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David Bowie / Glastonbury 2000

Full performance issued for the first time • 2CD+DVD • 3LP vinyl


David Bowie‘s stunning performance at the Glastonbury Festival at the beginning of the new millennium is to be issued on audio and video formats for the first time. Glastonbury 2000 is due at the end of November.

Bowie performed on the Sunday night headline slot on 25 June 2000 at the famous festival and this new release includes the entire 21 song set which was full of ‘hits’ and, in Bowie’s words, “a couple quirks”. Even better, only 30 minutes was ever shown on TV, so the 2CD+DVD set is a must, with video of the full performance. The DVD is confirmed at NTSC, region free.

The audio is newly mastered and is also available on 3LP vinyl and as a 2CD set (without the DVD). Also this set features new artwork from Jonathan Barnbrook and notes from Caitlin Moran.

Glastonbury 2000 will be released via Parlophone on 30 November 2018.

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2CD + DVD SET 

CD 1
Introduction (Greensleeves)
Wild Is The Wind
China Girl
Changes
Stay
Life On Mars?
Absolute Beginners
Ashes To Ashes
Rebel Rebel
Little Wonder
Golden Years

CD 2
Fame
All The Young Dudes
The Man Who Sold The World
Station To Station
Starman
Hallo Spaceboy
Under Pressure
Ziggy Stardust
“Heroes”
Let’s Dance
I’m Afraid Of Americans

DVD
Introduction (Greensleeves)
Wild Is The Wind
China Girl
Changes
Stay
Life On Mars?
Absolute Beginners
Ashes To Ashes
Rebel Rebel
Little Wonder
Golden Years
Fame
All The Young Dudes
The Man Who Sold The World
Station To Station
Starman
Hallo Spaceboy
Under Pressure
Ziggy Stardust
“Heroes”
Let’s Dance
I’m Afraid Of Americans

3 x LP

Side 1
Introduction (Greensleeves)
Wild Is The Wind
China Girl
Changes


Side 2
Stay
Life On Mars?
Absolute Beginners

Side 3
Ashes To Ashes
Rebel Rebel
Little Wonder
Golden Years

Side 4
Fame
All The Young Dudes
The Man Who Sold The World
Station To Station


Side 5
Starman
Hallo Spaceboy
Under Pressure
Ziggy Stardust

Side 6
“Heroes”
Let’s Dance
I’m Afraid Of Americans 

2CD

CD 1
Introduction (Greensleeves)
Wild Is The Wind
China Girl

Changes

Stay
Life On Mars?
Absolute Beginners
Ashes To Ashes
Rebel Rebel
Little Wonder
Golden Years

CD 2
Fame
All The Young Dudes
The Man Who Sold The World
Station To Station
Starman
Hallo Spaceboy
Under Pressure
Ziggy Stardust
“Heroes”
Let’s Dance
I’m Afraid Of Americans

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Ade Swatridge

2CD and DVD over £40? Outrageous! How come XTC can do Bluray with high-res audio options, packed to the hilt with extras + a CD + deluxe packaging for £17 – this smacks of rip off. Sorry, I’m out.

GilWave

Just received it today – beautiful packaging, good looking video in full screen on DVD, excellent concert and good performances all around but… no 5.1 surround sound audio? All we get is 48kHz 16 bit LCPM stereo audio track?

What was the point of going through all the trouble to produce and remaster this exceptional concert, put together several deluxe presentations across multiple formats, and not produce a 5.1 surround mix from the master tapes? The lack of surround on the DVD mars what is otherwise an exceptional presentation of a classic performance.

Mikael

The 2CD/DVD is back (for now, Nov 7) on Amazon.de for EUR 24,99.

Brian Smith

This actually comes out on the 16 November in Australia and New Zealand.

Greg Clow

CD/DVD set is on Amazon.ca for CDN$34.55 – or just over £20. Fantastic price!

stevethetree

60 minute version of the set now available to watch on BBC iPlayer. Brilliant stuff – I was there and one of my best ever gigs.

Gisabun

Clow
And $34.55 is a ridiculous price for 2CD/DVD. Most 2CD/DVD are generally $25 or less.

Paddy

CD/DVD is now €24.99 on Amazon Germany.

richard

Paul, you have such good contacts within the industry, could we go for a decent sleeve re-design ??

steve carroll

I have several bootlegs of this release and all – IMO – have better and more interesting art than this official release. This is up there with Legacy as the worst cover in Bowie’s catalogue. It reminds me of those ‘Best of ‘ CD’s you see in petrol stations all across Europe, knocked up in 30 minutes in the back of a shop in Russia. Outstanding set though – no argument about that.

Adey

I already own the complete live at midnight release of this, from the radio 6 digital broadcast, great set and wonderful sound.
I will be buying the 2cd/dvd set but will wait until january, to avoid a repeat of the smiths queen is dead price drop fiasco.

Fredpostman

The trouble with being a Bowie fan is the copious amount of unofficial material available.I already have this on 3 bootleg cds,but to the average punter this will be a ‘fresh’ release.I’m just surprised it hasn’t appeared on a ‘radio broadcast’ cd that circumnavigate current copyright laws in EEC;perhaps that is why this is appearing officially now so soon after the ‘Loving The Alien’ box set?

Michael

If the BBC owns the recordings, I imagine it would have been harder for the dodgy companies to get the recording out there.

Tim

This is an utterly brilliant performance and it’s fantastic to have it officially released. BBC 6 Music broadcast the whole, unedited Glastonbury performance on the night after the great man died – but they sort of snuck it out in the middle of the night… I ‘recorded’ it and I have to tell you it’s terrific. An instant purchase for me. Thanks Paul!

Simon Ward

Not a fan of Bowie and seems strange to puts this out now, some 16 years after it was recorded.

Plus £34:99 for a single DVD and 2CDs seems a bit expensive. I’ll pass.

Dan

How is it strange? I wish Madonna would finally put out her 1990 Blond Ambition tour on dvd or blu Ray.

Paul Kent

You’re not a fan of Bowie, so of course you’ll pass. Which begs the question: why bother commenting?

Nick Vernon

Exactly what I thought

john gleeson

If your not a Bowie fan then it really doesn’t matter how old the recording is or how much it costs because your not a fan.If for instance a super deluxe ACDC set became availble I wouldn’t be in the slightest bit interested as Im not a fan.

Neil Wilkes

Mug that I am I have bought the 2CD/DVD version.
I will make a bet with anybody right now that the audio will be Dolby Digital only on the DVD yet again, and equally “yet again” – where is the Blu-ray version?

Ollie Carlisle

The price difference between the 2cd and 2cd/dvd sets seems odd – £21 extra for the dvd? Maybe there’s more to the box set. A 12″ picture book or something might just about explain it, otherwise it must surely come down a fair bit in line with similar items. I don’t think the BBC licencing makes any difference on the price if recent ELO and Quo sets recorded by the BBC are any indication.

Matthew

At last! I’ve been hoping this would get an official release, as none of us are getting any younger. Personally I’d prefer it if they released the entire vaults now so I could enjoy it. This release is not ‘milking’ us, it’s pretty essential. Releasing Heathen on four different colours of vinyl is though.

Michael

Anyone who feels compelled to buy every color vinyl version of Heathen is just OCD about buying Bowie, but if it suits them, then so be it. I like the blue vinyl.

Graham

This release seems to be a ‘top up’ on this years box set for which sales may or may not be as strong as the previous sets given its contents.

As a longstanding Bowie fan this will be the purchase rather than LTA which I do not need in comparison

Mike Villano

What a nice surprise! Just been listening to the new ’78 set and loving it. There’s too much coming out this fall! No mas!

Mark McKendrick

Is that the final artwork…?
Bit of an afterthought.
Bit tacky.

Johnny Spasm

Finally, a Bowie release that isn’t just another cash in Greatest Hits.

Mark

The show broadcast live to air as it happened by the BBC in SD – not recorded on film – and was not recorded with any consideration on a live release 18 years later. This is as good as its going to get ; asking why there isn’t a 5.1 mix or a BR is pointless unless you have a time machine. We can’t go back and change history.

Blake

I noticed a few comments here and there asking why they chose to release this, instead of the (full) Bowie Beeb concert (recorded at BBC Radio Theatre) – I thought I’d provide an easy answer:

1) at the Beeb Show, Bowie’s voice wasn’t “in top form” – much like at the concert in New York @ the Roseland Ballroom, DB had to leave the stage for a bit to recover while the band played an instrumental version of “Jean Genie”
2) That same show included two tracks off of the aborted “Toy” album.

…so why release a ‘somewhat expanded’ version of a concert (‘Bowie @ Beeb’), where you’d never release the full show – when you can just release a later concert that featured (almost) all of the same songs, but without the ‘vocal issues’… know what I mean?

Neil

Same price on HMV for the 2CD+DVD which means it will be highly unlikely to go down in price on Amazon. No way on this planet am i paying that price.

Ian Mears

I was there and it came at the end of a very long weekend. I look forward to this so I can finally really watch/hear it. As someone wrote already, he really connected with the crowd. I look forwrad to having my memory jogged

Will

Much respect to the Bowie team for exploring the 2000’s. This is a great release. (Hope a NIN/Bowie show comes next!) Like everyone I am very sorry that the PAL masters have not been professionally upscaled to HD for BluRay. (That’s the only way that things are done, nowdays. Look at the BluRays sets of Doctor Who’s Tom Baker Years, or Farscape, etc. – if all that exists is PAL masters, you upscale it to HD. You don’t reduce the quality down to NTSC!).

Maybe they’ll include a download code for everyone to get an upscaled 1080 version? They’re surely mastering this as such.

Neil Wilkes

Hi Will.

Sorry to say I agree with you on the HD version – this should be on Blu-ray with decent, lossless audio and not the almost certainly AC3/Dolby Dirgital we will end up with. Still, given all I currently have are the bootleg releases (I have 3 – 2 are complete and one is not) it will be interesting to hear if the “remastering” helps although on recent form from the current box sets I am not holding my breath.

As far as PAL/NTSC goes things are not nearly as straightforward as you might think (and I do this for a living so know what I am talking about) and there are many traps for the unwary:
1 – anything at 25fps cannot go onto Blu-ray at 1920×1080 in progressive scan as this is simply not in the Blu-ray specifications (like 29.97/30fps, it would have to be interlaced & 1080i is not now & never will be “High Definition” as there is far more to HD than pixel count. So this means for Blu-ray it would HAVE to be reworked to 24fps and that can be difficult for today’s “preset post production” style as Alchemist HD would transfer frame for frame (thus changing the pitch & tempo of the audio, and time stretching this to match the 25>24 frame rate is a 4.16% shift that will leave artefacts. There is a way to do this without artefacts but I am keeping that to myself for obvious reasons).
2 – Running at 25fps not only forces interlaced images (which halves the vertical resolution) but would also force 2 versions, doubling post production costs, authoring costs & replication costs because there are too many players that will not play 25fps in USA and will not play 29.97fps in UK.
3 – NTSC makes much more sense for DVD because it will work on almost all UK players, whereas 25fps will simply not run at all on a lot of US displays because their mains frequency is different to ours (60Hz as opposed to our 50Hz). With luck it will be filmed at 24fps which will work universally and will therefore be called NTSC because there will be flags in the MPEG-2 stream setting pull values as most modern upscaling players will easily play DVD with the footage at 24fps progressive scan. Hollywood have been using this for years and it will all depend on the frame rate filmed by BBC.

The other reason NTSC can be preferred is refresh rates are simply higher in NTSC (30 times a second against 25 times a second, which is a 20% difference. We will not go into colour spaces and actual lines available against overscanning as we would be here all day!

Will

Sounds exceptionally complicated to convert PAL into HD! On October 19 the BBC will be airing it in HD, so it will be interesting to see how they do it – which visual or audio sacrifices they may make to make it possible.

Steve W

In contrast to many here I LOVE the cover and can’t wait to get the cd&dvd set even it isn’t blu ray. :)

AlexKx

Same here!

Stan Waterman

Bowie at Glastonbury was a unique time in history, But it boils down to where was it recorded from , Stage, Mixing desk or some guy in a field miles away!

Iain

It’s the BBC! It’s going to be the feed to the soundboard ( or wherever it’s being recorded for broadcast.)

Brian Smith

well I thought that would have been something for RSD!!

martin farnworth

Starting to question my level of “fandom”. How many Bowie live albums do I need? At some stage there’ll probably be more official live albums than Bowie studio albums. The Bowie at The Beeb live cd from the same year though is probably my favourite of the lot. Having said I don’t feel need to rush out and buy this. It might be another “cash in” as some suggest although if the quality of the product is up to standard then does it matter?

Michael

I agree, though I don’t question my own fandom. I was a completist for official releases, but I have given that up lately, since so much just feels like it covers the same ground. I really loved live Bowie albums, as each tour tended to have its own unique style that gave new life to old songs. But the sets most recently are getting quite redundant. Between the Live at the Beeb 2000 cd and A Reality Tour, I won’t feel compelled to add this.

Oliver

I have loved every single one of Bowie’s archival live releases in the last few years, but I’ll be damned if I’m expected to pay £47 for a triple LP. That’s ridiculous. So was the “Reality Tour” blue vinyl, imo.

AlexKx

My problem with that release by Friday Music was that there was not a far more extensive booklet in it with more photos and perhaps some level of more artwork.

Cris

I fully agree

Billy the kid

If Bowie Is the new Elvis, whats next? Bowie Philharmonic

Brian

Absolutely fantastic news, but I wish people would find a bit more to moan about

Stevie B

Artwork is horrible. It looks like one of those cheap CD’s you could get that ended up being all radio interviews with ‘no artist recordings/music’ on it. Typography is lazy beyond belief. Yuck!

Derek

I love his sleeves for Reality, Heathen and Blackstar. But this one and Legacy look cheap. This one looks like it was designed to work as a tiny icon on a phone.

Diego Garcia

Barnbrook gives a very meaningful and sincere explanation on the topic—not specifically about this cover, but his Bowie’s designs after David’s passing—in a recent, highly recommended interview:

«Now David is not here any more it is very strange experience designing a cover for him. There is a big space where David once was. (…) If David supported something, it was certain it would get through. Now I don‘t have him to fall back on so often decisions are taken by [the record companies]. I think it’s not they are not respectful of David‘s legacy, just sometimes they are now much more difficult to deal with and interfere in a way which is sometimes completely unnecessary. It means it is often a lot harder to get an unusual idea through.»

Source: https://davidbowienews.com/2018/09/an-exclusive-interview-with-jonathan-barnbrook/

Guy

Ooo brilliant! Thanks for the heads up as ever, Paul. I was there, near the front and was in awe throughout. A definite purchase :-D

Chas

Why not a DVD release for the BBC Maida Vale set he recorded in the same week (the CD was released with early versions of “Bowie at the Beeb”

Derek

I’m hoping that, in a few years, we’ll get a complete CD + DVD ‘Bowie at the Beeb’ box. The current Bowie at the Beeb set is great, but it’s far from complete.

Mike Villano

There was a bootleg box set last year but limited to 500 copies. I’m sure they’re long gone by now. I have it and it’s pretty damn impressive!

Gorecki

When this was recommended to me by Amazon the other day I assumed it was yet another one of the plague of wretched grey area ‘bootlegs’ that are cluttering up the planet (plastic pollution crisis!?!?!) – the cover art doesn’t exactly help!

Thank you for flagging this one up as being genuine legit product!

Although the DVD bumping up the price by more than £20 is a little startling. I’ve been told licensing picture from BBC Worldwide/ Motion is far more expensive than licensing audio content. (This came up when the lack of a relevant BBC doc was questioned on the BFI’s excellent ‘The Devils’ DVD set.)

Kevin Aston

i think Reflex in Newcastle have it as £27.99 on pre order for 2cd/dvd Paul

Gorecki

My hope would be down to about £20 (ish) – depending on packaging – which would seem in line with other 2CD/DVD sets, if in digipacks. Although someone sending a free copy round would be rather lovely…. by unicorn-post! ;)

Lee

£34.99 for a 2CD, 1DVD set??????????

Ray

I’m excited for this. And it’s arriving on my birthday! Even cooler. I’ve never seen the entire performance. Just in shortened crappy quality clips. Station To Station and Golden Years alone have me eager to hear this. A must!

James vandegrift

Very welcome news! interested if it gets a State side release. He was on fire that night.

DW

Some of the complaints show just how spoiled we have become. In the 80s and 90s no one would have asked why they were not receiving video with their LP purchase.

RJS

They’d be complaining that it was Betamax instead of VHS… I don’t think people are spoilt – LPs weren’t sold with videos in the 80s and 90s so there was nothing to complain about in that respect.

Bart

Very nice! We need more live albums from 90s like from Outside tour and 50 Madison garden live gig.

Robert

This is great news ! I am looking forward to this release. Is it a diggi-pack (I hope that I wrote this correctly!)

Ray Sephus

Anyone know if I purchase from Amazon UK, will the dvd most likely be in PAL format? I don’t see it advertised (yet) on Amazon USA and I don’t have a PAL compatible player….

Gorecki

Why are so many of the DVDs in these CD/DVD packages in NTSC even though they are being manufactured for the UK market – where PAL is the standard? It’s something that’s been baffling me for years. I’m surprised no-one’s found one that doesn’t work and taken it to trading standards.

Gorecki

I’d assumed that was probably the reason.

But NTSC is very much the minority Television System used globally: Britain, all Europe (bar France and Russia, who use SECAM), most of South America, most of Asia (including India and China!), Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, etc. all use PAL. France, Russia and the Francophone parts of Africa use SECAM.

It seems a little odd that about 6 billion people have to have multi-system-compatible equipment for the benefit of about half a billion who don’t – even if two of those countries are the world’s biggest music markets, the USA and Japan (and I’m pretty sure the Japanese know a thing or two about TVs and electronics – having cornered the market in them for the last 40 years!).

Thankfully modern British TVs are PAL/NTSC compatible – it’s strange that those in America aren’t!

It’s also a constant source of bemusement that so few Americans have multi-Region DVD players – and seem so surprised that other countries have the temerity to not have the same TV systems and region encodings as they do!

John H

Many comments about video Blu Ray HD this should have been released in the Blu Ray format the quality even if shot in SD 720 it would have been a superior version to release. I have the Live Aid dvds and although excellent quality the only Blu Ray release from this is Queen and the picture quality is stunning as is the sound pity they haven’t done this for Bowie I don’t know if it was filmed in HD as it was a new format then but certainly an upscaled version would have been better than this.

Mike the Fish

Was anything shot in 720? If it was shot PAL then it would have been 625, but only 575 interlaced lines of actual picture, so only half that every half a frame.

Gisabun

If not mentioned, a few advantages of the BR format over DVD:
* uncompressed audio and multiple formats
* higher quality video
* extras can be added
* more convenient with 1 BR than 2+ DVDs for the same content
Even in SD, it makes sense to use BR.

Leonardo Lotti

Paul, what about the remastered Voodoo Lounge blu-ray by the Rolling Stones that is being released by Eagle Rock at the end of the year? And The Best Of 1990-2000 by U2 being released on vinyl? I heard all about these releases, but there is nothing like reading articles at SDE! It makes them sound even more official! :)

Daryl

I was hoping for a Voodoo Lounge article too. Looks pretty good. I used to have the cut version on VHS and have been waiting for a DVD release for years! The fact that we are getting the full show is a huge bonus.

…while we’re on the subject, the Stones set at Glastonbury 2013 would be a fantastic vault release. I have a tasty bootleg set in HD, but I’m assuming that the BBC own the rights still or something.

Marcelo Lamela

Dvd and no BluRay? Over priced

Steven Higgins

Excellent news! I’ve only ever seen the crappy YouTube video of this performance so really looking forward to it. My hope is that, as they seem to be finally releasing archived live material that one day we will get a live album and/or DVD set of The Sound & Vision Tour 1990. I love the versions performed on that tour, great film backdrops and excellent band also.

Anyway, looking forward to this! And the LTA box set.

Paul Smart

I’m not convinced there will be a 5th box as there have been so may reissues of Outside onwards (there are 8 in October / November!) that the market must be smaller. I also heard somewhere that Parlophone only had a 4 year contract?

Rob Puricelli

I honestly hate having to moan about what is, in the main, a very welcome release, but I have two quibbles.

1. Why do those of us who want to buy the vinyl then have to buy the CD/DVD set to get the video content? Surely slipping in the DVD with the vinyl wouldn’t be too hard or affect the price adversely?

2. Why DVD and not Blu Ray? Yes, it’s likely to have been recorded in SD, but a nice remastering and some upscaling would present this in the best possible quality.

No mention of digital formats either?

Steven Higgins

You can’t upscale Video to HD. You can only upscale film to HD. The BBC broadcast was 100% shot on video so therefore no amount of upscaling will achieve anything. DVD is the best we can have! That will be remastered and cleaned up but that’s about it.

Gary C

Bowie played 3 gigs that year, two of them for the BBC in a roundabout way, one being for the masses and one for some specially (?) invited guests.

I imagine the BBC Radio Theatre gig will be the one that ends up in one of those big boxes, albeit in expanded/full form…so 3 LPs to flesh things out