1974 RCA 1. 1984; 2. Rebel Rebel; 3. Moonage Daydream; 4. Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise); 5. Changes; 6. Suffragette City; 7. Aladdin Sane; 8. All The Young Dudes; 9. Cracked Actor; 10. Rock'n'Roll With Me; 11. Watch That Man; 12. Knock On Wood; 13. Diamond Dogs; 14. Big Brother/Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family; 15. Width Of A Circle; 16. The Jean Genie; 17. Rock’n’Roll Suicide.
The Young American
“David Live” Album
Musicians David Bowie - vocals, acoustic guitar; Michael Kamen – electric piano, Moog synthesizer, oboe, music director; Earl Slick – guitar; Mike Garson – piano, Mellotron; David Sanborn – alto saxophone, flute; Richard Grando – baritone saxophone, flute; Herbie Flowers – bass; Tony Newman – drums; Pablo Rosario – percussion; Gui Andrisano – backing vocals; Warren Peace – backing vocals.
1990 Rykodisc/EMI bonus tracks 1. Band intro; 2. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow; 3. Time.
2005 EMI (full concert restored and correctly sequenced) 1. 1984; 2. Rebel Rebel; 3. Moonage Daydream; 4. Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise); 5. Changes; 6. Suffragette City; 7. Aladdin Sane; 8. All The Young Dudes; 9. Cracked Actor; 10. Rock'n'Roll With Me; 11. Watch That Man; 12. Knock On Wood; 13. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow; 14. Space Oddity; 15. Diamond Dogs; 16. Panic In Detroit; 17. Big Brother / Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family; 18. Time; 19. Width Of A Circle; 20. The Jean Genie; 21. Rock’n’Roll Suicide.
Although complete shows were taped, not all of the tracks made it onto the final product when the album was originally released. ‘Space Oddity’ suffered from loss of microphone contact which inhibited its inclusion. Fortunately, modern technology allowed it to be restored for the 2005 EMI release. ‘Panic In Detroit’ also failed to make the original David Live album release although it was used as the B-side to ‘Knock On Wood’ when released as a single. Again, the 2005 EMI release restored this track in all of its glory. Meanwhile, the 1990 EMI/Ryko re-issues had included two numbers that, again, had been left off of the original RCA release. ‘Time’ was included as a bonus track – albeit out of sequence – and a previously unheard number ‘Here Today Gone Tomorrow’ which was a cover of the Ohio Players song. Both of these tracks were also present on the 2005 release, which corrected the full running order of the show. The 2005 restoration of the “David Live” album demonstrates just how powerful the Diamond Dog Tour shows actually were. The release also defines the stage at which David was experimenting with older, r & b numbers – performing ‘Knock On Wood’ and ‘Here Today Gone Tomorrow’ for the first time. The former became a regular favourite during the remaining 1974 shows whilst the latter was probably never performed live again. Some years ago, Eddie Kramer, who was the recording engineer for the live album, released some original four-track reel to reel tapes and 10" acetates for auction. These were demos for the planned live album and ‘Knock On Wood’ single releases and accompanying documentation shows that the working title for the album was ‘Wham Bam! Thank You Mam!’
The original album cover featured pictures of David taken by photographer Dagmar. However, for some reason, the images used were reversed. These were finally corrected for the 2016 issue included within the ‘Who Can I Be Now?’ boxset. ‘Knock On Wood’ was the only single to be released from the album in the majority of countries. However, this wasn’t an A-side in the US which saw ‘Rock’n’Roll With Me’ released as a single instead.
The Spanish RCA vinyl release of David Live omitted ‘Cracked Actor’ altogether and initial copies of this album came with a promotional single which contained the studio versions of ‘Time’ and ‘The Prettiest Star’.
David Live US TV Ad
During the Diamond Dogs Tour, shows at the Philadelphia Tower Theatre were recorded for a live album. For many years it was unclear exactly which dates were recorded as different pressings of the album were contradictory. Initial pressings of the vinyl album on RCA stated that it was recorded on 14 and 15 July whilst later vinyl pressings say that it was recorded on 12 and 13 July. The 1990 EMI/Ryko re-issues confused things further by declaring recording dates of 12, 13, 14 and 15 July whilst the 2005 EMI release bears the dates of 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 July. However, an invoice from Record Plant (who were used to make the recording) clearly shows that the recording dates were 12 and 13 July.
Recorded Philadelphia, Tower Theatre 12 and 13 July 1974.
Released 29 October 1974.