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STAGE

David Bowie

 

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3.85 | 47 ratings

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snobb
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4 stars I don't know, why Bowie's live albums are not popular at all. May be people think he is better in studio, especially during his electronical sounds era. Who knows.

But I just wanna say, that "Stage" is PERFECT Bowie live album. It includes his period from glam -rock peak ( "Ziggy...") to the beginning of "Berlin Trylogy" ( "Low "). So, you understand, it's not easy to have songs from both very different periods in one concert. But Bowie 's doing it perfectly.

The album starts from his golden "Warszawa" , beautiful dark ambient instrumental piece from "Low"album. I don't know, where from is this song name ( it's instrumental, so no lyrics, no even idea, where from it came). I know this city very well, have been there plenty of times, and I am sure, that anyone, who ever visited this city, will confirm, that it's a most boring capitol in Europe. The song is not like that ( happily some eastern wordless vocals from studio album are changed in live version to more acceptable Bowie singing).

"Heroes"- next song, do you need my comments? Strong from very beginning, album makes very high energy atmosphere.

I honestly believe, that this live album is better, than studio albums with the same songs!The reason is strong track list and very successful music combination. You have here very rock- driven album, which combines dark ambient sounds and glam-rock. And this basical sound is perfect decision. Adrian Beliew on guitar, plus two perfect prog musicians Simon House and Roger Powell, now you know, what I 'm speaking about!

First 5-6 songs go at one breath ( I am speaking about 2005 version with some additional tracks on double CD album). To be honest, secod CD missed some energy, has few fillers, and at the end you are feeling a bit tired. But overall it's a perfect illustration of that Bowie's period. Highly recommended

snobb | 4/5 |

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