|Produced by Bowie|
|Released on February? 1974|
|UK CHART POSITION #5 . . . US CHART POSITION #64|
(charted June 1, 1974 for 8 weeks)
|Find it at GEMM|
|APB0-0287 wo. picture sleeve
[high resolution scan]
M arch 30, 2004: The acolytes in white shuffle off the stage to polite applause, and the ceremony begins. In the audience are aging hipsters, self-conscious of thinning hair and swelling bellies, waiting for the ageless one to arrive. Both sides know the score: he sings and everyone is young again. It was my first time at a magic show of this magnitude. Sure my hair stood on end a little with Yes, Tull and Rush, but this was different. This was Bowie. All of that charisma, all of that talent, all of those memories wound tightly into a single persona like a bomb ready to burst. And when he kicked off the night with “Rebel, Rebel,” the one song I most wanted to hear from those heroic lips, I did. I was walking on air the rest of the night as he intertwined the old and the new, unfailingly interesting in any setting, stepping back from his own momentous opus to admire the work of local heroes The Pixies (“Cactus”) and Modern Lovers’ “Pablo Picasso.” In closing he opened the sacred sarcophagus of Ziggy, time having healed the old wounds. To think that I’d held off seeing my childhood hero for fear I’d be disappointed. Oh me of little faith! It was everything I could have asked for. When he waved goodbye at the end of the night, I felt my hand instinctively wave back -– there was just that kind of connection with him all night. Thank you, Linda, for an evening I’ll never forget. As for the single “Rebel Rebel,” it’s actually a radically different version than the elpee offering we know and love, and seems to have slipped under Rykodisc’s repackaging radar. With a chorus of strange backing vocals, bongos and distorted guitar, this is not the “Rebel Rebel” I grew up with. In the US, the luxurious “Lady Grinning Soul” served as the B side. The US pressing I have incorrectly lists Lady’s track time as 3:19, leaving me to think I’d encountered yet another alternate version, but no; it’s the same 3:46/3:51 version from Aladdin.
|DJH0-0287 wo. picture sleeve
[high resolution scan]
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK/FRA/ITA/NET/NZ||May 1974||RCA||7"||LPB0-5009||picture sleeve|
|US||1974||RCA||7PRO||DJH0-0287||feat. A only|
|UK||1983||RCA||7"||BOW 514||picture sleeve|
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