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  • Audio CD (July 23, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1977
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B00005BCGY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,887 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5. All Saints
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8. Brilliant Adventure
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10. Moss Garden
11. Neukoln
12. The Mysteries
13. Ian Fish U.K. Heir
14. Subterraneans
15. Warszawa
16. Some Are (The Low Symphony)

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David BOWIE All Saints - Collected Instrumentals 1977-1999 CD

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This collection of instrumentals offers a stark reminder of the sheer mind-boggling scope of David Bowie's sound and vision. Most of these 16 brooding soundscapes are plucked from Bowie's hugely influential 1977 albums, Low and Heroes. Taking his cue from Kraftwerk, Bowie enlisted ambient pioneer Brian Eno and decamped to Berlin. It's no exaggeration to say that the resulting albums were integral in defining the path of modern music. Throughout, there's a palpable sense of foreboding, perhaps best exemplified by "Sense of Doubt," a truly unsettling mesh of booming piano and spookily spiraling synths. That the Thin White Duke's Berlin material still dazzles is no surprise. However, it's the remarkable revelation--provided by a clutch of slightly more recent tracks--that he can still cut it that'll hearten disillusioned Bowie fans everywhere. --Chris King

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Bowie really leaves me in limbo - either I love something or I just have my doubts.
Scott Hedegard
This collection shows Bowie at his instrumental best and reveals the full scope of his serious musical and compositional side.
Louie Bourland
I had no idea bowie had a compilation of his instrumental music out...which I love (being an ENO fan too!).
Maverick Wayfarer

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Louie Bourland on September 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
"All Saints" is an excellent collection of innovative instrumental work from the legendary David Bowie. Compiled personally by Bowie and initially given away as a Christmas gift to only his closest and personal friends, "All Saints" was later given an official release as a limited edition. At the time of this writing, the CD is still readily available and is worth picking up.
This collection spans from the years 1977 to 1999. Most of the tracks included here are from the two-thirds of Bowie's "Berlin" album trilogy ("Low" and "Heroes", the third being "Lodger"). Additionally, there are three rare pieces ("Abdulmajid", "Crystal Japan" and the CDs title track) which were only previously available as bonus tracks when the Rykodisc label reissued the entire Bowie catalog in the early 1990s (The Rykodisc reissues are now out-of-print).
This CD as a whole demonstrates David Bowie's pioneering use of synthesizers and ambient soundscapes. A majority of these compositions were made in collaboration with ambient music specialist Brian Eno and display a unique combination of lush beauty, harsh experimentation and cinematic intensity. Any of these compositions could've easily been used as film music for it is highly visual and adventurous. The closing piece ("Some Are" from Philip Glass's "Low Symphony") is particularly cinematic with its use of a full symphonic orchestra creating a dynamic sense of drama.
"All Saints" is not only a must have for David Bowie fans but also for fans of instrumental music as well. Like his collaborator Brian Eno as well as the German-based bands Tangerine Dream, Cluster and Kraftwerk, David Bowie has also garnered himself as an innovator of ambient electronic music. This collection shows Bowie at his instrumental best and reveals the full scope of his serious musical and compositional side.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gsorme on September 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I wasn't going to buy it, because I was cynically thinking it was just another way for Bowie to cash in on his past without turning out something new and brilliant (which maybe it is!). But for various reasons (and perhaps because I'm just a die-hard fan whatever else my fluctuating opinion may be), I picked it up. What can I say that hasn't been said already? Not a lot: These compositions make a lot of sense together (Brilliant Adventure makes MORE sense to me here than it did on hours...). The whole album is an effective soundscape that sets a unique tone. And because of the all-instrumental context, I find myself paying more attention to the pieces than I do on the original albums.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian on August 2, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This collection of David Bowie's instrumental pieces makes a lot more sense than most such compilations. It's good to have them all on one CD, and the tracks go so well together that you could almost imagine it is a 'proper' album in its own right.
While the opening tracks "A New Career in a New Town" and "V-2 Schneider" are relatively up-tempo, some could be called 'ambient', while others are beyond classification. However you describe them, thay are by turns beautiful, exhilarating, meditative, or even, occasionally, slightly disturbing.
"All Saints" is a great chance to own, in one handy package, a body of work by Bowie (not forgetting his collaborations here with Brian Eno) that has been immensly influential and also helped to expand the boundaries of popular music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Todd Jr. on September 16, 2001
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I have been listening to this c.d. while working on the computer and catching up on the latest news surrounding the WTC tragedy. This 70+ minute instrumental c.d. could almost be a soundtrack for the week: the jaunty if vaguely disquieting strains of the opening "New Career in Town" are followed by an eclectic group of musically abstract textures that seem foreboding ("Sense of Doubt"), tragic ("Weeping Wall"), and ultimately bold ("Some Are"). Although I don't usually go for compilations, this one is different; it fits together like a beautiful puzzle. I've got a large number of c.d.'s covering all genres -- this one is in the top one percent. Buy one, then buy another for your best friend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By satan on January 24, 2002
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My first experience w/ David's instrumentals was with "Low" on Rykodisc 10 years ago. I thought those 7 tracks (including 2 previously unreleased tracks) were just wonderful. They used to entertain me endlessly as my CD player would rotate them over and over again. I have always been a big fan of David's music, but those 7 tracks really did something to me the others never did. It was like being lost in a trance. Needless to say, I made a wish at that point that David put out an instrumental album. And more so, I wanted other people to have the opportunity to loose themselves in those glorious creations as I had so many times. I used to make mixed tapes of the instrumentals from 'The Trilogy' for friends. (The Low and Heroes Symphonies by David Glass are also highly recommendable.) As years passed, I had to let my wish slip away, only to be reminded when the CD's were re-issued in the past few years with all the bonus tracks Rykodisc had included, now so shamefully removed. Then alas, the day came when I was perusing a local record store and saw this new thing called "All Saints". I saw 'collection' and '1977-1999' and kept walking figuring it was just another singles compilation. As I was leaving I happened to glance back and the word INSTRUMENTAL, jumped out at me. I snatched a copy and started laughing. 10 years later, here it was in my hand. Not new recordings (unfortunately) but those same wonderful songs David and Brian constructed so beautifully all those years ago.
... it's not for the casual fan, but for more serious fans and for so many others out there. People who don't like David Bowie (shame on you), those who are into Trance, Ambient, Electronica, etc. who would never think to look under David Bowie, I say, don't hesitate. It is a history lesson you never thought you'd hear.
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