DAVID BOWIE - TOKYO 1978
Hoping For A Little Romance [YOU J-002, 1CD]
Live at the Nihon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan; December 12, 1978. Very good to excellent soundboard.
Very good to excellent-sounding soundboards of David Bowie in the ’70s aren’t easy to find so this should please the fans.
Gsparaco of collectorsmusicreviews.com commented:
David Bowie completed an intense period of touring with the Low And Heroes tour, which ended with Bowie’s second ever trip to Japan. The five shows were booked in Osaka and Tokyo, ending on December 12, 1978 at the NHK hall. An hour of this show was taped and broadcast on television and is the source for the LP boots Merry X-Mas Mr Bowie (Audio Recording Corporation ARC 1001), David Bowie At Judo Arena (Budokan) (IPS IP-C-8881 A/B), the CD releases Wild Mutation (BOW 006) and Hoping For A Little Romance (YOU J-002) and the DVD title Last Night Of Low And Heroes Tour (GoodFellas Recosrds GFP V02).
The general opinion is that the sound quality on Hoping For A Little Romance is very good as compared to Wild Mutation. The nine-minute interview is from Japanese television.
Thanks to the person who shared the tracks on the net in 2005.
A near-complete version of the show has surfaced as Blackout (Wardour-084). As Gsparaco noted: “It is a distant recording with some distortion in the lower end. There is a small cut in ‘Blackout’ at 2:58, but it’s otherwise complete. Hardcore Bowie collectors might find it interesting to hear the final show complete, but the sound is too prohibitive for casual collectors.”
Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.