David Bowie in Santa Monica in 1972 (photo by Jon Levicke)

We just received an advance of the soon to be issued Live in Santa Monica '72 disc, the first legitimate version of a classic David Bowie show recorded during his first U.S. tour in 1972. The gig, recorded for LA radio station KMET (“The Mighty Met”) at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, captures Bowie as Ziggy Stardust. He had released The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in June of '72, and after a European tour, landed in America.

On the oft-bootlegged recording, KMET personalities Bemish Reed and Richard Kimball introduce the show, which was broadcast live on the station, and immediately Bowie rips into a heavy duty version of “Hang On To Yourself,” with that killer riff that the Sex Pistols would later steal for “New York.” From there, Bowie hits all the right notes. It's shocking to realize what he had accomplished by 1972, and Live in Santa Monica '72 lays it all out: “Changes,” “Life on Mars?,” “Space Oddity,” “Andy Warhol,” “Queen Bitch,” “Suffragette City” and eleven more.

David Bowie and Mick Ronson (photo by Jon Levicke)

The set will be released by Virgin/EMI on July 8 as a limited edition CD and numbered 180-gram vinyl.

Full track listing:

1. Introduction

2. Hang On To Yourself

3. Ziggy Stardust

4. Changes

5. The Supermen

6. Life On Mars?

7. Five Years

8. Space Oddity

9. Andy Warhol

10. My Death

11. The Width Of A Circle

12. Queen Bitch

13. Moonage Daydream

14. John, I'm Only Dancing

15. Waiting For The Man

16. The Jean Genie

17. Suffragette City

18. Rock 'N' Roll Suicide

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