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Title: David Bowie
Post by: achtungespresso on March 27, 2009, 11:53:47 AM
I've heard three songs of his: China Girl, Let's Dance, and Under Pressure. And I love them! What would the Bowie fans here suggest I listen to in order to get to know his music more?
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: shockdocta22 on March 27, 2009, 11:55:27 AM
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I've heard three songs of his: China Girl, Let's Dance, and Under Pressure. And I love them! What would the Bowie fans here suggest I listen to in order to get to know his music more?

Changes

CH CH CH CH changes is the best part
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Spaceman on March 27, 2009, 11:58:19 AM
Starman
Ziggy Stardust
Ashes To Ashes
Rebel Rebel
The Man Who Sold The World
Jean Genie
Golden Years
Sound And Vision
Heroes

That's a good start  ;)
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: sceptic prophet on March 27, 2009, 12:49:11 PM
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I've heard three songs of his: China Girl, Let's Dance, and Under Pressure. And I love them! What would the Bowie fans here suggest I listen to in order to get to know his music more?

There's a pretty good double CD compilation of the singles between 1969-1993, here:

http://www.discogs.com/David-Bowie-The-Singles-1969-1993/release/437665

Most Bowie singles are either good or great, so it's a good listen, and from there, you can figure out what appeals to you most and search for the correspondent albums. However, from my limited knowledge of Bowies albums, it seems that sometimes the singles from a particular album can be really good but the album not much so (example: "Tonight"). There's always a risk. Also, he is known for keeping changing his music all the time, so there's no guarantee you will like any particular album...

Anyway, there are other compilations that probably would be recommendable, in case the one I mentioned is not available nowadays.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Boom Cha! on March 27, 2009, 01:08:38 PM
David Bowie rocks!  8)

I'd just start out with The Best Of Bowie compilation. If you like that, then go for his studio albums.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: P-FLO on March 27, 2009, 01:24:55 PM
Definitely listen to the epic "Space Oddity." I just saw a band perform a cover of it at my high school talent show - awesome stuff. Bowie is the king of alternative.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: theocean on March 27, 2009, 02:49:05 PM
You HAVE TO listen to LIFE ON MARS!!!!! Beautiful especially the ending piano....you're gonna love it.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: jimyjazz on March 27, 2009, 02:51:10 PM
Life On Mars! Yes!
queen b****!
tvc 15!
always crashing in the same car!

the singles are a good place to start.  There are two comps - 69/74 and 74/80 or something that are pretty solid.  I had changesbowie, which I beliecve is now out of print.  Or you could get the Ziggy Stardust album, or Hunky Dory (maybe the best pop record ever) or Low, Heroes, Starin to Station...David Bowie is the f****** greatest musician of the twentieth century! Every record he put out in the 70s is great, barring Lodger and Young Americans, which are merely really good.  No one has been as good as he was.  Every record is a classic.  How could one man be so brilliant.  In 5 years U2 went from Bomb to Horizon.  Compare to five years from Bowie.  

Hunky Dory,
Ziggy Stardust
Aladdin Sane
Pin Ups
Diamond Dogs
Young Americans
Station to Station
Low
Heroes

Unparalleled change in styles, concepts, stage presentation...holy sh**, that is amazing.  No one has ever come close to that level of brilliance.

I read somewhere else on this forum that U2 are the only band who has changed the world - their impact is nothing compared to this man, both on a musical and cultural level.  He invented the world we live in.  He is God.  
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Mr. T on March 27, 2009, 09:23:19 PM
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I've heard three songs of his: China Girl, Let's Dance, and Under Pressure. And I love them! What would the Bowie fans here suggest I listen to in order to get to know his music more?

you know alot more than those tunes.

His songs appear in LOTS of TV ads.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: sconehead on March 28, 2009, 10:35:34 AM
rock n roll suicide!!
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: joegtheog on March 28, 2009, 11:39:02 AM
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David Bowie is the f****** greatest musician of the twentieth century! Every record he put out in the 70s is great, barring Lodger and Young Americans, which are merely really good.  No one has been as good as he was.  Every record is a classic.  How could one man be so brilliant.  
Unparalleled change in styles, concepts, stage presentation...holy sh**, that is amazing.  No one has ever come close to that level of brilliance.

I read somewhere else on this forum that U2 are the only band who has changed the world - their impact is nothing compared to this man, both on a musical and cultural level.  He invented the world we live in.  He is God.  


I think even Bono read this and said "Wow.  Now THAT'S hyperbole!"
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: ElJayVee on March 28, 2009, 12:18:39 PM
Good for you, AchtungEspresso!  :D You've discovered the genius of David Bowie!  8) One of my sisters listened to him all the time when I was about 12, so I grew up appreciating his music.  I agree with all the above posts, but my personal favs are the albums "The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" and "Diamond Dogs" followed by "Young Americans" and "Let's Dance."  Let us all know what you think after listening to some of this...
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: OneStepCloser on March 28, 2009, 01:00:34 PM
I love Bowie, he was my favorite artist before I discovered U2. I rather enjoy his more recent albums (mostly because they were the ones I heard first; plus everyone already mentioned the classics  ;))

Heathen is pretty good, as is Reality. A couple of the songs on these albums I don't care for much, otherwise they took me a little while to get used to and like, but a majority I liked right off the bat! Might wanna check them out  :)
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: mdmomof7 on April 02, 2015, 10:03:57 AM
This is news!!

http://www.nme.com/news/david-bowie/84179

And, how did I miss RSD's Changes issue? Adds to list!!
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Johnny Feathers on April 02, 2015, 10:09:36 AM
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This is news!!

http://www.nme.com/news/david-bowie/84179

And, how did I miss RSD's Changes issue? Adds to list!!

Interesting.  I'm wondering how they'll incorporate his music.  So much of it would seem to lend itself to the "alien visiting earth" story, but his Ziggy period is pretty distinctive and different in tone from the MWFTE film.  I'm not sure I'll love it, but I'll be interested to see what they do.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: mdmomof7 on April 02, 2015, 10:24:51 AM
And, BOOM! Here it is!!

NYTW ANNOUNCES WORLD PREMIERE OF LAZARUS

Theres a starman waiting in the sky...

It is with much pleasure and great excitement that we can confirm the Winter 2015 New York production of LAZARUS by David Bowie and Enda Walsh.

LAZARUS is inspired by the 1963 novel, The Man Who Fell To Earth by Walter Tevis, and centres on the character of Thomas Jerome Newton, famously portrayed by Bowie in the 1976 screen adaptation directed by Nicolas Roeg.

LAZARUS features songs specially composed by Bowie for this production as well as new arrangements of previously recorded songs.

Read the full press release on DavidBowie.com. http://smarturl.it/BNetLAZARUS

https://www.facebook.com/davidbowie?fref=nf

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MUST SEE!! Now to get tickets! Ha!

And, YES to the songs!! Oh my!

LAZARUS features songs specially composed by Mr. Bowie for this production as well as new arrangements of previously recorded songs.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: kango on April 02, 2015, 11:38:06 AM
I'd also recommend the Best Of Bowie as it gives a good timeline to work from. My favourite periods are 69-73 and 77-83.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: imaginary friend on April 02, 2015, 12:29:24 PM
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I've heard three songs of his: China Girl, Let's Dance, and Under Pressure. And I love them! What would the Bowie fans here suggest I listen to in order to get to know his music more?

Every album from Hunky Dory through Scary Monsters, beginning in the middle with Station to Station.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: wik73 on April 02, 2015, 01:53:15 PM
Fame!
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: emalvick on April 02, 2015, 02:04:51 PM
I second the suggestions for looking at the Best of Bowie compilation.  I started there because my wife had it.  I then expanded based on certain songs I liked and as I learned more about his progressing style changes. 

As a fan of Achtung Baby, I was drawn to the Eno produced Low, Heroes, and Lodger trio of Bowie albums, which I tend to like the most.  I've also liked Outside and Earthling, which incorporated a more industrial/alternative sound.  They're decidedly 90's albums, but I still like the 90's too.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Volcanogirl on April 02, 2015, 03:10:13 PM
Suffragete city
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: mdmomof7 on April 02, 2015, 07:15:53 PM
More on the new David Bowie project here -

David Bowie's Secret Theater Project 'Lazarus' to Feature New Songs

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/david-bowies-secret-theater-project-lazarus-to-feature-new-songs-20150402#ixzz3WCkZWmvf
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Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Canadanne on April 09, 2015, 06:04:35 PM
I would definitely recommend The Singles Collection for anyone just getting into Bowie. I also love the Heathen album, though it took a few listens to appreciate.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Johnny Feathers on April 10, 2015, 07:52:27 AM
Pssst.....I'm sure the advice here is appreciated, but the original post was written 6 years ago.  I'm guessing they picked an album by now.  ;)  I almost posted something similar until I saw the post date.

I suppose this speaks to just starting a new thread rather than dig up one six years old to post about a particular artist...
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Canadanne on April 10, 2015, 11:44:28 AM
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Pssst.....I'm sure the advice here is appreciated, but the original post was written 6 years ago.  I'm guessing they picked an album by now.  ;)  I almost posted something similar until I saw the post date.

That's why I didn't address the OP specifically. :) I'm sure they're not the last person ever to discover Bowie!
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: ziggy1208 on May 24, 2015, 10:11:29 AM
Hello! I'm really fan of David! He's god of music! I create a facebook page on David to discover him by pic, music, art....I invite you to visit my page and maybe to like it!
 https://www.facebook.com/MajorTomPlayedGuitar?ref=hl
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: THRILLHO on June 26, 2015, 10:20:03 PM
DAMN The Next Day <and the bonus tracks!!!> is SOOOO GOOOD!

i've had it since it came out but don't listen to it nearly enough!
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Canadanne on June 28, 2015, 08:13:09 AM
Out of curiosity, is there anyone apart from me who isn't particularly keen on the song Heroes? People are always going on about how amazing it is, and I'm just like... huh? It's never sounded that impressive to me - not sure what I'm missing.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Johnny Feathers on June 28, 2015, 09:59:41 AM

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Out of curiosity, is there anyone apart from me who isn't particularly keen on the song Heroes? People are always going on about how amazing it is, and I'm just like... huh? It's never sounded that impressive to me - not sure what I'm missing.

Nope! You might be alone in this.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Starman on June 28, 2015, 10:12:02 PM

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Out of curiosity, is there anyone apart from me who isn't particularly keen on the song Heroes? People are always going on about how amazing it is, and I'm just like... huh? It's never sounded that impressive to me - not sure what I'm missing.

Nope! You might be alone in this.

Agreed, I love that song so much.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: THRILLHO on June 28, 2015, 10:13:22 PM
Top 10 no question about it.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Canadanne on June 29, 2015, 08:34:36 AM
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Out of curiosity, is there anyone apart from me who isn't particularly keen on the song Heroes? People are always going on about how amazing it is, and I'm just like... huh? It's never sounded that impressive to me - not sure what I'm missing.

Nope! You might be alone in this.

Agreed, I love that song so much.

Why, though? What is it that everyone loves about it?
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Johnny Feathers on June 29, 2015, 09:16:03 AM
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Out of curiosity, is there anyone apart from me who isn't particularly keen on the song Heroes? People are always going on about how amazing it is, and I'm just like... huh? It's never sounded that impressive to me - not sure what I'm missing.

Nope! You might be alone in this.

Agreed, I love that song so much.

Why, though? What is it that everyone loves about it?

Well, I don't want to speak for anyone else, but, in no particular order:

1. The romantic symbolism of the song is about as direct a love song as Bowie has in his canon. 
2. It's a song in his "Berlin Trilogy" that is directly about Berlin, and the wall.
3. The gradual build, starting with the conversational, detached delivery of the first verse, and ending with the operatic wail at the end.
4. Learning more about the recording of the track, how there were three microphones, set to increasing distance and gate threshold from Bowie, who then needed to sing more powerfully in order to trigger each subsequent one.
5. The production (for me, especially)--Eno's phasing swooshes really creating a new sound, on that would almost single-handedly be responsible for the new romantic movement a few years later.  It was a perfect combination of Eno's experimentalism, and Bowie's songcraft.  U2 themselves are indebted to the song's sonics as well.  The lead guitar line basically creates the whole idea of an E-Bow, which Edge would go on to use, along with the "Infinite Guitar".
6. For me, also--the full version of the song ends, not triumphantly, but explodes, burned out, collapsing on itself, with the line, "We're NOTHING!!! And nothing can help us!!!  Maybe we're lying!!!  Then you better not stay..."  It's like a star going supernova--increasing, building, and then exploding, collapsing, dying.  And even despite that, it's just an amazing arc to a song, all goosebumps and hairs on end.
7. Eno's deadpan backing vocals.  "I reme..ember.............by, the wall!"
8. The video of it's cool, too.
9. And it's amazingly easy (and fun) to play along with.

That's what I can come up with off the top of my head.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Canadanne on June 29, 2015, 09:36:28 AM
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Out of curiosity, is there anyone apart from me who isn't particularly keen on the song Heroes? People are always going on about how amazing it is, and I'm just like... huh? It's never sounded that impressive to me - not sure what I'm missing.

Nope! You might be alone in this.

Agreed, I love that song so much.

Why, though? What is it that everyone loves about it?

Well, I don't want to speak for anyone else, but, in no particular order:

1. The romantic symbolism of the song is about as direct a love song as Bowie has in his canon. 
2. It's a song in his "Berlin Trilogy" that is directly about Berlin, and the wall.
3. The gradual build, starting with the conversational, detached delivery of the first verse, and ending with the operatic wail at the end.
4. Learning more about the recording of the track, how there were three microphones, set to increasing distance and gate threshold from Bowie, who then needed to sing more powerfully in order to trigger each subsequent one.
5. The production (for me, especially)--Eno's phasing swooshes really creating a new sound, on that would almost single-handedly be responsible for the new romantic movement a few years later.  It was a perfect combination of Eno's experimentalism, and Bowie's songcraft.  U2 themselves are indebted to the song's sonics as well.  The lead guitar line basically creates the whole idea of an E-Bow, which Edge would go on to use, along with the "Infinite Guitar".
6. For me, also--the full version of the song ends, not triumphantly, but explodes, burned out, collapsing on itself, with the line, "We're NOTHING!!! And nothing can help us!!!  Maybe we're lying!!!  Then you better not stay..."  It's like a star going supernova--increasing, building, and then exploding, collapsing, dying.  And even despite that, it's just an amazing arc to a song, all goosebumps and hairs on end.
7. Eno's deadpan backing vocals.  "I reme..ember.............by, the wall!"
8. The video of it's cool, too.
9. And it's amazingly easy (and fun) to play along with.

That's what I can come up with off the top of my head.

Thank you for such a detailed response, I love reading posts like this! :)
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: EnduringChill on June 29, 2015, 01:08:53 PM
I love David Bowie! And I love Heroes, but mostly I just love the whole album. I listened to it a few days ago and was pleased by how cool it is- the first side is full of more conventional songs, the second is mostly instrumental... There's a good blend of catchy music and relaxing/atmospheric music.

My favorite album that I've heard, though, is Diamond Dogs... I love every song on it.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Johnny Feathers on June 29, 2015, 01:19:34 PM
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I love David Bowie! And I love Heroes, but mostly I just love the whole album. I listened to it a few days ago and was pleased by how cool it is- the first side is full of more conventional songs, the second is mostly instrumental... There's a good blend of catchy music and relaxing/atmospheric music.

My favorite album that I've heard, though, is Diamond Dogs... I love every song on it.

"Heroes" (the album) is definitely great....although I stop short of calling any of the songs "conventional".  Other than Heroes, which is probably the most contemporary sounding song on there, everything else seems pretty off-kilter, in a good way.  Weird production, dense arrangements, bizarre harmonies, and almost "ethnic" sounding melodies (which he'd further explore on Lodger).  It's a weird one, for sure.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: EnduringChill on June 29, 2015, 02:27:45 PM
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I love David Bowie! And I love Heroes, but mostly I just love the whole album. I listened to it a few days ago and was pleased by how cool it is- the first side is full of more conventional songs, the second is mostly instrumental... There's a good blend of catchy music and relaxing/atmospheric music.

My favorite album that I've heard, though, is Diamond Dogs... I love every song on it.

"Heroes" (the album) is definitely great....although I stop short of calling any of the songs "conventional".  Other than Heroes, which is probably the most contemporary sounding song on there, everything else seems pretty off-kilter, in a good way.  Weird production, dense arrangements, bizarre harmonies, and almost "ethnic" sounding melodies (which he'd further explore on Lodger).  It's a weird one, for sure.
Well, definitely not conventional in sound, but more conventional in structure for a rock album. There is at least one verse-chorus song. :P The second side is a long, instrumental meditation (except for the last song), which is probably less expected. But it's Bowie, you really have to expect something different.

There are so many layers of sound in the songs, it takes a lot of listens to take it all in, I think.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: THRILLHO on October 14, 2015, 12:53:21 PM
i've been reappraising the Bowieography this week and i've come up with rankings for the 60's/ first half of the 70's

1. Ziggy
2. Aladdin
3. Diamond Dogs
4. Hunky Dory
5. Space Oddity
6. Man Who Sold
7. David Bowie
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Smee on October 14, 2015, 01:54:04 PM
I love Bowie. Treeeeeeeeeemendous artist. But i have to say...one of my fave lesser known songs of his...is Putting out the fire (Gasoline)
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Boom Cha! on October 14, 2015, 03:06:56 PM
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I love Bowie. Treeeeeeeeeemendous artist. But i have to say...one of my fave lesser known songs of his...is Putting out the fire (Gasoline)

Are you talking about the song Cat People? I agree it's a great song and it does get overshadowed by the bigger hits on Let's Dance.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: So Cruel on October 14, 2015, 03:23:01 PM
Anyone else hear the influence Bowie had on U2? I listen to Five Years and I hear it. The way the song builds and builds, the subtle piano and keyboards in the background, reminds me a lot of U2. Bono has listed it as one of his favorite Bowie songs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYwpnG-rkHI

Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: THRILLHO on October 14, 2015, 05:04:40 PM
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I love Bowie. Treeeeeeeeeemendous artist. But i have to say...one of my fave lesser known songs of his...is Putting out the fire (Gasoline)

well lesser known till Tarantino used it in Inglorious Basterds.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: THRILLHO on October 14, 2015, 09:36:43 PM
just finished the Ziggy Stardust concert film which i had no clue existed. Happened to find a copy of it at the used dvd store down the street. loved it!

anyone else seen this?
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Starman on October 15, 2015, 03:43:10 PM
Just bought Scary Monsters on CD. One more to the collection.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: THRILLHO on October 16, 2015, 01:23:23 PM
a rough draft of my rankings of the Bowieography 1967-1979 aka The Golden Years (i'm not gonna bother ranking the covers album Pin Ups)

Upper Echelon
1. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
2. Aladdin Sane
3. Young Americans
4. Diamond Dogs
5. Heroes

Mid Echelon
6. Low
7. Hunky Dory
8. Station To Station
9. Space Oddity
10. The Man Who Sold the World
11. David Bowie

Lowest Rung Echelon
12. Lodger (aka the "No More Drugs For That Man" album)
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Nucky T on October 16, 2015, 01:24:56 PM
His golden years were 1971 - 1980 as far as I'm concerned.

Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: THRILLHO on October 16, 2015, 01:35:21 PM
i considered including Scary Monsters, but i wanted to keep it decade specific. In regards to his first 2 albums, those TROUNCE Lodger, so i included them.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Starman on October 16, 2015, 01:54:10 PM
I always forget about the first album and always consider Space Oddity to be his first.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Johnny Feathers on October 16, 2015, 02:51:07 PM
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i considered including Scary Monsters, but i wanted to keep it decade specific. In regards to his first 2 albums, those TROUNCE Lodger, so i included them.

It's funny--you seem to much prefer his glam period, which, while I fully acknowledge it's what put him on the map in the first place, I feel pales compared to what he did between 1976 - 1980.  Starting with Station to Station, he was just amazingly good.  Yeah, Lodger was weaker, but it has Look Back in Anger.  And DJ.  And Fantastic Voyage.  There's good stuff in there, just not as good as the previous few.

As for the influence on U2, as someone else mentioned--of course it's there.  I don't think they would have gone to Berlin for Achtung Baby had it not been for Bowie's work with Eno just over 10 years prior.  Achtung Baby itself is what led me directly to Bowie--learning about Hansa Studios and Eno's previous work, I eventually found first Ziggy Stardust, and then Low, which is when the lightbulb clicked on.  I still hear echoes of Low's opening track, Speed of Life, in Achtung Baby's opener, Zoo Station.  It's all about the rhythm in the drums.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Johnny Feathers on October 16, 2015, 02:57:51 PM
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just finished the Ziggy Stardust concert film which i had no clue existed. Happened to find a copy of it at the used dvd store down the street. loved it!

anyone else seen this?

Oh yeah.  I like it, but don't love it.  The quality of the live footage just isn't quite what I'd have hoped for.

But it does have Mike Garson playing, and he's f--ing amazing.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: THRILLHO on October 16, 2015, 04:39:08 PM
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i considered including Scary Monsters, but i wanted to keep it decade specific. In regards to his first 2 albums, those TROUNCE Lodger, so i included them.

It's funny--you seem to much prefer his glam period, which, while I fully acknowledge it's what put him on the map in the first place, I feel pales compared to what he did between 1976 - 1980.  Starting with Station to Station, he was just amazingly good.  Yeah, Lodger was weaker, but it has Look Back in Anger. And DJ.  And Fantastic Voyage.  There's good stuff in there, just not as good as the previous few.

right. that was the one song on it i liked. i couldn't believe i didn't remember how bad it was. i actually own the album too.

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I always forget about the first album and always consider Space Oddity to be his first.

right. the first album is full of personality and potential for a huge superstar. i love how direct and cohesive it is.

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just finished the Ziggy Stardust concert film which i had no clue existed. Happened to find a copy of it at the used dvd store down the street. loved it!

anyone else seen this?

No, but you just gave me a week end mission, should I chose to accept!

Look out record stores 8)

i found 1 copy of it at the used dvd/cd store by my house, i couldn't believe they had it. neither could the clerk who clearly wanted it for himself, we talked classic rock and touring classic rock artists for a while hahaha.

i loved the concert but yea it was a lil shoddy in spot, blurry too. i suppose i'm just spoiled with the live concerts i've seen post-1980 in general. This and a Queen blu-ray are the 2 oldest concert films i have, but 73, well Queen may be 74.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Boom Cha! on October 18, 2015, 12:52:09 PM
No love for Lodger? I really like that album.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: acrobat62 on October 22, 2015, 01:00:06 PM
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I love Bowie. Treeeeeeeeeemendous artist. But i have to say...one of my fave lesser known songs of his...is Putting out the fire (Gasoline)

Are you talking about the song Cat People? I agree it's a great song and it does get overshadowed by the bigger hits on Let's Dance.

Can anyone say, Stevie Ray Vaughn?  Not to change the topic, but a much overlooked artist some 25 years since his passing.
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Post by: _acrobat on October 24, 2015, 12:33:28 PM
New album, Backstair, reportedly coming out January 8th, with the ten-minute title track being released as a single on November 19th. (http://pitchfork.com/news/61774-david-bowie-reportedly-releasing-new-album-blackstar-in-january/)

7 songs, 45 minutes, influenced by Can and Kraftwerk, containing "Gregorian chants, a soul section, various electronic beats and bleeps and Bowie's distinctive vocals." From what it sounds, if it's half as great as it is ambitious, it could be excellent.
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Post by: Boom Cha! on October 24, 2015, 04:53:00 PM
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New album, Backstair, reportedly coming out January 8th, with the ten-minute title track being released as a single on November 19th. (http://pitchfork.com/news/61774-david-bowie-reportedly-releasing-new-album-blackstar-in-january/)

7 songs, 45 minutes, influenced by Can and Kraftwerk, containing "Gregorian chants, a soul section, various electronic beats and bleeps and Bowie's distinctive vocals." From what it sounds, if it's half as great as it is ambitious, it could be excellent.

I read about this this morning. It's exciting to hear that he's still taking risks this late in his career.

It sounds like his song Sue was a hint for things to come.
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Post by: Boom Cha! on October 24, 2015, 05:17:36 PM
Oh, and here's a little clip of his song Blackstar:https://youtu.be/b6J44zGDb6g (https://youtu.be/b6J44zGDb6g)
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Post by: THRILLHO on October 24, 2015, 09:35:29 PM
i still haven't heard Sue i meant to dl that, ill look it up on itunes.

if this is half as good as Next Day i'm in. and i really like that he's layin low and not touring. i mean i'd like to see him live but i'm ALL for bands retiring with dignity and taking it easy.
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Post by: Boom Cha! on October 25, 2015, 09:51:59 PM
https://www.facebook.com/davidbowie/photos/a.424610777664.193516.30899502664/10153053373387665/?type=3&theater (https://www.facebook.com/davidbowie/photos/a.424610777664.193516.30899502664/10153053373387665/?type=3&theater)

Looks like the rumors have been confirmed! Lead single on Nov. 20th with the album coming out on his birthday, Jan. 8th.
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Post by: THRILLHO on October 25, 2015, 09:59:00 PM
yes!!!
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Post by: Starman on October 27, 2015, 10:17:21 AM
I'm in!
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Post by: So Cruel on October 27, 2015, 02:51:43 PM
Some days I work from home and love to put on music while I work. I don't know who made this Bowie playlist but it is one of the best 75 minutes of music I listen to on a regular basis. His early work was amazing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTzCQlkBKJM
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Post by: Boom Cha! on November 19, 2015, 12:17:49 AM
http://www.davidbowie.com/news/album-available-pre-order-now-55141 (http://www.davidbowie.com/news/album-available-pre-order-now-55141)

Pre-orders are up and only two more days until the lead single is released, sweet!
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Post by: Boom Cha! on November 19, 2015, 03:05:36 PM
http://www.imablackstar.com (http://www.imablackstar.com)

Here's the new song and video. It's good to have weird David Bowie back.
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Post by: kango on November 19, 2015, 04:49:37 PM
Well this is the best new thing I've heard in 2015. I mean where to even begin with this?

It's the closest he's come to fronting a Thom Yorke side project was my first feeling.
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Post by: cocker2 on November 20, 2015, 04:16:19 AM
This is the most amazing/important piece of music I have EVER heard. Nothing even comes close to this!
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Post by: PieBlaCon on November 20, 2015, 10:42:59 PM
"At the center of it aaaallllll...."

Love it. So weird, but really something else.
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Post by: Marvinho on November 21, 2015, 01:32:59 AM
Wow! If the new album is an album full of this sort of stuff it will be amazing. Top marks!
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Post by: ian ryan on November 21, 2015, 12:45:03 PM
I've always been more of a fan of Bowie as a cultural icon than for his actual music, but on his last album, The Next Day, there is a track called If You Can See Me that it is absolutely fascinating, both in music and lyrics. It's brilliant and engrossing.
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Post by: THRILLHO on November 21, 2015, 10:49:13 PM
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It's the closest he's come to fronting a Thom Yorke side project was my first feeling.

Yes its very Yorkian to start with and then it turns into something Yorke could never dream of doing in 2015. It's a very unmainstream single but what's he care he conquered the world a few times over, now he's just in it to do what he wants.
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Post by: Starman on November 22, 2015, 10:13:36 AM
It's pretty interesting.
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Post by: Boom Cha! on November 22, 2015, 08:28:27 PM
Here's the tracklist for Blackstar:

1. Blackstar
2. 'Tis A Pity She Was A W****
3. Lazarus
4. Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)
5. Girl Loves Me
6. Dollar Days
7. I Can't Give Everything Away

It's interesting that two tracks were already released earlier this year (Sue and 'Tis A Pity), I wonder if they'll be different mixes.
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Post by: imaginary friend on November 22, 2015, 09:26:50 PM
I'd love to see a tour where half of the shows' setlists come from Blackstar and The Next Day.
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Post by: THRILLHO on November 22, 2015, 09:33:56 PM
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I'd love to see a tour.

yup same here!

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Here's the tracklist for Blackstar:

1. Blackstar
2. 'Tis A Pity She Was A W****
3. Lazarus
4. Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)
5. Girl Loves Me
6. Dollar Days
7. I Can't Give Everything Away

It's interesting that two tracks were already released earlier this year (Sue and 'Tis A Pity), I wonder if they'll be different mixes.

dangit i just bought Sue on itunes. Good thing i didnt buy Pity yet.
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Post by: suitoflights on November 23, 2015, 08:34:34 AM
There's not many artists who can go back to being weird after being mainstream. Blackstar and the accompanying video are amazing.
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Post by: Boom Cha! on November 23, 2015, 03:28:07 PM
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There's not many artists who can go back to being weird after being mainstream. Blackstar and the accompanying video are amazing.

It's not the first time he's done it either. After his mainstream success in the '80s he released Outside (probably his most experimental album) in '95.
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Post by: Johnny Feathers on November 24, 2015, 10:10:09 AM
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There's not many artists who can go back to being weird after being mainstream. Blackstar and the accompanying video are amazing.

It's not the first time he's done it either. After his mainstream success in the '80s he released Outside (probably his most experimental album) in '95.

Which is also, notably, maybe my favorite of his.  Either that, or Low.

I'm not yet decided on this.  New Bowie is good.  Weird Bowie is good.  But I'm not entirely sure of this.  It's certainly interesting.  I was not impressed with the new songs on his latest hits set, but here they are.  Maybe they'll convince me over time.  At any rate, I'll be picking this up.
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Post by: redrunningred on December 14, 2015, 10:32:23 AM
I love Blackstar. Tis a Pity and Sue are great as well. I love this version of Bowie. While the only albums by him I don't like a lot are Tonight and Never Let Me Down, I like some albums better then others. Next Day was very good, solid album, but Blackstar is looking like its gonna be even better.
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Post by: Boom Cha! on December 14, 2015, 03:46:42 PM
I hope the album version of 'Tis A Pity is a different mix. It's an ok song, but it just sounds like a demo to me. I love Sue, but I also hope it's a different mix only because I own the song already.
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Post by: redrunningred on December 14, 2015, 09:44:10 PM
I do believe it's confirmed Sue is in a new form.
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Post by: Boom Cha! on December 17, 2015, 11:53:04 PM
Here's Lazarus: https://youtu.be/ZSt9RDIIa0k (https://youtu.be/ZSt9RDIIa0k)

I think I like it even better than the title track.
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Post by: PieBlaCon on December 18, 2015, 03:24:10 AM
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Here's Lazarus: https://youtu.be/ZSt9RDIIa0k (https://youtu.be/ZSt9RDIIa0k)

I think I like it even better than the title track.

Forget Star Wars, this is where it's at. Looking forward to the album in a few weeks!
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Post by: cocker2 on December 18, 2015, 09:49:03 AM
Oh my God!!! Where do I start? I thought Blackstar was amazing but Lazarus just blows it out of the water!!! Roll on 8th January
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Post by: redrunningred on December 18, 2015, 11:34:46 AM
OMG Lazarus is great. Dang. I though Blackstar was gonna be the centerpiece of the album, but Lazarus has beaten it. Both are great, but Lazarus is an all time Bowie Classic. I've listened to it 8 times
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Post by: kango on December 19, 2015, 12:24:17 PM
Ordered the limited edition vinyl today. Excited.
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Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on December 22, 2015, 10:04:30 PM
Not a huge Bowie fan, but Lazarus was incredible!
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Post by: acrobat62 on December 23, 2015, 11:20:34 AM
Lazarus sounds a bit like Slip Away from Heathen.  Not that that is a bad thing.
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Post by: redrunningred on December 23, 2015, 12:07:16 PM
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Lazarus sounds a bit like Slip Away from Heathen.  Not that that is a bad thing.
Never through of that, but I do hear it
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Post by: keaton on December 23, 2015, 02:07:07 PM
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Lazarus sounds a bit like Slip Away from Heathen.  Not that that is a bad thing.
I think so too. With a bit of Reality perhaps.
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Post by: keaton on January 01, 2016, 03:40:50 PM
It's leaked.
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Post by: redrunningred on January 01, 2016, 04:01:33 PM
Where. WHERE!!! Personal message me a link pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaassssssseee!
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Post by: Boom Cha! on January 01, 2016, 04:50:46 PM
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Where. WHERE!!! Personal message me a link pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaassssssseee!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvYeIWJVIXzvciiAS9n5NpQ (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvYeIWJVIXzvciiAS9n5NpQ)

Scroll down a little bit.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: redrunningred on January 01, 2016, 04:56:23 PM
I may or may not have sent you the link to download the album, there is no way the videos wont be taken down
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Post by: redrunningred on January 01, 2016, 09:15:12 PM
I just listened to the whole album for the first time.


OH MY GOD IT IS AMAZING! Next Day is a really good album, solid comeback record, but Blackstar makes Next Day seem like Tonight by comparison. This album is so good.  I had a hunch this album would finally put Bowie back onto his classic period quality, and I was right.  it certainly doesn't beat every album he did from 1969 to 1980, but it deserves to be ranked up there with them.  He has managed to make an album that in my mind finally breaks past the Scary Monsters Super Creeps barrier heaped onto him for years.
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Post by: suitoflights on January 02, 2016, 02:05:35 PM
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I just listened to the whole album for the first time.


OH MY GOD IT IS AMAZING! Next Day is a really good album, solid comeback record, but Blackstar makes Next Day seem like Tonight by comparison. This album is so good.  I had a hunch this album would finally put Bowie back onto his classic period quality, and I was right.  it certainly doesn't beat every album he did from 1969 to 1980, but it deserves to be ranked up there with them.  He has managed to make an album that in my mind finally breaks past the Scary Monsters Super Creeps barrier heaped onto him for years.

That's what I was hoping for with this record. I can't wait to hear it.
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Post by: redrunningred on January 02, 2016, 02:42:20 PM
Just saying, in one song he is gonna make a case for 69 year olds doing Hip Hop. And he is going to make that case extremely persuasively
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Post by: redrunningred on January 02, 2016, 02:46:05 PM
This album is why I scoff at fans who say they want him back in public and touring. The fact that he has secluded himself, been classy in his complete silence, and no longer cares at ALL about popularity because he know he's got that down, all of that results in albums like the Next Day and Blackstar, two of the three best post scary monsters albums in a row.
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Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on January 02, 2016, 10:41:48 PM
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This album is why I scoff at fans who say they want him back in public and touring. The fact that he has secluded himself, been classy in his complete silence, and no longer cares at ALL about popularity because he know he's got that down, all of that results in albums like the Next Day and Blackstar, two of the three best post scary monsters albums in a row.
I wish U2 would realize there is no need to worry about popularity anymore.
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Post by: Boom Cha! on January 02, 2016, 11:46:16 PM
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This album is why I scoff at fans who say they want him back in public and touring. The fact that he has secluded himself, been classy in his complete silence, and no longer cares at ALL about popularity because he know he's got that down, all of that results in albums like the Next Day and Blackstar, two of the three best post scary monsters albums in a row.

I'd love for him to tour only because I've never seen him perform and it'd be my dream concert to see him. But I am glad he's focusing on recording new music now after being MIA for a decade.

I would like to include Heathen into the "best album since Scary Monsters" though.
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Post by: THRILLHO on January 02, 2016, 11:57:10 PM
i'm not familiar with the post-Scary Monster stuff outside of the post-2000 stuff.

whats a highlight album from SM-Heathen?

edit-> wait i ripped Lets Dance from a friend like 12 years ago i forgot.
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Post by: Boom Cha! on January 03, 2016, 12:06:27 AM
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i'm not familiar with the post-Scary Monster stuff outside of the post-2000 stuff.

whats a highlight album from SM-Heathen?

Let's Dance, Earthling, Black Tie White Noise (very underrated, although parts of it do sound dated), Hours, and Outside. Also David Bowie's band Tin Machine released two albums, which are really good, before Black Tie.

Even Bowie's worst albums have some shining moments.
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Post by: Behind the Barricade on January 03, 2016, 09:02:34 AM
Let's Dance isn't much good apart from the three famous singles.  A few famous singles does not make a good album be.  Think HTDAAB!



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Post by: redrunningred on January 03, 2016, 12:15:23 PM
If you want to start on that period , start with Outside. Easily his second best post scary monsters album after Blackstar. But if the song says Segue, just skip it. Not worth them time or effort to understand the story, and the voices make the album plodding. Just listen to the song songs.
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Post by: Boom Cha! on January 03, 2016, 04:46:24 PM
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Let's Dance isn't much good apart from the three famous singles.  A few famous singles does not make a good album be.  Think HTDAAB!

Yeah, but those famous singles are really good songs. I also think Criminal World and Cat People are quality tunes too.
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Post by: THRILLHO on January 03, 2016, 08:21:00 PM
i wasn't saying LD was top-tier just it was one i've heard post-SM. But yea i do like 4 of the 9 songs i know for sure, ill check the others out, haven't heard it in about 10 years.
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Post by: Starman on January 03, 2016, 09:00:01 PM
I still haven't listened to Let's Dance for some reason, but essentially half of the album is famous (and Cat People is a great song too). So that's at least half of a great album.
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Post by: Marvinho on January 05, 2016, 10:35:54 AM
WOW! Just listened to it three times through. Most unusual and unlike anything he's done before. Love it.
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Post by: redrunningred on January 05, 2016, 11:09:42 AM
Agreed. So strange. I play the saxophone, so this album was clearly heaven
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Post by: Johnny Feathers on January 06, 2016, 01:16:55 PM
Leak or no, I'm holding off until I buy it.  I can't help but think the praise here might be a bit excessive--my expectations are middling--but it's nice to hear some people dig it.

As for the best album between Scary Monsters and Heathen, I also say Outside.  For all of the dense and inscrutable story/concept bits, the songs are remarkably catchy.  It's a great album.  Earthling is a good follow-up to it, too.  For all of the "best since Scary Monsters!" hype that's become a meme unto itself, Bowie only really suffered in the 80's.  His output starting with the 90's (some of Black Tie/White Noise, Buddha of Suburbia, and on) has been mostly pretty great.  (Except maybe for ...hours, which still has a few good moments.)
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Post by: redrunningred on January 06, 2016, 05:33:26 PM
Trust me, I am not overly praising, at least in my head.  I didnt believe the hype that the Next Day was one of his best, it was an amazing album, but it wasnt his best.  This one in my mind, is.  No rose tinted glasses, I dont do that, trust me, half of the bands I really love that are classic, older rock bands, I hate their current music.
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Post by: THRILLHO on January 06, 2016, 08:17:47 PM
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Leak or no, I'm holding off until I buy it.  I can't help but think the praise here might be a bit excessive--my expectations are middling--but it's nice to hear some people dig it.

As for the best album between Scary Monsters and Heathen, I also say Outside.  For all of the dense and inscrutable story/concept bits, the songs are remarkably catchy.  It's a great album.  Earthling is a good follow-up to it, too.  For all of the "best since Scary Monsters!" hype that's become a meme unto itself, Bowie only really suffered in the 80's.  His output starting with the 90's (some of Black Tie/White Noise, Buddha of Suburbia, and on) has been mostly pretty great.  (Except maybe for ...hours, which still has a few good moments.)

yea i won't do leaks, i haven't in about 14 years. i'm sure alot of it is new music excitement but i believe it'll be solid and on par with TND.
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Post by: emalvick on January 07, 2016, 10:56:39 AM
I don't like leaks either. I don't even like listening to the singles leading up to albums much.  I did do it on this album, and the Next Day but I think that has been out of my own skepticism on hype around musicians like Bowie.  Legends are sometimes hyped at the end of their career, albeit Bowie actually lives up to it.

I hate leaks because the quality isn't necessarily great.
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Post by: Behind the Barricade on January 07, 2016, 12:55:05 PM
Artists are more leaked against than leaking.

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Post by: Starman on January 09, 2016, 01:01:07 PM
I've been listening to the album on Spotify. I definitely need to get it. Bizarre and fantastic stuff all around.
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Post by: Boom Cha! on January 09, 2016, 01:19:05 PM
Girl Loves Me is such a strange song for Bowie and it's currently my favorite.
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Post by: Peter Parker on January 11, 2016, 12:01:47 AM
R.I.P David Bowie!! >:( >:(
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Post by: zeeTV on January 11, 2016, 12:13:29 AM
God Damn, Even in Death he has made it theatrical. Rest peacefully you creative little spark, thank you for making it ok to be different, thank you for making it ok to be eccentric. I was just listening to Black Star on Friday.
Bloody cancer, god damn. Rest peacefully x Condolences to his beautiful family.
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Post by: PieBlaCon on January 11, 2016, 12:43:16 AM
Album takes on a whole new meaning. What a send-off. What a career.
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Post by: So Cruel on January 11, 2016, 01:19:13 AM
Wow. What a loss. A legend of rock n roll. Bowie was an original and was one of the greatest songwriters ever. Is there a more gorgeous melody out there then Life on Mars? Heroes is one of the greatest songs ever. Five Years is a song that I can hear the influence it had on U2. Bowie was probably Bono's biggest influence. I'll be playing Bowie all day tomorrow.
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Post by: Mark72 on January 11, 2016, 02:12:30 AM
Some put up on Twitter about black star "Good lord. He was saying goodbye and we never knew it." So so sad. R.I.P David
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Post by: Volcanogirl on January 11, 2016, 04:47:32 AM
Rest In Peace dear MR Bowie !  :'( :'(
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Post by: miryclay on January 11, 2016, 04:48:36 AM
RIP. What a loss.
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Post by: Starman on January 11, 2016, 09:24:33 AM
I just can't believe it. As ZeeTV said, even in death, he was theatrical. Releasing Blackstar on his birthday and dying two days later? It's so sad. I just can't believe it.

R.I.P you brilliant man.
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Post by: redrunningred on January 11, 2016, 09:34:17 AM
David Bowie meant so much to me. His music got me through so many hard times. I can't believe that he is gone. All the rumors of his ill health that were categorically denied. I can't believe this. I actually cried when I saw the news. But what a way to go. Even in death he is theatrical. The man had such a perfect sense of showmanship that he times his very death to an album release. What a character, may his legacy live on forever
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Post by: acrobat62 on January 11, 2016, 12:17:31 PM
I have been a casual DB follower over the years, having just 4 of his albums, Ziggy Stardust, LD, Heathen, TND and planning on getting Blackstar. However, pretty much every song I hear, past catalog or newer stuff, I like a lot.

There seem to be several best ofs out there with varying degrees of completeness, song edits, inclusions and exclusions.  What recommendations would you all have to dive into one of the best of's for a "fan" such as myself.

Thanks, and RIP Mr. Jones 

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Post by: redrunningred on January 11, 2016, 01:25:46 PM
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I have been a casual DB follower over the years, having just 4 of his albums, Ziggy Stardust, LD, Heathen, TND and planning on getting Blackstar. However, pretty much every song I hear, past catalog or newer stuff, I like a lot.

There seem to be several best ofs out there with varying degrees of completeness, song edits, inclusions and exclusions.  What recommendations would you all have to dive into one of the best of's for a "fan" such as myself.

Thanks, and RIP Mr. Jones

Don't buy compilations. Ziggys music isn't given justice on greatest hits records. Buy Low, Outside, Hunky Dory, and Station to Station.  Those are pretty much Cover all bases if you have already listened to the 4 you own. After that, gradually buy all of his albums until you own all of his catalogue, saving the Tin Machine albums, Tonight, and Never Let Me Down for last, because those are only for the hardcore fans. But if you HAVE to listen to a compilation, Sound and Vision, or Nothing Has Changed. But I wouldn't advise it
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Post by: Vox on January 11, 2016, 01:37:33 PM
I saw the following comment online this morning regarding Black Star and thought it was brilliant:  "That's one hell of a mike drop."

David Bowie has always been one of my favorites.  In high school I liked Tin Machine.  I delved through his entire catalogue up to the early-to-mid 80's, at various parts of my life.   The album Low was a personal favorite of mine in the mid-to-late 90's.  Later, I was listening to "Ashes to Ashes" before driving my wife to the hospital to deliver my first born. 

But what came to truly fascinate me about Bowie is that in the late '90's, in the height of my discovering all there is about David Bowie, I totally dismissed Earthling.  Even though I loved Chemical Brothers, Prodigy, Underworld, etc...  Then five years ago, I heard an incredible acoustic version of Dead Man Walking, went back and listened to the album version (which may as well be a totally different, albeit just as brilliant song, by itself), and decided to give Earthling another listen.  Brilliant.  Totally brilliant.  He owned any genre he wanted to.     

"There's old wave, and there's new wave...  then there's David Bowie."
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Post by: emalvick on January 11, 2016, 01:39:43 PM
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I have been a casual DB follower over the years, having just 4 of his albums, Ziggy Stardust, LD, Heathen, TND and planning on getting Blackstar. However, pretty much every song I hear, past catalog or newer stuff, I like a lot.

There seem to be several best ofs out there with varying degrees of completeness, song edits, inclusions and exclusions.  What recommendations would you all have to dive into one of the best of's for a "fan" such as myself.

Thanks, and RIP Mr. Jones

Don't buy compilations. Ziggys music isn't given justice on greatest hits records. Buy Low, Outside, Hunky Dory, and Station to Station.  Those are pretty much Cover all bases if you have already listened to the 4 you own. After that, gradually buy all of his albums until you own all of his catalogue, saving the Tin Machine albums, Tonight, and Never Let Me Down for last, because those are only for the hardcore fans. But if you HAVE to listen to a compilation, Sound and Vision, or Nothing Has Changed. But I wouldn't advise it

Agree with the response above.  My wife had a Greatest Hits, which was my first real attempt at listening to Bowie (I didn't really know him before I met her).  That Greatest Hits compilation did nothing to build by appreciation of him.  It wasn't until I started listening to his albums  that I really began to like his music. I started with the Berlin Trilogy, Earthling, and Outside.
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Post by: AchtungPop on January 11, 2016, 06:26:21 PM
"WHAT!!!!" My reaction this morning when I turned on the TV and the first thing on the screen: David Bowie Dead at 69.

He was having his late career renaissance, and continuing to innovate. At least he got to go out releasing one last fantastic album and creative video before he left. Still very sad.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: redrunningred on January 11, 2016, 06:44:10 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9danxNo
David Bowie introduced himself to us with this song, and it is fitting that he should leave this planet being recognized by the very subject he wrote about.  This time, the Major Toms in the ISS have something to say to Bowie
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: THRILLHO on January 11, 2016, 09:43:28 PM
i bought the Reality and Earthling albums today. And a random single from 1989, Sound + Vision Plus. 3 live songs and a single edit of Ashes to Ashes. Dunno what the single is all about but i bought it.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on January 11, 2016, 09:46:24 PM
Brian Zeno - "I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, Brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'. I realise now he was saying goodbye."

R.I.P. David Bowie
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Post by: Volcanogirl on January 12, 2016, 03:25:14 AM
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Brian Zeno - "I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, Brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'. I realise now he was saying goodbye."

R.I.P. David Bowie

It's so moving you actually never think of a goodbye till it ends, and than it hits you. Such a creative man we lost ....... it hurts.....
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Post by: redrunningred on January 12, 2016, 10:30:15 AM
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Brian Zeno - "I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, Brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'. I realise now he was saying goodbye."

R.I.P. David Bowie

And the saddest thing, salt in the wound, is that in that statement Eno said they were talking about getting together and working on a follow up to Outside.  OOHHHHH, what could have been....

It's so moving you actually never think of a goodbye till it ends, and than it hits you. Such a creative man we lost ....... it hurts.....
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Post by: suitoflights on January 12, 2016, 11:25:00 AM
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Brian Zeno - "I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, Brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'. I realise now he was saying goodbye."

R.I.P. David Bowie

And the saddest thing, salt in the wound, is that in that statement Eno said they were talking about getting together and working on a follow up to Outside.  OOHHHHH, what could have been....

It's so moving you actually never think of a goodbye till it ends, and than it hits you. Such a creative man we lost ....... it hurts.....

It's incredible how he kept this to such a small circle of closest friends and family. Even Eno didn't know. I feel for Tony Visconti, his lifelong friend and producer, who worked with Bowie on these last 2 albums, knowing what lay ahead. He said "it's appropriate to cry now".
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: redrunningred on January 12, 2016, 12:14:11 PM
So i am thinking like The queen tribute concert, with as many people who originally played on any given track originally playing the instrumentation, then they get the greatest rock stars to sing Bowie's parts. So for example, if Earl slick was the guitarist for song x, he would play the guitar, then he would step off the stage if the next song was a Gabrelles song. Getting the right guitarist is the most important, but if that could be done with drums and bass, sure, but at the very least make sure that the drummer and bassist have played with Bowie before. That would be an awesome concert. He deserves a concert with as much chutzpah as Freddie's
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: redrunningred on January 12, 2016, 12:54:50 PM
A eulogy I wrote to Our beautiful Thin White Duke. I want to share it with you.

On September 26th, 1995, David Bowie released the album Outside. The album was a concept album about death being seen as an art form. On January 10th, 2016, David Bowie gave Outside a whole new, and literal meaning. Everything Ziggy did was for the sake of, as he would pronounce it with a thick accent, "aaaaart". So fittingly David Jones could not die like a normal man, he had to release his farewell note 2 days before, an album full of references on death, and to ensure the deeper meaning of his final work, he died. The ultimate artistic statement, one that for obvious reasons could not be topped. He didn't die futily, without purpose, he died an artist, using his death to finish the final brushstroke on his final work, Blackstar. And what a life he lived. From the moment he introduced himself to the world, singing about a peculiar astronaut, to his final fade out where he couldn't give everything away, David DID give everything away. He gave it all to his fans. As a musician, singer, and performer, David crafted the soundtracks to the lives of people who were a little bit odd, a little bit weird. Nothing done in half measures, David always went to extremes, fellating Ronsons guitar comes to mind. But whatever he did, he did it for HIMSELF. He did it because he wanted to. Ziggy wasn't a publicity stunt, it was HIS story, of a rock star who feels like he doesn't belong on this planet and try's to understand the people who he plays to. The reason David played Ziggy so well is because he WAS Ziggy. And everything he did before and after reflected his desires. That's why Tonight and Never Let Me Down sounds so stilted and stale, not because the songs themselves are bad, but because David was trying to do what he thought his fans wanted, and not create music he himself wanted to create. That's how he got all of his adoring fans, because we all admired how he didn't care about the norms, didn't care about what was expected based on his previous releases, his refusal to cater to anyone except himself is what made so many people want to listen to him. The master of reinvention, Bowie's multi genre pallete could frustrate any musical analyst trying to put him in one genre. And it wasn't the switching genres itself that made him so interesting, but rather it was the fact that David Bowie could instantly master the music of whatever he switched to. It boggles the mind that the same man who wrote Hearts Filthy Lesson also wrote Young Americans. But songwriting wasn't enough, no, he had to combine it with a voice sent from God. Just like Bowie's tendency towards reinvention, his voice, was versatile and multi faceted, singing songs you would hardly believe we're sung by the same man. The piercing tenor of life on Mars? has a completely different sound then the low croon then Let's Dance. David Bowie wasn't just one of the greatest song smiths of all time, he was one of the greatest singers. David's versatility, emotion, subtlety, and attitude made his voice his greatest instrument, affluent thought we was on the Guitar, Keyboards, and Saxophone. David's career gave so many people so much joy, so much hope, that words can't describe what he has done for the world. The only semi accurate way to describe his life is again in the story of Ziggy Stardust. He was a man so foreign, so alien, that he shocked and awed everyone he met, and just like Ziggy, he dramatically changed this world for the better. On January 10th, David Bowie proved that Outside wasn't just a story, he proved it was a template one could follow. Thought he is gone, the Starman who blew our minds legacy will live on in every single person whose live he touched, in every child he made boogie, in all of us Young Dudes, in all of us Kooks. For all of us who think the this world is a god awful small affair, David was our guide. Lead on Ziggy, lead on.
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Post by: AchtungPop on January 12, 2016, 05:48:19 PM
Well looks like he'll finally have a #1 album in the US.

And it looks like a bunch of his 1970s albums will reach higher peaks than they did when released. Can you believe Ziggy Stardust only hit #75 on the Billboard 200? It looks like its currently trending to reach the Top 10 now, maybe even top 5.
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Post by: redrunningred on January 12, 2016, 07:26:17 PM
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Well looks like he'll finally have a #1 album in the US.

And it looks like a bunch of his 1970s albums will reach higher peaks than they did when released. Can you believe Ziggy Stardust only hit #75 on the Billboard 200? It looks like its currently trending to reach the Top 10 now, maybe even top 5.

Ahhhh. One final masterstroke from the master of drama.   Bowie is the only man so visionary and artistic that he uses his death as a public statement, as an artistic statement to further an album.  Good old Starman finally will be at the top.....
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Post by: briscoetheque on January 12, 2016, 08:17:34 PM
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Well looks like he'll finally have a #1 album in the US.

And it looks like a bunch of his 1970s albums will reach higher peaks than they did when released. Can you believe Ziggy Stardust only hit #75 on the Billboard 200? It looks like its currently trending to reach the Top 10 now, maybe even top 5.

Ahhhh. One final masterstroke from the master of drama.   Bowie is the only man so visionary and artistic that he uses his death as a public statement, as an artistic statement to further an album.  Good old Starman finally will be at the top.....

2 years late to the 2nd world war... 42 years late to Bowie.  ;)
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Behind the Barricade on January 13, 2016, 02:10:08 AM
People are feeling guilty now and going out buying his albums, but David knows who his real fans are.  David knows.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Behind the Barricade on January 13, 2016, 05:14:55 AM
My 50 favourite David Bowie songs (I don't have any of his post '87 albums)

1.   Sweet Thing
2.   Life on Mars
3.   Golden Years
4.   Heroes
5.   Word on a Wing
6.   This Is Not America
7.   Wild Is the Wind
8.   China Girl
9.   Teenage Wildlife
10.   Under Pressure
11.   Modern Love
12.   Ashes to Ashes
13.   Starman
14.   The Jean Genie
15.   Absolute Beginners
16.   Be My Wife
17.   Ziggy Stardust
18.   Changes
19.   Young Americans
20.   Station to Station
21.   Sound and Vision
22.   Look Back in Anger
23.   Soul Love
24.   Rock and Roll Suicide
25.   Fame
26.   TVC 15
27.   Stay
28.   Lets Dance
29.   Star
30.   Moonage Daydream
31.   Queen b****
32.   Panic in Detroit
33.   Drive-In Saturday
34.   Space Oddity
35.   Time
36.   Rebel Rebel
37.   Scary Monster (Super Freaks)
38.   Red Sails
39.   Five Years
40.   Loving the Alien
41.   Beauty and the Beast
42.   John, Im Only Dancing
43.   Blue Jean
44.   What in the World
45.   Suffragette City
46.   Oh! You Pretty Things
47.   Fascination
48.   D.J.
49.   Fashion
50.   Boys Keep Swinging
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: EnduringChill on January 13, 2016, 06:22:16 AM
Sweet Thing at #1? It belongs there. If you mean the trio of Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (reprise), because that is one of the best songs I've ever heard.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: suitoflights on January 13, 2016, 07:56:47 AM
You can play Imagine by John Lennon over Lazarus. It's spooky. The opening lines "Imagine there's no heaven" and "Look Up Here, I'm in heaven".
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: THRILLHO on January 13, 2016, 07:57:50 AM
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My 50 favourite David Bowie songs (I don't have any of his post '87 albums)

you need to get everything he did from Heathen - Blackstar
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Post by: redrunningred on January 13, 2016, 10:29:42 AM
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My 50 favourite David Bowie songs (I don't have any of his post '87 albums)

you need to get everything he did from Heathen - Blackstar

^This.  Plus Outside.  And the other albums, the Tin Machine albums, Black Tie White Noise, Buddha of Subburbia, Earthling, Hours, those are all good as well
Title: David Bowie
Post by: Starman on January 13, 2016, 10:57:44 AM
I really want to get Outside and Earthling. They always were cheap at record stores, but I imagine that the prices have went up now.

I'm Deranged and I'm Afraid of Americans are amazing songs.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: THRILLHO on January 13, 2016, 12:33:24 PM
has anyone here heard the scrapped 2001 album, Toy? it leaked and its 90% reworkings of early demos/b-sides he did pre-debut album. one song is a Ziggy outtake. it's AMAZING!
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Post by: Johnny Feathers on January 13, 2016, 12:48:12 PM
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has anyone here heard the scrapped 2001 album, Toy? it leaked and its 90% reworkings of early demos/b-sides he did pre-debut album. one song is a Ziggy outtake. it's AMAZING!

Yep, I downloaded it when it leaked.  I can't say I paid too much attention to it--I think my favorites had already been released on Heathen or its b-sides--but I need to revisit it, along with his entire catalog.
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Post by: THRILLHO on January 13, 2016, 12:50:02 PM
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has anyone here heard the scrapped 2001 album, Toy? it leaked and its 90% reworkings of early demos/b-sides he did pre-debut album. one song is a Ziggy outtake. it's AMAZING!

Yep, I downloaded it when it leaked.  I can't say I paid too much attention to it--I think my favorites had already been released on Heathen or its b-sides--but I need to revisit it, along with his entire catalog.

besides Con. Piece what else was a b-side? i only have the Heathen bonus disc, not the b-sides.
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Post by: Johnny Feathers on January 13, 2016, 01:14:15 PM
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has anyone here heard the scrapped 2001 album, Toy? it leaked and its 90% reworkings of early demos/b-sides he did pre-debut album. one song is a Ziggy outtake. it's AMAZING!

Yep, I downloaded it when it leaked.  I can't say I paid too much attention to it--I think my favorites had already been released on Heathen or its b-sides--but I need to revisit it, along with his entire catalog.

besides Con. Piece what else was a b-side? i only have the Heathen bonus disc, not the b-sides.
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has anyone here heard the scrapped 2001 album, Toy? it leaked and its 90% reworkings of early demos/b-sides he did pre-debut album. one song is a Ziggy outtake. it's AMAZING!

Yep, I downloaded it when it leaked.  I can't say I paid too much attention to it--I think my favorites had already been released on Heathen or its b-sides--but I need to revisit it, along with his entire catalog.

besides Con. Piece what else was a b-side? i only have the Heathen bonus disc, not the b-sides.

The disc you have is the 3-track one that came with the deluxe version of Heathen, when it came out?

If so, I had (have) that one, too, and Con. Piece (I love that song) was on there.  But maybe a year or so ago I picked up the "Bowie Box", which had 2-disc versions of each album from Outside through Reality.  The Heathen 2nd disc includes You've Got a Habit of Leaving and Shadow Man, among others.  I think they were all b-sides (along with all of the the 2nd disc material of each album).
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Post by: THRILLHO on January 13, 2016, 08:17:02 PM
my Heathen disc 2 has

Sunday <Moby Remix>
A Better Future <Air Remix>
Conversation Piece <1969 outtake, feature on Toy>
Panic In Detroit <1979 outtake>

but omg Shadow Man is one helluva song....
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: AchtungPop on January 13, 2016, 08:33:03 PM
Black Tie, White Noise is pretty good.

And if you're looking for catalog albums, some of the CD's on the Best Buy website and Barnes & Noble website are on sale, they were before he died and they haven''t raised prices yet. They both have some 4.99 and 6.99 albums, I got PinUps for 7 on B&N.

I noticed Tonight is only available as an MP3 Album. I assume that'll change. I don't think its a bad one, its not mind blowing but its a fine album.

Go to his facebook and check out the amazing digital billboard they have in Times Square for the album.
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Post by: THRILLHO on January 13, 2016, 08:40:38 PM
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Black Tie, White Noise is pretty good.

And if you're looking for catalog albums, some of the CD's on the Best Buy website and Barnes & Noble website are on sale, they were before he died and they haven''t raised prices yet. They both have some 4.99 and 6.99 albums, I got PinUps for 7 on B&N.

I noticed Tonight is only available as an MP3 Album. I assume that'll change. I don't think its a bad one, its not mind blowing but its a fine album.

Go to his facebook and check out the amazing digital billboard they have in Times Square for the album.

yea i saw the Times Sq. thing that was killer. this album is gonna be HUGE and it deserves to be, outside of his death this album is great!

same thing happened with Michael Jackson when he died, all the catalog stuff dropped way way down, i loaded up on his Off the Wall - Dangerous albums. With Bowie i own 90% of all the album i have of his <67-83>, meaning i only have 2 or 3 that i ripped from a friend <Heroes, Let's Dance, maybe another not sure> Ive bought a few this week <Reality, Outside and Earthling> and want to get Hours next. I'm eyeing this out of stock Special Edition of it that's on Amazon right now.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: AJ on January 13, 2016, 10:10:10 PM
Today I ordered Blackstar on vinyl from Bull Moose. I'm hoping I end up getting the original pressing, which seems to be sold out literally everywhere right now. I looked at a few Barnes and Nobles for the clear edition last weekend before the news broke and couldn't even find any then. Now knowing the context in which he wrote/recorded it, I had to have it.
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Post by: AchtungPop on January 13, 2016, 10:53:41 PM
http://www.nme.com/news/david-bowie/90747

5 songs were recorded and not on the album. Might be a possible deluxe version released later in the year, like when "Next Day Extra" was released.
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Post by: THRILLHO on January 13, 2016, 11:08:52 PM
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http://www.nme.com/news/david-bowie/90747

5 songs were recorded and not on the album. Might be a possible deluxe version released later in the year, like when "Next Day Extra" was released.

GOOD. 7 songs WAS a little skimpy. I mean the album delivered big time but i need MORE!
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Johnny Feathers on January 14, 2016, 04:27:39 AM
Not surprised at all. I'd eat my hat if there wasn't a posthumous release or deluxe version out this year. I'd imagine as soon as he passed, the record company said, "right...so what else can we put out?"
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Starman on January 14, 2016, 10:55:00 AM
That must be the worst part of dying as a musician, knowing that the record company will exploit your catalog posthumously.

I had been wanting to get Outside and Earthling for a while, and now I really want them. I always saw them in the discount sections of my local music stores, but I'm sure that's different now.
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Post by: redrunningred on January 14, 2016, 10:55:42 AM
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Not surprised at all. I'd eat my hat if there wasn't a posthumous release or deluxe version out this year. I'd imagine as soon as he passed, the record company said, "right...so what else can we put out?"
They better not pull a Jimi Hendrix and throw in a bunch of musicians he has never worked with and a producer who never produced for him. IF they need to add things to the demo, they better have Visconti produce, and have Earl Slick, Alomar, Dorsey, Alford, or the musicians on Blackstar play on it. Bowie music is very important to me, and they better not ruin the last songs written by the Thin White Duke
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Post by: Behind the Barricade on January 14, 2016, 10:57:43 AM
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That must be the worst part of dying as a musician, knowing that the record company will exploit your catalog posthumously.

And the royalties will go to his loved ones.  And let's not forget David Bowie was a tax exile since 1976 and so the beneficiaries of his estate won't have to pay any Inheritance Taxes.
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Post by: AJ on January 14, 2016, 01:48:56 PM
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That must be the worst part of dying as a musician, knowing that the record company will exploit your catalog posthumously.
I'm fine with them reissuing and repressing stuff. There's obviously a huge demand to fill since theres tons of people who weren't huge fans earlier now wanting to buy his records. I'm not  fan of the Jimi Hendrix type albums that come out 40 years after his death. I did like that Johnny Cash album from last year though, I thought that worked well since I think either his son or grandson was very involved in the project
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Vox on January 15, 2016, 04:20:06 PM
Listening to "Black Star" tonight and looking at the album cover on iTunes.  I was trying to decipher what, if anything, the fragments of stars beneath the black star were. I thought there must be some reason -- Bowie put those shapes there for some reason.  Then I saw they pretty much spell "Bowie."  So sweet.
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Post by: Vox on January 15, 2016, 05:23:29 PM
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Listening to "Black Star" tonight and looking at the album cover on iTunes.  I was trying to decipher what, if anything, the fragments of stars beneath the black star were. I thought there must be some reason -- Bowie put those shapes there for some reason.  Then I saw they pretty much spell "Bowie."  So sweet.

Check this-- I showed the cover to my wife and she saw this in, like, three seconds.  At least she made me feel better by saying, "well if hadn't said you didn't notice something, I wouldn't have looked."  I can also be thick with the blatantly obvious, at times.  Still--  so cool David Bowie.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Vox on January 15, 2016, 05:56:45 PM
And now listening to "Thursday's Child" and looking at the Hours cover and seeing the barcode.  Granted I bought the CD back in the day and didn't study it like I should have.  Bowie.  Having a moment, here...  LOL.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on January 15, 2016, 09:35:13 PM
Just listened to Bowie for the past five or so hours and feel amazing-- haven't felt so enveloped in music since discovering U2. I highly recommend anyone who hasn't to go listen to some of his deep-cuts one day, you won't regret it.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Marvinho on January 16, 2016, 04:48:07 AM
I've spent the last few days listening to his "later" material - Outside, Earthling, Heathen, ... hours, Reality, Next Day, Back Star -  and, although I already knew this(!), it is absolutely fantastic. To be at the top of his game for so long is astounding when you compare other bands/artists who have being going so long and seen the quality of new material fluctuate. Truly a one off and it breaks my heart that there won't be a new Bowie LP again.
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Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on January 16, 2016, 08:07:40 AM
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I've spent the last few days listening to his "later" material - Outside, Earthling, Heathen, ... hours, Reality, Next Day, Back Star -  and, although I already knew this(!), it is absolutely fantastic. To be at the top of his game for so long is astounding when you compare other bands/artists who have being going so long and seen the quality of new material fluctuate. Truly a one off and it breaks my heart that there won't be a new Bowie LP again.
Bowie was even planning another album after Blackstar, he still thought he'd have a few more months to record.
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: Marvinho on January 16, 2016, 08:38:17 AM
Exactly! Apparently there are five demo tracks (at least) that were laid down for the next album!
Title: Re: David Bowie
Post by: miryclay on January 18, 2016, 01:59:36 PM
They will probably come out eventually.
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Post by: redrunningred on January 23, 2016, 09:24:24 PM
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It better be him who prepared it.  I have much higher standards for Bowie then practically anyone else.  If I get the bowie equivalent of the album Michael, I am gonna be quite angry.
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Post by: imaginary friend on January 28, 2016, 05:06:51 PM

...y'know, this coiuld've worked for the One Hot Minute lineup.