In addition to the previously announced Record Store Day 2020 release of CHANGESNOWBOWIE, Parlophone Records are proud to also announce the unearthing of never before heard recordings of David Bowie in concert circa 1974 in the form of I’M ONLY DANCING (THE SOUL TOUR 74) on 2-LP and 2-CD. Both will be available on Record Store Day on April 18.
Taken from recently discovered sources in The David Bowie Archive®, I’M ONLY DANCING (THE SOUL TOUR ‘74) was recorded mostly during Bowie’s performance at the Michigan Palace, Detroit on October 20, 1974 with the encores taken from the Municipal Auditorium, Nashville on November 30, 1974. The only song missing from the full set during the October 20 performance is “Diamond Dogs,” which was unfortunately only recorded in part. To make up for that, it was decided to include the encores from the November 30 performance which featured “Diamond Dogs” but also enables a fuller representation of the set from The Soul Tour including such numbers as “Knock On Wood” and the “Foot Stompin’ / I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate” medley.
The Soul Tour was a radical mid-tour departure from Bowie’s 1974 Diamond Dogs theatrical extravaganza. During a three week break in late 1974, the Diamond Dogs Tour’s elaborate six-ton Hunger City stage set was drastically stripped back, and the tour’s set list overhauled to include as-yet-unreleased tracks from the Young Americans sessions at Sigma Sound in Philadelphia. The Soul Tour also featured a revamped band, augmented to include musicians and vocalists from those sessions, and rechristened The Mike Garson Band.
I’M ONLY DANCING (THE SOUL TOUR 74) follows on from the previous Record Store Day 2-LP release Cracked Actor (Live Los Angeles ’74) and is an incredible historical document of a performer and band at the height of their live powers. The artwork for both the 2-LP and 2-CD releases is based on the original design for the programs available at venues for dates on The Soul Tour. The Soul Tour has taken on a mythical status among Bowie fans, as the tour only visited 17 cities in the East and South of the US. This is the first time that any audio from this incarnation of the tour has ever been officially released.
CHANGESNOWBOWIE is a nine-track session recorded for radio and broadcast by the BBC on Bowie’s 50th birthday on January 8, 1997. The broadcast originally featured an interview with Bowie by Mary Ann Hobbs interspersed with specially recorded birthday messages and questions from the likes of Scott Walker, Damon Albarn, Bono, Robert Smith and many more. The interview and birthday messages are not included on this album. This mostly acoustic session was a stripped back affair featuring some of Bowie’s favorites of his own compositions and was produced by Bowie himself, Reeves Gabrels and Mark Plati.
CHANGESNOWBOWIE was recorded and mixed at Looking Glass Studios in New York in November 1996 before rehearsals for Bowie’s 50th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden and the cover art for the album will feature a stunning black and white portrait of Bowie by renowned photographer Albert Watson, taken in New York in 1996.
DAVID BOWIE - I’M ONLY DANCING (THE SOUL TOUR 74) (2-LP / 2-CD)
LP Side 1
1. “Introduction - Memory Of A Free Festival”
2. “Rebel Rebel”
3. “John, I’m Only Dancing (Again)”
LP Side 2
1. “Moonage Daydream”
2. “Rock ’n’ Roll With Me”
3. “Love Me Do / The Jean Genie”
4. “Young Americans”
LP Side 3
1. “Can You Hear Me”
2. “It’s Gonna Be Me”
3. “Somebody Up There Likes Me”
4. “Suffragette City”
LP Side 4
1. “Rock ’n’ Roll Suicide”
2. “Panic In Detroit”
3. “Knock On Wood *”
4. “Foot Stompin’ / I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate / Foot Stompin’ *”
5. “Diamond Dogs / It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I like It) / Diamond Dogs *”
Recorded at the Michigan Palace, Detroit on October 20, 1974
* at the Municipal Auditorium, Nashville on November 20, 1974
David Bowie - Vocals, 12 string acoustic guitar, harmonica
The Mike Garson Band:
Earl Slick - Guitar
Carlos Alomar - Guitar
Mike Garson - Piano, Mellotron
David Sanborn - Alto sax, flute
Pablo Rosario - Percussion
Emir Ksasan - Bass
Dennis Davis - Drums
Backing vocals - Warren Peace, Anthony Hinton, Luther Vandross, Ava Cherry, Robin Clark and Diane Sumler.
These recordings have been mastered from the only available sources to provide the best sound quality possible. Any flaws and distortion are inherent in the original sources and we hope the historical importance of the recordings outweighs any such imperfections and does not detract from the enjoyment of the performances.
DAVID BOWIE - CHANGESNOWBOWIE (1-LP / 1-CD)
“The Man Who Sold The World”
“White Light / White Heat”
“Shopping For Girls”
Recorded at Looking Glass Studios in New York in November 1996.
David Bowie - Vocals, acoustic guitar
Gail Ann Dorsey - Bass, vocals
Reeves Gabrels - Guitars
Mark Plati - Keyboards and programming