Scott Walker recorded several of these translated Brel songs in the late 1960s. The BBC recording is my preferred Bowie version ( Brel’s is number one choice). David Bowie ‎– Amsterdam Label: No Limit (3) ‎– NL 98004 Format: CDr, Album, Unofficial Release Country: Japan Released: Genre: ... Not On Label (David Bowie) DB10697: 1997: Sell This Version: Reviews Add Review [r3298490] Release. In all his attempts, Bowie seems too much in awe of the material: when he tries to outdo Brel in intensity and Walker in moodiness (particularly in the studio recording) his vocal is stagy and strained, the lyric’s judgments seem unearned. Amsterdam (Jacques Brel). David Gahr Photography By. Ray Staff Mastered By. Bowie also attended the stage show Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, which, having debuted at the Village Gate in Greenwich Village, had come to London in the summer of 1968. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images Get the David Bowie Setlist of the concert at ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands on June 11, 2004 from the A Reality Tour and other David Bowie Setlists for free on setlist.fm! The play had no libretto, just a series of performances of Brel compositions, with Mort Shuman (who also performed in the play) and Eric Blau translating Brel’s lyrics (freely and racily). Brian Ward (5) Photography By. Bowie likely first heard “Amsterdam” via Scott Walker’s cover recording, which was the final track on Walker’s 1967 debut LP. After Robert Guillaume first sang “Amsterdam” at the Village Gate in January 1968, he recalled in his memoir there was a “disconcertingly long hush—followed by a roar so damn loud I jumped.”. Amsterdam (Jacques Brel). English singer David Bowie in Amsterdam, 1987. David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter and actor. Brel refused to meet Bowie when he visited Paris, saying he did not wish to meet a "pédé" ("faggot"), but the latter nevertheless still a… Very interesting, but you are being too hard on Bowie – in awe he might be, but he does try to experiment with it, does he not? Is your photo of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin itself? Style: Pop Rock, Acoustic, Chanson. Lyrics to 'Amsterdam' by David Bowie. Bowie even originally intended to end side 1 of Ziggy Stardust with his studio version of “Amsterdam,” with Side 2’s closing song, “Rock and Roll Suicide,” being a thematic twin of sorts, Bowie’s own rock & roll Brel song. Edit Release Of Amsterdam, the sail is on. The studio recording of “Amsterdam,” made in the summer of 1971 during the early Ziggy Stardust sessions, was eventually cut from the LP (though it was on the first master recording) and wound up issued as the B-side of “Sorrow” in 1973. Great song. I hadn’t consciously remembered him when I heard the song, but you’re quite right. !function(t,e,r){var n,s=t.getElementsByTagName(e)[0],i=/^http:/.test(t.location)? Amsterdam [Bowie at the Beeb] Lyrics: In the port of Amsterdam, there's a sailor who sings / Of the dreams that he brings from the wide open sea / In the port of Amsterdam… Amsterdam (Bowie, studio version 1971). Amsterdam (Scott Walker, 1967). It’s Bowie’s last apprentice work. //, Sorry, we have to make sure you're a human before we can show you this page. "http":"https";t.getElementById(r)||(n=t.createElement(e),n.id=r,n.src=i+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js",s.parentNode.insertBefore(n,s))}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); This entry was posted on Monday, December 21st, 2009 at 12:36 pm and is filed under Philips/Mercury Years: 1969-1970. I enjoyed your Breughel reference especially. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1973 Vinyl release of Sorrow / Amsterdam on Discogs. David Bowie - Amsterdam (1972) (Cover, original written by Jacques Brel in French) (In the first verse each chord indicated is swept once) Am In … And the wonderful people behind this 17th-century church in Amsterdam decided to pay tribute to Bowie’s legacy, in their own unique way. Amsterdam, 3rd June 2019 50.000 EXTRA TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR DAVID BOWIE’S LAZARUS IN AMSTERDAM THE RUN OF BOWIE’S ‘LAST MASTERPIECE’ HAS BEEN EXTENDED THANKS TO OVERWHELMING INTEREST With more than four months to go until the Lazarus premiere, the David Bowie musical has sold mor Top: “Renard Livres Echanges, near Les Halles, Paris,” 1970. David Bowie ‎– Sorrow / Amsterdam. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Format: Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Limited Edition, Remastered, Orange. Country: Mexico. This expanded edition includes two bonus tracks: Pallas Athena and V-2 Schneider. “Port of Amsterdam” is a cover of Jaques Brel’s 1964 song “Amsterdam.” The song was translated from French to English by Mort Shuman. Bowie's studio version was released as the B-side to his single "Sorrow", released in September 1973. This inspired David Bowie to record his own versions of "Amsterdam" in the early 1970s. Year: 2015. Jacques Brel, according to legend, composed "Amsterdam" in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, in a house overlooking the Mediterranean. I’ve linked to you in a post I’ve written about the Brel song because you mention things I hadn’t even considered. I’m sad this has no comments. Noticed it had nothing an I couldn’t stand for that. Amsterdam: My Death (Live) Credits (4) Gas Associates Design. “Oh, look out you rock 'n rollers” At the tail end of last year, the GRAMMY Awards department announced that David Bowie’s Changes was being inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, 45 years after its release as a 45.. They’ve recently been … Lazarus tickets. David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter and actor. Renard Livres Echanges, near Les Halles, Paris, Confusing easy with significant | Sing Better English, Matthew-Walker: David Bowie, Theatre of Music, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars: 1972. Amsterdam (Scott Walker, 1967). I agree with IDidThelggy – Brel’s original is my favourite now, though I lived for a long time only knowing Bowie’s and felt perfectly satisfied with it. Brel never recorded “Amsterdam,” despite it being one of his best-known songs: its only official release is on a 1964 live LP of Brel at the Olympia, in Paris. Open wide Bring me more fish by my side and he wants to be, but he's too full to try so it stands up loves. Label: RCA Victor ‎– SP-3943. Brel and Bowie, mixing misery and sublime, it’s an interesting encounter on the shore, a bit like the one of Nico and Marc Almond on “Irreversible neural damage”. Bowie first recorded “Amsterdam” for the BBC’s Sunday Show on 5 February 1970 (on Bowie at the Beeb), and also for “Sounds of the ’70s” on 21 September 1971. The Motel (David Bowie) (Amsterdam, Paradiso, 10th June, 1997) The Voyeur Of Utter Destruction (As Beauty) (David Bowie/Brian Eno/Reeves Gabrels) (Rio de Janeiro, Metropolitan, 2nd November, 1997) Battle for Britain (The Letter) (David Bowie/Reeves Gabrels/Mark Plati) (Radio City Music Hall New York, 15th October, 1997. Format: Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single. In late 1968 Bowie began covering “Amsterdam” with his folk trio, keeping the song in his stage repertoire until 1972 (he replaced it with Brel’s “My Death,” which better suited the times). (This recording may have been made in the summer of 1973 or in late 1971. ) Amsterdam (David Bowie, BBC, February 1970). Amsterdam (David Bowie, BBC, February 1970). Thank you for writing that. Amsterdam (Bowie, studio version 1971). The BBC version has Bowie trying to channel his Brel, while the studio version is most certainly a Walker interpretation. Both comments and pings are currently closed. Sorry, is weird and still too soon to comment on a song at this point. […] the way: there’s a lovely, thoughtful blogpost on Bowie’s Amsterdam here with an old photo of Amsterdam port and some thoughts on the sailors as characters in […]. [CDATA[ He was a leading figure in the music industry and is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, acclaimed by critics and musicians, particularly for his innovative work during the 1970s. Jacques Brel, according to legend, composed “Amsterdam” in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, in a house overlooking the Mediterranean. David Bowie ‎– Amsterdam. Released: 11 Dec 2015. Bowie also took from “Amsterdam” its sense of apocalyptic timing (such as how “Amsterdam” begins quietly, with the port slowly waking up, and builds to a wild, drunken spectacle) and its exacting demands on a singer, who has to deliver the entire lyric without barely a pause in three minutes, the intoned words “in the port of Amsterdam” serving as the unchanging hub of the song. Follow @genius on Twitter for updates In the port of Amsterdam There's a sailor who sings Of the dreams that he brings From the wide open sea In the port of Amsterdam The recent Dutch-language production of Lazarus at the DeLaMar theater in Amsterdam is the first chance for two and a half years for audiences to see Ivo van Hove’s original staging, as previously mounted in New York and London. He read the completed lyrics to a fisherman friend, who wept and cut open … LIVEANDWELL.COM was recorded in New York, Amsterdam and Rio De Janeiro during the 1997 Earthling tour. David Bowie ‎– Amsterdam Genre: Rock. Please enable Cookies and reload the page. DAVID BOWIE LIVEANDWELL.COM is a live album previously released in 2000 in limited quantities to BowieNet subscribers. He was a leading figure in the music industry and is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, acclaimed by critics and musicians, particularly for his innovative work during the 1970s. 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