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EmpireStateHuman
(wild eyed peoploid)
07/15/06 09:39 AM
Re-recording history  

Do you think any of Bowie's re-recordings are better than the originals?

I'm not talking live versions (an entirely different kettle of fish that no doubt already has its own thread) but studio recordings.

For me, the Scary Monsters sessions re-recording of Panic in Detroit is much better than the original Aladdin Sane which I always felt was a blinding riff (Mick Ronson's second best after Width of a Circle, for my money) attached to an average song, although I love the gospel vocalists and the percussion.

On the other hand, the 1979 version benefits from David's perfected vocal style (which was still immature in the early 70s- one of the reasons why I don't particularly care for Hunky Dory or Ziggy Stardust). His staccatto verses and oddly phrased delivery of the title line- Panicinnnnn De-troit - and the deliciously lean and taut instrumentation give the song something his (comparatively) limpidly sanguine original lacks.

Namely, an air of claustrophobia and, indeed, panic.

While it does lack Ronson giving it some proto-Kevin Sheilds over the outro, it does get points for Bowie's 'ooh ooh ooh's over the end.


So, what's your opinion on this re-recording?

What re-recordings do you believe were better than the originals?

If a pistol appears in a story, eventually it's got to be fired - Anton Chekhov

diamondogz74
(freecloud)
07/15/06 09:45 AM
Re: Re-recording history new [re: EmpireStateHuman]  

In reply to:

For me, the Scary Monsters sessions re-recording of Panic in Detroit is much better than the original Aladdin Sane


In reply to:

So, what's your opinion on this re-recording?


Embarrassing, I wish it had never been issued as a bonus.




London Bye Ta-Ta...

EmpireStateHuman
(wild eyed peoploid)
07/15/06 10:03 AM
I never thought I'd say this, but... new [re: diamondogz74]  

... could we hear some more from dogz, please?

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Embarrassing, I wish it had never been issued as a bonus


Care to elaborate? Which re-recordings do you prefer?

If a pistol appears in a story, eventually it's got to be fired - Anton Chekhov

syndrome
(kook)
07/15/06 10:29 AM
Re: Re-recording history new [re: EmpireStateHuman]  

My opinion is I haven't got the Scary Monsters one and somebody should send me plenty of rare Bowie tracks for free.



Strawman
(acolyte)
07/15/06 10:29 AM
Re: Re-recording history new [re: EmpireStateHuman]  

Christ alive, A., do you really prefer that recording to the original? I wouldn't call it embarrassing but it's surely a version of Panic most fans & the music world in general could've easily done without. Same applies to the awful John I'm Only Dancing (Again) number - it's almost as if he was taking the piss with afforementioned recordings.

I do like the Scary Monsters recording of Space Oddity - not as much as the original, but it's superb vocally.

I'll come back when & if I can think of more examples.

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Syndrome - My opinion is I haven't got the Scary Monsters one



I'll put it up in approximately ten minutes.

Just a nuance

diamondogz74
(freecloud)
07/15/06 10:35 AM
Re: Re-recording history new [re: Strawman]  

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I wouldn't call it embarrassing


Really! pray tell Strawie, what word would you use to discribe that lovely countdown in that recording?

It's shite and you know it.


London Bye Ta-Ta...

EJ
(byroad singer)
07/15/06 10:36 AM
Re: Re-recording history new [re: EmpireStateHuman]  

"Conversation Piece" in its finished "Heathen"-version is pretty good but then again the original isn't bad either. I also found the "Space Oddity" from 1979 quite amusing, though it is certainly not anywhere near the class of the original. All other re-recordings I can spontaneously think of rank pretty low and especially that "Panic In Detroit" one is dreadful.

And I want to believe that a light's shining through somehow


EmpireStateHuman
(wild eyed peoploid)
07/15/06 10:50 AM
Panic is spelt P-A-N-I-C new [re: Strawman]  

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John I'm Only Dancing (Again)




In my opinion, the single worst Bowie song by a decent length.

But remember the time when we could blame drugs for such songs? How can you explain Looking for Water or Try Some, Buy Some?

And I really hated this version of Panic when I first heard it but since then it has hugely grown on me.

If a pistol appears in a story, eventually it's got to be fired - Anton Chekhov

diamondogz74
(freecloud)
07/15/06 11:20 AM
You are teasing...you have to be! new [re: EmpireStateHuman]  

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John I'm Only Dancing (Again)


The best reworking of an original I've ever heard, much better IMO than the Ziggy version.

In reply to:

Try Some, Buy Some?


That isn't a Bowie song.



London Bye Ta-Ta...

AdamAdministrator
(cricket menace)
07/15/06 11:22 AM
The great lost Bowie genre [re: EmpireStateHuman]  

I'm going with the 1995 version of "The Man Who Sold The World". The officially released (single) version was a studio remake based on the version from the tour and had cool additions by Eno. It was also a sneak preview into a genre Bowie could have covered much more extensively (trip-hop).

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