In the port of Amsterdam, There's a Sailor who sings...
Originally due last year, Next, a tribute to Jacques Brel, is now scheduled for release next week in France (I guess the French deserve it first, even if Brel was a Belgian) and here in the UK on March 15th. David Bowie is represented here by his brilliant version of Amsterdam.
Along with Scott Walker, DB was instrumental in bringing the name of Jacques Brel to a wider audience here in the UK, via this recording of Amsterdam, and through his breathtaking live version of My Death.
Apart from the famous version of My Death performed at Hammersmith Odeon for the last live Ziggy show, (which included some wonderful audience participation..."Me! Me! Me!") David resurrected the song with great success for the Outside tour in 1995.
Anyway, I digress... As I say, Amsterdam is the Bowie recording on this compilation, which is surely worth the price alone just to get Seasons In The Sun by Terry Jacks on CD! };-)
Here's the full tracklisting for Next:
01 Mathilda - Scott Walker,
02 If You Go Away - Dusty Springfield
03 Amsterdam - David Bowie
04 Next - Sensational Alex Harvey Band
05 Jackie - Divine Comedy
06 Why Should It Be That Man Gets Bored - Paul Armfield
07 The Lovers - Jimmy Rogers
08 If We Only Have Love - Dionne Warwick
09 Girls And The Dogs - Scott Walker
10 Amsterdam - Anne Watts
11 If You Go Away - Emiliana Torrini
12 Next - Gavin Friday & Man Seezer
13 Litany For A Return - Marc Almond
14 The Desperate Ones - Nina Simone
15 Seasons In The Sun - Terry Jacks