Bowie vaults open as two unreleased albums hit shops for Record Store Day

From the Guardian

A full 1974 live show and an album of alternate versions of classics, from 1971, are to get their first releases next month

David Bowie in concert in 1974. Photograph: Terry O’Neill/Getty Images

The David Bowie vaults are gradually being opened up, with two new releases of unreleased material to emerge next month. The bad news, though, is that both are limited editions for the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day on 22 April.

Cracked Actor (Live in Los Angeles 1974) is a three-album set recorded on the Philly Dogs Tour in September 1974, some material from which appeared in the famous BBC documentary Cracked Actor.

The full show appears across five sides of vinyl, with the sixth featuring an etching of Bowie. The album differs from the “official” 1974 Bowie live album, David Live: there is a different band, including backing singer Luther Vandross, and a setlist that includes material recorded for The Gouster, which was finally released last year as part of the Who Can I Be Now? box set.

The other album is Bowpromo, which was originally a promo album from 1971, pressed in tiny quantities. The original disc featured seven songs by Bowie and five by Dana Gillespie, but the reissue features only the Bowie tracks, with new sleeve notes and Bowie prints.

Bowpromo is largely comprised of alternate versions of songs that would later appear on Hunky Dory, as well as a version of It Ain’t Easy, which would eventually appear on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

David Bowie’s Record Store Day releases

Full tracklistings for both albums are below.

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