David Bowie - Diamond Dogs

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Diamond Dogs is the eighth studio album by British singer-songwriter and musician David Bowie, originally released in May 1974 via RCA Records.

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), better known by his stage name David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter and actor. For over five decades, he was regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music and stagecraft significantly influencing popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million worldwide, made him one of the world’s best selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, releasing eleven number on albums. In the US, he received five platinum and seven gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1996.

 

Diamond Dogs is famously one of the Bowie albums that's really for fans, and it's arguably his most utterly distinctive work: melodramatic, raw, challenging, and ambitious even when crammed with catchy songs. Diamond Dogs is the goofy, abrasive place where punk and art-rock meet, dance a little, and depart.

It was never well-recieved by critics, probably because it was such a radical departure from Aladdin Sane and Ziggy Stardust, but Diamond Dogs took the rock-theater approach of "Rock n' Roll Suicide" and "Lady Grinning Soul" and ran with it. One of the important aspects of Bowie and the glam school was de-heteroizing rock n' roll and making it more dramatic, and that's evident on the centerpiece "Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise)", a song cycle of vulnerability, sneering sex, curdling violence, and at the close effeminate, passionate need. Then "Rebel Rebel" follows and is there anything to say that hasn't been said? The best riff Bowie ever wrote on his own and a joyful coda to the glam rock world that would fade then emerge as the punk scene in 76/77.

The rest of the album by turns is changing constantly, veering from cheeky blues-stomp ("Diamond Dogs") to haunted showstopper ("We Are The Dead") - more than his other work, Diamond Dogs is a reflection of Bowie's mercurial musical nature, never quite satisfied with one sound or idea, though "1984" absolutely foreshadows the Philly sounds of Young Americans and would probably be more of a hit if it was't so gloomy and apocalyptic. "Big Brother" and the extremely fucked up "Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family" sum up Diamond Dogs perfectly, poppy and dyspeptic than deeply unsettling.

Diamond Dogs is essential Bowie. When you listen to Diamond Dogs, you're immersed in a cruel, romantic, and feral world, one that at it's worst you still don't want to leave.

Check out the tracks: “Rebel Rebel”; “Diamond Dogs” and “1984”.

This Limited Edition LP with remastered audio and reproduced original artwork in gatefold sleeve is pressed in Europe on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl, reissued in February 2017 via Parlophone Records.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Future Legend

1:05

A2

Diamond Dogs

5:56

A3

Sweet Thing

3:39

A4

Candidate

4:40

A5

Sweet Thing (Reprise)

2:31

A6

Rebel Rebel

4:30

B1

Rock ‘n’ Roll With Me

4:00

B2

We Are The Dead

4:58

B3

1984

3:27

B4

Big Brother

3:21

B5

Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family

2:00

SKU 0190295990404
Record Label Parlophone Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number DB 74761
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 10 February 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 24 May 1974
Barcode # 0190295990404
Shipping Weight 0.3550kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Reissue, Remastered Audio
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Glam Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Format VINYL LP

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