A Reality Tour [Digipak]
Performer: David Bowie
Engineer: Mario J. McNulty...
Producer: Jerry Rappaport...
Distributor: Sony BMG
Notes: Personnel: Gerry Leonard (vocals, guitar); Catherine Russell (vocals, mandolin, keyboards, percussion); Gail Ann Dorsey (vocals, bass guitar); Sterling Campbell (vocals, drums); Earl Slick (guitar); Mike Garson (keyboards). Audio Mixer: Tony Visconti. Recording information: The Point Depot, Dublin, Ireland (11/22/2003/11/23/2003). Photographers: Jon Furniss; Kevin Mazur. Originally released as a home video in 2004, David Bowie's A Reality Tour saw a two-CD audio release slated for January 2010, with three previously unreleased bonus tracks -- "Fall Dogs Bombs the Moon," "Breaking Glass," "China Girl" -- adding value to those hardcore fans who already own this concert as a DVD. In either the video or audio incarnation, this November 2003 Dublin, Ireland show is an entertaining, open-hearted set, finding Bowie running through a generous selection of oldies -- both hits and album tracks, including songs written by Bowie, like "All the Young Dudes" and "Sister Midnight" -- and new songs that hold up well next to the classics. This is Bowie in his mode as a crowd-pleasing professional, playing with considerable charm and skill, offering no surprises but plenty of pleasure: it's not the first album that will come to mind when thinking of live Bowie, but as it's playing, it's hard to resist. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "In this 2003 Dublin concert, he runs wild through his songbook with his toughest live band ever..."
The mercurial David Bowie is the original pop chameleon. He's been everything from inoffensive pop singer to glam icon to white soul man to art-rocker and more in the course of his long, prolific career. Although Bowie's first hit was 1969's "Space Oddity," he didn't arrive as a full-formed pop sensation until he unveiled his Ziggy Stardust persona in 1972. After retiring Ziggy in 1974, Bowie moved from dystopian rock to Philly soul to cutting-edge experimental pop, all within the span of three years. In the following decades, Bowie has regularly released albums and starred in movies. Perhaps the most startling thing is that he's been at the forefront of so many musical movements, inspiring a slew of genres spearheaded by countless Bowie disciples.
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