A Reality Tour is a live album by David Bowie recorded from his performances in Dublin on the 22 and 23 November 2003.
David Bowie A Reality Tour
A Reality Tour Set List
- Rebel Rebel – 3:30 (Diamond Dogs)
- New Killer Star – 4:59 (Reality)
- Reality – 5:08 (Reality)
- Fame – 4:12 (Young Americans)
- Cactus – 3:01 (cover version of The Pixies song on Heathen)
- Sister Midnight – 4:37 (written by David Bowie but recorded by Iggy Pop for The idiot album)
- Afraid – 3:28 (Heathen)
- All The Young Dudes – 3:48 (the song he gave to Mott the Hoople to save their careers)
- Be My Wife – 3:15 (Low)
- The Loneliest Guy – 3:58 (Reality)
- The Man Who Sold The World – 4:18 (The Man Who Sold The World)
- Fantastic Voyage – 3:13 (Lodger)
- Hallo Spaceboy – 5:28 (Outside)
- Sunday – 7:56 (Heathen)
- Under Pressure – 4:18 (the single he recorded with Queen)
- Life on Mars? – 4:40 (Hunky Dory)
- Battle for Britain (The Letter) – 4:55 (Earthling)
- Ashes to Ashes – 5:46 (Scary Monsters & Super Creeps)
- The Motel – 5:44 (Outside)
- Loving the Alien – 5:17 (Tonight)
- Never Get Old – 4:18 (Reality)
- Changes – 3:51 (Hunky Dory)
- I’m Afraid of Americans – 5:17 (Earthling)
- Heroes – 6:58 (Heroes)
- Bring Me the Disco King – 7:56 (Reality)
- Slip Away – 5:56 (Heathen)
- Heathen (The Rays) – 6:24 (Heathen)
- Five Years – 4:19 (Ziggy Stardust)
- Hang on to Yourself – 2:50 (Ziggy Stardust)
- Ziggy Stardust – 3:44 (Ziggy Stardust)
- Fall Dog Bombs the Moon – 4:11 (Reality)
- Breaking Glass – 2:27 (Low)
- China Girl – 4:18 (Let’s Dance)
It’s not the set list I’d want for a Bowie concert with so many songs from albums that were outside his 70s peak. Six songs from Reality, five from Heathen, two from Outside, two from Earthling and one from Tonight as well as various classics from the 1970s albums. It also includes a cover of an Iggy Pop song from The Idiot that Bowie wrote.
The iTunes download includes two extra songs:
- 5:15 The Angels Have Gone (from Heathen)
- Days (from Reality)
While this can’t be considered as a replacement for his classic live albums from the 1970s, it is a fascinating summary of his later career. The newer songs hold up well.
I overlooked this album for too long in the belief that Bowie had lost his magic touch and that I didn’t need another Bowie live album.
What Other People Say About A Reality Tour
I haven’t seen this on the best live albums lists.
Feedback at Amazon is very positive.
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Other David Bowie live albums are: Santa Monica 72 – Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture – David Live – Live Nassau Coliseum ’76 – Stage – Glass Spider Live – A Reality Tour – VH1 Storytellers – DVD Serious Moonlight