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The glammy, gender-bending wit of Ziggy Stardust raised David Bowie's American profile, but the swaggering hard rock intensity of his 1972 U.S. tour made him a superstar. Bowie and his Spiders from Mars—freshly expanded with new keyboardist Mike Garson—are scary-tight: the opening "Hang on to Yourself" has the manic energy of punk four years before the Ramones. Earlier, more reflective material like the haunting "Life on Mars" and a dramatic take on Jacques Brel's "My Death" is just as direct and powerful.

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The Memories!!!!

I was thrilled to find this recording because it is the very same concert I saw at the Santa Monica Civic in 1972! Not only that, it was my very first rock concert! Wow! Bowie was my hero from the moment I first heard Starman when I was 16. RIP, David.

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If you are a fan of The Man Who Sold the World, this version of The Width of a Circle is worth the price of admission. Raw Bowie and Ronson unmatched anywhere else.


Been Bowie fan since 77
It's a shame I only rediscovered this show a little after his death
I saw Bowie twice in the 80s
The music is raw (pretty awesome)
But David's voice is clean as I ever heard it
And it was unbelievable 2 times I saw him
To all Bowie fans young and old
This is good as it gets


Born: January 8, 1947 in Brixton, London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The cliché about David Bowie is that he was a musical chameleon, adapting himself according to fashion and trends. While such a criticism is too glib, there's no denying that Bowie demonstrated a remarkable skill for perceiving musical trends at his peak in the '70s. After spending several years in the late '60s as a mod and as an all-around music hall entertainer, Bowie reinvented himself as a hippie singer/songwriter. Prior to his breakthrough in 1972, he recorded a proto-metal record and a pop/rock...
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