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David Bowie In Bertolt Brecht's Baal
Soundtrack, Interview, Public Broadcast, Musical
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Baal is an EP by David Bowie, comprising recordings of songs written for Bertolt Brecht’s play Baal. In August 1981, Bowie had begun rehearsals to appear in the BBC version of Baal. The lyrics to the songs were all translated by Ralph Manheim and John Willett. Bowie did not think of the television play as a success on broadcast due to its cinematography, he's grown to appreciate it by 1983.

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David Bowie seems like a nice boy, though people kept calling him ugly and fat. It often looked beautiful with the old gold of something that has hung too long in a smoky room. Ah, gaslight, if you are of a sentimental turn. He later re-recorded them with a band: David Bowie in Berthold Brecht’s Baal. All our journalism is independent and is in no way influenced by any advertiser or commercial initiative.

Baal was not one of Bertolt Brecht's most appealing visions. The tale of a dissolute itinerant wretch whose natural talent for composing amoral ditties was mere accompaniment to his life of debauchery, it was the saga, according to David Bowie, of the original Super Punk - which is doubtless what attracted him to it, when he was offered the title role in a 1982 BBC TV play. Bowie perform five songs during the course of the play, each of which coupled Brecht's original lyric (as translated by John Willett) to a contemporary Dominic Muldowney arrangement

David Bowie released two classic studio albums between 1978 and 1982 (Lodger and Scary Monsters ), as well as a wealth of work for film, television and more. Bowie also found time to embark upon a massive world tour, documented by the double live album Stage, along with two acclaimed projects for film and television. David bowie in bertolt brecht’s baal. 10 vinyl EP. Side 1: Baal’s Hymn (Der Choral Vom Großen Baal). Remembering Marie A. (Erinnerung An Die Marie . Side 2.


1 Baal 60:00
2 Friday Night And Saturday Morning - Interview With Tim Rice 20:00


"Baal's Hymn" (Brecht/Muldowney) - 4:02
"Remembering Marie A" (Traditional, adapted by Brecht/Muldowney) - 2:07
"Ballad of the Adventurers" (Brecht/Muldowney) - 2:01
"The Drowned Girl" (Brecht/Weil) - 2:26
"The Dirty Song" (Brecht/Muldowney) - 0:38

"Baal" was the first play written by German dramatist Bertolt Brecht, one which he constantly rewrote througout his entire life. David Bowie is perfectly cast in the BBC production of a one-hour version of the play, as the alcoholic, womanizing, murderous itinerant muscian/poet title character. Zoe Wanamaker is also terrific as one of Baal's girlfriends. Not everyone's cup of tea for sure but for those looking for something different or for fans of Bowie, definitely worth searching out.

PLUS a 20 minute US TV interview about Bowie's performance of John Merrick "The Elephant Man" with excerpts from the stage play and a very lucid interview with Tim Rice.

Note that the timings listed on the rear jacket, as above, for the musical performances in "Baal" are a straight lift from the EP release David Bowie - David Bowie In Bertolt Brecht's Baal. However, "Baal's Hymn" is not performed as a full run through of the song in the play itself, instead it features Bowie at intervals singing a few stanzas of the song (just Bowie and banjo not the fully orchestrated version on the EP) by way of introduction to each chapter of the play. In addition, the blurb above is incorrect in stating that the bonus interview is from a US source. In fact, like "Baal" the source is the BBC from a late night chat show called "Friday Night and Saturday Morning" that ran from 1979-82. It also fails to mention that part of the interview also covers the then newly released album "Scary Monsters and Super Creeps".

"Baal" broadcast date 2nd of March 1982, "Friday Night And Saturday Morning" broadcast on 10 October 1980.

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
BOW 11 David Bowie David Bowie In Bertolt Brecht's Baal ‎(7", EP) RCA BOW 11 UK 1982
CPL1-4346 David Bowie David Bowie In Bertolt Brecht's Baal ‎(12", EP) RCA Victor CPL1-4346 US 1982
094637 014059 David Bowie David Bowie In Bertolt Brecht's Baal ‎(5xFile, MP3, 320) EMI 094637 014059 UK 2007
CPK1-4346 David Bowie David Bowie In Bertolt Brecht's Baal ‎(Cass, EP) RCA Victor CPK1-4346 US 1982
RCLP 20366 David Bowie David Bowie In Bertolt Brecht's Baal ‎(12") RCA Victor RCLP 20366 Greece 1982