DAVID BOWIE : THE LONDON BOY - BBC 2000
Disc One (73:56)
Disc Two (60:56)
Label : Wardour
Venue : BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London, UK
Recording Date : June 27, 2000
Quality : Soundboard recording (A+)
Review : This complete concert from the year 2000 ranks among the best Bowie live documents ever. This performance is utterly fantastic from start to finish, finding Bowie in great voice and mood, backed by a stellar diverse band that compliments him perfectly. The performance begins with one of Bowie's very best live performances, a gorgeous take on his cover of Johnny Matthis's "Wild is the Wind." This performances beats even the original from 1976's "Station to Station," with Bowie singing even more passionately and delivering a jaw droppingly perfect vocal. This gives way to a great "Ashes to Ashes" that accurately captures the haunting studio take, while "This is Not America" utterly destroys the studio take, with an absolutely monstrous vocal from Bowie and great guitar work. "Absolute Beginners," a track with quite a few detractors, actually sounds great here, and Gail Ann Dorsey makes for a great duet partner here. The newer songs, especially "Seven" and "Survive" are delivered with superb commitment and hold their own against classics like "Fame" and "The Man Who Sold the World." Rare gems like "Stay" and a snarling revival of "Cracked Actor" are very welcome returns, while a newly rearranged "Let's Dance" is absolutely explosive. The sound on this cd is absolutely perfect, and the accompanying booklet is magnificent. This is definitely a bootleg worth seeking out if you're a Bowie fan.