David Bowie’s isolated vocal from ‘Life On Mars’ shows off his powerful tenor range

9 January 2017, 13:26

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By Daniel Ross

David Bowie’s vocal range is surprisingly elastic in this isolated vocal recording for ‘Life On Mars’.

He’s generally categorised as a baritone singer thanks to his sonorous lower range, but in David Bowie’s early work especially it’s possible to see his powerful tenor voice in full effect.

And there’s no better example than the epic ‘Life On Mars’, where Bowie rockets up to a B flat with no problems at all. This isolated vocal track shows that, while unpolished, his tremulous voice has real quality and range.

Sunday would’ve been Bowie’s 70th birthday, while Tuesday 10th January marks a year since his untimely death from cancer.

Tuesday's edition of The Full Works Concert is a David Bowie special, featuring works inspired by the rock legend, as well as his own turn as narrator in Peter & The Wolf.