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David Bowie — Ashes To Ashes (Live)
Album: Bowie at the BEEB
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Released: 2000
Length: 4:59
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Do you remember a guy that's been
In [[David Bowie:Space Oddity|such an early song]]?
I've heard a rumour from ground control
Oh no, don't say it's true

They got a message from the action man:
"I'm happy, hope you're happy, too
I've loved all I've needed love
Sordid details following"

The shrieking of nothing is killing just
Pictures of Jap girls in synthesis and I
Ain't got no money and I ain't got no hair
But I'm hoping to kick but this planet is glowing, glowing, glowing, glowing, glowing...

Ashes to ash and funk to funky
We know Major Tom's a junkie
Strung out in heaven's high
Hitting an all-time low

Time and again, I tell myself
I'll stay clean tonight
But the little green wheels are following me
Oh no, not again
I'm stuck with a valuable friend
I'm happy, hope you're happy, too
One flash of light but no smoking pistol

I've never done good things
I've never done bad things
I never did anything out of the blue, woh-o-oh
Want an axe to break the ice
Wanna come down right now

Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know Major Tom's a junkie
Strung out in heaven's high
Hitting an all-time low

My mother said, "To get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom"
My mother said, "To get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom"
My mother said, "To get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom"
My mother said, "To get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom"
My mother said...
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 whaleboneman wrote:

I apologize. I don't know what I was thinking. 9 to 10 now.
And thank you.
 
I just did the same thing 9---->10!  I have so many Bowie songs rated as 10 that one or two should get just a 9.  Nah, 10 across the board!
 grexe wrote:
if this is not 10 god-like I don't know what is 😉
 
I apologize. I don't know what I was thinking. 9 to 10 now.
And thank you.
Godlike, for sure.
Great performance, great version..
That was so cool, never heard that  live version, thanks RP..
 jsjunk wrote:
 Wrong album cover! This is clearly Sterling Campbell drumming, who would have been 8 years old in '72. 
 
In 1972 "Ashes to ashes" wasn't even written. But it is probably the 3rd CD of the "limited edition" of this record, which contains further recordings made on June 27, 2000.
Best version of this song!  10+
Not a fan of the song, but really it's the videos chosen for this one. AWFUL! I listen at work with it on my screen and seeing cigarettes and ashtrays is very gross.
Wrong album cover! This is clearly Sterling Campbell drumming, who would have been 8 years old in '72. 
 msymmes wrote:
Just to reiterate a year later...
 

msymmes wrote:

Outstanding recording.   Both from a performance and technical perspective.

 

 

But is it me or is the drummer making them go faster?


 
 
The bass is driving the speed....and I LIKE IT!
 alanthecowboy wrote:

I think Mark Plati played on this version.  For some reason he and Gail Ann swapped for this tune...
 
I bet Mark said to Gail, "this song and your part are just way too cool. Can I please please please play the bass this time??"
if this is not 10 god-like I don't know what is 😉
I thought his ashes were scattered around his upstate NY home in Mount Tremper/ Boiceville area.
Bass and drums so tight, chills
Solid bass playin here
my sister bought this as a single when i was into punk, was very uncool at the time but i absolutely loved the song and this live version is terrific. 10 for me.
 CyrusPaul wrote:
Gail Ann Dorsey killing it on the bass....

 
It's Mark Plati on the bass. On this concert Mark was in the guitar but for this one they switched instruments
Thanks for playing this rare version of one of the best songs by my favorite artist.
Thank you for playing this rare version of one of my favorite songs by my favorite artist ever.
Fantastic! One of his best songs. Great live recording too!

(Sorry, couldn't resist.)
{#Notworthy}
{#Clap}{#Music}
Gail Ann Dorsey killing it on the bass....
Literally out of time.
I feckin love this.
Yep, I think this was my all-time favorite run on RP.  An amazing way to start the day.
 

AKMacAddict wrote:
Nice three-fer...  Major Tom, Space Oddity, and now Ashes to Ashes.  Why I keep coming back.  

 


Nice three-fer...  Major Tom, Space Oddity, and now Ashes to Ashes.  Why I keep coming back.  
about a month ago I got this cd set with the bonus disc, used but in excellent condition
it sounds super good through my JBL's  
TIGHT
{#Music} Hummmmm que c'est bon !!! Merci
Amazing drum and bass lines really make this song
{#Bananajam}{#Drummer} 
Tout simplement superbe!  {#Cheers}
And technicians !!! Don't forget them
This is simply one of the best live tracks I've ever heard.
It's true than the bass is wonderful !!! and percussions to ! and guitars to ... in fact all of musicians
Le meilleur, the best, l'unique, l'extra-terrestre !!!
 alanthecowboy wrote:

I think Mark Plati played on this version.  For some reason he and Gail Ann swapped for this tune...

 
You are correct.  Plati was recovering from two broken arms but he had this one down.  You can see them switch at the beginning.  The bass is insane on this one.

https://youtu.be/lNqo0kIR-TU


 coloradojohn wrote:
Truly, one of the best grooves ever. Earth-shaking bass...dark, sinister lyrics...mind-bending guitar and keyboard work: MASTERPIECE

 
...and drums!

Couldn't tell this was live. So polished. 
Love this version!
Nice tribute Bill.
Truly, one of the best grooves ever. Earth-shaking bass...dark, sinister lyrics...mind-bending guitar and keyboard work: MASTERPIECE
God I was in school when this Bowie album was out. Seems like yesterday sometimes. RIP BOWIE-A LEGEND.
A lovely end to the Major Tom trilogy. Thanks, Bill!
 ecomaniac wrote:


Gail Ann Dorsey, I believe.

 
I think Mark Plati played on this version.  For some reason he and Gail Ann swapped for this tune...
Thank you ecomaniac!!! Gail Ann's Awesome
 fgiberti wrote:
Anybody Can tell me who's playing bass here?
 

Gail Ann Dorsey, I believe.
Anybody Can tell me who's playing bass here?
 boontonite wrote:
This version was from a concert that was recorded at the time the "Bowie at the BEEB" discs were released. It was included on a bonus disc that came with the original package. The entire disc is worth checking out!

   

Skydog wrote:

ah yes, the bonus disc, that explains everything
also I am very impressed with Bowie pulling this off live sounding this good,
another excellent job Mr Jones 

 
The performances and recordings of various "Live at the BBC" discs (the Beatles, Led Zep, Dire Straits) that I've heard are almost uniformly outstanding. Why the hell they were kept from the public for so long is beyond me. It reminds me that the Beeb was about to throw away all of its recordings of Monty Python's shows before someone thought to ask the Pythons if they wanted them. If the Beeb hadn't asked, most of us would never have seen the shows...
The band sound mighty tight on this one. Outstanding!
Incredible live performance. Better energy than the original studio version. Wow.
Wow - A "Major Tom" Trilogy Only on RP
 OHMish wrote:
I doubt that this is from any 68-72 BBC session, as the cover states.
It's most likely 2000-ish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNqo0kIR-TU

 
The 2000 bbc session (BBC Radio Theatre, June 27, 2000) was a bonus cd on the first release of this double cd set from 68-72. All very good.
 Skydog wrote:
can't help repeating myself but I love this recording, 
Bowie and the whole band are scoring big time here

 
...absolute agreement
can't help repeating myself but I love this recording, 
Bowie and the whole band are scoring big time here
I doubt that this is from any 68-72 BBC session, as the cover states.
It's most likely 2000-ish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNqo0kIR-TU
I remember when I was a teenager and the video for this song was in heavy rotation on MTV.  I hated it then.  I groaned every time the video came on.

How time can change things.  I love this song.  It also brings with me that nostalgic longing of my youth.   
I just watched a thing on Bowie this weekend. As they were talking about this era, (and this track specifically), it just hit me how incredible and ingenious this song is. I mean, I know that's not a great revelation, because of course, Bowie. There is something that just reaches out and grabs me about this track. 

Bowie was one of those who did things with calculated aplomb. Most of the time it just plain worked.
 boontonite wrote:
This version was from a concert that was recorded at the time the "Bowie at the BEEB" discs were released. It was included on a bonus disc that came with the original package. The entire disc is worth checking out!

 
ah yes, the bonus disc, that explains everything
also I am very impressed with Bowie pulling this off live sounding this good,
another excellent job Mr Jones 
OK, Thank You! Nothing like original material! {#Cheers}
love love love it!   3 Major Tom songs in a row and great versions.
This version was from a concert that was recorded at the time the "Bowie at the BEEB" discs were released. It was included on a bonus disc that came with the original package. The entire disc is worth checking out!
 Skydog wrote:

if like the album cover says 68-72 then no
which brings up the question
Bowie was doing this about a decade before it's 1980 release on 'Scary Monsters'? 

 
Isn't it this one? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNqo0kIR-TU
 Proclivities wrote:

The bass player kicks ass on this version - I wonder if it's Gail Ann Dorsey.

 
if like the album cover says 68-72 then no
which brings up the question
Bowie was doing this about a decade before it's 1980 release on 'Scary Monsters'? 
Fabulous. Great idea to do the Major Tom Trilogy and to highlight one particular artist. You should do this more often: find an artist to highlight and do three or four songs in a row that highlight that artist.
All Bowie: 10
It's the Major Tom trilogy. Nice.
 WonderLizard wrote:

I'd always sorta consigned the album version to the "Yeah, I know...classic rock," but this one absolutely cooks.

 
The bass player kicks ass on this version - I wonder if it's Gail Ann Dorsey.
{#Hearteyes}
how in the world did Bowie pull it off?
he still amazes me
how could so much creativity come from this skinny little dude? 
Hope RP plays more live versions of DB songs.  I need it, since I never had the chance to see him in concert - these albums will have to do, I guess (sniff).
 zoopmama wrote:
Bowie's the man for freaky, surrealistic pop culture imagery. This was one of the first videos I ever saw on MTV, in a motel room in southern Utah in the early 80s... Sitting on the bed transfixed — a minor adolescent revelation seeing the thin white duke rising from the water in a clown suit! (But nothing compared to seeing him as Ziggy Stardust on a TV special a few years prior... "Is he crazy? Is he really an alien?! Are people allowed to do that?")

coloradojohn wrote:
Yes, indeed...some of the best and funkiest bass action ever in a song!  (Both the Scary Monsters and this version seem to jam equally well in such regard.) George Murray, you really ROCKED it, for sure!  And I can't help but remember that shockingly SURREAL video from way back when...
 

 
Bowie

Transcendant Artist 
Thanks Bill. We want more Bowie.
{#Sunny}
such a loss... {#Cry}
 h8rhater wrote:
Every song is a 10 now.

"In this age of grand illusion
You walked into my life
Out of my dreams
I don't need another change
Still you forced your way
Into my scheme of things"

 
First song that came on when I put my Bowie playlist on Random this morning.  Word on a Wing which was really a beautiful prayer.

So sad.  Great loss. 
Who would've known that Ashes to Ashes would be all too close?!? RIP David Bowie
You are killing me here Bill!
Planet Earth is now blue for not having you in it, David.

RIP. 
Ashes to ashes.
quite appropriate this here this now.. {#Cry}
Dust we are and to dust we shall return... Yet David Bowie lives on as though Immortal through the Electro-Magnetic Spectra of Music!
RIP Mr Bowie. 
Every song is a 10 now.

"In this age of grand illusion
You walked into my life
Out of my dreams
I don't need another change
Still you forced your way
Into my scheme of things"
RIP Duke 
{#Clap}
Probably my favorite Bowie song...and a good live version to boot. 
Thanks Bill, that's better. RIP david
Best version! Thanks for this.
nice synth solo
Superlative, to my ears.
Earl Slick is the NAZ!
 
I really prefer the studio version, but this is not "bad"
 lemmoth wrote:
The band:
David Bowie – VocalsEarl Slick – guitarMark Plati - Guitar & BassGail Ann Dorsey - Bass, Guitar & VocalsSterling Campbell - DrumsMike Garson - Piano & KeyboardsHolly Palmer - Backing vocals & PercussionEmm Gryner - Backing vocals & KeyboardGarson, Slick and Dorsey in particular are amazing.

 
I'd always sorta consigned the album version to the "Yeah, I know...classic rock," but this one absolutely cooks.
This has always been one of my favorite Bowie songs. And I like this live recording a lot.
Pure luxury !
 

lemmoth wrote:
The band:
David Bowie – VocalsEarl Slick – guitarMark Plati - Guitar & BassGail Ann Dorsey - Bass, Guitar & VocalsSterling Campbell - DrumsMike Garson - Piano & KeyboardsHolly Palmer - Backing vocals & PercussionEmm Gryner - Backing vocals & KeyboardGarson, Slick and Dorsey in particular are amazing.

 


 bart_em wrote:
Didn't kwow this live-version

fantastic musicians

thx for playing this! 

  The band:
David Bowie – VocalsEarl Slick – guitarMark Plati - Guitar & BassGail Ann Dorsey - Bass, Guitar & VocalsSterling Campbell - DrumsMike Garson - Piano & KeyboardsHolly Palmer - Backing vocals & PercussionEmm Gryner - Backing vocals & KeyboardGarson, Slick and Dorsey in particular are amazing.


This is an excellent album overall of Bowie live - highly recommended!
Great song, great live version!
So good. 
Didn't kwow this live-version

fantastic musicians

thx for playing this! 
 msymmes wrote:
Just to reiterate a year later...
 

msymmes wrote:

Outstanding recording.   Both from a performance and technical perspective.

 

 

But is it me or is the drummer making them go faster?


 

 
I was thinking this before I saw your comment...Led Zep also had good performances with the Beeb. Why did it take the BBC so long to start releasing their catalog of live-in-studio gigs? 
When I was a teenager and the video for this song would come on MTV I would always groan. Now it's a solid 8. How time changes you. 
Celebrity Death Match: Bowie vs. The Bieb.



Dig it, great live version indeed..
 msymmes wrote:
Just to reiterate a year later...
 

msymmes wrote:

Outstanding recording.   Both from a performance and technical perspective.

 

 

But is it me or is the drummer making them go faster?


 

 
Was watching the Black keys on Later Live with Jools one night....the guitarist walked over to the drummer at one point and mouthed, "Slow down!" Clear as a bell...hillarious.
 
Bowie's the man for freaky, surrealistic pop culture imagery. This was one of the first videos I ever saw on MTV, in a motel room in southern Utah in the early 80s... Sitting on the bed transfixed -- a minor adolescent revelation seeing the thin white duke rising from the water in a clown suit! (But nothing compared to seeing him as Ziggy Stardust on a TV special a few years prior... "Is he crazy? Is he really an alien?! Are people allowed to do that?")

coloradojohn wrote:
Yes, indeed...some of the best and funkiest bass action ever in a song!  (Both the Scary Monsters and this version seem to jam equally well in such regard.) George Murray, you really ROCKED it, for sure!  And I can't help but remember that shockingly SURREAL video from way back when...


 


 ziakut wrote:
...but it does have a kick ass bass part...
 
Mark Plati is on bass for this track. Great player and he's an interesting guy in general.

I think this is the same version, with video www.youtube.com/watch?v=xM5AYG53fshw


Just to reiterate a year later...
 

msymmes wrote:

Outstanding recording.   Both from a performance and technical perspective.

 

 

But is it me or is the drummer making them go faster?


 
Kinda tired of this...but it does have a kick ass bass part...still a good damn song.
The best of the best. A frickin' 10 for sure! Dancing in the kitchen! 
Stellar
When do we get some tracks from the new album released yesterday?!  I have heard it's quite good...
 ThePoose wrote:
GREAT FRETLESS BASSLINE
 
Sounds/looks fretted to me...  But great nonetheless!
 djaychicago wrote:
Simply outstanding recording of an outstanding song. DB is a unique treasure. Love this version!
 
absolutely agree
Simply outstanding recording of an outstanding song. DB is a unique treasure. Love this version!
Wow...this a bit more lively{#Bananajumprope}

Outstanding recording.   Both from a performance and technical perspective.

 
What an absolutely fantastic recording of this song. Great dynamic.