EMI this week re-releases the vintage David Bowie concert albums "David Live" and "Stage." The double-disc sets have been refurbished with new mixes, previously unreleased tracks and new liner notes by longtime Bowie producer Tony Visconti. Both will also be available in DVD-Audio format on the day of release.
"David Live" chronicles the 1974 tour in support of Bowie's "Diamond Dogs" album, specifically a five-night stand at Philadelphia's Tower Theatre. The new edition restores the original running order and tacks on the tracks "Space Oddity" and "Panic in Detroit." Also featured are unusual renditions of familiar songs such as "The Jean Genie," "Rock'n'Roll Suicide" and "All the Young Dudes."
"Stage" is drawn from Bowie's extensive 1978 tour in the wake of the albums "Low" and "Heroes," rounding up notable tracks from those albums such as "Beauty and the Beast," "What in the World" and "Speed of Life." While the original version abandoned the live set list in favor of a chronological approach, the new "Stage" reverts back to the concert's running order. It also features previously unreleased versions of "Be My Wife" and "Stay."
The DVD-Audio editions of both albums sport a host of audio mixes plus a photo gallery.