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After the success of the dance hits "Fame" and "Young Americans" (both off 1975's Young Americans), Bowie seemed to step back, ponder the future of rock, and then turn up the guitars and the art-rock sensibilities and make a completely engaging and evocative album. From the epic title track (introducing the Thin White Duke character and building into an incendiary rocker) to the irresistible "Golden Years" (another dance hit) and on to the physically wrenching and funk-drenched "Stay," the soul of David Bowie is pretty much meshed into every track. The playful "TVC15" takes the listener on a bumpy ride into unholy tech-love, and the gorgeous "Wild is the Wind" and "Word on a Wing" have Bowie stepping out of his rocker persona and into sensual crooner mode. Strong from beginning to end. --Lorry Fleming
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.12 x 5.67 x 0.39 inches; 3.74 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Virgin
- Item model number : 2126386
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : December 7, 2006
- Label : Virgin
- ASIN : B00001OH7U
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #110,508 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Here are the things I noticed. The 2000 master has a higher noise floor. At the start of Station to Station I could hear the white noise come in a lot earlier, and it drowned out the beginning flanger effect a lot more than on the new 2016 remaster. So that's one update.
I also noticed they equalized the masters in the new version to kill that brittle 90s CD sound. The highs are not so sibilant and hard on the ears. They brought the focus back to the whole spectrum of the song, whereas before there was much more hiss and bite.
The third thing I noticed was they sound like they brought a subwoofer into the studio so they could master that bottom low end (<50 Hz) for today's speaker systems. 17 years ago consumer systems didn't have much lowend at all, we were all playing CDs on our little boom boxes for the most part. But now they have satisfied our need to hear the kick drum actually get kicked.
The fourth thing I noticed is these masters weren't compressed for loudness sake, they are dynamic and punchy coming in at a fantastic -16 LUFS. If you don't know about the loudness wars I would look it up, it's very important to know about how it's ruined music mastering for the past 20 years.
The final thing I noticed was the new masters have a more cohesive sound. There are backing vocals you can hear easier now because it sounds like they brought them more to center stage. The middle frequencies are able to shine now that the high end isn't overpowering, so you'll notice more of the actual song, like guitars and vocal harmonies.
I would say it's worth it if you haven't bought the album on CD already. If you really care about taking full advantage of new mastering tech, go for it. But both still sound great and it may not even be worth the extra $12, and I'm picky about how my albums sound. Who knows if you can even tell the difference on vinyl, it's top and bottom end get chopped off after mastering to fit the waves on the record. So you probably won't hear the differences I described on vinyl. Maybe on tape you will, tapes carry the full 20-20 spectrum.
I'm pleased with this purchase on CD anyways
1) Station to Station - Easily 10/10, the title track is honestly my favorite, it's quirky, its long (10 min), and it feels like 2 or 3 different songs smashed into one. I love the almost 3 minute intro to the chorus, and bridge, this song is such a trip.
2) Golden Years - 10/10 Didn't like it too much at first but this disco jam grew onto me and it's easily accessible.
3) Word on a Wing - 10/10; ballad-like song that I can describe as truly BEAUTIFUL.
4) TVC15 - 10000/10 FUNKY. It is one of my favorite songs from the album (#2) and of Bowie's catalog.
5) Stay - 10/10 - The beginning guitar riffs that rips and punctures throughout the song is what truly makes me love this song.
6) Wild is the Wind 10/10 - It slows down here a bit like in Word on a Wing. The final song of the album and Bowie's vocals are ... wow. Phenomenal song. Perfect ending.
NO FILTERS, NO FILLERS, NO GIMMICKS, IT IS THE RETURN OF THE THIN WHITE DUKE.
RIP Starman <3
From Station To Station is packaged in a nice laminated sleeve, the LP is white, 180 gram vinyl. The LP's label features a pic of David Bowie, and the audio quality is pretty darn good. The vinyl is not dead, but pretty darn quiet, just a baby smidgen of surface noise on the beginning of side one. Also, it's nice to get a live Bowie album without a tri-fold sleve, they are really unwieldy, too large and a pain to deal with.
Regarding the performance, this is not my favorite Bowie touring line up, but it does feature Adrian Belew, so the guitar is always on point and David's vocals are, of course, always wonderful.
I selected this album out of the available trilogy because it has my favorite Bowie songs on side 1, but I was pleasantly surprised by the wonderfully ballsy performances of White Light/White Heat and Pretty Pink Rose, a song Bowie wrote for an Adrian Belew album called Young Lions found on side two.
I purchased my copy for well under $20 and I think it is a great value and a great album. I will be seeking out the two other volumes of this series, "We Can Be Heroes" on blue vinyl and "Sounds And Visions" on grey vinyl.
These albums are not released by the Bowie estate, and will probably have official, remastered, differently titled releases one day.
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What ultimately let's down this release is not the music, but the way it has been purportedly digital mastering. One of the engineers is a geezer named DR. Toby Mountain. I can only conclude that if he was a medical doctor, I would definitely be looking for someone else. What this geezer has achieved can only be described as a very poor mono recording. There is no depth of sound reproduction on any of the tracks. You really do have to crank up the volume and I do mean crank it up to get any form of volume. I do not wish to put off any of David's fans in getting this cd. I would advise you look for a much later remastered version.
No doubt they have been bootlegged before over the years but now at least somebody like myself ( who doesn't have big record fairs to go to ) can access some good live material on vinyl. This particular album comes in white vinyl and is numbered out of 1000 copies. Classed as Japan Edition, tracks must have been taken from the Tokyo Concerts I imagine. Sound quality is excellent, packaging is quite good although some sleeve notes would have been nice to have, giving some details of dates location etc. good and the price is very good. Coda have been busy bringing out these albums in CD and in vinyl so no doubt more albums will be released.
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