Released: 14 August 2020
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’
- ‘Word On A Wing’
- ‘Can’t Help Thinking About Me’
- ‘China Girl’
- ‘Always Crashing In The Same Car’
- ‘Drive-In Saturday’
- ‘I Can’t Read’
- ‘The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell’
- ‘Rebel Rebel’
Something In The Air (Live Paris 99) is a live album by David Bowie, released on streaming services in August 2020.
The fifteen songs comprise the complete show at the Élysée Montmartre in Paris, France on 14 October 1999, part of the Hours Tour.
The album was announced on 6 August 2020, eight days prior to it becoming available. Footage of the Paris performance of ‘Drive-In Saturday’ was also uploaded to YouTube on the day of the announcement.
Five of the songs originally appeared on the ‘hours…’: ‘Thursday’s Child’, ‘Something In The Air’, ‘Survive’, ‘Seven’, and ‘The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell’. Two songs – ‘Life On Mars?’ and ‘Changes’ – were from 1971’s Hunky Dory.
There were one apiece from Aladdin Sane (‘Drive-In Saturday’), Diamond Dogs (‘Rebel Rebel’), Station To Station (‘Word On A Wing’), Low (‘Always Crashing In The Same Car’), Lodger (‘Repetition’), Let’s Dance (‘China Girl’), and Tin Machine (‘I Can’t Read’).
The only non-album song was ‘Can’t Help Thinking About Me’. Originally released in January 1966 by David Bowie with The Lower Third, it was unexpectedly resurrected after 31 years for the Hours Tour.
Something In The Air (Live Paris 99) was released on vinyl and compact disc on 12 March 2021, as one of the six-part Brilliant Live Adventures (1995-1999) set of live albums.
The physical release was announced on 24 February 2021 and went on sale two days later.
“I guess you know I never wanted anyone more than you”
DAVID BOWIE ‘SOMETHING IN THE AIR (LIVE PARIS 99)’ ALBUM AVAILABLE TO STREAM FROM 14th AUGUST
‘DRIVE-IN SATURDAY’ FROM THE ALBUM AUDIO AVAILABLE 7th AUGUST
Parlophone Records is proud to announce the third in a series of three digital David Bowie live releases from the 90s.
The previously unreleased David Bowie live album, ‘DAVID BOWIE SOMETHING IN THE AIR (LIVE PARIS 99)’ recorded live at the Elysée Montmartre on 14th October, 1999, is available to stream from 14th August.
DRIVE-IN SATURDAY from the same show is available as audio from 7th August, with the video premiere on YouTube this evening at 19:00 GMT.
SOMETHING IN THE AIR (LIVE PARIS 99) is a 15-track live album, featuring 12 previously unreleased recordings and three tracks used as B-sides for singles from the ‘hours…’ album. The day of the show was a momentous one for Bowie, as that afternoon he was awarded the Commandeurs of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the highest artistic honour that France can bestow.
The Elysée Montmartre performance was one of only seven full shows performed during the promotion of the ‘hours…’ album. For this special limited run of gigs Bowie dug deep into his back catalogue making these shows particularly memorable. Standout tracks include ‘Can’t Help Thinking About Me’ first released in 1966 and not performed live in over 30 years, ‘Word On A Wing’ from Station To Station was reinstated into the set after an absence of 23 years. ‘Drive-In Saturday’ had not been performed since 1974, and ‘hours…’ track ‘Something In The Air’ made its live debut at this show.
SOMETHING IN THE AIR (LIVE PARIS 99) was recorded live at the Elysée Montmartre, mixed by Mark Plati, and features 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.
DAVID BOWIE – SOMETHING IN THE AIR (LIVE PARIS 99) TRACKLISTING:
Life On Mars? (David Bowie)
Thursday’s Child (David Bowie/Reeves Gabrels)
Something In The Air (David Bowie/Reeves Gabrels)
Word On A Wing (David Bowie)
Can’t Help Thinking About Me (David Bowie)
China Girl (David Bowie/Iggy Pop)
Always Crashing In The Same Car (David Bowie)
Survive (David Bowie/Reeves Gabrels)
Drive-In Saturday (David Bowie)
Changes (David Bowie)
Seven (David Bowie/Reeves Gabrels)
Repetition (David Bowie)
I Can’t Read (David Bowie/Reeves Gabrels)
The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell (David Bowie/Reeves Gabrels)
Rebel Rebel (David Bowie)