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VH1 Storytellers (David Bowie album)

VH1 Storytellers
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Live album by
Released6 July 2009 (2009-07-06)
Recorded23 August 1999 (1999-08-23)
VenueManhattan Center, New York City
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Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club(B)[2]
Pitchfork Media(4.5/10)[3]

VH1 Storytellers is a live album by David Bowie. It was released on 6 July 2009 and features a 23 August 1999[5] performance on Storytellers, a VH1 program.

Background and recording

VH1 Storytellers is the last performance with collaborator and guitarist Reeves Gabrels, whom Bowie had met in 1987 and worked with since, including in the band Tin Machine. Gabrels quit the band 4 days after the show was recorded, leaving Bowie to scramble to find a lead guitarist for his upcoming Hours Tour.[6]

Packaging and releases

The package contained an audio CD and a DVD of footage, with the DVD including four bonus tracks not heard on the CD. The set list comprises songs that spanned Bowie's career until that point, from the 1960s until his then soon-to-be released album Hours (1999). VH1 Storytellers will be released on vinyl on 11 October 2019; the double album will include the four bonus recordings.[7]

Track listing

All tracks written by David Bowie except where noted.


  1. "Life on Mars?" (truncated) – 4:22
  2. "Rebel Rebel" (truncated) – 3:15
  3. "Thursday's Child" (Bowie, Reeves Gabrels) – 6:43
  4. "Can't Help Thinking About Me" – 6:31
  5. "China Girl" (Bowie, Iggy Pop) – 6:48
  6. "Seven" (Bowie, Gabrels) – 5:01
  7. "Drive-In Saturday" – 5:22
  8. "Word on a Wing" – 6:35

iTunes, DVD and 2019 vinyl bonus performances

  1. "Survive" (Bowie, Gabrels)
  2. "I Can't Read" (Bowie, Gabrels)
  3. "Always Crashing in the Same Car"
  4. "If I'm Dreaming My Life" (Bowie, Gabrels)



Chart (2009) Peak
UK Albums Chart 114


  1. ^ VH1 Storytellers at AllMusic
  2. ^ Phipps, Keith (14 July 2009), David Bowie: VH1 Storytellers (2009) | Music | Music Review, The A.V. Club, retrieved 13 March 2012
  3. ^ David Bowie: VH1 Storytellers | Album Reviews, Pitchfork, 15 July 2009, retrieved 13 March 2012
  4. ^ Carson, Craig, David Bowie: VH1 Storytellers < PopMatters,, retrieved 13 March 2012
  5. ^ "David Bowie Concert Setlist at The Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center, New York on August 23, 1999 -",
  6. ^ O'Leary, Chris (2019). Ashes to Ashes The Songs of David Bowie 1976-2016. Repeater Books. ISBN 9781912248308.
  7. ^ VH1 Storytellers set due on vinyl in October

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