Monday, February 22, 2016

RE-UP: David Bowie live at Phoenix Festival 1997 - 1DVD - July 19

David Bowie
Phoenix Festival,Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, Long Marston Airfield
July 19th, 1997

Author: unknown
Video Source: audience recording
Menu: no
Chapters:  14 (skips randomly)
Number of Discs: 1
Disc Type: DVD5
Total Running Time: 0h 52m 10s
Title Region Code: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, All

Display Information:
  Video Mode: Interlaced
  Display Mode: DirectDraw
  FourCC Code: YUY2
  Surface Type: Overlay

Video Attributes:
  Video compression mode: MPEG-2
  TV system: 525/60 (NTSC)
  Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  Display Mode: Only Letterbox
  Source picture resolution: 704x480 (525/60)
  Frame Rate: 30.00
  Source picture letterboxed: Not letterboxed
  Bitrate: 8.19Mbps

Audio Attributes:
  Audio Coding mode: Dolby Digital
  Sampling Rate: 48kHz
  Audio application mode: Not specified
  Number of Audio channels: 2
  Bitrate: 256 Kbps
  Number of Audio streams: 1
Artwork: no artwork

Notes: video quality is not too good, for it's dark, but quite acceptable. Good close ups of Bowie and the band.
Sound quality sucks for the most part, but sometimes it is decent...could be improved by some willing soul.
There's a very annoying distortion on low frequencies.
The quality is overall really not too good, but the atmosphere is GREAT. Bowie was inspired and very much at ease,
doing something that he evidently enjoyed very much.

Info: Tao Jones Index is the name David Bowie and his band used for the drum'n'bass segments of their live shows on the 1997 "Earthling" tour.
He played a full set under this name in the Phoenix Festival dance tent. It's a pun based on his own real name (D. Jones) and his bond offering
that he made earlier that year.
Tao, a Chinese character pronounced "dow," not only stands for the Chinese equivalent to Bowie's first initial, "D", but also has heavy religious
implications through its correlation Taoism, therefore contributing to the religious overtones of "Pallas Athena."
Bowie and band played in the Radio 1 Dance tent as Tao Jones Index, with no spotlights on David.
Instead they performed in darkness with dry ice and strobe lights.

Set List: (as performed)

I'm Deranged
Pallas Athena
Dead Man Walking
O Superman
The Last Thing You Should Do
Is It Any Wonder

Download part 1 here
Download part 2 here
Download part 3 here
Download part 4 here

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