Just a quick post to wish a happy birthday to David Bowie who turned 65 yesterday.
On July 2nd, upon wrapping up the European leg of “The Isolar II” world tour of 1978 in support of Low and Heroes, Bowie entered Tony Visconti’s Good Earth Studios in London to record this schizophrenic rendition of Bertolt Brecht’s and Kurt Weill’s “Alabama Song.” It was eventually released as a single nearly two years later on February 15th of 1980. This track features members of his stunning tour band of that time–as can be heard on Stage–which were able to reproduce the electronic blips and soundscapes of his Low material, particularly the guitar work of Carlos Alomar and King Crimson’s Adrian Belew.
Well, here’s to you Bowie—wishing you “whiskey”, “dollars”, and “girls” on your 65th!!!
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David Bowie: Vocals, Guitar
Adrian Belew: Guitar
Carlos Alomar: Guitar
Simon House: Violin
Sean Mayes: Piano
Roger Powell: Keyboards
George Murray: Bass
Dennis Davis: Drums
Like it? Buy it.
Brecht, B. & Weill, K. (1927). Alabama Song [recorded by David Bowie]. On The Singles Collection. [CD] EMI. (1993)
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