UPDATE (5/11/2017): While Bowie’s official site maintains that no additional vinyl will be pressed, Cracked Actor: Live in Los Angeles 1974 will be released as a 2CD set on June 16. The limited edition digipak (to be replaced later by a jewel case edition) includes a 12-page booklet with notes from the original LA Amphitheatre show program and a Rolling Stone article about the shows, written by Richard Cromelin and published October 10, 1974. Neither of these appeared in the vinyl set.
ORIGINAL POST (3/10/2017): The late David Bowie will be recognized on Record Store Day – this year celebrating its 10th anniversary on Saturday, April 22 – with two first-time archival releases premiering on vinyl. DavidBowie.com has confirmed that, on that date, Parlophone will issue Cracked Actor: Live in Los Angeles 1974, a never-before-released 3-LP concert album, and BOWPROMO, a replica of a Hunky Dory-era promo album housed in a box set.
Cracked Actor: Live in Los Angeles 1974 is the first authorized release of Bowie’s Philly Dogs Tour show at Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre, from September 1974. Some of this performance was featured in Alan Yentob’s BBC documentary also known as Cracked Actor. The complete concert is presented on five sides of vinyl, while the sixth side bears a Diamond Dogs-era Bowie logo etching. The original tapes for this show were finally brought together last November, and they have been newly mixed by Tony Visconti. The packaging boasts original photography from Terry O’Neill and Jamie Andrews in a gatefold sleeve. The concert has Luther Vandross among the backing vocalists, and the band includes Earl Slick and Carlos Alomar on guitar, Mike Garson on piano and mellotron, David Sanborn on alto saxophone and flute, Pablo Rosario on conga, Doug Raunch on bass, and Greg Errico on drums. Note that this is a different band and setlist than on David Live, also from 1974.
The concert set is joined by BOWPROMO. Originally pressed as a promotional LP in 1971, it features early, alternate mixes of a number of songs that would eventually be included on Hunky Dory. The A-side of the original vinyl contained seven Bowie songs, five of which would find their way to that seminal album. Of his remaining tracks, “It Ain’t Easy” would appear on Ziggy Stardust, and “Bombers” would remain unheard on any other Bowie album for another 20 years. It eventually surfaced in a different mix on the Rykodisc edition of Hunky Dory. Five songs from singer-songwriter (and onetime Bowie girlfriend) Dana Gillespie appeared on Side Two. This reissue features the Bowie side only, on one side of vinyl. Otherwise, the original record is faithfully replicated, and is housed in a box also including five prints and new liner notes.
Both of these releases will be available in limited quantities only at your local independent record store on Saturday, April 22. There has been no word of a CD release yet for either title. Watch this space for more Record Store Day information as it’s revealed from all of your favorite labels!
David Bowie, Cracked Actor: Live in Los Angeles 1974 (Parlophone, 2017)
- Rebel Rebel
- Moonage Daydream
- Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing
- Suffragette City
- Aladdin Sane
- All the Young Dudes
- Cracked Actor
- Rock ‘n’ Roll with Me
- Knock on Wood
- It’s Gonna Be Me
- Space Oddity
- Diamond Dogs
- Big Brother
- The Jean Genie
- Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide
- John I’m Only Dancing (Again)
Side Six – David Bowie Logo Etching
David Bowie, BOWPROMO (Original 1971 promo LP – reissued Parlophone, 2017)
- Oh! You Pretty Things
- Eight Line Poem
- It Ain’t Easy
- Queen Bitch
- Bombers/Andy Warhol Intro