David Bowie - Cracked Actor: Live Los Angeles '74 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96 kHz]

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David Bowie - Cracked Actor: Live Los Angeles '74 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96 kHz]

David Bowie - Cracked Actor: Live Los Angeles '74 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 97:03 minutes | 2,15 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

"Cracked Actor: Live Los Angeles '74" is finally officially released 20-track live performance from Los Angeles in September 1974, including two songs tracks not on the "David Live" album. Recorded in-between the "Diamond Dogs" and "Philly Dogs" tours.

Looking back, David Live was Bowie’s first stumble. Recorded at Philadephia’s Tower Theatre in haste, essentially to conjure up cash to support Tony DeFries’ mismanaged Mainman Organisation, Bowie’s initial officially released performance sounded stilted, half-cocked and lumpen. Unsurprising, when you consider Bowie’s conversion tosoul was in its infancy, he was obsessively rearranging much of his material in a blizzard of coke and directly prior to taking to the stage a musician’s strike was narrowly averted. As the band arrived they noticed extra microphones, the first indicator that they were to be recorded for, apparently, no extra fee. Cheques were hastily drawn but awkward performances, stiffened by fury, duly ensued.

If Bowie hadn’t been hobbled by Mainman’s excesses, he might well have elected not to release a post-Diamond Dogs/pre-Young Americans live record at all, but if he had, this stunning performance from LA’s’ Universal Amphitheater (recorded in September ‘74 for Alan Yentob’s Cracked Actor BBC documentary) would’ve provided ideal source material. Bowie’s fans largely concur that the show’s less-than-legal Strange Fascination incarnation represents the best live show out there, but why is it so good? It was, after all, recorded a shade under two months after David Live. Well, it turns out eight weeks is a mighty long time in the context of Bowie’s seventies.

Having been inspired by catching The Main Ingredient in April, Bowie had tried to hook their guitarist Carlos Alomar, but couldn’t pay enough. In August, Bowie started work on Young Americans and having charmed Alomar onto its sessions further persuaded him to join a newly restructured backing band for the tour’s second leg. Diamond Dogs sessioneers were replaced by, among others, Sly Stone drummer Greg Errico and newcomer Luther Vandross on backing vocals. Guitarist Earl Slick, pianist Mike Garson and saxophonist David Sanbourn locked down arrangements that enhanced the inner funk in a strong, hits-heavy set-list while retaining rock edge. Freshly favoured with a bright Tony Visconti mix, here at last is the essential Philly Dogs document.


01 - Introduction
02 - 1984
03 - Rebel Rebel
04 - Moonage Daydream
05 - Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise)
06 - Changes
07 - Suffragette City
08 - Aladdin Sane
09 - All The Young Dudes
10 - Cracked Actor
11 - Rock 'N' Roll With Me
12 - Knock On Wood
13 - It's Gonna Be Me
14 - Space Oddity
15 - Diamond Dogs
16 - Big Brother
17 - Time
18 - The Jean Genie
19 - Rock 'N' Roll Suicide
20 - John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)

Produced by David Bowie.
Recorded live at Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles on September 5, 1974.
Mixed by Tony Visconti at Human Studios, NYC in October/November 2016.
Mastered at Air Mastering, London.

Analyzed: David Bowie / Cracked Actor (Live Los Angeles '74)

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR13 -4.44 dB -24.90 dB 1:49 01-Introduction (Live)
DR9 -0.10 dB -10.83 dB 2:55 02-1984 (Live)
DR9 -0.10 dB -10.10 dB 2:31 03-Rebel Rebel (Live)
DR9 -0.10 dB -10.29 dB 5:18 04-Moonage Daydream (Live)
DR10 -0.10 dB -12.63 dB 7:40 05-Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise) (Live)
DR9 -0.10 dB -11.77 dB 3:47 06-Changes (Live)
DR9 -0.10 dB -9.45 dB 3:49 07-Suffragette City (Live)
DR9 -0.10 dB -11.30 dB 5:00 08-Aladdin Sane (Live)
DR8 -0.10 dB -10.02 dB 4:10 09-All The Young Dudes (Live)
DR8 -0.10 dB -9.50 dB 3:19 10-Cracked Actor (Live)
DR8 -0.10 dB -10.32 dB 4:49 11-Rock 'N' Roll With Me (Live)
DR9 -0.10 dB -10.09 dB 3:16 12-Knock On Wood (Live)
DR10 -0.10 dB -13.32 dB 7:11 13-It's Gonna Be Me (Live)
DR9 -0.10 dB -11.39 dB 5:15 14-Space Oddity (Live)
DR9 -0.10 dB -10.07 dB 6:58 15-Diamond Dogs (Live)
DR9 -0.10 dB -10.74 dB 4:04 16-Big Brother (Live)
DR8 -0.10 dB -10.95 dB 5:47 17-Time (Live)
DR9 -0.10 dB -10.53 dB 5:40 18-The Jean Genie (Live)
DR8 -0.10 dB -11.58 dB 5:09 19-Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (Live)
DR9 -0.10 dB -10.53 dB 8:39 20-John, I'm Only Dancing (Again) (Live)

Number of tracks: 20
Official DR value: DR9

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 3013 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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