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Tonight (1984, album #76) updated

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On the occasion of Tina Turner’s death I was looking back over past blog entires and noticed that the video I linked to my discussion of the album Tonight had broken. That provided me an opportunity to update the entry and add a new link, which is the audio of the album’s version of the title track, which Turner sings…

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Album 104: Ziggy Stardub by Easy Star All-Stars

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I am not especially drawn to reggae music. Bowie’s main experiment with the genre was with Tonight, the album that is probably least popular among fans (which, in fairness, is not a reggae album, thought some of the songs are influenced by reggae). I also was not familiar with the East Star All-Stars before this album, though I have learned…

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2023 is a sad, strange milestone year

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Bowie albums tend to get a flurry of retrospective media coverage when they reach an anniversary that ends in “0.” This year, I’ve seen such retrospectives for the 50th anniversary of Pin Ups and Aladdin Sane, the 40th for Let’s Dance, the 30th for Black Tie White Noise and the 10th for The Next Day. I expect to see something…

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Album 103: By Popular Demand (2020)

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Oddly enough, the first thing I feel compelled to clarify is that this double live album is not a recording of a Bowie concert in Buffalo. The reason I’m starting with that is that the album cover explains that it is a recording of “The 96.9 Buffalo, NY Sound and Vision Broadcast, 1990.” And so it is. It’s a recording…

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1976 Vancouver Concert Rehersal

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YouTube keeps sending me these recordings of complete concerts, and as I listen to them, I’ll post them! That said, you will notice that there is no video link. For some reason, YouTube won’t let me link to it. Before reading any further, try this link. I hope you are able to find this video. In a way, something like…

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Bowie at the Hammersmith, 2002

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A few days ago I posted a recording from a CD that I had previously never heard of called, By Popular Demand. That’s a live album from Bowie’s 1990 Sound and Vision tour, which was conceived of as his last greatest hits tour. Back then, I saw the concert in Hartford. The idea was that Bowie was going to perform…

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Bowie at Montreux, Complete 2002 Concert

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One of the great things about YouTube is that it has an idea of what I like and, from time to time, gives me something that I have never heard before. This is an entire concert of Bowie performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2002, while he was promoting Heathen. Wow. This is an excellent concert. The sound quality…

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The Last Three Bowie Albums I’ve Listened To…

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Since I brought a CD player to my office, I’ve been cycling through my extensive collection of Bowie CDs. The exercise takes me away from what I’m otherwise normally drawn to, only to be reminded that even lesser Bowie or Bowie related albums tend to be pretty good. The last three I’ve listen to are: Welcome to the Blackout (Live…

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Best and Worst Song From Every Bowie Album (Part 5: 1999-2016)

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‘hours…’ (1999). Bowie used the cover art of ‘hours…’ to signal another stylistic change. The “new” Bowie held, Pieta style, an exhausted— or dead— looking Bowie much as he had appeared over the past few years. The loud period was over, as was Bowie’s final (overt) attempt to appeal to a younger audience. From here on out his music would…

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Best and Worst Song From Every Bowie Album (Part 3: 1983-1987)

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Let’s Dance (1983). After a three year break between albums, Bowie reinvented himself as a pop star with this, one of his most successful releases. The album is anchored by its strong first three songs, “Modern Love,” “China Girl” and “Let’s Dance,” and I’m going to say the title track is both the strongest and probably song that had the…

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Best and Worst Song From Every Bowie Album (Part 2: 1975-1980)

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Young Americans (1975). My least favorite Bowie album from the 70s, this one still has some great songs. I’m going to say “Fame” is on top here. It was Bowie’s first #1, at least in the U.S., and its a song he continued to perform late into his career. I’m not so partial to the so-called plastic soul songs. This…

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Revisiting Never Let Me Down (1995 reissue)

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In the last few weeks I’ve commented on some of Bowie’s worst music, including through a blog post in which I quoted from Nicholas Pegg writing about some of the songs he apparently likes least. Many of those songs came from the album, Never Let Me Down, which has been regarded as a low point for Bowie since its release…

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Album 102: “The Bowie Project” (2023) by the Metropolitan Jazz Octet, featuring Paul Mar

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I have heard Bowie’s music interpreted in different ways including as classical music. Bowie’s long-time pianist Mike Garson translated Bowie songs into piano jazz a while back. Bowie himself occasionally veered in the direction of jazz, especially in his final album, Blackstar, featuring jazz musician Donny McCaslin, who himself adapted some Bowie songs for his own subsequent records. This disc,…

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Album 101: “Divine Symmetry,” Part 4, Disc 4

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The concept behind Divine Symmetry is that it tracks the evolution of the collection of songs that would eventually find their way on to Hunky Dory. The first three discs include some demos and live performances. They include both songs that would eventually make it all the way to the final album, as well as some that dropped off along…

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Album 101: Divine Symmetry, Part 3, Disc 3

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The third disc in this collection, subtitled, “The Journey to Hunk Dory,” consists of a fairly short radio concert from the BBC show, “Sounds of the 70s with Bob Harris” (recorded in September, 1971), and the recording of a concert at a club called Friars Aylesbury from the same month. Friars Aylesbury is still up and running, advertising itself as…

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Album 101: Divine Symmetry Part 2, Disc 2

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The second disc of the Divine Symmetry box set features a BBC radio concert put on by Bowie and friends, including the future members of the Spiders From Mars from June, 1971. Although the songs are more or less familiar, the performances — including three in which Bowie is not the lead singer— are not. So, like the first disc,…

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Album 101 | Divine Symmetry, Part1: Disc 1

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Divine Symmetry is a new, multi-media package of Bowie materials including several CDs worth of music, framed as “the Journey to Hunky Dory.” I am in the process of listening to the discs and experiencing the whole of the package. Since this is a daily blog, and the entity of the package contains so much stuff, I think its better…

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Album 100 | Moonage Daydream Soundtrack

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This is it, the 100th album I’m commenting on in this blog. And this is a good one. The challenge for any posthumous Bowie album is for it to have anything truly new. This soundtrack manages to do as good a job as any, barring anything with songs that have never been released in any form before. Much like the…

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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?

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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)

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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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