Just a short one today. This time a really early live review of Mr. Bowie.
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Bowie`s wide range
By Steve Peacock
I`m not quite sure what I expected from David Bowie`s set at the Country Club on Wednesday, but I wasn`t prepared for such a wide range of ideas – with songs ranging from his own “Oh You Pretty Things” to Jaques Brel`s “Port Of Amsterdam” – all put across with a sense of purpose and conviction that would have been unusual even in someone who had far less to say. That Bowie can be so convincing with such a wide range of ideas means he is either a superb actor or a performer with a remarkable command of his art. I think the latter is nearer the truth.
Technically there were a few problems – like long breaks between songs, which got a bit tedious, and the fact that the balance was wrong so that when Mick Ronson played acoustic guitar you couldn`t hear him too well – but overall those things were pretty insignificant. Ronson seems to be the perfect foil for Bowie. Playing electric and acoustic guitars, bass, and singing; his electric guitar work was particularly impressive – delicate and sympathetic, but still projecting well – and their voices are well matched.
Rick Wakeman joined them for a few numbers on piano, and it was nice to hear him filling out the sound rather than launching into the flash displays of technique that the Strawbs` music often seems to demand from him.
Songs I enjoyed most were the opening “Fill Your Heart”, “Oh You Pretty Things”, Biff Rose`s “Buzz The Fuzz”, Ron Davies` “It Ain`t Easy”, and David`s song to the shadow of a superhero “Bob Dylan”. But it was his version of Brel`s “Port Of Amsterdam” that I felt was the most satisfying part of the set; it`s a great song of course, which helps, but as Scott Walker has shown it is one that is quite easy to destroy with an unsympathic performance. Bowie did it just right.
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This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: Rolling Stones, Boz Scraggs, Beach Boys, Bill Chase, Lincoln Fair, Medicine Head, Tim Hardin, John Schlesinger, Blind Boy Fuller, Michael Chapman, Dion, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Jackie Lomax, Andy Fernbach, Mary Travers, Buffy St. Marie, Steeleye Span, Chris Barber.
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