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Black Tie White Noise [CD]

David Bowie Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Oct 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0000A5BU3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,556 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. You've Been Around (2003 Digital Remaster) 4:430.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. Black Tie White Noise (2003 Digital Remaster) 4:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Jump They Say (2003 Digital Remaster) 4:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Nite Flights (2003 Digital Remaster) 4:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Pallas Athena (2003 Digital Remaster) 4:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Miracle Goodnight (2003 Digital Remaster) 4:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Don't Let Me Down And Down (2003 Digital Remaster) 4:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Looking For Lester (2003 Digital Remaster) 5:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday (2003 Digital Remaster) 4:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Wedding Song (2003 Digital Remaster) 4:300.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

In 1993 there was little reason to expect that David Bowie might make a decent record. He’d just given the world, unasked, the sludgy group rock of Tin Machine, which had done nothing to cleanse the listener’s palate after his 80s solo albums, which reached their nadir with 1987’s Never Let Me Down.

But the release of Black Tie White Noise, which reunited Bowie with Nile Rodgers, changed all that. Now it seems that Tin Machine had existed solely to wipe away any memory of what Bowie himself calls his "Phil Collins albums". Job done, Bowie was now free to pick up where he’d left off with 1980’s Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), the first of his records to actively look back over his own career and consolidate its many sounds.

Black Tie refers to many aspects of Bowie’s career. Rodgers provides a more considered sound than the crash and glitz of the pair’s previous collaboration, Let’s Dance. Mick Ronson, who’d not worked with Bowie for almost 20 years, plays on a cover of Cream’s I Feel Free, an old Spiders staple (it was sadly their last recording together, as Ronson was to die of cancer that year). Another song covered here, The Walker Brothers’ Nite Flights, is one that directly influenced Bowie’s own work with Brian Eno; and that work is also referenced in the instrumental opener The Wedding, which is named in tribute to Bowie’s wedding to model Iman Abdulmajid that year. And while the title-track (featuring rapper Al B Sure!) considered the recent LA Riots, the darkly beautiful single Jump They Say was a more personal effort, Bowie expressing his feelings concerning the death of his half-brother Terry.

All of this could have been something of a mishmash were it not for Bowie’s immense confidence (his vocals have never been better) and Rodger’s sympathetic production. As an album, it was both a critical and commercial success (number one in the UK). As a statement of the next stage of Bowie’s career, it was perfect. The 90s would be a decade of change and experimentation for David Bowie, and Black Tie White Noise was the first step on his new journey.

--David Quantick

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy New Ears 2 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
I remember when this album was released. Apart from the odd single, I was not a fan of post-Low Bowie, and all I owned was on vinyl. Time has passed (and much musical prejudice with it)so I decided to download this album out of curiosity and a sense of completion... sad to say! However, I was pleasantly surprised. It sounded fresh. Both the melodies and the album structure were unpredictable.
I have played it frequently over the last few weeks and have not tired of it. I keep hearing new things in the arrangements. Had I listened to it on release, I would probably dismissed it - not enough jangly guitar! Now I'm trying to think of other artists and albums I side-stepped, through musical snobbery, and give them a chance with my new ears.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great re-release 4 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
This special re-issue of BTWN with all the additional remixes, rare tracks and great DVD footage is a really good buy. Another of Bowie's albums that wasn't fully appreciated when it was originally released, it sounds really fresh ten years on, and I've really enjoyed rediscovering it. If you missed out on this first time around, this special edition is well worth adding to your collection.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Re-issue For Bowie's Career Re 18 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
By 1993, David Bowie was considered washed up, a has-been, a complete irrelevance. Since his greatest commercially selling album, "Lets Dance" in 1983, he had produced two criminally dire albums in "Tonight" and "Never Let Me Down" and three albums with rock dirge group "Tin Machine". Who would have guessed that his marriage to Somalian model Iman Abdul-Majid would have helped kickstart a creative process that would produce his best album in over ten years?
Although the album was said by Bowie to have been inspired by his marriage to Iman, only two of the tracks featured appear to have any reference to the event. "The Wedding" features wedding bells as the an album opener, and "The Wedding Song" is a gushing, swooning and deeply romantic paen to his new bride. The rest of the album however is classic Bowie; full of darkness, paranoia and more importantly - killer tunes.
Lead-off single "Jump They Say" is a stunning breakneck hard-edged dance track packed with gorgeous sax work from Bowie and excellent trumpet work from Lester Bowie (no relation). Second single the title track is a laid back funk/soul duet with Detroit singer Al B Sure! (Yes, that is his real name) that surely deserved higher than it's number 39 chart placing. And third and final single "Miracle Goodnight" is possibly the catchiest song Bowie, if indeed, anyone has ever written. But aside from the trio of excellent singles, there is much more listening pleasure to still be had. The whole album is filled with funky and soulful dance percussion, Bowie's voice is on the finest form that it has ever been in, and the lead sax and trumpet playing from the two Bowies is dynamism perfection.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Aloof and detached 8 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
This 1993 album is an ambitious project that does not come across as cohesive but contains some great songs. In overall sound, it reminds me of Young Americans but it is even more detached, like his plastic soul style carried to the extreme.
It opens with the semi-instrumental The Wedding, a beautiful lilting melody which is followed by You've Been Around, a song that doesn't go anywhere. The funky texture of I Feel Free makes it a worthy cover and the title track, a duet with Al B Sure, is quite engaging with its complex arrangement.
Jump They Say, Pallas Athena and Nite Flights, the Scott Walker cover, are all interesting but not really emotionally appealing. I like Miracle Goodnight with its rhythmic and vocal variety but the jazzy ballad Don't Let Me Down comes across as unfocused and messy. Looking For Lester is a lively jazz instrumental and the album concludes with The Wedding Song, a vocal reprise of the stylish opening track.
The problem with Black Tie, White Noise, is that although pleasant to listen to, the music does not remain with you for long. With a few exceptions like the two Wedding Songs, the songs are not memorable. I recommend this album only to hardcore fans or Bowie completists.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Beginnings of a Bowie Revival 2 Sep 2003
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This album marks a creative revival of David Bowie that would continue throughout the 1990s, extending to "Heathen" and maybe even beyond. Growing with every listen, it seems more jazz-infused than any other Bowie album with its liberal sprinkling of saxophone and trumpet. Added to this are many highlights which diversify an already-diverse Bowie back-catalogue.

"The Wedding" is a good opener, an instrumental with a slow build up. It attempts to unite east and west, reflecting the nature of Bowie's marriage, and does so successfully with its sound that harks to the Middle East but keeps to Western conventions with its infectious piano and bass-line.

"You've Been Around" hints to the more experimental sound that would permeate the "Outside" album with its menacing synths at the start. Such an allusion is continued later via the brooding instrumental "Pallas Athena" with David Bowie's sax echoing the melody of "A Small Plot of Land" at times.

"Black Tie White Noise" seems to be Bowie's answer to Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?", not only in its cry for racial unity but also within its melody which closely echoes Gaye's at times.

"Jump They Say" is a fairly unsettling track based upon the suicide of one of Bowie's colleagues and perfectly reflects, in both lyrics and music, the intense pressures of the modern world and the state of manic depression that can result.

"Nite Flights" is an interesting cover of Scott Walker's 1977 track which is fairly faithful to the original yet somewhat darker with its harder rhythm and sinister synths permeating in the background.

"Miracle Goodnight" is fairly infectious, if a little light-headed, and an obvious single, being the most commercial track on the album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfection
a masterpiece of course
Published 1 month ago by kevwall
5.0 out of 5 stars 10/10 Mr. Bowie
Being a Bowie fan for years but I hadn't heard this album right through - now I have and am not disappointed
Published 4 months ago by A. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars worth the money
cd arrived on time it was well packed in very good condition cover very clean for a used cd would recomend to any music fan wanting to by cds cheap
Published 13 months ago by Roy Levey
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the comeback hoped for
Although this is an improvement on his much maligned 80s output it's still not the Bowie we know and love. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Oliver Cobbin
5.0 out of 5 stars There is no definitive David Bowie
One of the greatest of David Jones's achievements is to make everyone, including me, believe that there is someone called David Bowie who exists in the world beyond our heads and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Donald Lush
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best
OK, but not one of my favorite Bowie Albums - I'm glad to have it in my collection though. Worth having if you're a fan.
Published 19 months ago by Patricia Jamieson
2.0 out of 5 stars David goes from R&B to R&B
Back in the 60s David Jones / Bowie was a mod and playing R&B. Then 25 years later R&B takes on a whole new style. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr Paul Savory
3.0 out of 5 stars A sign of the better things to come
Buy this for 'Jump They Say' about David's half brother Terry's mental problems - and for the fantastic 'Nite Flights'. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2012 by trendy
4.0 out of 5 stars BLACK TIE, RIGHT NOISE
To say this album is a work of genius, would be stretching things, but like all of Bowie's albums after his dreaded 80's period, experienced listeners will find his later music... Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2012 by Alonzo Mosely
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
I can remember buying this album back in 1993. A Bowie album release always seemed like an event. I was not dissapointed at all. Read more
Published on 8 April 2012 by Barclays
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