David Bowie - I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour 74)

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  1. PageLesPaul

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    New David Bowie Record Store Day release announced | superdeluxeedition


    New David Bowie Record Store Day release announced
    February 20, 2020 by Paul Sinclairtags: 1970s, david bowie, Record Store Day, RSD20

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    Never before heard 1974 live recordings

    Parlophone have announced a second David Bowie release for this year’s Record Store Day. It’s an album of unheard recordings of Bowie in concert in late 1974 as he transformed his theatrical Diamond Dogs tour into a soul revue.

    I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour 74) is a live album taken from “recently discovered sources” and was recorded mostly during David’s performance at the Michigan Palace, Detroit on 20 October, 1974. The reason for the ‘mostly’ is that because Diamond Dogs is missing (the whole song wasn’t captured). Because of this, the encores from the 30 November show which featured ‘Diamond Dogs’ are included. This also enables a fuller representation of the set from The Soul Tour including such numbers as ‘Knock On Wood’ and the ‘Foot Stompin’ / I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate’ medley.

    As is reasonably well documented, The Soul Tour was a radical mid-tour departure from Bowie’s 1974 Diamond Dogs experience. During a three week break in late 1974, the Diamond Dogs Tour’s elaborate six-ton Hunger City stage set was stripped back, and the tour’s set list overhauled to include as-yet-unreleased tracks from the Young Americans sessions at Sigma Sound in Philadelphia. The Soul Tour also featured a revamped band, augmented to include musicians and vocalists from those sessions, and rechristened The Mike Garson Band.

    I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour 74) will be released on 2LP, but also as two-CD set and it’s really great to see the label put this out on CD simultaneously. The artwork is based on the (presumably hastily cobbled together) original design for the programmes available at venues for dates on The Soul Tour.

    The previously announcedCHANGESNOWBOWIE is the other Bowie Record Store Day release this year, although in related news it has recently been announced that the Is It Any Wonder? streaming EP will now be issued as a physical product. There is a slight tweak as ‘Fun (Clownboy Mix)’ replaces ‘The Man Who Sold The World (ChangesNowBowie version)’ on the 12-inch vinyl and CD. The only catch is that it won’t be widely available. In fact, it’s exclusive to Bowie’s online store and other Warner controlled channels.

    Is It Any Wonder? will be issued on 20 March 2020, while I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour 74)is available on Record Store Day which is 18 April 2020.

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    I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour 74)

    CD 1
    LP Side 1
    1. Introduction – Memory Of A Free Festival
    2. Rebel Rebel
    3. John, I’m Only Dancing (Again)
    4. Sorrow
    5. Changes
    6. 1984

    LP Side 2
    1. Moonage Daydream
    2. Rock ’n’ Roll With Me
    3. Love Me Do / The Jean Genie
    4. Young Americans

    CD 2
    LP Side 3
    1. Can You Hear Me
    2. It’s Gonna Be Me
    3. Somebody Up There Likes Me
    4. Suffragette City

    LP Side 4
    1. Rock ’n’ Roll Suicide
    2. Panic In Detroit
    3. Knock On Wood *
    4. Foot Stompin’ / I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate / Foot Stompin’ *
    5. Diamond Dogs / It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I like It) / Diamond Dogs *

    Recorded at the Michigan Palace, Detroit on 20th October, 1974 and * at the Municipal Auditorium, Nashville on 30th November, 1974.

    Musicians:
    David Bowie – Vocals, 12 string acoustic guitar, harmonica
    The Mike Garson Band:
    Earl Slick – Guitar
    Carlos Alomar – Guitar
    Mike Garson – Piano, Mellotron
    David Sanborn – Alto sax, flute
    Pablo Rosario – Percussion
    Emir Ksasan – Bass
    Dennis Davis – Drums
    Backing vocals – Warren Peace, Anthony Hinton, Luther Vandross, Ava Cherry, Robin Clark and Diane Sumler.

    These recordings have been mastered from the only available sources to provide the best sound quality possible. Any flaws and distortion are inherent in the original sources and we hope the historical importance of the recordings outweighs any such imperfections and does not detract from the enjoyment of the performances.
     
  2. footprintsinthesand

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    Lesser quality audio circulating of that Detroit show to get in the mood

     
  3. CBackley

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    I’ll buy it.
     
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  4. AlienRendel

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    Hope I can find a copy!
     
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  5. nick jones

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    Now, we need a full video release
     
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  6. JumpinJimF

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    Great to see CD editions of the RSD issues. Should improve my chances to find copies.
     
  7. moomaloo

    moomaloo All-round good egg

    Automatic buy for me (if I can secure a copy...)
     
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  8. Steve Carroll

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    Fantastic! Can't wait to hear what Dennis Davis brings to this live outing! Something both imaginative and unexpected I'm sure. Davis never finished the tour - anyone know why? Diamond Dogs, Young Americans and then Station to Station ... such creativity ... I simply can't fathom how Bowie survived this period of his life. The gruelling tour / record scheduling ... the bricks of cocaine. Bloody hell!
     
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  9. Brian Barker

    Brian Barker "No matter where you go, there you are"

    I'll be after a copy, had no major problems finding the previous live RSD albums, but was hoping they'd do something from Sound + Vision instead of another 74 era show.
     
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  10. Steve Carroll

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    I'd like to see a tour recording of 'Sound and Vision' released as well. I'm surprised that it hasn't seen the light of day already - if for no other reason than to kill off the myriad of bootlegs than are out there already: Birmingham, London Docklands, Milton Keynes, Berlin, Rio, Tokyo, Quebec, Montreal, Paris, Dortmund the list goes on! Perhaps it is being held back for inclusion in the next box set?
     
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  11. footprintsinthesand

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    The S&V tour featured Erdal Kizilcay, maybe that counts.
     
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  12. jhm

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    Who finished the tour on drums, then? Granted I'm not an expert on this period and this source hasn't been updated in a long time, but it indicates Davis finished up the tour and then stuck with Bowie for the subsequent two tours:

    BASSMAN'S DAVID BOWIE PAGE: tours
     
  13. Brian Barker

    Brian Barker "No matter where you go, there you are"

    I really hope it's not a box set exclusive. I wish I could have bought them but I wasn't able to afford them when they came out and already have most of the studio albums in some form or another. Now I've managed to pick up some of the set exclusives here and there but you have to really lucky to come across them from a broken box.
     
  14. followmehome

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    Bowie RSD releases are no longer limited editions - I'd imagine the pressing numbers are higher than standard releases!! If you're not in a rush to have it, give it a few weeks when the retailers are desperately trying to shift them online. I do wonder why people still queue up for RSD - you're not gaining anything out of it, unless you just enjoy talking to people whilst in a queue!?
     
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  15. Django216

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    I guess this means no Sound + Vision Tour album AGAIN for this RSD

    On the other Hand - this release sounds far more interesting!
     
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  16. AlienRendel

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    sometimes it's fun.
     
  17. TonyCzar

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  18. Mark87

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    Where can I buy a CD copy of this in the UK?
     
  19. Mook

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    Sounds great but I already have two albums from this tour, not sure I need a third.
     
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  20. footprintsinthesand

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    Have UK record stores been excluded from Record Store Day post brexit ?
     
  21. Mark87

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    I don’t know any record stores, hence reason I’m asking..
     
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  22. PageLesPaul

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  23. TonyCzar

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    Well, they run these events so you'll discover where some record store are, but in any case...I have not seen this release being touted as a Record Store Day Exclusive, so if David Bowie history (two double-live albums so far) is any precedent, this "RSD title" will be available widely after a window of a couple months.

    [Edit: Not trying to be smarty-pants. I just discovered there are zero stores in the UK near me!!]
     
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  24. Chrome_Head

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    Not one of my favorite eras of Bowie, probably won't try to grab this (not that there will be any copies up for grabs anywhere).
     
  25. TonyCzar

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    Leg 3 was different again from Los Angeles/Cracked Actor. It was shows from this leg I chased down most vigorously after his passing, because even though they all were crap SQ, they were in a different league from what came before - that long, delicious "slow jam" at the start of "side 3", for example. Including "Young Americans". But still, really crap SQ.

    And I saw a brief audience vid of "DD/IORR/DD" on YouTube. Hot Stuff. (npi).

    [Edit: okay. Random sync of Boston audio to found footage, but DD is nice and fast. Hope it's not a tape speed problem...

     
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