David Bowie / Definitive Rainbow 1972 / 2CD

David Bowie / Definitive Rainbow 1972 / 2CD / Wardour

Translated Text:
Live at Rainbow Theatre, London, UK 20th August 1972

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“ZIGGY STARDUST TOUR” The legendary name recording is incredible upgrade / grade. It appears in the specification board specification of permanent preservation press 2CD.
That name recording is “the performance of London 20 August 1972”. It is a Rainbow Theater performance that remains in record as co-starring with Lindsay Kemp Theater Company’s pantomime. This show has long been known for film images and audience recordings, and it has been known as a show symbolizing the first half of “ZIGGY STARDUST TOUR”. Although this work is a famous audience recording in history, it is a new master unearthed in recent years.
It’s terrible for its upgrade and grade. It was obvious that it was a famous recording in which the singing voice of the Bowie was crispy with a glittering sound, but it is not a story. It is completely different thing anymore. Transparency is the most intense. The air feeling which was muffled is skittish and clear, shining crystal clear. Even if you listen carefully at the headphones, the level of fierce clearness that does not feel the sound of the venue as if you are not feeling it is that level which does not substitute anything with sound board recording.
In fact, Mick · Ronson’s guitar was overcome until the sharpness of the cutting, one drum stroke was also on and there was no blur. Bowie’s singing voice shines crystal with youthful singing, and it grows beautifully everywhere. At the end of the phrase Bowie clearly heard the moment when Mike’s breath flew. Evidence of the audience is inscribed with a real applause, but roughly the sound world far from the word “customer record of the seventies”. It is a strange super high quality sound comparable to even the super masterpiece “BOSTON 1972 (Wardour – 225)” which was called “the ultimate board in the history of Bowie”.
Although it is unbelievable sound in the 70s, the show is undoubtedly the world of the treasure of the ’70s “ZIGGY STARDUST TOUR”. This tour lasted until 1973, but the members of the first half of 1972 also differed finely. First of all, let’s check the position on a schedule.

· January 29 – March 24: British # 1 (18 performances)
· April 20 – May 27: UK # 2 (15 shows)
· June 2 – July 15: British # 3 (18 performances)
· August 19 – September 7: British # 4 (12 performances) ← ★ Coco ★
· September 22 – December 2: North America (26 performances)
· December 23 – 29: UK # 5 (4 shows)

This is the one that took out “ZIGGY STARDUST TOUR” for 1972 only. In 1973 it became a large house, but in 1972 it was a simple composition of “basic 4 people + keyboard” with four people missing keyboard in “UK # 1”, the first Matthew Fisher in “UK # 2” , “British # 3” is Robin Lamley, “British # 4” is Nicky Graham, and from the “North America” ​​to the end of the tour in 1973 is Mike Gerson. The London performance of this work corresponds to the second performance of “UK # 4”, Nicky Graham is in charge of the keyboard.
Member composition is also rare, but more than that is the show itself. It is not the usual “Hang On To Yourself” … … but what is “Lady Stardust” starting with “Ode To Joy”. I do not know if it was directed for co-starring a pantomime, but the performance from a moist ballad is very rare and it has been confirmed only at the Rainbow Theater 2 show in “UK # 4”. After that it will be a show shoot which seems to be “ZIGGY STARDUST TOUR”, but as soon as the second half comes, 2nd album “The Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud” appears. It was frequently played in the 1973 edition, but it was a number that I could not listen to in 1972’s masterpiece “LIVE SANTA MONICA ’72” or “BOSTON 1972”.
And, it is actually “Starman” to become “more” than that. I will sing “Starman over the rainbow ♪” by hanging on the Rainbow Theater in the venue. It is not merely a momentary change lyric, but with an arrangement with a break break. Originally “Beyond the Rainbow” there is something like a melody, which is very coolly decided. Together with “Lady Stardust” at the beginning, it is the name scene which is also a symbol of this Rainbow Theater performance.

Instead of familiar “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide”, this work closes the curtain with “Waiting For The Man” that seems to be the beginning of the tour. It is a live album that surprising upgrade quality ensues through such a fresh set. One wonder that you can taste the legendary name performance with supreme superb sound that suddenly came alongside the historical Daimyo board “BOSTON 1972”. In the future, it is a famous rock name board which will be permanently handed down as one of the vertices of “ZIGGY STARDUST TOUR”. Please, please enjoy plenty with the press 2CD which leaves the glow forever.


★ It is the biggest bowie title this year. Great upgrade! ! !

“ZIGGY STARDUST TOUR”伝説の名録音がとてつもないアップ・グレード。永久保存プレス2CDの決定盤仕様で登場です。
その名録音とは「1972年8月20日ロンドン公演」。リンゼイ・ケンプ劇団のパントマイム共演としても記録に残るレインボー・シアター公演です。このショウは古くからフィルム映像やオーディエンス録音があり、“ZIGGY STARDUST TOUR”前半を象徴するショウとして知られてきました。本作は、歴史に名高いオーディエンス録音なのですが、近年になって発掘された新マスターなのです。
実際、ミック・ロンソンのギターはカッティングのキレまで克明で、ドラムの1打1打もオンでボケが皆無。ボウイの歌声は若々しい歌い上げがクリスタルに輝き、どこまでも綺麗に伸びる。フレーズの端でボウイがマイクの息が切れる刹那までくっきりと聞こえる。リアルな拍手にオーディエンスの証拠が刻まれてはいますが、おおよそ「70年代の客録」という言葉からかけ離れた音世界。それこそ“ボウイ史上の究極盤”とまで呼ばれた超傑作『BOSTON 1972(Wardour-225)』にさえ匹敵する異様な超ハイクオリティ・サウンドなのです。
とても70年代というのが信じられないサウンドですが、ショウは紛れもなく70年代の至宝“ZIGGY STARDUST TOUR”の世界。このツアーは1973年まで続いたわけですが、前半の1972年分は細かくメンバーも異なりました。まずは、日程でポジションを確認しておきましょう。


以上は“ZIGGY STARDUST TOUR”の1972年分だけを取り出したもの。1973年には大所帯となりますが、1972年は「基本の4人+キーボード」というシンプルな構成で「英国#1」ではキーボード不在の4人編成、「英国#2」では初代のマシュー・フィッシャー、「英国#3」はロビン・ラムリー、「英国#4」はニッキー・グラハム、そして「北米」から1973年のツアー最後までがマイク・ガーソン。本作のロンドン公演は「英国#4」の2公演目にあたり、ニッキー・グラハムがキーボードを担当しています。
メンバー構成も珍しいですが、それ以上なのがショウそのもの。「Ode To Joy」に導かれて始まるのはいつも通りの「Hang On To Yourself」……ではなく、なんと「Lady Stardust」。パントマイム共演のための演出だったのかは分かりませんが、しっとりとしたバラードからの開演は非常に珍しく、「英国#4」のレインボー・シアター2公演でしか確認されていません。その後は“ZIGGY STARDUST TOUR”らしいショウ運びとなりますが、後半に差し掛かると2ndアルバムの「The Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud」が登場する。1973年編では度々演奏されましたが、1972年編の代表作『LIVE SANTA MONICA ’72』や『BOSTON 1972』でも聴けなかったナンバーです。
そして、それ以上に「お?」となるのが実は「Starman」。会場のレインボー・シアターに引っかけてか「Starman over the rainbow♪」と歌うのです。それも単なる瞬間的な替え歌詞ではなく、曲をブレイクさせてのアレンジ付き。元々「虹の彼方に」と似たメロディなこともあり、これが非常にカッコ良く決まっている。冒頭の「Lady Stardust」と併せ、このレインボー・シアター公演の象徴ともなっている名シーンなのです。

慣れ親しんだ「Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide」ではなく、ツアー序盤らしい「Waiting For The Man」で幕を閉じる本作。そんな新鮮なセットを驚きのアップグレード・クオリティが貫くライヴアルバムです。いきなり歴史的大名盤『BOSTON 1972』にも並んでしまった超・極上サウンドで伝説の名公演が味わえる驚異の1本。今後、“ZIGGY STARDUST TOUR”の頂点のひとつとして永久に語り継がれるであろうロックの名盤。どうぞ、輝きを永久に残すプレス2CDでたっぷりとお楽しみください。



Disc 1 (40:53)
1. Ode To Joy 2. Lady Stardust 3. Hang On To Yourself 4. Ziggy Stardust 5. Life On Mars
6. The Supermen 7. Changes 8. Five Years 9. Space Oddity 10. Andy Warhol 11. My Death

Disc 2 (41:52)
1. Width Of A Circle 2. The Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud 3. Starman 4. Moonage Daydream
5. Queen Bitch 6. Suffragette City 7. White Light, White Heat 8. Waiting For The Man

David Bowie – Vocals, Guitar Mick Ronson – Guitar
Trevor Bolder – Bass Mick Woodmansey – Drums Nicky Graham – Piano


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