David Bowie / David Live

Despite overdubs, a near mutiny by his backing band, and horrific reviews - Bowie’s first live set waxed in the summer of ’74 is a fascinating, futuristic, and funky meld of glam, soul, theater, and avant-garde. 

Anchoring an ensemble which featured Earl Slick, Michael Kaman, David Sanborn, and Mike Garson, among others was virtuoso bassist Herbie Flowers. 

Herbie's sizzling staccato lines, jazzy harmonic counterpoint, and rhythmic variations re-cast David’s Ziggy era canon with a decidedly Broadway flair.

Kudos to producer Tony Visconti for keeping Herbie up in the mix.