Category: david bowie 1971

bewlays: David Bowie at Haddon Hall, 1971 …

bewlays:

David Bowie at Haddon Hall, 1971

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bowietrackbytrack: Track 75: Holy Holy (Single…

bowietrackbytrack:

Track 75: Holy Holy (Single version)

Holy Holy was Bowie’s thirteenth single. It was released in January 1971 at the time of The Man Who Sold the World album – which went out in the USA in November 1970 and April 1971 in the UK. The album, tho, was generally seen as not containing any potential singles. In the States, however, the idea was mooted to release an edited version of All the Madmen, but the cut never got further than test pressings (see more stuff below). Meanwhile, Bowie had recorded Holy Holy, and was thinking of renaming the album after the single and including it on the track list for the UK (which, of course, didn’t happen). Holy Holy was one of two tracks Bowie developed from demos earlier in the year, the other being the suicidal Tired of My Life (which would eventually become It’s No Game on the Scary Monsters album – see more stuff below). The single itself is a bizarre little cut. Recorded with session musicians, its Crowley-esque black-magik themes float upon a patchwork of disparate riffs and melodies, a mosaic of different musical motifs, and sounding as if bubbling up from some kind of glam hell. Brilliant in its own way, the B Side was Black Country Rock from The Man Who Sold the World. The single bombed. Nonetheless, Bowie would later return to Holy Holy in the Ziggy period; for now, however, Bowie was already moving on. He’d started composing music using piano, and had a new vision…

‘Holy Holy’: The A Side to the Holy Holy

Single. Written by David Bowie. Single released 15 January 1971.
Available on Five Years (1969–1973) boxset on Re:Call 1


More stuff:

Holy Holy on Pushing Ahead of the Dame

Tired of My Life

(demo) on Youtube

All the Madmen (US single edit – unreleased) – not available on Youtube. 
Available on Five Years (1969–1973) boxset on Re:Call 1

Great work here, thanks! Following through to the Pushing Ahead of the Dame link:

Bowie knew that he had whiffed this one, though, and went back to “Holy Holy” in September 1971 with his new Spiders from Mars (Ronson, Woodmansey and Trevor Bolder). The remake is leagues better than the original—Ronson in particular is inspired, moving from an ominous locomotive intro riff to his sleek solo, a different (though harmonized) guitar track for each speaker. The remade “Holy Holy” was good enough to have made the cut for Ziggy Stardust, but instead wound up as a B-side a few years later. Seemingly of its moment, “Holy Holy”‘s time never quite came.

Keeping in mind that most of Ziggy Stardust was recorded by November 1971, before Hunky Dory was even released, and that David’s hair was still flowing well past his shoulders, the 1971 version of “Holy Holy” (aka, “The Spiders Version”) is a huge leap forward.

dustonmars:

dustonmars:

David Bowie backstage at Fischer Theatre. Detroit. 1971.

David Bowie’s handwritten notes on this Brian …

David Bowie’s handwritten notes on this Brian Ward photo used for the back cover of 1971’s Hunky Dory.

soundsof71: babylonfalling: Bowie by John Men…

soundsof71:

babylonfalling:

Bowie by John Mendelsohn

February 1971, Los Angeles, from the April 1 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine.

David Bowie, 1971, from Brian Ward sessions fo…

David Bowie, 1971, from Brian Ward sessions for the cover of Hunky Dory.

David Bowie, “Changes” from Hunky Dory, releas…

David Bowie, “Changes” from Hunky Dory, released December 17, 1971. 

David Bowie, 1971, by Brian Ward

David Bowie, 1971, by Brian Ward

David Bowie, 1971, in a Brian Ward photo shoot for the cover of…

David Bowie, 1971, in a Brian Ward photo shoot for the cover of Hunky Dory.

David Bowie, an abandoned idea for the cover of Hunky Dory,…

David Bowie, an abandoned idea for the cover of Hunky Dory, December 1971. Photo by Brian Ward, who also supplied the costume.