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Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78)

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Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78) is a live album by David Bowie recorded on the Isolar II Tour. It had a limited vinyl release on 21 April 2018 for Record Store Day.[1] [2] A more widely available CD edition followed on 29 June 2018, along with digital releases for download and streaming.[3]

Welcome to the Blackout
(Live London '78)
Welcome To The Blackout (cover).jpg
Live album by
Released21 April 2018 (2018-04-21)
Recorded30 June – 1 July 1978
VenueEarls Court, London
StudioRCA Mobile
GenreArt rock
Length108:13
LabelParlophone
ProducerTony Visconti
David Bowie chronology
A New Career in a New Town (1977–1982)
(2017)
Welcome to the Blackout
(Live London '78)

(2018)
Loving the Alien (1983–1988)
(2018)

Contents

RecordingEdit

The album was recorded live by the RCA mobile unit during the Isolar II Tour at Earls Court, London on 30 June and 1 July 1978 by Tony Visconti, and was mixed by Bowie and David Richards at Mountain Studios, Montreux, from 17-22 January 1979.

The performance of "Sound and Vision" on 1 July 1978, the live premiere of the song, was previously released on the 1995 compilation album, RarestOneBowie, as was the included version of "Be My Wife".

Originally shot as a concert film, Bowie would later abandon the idea due to being dissatisfied with the final result.[4]

Track listingEdit

PersonnelEdit

  • Producer: Tony Visconti
  • Post production mix: David Bowie, David Richards
  • Photography: Sukita and Chris Walter[1]

Live performance personnel

  • Jan Michael Alejandro – band tech
  • Vern "Moose" Constan – band tech
  • Leroy Kerr – band tech
  • Buford Jones – FOH mixer
  • Townsend Wessinger – Showco sound crew
  • Billy King – Showco sound crew
  • Russell Davis – Showco sound crew
  • Randy Marshall – Showco sound crew
  • Glenn George – Showco sound crew

ChartsEdit

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[6] 55
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[7] 39
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[8] 96
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[9] 48
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[10] 58
Irish Albums (IRMA)[11] 36
Italian Albums (FIMI)[12] 83
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[13] 3
Scottish Albums (OCC)[14] 11
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[15] 86
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 75
UK Albums (OCC)[17] 16

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Three Bowie discs for RSD 2018".
  2. ^ "Rare and unreleased David Bowie albums set for Record Store Day 2018 - NME". 1 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Christiane F and Baal vinyl plus Blackout CD due".
  4. ^ Buckley, David (August 2018) "Soundtrack to the film that never was." Mojo (magazine), no. 297.
  5. ^ Jones, Dylan (2017), David Bowie: A Life, Crown/Archetype
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – David Bowie – Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78)" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – David Bowie – Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78)" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – David Bowie – Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78)" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – David Bowie – Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78)" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – David Bowie – Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78)" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography David Bowie". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 17 (dal 2018-04-20 al 2018-04-26)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  13. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 30 April 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Top 100 Albumes – Semana 27: del 29.6.2018 al 5.7.2018" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – David Bowie – Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 July 2018.