April 02, 2020

David Bowie: "I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour 74)" for Record Store Day

A previously unreleased David Bowie show will be released for Record Store Day (June 20) as a 2LP and 2CD. I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour 74) was recorded in the USA. The setlist previewed some of the songs that would end up on his Young Americans album:

Taken from recently discovered sources in The David Bowie Archive®, I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour 74) was recorded mostly during David’s performance at the Michigan Palace, Detroit on 20th October, 1974, with the encores taken from the Municipal Auditorium, Nashville on 30th November, 1974. The only song missing from the full set on the 20th October performance is ‘Diamond Dogs’ which was unfortunately only recorded in part. To make up for that it was decided to include the encores from the 30th November performance which featured ‘Diamond Dogs’ but also enables a fuller representation of the set from The Soul Tour including such numbers as ‘Knock On Wood’ and the ‘Foot Stomping / I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate’ medley.

The Soul Tour was a radical departure from the first part of the 1974 Diamond Dogs theatrical extravaganza. During a three week break in late 1974, the Diamond Dogs Tour’s elaborate six-ton Hunger City stage set was drastically stripped back, and the tour’s set list overhauled to include as-yet-unreleased tracks from the Young Americans sessions at Sigma Sound in Philadelphia. The Soul Tour also featured a revamped band, augmented to include musicians and vocalists from those sessions, and rechristened The Mike Garson Band.

I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour 74) follows on from the previous Record Store Day 2 LP release Cracked Actor (Live Los Angeles ’74) and is an incredible historical document of a performer and band at the height of their live powers. The artwork for both the 2 LP and 2 CD releases is based on the original design for the programmes available at venues for dates on The Soul Tour. The Soul Tour has taken on a mythical status among Bowie fans, as the tour visited fewer than twenty cities in the East and South of US. This is the first time that audio from this incarnation of the tour has ever been officially released.

LP Side 1:
1. Introduction - Memory Of A Free Festival / 2. Rebel Rebel / 3. John, I’m Only Dancing (Again) / 4. Sorrow / 5. Changes / 6. 1984

LP Side 2:
1. Moonage Daydream / 2. Rock ’n’ Roll With Me / 3. Love Me Do / The Jean Genie / 4. Young Americans

LP Side 3:
1. Can You Hear Me / 2. It’s Gonna Be Me / 3. Somebody Up There Likes Me / 4. Suffragette City

LP Side 4:
1. Rock ’n’ Roll Suicide / 2. Panic In Detroit / 3. Knock On Wood * / 4. Foot Stomping > I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate > Foot Stomping * / 5. Diamond Dogs > It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I like It) > Diamond Dogs *

Recorded at the Michigan Palace, Detroit on 20th October, 1974 and * at the Municipal Auditorium, Nashville on 30th November, 1974.

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