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syndrome
(absolute beginner )
07/28/05 02:57 AM
So what's next for me? new  

I'm a relatively young David Bowie fan (I believe) at the age of 14, but already it seems my life is more Bowiecentric than his own. I have the following CDs:
Hunky Dory,
Scary Monsters,
Ziggy Stardust,
Diamond Dogs,
Low,
'hours...',
Bowie at the Beeb,
The Man Who Sold The World,
Heathen,
Earthling,
Well, I lie, the last two are actually in the post, I've just ordered them.
Anyway, I love every one of those albums and I'm wondering what to get next... I've heard that his albums from the 80s are quite weak, but then again I heard the same about his 90/2000s work and I adore 'hours...' and what I've heard from Earthling and Heathen.

I pride myself in never having bought a CD that I dislike. I want to know, are there any Bowie albums that are truly lacklustre? Or, alternatively, what should I get next? I know it's all a matter of opinion, but I just want to be safe. I've got access to a new album whenever I've got £7, they often appear in my local music shop for that price or less.

Damnit, this didn't really make any sense...



Pablo-Picasso
(crash course raver)
07/28/05 03:34 AM
Re: So what's next for me? new [re: syndrome]  

The common consensus is that Never let me down and Tonight are the worst albums, but there are good songs on both, if you are going on this journey it is only right you check out every destination. You may not end up liking it all but that's ok. The early 60s stuff will probably be strage to you, but make sure you give it a fair listen. There is a great cd called 'early on' which picks up all his pre 1967 songs on one collection, then there is the Deram anthology which has all his songs from the mid to late 60s on it (apart from one) finally is the Space oddity album which is where the story starts for many. Have fun exploring the albums, get them all.
Looking at what you have got, you really need to get Aladdin Sane.
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BigFatDog
(kook)
07/28/05 04:11 AM
Re: So what's next for me? new [re: syndrome]  

I suggest you get to love the earlier stuff first before listening to albums like Earthling or Outside. Personally I just don't think you can appreciate what they are until you know where they've come from.

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SysiyoModerator
(thunder ocean)
07/28/05 04:47 AM
Re: So what's next for me? new [re: BigFatDog]  

In reply to:

I suggest you get to love the earlier stuff first before listening to albums like Earthling or Outside. Personally I just don't think you can appreciate what they are until you know where they've come from.


Things can also work the other way around. It might even be more rewarding to get the newer albums first, then get the old ones and after them listen to the newer ones again. Music is at it's most rewarding when you don't immidiately "get" the entire thing, certain albums can take several years to get into, but they are in the end also the most rewarding ones.

For album recommendations... "Heroes" is a must. And Station To Station, which is (as noted in Adam's thread on the subject) probably the generally best-liked Bowie album. Not only in the way of positive opinions, but the lack of negative opinions.

Also, I agree with Pablo that the 80's albums are worth checking out, all of them have their good moments. The 90's albums are all good, although Tin Machine II is inferior to the others. Then again, most people would say the same about Hours and you liked it, so you never know.

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syndrome
(absolute beginner )
07/28/05 05:27 AM
Re: So what's next for me? new [re: Sysiyo]  

Ok.
If the Early Stuff is like some of the tracks on Bowie At The Beeb Disc 1, then I do like it (That's what I always assumed).
Anyway.
*notes to get Aladdin Sane next*
Thanks, guys.



FastChanges
(electric tomato)
07/28/05 06:36 AM
Re: So what's next for me? new [re: syndrome]  

You have to get "Station to Station" and "Outside" next.

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LadyGravedigger
(cracked actor)
07/28/05 11:31 AM
Re: So what's next for me? new [re: Sysiyo]  

In reply to:

Tin Machine II is inferior to the others.


Except that Tin Machine is far worse than Tin Machine II. So, Syndrome, just a hint: aim at getting all the albums (which you're probably doing anyway) and form your oppinions. There are as many oppinions of Bowie's albums on this board than there are posters here, and mostly we just don't agree about that many things But yeah, FastChanges is right: you need to get Station to Station soon. It's great.

Vanity is all

SysiyoModerator
(thunder ocean)
07/28/05 01:10 PM
Re: So what's next for me? new [re: LadyGravedigger]  

But Tin Machine was released in 1989, hence not falling into the category of "90's albums".

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LadyGravedigger
(cracked actor)
07/28/05 02:59 PM
Re: So what's next for me? [re: Sysiyo]  

Oops, should have noticed. But anyway, I don't really think Tin Machine II is inferior in any sense. Not even compared to his other nineties albums. Although... of course Outside and BTWN are a lot better, but... I don't know. I just don't like it being called inferior, when, in my oppinion, Bowie's only inferior albums are Tin Machine and Tonight.

Vanity is all

JamieSim
(kook)
07/28/05 03:30 PM
Re: So what's next for me? [re: syndrome]  

For an easy ride into his music I would personally buy Lets Dance and Never Let me down their relatively cheap at HMV if your lucky HMV usually has these two CD at a very low price maybe as low as say £3.99. The 70s stuff is usually a little more expensive.
OK their a bit POP but if say you buy Outside next you will probably find his 80s stuff crap.
My first Bowie album was changesbowie I think itís £4.99 at HMV but with the albums youíve already got youíve probably got most of the tracks already from it.
Maybe get live or Stage theyíve got a varied line up of songs or if you can find it the 50th Birthday Party concert- I downloaded this of the internet Iím not sure if you can get on CD.


Donít get
OUTSIDE at first itís a required taste although if youíve got earthling maybe you should.
PIN UPS Buy Aladdin Sane first itís better
Young Americans Its again a bit different if I had to start my collection again I wouldnít but YA at the top of my list itís a an Soul sound not a rock album so at first it may be a bit too different.





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