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David Bowie: The Glass Spider Tour (2007)

David Bowie  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Bowie
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Parlophone
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2007
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RIWAZ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,187 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This DVD includes 22 tracks. This set list includes a musical mix of his then current album Never Let Me Down, plus previous hits. Filmed in 1987, Glass Spider was Bowie's most spectacular and extravagant tour and featured the now legendary 50 foot high s

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Rock Musical Finally on DVD and CD July 21, 2007
In 1987, David Bowie was a superstar - pop icon and movie star. 1980 saw the critically acclaimed album 'Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)' followed up by the mega-selling 'Let's Dance' in 1983 and the subsequent Serious Moonlight Tour. With the distractions of filming movies and managing a vast empire in the mid 80's, Bowie's next two albums suffered artistically: 1984's 'Tonight' and 1987's 'Never Let Me Down'. And its the latter album that spawned the Glass Spider Tour of 1987 that has been filmed for this DVD release.

Originally criticised for it's over-the-top theatricality, with Bowie abseiling from the top of a 60 foot spider at the beginning of the show and later being strangled by ropes amongst other things, the concert isn't as bad as the critics would have us believe. It isn't particularly arty, but it certainly isn't camp; it's just worth seeing (especially if you are a Bowie fan) and revelling in a Bowie moment captured on film.

There are a number of players in the cast, including Peter Frampton on lead guitar and the dependable Carlos Alomar on rhythm guitar along with five dancers/actors who provide the artistic foil for Bowie. The Glass Spider concerts showcased a rock musical on a fairly grand scale with loads of choreography and charisma. As with the tour, this DVD and CD really just concentrate on Bowie's 80's material especially the 'Never Let Me Down' album, but there are odd songs from his earlier Ziggy Stardust and "plastic soul" periods also.

Filmed in Sydney over two nights, the 7th and 9th of November 1987, this DVD is a cut and paste of 22 songs that flows as if it's an actual concert over 104 minutes. You may recall the video that this has been remastered from.

Song list on the DVD:
1. Intro / Up the Hill Backwards
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 80's Bowie! May 1, 2010
Can't believe there are no reviews of this! Ok, Bowie in the 80's. People always just say it is throwaway music, I understand what they mean, but there is WAY more to it than that my friends. The 80's had some damn good stuff. Ok, back to Bowie. He starts off the decade with some radical albums, Lodgers, Scary Monsters are two great examples, and for those of you must have a "hit", check out the classic "Fashion" remember that one kids? Then the super success of Let's Dance, and the follow ups Never Let Me Down and Tonight, which I guess get the tag of "80's sounding" dating. Ok, this tour is THE 80's document of Bowie live in concert. YES, people can't get past the giant spider and theatrics of the shows, but this is about the music man! Some of the attempts of drama and skits and such I think are actually pretty cool, some falls flat, but again, THE MUSIC MAN!! Bowie's vocals are so damn good on this! The band is kick ass, period. The superb Carlos Alomar on guitar, and special guest (and childhood friend of Bowie) Peter Frampton! Frampton wails away on this tour, and his soloing is just excellent. Watch for a special vocal appearance by Peter on this on a older, more obscure Bowie Tune (Sons Silent Age). Carmine Rojas is fantastic on bass, and the drummer and keyboards hang right in there. SO, if you want to see some of Bowie's classic tunes, and his late 70's and early 80's stuff--along with the BEST versions of the 80's stuff, you need to check this stuff out! Hey, this is just because I care man, cheers, Jaderain
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Glass Spider Tour Didn't Age Well September 18, 2007
I've been a huge Bowie fan since 1973 and still am, but this DVD/2CD package is a disaster. The staging and choreography are both pretty good, but the camera stays so tightly focused on Bowie that the size of the stage and the constant action around the star are rarely taken advantage of. This was a fun show when I saw it live in 1987, but I was able to shift my focus to the three-tiered 'wings' on either side of the stage when I got bored with the center stage action. The DVD viewer of course doesn't have that option.

The music CD's are much worse. A bland mix takes robs the music of whatever fire or enthusiasm might have survived the lazy arrangements, and little does. Blandly strummed electric guitars and plodding drum beats that sound like they were created by early-generation beat boxes (wasn't the drummer allowed to play the cymbals?) castrate some mighty fine songs here (Rebel Rebel, Scary Monsters, All The Mad Men, Big Brother, etc.) and make it painfully clear how crappy much of the newer stuff is (Day-In Day-Out, China Girl, Bang Bang, etc.). The real crime here is that obviously very little thought or energy was given to the music or how it was to be arranged or mixed or recorded.

My recommendation: if you're a die-hard fan like me and feel you must have this DVD in your collection, DO NOT was any exra money on the audio CD's. If you want a great Bowie DVD - both musically and visually - buy 2004's "A Reality Tour." Great staging and camera work, extremely clever arrangements, and a band that can sound chillingly sparse or roar like hellfire unleashed. Less intense but still fun - both musically and visually - is 1983's "Serious Moonlight" concert video.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as being there
This is a concert I went to see live when he was in Australia, a great concert and terrific to get it on DVD. Relives the memories, just crank up the speakers, sit back and enjoy.
Published 11 months ago by Scouser
2.0 out of 5 stars Package and Content Damaged and Not as Stated
Package and Content Arrived Damaged and Not as Stated. Also, there was a hole drilled to the side of the Jewel Case, which is unacceptable to a collector. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sandie
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor mixing spoils the whole thing!
Ok, let me start by saying that David Bowie is a true star. The band did a great job. This concert is Bowie's best, in my oppinion. The DVD package and artword are ok too. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Perboir Moreira Filho
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Memories
I was lucky enough to see this tour in San Jose, CA at Spartan Stadium, which is a mini stadium (by current definitions)at SJSU, 20,000+. Read more
Published 23 months ago by MH
5.0 out of 5 stars Glass Spider
Being a Bowie fan, I have thoroughly enjoyed reliving the Glass Spider Tour after seeing it in Houston so long ago.
Published on July 5, 2012 by Ed
4.0 out of 5 stars Glass Spider Tour
If you didn't like Bowie in the 80's, you probably won't like this video. However, if you liked 80's Bowie, particularly 'Never Let Me Down,' you might find this an interesting... Read more
Published on August 30, 2011 by ShadowCrimsonFlare
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BOWIE CONCERT I' VE SEEN.
This is the best bowie concert I've ever seen, and I've seen them all! When he comes down on a web from the spider it blew people away. Never been done before. Read more
Published on February 25, 2011 by daniel costello
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Tour and Show
I saw this show pre-topur at the US Festival in 1982 (?) where it headlined after Stevie Nicks (another great show). Read more
Published on June 30, 2009 by Randall R. Wheeler
2.0 out of 5 stars Great package and value. Too bad about the music.
The mid-80s were not a strong period for David Bowie. After the critical success of Scary Monsters and the commercial success of Let's Dance and its resulting tour, things went... Read more
Published on February 25, 2009 by P. Obbard
5.0 out of 5 stars great concert film! with bonuses!
i first picked this concert film up YEARS ago on vhs...(since lost to the churning tide of time)

this is bowie at his best. Read more
Published on February 7, 2009 by Sean E. Brehmer
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