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Friday, October 24, 2008

David Bowie #5


10-24-08 David Bowie #5


We conclude our examination of Mr. Bowie…


10" UNDER THE GOD (Tin Machine) EMI AMERICA UK 10MT 68

1989 3 TRKS with pic sleeve; interview

7" UP THE HILL BACKWARDS / CRYSTAL JAPAN RCA UK BOW 9

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

LP YOUNG AMERICANS RCA US APL1-0998

1975 8 TRKS U.S. pressing

CD YOUNG AMERICANS re TOSHIBA JPN TOCP-6211

1975 11 TRKS ('91 issue)(3 x bonus tracks)

7" YOUNG AMERICANS / KNOCK ON WOOD RCA US PB 10152

1975 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

CD5 ZIGGY STARDUST (Live) GOLDEN YEARS UK GYCDS 002

1994 3 TRK CD Single CD5 ('72 live recording)

LP ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS RCA US LSP 4702

1972 11 TRKS U.S. pressing

CD ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS re RYKODISC US RCD 10134

1972 16 TRKS (5 x bonus tracks) ('90 issue) – I also have a MiniDisc of this version.


So, I am fairly strong with his releases from “Space Oddity” aka “Man of Music, Man of Words” up to “Never Let Me Down”. “Low” is the definite favorite. The poor cousins? “Stage” or “Tonight”?

And, yes = there are still a few things I would like to add to this collection: a UK 45 of “DJ”, for instance. A UK 45 of “Jean Genie”. And so forth.


Thanks for reading the Bowie list this week.


On Monday, we return to our regular non-Bowie programming.



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Anonymous Jim Donato said...

Jim rates the Bowie albums because well, it's one of the few artists I have every album of!

1. Deram Anthology > C- some surprisingly good songs amid the Newleyisms. Then there's the laughing gnome!
2. Space Oddity > B- real growth from the early stuff
3. The Man Who Sold The World > B hard rocking
4. Hunky Dory > B+
5. Ziggy Stardust > A+ undeniably powerful
6. Aladdin Sane > B+
7. Pin Ups > C+ not the best cover album, nor the worst but probably one of the first in a post-modern rock context - at least he was in a tie with Bryan Ferry here. Ferry won.
8. Diamond Dogs > A+ real movement away from blues based rock!
9. David Live > D pretty worthless
10. Young Americans > B- I used to HATE this but about half of it has grown on me after nearly 30 years. The tracks left off the original release were far better than what got slapped on in Hollywood, with the exception of Fame - always a killa groove! That foghorn bass synth still slays me! NOTHING has ever sounded that powerful ever again.
11. Station To Station > A+ Brilliant.
12. Low > A++ Even more brilliant!!!
13. Heroes > A++ most of my favorite Bowie tunes reside here. Beauty & The Beast, Heroes & Secret Life Of Arabia. Ron - I'm SHOCKED that you don't have the keen-o "Beauty & The Beast" USPOPS 12" with the extended version!
14. Stage > C I find it kind of interesting to hear the Ziggy material with Adrian Belew & synthesizers used
15. Lodger > B the weak sister of the Eno trilogy
16. Scary Monsters > A++ a man at the top of his form + Fripp on guitar
17. Let's Dance > F awful songs, production and playing!
18. Ziggy Stardust The Motion Picture > C- hardly essential - David Bowie is not about live performance
19. Tonight > F pure laziness and cynicism
20. Never Let Me Down > D- Wanna bet? This only gets a barely passing grade for "Time Will Crawl," the only song released by him on 3 albums that sounds like a Bowie track! Elsewhere the 1-2 decent ideas per cut are smothered with 6-7 really BAD ones!
21. Tin Machine > A- after the last three Bowie farragoes, this came as a welcome relief - and his hardest rocking album since TMWSTW. Reeves Gabrels is a derivative blend of many Bowie guitarists but his instincts served his master well for the decade he was Bowie's guitarist.
22. Tin Machine II > C- would have made a good EP
23. Oy Vey Baby > D+ a recent listen didn't suck as much as I seemed to remember
24. Black Tie White Noise > B Strong start/weak finish. The first Morrissey cover I HATED is on this album and my obsession with Scott Walker begins here. Nite Flights (Walker cover) is by far the best track but more than half of the songs are pretty good! Nile Rogers' production isn't one of his usual loser jobs.
25. The Buddha Of Suburbia > A+ WOW! The album I was expecting after Scary Monsters - only a dozen years late!
26. Outside > D- a few good songs in a welter of embarrassing conceits and performances! Unlistenable as a whole. Eno's shame.
27. Earthling > B+ great sounding but largely meaningless experiments in sound. The concert turned me around on this material as I hate techno.
28. Hours > A Wow! real written songs that didn't sound improvised in the studio as his M.O. had demanded for decades. This album made me go back and buy the Bowie albums I'd passed over in previous years.
29. Heathen > B+ the Stardust Cowboy cover is awesome! I even liked the Pixies cover. Sunday shows the influence of Scott Walker again. Big time.
30. Reality > B Could this be Bowie's last album? Not a bad one to bow out on. Bring Me The Disco King is KILLER jazz! I want a whole album of this sound!!!

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