Bowie at the Beeb

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Bowie at the Beeb
Live album by David Bowie
Released 26 September 2000 (2000-09-26) (original release)
2 April 2002 (2002-04-02)
Recorded 13 May 1968 (1968-05-13) – 23 May 1972 (1972-05-23), various BBC Radio studios, London
27 June 2000 (2000-06-27), London (3 CD version)
Genre Rock
Length 141:18 (2 CD version)
215:31 (3 CD version)
Label EMI/Virgin
Producer Bernie Andrews, Paul Williams, Jeff Griffin, Pete Ritzema, John F. Muir, Roger Pusey
David Bowie chronology
'hours...'
(1999)
Bowie at the Beeb
(2000)
All Saints
(2001)
David Bowie compilation chronology
The Best of David Bowie 1974/1979
(1998)
Bowie at the Beeb
(2000)
All Saints
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Q 4/5 stars[2]

Bowie at the Beeb is a compilation album by David Bowie, first released in 2000. Originally, it came in a three-CD set, the third, bonus CD being a live recording made on 27 June 2000 (2000-06-27) at the Portland BBC Radio Theatre. Later editions contain only the first two CDs.

The first pressing mistakenly included the second (disc 2, track 12) version of the song "Ziggy Stardust" twice on disc two, missing the first (disc 2, track 4) version. EMI declined to issue corrected replacement discs to customers, instead mailing out one-song CDRs of the first version.

This compilation also features a previously unreleased song, "Looking for a Friend" (disc 1, track 15), which John Peel says would be released as a single by Arnold Corns as a follow-up to the Arnold Corns versions of "Moonage Daydream" and "Hang Onto Yourself", but it was never released, thus making this the only performance of "Looking for a Friend".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by David Bowie except as noted.

Disc one[edit]

  1. "In the Heat of the Morning" – 3:02
  2. "London Bye Ta Ta" – 2:36
  3. "Karma Man" – 3:00
  4. "Silly Boy Blue" – 6:08
    • Tracks 1 to 4 recorded for John Peel in Top Gear as "David Bowie and the Tony Visconti Orchestra," 13 May 1968 (1968-05-13), tracks 1–3 broadcast 26 May 1968 (1968-05-26).
  5. "Let Me Sleep Beside You" – 3:17
  6. "Janine" – 3:24
  7. "Amsterdam" (Jacques Brel) – 3:18
  8. "God Knows I'm Good" – 3:36
  9. "The Width of a Circle" – 5:21
  10. "Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed" – 5:07
  11. "Cygnet Committee" – 9:07
  12. "Memory of a Free Festival" – 3:18
    • Tracks 7 to 12 recorded for The Sunday Show introduced by John Peel as "David Bowie and the Tony Visconti Trio (aka The Hype)," 5 February 1970 (1970-02-05), broadcast date 8 February 1970 (1970-02-08).
  13. "Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud" – 5:55
    • Track 13 recorded for Sounds of the 70s: Andy Ferris as "David Bowie and the Tony Visconti Trio," 25 March 1970 (1970-03-25), broadcast date 6 April 1970 (1970-04-06).
  14. "Bombers" – 3:19
  15. "Looking for a Friend" – 3:34
  16. "Almost Grown" (Chuck Berry) – 2:44
  17. "Kooks" – 3:32
  18. "It Ain't Easy" (Ron Davies) – 2:51
    • Tracks 14 to 18 recorded for in Concert: John Peel as "David Bowie and friends," 3 June 1971 (1971-06-03), broadcast date 20 June 1971 (1971-06-20).

Disc two[edit]

  1. "The Supermen" – 2:51
  2. "Oh! You Pretty Things" [Japan-only exclusive track[3]] – 3:15
  3. "Eight Line Poem" – 2:56
    • Tracks 1, 2 and 3 recorded for Sounds of the 70s: Bob Harris by David Bowie with Mick Ronson, 21 September 1971 (1971-09-21), broadcast date 4 October 1971 (1971-10-04).
  4. "Hang on to Yourself" – 2:50
  5. "Ziggy Stardust" – 3:26
  6. "Queen Bitch" – 2:59
  7. "I'm Waiting for the Man" (Lou Reed) – 5:24
  8. "Five Years" – 4:24
    • Tracks 4 to 8 recorded for Sounds of the 70s: Bob Harris as "David Bowie and The Spiders from Mars", 18 January 1972 (1972-01-18), broadcast date 7 February 1972 (1972-02-07).
  9. "White Light/White Heat" (Reed) – 3:48
  10. "Moonage Daydream" – 4:58
  11. "Hang on to Yourself" – 2:50
  12. "Suffragette City" – 3:28
  13. "Ziggy Stardust" – 3:24
    • Tracks 9 to 13 recorded for Sounds of the 70s: John Peel as "David Bowie and The Spiders from Mars," 16 May 1972 (1972-05-16), broadcast date 23 May 1972 (1972-05-23).
  14. "Starman" – 4:05
  15. "Space Oddity" – 4:16
  16. "Changes" – 3:29
  17. "Oh! You Pretty Things" – 2:57
    • Tracks 14 to 17 recorded for Johnnie Walker Lunchtime Show as "David Bowie and The Spiders from Mars," 22 May 1972 (1972-05-22), broadcast date 5 June 1972 (1972-06-05)–9 June 1972 (1972-06-09).
  18. "Andy Warhol" – 3:14
  19. "Lady Stardust" – 3:21
  20. "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" – 3:08
    • Tracks 18 to 20 recorded for Sounds of the 70s: Bob Harris as "David Bowie and The Spiders from Mars," 23 May 1972 (1972-05-23), broadcast date 19 June 1972 (1972-06-19).

Disc three[edit]

Supplied as a bonus disc with 2000-release limited editions.

  1. "Wild Is the Wind" (Ned Washington, Dimitri Tiomkin) – 6:23
  2. "Ashes to Ashes" – 5:04
  3. "Seven" (Bowie, Reeves Gabrels) – 4:13
  4. "This Is Not America" (Bowie, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays) – 3:44
  5. "Absolute Beginners" – 6:32
  6. "Always Crashing in the Same Car" – 4:07
  7. "Survive" (Bowie, Gabrels) – 4:55
  8. "Little Wonder" (Bowie, Gabrels, Mark Plati) – 3:49
  9. "The Man Who Sold the World" – 3:58
  10. "Fame" (Bowie, Carlos Alomar, John Lennon) – 4:12
  11. "Stay" – 5:45
  12. "Hallo Spaceboy" (Bowie, Brian Eno) – 5:22
  13. "Cracked Actor" – 4:10
  14. "I'm Afraid of Americans" (Bowie, Brian Eno) – 5:30
  15. "Let's Dance" – 6:20

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Nicky Graham – piano on disc 2, tracks 8–19

Production personnel[edit]

  • Bernie Andrews – producer, disc 1 tracks 1–4, 13
  • Pete Ritzema – engineer, disc 1 tracks 1–6, producer disc 2 tracks 8–12
  • Alan Harris – engineer, disc 1 tracks 1–4
  • Paul Williams – recording producer, disc 1 tracks 5–6
  • Jeff Griffin – recording producer, disc 1 tracks 7–12, 14–18, disc 2 tracks 3–7, 17–19
  • Tony Wilson – sound balance, disc 1 tracks 7–12
  • Chris Lycett – assistant, disc 1 tracks 7–12, sound balance disc 1 tracks 14–18, disc 2 tracks 3–7, 17–19
  • Nick Gomm – engineer, disc 1 track 13, disc 2 tracks 8–12
  • John Etchells – assistant, disc 1 tracks 14–18, disc 2 tracks 3–7, 17–19
  • John F. Muir – recording producer, disc 2 tracks 1–2
  • John White – engineer, disc 2 tracks 1–2
  • Bill Aitken – engineer, disc 2 tracks 1–2
  • Roger Pusey – producer disc 2 tracks 13–16

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
2000 Billboard 200 181[4]
2000 UK Album Charts 7[5]
2000 Norway's Album Charts 22

Notes[edit]