Previously unreleased David Bowie live album set for RSD20

I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour 74) will be available on 2 LP and 2 CD on RSD20

Parlophone Records is set to release the unearthing of never before heard recordings of David Bowie in concert in 1974 in the form of I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour 74) on 2 LP and 2 CD on Record Store Day (RSD) 2020 on Saturday, April 18th.

Taken from recently discovered sources in The David Bowie Archive, I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour 74) was recorded mostly during Bowie’s performance at the Michigan Palace, Detroit on October 20, 1974, with the encores taken from the Municipal Auditorium, Nashville on November 30, 1974. The only song missing from the full set on the October 20th performance is “Diamond Dogs” which was unfortunately only recorded in part. Instead of including part of the song, the label decided to include the encore from the November 30th performance which featured the track, but also enables a fuller representation of the set from The Soul Tour including such numbers as “Knock On Wood” and the “Foot Stomping/I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate” medley.

The Soul Tour was a radical departure from the first part of the 1974 Diamond Dogs theatrical extravaganza. During a three week break in late 1974, the Diamond Dogs Tour’s elaborate six-ton Hunger City stage set was drastically stripped back, and the tour’s set list overhauled to include as-yet-unreleased tracks from the Young Americans sessions at Sigma Sound in Philadelphia. The Soul Tour also featured a revamped band, augmented to include musicians and vocalists from those sessions, and rechristened The Mike Garson Band.

I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour 74) follows on from the previous Record Store Day 2 LP release Cracked Actor (Live Los Angeles ’74) and is an incredible historical document of a performer and band at the height of their live powers. The artwork for both the 2 LP and 2 CD releases is based on the original design for the programs available at venues for dates on The Soul Tour. The Soul Tour has taken on a mythical status among Bowie fans, as the tour visited fewer than twenty cities in the East and South of US. This is the first time that audio from this incarnation of the tour has ever been officially released.

Parlophone will also release CHANGESNOWBOWIE on CD and LP on RSD. The label will release the limited edition Is It Any Wonder? EP on 12″ vinyl and CD along with “Fun (Dillinja Mix)” digital download and streaming on March 20th.

These recordings have been mastered from the only available sources to provide the best sound quality possible. Any flaws and distortion are inherent in the original sources and we hope the historical importance of the recordings outweighs any such imperfections and does not detract from the enjoyment of the performances.

CD 1:

1. Introduction – Memory Of A Free Festival
2. Rebel Rebel
3. John, I’m Only Dancing (Again)
4. Sorrow
5. Changes
6. 1984
7. Moonage Daydream
8. Rock ’n’ Roll With Me
9. Love Me Do / The Jean Genie
10. Young Americans

CD 2:

1. Can You Hear Me
2. It’s Gonna Be Me
3. Somebody Up There Likes Me
4. Suffragette City
5. Rock ’n’ Roll Suicide
6. Panic In Detroit
7. Knock On Wood
8. Foot Stomping / I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate / Foot Stomping
9. Diamond Dogs / It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I like It) / Diamond Dogs

Author: Buddy Iahn

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