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David Bowie live during his Berlin period in 1978! First Netherlands press in gatefold sleeve on blue vinyl!
The second of two inessential double live albums David Bowie released in the '70s, 1978's Stage is a different beast than its 1974 predecessor, David Live. That album captured Bowie in a transitional phase, sliding from glam to stylized soul, while Stage was recorded in the thick of his Berlin phase with producer/collaborator Brian Eno, and Stage is an attempt to translate that sleek, angular, arty studio-bound sound to the live arena. This means not only are Low and Heroes given live treatments, but about half of both Ziggy Stardust and Station to Station are given new arrangements here. On these older tunes, the new flair -- the synthesizers and Adrian Belew's tangled, mathematical guitar -- doesn't sound sleek, it sounds chintzy and cheap, not quite fully formed. The newer songs suffer from this, too, and that's because the performances are too direct and the recording is too crisp and clear, removing the dark, foreboding mystery and assuredness that made Low and Heroes thrilling, compelling listens. Consequently, Stage winds up as a curiosity, and not a very interesting one at that.
|A1||Hang On To Yourself||3:26|
|B1||Station To Station||8:55|
|C2||Speed Of Life||2:46|
|C4||Sense Of Doubt||3:11|
|D2||What In The World||4:22|
|D4||Beauty And The Beast||5:08|
Original Release Year: 1978
Catalog #: PL-02913
Format: 12" Vinyl LP
Vinyl Color: Blue
Condition: Used - Cover has only very light wear. Vinyl is like new except for some very light paper scuffs. Image shown above is the actual item you will receive.