David Bowie 1978-07-01 London ,Earl’s Court – The Definitive Earls Court – (Wardour-261).
Sound Quality Rating
103. What In The World.flac
104. Be My Wife.flac
105. The Jean Genie.flac
107. Sense Of Doubt.flac
108. Speed Of Life.flac
109. Sound And Vision.flac
110. Breaking Glass.flac
112. Beauty And The Beast.flac
201. Five Years.flac
202. Soul Love.flac
204. Ziggy Stardust.flac
205. Suffragette City.flac
206. Art Decade.flac
207. Alabama Song.flac
208. Station To Station.flac
209. TVC 15.flac
Label: Wardour – 261
Audio Source: Soundboard
Total running time: 1:37:29
Sound Quality:very good. Equals record or radio apart from a slight noise and some dullness.
Be fore Sound and Vision Bowie says: “This is some thing we never have done before”: indeed it is the first and only time that this song is song live,so this is quite a unique occasion! Yet,I find it rather disappointing,and someone is singing pretty off-key at the back. “As you probably heard this is the last night on tour. So ofcourse I’d like to thank very much the guys that worked with us. I’d like to thank Showco for the sound, … (?) … for the lights,and my trucking company,for the trucks, I’d also like to thank on piano Sean Mayes from Fumble. I mean,what are you guys doing after the show? Are you going to have plans & things? No? Oh good,then we miight tour again!”. This ofcourse is met with thunderous applause!
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 (music director)
George Murray – bass guitar, backing vocals
Dennis Davis – drums, percussion
Roger Powell – keyboards, synthesizer ,Moog Taurus bass pedals ,backing vocals (except 11–14 November 1978)
Dennis Garcia – keyboards, synthesizer (11–14 November 1978 only)
Sean Mayes – piano, string ensemble, backing vocals Simon House – electric violin
Simon House – electric violin.
Now here comes a real sensation….a new November 2013 bootleg from Japan features the 1st half of the last European 1978 concert of David Bowie in soundboard quality. 1 song from this SBD source was previously released on “bootleg”, but the rest was uncirculated outside of the “important collectors” circles. They didn’t want money to be made on it, or something…. Well; if I had been getting to listen to this show for free I obviously would not had been purchasing this Japanese bootleg now. And there are far worse things than the “bootlegers” around as far as ethic issue and “undeserved money” is concerned. Maybe one’s “moral stands” could be used for something less navel-gazing than hoarding great recordings? Anyway, after 35 years of waiting, this London recording is available to the “common guy” for enjoyment. Thanks to the person who made this available to the public.
Quality here is VG-EX SBD for the 1st half of the show. Great performance, and also: the only performance of “Sound And Vision” in 1978 (as far as I know).
There’s very few recordings of Bowie’s terrific 1978 tour available in SBD quality. I can only think of 3, all of which are incomplete: Tokyo, Bremen and Dallas,
plus the offical 2LP release “Stage”.
2nd half of this bootleg is taken from an audience source. I don’t know who taped that one.