David Bowie 1978-11-11 Adelaide ,Oval Cricket Ground – Shut up ,mate – SQ 7,5
Sound Quality Rating
03. What In The World.flac
04. Be My Wife.flac
05. The Jean Genie.flac
07. Sense Of Doubt.flac
08. Breaking Glass.flac
10. Beauty And The Beast.flac
11. Five Years.flac
12. Soul Love.flac
14. Hang On To Yourself.flac
15. Ziggy Stardust.flac
16. Suffragette City.flac
17. Art Decade.flac
18. Alabama Song.flac
19. Station To Station.flac
20. TVC 15.flac
22. Rebel Rebel.flac
Label : No label
Audio Source : audience
Lineage : These are digitized TDK SA-90s copied from the master tape (Ruud)
Taper : Gary
Total running time : 1:45:13
Sound Quality : Much noise ,dull ,but still good listened to
Attendance : 20.000
Artwork : ???
The four separate parts could be joined seamlessly, but the original tape switches sounded crude and were faded in/out. The original B-sides of the tapes sounded slightly duller, so these receiving a slight boost in the highs. The sound quality of the encores again was duller than the rest of the recording, so these needed an extra boost, plus some mild noise reduction.
The sound quality of the recording is about average for the period, but this transfer sounds much better than what is currently circulating. Unfortunately the recording itself is spoiled by a lot of chatting and shouting from the audience. At one point, the taper even snaps “Shut up, mate”. John provided a witness report from one of the other Australian open air concerts:
“Now, the gates for those big outdoor gigs in Australia opened 4 or more hours before the show. Many people drank beer and wine before the shows while they waited. It was terrible. The show I saw in Sydney on the 24th November was terrible for that reason. The final show on the 25th November was much better in terms of the crowd thank goodness. Bowie had that show and others taped. Where are those tapes I wonder? Carlos Alomar might know as he was responsible for safeguarding the tapes.
My 14 year old sister came with me to the show in Sydney on the 24th November and as the crowd was so unruly we moved back to the stands for her safety. On the 25th November I was right at the front and caught Bowie’s eye a few times as I struggled to take photographs with my small instamatic camera. He would hold his position until I had snapped the photograph.
So Gary and his friends were surrounded by drunks that would have come and go during the show. I do not know why they did not move or could not move. I am not 100% sure if it was Gary that handled the actual recording but he did the transfer for me. It seems that they were also be involuntarily moved around as the crowd surged backwards and forwards during the show.”
Tour band 1978 – The Low and Heroes World Tour :
David Bowie – vocals, chamberlain
Adrian Belew – lead guitar, backing vocals
Carlos Alomar – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
George Murray – bass guitar, backing vocals
Dennis Davis – drums, percussion
Dennis Garcia – keyboards, synthesizer (11–14 November 1978 only)
Sean Mayes – piano, string ensemble, backing vocals Simon House – electric violin
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Being the first concert on the new part of the tour, there was the question of what might be played. Despite having tour reports of overseas concerts, it was not certain whether Bowie would maintain something similar…
“As the light began to fade support band, The Angels, who were playing to a home crowd, entertained, and were warmly welcomed.
It seemed an age between The Angels finishing and a group of musicians walking quietly on to stage and the opening bars of “Warsawa” sounding.
At least in youth, there’s a strong impact of seeing someone who has been admired in the flesh for the first time. They seem larger than life, almost magical.
For me, that Adelaide concert on Saturday November 11 was magical. A short visit to Adelaide airport the next day secured autographs of the some of the band.”
~ Colin M, Bowie fan, 2011.
As it turned out, the repertoire in Adelaide remained almost identical to the previous leg of the tour – focusing on material from Low and “Heroes”, although ‘Speed of Life’ had now been dropped. The set was effectively divided in two – Bowie announcing:
“We’re just going off for 10 minutes….and when we come back….we won’t be wearing any slippers”.
Sean Mayes recalled that the crowd was particularly vocal in the second half:
“People were throwing streamers on-stage, also a sparkler, a camera sling … and a blue puppet wearing a DEVO badge.
Towards the end, Carlos was losing his voice and David forgot some of the words in ‘Station to Station’. But we stormed through the encores….”.
The blue puppet, incidentally, was Bruce Butler’s Grover doll. It sat aloft Sean’s piano for most of the concert (having been placed there by Bowie).
After the gig, the band went to what was described as “a posh but boring nightclub”.