David Bowie Live 1978 ‘Blackout’ Set Released

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On June 29, Parlophone will release David Bowie’s Welcome to the Blackout (Live London ’78), making its CD and digital debut. This live album features performances recorded at Earl’s Court in London on June 30 and July 1, 1978, during Bowie’s “Isolar II” Tour. The music was released earlier this year on vinyl as a limited-edition triple-LP set for Record Store Day 2018.

Tony Visconti, who produced more than a dozen albums for Bowie throughout his career, recorded the 1978 concert, which was later mixed by Bowie and David Richards. The set focuses on songs from the two albums Bowie released in 1977, Low and “Heroes,” as well as other earlier career highlights such as “Fame,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “The Jean Genie,” “Station to Station” and the first-ever live performance of “Sound and Vision.” (See the track list and listen to several songs below.)

Welcome to the Blackout (Live London ’78) is available as a 2-CD set.

Listen to “Heroes” from the collection

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Bowie released two classic studio albums between 1978 and 1982 (Lodger and Scary Monsters [And Super Creeps]), as well as a wealth of work for film, television and more. He also found time to embark upon a massive world tour, documented by the double live album Stage, and embark on two acclaimed projects for film and television.

Listen to “Suffragette City” from the new release

Parlophone will also release two special vinyl reissues exclusively for brick and mortar retail stores: Christiane F. – Wir Kinder Von Bahnoff Zoo and David Bowie in Bertolt Brecht’s Baal.

Welcome to the Blackout (Live London ’78) Track Listing

Disc One
“What In The World”
“Be My Wife”
“The Jean Genie”
“Sense Of Doubt”
“Speed Of Life”
“Sound And Vision”
“Breaking Glass”
“Beauty And The Beast”

Disc Two 
“Five Years”
“Soul Love”
“Hang On To Yourself”
“Ziggy Stardust”
“Suffragette City”
“Art Decade”
“Alabama Song”
“Station To Station”
“TVC 15”
“Rebel Rebel”

Listen to Bowie’s cover of “Alabama Song”


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