© 2008 Electric Lady Studios
Issue No. 1, Volume MMVIII
Recorded at the Tower Theater just outside Philadelphia during a six night run for Diamond Dogs in 1974, David Live catches Bowie in transition from the glam-rock era of his career to the "plastic soul" of Young Americans. This was Bowie’s biggest live show to date with a stage set designed to suggest the post-apocalyptic setting of the album.
Tensions were reportedly high during these shows because of a dispute between the band and management regarding fair compensation. Eventually the situation was resolved and the shows went on as planned.
The original release of David Live was mixed at Electric Lady Studios, and is notable for containing no studio overdubs or rerecording “with the exception of several backing vocals due to loss of theatre mic contact.”
Recorded early in the studio’s history, and released in February 1971 - Carly Simon’s first record, the self titled Carly Simon, was recorded at Electric Lady Studios and produced by founding Electric Lady engineer Eddie Kramer. The album included her first hit, "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" - a sombre ballad centered on a woman pondering marriage with a sense of both inevitability and entrapment. Simon herself married singer-songwriter James Taylor in November 1972, but this is one song that we can be sure was not written about him — Simon wrote the music but her friend and frequent collaborator Jacob Brackman wrote the lyrics. Later in her career, after leaving Warner Brother for the Epic label, Carly Simon would return to Electric Lady Studios to work on her 12th studio album - 1985’s Spoiled Girl. The album featured production from industry heavyweights like Don Was and Phil Ramone.