All the Young Dudes
When You Rock 'N' Roll With Me
Watch that Man
Knock on Wood
Width of a Circle
Rock 'N' Roll Suicide
David Bowie (vocals, guitar)
Earl Slick (guitar)
Michael Kamen (electric piano, synthesiser,
Mike Garson (grand piano, Mellotron)
David Sanborn (alto sax, flute)
Richard Grando (baritone sax, flute)
Herbie Flowers (bass)
Tony Newman (drums)
Pablo Rosario, Gui Andrisano, Warren Peace
"It was my ecstatic pleasure and great honour to be accompanied by some of the finest musicians I have ever worked with. Also eternal thanx to my friends and fans at the Tower for your wonderfulness."
love on ya! Bowie 74
All songs by Bowie except Knock on Wood (Floyd/Cropper) and When You Rock 'n' Roll With Me (Bowie/Peace)
Recorded at Philadelphia Tower Theatre
and 15 July 1974
Produced by Tony Visconti
Live recording supervised by Keith Harwood
Mixed at Electric Lady Studios New York by Eddie Kramer and Tony Visconti
The Tower Theatre shows on 14 and 15 July
were nearly cancelled at the last moment when Bowie's backing band,
after hearing the news that the shows were to be recorded for an
LP, refused to play without an increased fee in line with the normal
recording rates. The normal show fee of $150 for a member of the
group was increased to $5,000 after Bowie relented.
Live was recorded without Tony Visconti who was held up when
his car broke down travelling from New York. Engineer Keith Harwood was left to do the job alone and the microphones were not placed according to Visconti's instructions. As a result various
instruments were not isolated properly thus making the tracks much more difficult to mix.
The mixing was done a few days
after the Philly shows by Bowie, Tony Visconti and Eddie Kramer at Electric
Lady studios in New York. Some of the backing vocals had to be re-recorded due to loss of microphone contact during the shows.
The whole post production process was done in haste as DeFries wanted to secure the record's release for
the Christmas market.
Here Today, Gone
Possibly recorded at one of the Philadelphia soundchecks.
Despite what the credits say on David Live the song wasn't written by Bowie. It's a cover of Here Today and Gone Tomorrow
from the Ohio Players' 1968 LP Observations in
Time. 1990 Ryko reissue of
1990 Ryko reissue of
Panic in Detroit
First released as the b-side of Knock On Wood single, then Bowie Rare (1982) and 2005 EMI reissue of David Live
2005 EMI reissue of David Live
[RCA Netherlands, 1979]
At the Tower Philadelphia
The tracks were remixed and remastered
by Tony Visconti for 5.1 Surround Sound.
Released in stereo version in gatefold card sleeve and 5.1 Surround DVD-A.
The new tracklist incorporated the bonus tracks sequenced as per the set list order of the Philly concerts.
Here Today Gone
Panic in Detroit (previously the b-side of Knock on Wood single, then on Bowie Rare)
Space Oddity (previously unreleased)