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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.Read more ›
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.
Namely, when a SACD is marked as hybrid it does not automatically mean that it is recorded in 5.1 technology. What it means is that it can be played on both SACD player and a conventional CD player. 5.1 disc on the other hand are usually referred to as 'multi-channel' and can be hybrid or single layer (playable only on SAC players).
As far as DSD is conerned, it refers to a new technology of transferring recordings onto the new digital media.
To put it shortly, there is nothing wrong with the Bowie disc. It sounds absolutely great and reminds me of my youth :-))
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David Bowie with the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughn on guitar does not get better than this!Published 18 days ago by Joan
Bowie, catchy upbeat tunes, what's not to love? This isn't my favorite Bowie album, but it's definitely one worth having.Published 2 months ago by SueF
Love DAVID BOWIE music CD LET'S DANCE. I love it a lot. LET'S DANCE awesome song.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved this album, played the cassette version to death. Bought the CD for the Love of Bowie. He is so missed.Published 4 months ago by ShayKit
I replaced my " cassette" with a cd. It's a great album. Since he has passed, I am happy to have my david bowie moment of zen.Published 4 months ago by joyce h.
I wish to see you insisted he would've been a little cheaperPublished 4 months ago by Leonard F. Dewey Jr.