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Live Albums By David Bowie
David Bowie became one of the most iconic rock stars from the 1970s with legendary studio albums like The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Hunky Dory, Aladdin Sane, Diamond Dogs, Station To Station, Low and Heroes.
He created a soundtrack for millions of teenagers with hit singles including Space Oddity, Starman, Life On Mars, Young Americans, Heroes and Ashes To Ashes.
What made David Bowie so astonishing was how his music progressed in first one direction and then another. You never knew what his next album was going to sound like and that made him both exciting and unpredictable.
Some times, he astounded you and some times he disappointed as he left a musical style that you loved and headed off elsewhere.
Just how big a star he was in his heyday was very well demonstrated in January 2013 when he announced he was back with a single and planned to release a new album. It was front page news in the UK press and a big item in the BBC news.
Studio Albums By David Bowie
1967 – David Bowie
1969 – Space Oddity
1970 – The Man Who Sold the World
1971 – Hunky Dory
1972 – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
1973 – Aladdin Sane
1973 – Pin Ups
1974 – Diamond Dogs
1975 – Young Americans
1976 – Station to Station
1977 – Low
1977 – Heroes
1979 – Lodger
1980 – Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
1983 – Let’s Dance
1984 – Tonight
1987 – Never Let Me Down
1993 – Black Tie White Noise
1993 – The Buddha of Suburbia
1995 – Outside
1997 – Earthling
1999 – Hours
2002 – Heathen
2003 – Reality
2013 – The Next Day
2016 – Black Star
David Bowie died on 10 January 2016, two days after Black Star was released. His death again dominated the news reporting and started a resurgence in the popularity of his albums and singles. Most of his studio albums jumped back into the top 100 album chart in the UK but I didn’t see any live albums listed.
Bowie had plenty of material to build a great live act but it’s debatable if he’s ever released a recognised classic live album. This is partly because what was released in his heyday wasn’t presented as well as it could have been. David Live had a murky sound before it was remastered. With Stage, the running order was changed from the concerts to try to create a popular vinyl album and a Low/Heroes vinyl disc but that has also been fixed.
The next problem which stops Bowie from having one classic live album is that there are a few that are very, very good so that causes votes to be split. You’ll see what I mean in the poll further down the page.
My favourite song is Heroes although I’m not keen on much else from his Berlin trilogy and his work with Brain Eno. I was pleased to see him back to move some way back to more mainstream rock with the Scary Monsters album.
My favourite studio albums are Station To Station and Ziggy Stardust. In my university days, I used to love Hunky Dory too but I hardly play it these days as its more singer songwriter style doesn’t lead me to think of it as a typical Bowie album.
My favourite live album is the Nassau concert from 1976 but I keep playing David Live and I think it is getting better and better.
The Best Live Albums Of All Time
David Bowie’s albums feature in two main categories – art rock and classic rock
Because there are so many excellent classic rock live albums I have split the poll into two and you may find some of your favourites in the second division. Albums will be promoted when they get enough votes.
Britain woke up to the news on Monday 11 January 2016 that David Bowie died of liver cancer in New York the night before, 10 January 2016. This was just two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his final studio album Black Star.
I’d been a fan from my teenage years in the 1970s and at one stage, he was perhaps my favourite artist or band.
This news sent me scurrying back to his classic live albums from his prime time in the 1970s that I’d strangely been ignoring for too long:
Serious Moonlight is a recording of the David Bowie concert in Vancouver on September 12, 1983.
It is available as an official live DVD and an unofficial live album CD. I would like David Bowie to tidy up this mess and release it as an authorised CD as there is definitely a place for it within the group of David Bowie live albums.
I haven’t been featuring live concert DVDs without an accompanying CD but I thought I’d make an exception. I’m not sure about the legality of the Serious Moonlight live album but it’s being sold by Play.com and cduniverse.com so I’m guessing that it has a grey status. Legal but not approved by David Bowie.