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Let's Dance [ECD]

David BowieAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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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 (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,732 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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60 of 63 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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35 of 37 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SACD sounds great March 9, 2004
By Pax
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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
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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
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I will begin this review with a tale of the distant past.
Once upon a time in 1983, a girl in her teens went on a plane trip to Disney World with her mother, a friend of her mother's, and the friend's young sons. The plane had a sound system in each seat, and the passengers were given headsets. There were several "stations" of music to choose from, and the girl had hers tuned to (at the time) contemporary hits.
The teen sat bobbing her head, tapping her feet, and chair-dancing to such tunes as "She Blinded me with Science" and "Hungry like the Wolf." This was FUN music! Then, it happened.
All of a sudden, the teenage girl's eardrums were caressed by a voice like that of an angel -- a very manly-sounding, sexy-voiced angel. As this manly yet angelic voice sang passionately about dancing and swaying and trembling flowers and red shoes, the teen sat there motionless, enthralled, spellbound, utterly enchanted, unable to believe a human voice could sound so gorgeous, so exquisite.
That girl was me, the song was "Let's Dance," and the fellow with the sexy angel-voice was none other than Mr. David Bowie.
I have read scathing criticisms of the album "Let's Dance," citing how it was more "commercial" than Bowie's earlier recordings. I don't know what that means, "commercial." If The Gentleman and his spellbinding musical stylings got more exposure, so much the better. As a Bowie fan in a BIG WAY, I am here to say that, in its own way, this sparkling disc of audio enchantment deserves to be as much a Bowie classic as "Ziggy Stardust" or the Berlin recordings
The "hits" hit the mark. I always feel like dancing when I hear the catchy "Modern Love," and I still find the title track mesemerizing, and "China Girl" is lushly romantic.
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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 23 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 3 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 6 months ago by Erik Zarins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic album!
I love this album. Great cuts in the classic Bowie style. This is a must have. I hope you like it as much as I do.
Published 8 months ago by Hutch
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowie's Comeback
When David Bowie's Let's Dance album was Released in 1983 it was one of the Events of the year. The Chameleon of the 70's Became the Hitmaker of the 80's. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jeff Ball
4.0 out of 5 stars Funky Nice
Ths album is a celebration of Life!! Those so called hard core Bowie fans can jump off a roof!. Most of those "hard core" fans have never seen the man live in concert anyway,and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by d.nice
5.0 out of 5 stars what's to be said?
By now, you either love this album or you don't. I had it 'trapped' on vinyl, so I got this CD - and it sounds every bit as funky-fresh as it did before. Read more
Published 14 months ago by L. Porter
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