Music Hall – He’s Got His Eye On Your Soul –
Sound Quality Rating
The Garson band:
101 Funky Music.flac
102 Baby Baby.flac
103 I’m In The Mood For Love.flac
104 Stormy Monday.flac
105 Deep In The Heart Of Me.flac
106 Love Train.flac
107 Memory Of A Free Festival.flac
108 Rebel Rebel.flac
109 John I’m Only Dancing (Again).flac
112 Young Americans.flac
203 Rock’n’Roll With Me.flac
204 Love Me Do-The Jean Genie.flac
205 Diamond Dogs.flac
206 Moonage Daydream.flac
207 Can You Hear Me.flac
208 Somebody Up There Likes Me.flac
209 Suffragette City.flac
210 Rock’n’Roll Suicide.flac
Label: The Hunky Geordie Tapes
Audio Source: audience (soundboard?)
Lineage: TDK D60 x 2
Total running time: 1:32:09
Sound Quality : Much noise ,dull ,but still good listened to
Information: Bowie performs Footstompin’ for the first time on this night.
The opening act was the Mike Garson band, who played :
An audio recording exists of this show which is commonly thought to be from 28 October 1974. However, David did not play New York on that date and in his book “People Stared At The Make-up On His Face”, Per Nilsen suggests that the correct date is 30 October.
This recording is the only one known to contain the full set played by the Mike Garson Band prior to David taking the stage:
This is the only tape which also contains the pre-programme played by the Garson band:
– Funky Music
– You Keep Me Hanging On
– I’m in the Mood For Love
– Stormy Monday
– Love Train
– Memory of the Free Festival
“Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen” one of the lady singers says after Stormy Monday. “You’ve been lovely. I’d like you to know that we really have enjoyed performing for you tonight.We love you and we’d love to come back, and we will”.
At the end of Memory of the Free Festival Bowie is announced and the band starts playing Rebel Rebel. At the beginning of Sorrow Bowie says: “Good evening, thank you. It is a pleasure to be here. I want to ask you something. When I come to New York,I usually get a flu. Well,I got it again as usually,so if I sing a little … like that,I … but uhm … here it comes … Your long blond hair …” “This is the title song from the next album,it’s called Young Americans“ Bowie announces, and like the other new numbers this number is received well. Rock & Roll Suicide is sung beautifully and at the endd of the song Bowie calls in a husky voice: “Hey, and you’re wonderful! Hey,and I’m wonderful! Yeah ,we’re all wonderful! All you got to do is win,when you’re trying not to loose …”
This was the first of a sequence of seven nights in New York and it is a great concert. However,not all the seven were as good: some of them started two hours late,Bowie was overtired. Actually only the first and the last were good concerts. Deborah Swamback from Rome ,New York saw the concert on Novemver I: “It only lasted fifty minutes,and tickets were $10.50 which was quite high a price back then,and my friends and I had travelled 250 miles to see Bowie,to return home imnediately after the concert. 500 Miles to see a fifty-minute show is a bit insane”.
The Concert in Cleveland, November 6,lasted sixty minutes. It was probably Bowie’s exhaustion that started to get the better of him.
While still ostensibly part of the Diamond Dogs tour, this seven-night stand at Radio City Music Hall would present a completely different show, now referred to as “Philly Dogs” to denote the tour’s drastic swing from proto-punk apocalyptic nightmare to r&b revue. To the confusion of fans dressed as Ziggy and Aladdin, Bowie had already ditched the tour’s original concept — the elaborate set, which hadn’t fared well on the first leg, wouldn’t get farther than the West Coast — in favor of a band that included Robin Clark, Ava Cherry, and a pre-superstardom Luther Vandross on backing vocals (the backing band also performed a seven-song set of r&b material to open the show). All of Bowie’s hits were reinterpreted through this soul-based filter, to varying results; reviews were overwhelmingly not positive. The band was great (with the addition of Carlos Alomar, and David Sanborn’s role expanding due to the new arrangements), and the enthusiasm and desire was authentic, but there was just too much bombast. “Young Americans” is introduced as being from the forthcoming album, recorded back in August at Philly’s Sigma Sound.