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Diamond Dogs [CASSETTE] [Original recording reissued]

David Bowie Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (12 Oct 1990)
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Umvd/Ryko
  • ASIN: B0000009M3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 585,093 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 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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22 of 24 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex, Lies, And Genocide 16 Feb 2000
By David
Format:Audio CD
Praised by critics and hardcore fans, "Diamond Dogs" represents Bowie's thwarted efforts to translate George Orwell's "1984" into a rock opera. Having sacked The Spiders, Bowie took full helm, writing, arranging, and producing this album. To help him in his task he gathered a new cast of musicians including Mike Garson, who had previously provided some outstanding piano work for the "Aladdin Sane" album.
In "Diamond Dogs", Orwell's bleak, totalitarian Eurasia becomes Hunger City. A debauched, sprawling, post-apocalyptic metropolis populated by sleazy punks, where as Bowie narrates in "Future Legend", '...fleas the size of rats sucked on rats the size of cats'.
The rollicking title track and the anthem like "Rebel Rebel" provided the album with a couple of hit-singles. But it is "Sweet Thing", "Candidate", and "Sweet Thing (Reprise)", which together make up a delightful tripartite tale, telling of the corruption and sexual depravity contained within this decaying urban landscape, that serves as a centrepiece for the album.
As with Winston and Julia in Orwell's novel, the protagonists of "We Are The Dead" are ultimately condemned for their sex crimes: "Dress yourself my urchin one, for I hear them on the rails/Because of all we've seen, because of all we've said/We are the dead" cries a distraught Bowie over Garson's haunting melody.
"Big Brother" paints a rather despairing picture of future society, a society broken and lost, desperately waiting to be claimed by a 'Homo superior', before segueing into the terrifying "Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family".
The plot is rather under-developed, allowing the listeners to bring in their own meanings.
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12 of 13 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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it grew on me -a lot 20 Jan 2012
By markr TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I remember as a teenager hearing this for the first time on the day it was released- I was, and remain, a huge Bowie fan but the first time i heard this album, i didn't warm to it at all. And that's the point really; this is not easy music and it requires several listens to realise just how good it is. And it is very good indeed, containing the quite wonderful Rebel, Rebel, and the outstanding Sweet Thing - one of the best tracks Bowie, or anyone else, ever wrote. There are numerous great tracks though, with 1984, We are the Dead, and Rock 'n' Roll with Me also amongst the standouts.

Here were the first signs of the soul sounds which would form Bowie's next album, Young Americans: Remastered, but in Diamond Dogs they are blended with more conventional rock music to great effect

A wonderful album - well worth the listens if you don't absolutely love it immediately.

Highly recommended
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