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Old 05-21-2018, 07:51 AM   #11 (permalink)
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He will like Scary Monsters.

I know this for a fact.
God I hope so. I don't want this project to end with me simply realizing that I don't really like Bowie much at all.

It's still at least couple weeks away, but I'll try to remember your prediction and hold you to it!
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God I hope so. I don't want this project to end with me simply realizing that I don't really like Bowie much at all.

It's still at least couple weeks away, but I'll try to remember your prediction and hold you to it!
Based off the stuff I know you like, and you've played in plug, you will like Scary Monsters.

It's possible you'd like Let's Dance too. And some of the tracks off Tonight.
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Based off the stuff I know you like, and you've played in plug, you will like Scary Monsters.

It's possible you'd like Let's Dance too. And some of the tracks off Tonight.
I know I like one song off one of those two pop albums. Can't remember the name or even the song, but I remember liking a song and thinking "hey, this is not so bad" (after hearing they're both supposed to be terrible albums). Those two albums catch a lot of flack, so I'm curious what they'll sound like from my perspective.
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Old 06-18-2018, 01:25 AM   #14 (permalink)
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He will like Scary Monsters.

I know this for a fact.
I predict his favorite album will be Never Let Me Down

Anyway, this is, of course, the follow up to Ziggy Stardust. Usually, a follow up to a classic album proves to be a letdown, but, as usual, Bowie has to be an exception. He continues his brilliance in his Ziggy Stardust mode.Yes, I can see the argument that it was more straight-forward rock, but that doesn't lessen the quality. As a kid this was probably my favorite Bowie album. My favorite tracks on this one are Panic in Detroit, Jean Genie (of course), Cracked Actor, and Lady Grinning Soul.

It did seem like Bowie had to do one cover on each album during this period (Fill Your Heart, It Ain't Easy, and Let's Spend the Night Together). Of the three, I only really like the Davies' cover, It Ain't Easy, but all three will be better than most of the tracks on his next effort. Anyway...

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Old 04-23-2024, 09:48 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Aladdin Sane is my top favourite David Bowie album. Favourite songs are the title track, Lady Grinning Soul and Panic in Detroit.
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Aladdin Sane is the 4th out of the five albums that Bowie made with Mick Ronson (remember that name!). Like most people, I consider the 5th ('Pin Ups') more or less a novelty type release.

The previous three to Aladdin Sane were all equally excellent though wildly different in styles to one another (The Man Who Sold The World, Hunky Dory, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars). These four albums are my favorites by Bowie and the Ronson factor cannot be ignored. Bowie/Ronson were near perfect for one another and every bit as iconic as Jagger/Richards, Plant/Page or Mercury/May.

With retro vision we see Bowie as a world artist that was hugely popular and influential. It is fascinating if you look at where these albums actually charted and the disparity between the UK and America.

The Man Who Sold The World: UK-21, US-105
Hunky Dory: UK-3, US-57
Ziggy Stardust: UK-5, US-21
Aladdin Sane: UK-1, US-17
Pin Ups: UK-1, US-23

It is interesting to note that Bowie's only number one album in the U.S. was Blackstar which achieved that status after he died.

Back to Aladdin Sane. I think the previous three albums were genuinely desperate attempts at success. I feel that Aladdin Sane is a much more calculated effort and pulls together everthing they learned.

For those that like this era of Bowie, you'll be interested in Mick Ronson's first solo album; Slaughter On 10th Avenue. It is very Bowie like in places and there is even the Bowie penned, Growing Up and I'm Fine.

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