David Bowie 1974-11-15 Boston ,Music Hall (Joe Maloney Master – New 2018 Transfer by Krw.co) .
Sound Quality Rating
01. Memories Of A Free Festival
02. Bowie Intro – Rebel Rebel
03. John, I’m Only Dancing
06. Young Americans
09. Rock’n Roll With Me
10. Love Me Do
11. The Jean Genie
(tape flip edit at 00:43:55:04)
12. Moonage Daydream
13. Can You Hear Me
14. Somebody Up There Likes Me
15. Suffragette City
16. Rock ‘N Roll Suicide
17. Diamond Dogs
18. Mr. Bowie has left the theater
Label : No label > The Maloney Joe Archive
Audio Source : Audience recording
Lineage : Analog master tape >Nakamichi DR-1
Taping Gear : Unknown
Recording Location: Unknown
Total running time : 1:18:37
Sound Quality : Much noise ,dull ,but still good listened to
Attendance : 4.225
Artwork : None
David starts playing Changes ,but then suddenly stops: “Still don’t know what I was waiting for,and my time was run ning wild … I wanna do a fast one … Panic in Detroit”. He gives the band a sign and Earl Slick starts.
Then Changes after all; lots of hysterical screaming of the audience during this song. They are wildly enthusiastic and clap along with many a song,which lends the tape a fine atmosphere.
Al though this is the last part of the tour,Bowie’s voice is still powerful. Rock & Roll With Me he sings beautifully,and halfway the song he explains to the audience what it is about: “This is called When You Rock & Roll With Me, it’s about me,and singing and why people would do – getting on stage and sing. I wouldn’t he able to … you start off thinking one thing,and you would end up thinking another – the music sings for you, and kind of makes it work that way. I suppose that’s what it’s about”.
The “chameleon” of Rock and Roll was coming back to Boston and, once again, he would be appearing in the majestic Boston Music Hall.
The Ziggy Stardust tour had been here for two performances, on October 1st and 2nd, 1972 and the Diamond Dogs “1980 Floor Show” had just been here on July 16 and now,
this was the second half of the tour, now re-named “The Soul Tour”. Originally, this was to be the first of two shows, the 15th and 16th, but due to both shows selling out so fast,
a third show was added on the 14th. After seeing the Ziggy and Diamond Dogs performances, we didn’t know what to expect at this show, but it turned out to be completely different
and just as great. And the beginning of the show was a complete surprise! There was no introduction, the lights just went down and the first song started with a nice saxophone intro.
As the vocals began, we were surprised that it wasn’t Bowie singing, but one of the back-up singers. He did an excellent, soulful version of “Memory Of a Free Festival”,
with the rest of the singers joining in for the “The star machine is coming down and we’re gonna have a party!” chorus. As the song ended, David was introduced and took the stage,
wearing high-waisted gray trousers and a cream colored silk shirt, with his hair longer and a bit more blond than before. He still had shaved eyebrows and there was a “hint’
of eyeshadow and mascara on his eyes. He looked pleased to be here and, with a big smile, started the “party” off with the Diamond Dogs single, “Rebel Rebel”.
From that moment on, it was a set that covered all the “hits”. “John, I’m Only Dancing” (from the Ziggy days), “Sorrow” (the 1960s song, by the British band The Merseys,
from the “Pin Ups” album) and “Changes” (from “Hunky Dory”;) came next, then it was time for brand new single, “Young Americans”. As the sax and “boxing ring” bell intro ended,
David took a moment to say “Hello, Good evening!” to the audience, before introducing the song. This was the first time that he had slowed down since he had come on stage.
“Young Americans” was getting heavy airplay on all the area radio stations and with everything that was going on in politics and world events, the famous line,
“Do you remember your President Nixon”, earned a big round of applause from the audience. “1984” followed, then they got the audience clapping along, with a cover of The Flairs 1961 R&B hit,
“Footstompin'”. It was back to Diamond Dogs for “Rock ‘n’ Roll With Me”, before throwing the audience a “curve”, with a new “Love Me Do” intro for the great Aladdin Sane album song,
“The Jean Genie”. “Moonage Daydream” led into two more new songs, “Can You Hear Me?” and “Somebody Up There Likes Me” before closing the set with “Suffragette City” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide”.
After a great ovation from the audience, David and the band returned to the stage and ended the show with “Diamond Dogs”. As the song ended, David said “Thank you for coming.
See you tomorrow!”, before leaving the stage for the final time. As much as the crowd wanted another song, it wasn’t to be. The last thing we heard was an “Elvis” type announcement from backstage,
saying “Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Bowie has left the building!”. I later read that the previous night’s show had been plagued by some sound problems and when I heard a recording of the
Saturday night show, there seemed to be quite a few off-key notes from the saxophone, so it looked like we got lucky and had seen the better of the three shows. Bowie was enjoying himself
and all members of the band, as well as the back-up singers, seemed to be at their best, with Earl Slick, on lead guitar, Carlos Alomar, on rhythm guitar, Mike Garson (from the Spiders From Mars),
David Sanborn, on saxophone and Willie Weeks, on bass, making this a most enjoyable and memorable performance.
Many Many Thanks To Joe
The Tour Band – The Soul / Philly Dogs Tour (October–December)
• David Bowie – vocals
• Mike Garson – piano, mellotron, music director
• Earl Slick – lead guitar
• Carlos Alomar – rhythm guitar
• David Sanborn – alto saxophone, flute
• Willie Weeks – bass
• Dennis Davis – drums
• Pablo Rosario – percussion
• Warren Peace – backing vocals
• Ava Cherry – backing vocals
• Robin Clark – backing vocals
• Anthony Hinton – backing vocals
• Diane Sumler – backing vocals
• Luther Vandross – backing vocals