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Diamond Dogs: 30th Anniversary 2CD Edition [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

David Bowie Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Jun 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B0001RVUW4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,521 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Future Legend (1999 Digital Remaster) 1:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Diamond Dogs (1999 Digital Remaster) 6:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sweet Thing (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Candidate (1999 Digital Remaster) 2:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sweet Thing (Reprise; 1999 Digital Remaster) 2:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Rebel Rebel (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Rock 'N' Roll With Me (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. We Are The Dead (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. 1984 (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Big Brother (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family (1999 Digital Remaster) 2:030.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. 1984/Dodo (2003 Digital Remaster) 5:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rebel Rebel (US Single Version; 2002 Digital Remaster) 3:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dodo (2004 Digital Remaster) 2:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Growin' Up (2004 Digital Remaster) 3:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Alternative Candidate (A Demo For Proposed 1984 Musical; 2004 Digital Remaster) 5:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Diamond Dogs (K-Tel Best Of... Edit; 2004 Digital Remaster) 4:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Candidate (Intimacy Mix; 2004 Digital Remaster) 2:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Rebel Rebel (2003) 3:090.99  Buy MP3 

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowie's finest Moment? 6 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Diamond Dogs is, for me, Bowie's finest moment - forget "Ziggy" as this is where he shines brightest.
It's a very dark album - almost brooding in places, and is all that ever surfaced from the ill-fated musical version of Orwell's "1984" that was planned but stopped by Orwell's relatives.
It starts off with a very alternative rendition of "Bewitched" from South Pacific being played on a distant sounding guitar with a nightmare scenario being described setting the scene for the post apocalyptic setting of the record.
The title track, with it's very under rated hookline, kicks in after this and then goes into the "Sweet Thing" extravaganza, and finally amongst some of the nastiest feedback lines ever played drops neatly into "Rebel Rebel".
Side two is the surviving material from 1984, and is Bowie at the peak of his songwriting (at least, as far as I'm concerned).
If you don't already own this - then the reissue is worth getting. If possible though, try to track down the earlier Ryko reissue that is just a single disc as to my ears, none of the 30th Anniversary editions have been remastered particularly well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply superb! 12 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A dark and moody album where distorted guitar and sax are magically interwoven to produce an all time classic from Bowie. Not at all like Aladdin Sane which has an almost pop feel, nor like Ziggy which is acoustic-based, this album is far more complex and mature.
One of the interesting things about this music is the band - or lack of it! This album was recorded in 1974 just after the spiders had disbanded. Bowie therefore had a far greater input into this album than any previous, one would imagine. Evidence of this is the number of instruments he plays - accompanied by a drummer and occasional pianist and guitarist.
Get this it will grow on you with time and stay with you for ever.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you pick one favourite Bowie album! 12 Dec 2000
Format:Audio CD
Yes, it was originally supposed to be for a musical based on 1984. At the end of the day though it stands alone on the strength of the songs. This is, on occasion, my favourite Bowie album - although a great many of his albums have also held that spot. It starts with the spoken Future Legend which Bowie later made the mistake of trying to emulate on the Glass Spider. It sets the tone for one or two fairly dark moments - notably the Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise) section. This for me is the highlight of the whole album - strong both lyrically and musically. While some of the songs link obviously to the 1984 theme, these fit in feel unlike the rather more obvious 1984 and Big Brother. All in all a strong album which benefits from being listened to as a whole. If you want to hear some interesting cover versions of some of the tracks - try to find the Wedding Present doing Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family or Rickie Lee Jones doing Rebel Rebel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible. 20 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I would strongly urge you to disregard the other reviews of this album, which you will probably find a little pretentious. As the plot of 1984 is not followed with any detail, I think we can conclude that Bowie's intent was not simply to re-tell a story. It seems more likely that his wish was to capture moods & feelings from certain pivotal moments, and in this respect, I find the album to be a triumph. The musical & lyrical strands blend beautifully, particularly in Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise), We are the dead & Rock 'n' roll with me. Lyrically, I think this represents the summit of his acheivements. There is real poetry here, and I do not use the term lightly. In addition, the digital remastering has improved the sound quality, so in every respect this is a joy to listen to, even after a quarter of a century.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lets Dance this ain't! 23 May 2012
Format:Audio CD
Probably the best Bowie / any album of all time.

Bowie laid bare, with all his mythology's crashing into each other. Insanity, drugs and the compete degradation of the soul all compete for the centre of medical attention in a loveless Owellian universe.

Musically and lyrically as potent as anything Bowie has conjured before or since, let Diamond Dogs be the standard by which all other epics are measured.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet thing! 30 Jan 2012
By trendy
Format:Audio CD
Tracks 3 to 5, 'Sweet Thing', 'Candidate' and 'Sweet Thing Reprise' are so astoundingly perfect that the rest of the album is almost an anti-climax, even though everything is at genius level. 'Sweet Thing' fades in beautifully, the shrieking vocal is beyond belief, and the lyrical quality and depth so superior that this could be studied for a degree in English literature. The seedy filth of the drug-run city we all dread is perfectly encapsulated by a wall of sound and introspection of the highest order.
'Is it nice in your snowstorm ... freezing your brain?
Do you think that your face looks the same?
Well then indeed ... it's all I ever wanted ...
It's a street with a deal .. and a face,
It's got claws, it's got me, it's got .... you!'
How do you even begin to give a shade of constructive criticism to that?
On top of this, the man played every instrument himself.
Bowie rises above the limits of human creativity. The level of his talent is beyond ordinary human comprehension.
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Already have this on vinyl - but wanted it on cd too. It is a quality album. I would recommend it to others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
I first bought this album many years ago but not having the facility to play LPs in my car (or at home for that matter due to lack of a turntable :-) ) I decided to take the plunge... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ms. J. K. Harkin
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Not as good as Spiders from Mars but!! Replacement for another well worn album. Bowie has been influential in much modern music and this album was vital on his decelopment
Published 6 months ago by gollum
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a blast-very good album
I have put off buying this particular Bowie album on CD for several years but just bought this and 4 others. Read more
Published 7 months ago by David Hume
3.0 out of 5 stars perhaps...
perhaps i will like it when i play it more - its one i have only just heard so i shall persist...
Published 9 months ago by PAL - REASON
4.0 out of 5 stars Paranoid nihilism.
Great songs but a. Mood of paranoid doom.
Worth it for rebel rebel etc! Classic era bowie. Mick ronson etc
Not to make you whistle or be jolly!
Published 9 months ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars Adore this.
Hadn't listened to this for some time - hence purchased on DVD from record. Yes, as brilliant as I remember.
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