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David BowieAudio CD
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Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 (February 1, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ISO Sony
  • ASIN: B0012GMVVW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,711 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sunday
2. Cactus
3. Slip Away
4. Slow Burn
5. Afraid
6. I've Been Waiting for You
7. I Would Be Your Slave
8. I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spaceship
9. 5.15 the Angels Have Gone
10. Everyone Says "Hi"
11. A Better Future
12. Heathen (The Rays)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bowie album for Bowie fans... July 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
"Heathen" is an all-around amazing album. But I will say that if you only like one or two of David Bowie's albums, and aren't really a Bowie fan, then you probably won't like it, since this album is sort of quintessential Bowie. (One consequence of Bowie's huge range of musical styles is that certain albums which are different from everything else he's done--such as "Outside"--have picked up some fans who are only fans of that album and disparage all his other work.)
Most actual Bowie fans will adore this album, since it's a mixture of many of his older sounds (for example, "Slip Away" sounds almost like a sequel to"Life on Mars"), so it feels very familiar, while having a completely new sound as well. The cover songs are fantastic (one little note about the covers: I think people might appreciate the rather goofy song "Gemini Spacecraft" better if they heard the even goofier original version by Legendary Stardust Cowboy... this song is NOT meant to be taken seriously!!). However, I think Bowie's own songs are the best on the album. "I Would Be Your Slave" and "5:15 the Angels Have Gone" are stunningly beautiful-- they are two of my favorite Bowie songs ever, which is saying a lot. My other favorite songs on the album are "Afraid", "Everyone Says Hi" and "Heathen (the Rays)". "Sunday" has been the the most challenging song for me; it's slow and meanders in an almost classical-music kind of way, and bored me a little at first, but I love it now. There is no bad song on the album, and every song is completely different, so there is something for everyone (everyone who is a Bowie fan anyway), or for any mood you find yourself in.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, Beautiful, & Urgent Set of Songs January 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
While I have been impressed and inspired by Bowie for years, I have to admit that I can't truly consider myself a *huge* fan because I only have several of his albums - most being from the last ten years (_Outside_, _Earthling_, _Reality_, etc.). His work from the 60s, 70s, and 80s I know primarily from a best-of collection, radio, and MTV/VH1. That said, _Heathen_ blew me away when I first heard it.
I can't think of another artist that has been around as long as Bowie that keeps writing and recording new material that sounds fresh, energetic, and urgent. _Heathen_ contains some chilling songs - songs that are so emotional and hit you in such a place inside that you have to listen to them over and over again. When he sings: "There's fear overhead, there's fear overground..." and "But who are we/So small in times such as these," one cannot help but think that these lyrics relate to 9/11. However, Bowie has stated that the material for _Heathen_ was written before 9/11 - which actually makes the lyrics throughout the album even more bonechilling. On "Better Future" he sings: "Please don't tear this world asunder/Please take back this fear we're under/I demand a better future." There are beautiful lyrics like these throughout _Heathen_, as well as very good covers of "Cactus" and Neil Young's "I've Been Waiting For You." My favorite song on the album is "Everyone Says 'Hi'" - just about as perfect as a little pop song can get. With a simple arrangement, the song is a beautiful sentiment with the line that we should all make it a point to remember: "Don't stay in a sad place where they don't care how you are.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BONUS DISC WITH BETTER AUDIO June 19, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Amazon doesn't mention that this '07 Japan mini-sleeve edition carries a bonus disc containing some fabulous non-album tracks & remixes. Here is the track list for the bonus disc:

13. Sunday MOBY REMIX
14. A Better Future REMIX BY AIR
15. Conversation Piece
16. Panic In Detroit
17. Wood Jackson
18. When The Boys Come Marching Home
19. Baby Loves That Way
20. You've Got A Habit Of Leaving
21. Safe
22. Shadow Man

The audio on the main disc is the same '04 remaster. However, the mastering on the bonus disc is notably improved over many of the original singles' audio. Presumably, this is the same edition as the 2004 2CD jewel box re-release.


Have you ever lamented the loss of one of the 20th Century's great art forms, the 12" vinyl LP jacket? Then "mini-LP-sleeve" CD's may be for you.

Mini-sleeve CDs are manufactured in Japan under license. The disc is packaged inside a 135MM X 135MM cardboard precision-miniature replica of the original classic vinyl-LP album. Also, anything contained in the original LP, such as gatefolds, booklets, lyric sheets, posters, printed LP sleeves, stickers, embosses, special LP cover paper/inks/textures and/or die cuts, are precisely replicated and included. An English-language lyric sheet is always included, even if the original LP did not have printed lyrics.

Then, there's the sonic quality: Often (but not always), mini-sleeves have dedicated remastering (20-Bit, 24-Bit, DSD, K2/K2HD, and/or HDCD), and can often (but not always) be superior to the audio on the same title anywhere else in the world. There also may be bonus tracks unavailable elsewhere.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great David Bowie CD!
Published 26 days ago by Vera J. Markham
2.0 out of 5 stars In a word, Horrible.
Wow! What a bummer of an album! In a word, Horrible.

I like lots of different types of music and I like old Bowie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Missy
4.0 out of 5 stars OK
This isn't a bad album, but considering the greatness of many of Bowie's other albums, it is a little bit of a lame duck.
Published 2 months ago by Stephen Lerch
1.0 out of 5 stars Slip Away and that's what I did.
This isn't bad but more so just boring in every aspect.
Like the other person from Pittsburgh said if you're a Bowie fan and looking for more don't look here there's nothing... Read more
Published 5 months ago by vaughn Michael Hanley
5.0 out of 5 stars maybe one of my top 3 bowie records
I really like Heathen. Its a diverse recording, the band is good. Probably his best work since scary monsters. Even songs about Uncle Floyd make a lot of sense to me. good stuff.
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Jumps
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Bowie
You will love this release. It is a great "album" and plays really well. Reminds me of his earlier works but more thoughtful and he still has his eyes turned toward the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Vivian Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars VVonderful
I loved it from the first moment, Bovvie vvas and alvvays vvill be the best artist! C i a o
Published 9 months ago by Massimo
5.0 out of 5 stars Heathen on LP
Fantastic Bowie and super sound! Soundstage is big and wide. Sonics are up with the best in rock records ++++
Published 10 months ago by Triodeotl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music once again by Bowie!
"Heathen" has many great tracks on it, such as "Cactus", "Slip Away", and "Slow Burn". Even the rather slow and haunting melody of "5:15 The Angels Are Gone" is a fantastic song. Read more
Published 11 months ago by ROSE ANN HOWELL
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master of the heathen
Like David Bowie in so many ways, this CD is a combination of iconoclastic, masterful musicianship, ambient sounds, and what I suspect is a heavy dose of introspection. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Santeria
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