Live Santa Monica '72

Live Santa Monica '72

The glammy, gender-bending wit of Ziggy Stardust raised David Bowie's American profile, but the swaggering hard rock intensity of his 1972 U.S. tour made him a superstar. Bowie and his Spiders from Mars—freshly expanded with new keyboardist Mike Garson—are scary-tight: the opening "Hang on to Yourself" has the manic energy of punk four years before the Ramones. Earlier, more reflective material like the haunting "Life on Mars" and a dramatic take on Jacques Brel's "My Death" is just as direct and powerful.

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