Ground control to major John – shape up, sir.
By Uncle Blurt
Last weekend in London, Berlin’s musical collective s t a r g a z e and its Artistic Director André de Ridder mounted a special tribute concert billed as the David Bowie Prom 2016. Joining the collective were John Cale, Marc Almond, Neil Hannon, Conor O’Brien, Laura Mvula, Paul Buchanan, Jherek Bischoff, Anna Calvi and Amanda Palmer, and everyone had a grand old time interpreting the late icon’s music. Now the entire show is available as MP3 downloads over at Big O Zine, along with printable artwork.
MP3 – Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK; July 29, 2016.
The sound quality is uniformly excellent as the show was also broadcast over the airwaves via the BBC. The full tracklist is below – Amanda Palmer apparently was the standout performer, while curiously enough, John Cale was not received all that favorably by the critics in attendance.
. Radio Three introduction 2:12 (3.7MB)
. 6Music introduction and interviews 11:43 (19.7MB)
. Warszaw (arr s t a r g a z e) 4:35 (7.7MB)
. Station to Station (Neil Hannon, Amanda Palmer, Conor O’Brien) 7:09 (12.0MB)
. The Man Who Sold the World (Conor O’Brien) 5:35 (9.4MB)
. This Is Not America (Elf Kid, Neil Hannon) 5:24 (9.1MB)
. Life On Mars (Marc Almond, arr Anna Meredith) 5:30 (9.2MB)
. Lady Grinning Soul (Anna Calvi, Jherek Bischoff, arr Jherek Bischoff) 6:40 (11.2MB)
. Ashes to Ashes (Paul Buchanan, Jherek Bischoff, arr Jherek Bischoff) 5:59 (10.1MB)
. Fame (Laura Mvula, arr Greg Saunier) 5:29 (9.2MB)
. Let’s Dance (arr Greg Saunier) 1:41 (2.8MB)
. Girl Loves Me (Laura Mvula, Paul Buchanan, arr s t a r g a z e) 5:44 (9.6MB)
. I Can’t Give Everything Away (Paul Buchanan, arr Josephine Stevenson) 6:23 (10.7MB)
. Blackstar (Anna Calvi, Amanda Palmer, Jherek Bischoff, James McVinnie, arr Jherek Bischoff) 11:33 (19.4MB)
. Heroes (Anna Calvi, Amanda Palmer, Jherek Bischoff, arr Jherek Bischoff) 4:05 (6.9MB)
. Always Crashing in the Same Car (Philippe Jaroussky, arr David Lang) 6:16 (10.5MB)
. Starman (Marc Almond, arr Anna Meredith) 6:39 (11.2MB)
. Rebel Rebel (Members of the House Gospel Choir, arr Greg Saunier) 1:27 (2.4MB)
. Valentine’s Day (John Cale, arr John Cale) 6:22 (10.7MB)
. Sorrow (John Cale, Anna Calvi, arr John Cale) 5:49 (9.8MB)
. Space Oddity (John Cale, House Gospel Choir, arr John Cale) 9:14 (15.5MB)
. After All (Conor O’Brien, Marc Almond, Philippe Jaroussky, Amanda Palmer, James McVinnie) 6:31 (11.0MB)
. Let’s Dance (arr Greg Saunier, Jherek Bischoff) 3:34 (6.0MB)