- Audio CD (6 Jun. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: CD+DVD, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Box set
- Label: Edsel Records
- ASIN: B004KNM3HQ
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | Mini-Disc | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,547 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Dog Man Star [Deluxe Edition] CD+DVD, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Box set
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Guitarist Bernard Butler left the band during the mixing of "Dog Man Star", often regarded as Suede's masterpiece. This deluxe re-mastered edition features the non-album a- and b-sides, as well as demos from the collections of Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler, including a previously unreleased song. Also making their first ever appearances are the much sought-after, full-length, unedited versions of "The Wild Ones" and "The Asphalt World".
The DVD features the newly-discovered and previously-unseen exciting footage of the band at the Casino de Paris, playing the "Dog Man Star" songs before the album recording sessions, and the band playing in FNAC in Paris, along with the song-films specially created for the "Dog Man Star" tour, also issued for the first time. The bonus feature is a candid February 2011 interview with Bernard and Brett about the making of the album, along with a short film put together by Simon Gilbert from his own contemporary camcorder footage.
The booklet contains a specially-written note by Brett Anderson, along with all the lyrics, hand-written lyric drafts, studio tracking sheets and tape boxes, and previously unpublished photos from the collections of both the band and their friends.
After the party - the hangover: One year on from the louche-but-rocking debut, Suede had begun to irrevocably fracture at their very core. Luckily, out of such travails are great works of art born.
By this point the chemistry (in all senses) was becoming a little strained. Retreating into a drug-assisted solitude, Brett Anderson's lyrics were less concerned with the politics of modern love and more with the effects of the morning after. Solitude, paranoia and self-loathing were the themes here. When he sings 'If you stay we'll be the wild ones!' it's with a quiet desperation that's clinging to a lifestyle that's gone horribly wrong.
The downbeat mood pervades everything here. Even on peppier rockers like 'The Hollywood Life' or 'New Generation' the guitars of Bernard Butler here sound more spiteful, suffused with a vicious metallic edge. It was here that they formerly parted from the Britpop pack as well ('I don't care for the UK tonight' sings Brett on 'Black And Blue').
At the heart of this album is the real-life drama of Anderson's and Butler's increasing alienation. Before the album had even been mixed the pair, once touted as a Lennon and McCartney for the post-E generation, had split. Butler subsequently told of how he turned up to the studio one day to find all his equipment outside the locked door.
Yet, while Dog Man Star stands as a testament to the destructive power of thrill-seeking love and ego-bloating drugs it remains a far deeper and sonically adventurous ride than its predecessor. There's still a huge dollop of Scott Walker-meets-Bowie-in-the-streets-of-Soho-at-5-in-the-morning archness that can grate. And Anderson's melodrama can be slightly over-egged on tracks like 'The 2 Of Us', yet with its reverb-drenched lushness and fabulously melancholy audio verite ambience (virtually every track is prefaced by or marbled with some low-key moodiness that recalls Talk Talk's golden period) it's an album that continues to fascinate and reward: It's possibly their least dated work.
While the band struggled heroically (and succeeded) to consolidate their success after Butler's departure the legend of the band's lost potential really stems from Dog Man Star. Never had misery sounded so alluring, reaching out to all the lonely urbanites that ever woke up alone. For this alone it remains timeless. --Chris Jones
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Top Customer Reviews
Deluxe 2cd/dvd set - June 2011 release review.
Now this may sound silly but to be honest I've not understood the allure of deluxe package before this. I was almost tempted with Pulp's His and Hers and Radiohead's Kid A, but nothing got me going quite as much as when I saw this 2CD/DVD set listed... my heart began to quicken.
This album means a lot to me... Dog Man Star was originally released on my 20th birthday in October 1994. I was a massive Suede fan, having adored their first album as a sixth form student, especially getting lost in the majestic playing of a certain guitarist named Bernard Butler.
Earlier in February 1994, as the charms of Boo Radleys much under appreciated Giant Steps was tempting me away, Suede released the stop gap single Stay Together (finally remastered and released here in almost all it's glory on Disc 2). I found this single just staggering. Being an undergraduate and a cassette man to boot it was the first CD single I ever bought to get the full length version of the single and the extra track (how many bands at the time were worth doing that for?). I taped it and proceeded to wear out my Sony Walkman listening to it. Many say Oasis are the b-sides band, but then these folk have never heard or understood Suede, who set the standard in the 90s. I spent many happy hours on the top deck of buses around Leicester listening with wonder to the guitar heaven of the last 4 minutes of Stay Together, an ingenious, crazed rock opera, or the delicate desperation and beauty of The Living Dead (lyrically along with Still Life Brett's finest moment), OR the soaring majesty of My Dark Star (how many guitarists bother to write a bloomin great solo for the 2nd b-side?).Read more ›
List of contents:
- AUDIO BLU-RAY: High Fidelity Pure Audio blu-ray of album and B-Sides
- 2 CDs in mini gatefold sleeve
- CASSETTE: cassette album featuring original 1994 inlay
- DVD: July 2013 interviews with Brett Anderson, Bernard Butler, Mat Osman and producer Ed Buller; 1994 Performances on TOTP and The O Zone, tour films, "Stay together" promo video
- VINYL: 12" singles of "We are the pigs" and "The wild ones"; 7" single of NME flexi disc in original sleeve*
- HARDBACK BOOK (60pp): including notes by Brett Anderson, photos, handwritten lyrics, recording info, press cuttings
- SHEET MUSIC BOOK (48pp): with 5 songs
- PLASTIC CARRIER BAG with exclusive design
- A2 POSTER Dog man star 20
- 12"x12" PRINT
* plus: 12" single of "Stay together" (Suede website exclusive only)
01. Introducing the band (02:38)
02. We are the pigs (04:19)
03. Heroine (03:22)
04. The wild ones (04:50)
05. Daddy's speeding (05:22)
06. The power (04:31)
07. New generation (04:37)
08.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent compilation and a great way to revisit a key musical moment whether a Suede fan or just a music fanPublished 3 months ago by billk
It is, for me, quite simply the best album of all time.
So atmospheric, so different, so utterly stunning... Read more
Classic album. Every track is amazing. What more can I say? It's Suede.Published 14 months ago by Passion Flower
Excellent deluxe edition at a brilliant price. One of the uk`s most short lived great bands. When Bernard Butler left they were never the same but this is their best moment. Enjoy.Published 14 months ago by Ian Macleod
A bit of a trip down memory lane with this purchase. Suede were brilliant and this album captures them with a mix of sounds.Published 19 months ago by Ruth