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David Bowie – Right (A Nacho Promo, redux, 2019)

December 3rd, 2019 | by admin
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David Bowie – Right (A Nacho Promo, redux, 2019)

This video is a new edit and sync of 1974 David Bowie rehearsal footage, cut with “Right” from Bowie’s 1975 album “Young Americans”.

In the footage, we see Bowie and his singers in September ’74, rehearsing Right, and other songs at a Los Angeles studio.

The footage was shot for the 1975 BBC David Bowie documentary “Cracked Actor”, which was produced and directed by Alan Yentob.

The colour portions of the footage were used in Cracked Actor, and the B&W material utilized in Francis Whateley’s BBC documentaries, “David Bowie: Five Years” from 2013, and “David Bowie: The Last Five Years” from 2016.

The Right Way

Precise details about the making of David Bowie’s Young Americans album are hard to verify. We know that Bowie’s “Diamond Dogs” tour of America ended on the 20th of July, 1974, and recording began in earnest a few weeks later, in mid-August. The sessions were at Sigma Sound studios in Philadelphia, and were produced by Tony Visconti. “Right” started out at those sessions, one of a dozen new songs recorded during those 11 days.

On the original cut of Right, the basic structure of the song, including many of the complex vocal harmony arrangements, was already in place. However, there were some obvious differences. For instance; the early version omits the David Sanborn sax break at the beginning. Also Bowie opens the song in a high register, whereas on the final version, he sings it in a much lower key. Right, from the August Sigma sessions is clearly a totally different vocal take to the final Young Americans album version.

The Sigma version of Right had an official release in 2016, as a track on the album, The Gouster. The album is essentially Visconti’s compilation of his early Sigma takes.

By the end of those sessions, the new David Bowie album was considered virtually finished. Famously ‪on August the 22nd‬, the final night at Sigma, Bowie invited into the studio, the fans that had been keeping a nightly vigil outside, throughout the recording sessions. “The Sigma Kids”, as they were known, were regaled with two playbacks of the new Bowie album as it stood at that time, in rough mix form.

About ten days later on September 2nd‬, Bowie and the band returned to touring the U.S. The Cracked Actor rehearsal footage, presumably shot at about that time, shows Bowie and his singers rehearsing the vocal arrangements for Right. The location is a rehearsal studio in L.A., possibly Cherokee, where a year later Station to Station would be recorded.

The tour continuing through September, October, and November. The last date of Bowie’s ’74 U.S. tour was on December 1st in Atlanta, Georgia.

However, in mid-November, during a 5 day lull in the tour, prior to a couple of shows at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Bowie returned to Sigma. He recorded more material, including four new songs, again with Tony Visconti producing.

Visconti went to the U.K., and worked on mixes for some of the material, whilst Bowie stayed in the States. And with Harry Maslin co-producing, more material was recorded and mixed at Record Plant, in New York.

‪On December the 3rd, the last recording session commenced. It is thought likely that Bowie’s final vocal for Right was recorded at that session.‬

Thanks to Chris Carter and his site theyoungamerican.co.uk for invaluable fact checking and info.

This video is a new remake of my 2016 David Bowie Right Promo video. After three years on my YouTube channel, that video amassed over 700,000 views and over 10,000 likes and comments.

Viewing the original Right video recently, I saw that back in 2016 my instincts had been good, and the structure of the video works quite well. This despite the fact I really had no video editing technical expertise whatsoever. But I also noted that there were many ways the video could be improved. Since making the original, I have the rehearsal footage in much better quality, plus I have obtained a few more scenes. Moreover, my editing skills have improved. So, here is the Right Promo, redux.

Hope you dig it!

Video Source:

BBC documentaries:
Cracked Actor • 1975
David Bowie: Five Years • 2013
David Bowie: The Last Five Years • 2016

Audio Source:

David Bowie • Right • From the album Young Americans • Released 7 March 1975

Musicians:

Lead vocals • David Bowie
Rhythm guitar • Carlos Alomar
Bass guitar • Willie Weeks
Drums • Andy Newmark
Clavinet • Mike Garson
Alto sax • David Sanborn
Conga • Larry Washington •
Backing vocals • Luther Vandross • Robin Clark • Ava Cherry • Geoff MacCormack

Production & Mixing • Tony Visconti • Harry Maslin

Always more videos to follow, so please keep your electric eye on me babe!

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.

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