Saturday, February 20, 2016

29 Days of Bowie: Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby

Released on July 2, 1992 by London Records, Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby is a live album from Tin Machine that was recorded through several shows during the band’s world tour in the fall of 1991 to early 1992. Produced by David Bowie, Reeves Gabrels, Max Bisgrove, Tom Dube, and Dave Bianco, the album is a live album that has Bowie, guitarist Reeves Gabrels, bassist Tony Sales, and drummer Hunt Sales along with rhythm guitarist/keyboardist Eric Schemerhorn play eight songs from the band’s two studio releases as the album would mark the band’s final release.

The album features half of the material from the first album and the other half is from the second album as the songs that are chosen don’t go back and forth but rather play into a certain feel at a show. Even as it shows a band play these songs in a very raw and loud fashion as it is clear that Tin Machine is a band first and foremost. Notably in songs like I Can’t Read, Under the God, the Hunt Sales-sung Stateside, and a twelve-minute version of Heaven’s in Here is an example of the tight musicianship between the band where it is a band coming together with Hunt Sales providing some amazing drum fills, Tony Sales providing some heavy bass lines, Gabrels in wailing guitar solos, Schemerhorn filling in with some rhythm guitar, and Bowie also providing some guitars and just being part of a unit while still singing. Even as Heaven’s in Here is given some unique tempo changes that adds so much to the performance.

Performances of songs like Goodbye Mr. Ed, Amazing, You Belong in Rock N’ Roll, and a cover of Roxy Music’s If There is Something are also key examples as it shows Bowie’s power as a vocalist and the band just sounding very tight and loud. Though one of the album’s key flaws is in the sequencing and fade-outs between songs despite the positive reaction from its audience. It still manages to be very engaging though there is one song from the tour that isn’t in the album as some believe to be one of the best covers the band did in the Pixies’ Debaser that has Tony Sales singing vocals with Bowie providing backing vocals in some parts.

Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby is a superb live album from Tin Machine that showcases the band at their most raw as well as being loud. While it is flawed, it is still a record that manages to be a lot of fun as it showcases what kind of band Tin Machine is as they had something special to deliver live. In the end, Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby is a fantastic live album from Tin Machine.

Studio Releases: David Bowie (1967 album) - David Bowie (1969 album) - The Man Who Sold the World - Hunky Dory - The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - Aladdin Sane - Pin Ups - Diamond Dogs - Young Americans - Station to Station - Low - "Heroes" - Lodger - Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) - Let’s Dance - Tonight - Never Let Me Down - Tin Machine - Tin Machine II - Black Tie White Noise - Outside - Earthling - ‘Hours…’ - Heathen - Reality - The Next Day - *

Live Releases: David Live - Stage - Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars - Bowie at the Beeb - (Live at Fashion Rocks (w/ Arcade Fire)) - (Live Santa Monica ‘72) - (Glass Spider Live) - (VH1 Storytellers) - (A Reality Tour)

Soundtracks: Christiane F. - Labyrinth - The Buddha of Suburbia

Miscellaneous: Peter and the Wolf - Baal - Sound + Vision - (Early On (1964-1966)) - (All Saints) - Toy - (Nothing Has Changed)

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