(Login Thylacine8) BW Member from IP address 220.127.116.11
I love the 95-97 shows, so I thought I'd cobble together my own version of Liveandwell. A collection of my favorite recordings from the period, tied together as one CD.
I'm going to use the original Liveandwell as the backbone, since I think most of Bowie's choices are pretty darn good.
What I'm looking for from you all are recommendations for standout tracks and places to find a lossless version, so I can master them all at the same sound level and tie them together without degrading the audio.
For me, what makes a standout performance/recording is:
Clarity/Source: No echoing audience recordings, although I will use audience recordings if they sound alright. Lossless recordings from broadcasts are probably best if possible.
Bowie's Performance: In some shows he gets a little chummy or flowery, which I'm not fond of. A good example would be his Dracula pronunciation of "Blood" on the "Hearts Filthy Lesson" from Liveandwell. Bits of that are okay, but if he goes off on a tangent, then I'd rather not include it. However, it's this same animated quality that makes these shows so great.
Reeves: If he's on the track, then he's supporting the song, not playing over it.
Garson: Up front and awesome.
Gail: She's always a bonus.
Something else awesome that you jut like: A good example would be Enoish backing vocals on the "Man Who Sold The World" rerecording. (Is that really him?)
So I'll put up my playlist as it stands right now.
01) O Superman - Toronto 97
02) Look Back In Anger - Wembley 95
03) I'm Afraid Of Americans - Liveandwell
04) Hearts Filthy Lesson - Liveandwell
05) Hallo Spaceboy - Liveandwell
06) The Man Who Sold The World - B Side (Strangers When We Meet)
07) The Motel - Liveandwell
08) The Voyer of Utter Destruction - Liveandwell
09) Strangers When We Meet - Wembley 95
10) Battle For Britain - Liveandwell
11) Seven Years In Tibet - Liveandwell
12) Under Pressure - B Side (Hallo Space Boy)
13) Moonage Daydream - B Side (Hallo Space Boy)
14) Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) - Saturday Night Live: 25 Years, Vol. 1
15) Teenage Wildlife - Wembley 95
16) Little Wonder - Liveandwell
I'm thinking about adding the acoustic version of "Aladdin Sane" from the 50th Birthday BBC preshow, and I'm sure there are other gems. So what do you all think? If anything, I hope Bowie Camp spots this, and considers doing something like this themselves. I'd love to see Wembley and Toronto get proper releases, they're both very good shows.