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Scary Monsters [Import]

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: 1980
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00001OH7Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,424 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Some would argue that this is the last great Bowie album, and certainly his only great album of the '80s. While it lacked the bite of its punk brethren at the time, it appealed to some fans of that genre and to middle-of-the-road rockers as well. Muscular playing met with no-frills production, and the product as a whole was infused with a gloriously arty style. "It's No Game (Part I)" opens the album, and is sung in Japanese, and "It's No Game (Part II)" closes, in English. New York punker Tom Verlaine even contributed a track ("Kingdom Come"), and "Scream Like a Baby" tells a dark and violent story with a howl. The drug-oriented "Ashes to Ashes" confesses that Major Tom was a junky while sounding all sleek and alluring, and the dance floor hit "Fashion" took aim at its very subject. The crowning jewel is the title track, with Robert Fripp's guitar ripping the place up at a relentless pace. It's been a long time since Bowie sounded this inspired. --Lorry Fleming

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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i don't even know where to start about scary monsters January 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
sometimes music can be a life altering experience. when this album came out, i was a freshman in high school in a small midwestern town. i stumbled across it, probably from a review in rolling stone or cream, and listened to it through headphones in my bedroom for hours on end. as i grew up, the age of the cd came along and this album sat in the 2 crates of albums i refuse to let go of.

my 9 yr. old son got one of those mp3 player things for christmas and we have spent the last few nights downloading the songs he likes onto it. well, once again i stumbled across scary monsters out there in internet land and downloaded it onto my computer.

i am now sitting here again with headphones on singing all these songs and dancing like a wildman. the lyrics of 25 years ago just flow out of me like breathing even though i have not heard them forever. the music is just as fresh now as it was then.

people more knowledgable than i can review the merits of each particular song in objective and analytical ways, but i cannot. they can compare this album to other bowie albums, but i cannot. i cannot because this album is impressed upon my musical soul. it opened my ears to all kinds of music i never knew existed. i could have been a top 40 listener for the rest of my life, but i did not and it was because of the power of this masterpiece.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pivotal Bowie Experience June 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Bowie's albums are like a fine wine. Scary Monsters is a particular vintage which still sounds excellent today. It's the artistic vintage of Bowie which continues to surprise people like myself.
Every new Bowie album in the 70s was a new experience for its listeners - literally. With the exception of the Ziggy / Alladin Sane period - Bowie's albums from the mid-70s onwards were refreshingly different from one another. This is no exception. It's been mentioned in other reviews that Scary Monsters was Bowie's last significant release from a historical perspective. That's pretty true. If he'd died after this was released - his legend would've certainly been sealed on a high note.
The New wave artists who were about to arrive on the UK scene worshipped Bowie. Scary Monsters shows why: Bowie was a law unto himself.
Cryptic yet accessible; raw yet melodic - Bowie's lyrics drive this album, as does the great guitar work of Fripp and a cameo by Pete Townshend. This is a far more sonic work than Bowie's previous albums, and plunges the listener headlong into his inner world. The iconic tracks here that everyone knows are Ashes to Ashes; Fashion and Scary Monsters. The lesser known tracks (ie not heard on his compilations) - form the rest of the snapshot. Scary Monsters is very much like a portrait of Bowie, of which the better known songs are simply parts of his overall psyche.
Scary Monsters capped a tremendous musical decade that blew critics and audiences away, and belongs in any Bowie collection. Many of his ardent fans wish he would or could return to this form -and some believe he has with his 90s releases, but don't believe it...For some reason, Bowie has never sounded as artistically immersed in a one particular work after this one.
So get this vintage for its raw passion. And if you can, do get the rykodisc for the extra tracks which are worth it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowie's Best May 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is my very favorite Bowie album and I honestly think his best. It follows the excellent "Berlin Trilogy" of "Low," "`Heroes'," and "Lodger" and is actually a culmination of Bowie's entire career so far. As such it is loud, manic, desperate, paranoid and even political. Its also simply great music with intriguing lyrics sung with the strongest voice Bowie can muster.
Like many of his albums, "Scary Monsters" has a structural continuity. While this one isn't a concept album like "Ziggy Stardust," "Diamond Dogs," or "1. Outside," it has a beginning, middle and end. The album begins and ends with two highly different versions of "It's No Game." The opening version is loud and angry. Bowie virtually screams out the lyrics as a woman concurrently shouts them out in Japanese. All the while is a screeching guitar and a tense build up to Bowie's closing cry of "Shut up! Shut up!" It's a powerful, confusing and even scary start of a wild ride. In contrast, the closing version of "It's No Game" is deliberately spent. Where Bowie was trying to punch his way out of a straightjacket in the opening number, by close he has given up. His power is gone. The lyrics are easier to follow, and although their meaning is somewhat obscure, they come across as resignation. The listener is also spent by this point. It's as absolute an ending as can be, even more so than "Rock N' Roll Suicide" at the end of "Ziggy." This is why any "bonus songs" tacked on to the end of this album detract from it.
As an interesting side note about "It's No Game," the lyrics borrow from a highly obscure song Bowie wrote in the 60's called "Tired of My Life.
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40 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One flash of light, but no smoking pistol... January 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If the 1970s were a hellish journey for David Bowie, Scary Monsters represents the first night home, a blanket wrapped round the shivering figure, cup of cocoa in one hand and a series of really awful flashbacks and nightmares everytime he falls asleep.

Okay, that sounds stupid, but I mean that in Scary Monsters we find Bowie finally attempting to take stock of the situation (which, in 'It's no game (ii)' he concludes he really doesn't understand).

Cutbacks and cross-references to his earlier material abound: the intro guitar chords to Up The Hill Backwards are the same as the intro chords to 1973's Panic in Detroit - only played backwards. And there is the celebrated attempt, in Ashes to Ashes, to write off Space Oddity as a heroin song. Bowie, of course, has never been averse to making up all sorts of nonsense about his past, and this is no exception: he might have whiffed the odd doobie in 1967 but a junkie he was definitely not.

This album is generally very strong: Carlos Alomar makes a real impression on its overall sound, particularly in the epochal single Ashes to Ashes (fairly grim aside: I once met the keyboard player from the session. He now plays children's birthday parties in North London as one half of a duo called the "Rock N Roll Pirates".) and Fashion, both of which cross back and forth between disco, funk and new wave - an odd combination which no-one else (except Queen in the dreadful Hot Space) has ever tried. And, tiresome though he is, you do have to take your hat off to Rock's own crashing intellectual bore Robert Fripp, who cuts this record up with some stunning, incandescent guitar playing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 26 days ago by JUAN CARLOS GARCIA CRISTOBAL
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is His Highly Innovative Masterpiece!
Just as David Bowie successfully entered the 1980’s in dazzling force, he had
released another blockbuster album in 1980 that found him returning to the conv-... Read more
Published 2 months ago by RH
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Great Bowie album. The songs and his voice are fine. The condition is fine and so was the price.
Published 2 months ago by Susan G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very scary.
And very super! Very different from most of his work, one of my favorites from him. Incredible lineup of backing artists, likely his darkest work. Great album from a great time.
Published 4 months ago by Kurk Schoner
5.0 out of 5 stars Nailed it!
This one is among his classic works if you had to pick must own Bowie albums would go with Hunky Dory, Ziggy, Diamond Dogs, Scary Monsters, Let's Dance, Labyrinth soundtrack, The... Read more
Published 5 months ago by David Disch
4.0 out of 5 stars Bowie's Last Great Album Now in MLPS Format!
I have to admit that my favourite Bowie period spans the albums that start with "Hunky Dory" till "Aladdin Sane" although I liked "Station to Station" a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Frederick Baptist
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album!
I am shocked I never gave this a chance when I was younger. Now that I am older this is a phenomenal album!
Bowie never disappoints!
Published 10 months ago by Levi
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Bowie
I love most of Bowie's albums, especially his latest, The Next Day. But when I first heard this album in 1980, it struck me as the best album ever. Read more
Published 10 months ago by LP_45
4.0 out of 5 stars Older Bowie
Already knew the few tracks that got airplay, the rest of the album is good but not great. Worth the buy!
Published 12 months ago by H. James Mcgeehan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Bowies albums
I've always loved this album, but I only had it on cassette.
I can't believe I waited so long to purchase it on CD...
It's so awesome, every song, every time.
Published 13 months ago by B. LaFlamme
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