David Bowie

David Bowie
DAVID BOWIE
Serious Moonlight
DVD

As part of its global tour David Bowie was in 1983 some of the most charismatic stage performances of his entire career. Public and press were equally entranced and celebrated the "Serious Moonlight" tour as one of the most important rock events in the history of this musical genre. To capture this live event for posterity, the director David Mallet recorded in september 1983 at a concert at the Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum in Vancouver. This DVD edition was supplemented by extensive and exclusive bonus material.

1983 was undoubtedly the year David Bowie. Two and a half years after his last album "Scary Monsters" and five years after his last tour, the then 36-year-old was back with an album that put all his previous achievements in the shade. Before 1983 was "the man of a thousand faces", as he was often referred to by the press because of its many image and style change, a cult figure with quite decent but by no means exorbitant commercial success. With "Let's Dance", his first album for EMI, the British singer became finally a superstar and one of the most popular entertainers in the world.

The Nile Rodgers (Chic, Diana Ross, Sister Sledge) produced album combined brilliantly pure rock with RB, funk, soul and disco to an unbeatable musical unit. Moreover shone "Let's Dance" with some of the catchiest melodic songs that David Bowie had ever written, especially the irresistible title track with its "Twist Shout "intro, the world conquered in May 1983, the dance floors and in both the UK and Germany as well as in the US topped the chart. The following singles" China Girl "and" Modern Love "proved to be massive hits. The album itself became the fastest-selling release of EMI since "Sgt. . At the end of the year, sales amounted to more than six million LPs Pepper "of the Beatles.

The completely sold-out "Serious Moonlight" tour whose motto comes from a line of text of "Let's Dance", began on 18 May 1983 in Brussels, and ended on December 8 at the Coliseum of Hong Kong. From initially planned hall tour was a trip through the biggest stadiums and sports arenas because of the immense demand for tickets. In seven months, David Bowie gave 98 concerts on four continents before more than two and a half million viewers. The singer and his formidable band (according to Time magazine "the best band this side of the E-Street") with old familiars like Carlos Alomar and Earl Slick on guitar and new faces as the Chic drummer Tony Thompson, bassist Carmine Rojas, the keyboardist Dave Lebolt, the three-member horn section the Borneo Horns (Lenny Pickett, Steve Elson, Stan Harrison) and the two backing vocalists Frank and George Simms presented the fans a great show that sounded technically, musically and visually represented the best of what that time to had offer. And that's an impressive document which at the time recorded for a television special concert from Vancouver.

David Bowie, according to New Musical Express from 05.28.1983 "the prettiest thing in pop", seen here flanked by his visionary costumed band blondgebleichten hair and wide-cut suit as good-humored, almost classical entertainer who his audience first of the until the last second of the concert kicks the spell. Although it is largely dispensed with spectacular effects and opulent set design, but there is room for some impressive Rocktheater elements. In "Cracked Actor" about David Bowie holds in Hamlet-style monologue with a skull. In "Ashes To Ashes", he is trapped in a plastic cylinder and towards the end of the show surprised Bowie with a giant inflatable globe. Director David Mallet who staged except for David Bowie and U2, Queen, Peter Gabriel, Janet Jackson, Pink Floyd and Elton John videos, it is perfectly managed to capture the special atmosphere of this concert. He also makes video recordings and skillful impressions of photos between songs for additional loosening.

For all optical cabinet pieces are the songs and their stunning interpretations at the center of "Serious Moonlight" DVD, which is equipped for high quality sound with both a Dolby Digital as well as with a 5.1 DTS and Dolby Digital Stereo soundtrack. Whether "Fashion", "Scary Monsters" or shaped by synchronous guitar of Carlos Alomar and Earl Slick explosive version of the Velvet Underground classic "White Light / White Heat", David Bowie and his touring band present themselves at the zenith their skills. The selection of the material maintains a balance between hits and lesser known tracks from all phases of his career. In addition to the then current Zugnummern "Let's Dance", "China Girl" and "Cat People" adorn early songs like "Life On Mars" from 1971, "Sorrow" from the cover album "Pin Ups" from 1973 and "Space Oddity" from 1969 the program. These come with "Golden Years", "Young Americans" and "Fame" title from Bowie Soul phase mid-70s and with "What In A World", "Breaking Glass", "Heroes" and "Look Back In Anger" Songs from the highly acclaimed albums "low," Heroes "and" Lodger ", with which David Bowie won even in the punk and new Wave era many new fans.

As a bonus, the new edition of "Serious Moonlight" DVD contains the fascinating documentary "Ricochet" by Gerry Troyna with additional concert recordings of "Look Back In Anger", "China Girl" and "Heroes" (including the so-called "Lavender's blue Introduction "). Recorded during their world tour in 1983, the film David Bowie accompanied by Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok. Here are few concerts in the foreground, but rather Bowie's encounters with the Far Eastern culture. "Ricochet" is first published here in a 78-minute-long "Extended Version" in Dolby Digital Stereo. That alone makes this DVD for fans indispensable.

David Bowie "Serious Moonlight" is a sweeping document of rock history and offers both fascinating concert recordings as well as close encounters with one of the most influential musicians of the last 35 years.

January 2006

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