Rolling Stone - 10/12/00, p.863.5 stars out of 5
- "...These discs offer a fascinating glimpse into the years when he transformed his words into a persona, Ziggy Stardust..."
Q - 1/01, p.95
Included in Q's "5 Best Re-Issues of 2000".
Q - 11/00, p.1234 stars out of 5
- "...We have the best of both the ZIGGY STARDUST album and HUNKY DORY, plus a brilliant, Lou Reed namechecking 'White Light/White Heat'. The songs here are rougher, liuder and often more exciting than their 'official' versions..."
CMJ - 12/00, p.52
"...Key for ZIGGY STARDUST fans curious about how he got from the London folk-rock circuit to the cosmos in 4 short years..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 10/00, p.119
"...Tracks his progress from Anthony Newley wannabe to the brink of ALADDIN SANE, offering a handy aural frieze of his surprisingly arduous climb to superstardom..."
For a limited time the 2-CD set BOWIE AT THE BEEB will come with a third, bonus CD of David Bowie live at the BBC Radio Theatre.
Compilation producers: Nigel Reeve, Henry Wrenn-Meleck.
THE BEST OF THE BBC RADIO SESSIONS 68-72:
Personnel includes: David Bowie (vocals, various instruments); Mick Ronson (vocals, guitar, bass); Dana Gillespie, George Underwood, Geoffrey Alexander (vocals); John Mclaughlin, Mick Wayne, Tim Renwick (guitar); Nicky Graham (piano); Alan Hawkshaw (keyboards); Tony Visconti, Trevor Bolder (bass, background vocals); John Lodge (bass); Woody Woodmansey, John Cambridge (drums); Steve Peregrine (background vocals).
Producers include: Bernie Andrews, Paul Williams, Jeff Griffin, Pete Ritzema, John F. Muir.
Includes liner notes by Bernie Andrews and Jeff Griffin.
LIVE AT THE BBC RADIO THEATRE:
Personnel: David Bowie (vocals); Gail Ann Dorsey (vocals, guitar, bass); Mark Plati (guitar, bass); Earl Slick (guitar); Mike Garson (piano, keyboards); Emm Gryner (keyboards, background vocals); Sterling Campbell (drums); Holly Palmer (percussion, background vocals).
Recorded at The BBC Radio Theatre, BBC Broadcasting House, London, England on June 27, 2000.
Personnel: David Bowie (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards); Dana Gillespie, Geoffrey Alexander, George Underwood (vocals); Mark Carr Prichard, John McLaughlin, Mick Ronson, Tim Renwick , Mick Wayne (guitar); Nick Graham (piano); Alan Hawkshaw (keyboards); Herbie Flowers, John Lodge, Trevor Bolder (bass instrument); John Cambridge, Mick "Woody" Woodmansey (drums); Steve Peregrine Took, Tony Visconti (background vocals).
Liner Note Authors: Bernie Andrews; Jeff Griffin .
This compilation is a unique way to view the rapid succession of stylistic changes the mercurial David Bowie went through between the years 1968 and 1972. During that relatively brief span of time, Bowie went through more phases than most artists experience in their entire careers, and it's all catalogued on these live-in-the-studio recordings originally made for BBC broadcast. Things start off innocently enough, with a somewhat benign Bowie delivering '68-vintage baroque pop over orchestral backing. Quickly enough, the rock quotient increases, and Bowie begins delivering more barbed lyrical observations over a grittier sound.
Bowie's ascendancy to superstardom is represented via cuts from the ZIGGY STARDUST era; here the listener is given a front-row seat for the virtual invention of glam-rock. There are many interesting tidbits throughout, including fascinating covers of Jacques Brel and the Velvet Underground, both key Bowie influences. And that's not even mentioning the bonus disc containing a 2000 live performance that's heavy on Bowie classics.