David Bowie's Live Album Series Continues with 'No Trendy Réchauffé'

The second installment in the posthumous David Bowie live series, Brilliant Live Adventures, will capture a 1995 show in Birmingham, England, and arrive November 20th via Parlophone Records.

“No Trendy Réchauffé (Live Birmingham 95)” was recorded at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre on December 13th, 1995 as part of the Big Twix Mix Show Festival. While this marks the first full commercial release of the show, excerpts from it were filmed and aired by the BBC, while Bowie’s performances of “Moonage Daydream” and “Under Pressure” were included on the “Hallo Spaceboy” CD single.

The No Trendy Réchauffé setlist boasts rare live performances of “Jump They Say” and “Strangers When We Meet.” The live album will also include two versions of “Hallo Spaceboy,” the second of which was tied to a music video Bowie was set to release for the song at the time, but never did. The track was eventually remixed by the Pet Shop Boys for a single release and an alternative promotional video was made.

Last month, Parlophone Records announced Brilliant Live Adventures, a new series of releases from the late David Bowie collecting six rare and previously unreleased live albums from the 1990s to be released in limited-edition, one-time pressings on both CD and vinyl.  The first three albums have all been promised for release before Christmas, with the remaining trio due early in 2021.  Ouvrez Le Chien (Live Dallas ’95) was the first volume; today, the second has been announced.

“No Trendy Réchauffé (Live Birmingham ’95)” was filmed and recorded almost two months to the day after the Dallas show on Ouvrez Le Chien.  The title phrase translates to No Trendy Rehash, and indeed, Bowie was in spirited, original form that evening in Birmingham.  It was the final night in 1995 of the Outside Tour, and the opening night of the Big Twix Mix Show festival.  Bowie marked the occasions with rare performances of Black Tie White Noise‘s “Jump They Say” and Outside‘s “Strangers When We Meet,” and took the audience on an electrifying trip from past (“Moonage Daydream,” “Under Pressure,” “The Man Who Sold the World,” “Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)”) to present (“I Have Not Been to Oxford Town,” “The Motel,” “We Prick You,” “Hallo Spaceboy”).

Portions of the show were aired on the BBC, versions as heard here are previously unreleased, presented as exactly as they were performed in Birmingham.  The disc also features a second version of “Hallo Spaceboy,” filmed as “Spaceboy” for a potential music video.  

The concert features Bowie accompanied by Carlos Alomar on rhythm guitar, Reeves Gabrels on lead guitar and vocals, Gail Ann Dorsey on bass and vocals, Zachary Alford on drums, musical director Peter Schwartz on keyboards and synthesizers, George Simms on vocals, and Mike Garson on piano and keyboards.

No Trendy Réchauffé (Live Birmingham ’95) is exclusively available for pre-order now from David Bowie’s official webstore on both CD and vinyl.  The expected ship date is November 18th.  

David Bowie,No Trendy Réchauffé (Live Birmingham ’95)” (Parlophone, 2020)

The Brilliant Live Adventure series was announced back in October and will comprise six live albums recorded during the Nineties. The first, Ouvrez Le Chien, featured a Dallas, Texas, show from 1995 and was released at the end of October. One more album is expected to arrive before Christmas 2020, while the remaining three records will be released in early 2021.

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