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PostSubject: David Bowie: Discography   Wed May 19, 2010 10:16 pm

I gotta say, I've been a David Bowie fan in one fashion or another since 1983, This man has gone through so many changes over the decades. I say he is a man ahead of his own time. Through this journey together I hope that I can show ya'll this. So.... I'm gonna start it off with an unofficial release. His Self Titled Album.....




David Bowie

Track Listing:

1. "Uncle Arthur" 2:07
2. "Sell Me a Coat" 2:58
3. "Rubber Band" 2:17
4. "Love You Till Tuesday" 3:09
5. "There Is a Happy Land" 3:11
6. "We Are Hungry Men" 2:58
7. "When I Live My Dream" 3:22
8. "Little Bombardier" 3:24
9. "Silly Boy Blue" 4:36
10. "Come and Buy My Toys" 2:07
11. "Join the Gang" 2:17
12. "She's Got Medals" 2:23
13. "Maid of Bond Street" 1:43
14 "Please Mr. Gravedigger" 2:35


Released in 1967 by Deram Records, This album sounds nothing like the music that would make him famous. This album was entirely written by Bowie himself. If I had to describe this album I would say its very folksie in sound. One noteable about this album is that this was released the same day as the Beatles' Sgt Pepper. Deram Records had released 2 singles prior to this album "Rubber Band" B-side "The London Boys" and "The Laughing Gnome" with B-side "The Gospel According to Tony Day" This is definitly not an album to get if you are trying to get into the music of David Bowie. This album is definitly for the die-hards. I have this album. This album is definitly the stepping ground to the enigma known as David Bowie. This album was re-released in 1987 on CD and again in 2010 by Universal. The 2010 release is a deluxe with the entire album on 2 discs one disc is in Mono the other in Stereo.
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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Wed May 19, 2010 10:36 pm

I also have this CD and it is the worst album in David Bowie's discography. Like Addy stated this is very different then the music he would make even a year later.

As a songwriter David Bowie even at this early stage, Bowie already is exploring and trying to find his own voice. "Love You Til Tuesday" is the best track on the album, it has been awhile since I have not listened to this C in awhile I am going to pull this CD out of my archives and give it a spin tomorrow.
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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Wed May 19, 2010 10:39 pm

I think I will too I got mine for like 8 bucks last time i was in Gatlinburg there was this music store, sad thing is I was there 2 years ago and they had it but didnt get it, so last year I went back and lo and behold still had multiple copies for 8.98 so I took advantage hehe
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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Wed May 19, 2010 10:40 pm

Casual Bowie fan here. I only really have three of his records, so I'll be in and out of this one.
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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Wed May 19, 2010 10:45 pm

I can only hope that I do as good of a job as Manny did on the Doors thread. Theres alot of Bowie albums, studio, live, soundtracks, etc...
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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Wed May 19, 2010 11:32 pm

I knew this album was nothing like his other stuff but I picked it up anyway just to complete the collection. Its pretty bad. The songs are rediculous haha. I was wondering what was on that deluxe version. If its just the album in mono and stereo theres no need for that. It won't sound better either way.

I always kind of liked a few bowied songs over the years but never owned anything until Manny made me a mix cd and put Jean Genie on it. Good song, and also it didn't hurt that rock band had some Bowie songs. I finally just said screw it lets give bowie a try. I've come to like most of his earlier stuff. Not sure what he was thinking with the later albums though.

I'll be sticking my head in here from time to time to join in.

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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Thu May 20, 2010 5:55 am

Listening to this album before going to work, and I still feel it is worst solo album and it tries to be both folksy and pop at the same time. His voice sounds great but the songs he wrote at this point in time had not caught up with his ambition.

A few songs have a Bob Dylan/wordy feel to them, unlike Dylan this does not come off naturally for then 20 year old Bowie, but he was a fast learner and a great talent as the world will learn by his next album.
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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Thu May 20, 2010 12:09 pm

I'll be watching this one, I'm more of a fan of his "Berlin" period.
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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Thu May 20, 2010 9:23 pm

Ok gonna move right along here......




Space Oddity - 1969

Track Listing:

1. "Space Oddity" 5:15
2. "Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed" 6:55
3. "(Don't Sit Down)" * 0:39
4. "Letter to Hermione" 2:28
5. "Cygnet Committee" 9:33
6. "Janine" 3:18
7. "An Occasional Dream" 2:51
8. "Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud" 4:45
9. "God Knows I'm Good" 3:13
10. "Memory of a Free Festival" 7:05

Originally released in 1969, Space Oddity is considered by alot of critics as David Bowie's "First Proper" Album, The title track written inspired by one of my all time favorite movies 2001 A Space Odyssey, it also introduces the character of Major Tom, some critics believe this is a metaphor for Heroin use as Bowie had used Heroin in 1968 and his 1980's hit "Ashes To Ashes" he writes "We Know Major Tom's a Junkie" "Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed" reflected a strong Bob Dylan influence,with its harmonica, edgy guitar sound and snarling vocal. "Letter to Hermione" was a farewell ballad to Bowie's former girlfriend, Hermione Farthingale, who was also the object of "An Occasional Dream",a gentle folk tune reminiscent of the singer's 1967 debut album. "God Knows I'm Good", Bowie's observational tale of a shoplifter's plight, also recalled his earlier style. I have the CD Rerelease copyrighted 1972, In 2009 another release of this album came out which reverted to the original UK cover and used the Green tint and the David Bowie logo. I'll be honest I dont spin this one as often as most others.
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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Thu May 20, 2010 9:31 pm

Well, the title track is one of my all time favorite songs, but that's about all I know from this one.
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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Thu May 20, 2010 10:04 pm

I admit I need to spin this again I havent spun this in a while, normally when I spin a David Bowie album its either Ziggy, Diamond Dogs, Alladin Sane, Low, Station to Station, Earthling, #1 Outside

If anything I think Im gonna dig this one up and listen to it.
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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Thu May 20, 2010 10:14 pm

I am listening to 'Space Oddity' and it has been awhile since I have listened to it, but talk about night and day between this and his debut.

Between the recording of his self titled debut and this album, he took his many different influences such as Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground and Tyrannosaurus Rex, mixed them in pot and came back with this album.

At times on this disc you can hear the influence of other artists such as Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett (Cygnet Committee) and the wordiness on some tunes like Bob Dylan but this time he takes these influences and makes them his own.

The album produced by Tony Visconti who later go on to work with Marc Bolan (T. Rex) was the perfect man for the job allowing the songs to breathe. This is a great album which I should spin more often and it was great hearing this album with a fresh pair of ears, I also forgot Rick Wakeman plays keyboards on this album.
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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Fri May 21, 2010 12:21 pm

Bowie helped shape music, that's for sure but he tended to be so all over it was hard for me to get into a whole album and Space Oddity reflects that. I'll be following this thread though, I have a few comments to make and I can't wait to see what you say about Labyrinth.
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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Sat May 22, 2010 9:07 am


The World of David Bowie 1970

Track Listing:
1. Uncle Arthur (2:07)
2. Love You Till Tuesday (3:09)
3. There Is A Happy Land (3:11)
4. Little Bombardier (3:24)
5. Sell Me A Coat (2:58)
6. Silly Boy Blue (3:48)
7. The London Boys (3:20) *
8. Karma Man (2:58) *
9. Rubber Band (2:17)
10. Let Me Sleep Beside You (3:24) *
11. Come And Buy My Toys (2:07)
12. She's Got Medals (2:23)
13. In The Heat Of The Morning (2:55) *
14. When I Live My Dream (3:22)

*- Previously Unreleased

In researching this to do this thread I came across this as his next release, this is a compilation album of stuff taken from his first two albums plus songs he had not released. This was released in March 1970, His next studio album came out that November. I admit I had never heard of this album and I dont think this was ever released on CD so as far as I know the only way to get it is on Vinyl. I am not sure if this album was released just to help with his contractual obligations to Decca or if they were trying to give him a boost or what, Bowie still was not a successful artist at this point. He had alot of failed albums, both from his solo career and from the previous bands he had been in. Maybe this was to buy him some time to release his next album. I am not sure as I cannot find a whole lot on this release. Even the lineup is inconclusive. If I ever start collecting Vinyl this will be on my wants list
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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Sat May 22, 2010 9:13 am

I do not own this comp either but I am sure it was the label trying to make some of their money back since his first solo album was a flop and his second one was moderately successful but had no legs.
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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Sat May 22, 2010 9:16 am

Yeah I agree, I learned something new today with this one, I have the first two releases but Id get it just for the unreleased stuff. If Im moving too fast please let me know I assume im not at least not yet as we're just in the lesser known stuff I figure by the time we get to Ziggy itll be picking up
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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Sat May 22, 2010 9:34 am

No you are moving at the right pace, Bowie is one of those artists who have explored and experimented so much that unless you are fanboy and completist ( I am guilty of both) you may not get many responses on certain albums, plus let's face it David Bowie's music is not for everybody.
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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Sat May 22, 2010 10:00 am

Bowie is one of those artists that I wish I knew more about. I know the hits and have a huge amount of respect for him as an artist, but I've never picked up much in the way of full albums. I'll be watching this thread and we'll see if my want list begins to grow bigger! Addy, I do agree with the statement that he was ahead of his time. I think he has much more influence on pop and rock music than most people give him credit for, almost to the point of being underrated.
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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Sat May 22, 2010 10:14 am

Manny- Yeah this is very true I suspect itll get more involved once we get into the meat of his releases. Im not worried bout it but I also want to give ample time too. I plan to be complete with this as I am a fanboy of Bowie heh

Raven- Most definitly wait till we get into the Berlin stuff hehe Its my hope that peeps learn something and maybe even a few new fans
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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Sat May 22, 2010 1:26 pm

I bet when you hit, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, people start to pipe up.
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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Sat May 22, 2010 5:33 pm

more than likely
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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Sat May 22, 2010 6:50 pm

Ok Moving Along......


Man Who Sold The World 1970

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1. "The Width of a Circle" 8:05
2. "All the Madmen" 5:38
3. "Black Country Rock" 3:32
4. "After All" 3:51
5. "Running Gun Blues" 3:11
6. "Saviour Machine" 4:25
7. "She Shook Me Cold" 4:13
8. "The Man Who Sold the World" 3:55
9. "The Supermen" 3:38


The third studio album by David Bowie. It was originally released on Mercury Records in November 1970 in the United States and in April 1971 in the UK. The album was Bowie's first with the nucleus of what would become the "Spiders from Mars" The original 1970 US release of The Man Who Sold the World employed a cartoon-like cover drawing by Bowie's friend Michael J. Weller, featuring a cowboy in front of the Cane Hill mental asylum.The first UK cover, on which Bowie is seen reclining in what he called a "man's dress" was an early indication of his interest in exploiting his androgynous appearance. The dress was designed by British fashion designer Michael Fish and Bowie also used it in February 1971 on his first promotional tour to the United States, where he wore it during interviews despite the fact the Americans had no knowledge of the yet-to-be-released UK cover.The 1971 German release presented a winged hybrid creature with Bowie's head and a hand for a body, preparing to flick the Earth away. The 1972 worldwide reissue by RCA Records used a black-and-white picture of Ziggy Stardust on the sleeve which remained until 1990 when the Rykodisc reissue reinstated the original UK "dress" cover. It also appeared on the 1999 EMI remaster.

The album was reissued by Rykodisc (RCD 10132) / EMI (CDP 79 1837 2) on 30 January 1990 with an extended track listing including a 1971 rerecording of "Holy Holy", incorrectly described in the liner notes as the original 1970 single version. Bowie vetoed inclusion of the earlier recording, which is available only on the bootleg album Changesthreeandahalf. Rykodisc later released this album in the AU20 series (RCD 80132) with 20-bit digitally remastered sound. Alot of this information was taken from Wikipedia. I have the Rykodisc release, this was in fact my very first David Bowie CD I had purchased. I bought it for the original version of the album's title track which was covered by Nirvana in their unplugged performance.
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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Sat May 22, 2010 8:49 pm

One of his heavier albums with Mick Ronson on guitar. Lyrically all over the place as so much of his stuff, with stories of madness, the occult, Lovecraft styled science fiction, war vets going nuts and psycho sexual odes. If you are a lyrics person you can go nuts trying to figure out what he's singing about. I had this on cassette but it wasn't one I listened to much so I never upgraded it.
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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Sat May 22, 2010 8:51 pm

Once again, I love the title track but don't know the rest.
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PostSubject: Re: David Bowie: Discography   Sat May 22, 2010 9:20 pm

He had alot of influences for this album, Crowley being one of them
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