The sonic status of David Bowie post 1969 automatically means both quality and quantity, depth and diversity! A 1997 ‘Earthling’ album was also produced by Ziggy departed and the great man took on the challenges of electronica sparked with a contemporary industrial meets drum and bass vibe. The global tour in support of his 20th studio release featured a Student Island Festival in Budapest and this is now documented as an 83 minute, 14 track CD.
Reeves Gabrels is on guitar, Gail Ann Dorsey – bass, Zack Alford – drums and Mike Garson – keyboards which means top professional players backing a phenomenal lead talent. As a result this outstanding live tome from the realms of the Hungarian capital is another posthumous plus for the sadly departed Thin White Duke.
Simply a supreme set list:
1. Quicksand 5:01 2. Queen Bitch 3:32 3. I’m Waiting For The Man 4:31 4. The Jean Genie 5:47 5. I’m Afraid Of Americans 5:10 6. Battle For Britain (The Letter) 4:37 7. The Man Who Sold The World 3:38 8. Fashion 3:49 9. Seven Years In Tibet 6:18 10. Stay 7:30 11. Looking For Satellites 5:24 12. Under Pressure 3:58 13. Hallo Spaceboy 5:10 14. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) 5:20 15. Little Wonder 8:57 16. White Light White Heat 4:01
Many career peaks with only a few recent additions – this is a master class! I was lucky enough to see the ‘Starman’ at Cardiff Arms Park 10 years previously and on hearing this collection I genuinely wish I had caught this icon in performance mode on far more than one occasion. However, I recommend if you are Hungary for Bowie – get Outside in Budapest now!