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The cliché about David Bowie says he's a musical chameleon, adapting himself according to fashion and trends. While such a criticism is too glib, there's no denying that Bowie demonstrated remarkable skill for perceiving musical trends at his peak in the '70s. After spending several years in the late '60s as a mod and as an ... Read more in Amazon's David Bowie Store

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  • Audio CD (6 Sept. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00001OH7S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,311 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Future Legend (1999 Digital Remaster) 1:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Diamond Dogs (1999 Digital Remaster) 5:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sweet Thing (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Candidate (1999 Digital Remaster) 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sweet Thing (Reprise; 1999 Digital Remaster) 2:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Rebel Rebel (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Rock 'N' Roll With Me (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. We Are The Dead (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. 1984 (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Big Brother (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family (1999 Digital Remaster) 2:03£0.99  Buy MP3 

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George Orwell's classic tale of totalitarianism, 1984, was the inspiration for a project that David Bowie hoped would further solidify his standing as a rock visionary. Bowie was a natural artist to helm a musical companion to Orwell's allegory, since his own music exhibits an innate alienation. The concept ultimately broke down, but the music didn't. "Rebel Rebel" has become a rock staple, while "Sweet Thing," "Candidate," and the forthright yet experimental title track (Bowie as puppet master) offer additional highlights. Still, despite such benchmarks and its conceptual flaws, Diamond Dogs is best listened to as a thematic collection. --Rob O'Connor

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Oct. 2001
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By trendy on 30 Jan. 2012
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By fatsovonchubby on 17 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Diamond Dogs is my favourite Bowie album. I can't directly measure or directly explain why it comes in first before other greats in the Bowie back catalogue - it just does. The imagination, diversity of style, background unease of a bleak social chaos sprinkled throughout - it all cooks together marvellously to serve up a punchy, fragrant banquet of classics. My only criticism of the album is that it begins to flag a wee bit in in the middle before the final few songs deliver the best of finishes - and I think that one less song could have made it perfect. Nevertheless - DD is a firm favourite.

There's no point echoing the rest of the comments that have preceded mine. Bowie could have disappeared altogether after Aladdin Sane - but he managed to conjure up 3 of his best albums in Diamond Dogs, Young Americans and Station To Station.

Diamond Dogs was daring, different, and for the lack of another D word - absolutely bloody fantastic. There's nothing else quite like it - so give it a try if you don't own it as it's a bargain at today's prices.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David on 16 Feb. 2000
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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By derek@jmacd.freeserve.co.uk on 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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