David Bowie

In Person

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One of the top bootleg labels of the '70s was Trade Mark of Quality, which enjoyed a loyal following in rock's underground market. When collectors saw Trade Mark's logo (which depicted a pig), they took notice. Collectors certainly noticed In Person, which was recorded at the Santa Monica Civic in Santa Monica, CA on October 20, 1972. The LP's art work is nothing special -- just a plain white LP jacket with the "liner notes" (if you can call them that) on a sheet of green typing paper. But the sound quality is decent, and Bowie is in excellent form on Space Oddity's title song as well as pearls from Ziggy Stardust ("Hang on to Yourself," "Ziggy Stardust") and Hunky Dory ("Changes," "Life on Mars"). When this LP was recorded, bootlegs were the only place to go for live Bowie recordings -- the singer was still two years away from his first official live album, David Live. In the 1970s, In Person generally sold for around $4 or $5. But in the '80s and '90s, collectors were willing to pay top dollar for rare copies of the LP, which became increasingly hard to find as the years passed.