In honor of the 10th annual Record Store Day on April 22, the estate of the late great David Bowie is issuing limited editions of two previously unreleased albums. “Bowpromo” is made up of alternate takes to tracks on his 1971 breakthrough disc “Hunky Dory” while “Cracked Actor” (Live in Los Angeles 1974) is a recording of a gig from his Philly Dogs tour.
The latter is a triple album, with five of the sides devoted to the complete performance from September 1974 at the Universal Amphitheater. Tony Visconti, who worked with Bowie extensively throughout his long career, mixed the multi-track tapes recorded that evening. That show was documented by Alan Yentob in the landmark BBC film “Cracked Actor.”
Fans will be tempted to buy multiple copies of this as the sixth side is suitable for framing with an etching of the Diamond Dogs era Bowie logo. And the gatefold sleeve is covered with never-before-seen photos of Bowie in performance by Terry O’Neill and Jamie Andrews.
Bowie did put out a concert recording in 1974, “David Live,” but that was with a different set list and band. Indeed, on this one Luther Vandross was one of his back-up vocalists. And the songs he sang include two that he had just recorded for an album, “The Gouster,” that he decided not to release. It was only made public last year as part of the “Who Can I Be Now?” box set.
Last month, Bowie won both British Male Solo Artist and British Album for “Blackstar.” At the recent Grammys, that disc won four awards: Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Alternative Album and Best Engineered Album.