Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78)

Welcome to the Blackout
(Live London '78)
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Live album by
Released 21 April 2018 (2018-04-21)
Recorded 30 June – 1 July 1978
Venue Earls Court, London
Studio RCA Mobile
Genre Art rock
Length 108:13
Label Parlophone
Producer Tony Visconti
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Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78) is a live album by English singer-songwriter 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]

Recording

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

The 1st July performances of "Be My Wife" and "Sound and Vision" were previously released on the semi-official 1995 Mainman compilation album, Rarestonebowie.

The shows were filmed by the director David Hemmings for cinematic release later in 1978. Bowie was dissatisfied with the film and it was never released, saying in 2000, “I simply didn’t like the way it had been shot."[4]

Track listing

Vinyl release

All tracks are written by David Bowie, except where noted.

CD Release

Personnel

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

Charts

Chart performance for Welcome to the Blackout
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] 32
French Albums (SNEP)[10] 127
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[11] 58
Irish Albums (IRMA)[12] 36
Italian Albums (FIMI)[13] 83
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[14] 3
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[15] 30
Scottish Albums (OCC)[16] 11
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[17] 86
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[18] 75
UK Albums (OCC)[19] 16
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[20] 23

References

  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. ^ "Lescharts.com – David Bowie – Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – David Bowie – Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78)" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography David Bowie". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 17 (dal 2018-04-20 al 2018-04-26)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  14. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 30 April 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – David Bowie – Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Top 100 Albumes – Semana 27: del 29.6.2018 al 5.7.2018" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  18. ^ "Swisscharts.com – David Bowie – Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  19. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  20. ^ "David Bowie Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 July 2020.

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