Bootleg Bonanza: David Bowie – 1972 The Year of the Spiders

david bowie - year of the spiders

David Bowie
‘The Year Of The Spiders’
(1999 Switch On! : S.O. 99-03)
BBC Sessions Various Dates & Locations

Link removed, this was officially released.

Soundboard Recordings
Excellent Recording Quality
Encoded: 320 Kbps MP3

The Sound of the Seventies with Bob Harris: 1972.05.18.
[Maida Vale Studios, London, UK]
01. Hang Onto Yourself
02. Ziggy Stardust
03. Waiting For The Man
04. Queen Bitch
05. Five Years
Top Gear TV Show with John Peel: 1972.05.16.
[Maida Vale Studios, London, UK]
06. White Light White Heat
07. Making Believe
08. Hang Onto Yourself
09. Suffragette City
10. Ziggy Stardust
The Johnny Walker Show: 1972.05.22.
[The Aeolian Hall, London, UK]
11. Starman
12. Space Oddity
13. Changes
14. Oh You Pretty Things

Tracks 1-5 : Sounds of The Seventies 18.01.72
Tracks 6-10 : Top Gear 16.05.72
Tracks 11-14 : Johnny Walker Show 22.05.72
Tracks 15-18 : Sounds of The Seventies 23.05.72

A very nice Japanese issue from the former DANCING HORSE label, now called SWITCH ON!.
The sound quality is excellent, and the songs are probably recorded from the original BBC tapes.
These tracks should have been on the never released BBC series Vol. 2 & 3. -Original
The Sound of the Seventies with Bob Harris: 1972.05.23.
[Maida Vale Studios, London, UK]

15. Andy Warhol
16. Lady Stardust
17. White Light White Heat

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: David Bowie & Stevie Ray Vaughan – Dallas, TX (04/27/83)

David Bowie + Stevie Ray Vaughan -  Dallas Moonlight 1983

David Bowie and Stevie Ray Vaughan
Dallas Moonlight. [RED DEVIL. RD013-1/2]
Las Colinas Soundstage
Dallas, TX, USA
April 27, 1983.
Excellent Soundboard Recording

Download: FLAC/MP3

Disc 1
01. Star
02. Heroes
03. What In The World
04. Look Back In Anger
05. Joe The Lion
06. Wild Is The Wind
07. Golden Years
08. Fashion
09. Lets Dance
10. Red Sails
11. Breaking Glass
12. Life On Mars
13. Sorrow
14. Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
15. China Girl
16. Scary Monsters (Super Creeps)
17. Rebel Rebel
18. I Can’t Explain
19. White Light White Heat

Disc 2
01. Station To Station
02. Cracked Actor
03. Ashes To Ashes
04. Space Oddity
05. Young Americans
06. Soul Love
07. Hang Onto Yourself
08. Fame
09. TVC15
10. Stay
11. Jean Genie
12. Modern Love
13. Life On Mars (Mess Up)

NOTES: Rehearsals for Bowie’s “Serious Moonlight Tour”. Soundboard Recording / Stereo.
Total playing time 132 minutes.

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: David Bowie – London, England (07/03/73) “His Masters Voice”

David Bowie - His Masters Voice

David Bowie
His Master’s Voice (David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars’ Last Stand featuring Jeff Beck)
Hammersmith Odeon, London, England. July 3th 1973
Living Legend LRCD 116
Lineage: Silver –> EAC –> WAV –> FLAC 8 –> MWP

Download: FLAC/MP3

Notes from the original uploader: The sound quality is quite good, being a soundboard recording from the early seventies. Unfortunately there are a couple of glitches throughout the disc that are on my original.

Interestingly this disc is reviewed on the excellent Bassman site ( but although the serial number and the artwork are exactly the same and I am absolutely certain I have an original silver, his tracklisting differs from mine. The tracklisting on the depicted artwork there shows the actual tracks on my disc and does include the “orgy instuctions” and not “Rebel Rebel” and “Panic in Detroit” as Bassman claims.

Info: An interesting read about this last Ziggy concert is to be found at The Ziggy Stardust Companion (
The Jeff Beck tracks were never officially released due to royalty/copyright issues.


01) Introduction/Hang On To Yourself 3:16
02) The Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud 3:19
03) All The Young Dudes 1:34
04) Oh! You Pretty Things 1:44
05) Moonage Daydream 6:18
06) Changes 3:42
07) Space Oddity 4:47
08) Orgy Instructions*/Time 8:02
09) Suffragette City 3:18
10) The Jean Genie** 4:47
11) Love Me Do**/Farewell Speech 4:05
12) Rock’n’Roll Suicide 4:12

* First 2 minutes is a spoken instruction on how to organize a Wicca Orgy. Don’t ask me why.
** Featuring Jeff Beck

Torrent History:

Uploaded to Mind-Warp PaVilion by Stefan on 20th of June 2007
Uploaded to HungerCity by jallaweb October 23rd 2012

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: David Bowie – Long Island, NY (03/23/76)


David Bowie
Nassau Coloseum
Long Island, New York

Download: FLAC/MP3

Lineage: Soundboard > XM radio > Edirol R-09 > Magix audio cleaning lab > WAV > FLAC
Sound Quality: A

01. Station To Station
02. Suffragette City
03. Fame
04. Word On A Wing
05. Stay
06. Waiting For The Man
07. Queen Bitch
08. Life On Mars
09. Five Years
10. Panic In Detroit
11. Changes
12. TVC 15
13. Diamond Dogs
14. Rebel Rebel
15. The Jean Genie

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: David Bowie – Tokyo, Japan (04/11/73) “Ziggy Goes East”


David Bowie
Shinjuku Koseinenkin Kaikan
Tokyo, Japan
April 11, 1973
“Ziggy Goes To East” (Trystar)

Download: FLAC/MP3


01 Intro (4:18)
02 Hang On To Yourself (2:50)
03 Ziggy Stardust (3:23)
04 Changes (3:39)
05 Moonage Daydream (6:35)
06 John, I’m Only Dancing (2:53)
07 Watch That Man (4:18)
08 The Width Of A Circle (12:22)
09 Space Oddity (5:13)
10 Let’s Spend The Night Together (3:24)
11 Time (5:24)
12 Five Years (4:42)
13 The Jean Genie (8:01)
14 Suffragette City (5:48)
15 Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide (5:05)

TT – 77:59

Quite a good audience recording for the time.

The Midnight Cafe Mix #2 – It’s All Right


Various Artists
The Midnight Cafe Mix #2 – It’s All Right

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My goal was to do a mix every month and here it is the middle of March and I’m just getting my second one out.  Truth is I had this one ready at the end of February but kept forgetting to post it.  Once again this is a pretty random mix.  These aren’t the greatest bootleg songs of all time.  They aren’t the best performances by these artists nor even the best versions of these songs.  Its just a bunch of songs that I like, put together for fun.

The transitions should be a little better this time than last, though I’m still learning how to edit the MP3s.

1. “Where the Streets Have No Name” – U2
1987.05.15 – Rutherford, NJ

U2 at the height of their powers.  I always loved this song as the opener for The Joshua Tree and it works really well opening this mix.

2. “Good Lovin'” – The Grateful Dead
1978.04.12 – Durham, NC

Not my favorite period for the Dead, nor my favorite cover song, but they do a really nice rockin’ version here.

3. “One More Cup of Coffee” – Bob Dylan
1993.11.16 – New York, NY

From the infamous Supperclub shows.  The all acoustic version knocks some of the menace out of this song, but the excellent playing more than makes up for it.

4.  “Wings for Wheels” – Bruce Springsteen
1975.02.05 – Bryn Mawr PA

An early rendition of “Thunder Road.”  Its fun to catch the various differences between this and its “official” version.

5. “Fred Jones Part 2” – Ben Folds
2005.12.29 – XM Radio

Slowing things down a bit comes this ballad from Ben Folds.

6. “Mission in the Rain” – Jerry Garcia Band
1989.01.28 – San Francisco, CA

I’m usually not a fan of this song, but Jerry’s got a nice solo in it which is followed by some interesting stuff by Melvin Seals.  It starts off really slow and soft but it cooks up eventually.

7. “Breakdown” – Tom Petty
1999.04.23 – Hamburg, Germany

Tom Petty gets things rocking again.  I really like the little vocal rave up at the end.

8. “Sweet Jane” – Lou Reed
1974.05.14 – Stockholm, Sweden

Holy moly is Lou on fire here.  The whole band just smokes.

9. “Heroes” David Bowie
2003.11.22 – Dublin, Ireland

The first bit of this is clipped but its well worth the slight error there to hear the rest of it.

10. “Vanlose Stairway” – Van Morrison

It doesn’t get any smoother than to have Van take us away on the Vanlose Stairway.




Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: David Bowie – Montreal, Canada (07/12/83)


David Bowie
Montreal Forum
Montreal, Quebec
JUL 12, 1983

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Set I
1 Look Back In Anger 03:17
2 Breaking Glass 02:56
3 Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) 03:32
4 Rebel Rebel 02:27
5 Heroes 05:05
6 What In The World 03:59
7 Life On Mars? 04:07
8 Sorrow 02:49
9 Golden Years 03:38
10 Fashion 02:51
11 Let’s Dance 04:44
12 Red Sails 03:37
13 China Girl 05:16
14 White Light / White Heat 05:47

David Bowie – vocals, guitar
David LeBolt – keyboards
Lenny Pickett – saxophone
Stan Harrison – baritone sax
Steve Elson – tenor sax
Carlos Alomar – guitar
Earl Slick – lead guitar
Carmen Rojas – bass
Tony Thompson – drums
George and Frank Simms – backing vocals


1 Station To Station 09:00
2 Cracked Actor 03:23
3 Ashes To Ashes 03:41
4 Space Oddity 05:16
5 Band Introduction 01:37
6 Young Americans 05:33
7 Cat People (Putting Out Fire) 04:14
8 TVC 15 03:53
9 Fame 04:58
10 Star 02:37
11 Stay 09:01
12 The Jean Genie 07:01
13 I Can’t Explain 02:48
14 Modern Love 04:24

From the original uploader:

Notes for set 1

This set is taken from the two-night stand David Bowie gave at the Montreal Forum in 1983. Each show during this Serious Moonlight tour had two sets with a 20-minute intermission, resulting in over 90 two hour-plus concerts in 15 countries in 1983.
After a period of releasing dark, more experimental albums such as Low, The Lodger and Scary Monsters in collaboration with Brian Eno while living as a single man in Berlin, Germany, a string of only semi-successful commercial hits and battling a well-publicized cocaine addiction, David Bowie overcame his demons and teamed up with Chic member and producer, Nile Rodgers. The result was 1983’s Let’s Dance, a commercial record that most critics continue to regard as one of his best.
Smiling and obviously happy with his newfound artistic muse, David Bowie greeted a sold out Montreal forum on this night, and launched into a brilliant show full of both hits from Let’s Dance and some of the more radio-friendly tracks he had done during his Berlin sojourn. Fronting a killer band, Bowie began the evening with three lesser known hits – “Look Back In Anger,” “Breaking Glass” and “Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)” – before launching into “Rebel, Rebel,” his 1974 hit single from the Diamond Dogs LP. This tour reunited Bowie with guitarist Earl Slick, who had replaced Mick Ronson for the Diamond Dogs recording sessions. Slick delivers the rock edge that had been missing from his music made during the Berlin years. The band is propelled by former Chic/Power Station drummer Tony Thompson, who, along with members of the Tower of Power horn section, helps make this one of the best backing bands in his long musical career.
The majority of the set is essentially a collection of Bowie hits that includes “Heroes,” “Life on Mars?,” “Fashion” and his two big radio hits from Let’s Dance: the title track and the ever infectious “China Girl.” Other highlights include Bowie’s version of the classic 1967 Pretty Things hit, “Sorrow,” (which he originally recorded for 1973’s Pin Ups record) and his modern re-make of The Velvet Underground classic “White Light, White Heat.”

Notes on set II

Actually the second half of a single show, this recording begins with Bowie offering a compelling version of “Station To Station,” the title track from the 1976 album of the same name, to open the second set. From the moment he sings the initial line: “…the return of the thin white duke…” the crowd is all his – on their feet, and reveling in the homecoming. From there, things only escalate. He then launches into a powerful version of “Cracked Actor,” a tune from 1973’s Aladdin Sane, drawing a special roar from the audience when he delivers the controversial line “…suck baby suck, give me your head…” Leading a monumental, 10-piece band, he grooves through a collection of mostly hit songs that includes “Space Oddity” (his first hit single), “Young Americans” (his first dance hit), “Fame” (which he co-wrote with John Lennon) and a trio of all-out rockers: “Cat People,” “Putting Out Fire” and “Jean Genie.” This tour only featured one song from his legendary Ziggy Stardust LP, “Star” – but it’s a memorable one, nonetheless. Noticeably absent from the show was the usual Bowie show-stopper “Suffragette City,” but he more than makes up for it with what would have been, back then, a mix of classic and modern Bowie. Among the other highlights are a version of “Modern Love,” which kicks like a mule, and a spunky version of The Who classic “I Can’t Explain.” A must for all Bowie fans; proof that, no matter what the persona, the man could rock out with the best of them.

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: David Bowie – The Lost Beeb Tapes


David Bowie
The Lost Beeb Tapes
Various BBC Sessions
Label: The Godfatherecords G.R. 375
Audio Source: radio broadcast
Lineage: Silver –> EAC –> WAV –> FLAC 8
Number of Discs: 1
Artwork: included
Total running time: 79m 22s

Download: FLAC/MP3

01 – Love You Till Tuesday
02 – In The Heat Of The Morning
03 – Silly Boy Blue
04 – When I Live My Dream
05 – Little Bombardier
06 – When I’m Five
07 – Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed
08 – Waiting For The Man
09 – The Width Of A Circle
10 – Queen Bitch
11 – The Supermen
12 – Song For Bob Dylan
13 – Andy Warhol
14 – Oh! You Pretty Things
15 – Kooks
16 – Fill Your Heart
17 – Amsterdam
18 – Andy Warhol
19 – White Light, White Heat
20 – Lady Stardust
21 – Right On MOther
22 – Moonage Daydream

Tracks 01-05 – Top Gear (18-12-67)
Track 06 – Top Gear (13-05-68)
Track 07 – Dave Lee Travis Show (20-10-69)
Track 08 – Sound Of The 70’s: Andy Ferris (25-03-70)
Tracks 09- 13 – In Concert : John Peel (03-06-71)
Tracks 14 – 18 – Sound Of The 70’s: Bob Harris (21-09-71)
Track 19 – Sound Of The 70’s: Bob Harris (23-05-72)
Tracks 20-22 – Arnold Corns, Radio Luxemburg Studios (10-03-71)

From the original uploader

From the earliest recordings made in 1967 to the sixteenth session in 2002 Bowie has contributed some fascinating live sets to the BBC archives.

The early recordings of Bowie at the BBC particularly hold great interest and document an artist still trying to find his way in the world with apparent giant leaps in style although if you really study them it’s more of a rapid evolution.

Most of the unofficial recordings have variable sound quality and generally attribute the wrong dates to the various sets Bowie performed up to the early 70s. Pick and mix bootlegs confuse matters still further as do the often repetitive set lists. The official Bowie at the BBC release is by far the best available but is far from complete so this is where this new release from Godfather steps in as in contains many of the important tracks missing from the original release and all in excellent quality.

Okay, the four volumes of The Rise and Rise of Ziggy Stardust are more complete still, but have poor quality on some sessions. So if you have the official release then the Lost Beeb Tapes makes a sensible purchase filling in most of the gaps in great quality.

The first session documents all the tracks from the Top Gear session of 1967. This vaudevillian period is often derided by Bowie fans but in truth the songs reproduced here live are worthy of re-evaluation and Bowies juvenilia is much more refined and developed than many would have us believe. These are clever songs for those with open minds and beautifully played.

When I’m Five is a sentimental monologue from the 1968 Top Gear Session and is the only full studio recording of the song (A rough demo also exists). The Dave Lee Travis Show of 1969 brings us a great version of unwashed and somewhat slightly dazed delivered quite ferociously that in some way could be attributed to the then recent death of Bowie’s father.

The 1970 show offers us Waiting for the man and The Width of a Circle backed by Bowies then band The Hype. Both songs are guitar heavy workouts almost progressive in delivery.

The John Peel show of 1971 is quite an oddity and unique in sound and structure with various guest vocalists and friends helping Bowie fulfill his Warhol-come-Svengali aspirations. The pick of the sessions is the 1971 Bob Harris show featuring just Mick Ronson and Bowie in a stripped down acoustic set of Hunky Dory songs. All the songs are played quite superbly and it’s surprising the whole set didn’t feature on the official release. The 1972 Bob Harris session completes the disc with a full on Ziggy version of the Velvet’s White Light/ White Heat. So it’s a 10/10 for Godfather so far.

Bonus tracks feature three tracks wrongly attributed to Arnold Corns with the exception of Moonage Daydream. Unfortunately more complete and better quality versions of these three bonus tracks are available elsewhere.

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza:David Bowie – 1997 Smith’s Olde Bar Atlanta FM Stereo (04/08/97)

David Bowie
Live At Smith’s Olde Bar
Atlanta, Georgia USA

April 8th, 1997


A Special FM Broadcast:

Rare Impromptu Interview and Acoustic Songs Captured
One Morning in Atlanta.
Very interesting arrangements, especially Scary Monsters

01- Talk
02- Scary Monsters
03- Talk
04- SevenYears in Tibet
05- Talk
06- Jimmy’s Riff
07- Dead Man Walking
08- Talk
09- Jean Genie
10- Talk
11- I Can’t Read
12- Thank You’s

Total Time : 59:41

(Original Notes)
“I taped this myself onto cassette from the FM broadcast.
According to the owner of Smith’s the big FM-rock station in town called him
and said “Hey, do you mind if David Bowie comes over and plays a
little set while we broadcast it?”
Of course he said yes.
Apparently it was David’s idea.
It took place at 9:15 in the morning.
Unbelievable that I was home and able to throw a tape to capture it”

FM > My Cassette > CD-R > ITunes > FLAC via xAct

David Bowie – voice, guitar
Reeves Gabrels – guitar
Can’t remember where this one came from…Many thanks for this gem
Uploaded to HungerCity by Quicksand 6th March 1997

New Notes:
Big Thanks to original uploader Quicksand for sharing this rare gem.
Which includes some priceless acoustic numbers, this is unlike any other Bowie bootleg.
Thanks also to “jamesthecat” for the cool art work.
Original FFP, New MD5, Original Art Work and new 150 dpi art work included.
If you don’t have this one – you are missing something special.
FreeMorrison, March 12th, 2012


Bootleg Bonanza: Various Artists – Another Point of VU, Vol. 3

Velvet Underground Covers
Another point of VU Vol. 3
Various Artists

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Vol 3:
01. Jesus (instrumental)Peter Mulvey & David Goodrich – April 17, 2003 Rams Head Onstage Annapolis MD (VG aud.)
02. All Tomorrow’s Parties – the Black Angels – 2006-11-18 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater(VG aud.)
03. Femme fatale -Everything But the Girl – Tin Angel Philadelphia August 30, 1994 (G aud.)
04.Venus in Furs – The Creatures (Feat. Siouxsie Sioux) – Cabaret Metro Chicago – 07 29 1998 (VG aud.)
05. Sunday Morning – Weeping Willows – Mejeriet 2002-03-07 – FM
06. Here She Comes Now – Yo La Tengo – The Granada Theater, Dallas, Texas April 8, 2007 (aud.)
07. Hafdis Huld – Who Loves the Sun – White Session, Studio 106, Maison de Radio France, Paris (FM)
08. There She Goes Again – REM – From Peter Buck Tapes #1 – from Various Gigs in Tyrone Athens GA 81
09. Sweet Jane – Rank And File – The Blue Note Boulder, CO December 2, 1985 (sbd?)
10. Waiting for My Man – David Bowie – Sport Paleis Ahoy, Rotterdam (The Netherlands) May 13, 1976 ( SBD )
11. Beginning to See the Light – The Triffids – Shaw Theatre London BBC Radio 1 Broadcast April 1989 (FM)
12. Foggy Notion- Alejandro Escovedo – Blue Cafe Long Beach July 18 2001 (aud.)
13. Train Round a Bend – The True Believers – 2002-04-03 the Continental Club Austin,Tx (sbd)
14. Femme Fatale – The Slits – Dingwalls, Camden Town, London – 13 May 1977 (sbd?)
15. Sweet Jane -Jim Carroll Band – Paradise Theatre, Boston Dec. 1, 1980 WBCN-FM broadcast
16. Sister Ray – The Lemonheads – 02/06/2007 New Orleans, LA @ The Parish @ House of Blues (Aud.)