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Live In Santa Monica '72

Live In Santa Monica '72

July 22, 2008

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  • Original Release Date: June 30, 2008
  • Release Date: June 30, 2008
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: 2008 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2008 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:14:13
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  • ASIN: B001BY15RQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,205 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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It is a great recording that captures them live.
Edward
This show has been amply reviewed, so I won't go into this song or that, except to say that they're all great!
Jason Dunn
This is a good live album that captures the essence of Bowie as Ziggy and the Spiders from Mars.
Pat Lamorgese

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A. Palacio on July 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD
*Please note: This review concerns the 2008 Limited Edition box and was posted to the respective product page. Beyond the music found within, this review details the physical appearance and material contents only of that original, specialized release.*

Printed in Holland/EU [by EMI, though the product page now says Virgin US], this single-disc release should not leave you feeling abused by the high MSRP. Beyond the CD itself, contained within a box you'll find a 14" x 9.5" repro poster, an LA Times music review from 1972, four b&w picture cards including the famous 'Starman' design, and copy of a signed photo, then a 16-page booklet with basic information and a few nice concert pics. The final 2-page image of David Bowie & Mick Ronson is worthy of posterization. A friend who also purchased this title informed me that his box featured a different number in red (to the right of the ticket on front), which would indicate a limited edition as expected. I have not yet heard to what number this set is limited.

The audio quality, arguably the best ever offered of this memorable set, lacks in audience chatter as fans of this recording had likely become accustomed. That matters to some I understand, but for those that didn't care for it to begin with, it makes the performance even more enjoyable and personal. The speed appears to be corrected, and this is significant because most original bootleg LPs of this gig ran too fast. Simply put, this is Bowie and Ronson performing at their best. A moment in time captured and packaged expertly. It's an effort to which I am grateful.

There is no Clockwork 'Ode To Joy' intro as most of us whom have heard this performance from several sources before come to expect. And to be honest, I miss it.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Javier del Bosco on July 23, 2008
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The product description makes no mention of the fact that this is a mini-box set - just 1 CD, but cool repro postcards, a mini-poster, and a nice booklet, all well-designed.
This does soften the blow of the price tag in my opinion.
The audio quality is greatly improved over any version you may have heard in the past; as for the performances, there's a reason this gig is legendary.
Recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JIM G. on July 28, 2008
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Let me start off by saying that I agree with all the reviews so far. This release is geared to the hardcore Bowie fan. I commend EMI on the deluxe treatment; incredible sound quality and packaging. I know the price tag is quite hefty, but it is worth every cent! Especially for those of us who were around to experience this tour back in 1972. This is a real time piece bringing back great memories and it really shows what a great band the Spiders from Mars really were. For those who weren't around, but read about it and heard all the stories, one listen to this and you'll know what the fuss was all about.
A young David Bowie and his band just tearing it up with increrdible energy. To put it all in perspective, remember that the Ziggy Stardust album was just released. Upon listening to this show you also realize how incredible a guitar player Mick Ronson really was. Mick and David had a special chemistry and it really shows on this recording! This release is a true labor of love and no Bowie fan should be without it. Get it while you can!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Cabral on April 17, 2011
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This CD was much better than I expected, because I've never heard a great live Bowie album before. The difference here is this release has just the right amount of rawness. Mick Ronson sounds incredible throughout and Bowie is in very fine voice. The harmonies are great and the mistakes make it all seem very real. Ronson wails on the 10 minute "The Width Of A Circle" and Bowie does an excellent tribute to Lou Reed with "Waiting For The Man". A nice added touch was when Bowie had to vocally recreate the sound effects of "Space Oddity" due to limited technology back in 1972. "Space Oddity also began a very nice acoustic set in the middle of the concert along with "Andy Warhol" and "My Death". There are many highlights, but probably the best was the encore..."Rock N Roll Suicide". I highly recommend this CD!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Claesson Jörgen on September 6, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I second most reviews about this famous and important live recording by Bowie & Spiders.

Just a note: Some Bowie talking between songs are cut out, compared to the Golden Years release some years ago. Compare for instance the intro to "Andy Warhol".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TDN on September 29, 2010
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Bowie and the Spiders can beat it, who knows how his other albums would have turned out with them in the studio. To me as much as I like many of the albums and the muscians are good, there is something about the way the Spiders functioned with Bowie, to me a bug mistake in judgement. Anyone can copy someone elses riffs, but the person who originates them ... thats where the skill is. Mike Garson, Woody Woodsmansy, Bolder and Ronson created a much more dangerous sound than his later side kicks, yet some of the acoustic and string support really made this unit effective. Great selection of songs. Bowie still learning to master the stage performance but well worth if you never had a chance to see this band live. Not sure but this is probably where he began to be noticed in the US.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harvey M. Canter on August 7, 2012
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This is a live recording of Bowie & The Spiders touch-down on earth 10-20-72 at the Santa Monica Civic (LA's best venue EVER), and it is one of the sacred texts of Rock 'n Roll. I used to have it as a double LP on Swinging Pig, and played it till the grooves were flat. I was grateful to have it come out on CD, and there are a few editions of it, this one is probably the best. Mind you, the sound quality is not perfect, but it is a soundboard copy and as good as it gets for a bootleg. There is a nice level of audience response mixed in so the "live" feel is quite intact. It lacks the Beethoven "Ode to Joy" Intro that was on my Swinging Pig edition, and this is what people heard in the house, so I wish it was there. They've left most of the stage banter, including the surreal comments that precede "My Death" ("I'm playing to you on courtesy of a piece of palm tree....I asked for lobster tail and they gave me palm tree, a piece of palm tree"). There is a bit that goes on between Five Years and Space Oddity where Bowie asks a stage hand to bring him a pair of pliers, presumably to move a tuning peg or adjust a mike stand. He has a bit of a spat with the roadie and tells the guy to leave them, and then it fades into Space Oddity. However, what has been cut is Bowie's mocking remark to the exiting roadie after he tells the grunt to leave the pliers on stage: "Hey, I got my (bleep)together man (grumbles)" and THEN the strumming starts. Why they would cut this delightful 3 seconds befuddles me, unless it is because this is an edit of a (KMET?) radio broadcast.

The flaws in this show are very few: a really flat note from Trevor Bolder, probably, as they hit the final cadence of Five Years, and maybe Bowie gets a bit winded near the end.
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