David Bowie Welcome to the Blackout: Live London '78

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Format:  CD  (2 Discs)
item number:  6Q29Q
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: June 29, 2018
  • Originally Released: 2018
  • Label: Rhino / Parlophone

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Warszawa (Live)
  • 2."Heroes" (Live)
  • 3.What In The World (Live)
  • 4.Be My Wife (Live)
  • 5.The Jean Genie (Live)
  • 6.Blackout (Live)
  • 7.Sense Of Doubt (Live)
  • 8.Speed Of Life (Live)
  • 9.Sound And Vision (Live)
  • 10.Breaking Glass (Live)
  • 11.Fame (Live)
  • 12.Beauty And The Beast (Live)

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Five Years (Live)
  • 2.Soul Love (Live)
  • 3.Star (Live)
  • 4.Hang On To Yourself (Live)
  • 5.Ziggy Stardust (Live)
  • 6.Suffragette City (Live)
  • 7.Art Decade (Live)
  • 8.Alabama Song (Live)
  • 9.Station To Station (Live)
  • 10.TVC 15 (Live)
  • 11.Stay (Live)
  • 12.Rebel Rebel (Live)

Product Description:

Originally released as a Record Store Day exclusive in April 2018 but swiftly receiving a CD and digital release, Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78) gathers 24 highlights from David Bowie's two-night stint at Earls Court on June 30 and July 1, 1978. Apart from "Sound and Vision" and "Be My Wife," which appeared on a 1995 compilation, this album consists of previously unreleased -- but heavily bootlegged -- live performances, all dating from the end of Bowie's 1978 tour. Stage, which came out a few months after this performance, captures the same tour, but Welcome to the Blackout isn't as stiff as that contemporaneously released double album. Bowie and band -- which includes guitarists Adrian Belew and Carlos Alomar, bassist George Murray, and drummer Dennis Davis, along with Roger Powell, a keyboardist who served in Todd Rundgren's Utopia -- are loose, sometimes rushing a tempo and sometimes settling into it, as they do on a louche "Heroes" that kicks off the record. The positioning of "Heroes" is telling: it's not here as a triumphant closer but a grooving keynote, setting the pace for a set where Bowie attempts to find the right balance between art and a party. He doesn't always get it right -- Powell tends to overwhelm on the suite of Ziggy Stardust numbers, painting everything with swathes of synths -- but the performance is invigorating even with its flaws. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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  • UPC: 190295730260
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