Recorded: 19 November 1999
Producer: David Bowie
Mixing: Mark Plati
Released: 2 April 2021
David Bowie: vocals, guitar
Mark Plati, Page Hamilton: guitar
Gail Ann Dorsey: bass guitar, vocals
Mike Garson: piano, keyboards, synthesisers
Sterling Campbell: drums
Emm Gryner, Holly Palmer: vocals
- ‘Life On Mars?’
- ‘Thursday’s Child’
- ‘Something In The Air’
- ‘China Girl’
- ‘Can’t Help Thinking About Me’
- ‘Always Crashing In The Same Car’
- ‘The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell’
- ‘I’m Afraid Of Americans’
The final instalment in the Brilliant Live Adventures (1995-1999) series of live albums was At The Kit Kat Klub (Live New York 99).
The album announced on 17 March 2021, and went on sale two days later, ahead of its 2 April release date.
The concert was recorded in New York on 19 November 1999 in front of an invite-only audience of fans and contest winners. It was recorded and filmed, and broadcast in December 1999 on liveonline.net.
The set was markedly similar to the previous album in the series, Something In The Air (Live Paris 99), which was recorded with the same musicians just one month earlier. The only songs unique to At The Kit Kat Klub were ‘Stay’ and ‘I’m Afraid Of Americans’, while Something In The Air contained versions of ‘Word On A Wing’, ‘Drive-In Saturday’, ‘Repetition’, ‘I Can’t Read’, and ‘Rebel Rebel’.
At The Kit Kat Klub was not the full concert, and contained just 12 of the 17 songs performed. The missing songs were ‘Drive-In Saturday’, ‘Cracked Actor’, ‘Ashes To Ashes’, ‘Repetition’, and ‘Rebel Rebel’.
The 12-song set had been widely bootlegged previously, having been issued as a promotional CD by Virgin in 1999, meaning that many fans already owned the set.
Furthermore, the recordings of ‘Seven’, ‘Something In The Air’, and ‘The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell’ had been officially released in the UK in July 2000, on the third CD single of ‘Seven’.
Despite these issues, At The Kit Kat Klub (Live New York 99) sold out faster than any of the other BLA releases, although server crashes on the Warner webstore Dig meant that many fans were left frustrated and disappointed with the process. Vinyl and CDs on Bowie’s online store and Rhino’s webstore sold out in minutes, as did the reissued vinyl slipcases for the complete set. The CD slipcases sold out in just over 30 minutes.
“By the time I got to New York…”
Using a process of elimination, it’s possible that some of you saw this one coming. The news is that DAVID BOWIE AT THE KIT KAT KLUB (LIVE NEW YORK 99) will be available for pre-order this coming Friday, 19th March, on CD and double vinyl, with a release date of 2nd April.
Use this link on Friday to pre-order both BLA Part 6 and extra slipcases which will be available at the same time.
Keep reading for the full press release.
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DAVID BOWIE AT THE KIT KAT KLUB (LIVE NEW YORK 99) TO BE RELEASED ON CD AND 2xLP 2nd APRIL
SIXTH & FINAL RELEASE IN ‘BRILLIANT LIVE ADVENTURES’ SERIES OF SINGLE PRESSING LIVE ALBUMS FROM THE 1990s
LIMITED EDITION BOXES TO HOUSE COMPLETE SETS AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY VIA THE DAVID BOWIE OFFICIAL STORE & WARNER MUSIC GROUP’S DIG! STORE
Parlophone Records is proud to announce DAVID BOWIE AT THE KIT KAT KLUB (LIVE NEW YORK 99), the sixth and final instalment of DAVID BOWIE ‘BRILLIANT LIVE ADVENTURES’, a series of 1990s era Bowie live albums released as limited one run only vinyl and CD pressings. The albums and limited-edition boxes to house the full vinyl or CD collections will be available only via the David Bowie official store and Warner Music Group’s Dig! store.
Out 2nd April on CD and double vinyl, DAVID BOWIE AT THE KIT KAT KLUB (LIVE NEW YORK 99) is a 12-track live album, recorded on 19th November 1999 in front of an invite-only audience of fans and contest winners.
The show was recorded and filmed for webcast the following month via Liveonline.net. The audio from the show was previously only available as a 12-track promotional CD.
DAVID BOWIE AT THE KIT KAT KLUB (LIVE NEW YORK 99) was recorded live at the Kit Kat Klub, 19th November 1999, produced by David Bowie, mixed by Mark Plati, and features Bowie backed by Page Hamilton – guitar, Gail Ann Dorsey – bass, vocals, Mark Plati – guitar, Sterling Campbell – drums, Mike Garson – piano, keyboards, synthesisers and Emm Gryner and Holly Palmer – backing vocals.