I have always though of Bowie as someone who is great in front of an audience.
I agree - if you're in the audience. It's simply my opinion that his performance has never translated well in any medium that I've seen. It comes of as either half-assed or too hammy but the fact that it works in person is what ultimately matters. I'm not dissing him in any way here I just don't think that his live material is that great in recorded form. Maybe it's just me, I'm generally not a fan of live music anyways.