Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78)

Welcome to the Blackout
(Live London '78)
Live album by
Released21 April 2018 (2018-04-21)
Recorded30 June – 1 July 1978
VenueEarls Court, London
StudioRCA Mobile
GenreArt rock
ProducerTony Visconti
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Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78) is a live album by English singer-songwriter David Bowie recorded on the Isolar II Tour. It had a limited vinyl release on 21 April 2018 for Record Store Day. A more widely available CD edition followed on 29 June 2018, along with digital releases for download and streaming.


The album was recorded live during the Isolar II Tour at Earls Court, London on 30 June and 1 July 1978 by Tony Visconti with the RCA mobile unit. It was mixed by Bowie and David Richards at Mountain Studios, Montreux, from 17–22 January 1979.

The 1st July performances of "Be My Wife" and "Sound and Vision" were previously released on the semi-official 1995 Mainman compilation album, Rarestonebowie.

The shows were filmed by the director David Hemmings for cinematic release later in 1978. Bowie was dissatisfied with the film and it was never released, saying in 2000, “I simply didn’t like the way it had been shot."

Track listing

Vinyl release

All tracks are written by David Bowie, except where noted.

Side one
1."Warszawa"David Bowie, Brian Eno 
2."'Heroes'"Bowie, Eno 
3."What in the World"  
Side two
4."Be My Wife" 
5."The Jean Genie" 
7."Sense of Doubt" 
Side three
8."Speed of Life"  
9."Sound and Vision"  
10."Breaking Glass"Bowie, Dennis Davis, George Murray 
11."Fame"Bowie, Carlos Alomar, John Lennon 
12."Beauty and the Beast"  
Side four
13."Five Years" 
14."Soul Love" 
16."Hang On to Yourself" 
17."Ziggy Stardust" 
18."Suffragette City" 
Side five
19."Art Decade"  
20."Alabama Song"Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill 
21."Station to Station"  
Side six
22."TVC 15" 
24."Rebel Rebel" 

CD Release

Disc one
3."What in the World"4:07
4."Be My Wife"2:53
5."The Jean Genie"6:34
7."Sense of Doubt"3:40
8."Speed of Life"2:37
9."Sound and Vision"3:12
10."Breaking Glass"3:31
12."Beauty and the Beast"4:58
Disc two
1."Five Years"6:09
2."Soul Love"2:52
4."Hang On to Yourself"2:40
5."Ziggy Stardust"3:25
6."Suffragette City"4:02
7."Art Decade"3:08
8."Alabama Song"3:59
9."Station to Station"11:10
10."TVC 15"4:18
12."Rebel Rebel"3:53


Live performance personnel

  • Jan Michael Alejandro – band tech
  • Vern "Moose" Constan – band tech
  • Leroy Kerr – band tech
  • Buford Jones – FOH mixer
  • Townsend Wessinger – Showco sound crew
  • Billy King – Showco sound crew
  • Russell Davis – Showco sound crew
  • Randy Marshall – Showco sound crew
  • Glenn George – Showco sound crew


Chart performance for Welcome to the Blackout
Chart (2018) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) 55
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) 39
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) 96
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) 32
French Albums (SNEP) 127
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) 58
Irish Albums (IRMA) 36
Italian Albums (FIMI) 83
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ) 3
Portuguese Albums (AFP) 30
Scottish Albums (OCC) 11
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE) 86
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) 75
UK Albums (OCC) 16
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard) 23

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