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Diamond Dogs [ECD] [CD]

David BowieAudio CD
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The cliché about David Bowie says he's a musical chameleon, adapting himself according to fashion and trends. While such a criticism is too glib, there's no denying that Bowie demonstrated remarkable skill for perceiving musical trends at his peak in the '70s. After spending several years in the late '60s as a mod and as an ... Read more in Amazon's David Bowie Store

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  • Audio CD (September 28, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1974
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00001OH7S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,965 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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George Orwell's classic tale of totalitarianism, 1984, was the inspiration for a project that David Bowie hoped would further solidify his standing as a rock visionary. Bowie was a natural artist to helm a musical companion to Orwell's allegory, since his own music exhibits an innate alienation. The concept ultimately broke down, but the music didn't. "Rebel Rebel" has become a rock staple, while "Sweet Thing," "Candidate," and the forthright yet experimental title track (Bowie as puppet master) offer additional highlights. Still, despite such benchmarks and its conceptual flaws, Diamond Dogs is best listened to as a thematic collection. --Rob O'Connor

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And, in the death..... August 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Those four words lead off the album that scared the tar outta me as a 14 year old. Even more than my well worn Black Sabbath albums. Sabbath was scary, but a lot of that came from the fact that they were so darn heavy and demonic. But on "Diamond Dogs," David Bowie just made everything musically bone rattling, insane and unsettling. Visualizing Hunger City and the hordes of jeweled and fur clad "peoploids" on the prowl was akin to something out of a George Romero movie. I was too young to understand what a rock and roll musical would sound like, all I knew was "We Are The Dead" and "Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family" captured my attention like no other save for Alice Cooper.

No other album or artist has done that for me since. Marylyn Manson? Megadeth? Slayer? Mindless poseurs all after the theatrics of "Sweet Thing/Candidate." Of course I couldn't know it at the time, but Bowie was beginning to bridge the gap between the Ziggy character (in retrospect, it seems like this was the album where Ziggy is at last buried forever) and the soon to emerge Philly Soul monger of "Young Americans." The croon Bowie lays into "When You Rock and Roll With Me" and the "Shaft/Superfly" licks in "1984" are the most obvious forays in that direction.

But still, is this really 30 years old? Jeepers, it sounds like it was recorded last week. "Diamond Dogs" is now enriched by the excellent packaging, including Bowie's comments about his state of mind during the creation of the "1984" stage musical concept to several of the contributing players' thoughts, and a host of pictures and other graphics from the period. The bonus disc is a treat as well.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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You know, I've had this album since it was released back in 1974 and thought, "cool album, man".
But since trying to rebuild an album collection into a cd collection of the same size (currently about 400 cd's vs 900 albums) I am always hesitant about replacing some of the albums I've had with the cd format, whether its due to money or the cd formatting (straight transfer, record company ripoffs vs. digital remastering, the only way to go).
And so it came to be with this version of 'Diamond Dogs' by the master of paranoia induced futuristic tales David Bowie.
Last week I bought the 1999 remastered edition and was taken aback by scope of this particular work. Forget what you may read by Rolling Stone or AMG, this is one Bowie's deepest works. The fact that he was rebuked by Orwell's widow is a moot point. Here Bowie is bridging the gap between the glam era of "Man who sold the World"-"Aladdin Sane" to the 'Plastic Soul' period of "Young Americans" and "Station to Station" without missing a beat. The only missed beat was with the music critics, as it always is.
Listen to the often cited song cycle of 'Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing-reprise' if you don't believe, he was already there. Not the transition album some expert critics would have you believe, the real transition album would have been "Aladdin Sane". Sure you get some bleed through of moments past but this collection isn't built upon the past but pushing forward. I fail to find any music during the 'Thin White Duke' period that has as much soul or energy put into it as the aforementioned songs set of ST/C/ST-R or "We are the Dead", any of which would have been quite at home on either "Young Americans" or "Station to Station".
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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I listened to this album (my older brothers) during the 70's, ad nausea. For me it is must own Bowie. I like this album so much that I'm even into Chant of the ever circling skeletal family! I actually think that song's very cool but I may be alone on that one. For me this is Bowie's best. I followed him through the 70's (I remember seeing him on Soul Train doing Golden Years), the pop 80's from Ashes to Ashes to China Girl, even followed him a bit in Tin Machine and later hating Americans or something, lol. This is my all time favorite Bowie, I'm ordering it today so we can get reacquainted. Highly recommended, definitely a top 100 rock album of all time.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This ain't rock and roll... this is genocide! January 31, 2004
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Bowie's voice distorted electronically sets the apocalyptic scene, of a civilization destroyed in the spoken "Future Legend" of mutants in Hunger City called who are waiting for the diamond dogs
After the heralding "This ain't rock and roll... this is genocide!", the title track comes on, sporting a snappy glam riff like T-Rex with some vocals sung as if done underwater, the story continues of the lavish rich having parties, but under prey of the diamond dogs.
The trio of "Sweet Thing", "Candidate", and the reprise of the former, all which segue into one another for a total 8:50, is the longest track (if taken collectively) Bowie's done since "Width Of A Circle." With an out-of-tune guitar and soft piano, a sense of loneliness and isolation permeates throughout the lyrics. Things go a bit more upbeat in "Candidate", with the and more nihilistic: "We'll buy some drugs and watch a band, then jump in the river holding hands." From "hope is a sweet thing", we get "love is a get-it-here thing." This part of the song deals with how one gets power with sex.
By far, the best song here is "Rebel Rebel", a tune with a hard-edged guitar done by Alan Parker and not by Bowie as has been formerly thought, and a Stones-like crunch. The 70's gender-ambiguity is shown in "not sure if you're a boy or a girl." This criminally flopped in the US, but reached #5 on the UK charts. Joan Jett covered this and it shows up on her Flashback compilation.
A soulful and gospel-like feel, with a piano and guitar melody features in the laid back "Rock N Roll With Me," a change from the previous theatrics.
The last three songs is all that's left of the concept album Bowie was trying to model after 1984, only to have George Orwell's widow deny him permission.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I got the CD!
Oh, but what a different guy to do different works, he's going to be recognized for a very long time.
Published 1 month ago by Gilbert M. Gibbs
1.0 out of 5 stars not the same format of original album, annoyingly corrupted
I do not find any issue with delivery or quality of recording, BUT I take BIG issue to the corruption of the creative content - either I have a defective cd, or they have ruined... Read more
Published 4 months ago by W. Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruh,Bruh,Bruh
Diamond Dogs. This album turns 40 next month and It is fantastic.When I heard the song Chant of the ever circling skeletal family I thought my CD was scratched and I was like but... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jhanio H. De Leon
5.0 out of 5 stars Okay...this early version of DB is wierd...
But when I was young I had some weird science going on (that could be a movie) but the times produced good to great memories. Read more
Published 6 months ago by St-Law Family
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Fantastic album, I can listen to it for hours on end. If you are a fan of Bowie, this is a must!
Published 7 months ago by Giuseppe
3.0 out of 5 stars Helping to round out my Bowie vinyl collection on a budget.
I am satisfied with this purchase. I was not as disappointed with the mix of this album (as I was with a purchase I made of an original Station to Station LP)
Published 8 months ago by Matt C. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
This album is absolutely amazing. And if you like George Orwell's 1984, you'll definitely love this album. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Anon
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Re-Master ever done. Shows range and style experimentations that...
Easily the single best "Re-Master" EVER produced. Like most people my interest in Bowie comes and goes. HUGE talent but he may or may not be doing anything I like. Read more
Published 9 months ago by G. Liberace
5.0 out of 5 stars He should have included Velvet Goldmine in it.
I bought my first copy of Diamond Dogs the same day that I graduated high school. It made sense out of an otherwise senseless planet. Read more
Published 9 months ago by K. Branson
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond Dogs FOREVER
I have loved David Bowie for many decades. Not as good as the Original RCA cut, but not far from it.
Published 13 months ago by Victor I. Pirie
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