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Let's Dance [ECD]

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: 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00001OH7Z
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,590 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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David Bowie returned to recording after a four-year break with this relatively clean-cut 1983 album. Although offering another definite new direction for Bowie, with Nile Rodgers of Chic helping to produce a stylish post-disco dance sound, Let's Dance is a mixed bag. Much of the album's success was due to its three danceable hit singles--"China Girl," a sensuous Bowie/Iggy Pop collaboration, the distinctive "Modern Love," and the funky title track. However, much of the rest of the album is bland and vapid, marking the start of serious decline in Bowie's songwriting skills. A cover of Metro's "Criminal World" and "Cat People" are the only other strong tracks here. --James Swift

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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hardly as evil as you've heard August 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Hard core Bowie fans hate this album, because it was "commercial" and light, and lacked the angst of "Scary Monsters" or "Lodger." At the time, it seemed like it was an enjoyable album of the moment, picking up on the dance rhythms that had taken over the airwaves by the mid-80s. With hindsight, it is musically a lot more sturdy than that, and seems like a minor classic. Don't follow biography that closely, but I suspect Bowie was just in a good mood then, and that impacted his music, giving it a jolly quality his CD's typically lack. The beats are beautifully constructed, and it is a very pleasing meeting of rock and dance aesthetics.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sounds, Good Beat- -and You Can Dance To It! April 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Why so much disagreement over this album? I suppose it's because this time around, Bowie reinvents himself as a smooth progenitor of blue-eyed soul. This is a dance/pop fest ("Let's Dance"--get it?) with excellent fat guitar sounds from Stevie Ray Vaughan, great sax work, and some cheeky background vocals. The well mannered, tasteful sounds may disappoint those expecting rocker songs like "Cracked Actor," etc.
After the excellent, ironically romantic, "Modern Love" (with it's great opening line "I know when to go out; I know when to stay in"), Bowie follows with two other commercial hits "China Girl" and "Let's Dance." "Let's Dance" is a riot, an MGM musical of a number with a boy background chorus, impassioned vocals (listen to Bowie wonderfully over-emote on the line "tremble like a Floweeer!"), and an infectious beat. This song has stood the test of time better than any other song on the album. It's high drama seasoned with camp and it's one of Bowie's best efforts. With excellent jazz-infused sax, Latin percussion, and memorable lyrics, it's one of the funnest songs in the Bowie discography. I think he really took chances with this song, and he thoroughly succeeds. The final song on the first side, the laid-back "Without You," features some trademark falsetto, but is not up to the other songs.
"Ricochet" is a reggae track that gets a little tiresome, but it's a harbinger of his later work for kids, with great sci-fi voiceover effects, and a very sound-trackish feeling to it. It sounds like something important is going on, though I can't figure out what the narrative is. (It doesn't matter--this is all for fun.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SACD sounds great March 9, 2004
By Pax
Format:Audio CD
I have always been a big Bowie fan, but I came along later in his musical career. In fact, Let's Dance was my 1st introduction to Bowie when I was about 12, so it always has a special place in my heart. The only earlier Bowie I listened to for a long time was from his greatest hits, Changes One. Anyway, I finally began collecting his earlier stuff and now own most of his pre=80's cannon. I never bought Let's Dance on cd, so when it came out as a hybrid SACD, I decided to get it. I don't have the original cd to compare it,with, but the SACD sounds great. Incredibly clear, incredibly crisp sound. Unfortunately, they released this as a 2-channel stereo SACD instead of the multi-channel, so it is limited in that regard. However, it sounds great and highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dramatic and compelling April 8, 2002
By Jinkyu
Format:Audio CD
In spite of its being commercial, and in spite of a considerable amount of disco content, "Let's Dance" is my favorite David Bowie album, tho others are close. Each track is excellent except for the throwaway concluder "Shake It" and the good but mild "Without You." David's singing is as usual very versatile, and he performs the dramatic extremely well in "Ricochet" and some other entries. He displays a soft but heavy touch on Iggy Pop's "China Girl" and in parts of other songs, reminding one a bit of Elvis.
Stevie Ray Vaughan makes a fine contribution with his guitar work on "Cat People," "Criminal World," and elsewhere, and there is also good saxophone, but most noteworthy is the songs' lively, catchy beats. The heavy "Modern Love" is the album's big rocker, very commercially successful and justifiably so. The title cut actually employs disco to make an excellent song, not just a dance number. Then, listen to that bass on "China Girl."
The production quality on this record is fabulous. Varied instrumentation is employed and mixed in very skillfully, with well-chosen dramatic flourishes, giving it its theatrical aura. One feels like getting up and dancing even when the beat is not disco.
So, unless you are a die-hard wed to the more characteristic Bowie sound, "Let's Dance" should be an interesting excursion.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Far From The Gods January 8, 2006
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On the one hand, 'Let's Dance' is the first album since his 1967 debut, where Bowie releases a record not worthy of the highest praise on this planet. But on the other hand, it is by far not as awful as some have made it. Also, it is very much 1983 in a bottle, as Ziggy was 1972, Heroes 1977 and Scary Monsters 1980. After all, it was the year of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' and Culture Club's 'Colour By Numbers' (of which the latter is by far the best of all three albums). It would be on 'Tonight' that Bowie, for the first time, was out of time.

'Let's Dance' opens with the brilliantly rocking pop gem 'Modern Love', which, as the third single off the album soared to a UK #2 / US #14 peak. It is deliciously disposable, utterly commercial, but not at all too self-conscious. It is followed by the second single (UK #2 / US #10), the now-stample-on-radio, 'China Girl', an arguably somewhat superior version of the song Bowie wrote with Iggy Pop for his 1977 comeback album 'The Idiot'. Here 'China Girl' is a soft & smooth danceable track with great rhytm & also retaining Iggy's haunting lyrics.

The title track, and also the first single off the album, a UK #1 / US #1, appears here in its full lenght, majestic & brooding, with darkening lyrics & joyous instrumental backing, that made it an instant worldwide classic.

The fourth single, which was released only in the US, and only scraped to an undeserved #73, is 'Without You', a simple but breathtakingly gorgeous song, which is my personal favourite on the record (due to overexposure of the three brilliant first singles). It is romantic & gentle & brilliantly sung, an underrated gem, if there ever was one. Also one of the most 'new romantic' tracks on the record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cd
I had the LP and it was time to get the cd!!
Published 1 month ago by Joe42096
5.0 out of 5 stars This Landmark Hit Definitely Rocks!
For what would turn out to be his most highly publicized album (and CD) in his
rich spectacular music career, David Bowie again set the music world ablaze with
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Published 1 month ago by RH
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Brings back memories
Published 2 months ago by Steve Simonek
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!
This was and is still one of David Bowie's Best selling Albums of All-Time........Can't go wrong with this album…Let's Dance…
Published 2 months ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it due to the brilliant three opening tracks.
Opens with three classic tracks that are extended from the single versions. The other five songs range from a little dull to solid pop songs. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Peter King
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Bowies music or not
The one thing you WILL NOT miss on this entire album is the sounds of SRVs guitar on the solos!!
Published 6 months ago by Danny Carlisle
5.0 out of 5 stars The Musical Chameleon Strikes Again
The ever shifting, metamorphic stylistic musings of David Bowie paid dividends in the early 1980s with one of the definitive pop music recordings of the decade. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lopez.ufarte
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This CD
Had this album when it first came out but never botherd to get the CD. I have it now and it sounds as good as ever.
Published 6 months ago by mateo
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Present For Son!
I have not heard this CD, but according to our Son, it is well worth buying! He gave it a four star rating!
Published 8 months ago by Eleanor Steele
5.0 out of 5 stars Putting out fire with gasoline!
I chose this rating because this is a great item. I recommend this to any David Bowie or Stevie Ray Vaughan (who played guitar on it fan.
Published 11 months ago by Erik Zarins
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