Released: 13 September 2000
David Bowie: vocals, guitar, saxophone
Reeves Gabrels: guitar, vocals
Gail Ann Dorsey: bass guitar, vocals, keyboards
Zack Alford: drums
Mike Garson: piano, keyboards, synthesizer
- ‘Fun (Dillinja mix)’
- ‘Little Wonder’ (Danny Saber Dance mix)
- ‘Dead Man Walking’ (Moby mix 1)
- ‘Telling Lies’ (Paradox mix)
liveandwell.com was a limited edition double CD album by David Bowie, made available only online, and including a mix of live tracks and remixes.
The first disc of liveandwell.com contained ten live recordings, made up evenly of songs from 1. Outside and Earthling. ‘The Hearts Filthy Lesson’, ‘Telling Lies’ and ‘The Motel’ were the earliest recordings, from a performance at the Paradiso in Amsterdam on 10 June 1997. ‘I’m Deranged’ was recorded during Bowie’s appearance at the Phoenix Festival in England on 19 July 1997.
The remaining live tracks were from shows later in the year. ‘I’m Afraid Of Americans’, ‘Battle For Britain (The Letter)’, ‘Seven Years In Tibet’ and ‘Little Wonder’ were recorded at the GQ Awards in New York on 15 October, while ‘Hallo Spaceboy’ and ‘The Voyeur Of Utter Destruction (As Beauty)’ were recorded in Rio on 2 November.
The live recordings were mixed with Gabrels and Mark Plati, and the band was brought into the studio to record two new tracks: ‘Fun’ and a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Tryin’ To Get To Heaven’, originally released on his 1997 album Time Out Of Mind.
The second compact disc contained four remixes, and enhanced content including Bowieworld, a 3D chat program; a link to the now-defunct website www.liveandwell.com; and a link to download a web browser, Bowie ID Frame.
Three of the remixes were of songs from Earthling. The other was ‘Fun’, originally a drum and bass song from the Earthling tour, which was originally known as ‘Is It Any Wonder’. Reworked in the studio with new lyrics, it was sometimes referred to in interviews as Funhouse.
Although Bowie hoped for liveandwell.com to have a full commercial release, his label Virgin was unenthusiastic and refused to issue it.
Unfortunately Virgin refused to put it out after it was submitted in late winter 1998. Aside from the obvious, the bad news was that in the amount of time spent by David, Mark Plati and myself compiling and editing, we could have written and recorded the follow-up Earthling album that I’d hoped we’d do.
The Complete David Bowie, Nicholas Pegg
Bowie and Gabrels began work on ‘hours…’, and the live album was temporarily shelved. The various live tracks were made available as digital downloads to BowieNet members, and in September 2000 the two-CD set was given away to subscribers. It soon became a sought-after rarity commanding high prices on the second-hand market.
liveandwell.com was the first of four Bowie digital albums containing live recordings from the 1990s, which were released in the summer of 2020. The others were Ouvrez Le Chien (Live Dallas 95), Something In The Air (Live Paris 99), and ChangesNowBowie.
The 2020 release was only available on streaming and digital download services. It augmented the original ten songs with two bonus tracks: ‘Pallas Athena’ and ‘V-2 Schneider’, both recorded at the Amsterdam Paradiso on 10 June 1997.