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Cant Read [Single, Import]

David Bowie Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Import
  • Label: Velvel
  • ASIN: B00004TT9G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,155,894 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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While recording the 'Earthling' album, David Bowie decided to rerecord 'I Can't Read', a song that originated from the much derided 'Tin Machine' project of the late '80s. While the original featured squealing 'Lodger'-style electric guitar, this version is performed on acoustic guitar with subtle synth strings (the song was apparently left off 'Earthling' because it didn't fit in stlyistically). The lyrics are also slightly different, changed to fit the mood of Ang Lee's film 'The Ice Storm' (the song is also available on the film soundtrack and plays during the end credits).
The only other thing you need to know is that, if you like David Bowie, then you need this single. It's undoubtedly among his finest performances of the '90s, the decade in which he chose to redefine himself artistically. Alongside the full, unedited version of the track, this CD also includes his fine '80s single 'This is Not America' (also not an album track).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great new acoustic version 18 April 2008
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I am a big fan of Bowie, and a big fan as well of Tin Machine, Bowie's very under-rated group project from late 80's to early 90's. The song, written by Bowie and guitarist Reeves Gabrels (another brilliant musician), was originally performed by Tin Machine on their debut album.

This version, however, is for the most part acoustic and performed by Bowie in 1997, nearly a decade after the original. The song, in style, is very different, and although minimal/acoustic, very unique sounding. The long version has a little more ambiance and lyrics, which really helps draw you into this great recording.

The third track, however, is extremely dull; written/performed by the Pat Metheny Group with Bowie on vocals. His vocals really don't mix with this song, as too many notes drag on and from out of seemingly nowhere. I haven't heard any other songs from this band, but it seems 'This Is Not America' was made a single just to milk off of Bowie's appearance, which isn't even very impressive.

(If you want to get a hold of good vocal performances by Bowie with other groups, try Placebo's 'Without You I'm Nothing' or Tv On The Radios' 'Province'; Bowie also has recently done vocal work for Lou Reed's 'The Raven' album and Gabrels' 'Ulysses' album). Also, look for Reeves Gabrels' song 'You've Been Around' which was originally to be in the Tin Machine project, but abandoned. (Bowie also re-recorded the song for his Black Tie White Noise album).

Overall, this newer version is great, and shows Bowie's skills at guitar and ambiance. If you don't have 'This Is Not America', then I'd recommend getting this as well, though I personally don't feel it's worth getting to be perfectly honest.
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