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CD/DVD edition of this release which features David Bowie's 1999 appearance on VH1's hugely popular Storytellers series. Storytellers began in 1996 with intimate TV performances by Ray Davies and Elvis Costello. Over the next few years many singer/songwriters appeared on the show, performing in front of a live audience while telling stories of their music and memories. Bill Flanagan, Executive Producer of the show explains, "We were used to dealing with legendary musicians. Still, landing David Bowie was more than a big booking. There's no way to say this without being corny: it was an honor. Bowie has a unique place in Rock 'N' Roll. He is not only one of the most influential musicians of the era, he does nothing unless he is fully committed. He never phones it in."
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RIP dear David. Hope you're philosophizing with the angels.
Overall this album is fantastic. It gives you a side to David Bowie he has never revealed to a live audience.
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The CD almost feels superfluous as it is just a measly 45 minuets of audio taken directly from the footage. If you want the extra 4 (audio) bonus tracks, you'll have to download them from iTunes. It would have been far more interesting if they had used the hour long radio broadcast, from the same tour, recorded at the Kit Kat Klub, also in New York, as a bonus CD, along side the DVD instead, making a nice alternative show, in this double disc set. Of which, 3 songs were officially release as part of the CD single package for the song 'Seven' in 1999.
As for the DVD its self, it has great picture and audio quality and Bowie delivers, but why not the whole show rather than just the 45 minuets as broadcast? There was a full un-cut, professionally shot, version of this Storytellers gig, knocking around on bootleg DVD, in very good quality for many years. So I was a bit disappointed to see just 4 extra songs tagged on the DVD when they could have easily been edited into the main feature, along with the other missing songs. Saying that, surely the whole unedited master tape still exists in the MTV/VH1 archives, so no, not even editing songs back in. On top of that, all 4 bonus clips have different audio levels, especially 'If I'm Dreaming My Life' which has the volume level very low! What's up with that?
Furthermore, a whole performance was filmed at the Elysee Montmartre, Paris, that remains shelved, running a full 75 minuets. Again, a 'leaked' bootleg DVD exists. The live video cut of the track 'Survive' was officially used, from this Paris show, available, back-in-the-day, on enhanced CD single, which I think can be found as an 'Easter egg' on Best of Bowie DVD also. This concert, getting an official release, may well have been a better choice.
The artwork is good but, the packaging is scant, thrown together with typo's in the booklet. This whole thing should have been much, much better.
Maybe I can edit that out, but like all albums with spoken words, they soon get tedious
Great cd and dvd and a decent price