Live in Santa Monica 72 Limited Edition, Live, Original recording remastered
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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.Read more ›
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
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This is David at his best. Yes the sound could be better, but remember this was 1972. My only compliant, I wish the photographer would have spent more time on Bowie and the band at... Read morePublished 1 month ago by dbowie
I first started listening to this concert the other night and wasn't that impressed so I turned it off at Width of a Circle. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gustave O. Frey
I'm truly astounded by the how good the sound is - much better than on any of the official live records from the era. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Melartin
Excellent product and service this is a classic live album from the ziggy stardust tour. Great sound quality. A must-have for any fan of David Bowie.Published 5 months ago by Sean powell
It's Bowie--is more of a review necessary? It is a live recording with superior sound quality.Published 6 months ago by Jonathan N.
Fantastic. Kicks the studio versions to curb. Sound quality is much better than the Ziggy Stardust Motion Picture soundtrack. Buy this!Published 7 months ago by peppergomez