What does it sound like?:
Today, quite incredibly to me as it barely seems possible, marks the 45th anniversary of the original release of this album. It’s now been reissued on coloured vinyl to commemorate the occasion, in line with Bowie’s earlier albums. This era, Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Pin Ups and this one, encompasses most of my favourite Bowie albums, maybe because of my own age when they came out I think. They are the ones where the music has stayed with me over the years, and that I’ve returned to time and again.
Denied the rights to produce a musical piece based on Orwell’s seminal 1984 novel, the songs Bowie had already composed by and large ended up on the second side of this record – 1984, Big Brother, We Are The Dead etc, while the first side dealt with his vision of life in a future apocalyptic world. There really is some consistently great music on here, my own favourite being the atmospheric Sweet Thing/ Candidate section, but it’s fair to say there are no duds here. This album marked the end of Bowie’s glam period – typically, it was time to move on to pastures new and of course many other landmark albums were still to come, but this remains a classic album, and one which also of course has the iconic artwork to match the music.
Incidentally, the powers that be in their wisdom have decided this will be a ‘bricks and mortar’ release, so it will be available only from high street retailers and not online.
What does it all *mean*?
A shame the anniversary didn’t also see a cd reissue with the bonus tracks that were on the Rykodisc and EMI rereleases from twenty years or so ago now. I was always particularly partial to Dodo (aka You Didn’t Hear It From Me) and the different Candidate.
Goes well with…
Remembering your youth.
Might suit people who like…
Bowie, classic glam rock