Posts Tagged ‘Memory of a Free Festival’
Unwashed and Somewhat, Slightly Dazed – Bowie at the Beeb version
The familiar ‘Unwashed’ is the second track of the Space Oddity album (originally the L.P. was simply named David Bowie). The poetry is so pitiful that a sixth-form Morrisey would be proud. The Beeb sessions produced this slightly shorter version, but she’s perhaps as addictive, and rewarding as her more celebrated sister.
I was introduced to the compositions of the ‘Duke’, as a callow youth in 1991. This coincided with a glut of Bowie compact discs being issued on the Ryko label. These technological innovations hosted bonus ditties, that to my mind will always be part of the records. Conversation Piece is one such example.
In keeping with the spirit of Space Oddity, Conversation Piece is a masterfully self-indulgent.
Memory of a Free Festival - parts one and two
In the author’s opinion this is a marginally better listen than the original singular effort; both are good, if verging on the ludicrous.
Voted David Bowie’s greatest EVER song (amongst editors of Bowie’s Tin of Stewing Steak). Made an appearance on the early Nineties reissue of The Man who Sold the World. My personal copy of that album, spells the song ‘Lightening’, rather than ‘Lightning’, I don’t know which is correct.
“Move along now”…
Not to be mistaken with Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing, though they are both from the Diamond Dogs phase.
In my humble opinion the best two songs on the 90’s Diamond Dogs re-release were the last two bonuses. Dodo is another belter. Especially recommend is the even rarer and even rougher demo with, of all people, Glaswegian singer Lulu. Perhaps it’s more a guide vocal from Bowie than proper singing, still fantastic though. Here’s youtube link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CB061UppXc
I’m in no position to judge his German accent, but to my untrained ears his yodelling sounds convincing.
I pray Olé
Features as a bonus track on some re-releases of Lodger. Like most of the songs on that album, it might take a few listens.
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