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David Bowie – Life On Mars? – Unbleached Nacho Remaster

December 16th, 2016 | by Nick
David Bowie – Life On Mars? – Unbleached Nacho Remaster


David Bowie – Life On Mars – Unbleached Remastered – 1973

Life On Mars was originally released in December 1971, on David Bowie’s “Hunky Dory” album. It was subsequently released as a single, in June 1973, at the height of Ziggy-mania.

The video was shot on the 12th of May 1973, backstage at Earls Court, before the show that evening. It was filmed and directed by Mick Rock, and featured a heavily made up Bowie resplendent in a turquoise Freddi Buretti suit.

The “official” version of the Life On Mars video is deliberately overexposed, bleaching out much of the detail. Some fans prefer the original, so this is a restored version of the original, including the raucous crowd scenes, that are not on the official video.

I resisted the temptation to rectify some of the rather rough editing, and less than perfect lip sycing, of the original cut, and merely tried to present a version of the original that is cleaned up and “Unbleached”.

And maybe later I’ll make my own edit.

I originally made this video earlier this year, and posted it on my YouTube channel. However it was soon withdrawn due to copyright reasons. This is a slightly improved version of that edit, and I’m hoping the apparently less stringent Vimeo conditions will allow it to remain online.

Hope you dig it!

Do me an’ yerself a favor – watch it in the H’est D available, with the sound UP LOUD!

If anyone has any other footage, or ideas for another video project, of material from Bowie’s classic period, do please get in touch:

Putting this video together was another huge labour of love, made with respect for the source.

I don’t own the rights, and I’m not making any money out of this etc. Just a fan making videos for other fans.

Nacho, 2016.

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