David Bowie - Suffragette City – Live 1972

David Bowie - Suffragette City – Live 1972

Recorded at The Imperial College of London, 12th of February 1972.

Early live and raw, proto-punk version, of this classic song that was later released on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album in June of that year.

Performed here just three months after the release of Hunky Dory, and just one week after the actual recording session for Suffragette City, on February the 4th at Trident Studios in London, that was the last session that made up the Ziggy Stardust… album.

The band here are the original Spiders From Mars, prior to the addition of Mike Garson on Piano, later that year:
Mick Ronson: guitar, backing vocals
Trevor Bolder: bass guitar
Woody Woodmansey: drums

Musically, one cannot help but notice the big Stooges influence going on. As has been long understood, this is no coincidence:
Iggy & The Stooges
Ziggy & The Spiders

Technical note:
Thank god, a way smaller affair, than my last two offerings.
This video was originally broadcast on French TV. In the original, there is talk – in French – all over the intro to the song. As part of the restoration, I rebuilt the intro of the song – about the first 10 seconds, using samples from the main body of the track. As I was already taking the liberty of rewriting history, I decided to also add Mick Ronson’s first “Hey man!” backing vocal, as in the original it is almost completely inaudible. I also boosted the overall sound of the track through some EQ to try to beef up the rather weedy sound of the original recording.

As always, hope no one is offended by my tamperings.

Do me an' yerself a favor - watch it in HD with the sound UP LOUD! Hope you dig it!

Putting this video together was another labour of love, made with love and with respect for the source.

I don't own the rights, and I'm not making any money out of this etc. Just a fan making videos for other fans.

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