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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by EllroyJames, Oct 17, 2020 at 9:11 AM.
Marc Bolan Show 1977
Guess they weren't able to use the original backing track, huh? Odd version.
Yeah... there's a reason alternate takes don't make it onto the record.
I guess it's hard to replicate what they did for the vocals in the studio on a stage, so arranged the music for this accordingly.
Just my take but I really think the first 20-25 seconds of the clip explain it all. David seems about as enthusiastic to perform on this show with a prerecorded instrumental track as he would be to have root canal. His facial expression says "...this can't be over quick enough." Not familiar with the Marc Bolan show but after all it was 1977 when lip syncing was common place. At least he's actually singing.
Only watched the first half, but it feels more like a sound check.
But he's clearly singing to a pre-recorded track. There's a bass just leaning against an amp behind him. So they could have used whatever they felt like.
I seem to recall that at one point BBC rules required a new track if an artist was lip syncing, so that musicians wouldn't miss a paycheck.
The studio vocal for "Heroes" used a really famous setup of gates and reverbs that has been much discussed in the years since, and your point about the vocals is absolutely correct - it's not something easily duplicated in a TV studio.
love this version !
Heroes has a great dance groove to it. Even the Bolan Show take IMHO.
You can start this at 6:00 to see the end of the show with Bolan and Bowie.
I really like this version from Peter Gabriel
This version has a lot of energy (in the case of the percussionist, maybe TOO much.) Thomas Dolby on synths.
This powerful live Blondie recording features Robert Fripp as on the Bowie original.
I watch this clip regulalry.
I can see why!
Man, when he turns on the full Bowie charm, it's really quite something.
& then there's this one:
Hepular beat me to it. Love David, but the Crimson version just kills.
Love the song and love Bowie’s versions, but find it hard to go past this one sometimes.
Yo Lemmy, I'm really happy for you, Imma let you finish, but the original studio recording of "Heroes" has some of the best production of all time…some of the best production of all time!
And here's Tony Visconti breaking it down: