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To commemorate the tenth anniversary of Record Store Day Parlophone will be releasing two very special limited edition David Bowie albums on April 22nd, CRACKED ACTOR (Live In Los Angeles 1974) and the ultra rare Hunky Dory era promo album BOWPROMO1.
The former is the first official release of this ‘Philly Dogs Tour’ show from September 1974, some of which was featured in the BBC documentary ‘Cracked Actor’. The full live show is documented on the triple vinyl five-sided album, with a sixth side featuring an etching of the Diamond Dog era Bowie logo.
All of the 16 track multi track tapes were finally reunited in one place in November of last year and mixed officially for the first time by long time Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti. The live set features newly commissioned artwork with rare and unseen photographs from the 1974 Universal Amphitheatre show by Terry O’Neill and Jamie Andrews in a gatefold sleeve.
The album differs greatly from Bowie’s ‘David Live’ album, from also from 1974, as it features a new band line up including soul legend Luther Vandross on vocals. It also features a different set list including tracks that had then just been recorded for the album ‘The Gouster’ which was finally released for the first time last year in the critically acclaimed ‘Who Can I Be Now?’ box set.
BOWPROMO1 was originally pressed in very small quantities in 1971 and features alternate versions of songs that would later be heard on the ‘Hunky Dory’ album.
This promo-only album featured seven songs by David on side A and five by Dana Gillespie on the flip. It is often being referred to as the BOWPROMO white-label album as the LP came in generic white outer and inner sleeves, so its matrix number (BOWPROMO 1A-1/1B-1) was the only way to identify it. The exact number pressed at the time is unknown but is most certainly less than the 500 figure that is often mentioned in relation to this release.
This Record Store Day one-sided release faithfully replicates the original promo featuring Bowie’s seven tracks plus five exclusive Bowie prints and new sleeve notes about this highly collectable rarity in a special presentation box.
There tracks on BOWPROMO1 are early / alternate mixes of ‘Oh! You Pretty Things’, ‘Eight Line Poem’, ‘Kooks’, ‘Queen Bitch’, ‘Quicksand’ as well as ‘Bombers / Andy Warhol Intro’ during which the main song develops into an alternate version of the intro to the song ‘Andy Warhol’ as well as Bowie correcting the recording engineer on his pronunciation of ‘Warhol’. Also included is the album version ‘It Ain’t Easy’ which wouldn’t surface until The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars’.
DAVID BOWIE – CRACKED ACTOR (LIVE LOS ANGELES ’74) (3 LP SET)
Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing
All The Young Dudes
Rock ‘n’ Roll With Me
Knock On Wood
It’s Gonna Be Me
The Jean Genie
Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide
John, I’m Only Dancing (Again)
David Bowie logo etching
Recorded live at Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles on 5th September 1974. Produced by David Bowie. Mixed in by Tony Visconti at Human Studios, NYC in October/November 2016.
David Bowie – vocals, guitar, harmonica
Earl Slick – guitar
Carlos Alomar – guitar
Mike Garson – piano, Mellotron
David Sanborn – alto sax, flute
Pablo Rosario – conga
Doug Raunch – bass
Greg Errico – drums
Backing vocals – Warren Peace, Anthony Hinton, Luther Vandross, Ava Cherry, Diane Sumler and Robin Clark.
BOWPROMO1 SIDED BOXSET LP
1. Oh! You Pretty Things (3.18)
2. Eight Line Poem (2.59)
3. Kooks (3.01)
4. It Aint Easy (3.04)
5. Queen Bitch (3.21)
6. Quicksand (5.09)
7. Bombers / Andy Warhol Intro (3.39)
Produced by Ken Scott (assisted by The Actor), mixed by Ken Scott at Trident Studios, London.
David Bowie – vocals, guitar, phased piano
Mick Ronson – guitar, vocal
Trevor Bolder – bass
Woody Woodmansey – drums
Rick Wakeman – piano on Kooks and Quicksand