Music

David Bowie

Sample this concert
  1. 1Station To Station09:00
  2. 2Cracked Actor03:23
  3. 3Ashes To Ashes03:41
  4. 4Space Oddity05:16
  5. 5Band Introduction01:37
  6. 6Young Americans05:33
  7. 7Cat People (Putting Out Fire)04:14
  8. 8TVC 1503:53
  9. 9Fame04:58
  10. 10Star02:37
  11. 11Stay09:01
  12. 12The Jean Genie07:01
  13. 13I Can't Explain02:48
  14. 14Modern Love04:24
Liner Notes

David Bowie - vocals, guitar; David LeBolt - keyboards; Lenny Pickett - saxophone; Stan Harrison - baritone sax; Steve Elson - tenor sax; Carlos Alomar - guitar; Earl Slick - lead guitar; Carmen Rojas - bass; Tony Thompson - drums; George and Frank Simms - backing vocals

Actually the second half of a single show, this recording begins with Bowie offering a compelling version of "Station To Station," the title track from the 1976 album of the same name, to open the second set. From the moment he sings the initial line: "…the return of the thin white duke…" the crowd is all his - on their feet, and reveling in the homecoming. From there, things only escalate. He then launches into a powerful version of "Cracked Actor," a tune from 1973's Aladdin Sane, drawing a special roar from the audience when he delivers the controversial line "…suck baby suck, give me your head…"

Leading a monumental, 10-piece band, he grooves through a collection of mostly hit songs that includes "Space Oddity" (his first hit single), "Young Americans" (his first dance hit), "Fame" (which he co-wrote with John Lennon) and a trio of all-out rockers: "Cat People," "Putting Out Fire" and "Jean Genie." This tour only featured one song from his legendary Ziggy Stardust LP, "Star" - but it's a memorable one, nonetheless. Noticeably absent from the show was the usual Bowie show-stopper "Suffragette City," but he more than makes up for it with what would have been, back then, a mix of classic and modern Bowie.

Among the other highlights are a version of "Modern Love," which kicks like a mule, and a spunky version of The Who classic "I Can't Explain."

A must for all Bowie fans; proof that, no matter what the persona, the man could rock out with the best of them.