Shearwater plays Bowie's Berlin Trilogy (Complete)

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Tim So happy to (finally) be able to support this project. The energy and attention to detail in the performance is outstanding. For example you absolutely nailed the drum sound from Low and “Heroes”! Thanks for all the work that was put into this (also for making it available in 24 bit). 👨‍🎤 Favorite track: Beauty and the Beast.
Jim Millar
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Jim Millar Other reviewers hit it on the mark. These live albums are well mixed and really capture the energy of the live performance. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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harrymwilliams A lifelong fan was made the very day Shearwater decided to cover my all-time favourite Bowie album 'Lodger'... their enlightened reading of all its complexities and nuances left me gobsmacked. And at the time I'd wondered whether something like this – where they do the whole Trilogy – was even possible. JM and co have dared to dream it down... and gone and achieved it here with stunning results. Take the plunge. You won't be disappointed.
John Wagner
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John Wagner Any serious Bowie fan will truly appreciate this performance! The little bits of detail and nuance make this more than a tribute.
William Latanville
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William Latanville I wouldn't have pegged Jonathan Meiburg as an obvious choice to cover Bowie, but his voice and performance are absolutely right - close, but not stepping on Bowie's toes.
Hearing such hearty performances of the instrumental tracks, (in particular, and not to slight the vocal tracks,) is a great treat.
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about

On October 17-19, 2018, Shearwater (and friends) performed all three albums of David Bowie's famous "Berlin Trilogy" of Low (1977), "Heroes" (1977) and Lodger (1979) at the Winter Garden Atrium of Brookfield Place in New York CIty, for WNYC's New Sounds program, hosted by John Schaefer.

To present these strange, beautiful, difficult albums in all their glory, Shearwater's Jet Plane and Oxbow lineup of JM, Emily Lee, Sadie Powers, Josh Halpern and Lucas Oswald was augmented by Jamie Stewart (of Xiu Xiu), Ed Rodriguez (of Deerhoof), Travis Laplante (of Battle Trance), Eliot Krimsky (of Glass Ghost), and Dan Duszynski (of Loma)—and, conducting "Warszawa", Bowie's longtime guitarist and musical director Carlos Alomar.

it's safe to say these are the last songs by another artist that Shearwater will record or perform for quite a while (we've got to make another album of our own, after all). But these shows were a highlight of our performing lives, and reverse-engineering these unusual and inspiring records on their 40th anniversary was a delight and a challenge for us.

We owe a debt of gratitude to David Bowie, Tony Visconti, Brian Eno, Carlos Alomar, Dennis Davis, George Murray, Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Phil Palmer, Edu Meyer, Simon House, Ricky Gardiner, Roy Young, Paul Buckmaster, John Peter Robinson, and anyone else involved in the production of these groundbreaking albums, which we've learned to respect and admire in a new way. (JM)

credits

released January 15, 2019

Jonathan Meiburg | Voice, Guitar, Keyboard
Jamie Stewart | Voice, Gong
Emily Lee | Keyboards, Voice, Violin, Koto
Sadie Powers | Bass Guitar, Bass Synth
Josh Halpern | Drums
Travis Laplante | Tenor Saxophone
Eliot Krimsky | Synthesizer
Ed Rodriguez | Lead Guitar
Dan Duszynski | Guitar, Voice, Congas
Lucas Oswald | Guitar, Voice

Recorded at Brookfield Place, NYC for New Sounds Live
On October 17-19, 2018

WNYC Engineers | Ed Haber | Noriko Okabe | George Wellington
Musical Director | Emily Lee
Live Sound Mix | Richie Clarke
Production Director | Rebecca Zuber
Technical Director | Mark Torchia

Mixed and Mastered by Dan Duszynski at Dandysounds

Thanks to: John Schaefer | Elysa Marden | Arts Brookfield | Ronen Givony | The Wordless Music Orchestra | Deron Pulley | Jonathan Kade | Jamie Dobie | Michael Azerrad | Battalion Rehearsal Studios | The Arts Brookfield Stage Crew

Special thanks to Maestro Carlos Alomar for graciously conducting "Warszawa".

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