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The 5 Bowie Albums in Rolling Stones’ Top 500

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Rolling Stone magazine announced this week that its releasing its 2020 Top 500 albums list as a coffee table book. It is at least the fourth edition of the list, dating back to 2003, however I think I remember an even earlier version. Anyway, Bowie albums make up a total of 1% of the entire list. He’s tied with Led…

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Last Three Bowie Albums I’ve Listened To

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1. Blackstar. I just finished reading Blackstar Theory, which ends with a deep analysis of Blackstar. So naturally, that’s what I wanted to hear. It keeps getting better, the more I hear it. 2. Low. Basically, I just wanted to listen to it. Also, its easy to have on in the background. 3. Something In the Air. Live album chosen…

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New Bowie Box Set on Davidbowie.com

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DavidBowie.com is advertising a new box set of early recordings, 48 of which are supposedly never previously released. Below is the track listing. Of course, the previously unreleased songs have all been released in one form or another, but I’m looking forward to hearing these demos and alternate takes. I am hoping the BBC radio concert records are not the…

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Which will be the 100th album?

Albums

You might have noticed that, “The Best of Bowie” was the 98th Bowie related album to appear in this blog. Included in the 98 are studio albums, live albums, soundtracks and compilations by Bowie, as well as albums on which he contributed at least two songs, albums he produced and I think some cover albums as well. There might be…

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Album 98 | Best of Bowie (2002)

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I finally got around to listening to this greatest hits compilation, and…its a greatest hits compilation (with a somewhat interesting history). There’s much to like, but the reason I never purchased it or listened to the whole thing is that I already have (almost) all the songs on other albums. That said, I found this to be better than many…

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Brilliant Live Adventure Albums Back at davidbowie.com

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Brilliant Live Adventures is the name of a series of live albums comprised of some of Bowie’s 1990s performances distributed by davidbowie.com.  Upon their original issuance, I was able to buy “At the Kit Kat Club,” “Something in the Air,” and “No Trendy Rechauffe.”  I already had a fourth album, “Live and Well.com” (which was actually a re-release of a…

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Album 97 | The Gouster

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A box set of Bowie’s mid-70s material called, “Who Can I Be Now,” was issued a few years ago and included what was billed as a previously unreleased album called, “The Gouster.”  “The Gouster” is basically a first draft of what would become, “Young Americans,” and although some of the songs are slight variants of their more familiar versions on,…

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Album 96 | Nick Lowe’s, “Bowi” (1978)

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Nick Lowe titled this 1978 EP “Bowi,” without the “E” as a joke suggesting that Bowie’s album, “Low,” was named after him, again without the “E.”  The four songs on the EP have nothing to do with Bowie, however they are kind of funny without being novelty songs.  For instance, “Marie Provost” is an upbeat song about the hideous, lonely…

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Week 95 | Devo’s “Q: Are We Not Men?” (1978)

Albums

I’ve recently been reading a compilation of interviews with David Bowie called, “Bowie on Bowie,” and learned something I didn’t know:  Bowie co-produced Devo’s first album, “Are We Not Men.”  Actually, it was Bowie and Brian Eno, and they did this in 1978, right in the middle of Bowie and Eno’s collaboration known as the Berlin Trilogy.  This was also…

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The Iggy Popathon

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So, with my wife out of town I finally had the opportunity to listen to all the music she doesn’t like.  First on the list:  Iggy Pop.  I busted out all the Iggy Pop albums I have, and then listened to one more that I streamed for a total of thirteen— which just scratches the surface of The Godfather of…

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Week 94 | Omikron: The Nomad Soul (1999)

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On the occasion of the increased prominence of the word, “Omicron,” I am taking a moment to acknowledge Bowie’s role in the 1999 video game, “Omikron: The Nomad Soul.”  I have never played the game, but the enduring part of Bowie’s contribution was a set of songs that formed the backbone of his album, “hours...”. Attached is a video compilation…

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Week 93 | On Never Let Me Down 2018 (2018)

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I’ve recently set off to listen to all of Bowie’s studio albums in order, not in one sitting but casually, over time.  I plan to comment on the experience later.  What kind of stopped me in my tracks is finally listening to Never Let Me Down 2018.  Amidst a flood of repackaged materials and live albums that have proliferated since…

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Week 92 | “Toy” (revisited) (2021)

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For a long time, the number one contender for the title of “Great Lost Bowie Album” was Toy, a genuine studio album that was never officially released.  My entry from “Week 77,” August 31, 2019 discusses the album, unofficial versions of which were so easy to find that anyone who wanted to hear it would have multiple options.  Well, the…

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Week 91| 50th Birthday Broadcast: 1997 Acoustic Celebration (2019)

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October 15, 2021 This one was a pleasant surprise.  What I was expecting to hear from this CD was a recording of Bowie’s 50th birthday concert, which took place in New York City in 1997 and featured Bowie as well as several guest artists.  That’s not what this album is.  Instead, it is an hour-long British radio broadcast featuring recordings…

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Week 89 | Something in the Air: Live Paris 99 (2021)

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The number of Bowie live albums has proliferated so much since his death that some of them are starting to sound alike.  There are so many, that despite having commented on 88 previous Bowie albums, I have been unable to keep up.  There are albums on Amazon that I have never heard of.  I missed one of a series of…

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Week 88 | Ouvrez Le Chien and No Trendy Rechauffe (2020)

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Bowie’s official web site, Davidbowie.com, has been a great source for the parade of live albums that roll out at a rate of one every few months since Bowie’s death.  The site is currently releasing a series of albums taken from performances but Bowie in the 1990s, under the umbrella title of, “Brilliant Live Adventures.”  In a way, this is…

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Week 88 | Unplugged & Slightly Phased (2019)

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Well, this is yet another “new” Bowie live album, released in 2019 but featuring two performances by Bowie in 1996 at an annual fundraiser organized by Neil Young’s wife, Pegi benefitting a school for children with special needs in California.  This album is distinct from most of the ever-expanding line of live Bowie albums released since his death for a…

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Week 87 | Area 2 Festival (2020)

Albums

I suppose it was inevitable: I have found a live album largely recorded from a concert I actually attended.  An oddity of Bowie’s postmortem career is that he has been releasing albums at a faster rate than he ever did in life.  Of course none of these albums are truly new, and many, like this one, are ironically “live” recordings…

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Week 86 | Serious Moonlight (Live ‘83) and Glass Spider (2018)

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Earlier this year, I had been listening to two surprisingly good “new” live CDs released in 2018 but recorded in the 1980s. Bowie’s Serious Moonlight tour, promoting “Let’s Dance,” was probably the peak of his mass appeal as a pop star. The following major tour, Glass Spider, which was promoting, “Never Let Me Down,” was the first occasion for me…

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Week 85 | Is It Any Wonder? (2020)

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Bowie’s posthumous career continues going strong with this brief but welcomed compilation of material from around the “Earthling” period of 1997. This EP contains six songs, none of which I recall coming across before in the form they appear on this album. I (began) writing this as I am listening to the album for the first time. My initial impression…

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Week 84 | Glastonbury 2000

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Another in the series of posthumous live albums, this one, much as the name implies, is a recording of Bowie’s 2000 appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in England.  It contains a healthy sampling of Bowie songs from the 70s, 80s and, best of all, 90s.  The more recent songs are the highlight of this two-disc collection because there are fewer…

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Four years after his death, Bowie is going strong

Albums, Songs

The magazine version of Billboard recently published its “Top 125” in its 125th anniversary issue.  The rankings were apparently based on cumulative chart performance over the magazine’s history.  Not surprisingly, The Beatles came out on top.  Elton John was the number one solo performer.  The Rolling Stones, Madonna and Michael Jackson were all up there.  Further down the list were…

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Week 83 | Ziggy Stardust the Motion Picture Soundtrack (1983)

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This is the soundtrack to the concert film of Bowie’s last concert (sort of) as Ziggy Stardust, so it is really a live album.  As audible audience shrieks indicate, concert-goers did not expect Bowie to announce that this would be, “the last show we would ever do.”  Never mind that Ziggy and the Spiders would make another appearance for the…

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Week 82 | Young Lions (1990)

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For purposes of this project, I have defined a Bowie album as any with at least two songs on which Bowie contributed.  A few albums make this list with just two songs (for instance, Scarlet Johansson’s “Anywhere I Lay My Head” or Rustic Overtones’ “Viva Nueva”).  Unlike those albums, I actually listen to the entirety of Adrian “Young Lions” from…

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Week 81 | Young Americans (1975)

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Young Americans had been one of my least favorite Bowie albums for many years.  Sure I like the title track, as well as, “Fame,” which was Bowie’s first #1 single, at least in the US.  But those two songs stand out as distinct from much of the rest of the album.  There’s an accessible but not entirely great cover of…

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Week 80 | VH1 Storytellers (2009)

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This is a neat little live album recorded (and presumably shown on VH1) leading up to the release of, “...hours,” but released as a CD in 2009, during the long period in which Bowie was not releasing new studio albums.   The album differs from other live albums in that it was recorded before a small studio audience.  As the…

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Week 79 | Velvet Goldmine (1998) and Viva Nueva! (2001)

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I was originally planning to write two separate entires about these two very different albums.  They have little to do with one another.  “Viva Nueva!” is an album by the band, Rustic Overtones on which Bowie contributes to two songs, “Sector Z” and “Man Without a Mouth.”  Throughout this project, I have considered any album with at least two songs…

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Week 78 | Transformer (1972)

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Lou Reed’s, “Transformer,” like Mott the Hoople’s, “All the Young Dudes” and the Stooges’, “Raw Power,” is one of the early 70s classic albums produced by Bowie that helped resurrect a flailing career.  It includes some of Reed’s best known songs, such as, “Walk on the Wild Side,” “Perfect Day,” and, “Satellite of Love.”  Bowie’s influence on the album runs…

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Week 77 | Toy (2001)

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In recent weeks, I have commented on albums that are not broadly popular— the Tin Machine albums and”Tonight.”  I like each of them.  I see genuine virtue where many don’t.  I often found with Bowie that repeated listening of albums that go down rough the first time lead to appreciation.  But even I have my limits.  “Toy” breaches that limit.…

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Week 76 | Tonight (1984)

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I feel defensive about, “Tonight.”  The album has taken a beating since Bowie’s death, often ending up last on retrospective rankings of his studio releases.  Even before then, some of Bowie’s most enthusiastic fans, such as his chronicler, Chris O’Leary called it, “terrible”— “Bowie seemed to have lost everything that had once made him—his tactical intelligence as a singer, his…

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