Thursday, June 30, 2016
The First Lost Bowie Album
I picked this record up a few months ago at a record fair. The 12 songs weren't new to me, as half of them appeared on bootlegs countless times and half have been released officially as bonus tracks. I just liked the package for the price. I wasn't prepared for just how perfectly "The Trident Tapes" played out.
Even though the songs were written, recorded and shelved over a three year span, they surprisingly work as a whole. After a few spins, I was convinced this record could have been released as is, either between "Space Oddity" and "The Man Who Sold The World" or "The Man Who Sold The World" and "Hunky Dory."
I had to compile the tracks from various sources. I don't have a way to go directly from the vinyl. So, there is a slight audio inconsistency that isn't apparent on the actual LP, which I highly recommend.
You might recognize bits of "Tired Of My Life." Ten years later, it became "It's No Game" from "Scary Monsters." There are more than a few gems here. The material won't be a revelation to long time Bowie collectors, but maybe the sequencing and playback will. It was to me.