David Bowie

Cracked Ac­tor

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums -

For­mer Record Store Day vinyl Num­ber 1 best-seller.

The vinyl re­lease ear­lier this year was go­ing for such silly money on the trad­ing cir­cuit that even life­long Bowie fans were priced out. So, this af­ford­able re­lease is wel­come, if be­lated. The show has been much boot­legged, and some will rate the unedited and un­touched ver­sion of this show higher than the ver­sion we have here, remixed by Tony Vis­conti. This LA con­cert dates from Septem­ber 5, 1974. Bowie had just spent most of Au­gust record­ing tracks that would later be­come Young Amer­i­cans and for the Septem­ber shows he added gui­tarist Car­los Alo­mar, back­ing singer Luther Van­dross and bassist Doug Rauch (San­tana). The band fizzes in a way miss­ing from the of­fi­cial live al­bum, David Live (recorded two months ear­lier), as ev­i­denced on su­pe­rior ver­sions of 1984, Knock On Wood and Rock’n’Roll Sui­cide. Cen­tre of it all, of course, is Bowie him­self, his own co­cainecracked voice as naked and white as never be­fore. David Buck­ley

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