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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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  • Vinyl (28 Oct. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music On Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00F3NX4C0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,528 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Little Wonder
2. Looking For Satellites
3. Battle For Britain (The Letter)
4. Seven Years In Tibet
5. Dead Man Walking
6. Telling Lies
7. The Last Thing You Should Do
8. I'm Afraid Of Americans
9. Law (Earthlings On Fire)

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180 gram audiophile vinyl / Gatefold Sleeve / Printed inner sleeve

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'Earthling' is the 20th studio album by David Bowie, released in February 1997. The album showcases an electronica-influenced sound partly inspired by the industrial and drum and bass culture of the 1990s like Prodigy and Underworld. This was the first album Bowie self-produced since 1974. Recorded right after returning from the Outside (also available on vinyl) tour, the album is a snapshot of what Bowie was going through musically at the time. Making extensive use of sampling their own material on high BPMs, the album was the first Bowie album to be recorded digitally. Also available by Bowie on vinyl: 'Excerpts From Outside', 'Heathen'.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 10 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I didnt expect to like this record once I learnt that it was Bowie's "jungle" album - not my favourite musical genre. I expected to hear a collection of songs like Prodigy's "Firestarter" ; lots of fast "industrial" percussion ,jagged rhythms, guitars and raucous vocals. However after grimacing through my first listen to "Earthling" , I found that , not for the first time with Bowie's music , the album is a real grower.It is packed with great tracks - such as the commercial "Dead Man Walking" , the superb wall of sound that is "Seven Years in Tibet" ,the catchy "Looking for Satellites" and the excellent "Little Wonder" and "Im Afraid of Americans" . There are very few weak tracks on this innovative Bowie album and it is definitely worth a listen.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Richey! on 30 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
If David Bowie made the same album time and time again, we wouldn't like him, would we? Even if you don't love Earthling (and I do), the appeal lies in Bowie's pioneering spirit that's carried him through so many corridors of culture, sub-culture, and counter-culture.
This is Bowie's swipe at Britpop. Imagine Iggy Pop fronting a techno-Tin Machine - that'll either rattle your bones, or turn you off completely. American pop-culture gets a rollocking, drum 'n' bass beats mix with distorted guitars, and Bowie even produces two classic singles from this chaotic album - 'Little Wonder', and 'Dead Man Walking', the latter being the most over looked anthem of the nineties. If this song was released when 'Trainspotting' was being directed, Underworld would probably be lining up at the dole office right now. Honestly.
True to form, Bowie abandoned this style in favour of a fresh start after this album. His previous forays into krautrock, Philly soul, glam, jazz, pop, and so many other areas of music and art have left a trail of incredible visionary statements, and astonishing music. In 1997, at the age of 50!, he did it again. He never let us down.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alonzo Mosely on 28 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
For some reason `Earthling' remains one of my most favourite Bowie albums of all time. Comparing this to his other albums would be a mistake, as 'Earthling' is a truly unique piece of work, and there is nothing in the music world, before or since that has sounded anything like it.

'Earthling' is a much tighter album than Bowie's previous release '1.Outside'. The songs are driven along by some impressive bass lines, and some truly intriguing melodies. The opener `Little Wonder' is an excellent pop song that thunders through your speakers (Hence why this is always the first album I reach for when testing a new set of speakers). Bowie really strives to find new musical ground, and what I find quite remarkable is how much of this album grows on you with each listen.

Standout tracks are; `Little Wonder', `Seven Years in Tibet', `Telling Lies', `I'm Afraid of Americans' and `Looking for Satellites' (Which contains one Reeves Gabrels finest guitar solos). The only time Bowie's experiment fails is with the closing track, `Law (Earthlings on Fire)' it fails to hit the mark, and does now sound somewhat dated.

However, I love the imagery of this album, the bright colours and the torn "Union Jack-et", really sums up the feel of this album. The mix of Drum & Bass, and the Industrial rhythms combined with Mike Garson's Jazz piano creates a sound that is entirely original, and Bowie deserves credit for that.

This album splits a lot of Bowie fans. You will either love it or hate it, but personally, I have always found Bowie's 90's career so much more musically rewarding than his early 70's work.

Something I'd love to see is a DVD of the Earthling tour, as it was a mix of the best tracks from Outside & Earthling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Wilson on 28 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Ok, let's get the 'gap' reference dealt with upfront....after "I'm Afraid.." ends there is a 30 second silence before the next track on my copy. As I had the original 90s release I checked, and the next track follows immediately, so this spoils the continuity somewhat. Not sure if this was a batch issue or effects all, but a niggling detraction from an otherwise excellent reissue (grab the remote).

The packaging is a little difficult too, as another reviewer has experienced, and the holding indents in the card give up quite quickly (so the cds try to poke out the bottom) but the artwork is otherwise good, and I did feel the sound was a wee bit improved.

Ofcours it's the bonus disc most will track this down for, and it doesn't disappoint. You can program what turns out to be a pretty decent second album from the remixes/extras, and it features the best mixes/edits of "I'm Afraid....".

This album split Bowie fans at the time, but for me it got me interested in him again after his arguably dull pop 80s material. Since then I have enjoyed "Outside", "Reality" and the brilliant "Heathen", all because he tried something different on this d'n'b/industrial dance tinged album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erik Davidkov on 13 Dec. 2013
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Very underrated album by the master Bowie. Reissued on black, green and blue vinyl. Gotta love the songs. Saddly one of the most underrated albums ever, with the infamous artwork.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "kimble_71" on 6 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio CD
It took me a while to like this direction that Bowie had taken for this Album, but like most Bowie things, once I had listened to it a few times and appreciated what he was trying to put across it really grew on me.
When you see him do 'The Letter' and 'Afraid of Americans' live - Now that is when you really appreciate this CD!
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