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Let's Dance [Enhanced, Original recording reissued]

David Bowie Audio CD
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Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 (20 Sep 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording reissued
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00001OH7Z
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,493 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Modern Love (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:46Album Only
Listen  2. China Girl (1999 Digital Remaster) 5:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Let's Dance (1999 Digital Remaster) 7:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Without You (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ricochet (1999 Digital Remaster) 5:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Criminal World (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (1999 Digital Remaster) 5:080.99  Buy MP3 
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When Bowie returned to music-making after an unprecedented three year break, looking tanned, healthy and suited for the first time in his career, it was with this relatively clean-cut album to match. Although featuring another definite new direction, with co-producer Nile Rodgers of Chic helping produce a stylish post-disco dance sound, the Let's Dance is a mixed bag. Much of the album's success was due to its three danceable hit singles: "China Girl", a sensuous Bowie/Iggy Pop collaboration already recorded by the latter, the distinctive "Modern Love" and the funky title track. However, most of the rest of the album is bland and vapid, marking the start of a period of serious decline in Bowie's songwriting skills. A cover of Metro's "Criminal World" and "Cat People" are the only two other strong tracks, although the latter--previously released as a single in 1982--is not a patch on the original version. The re-release of Let's Dance includes the Bowie/Queen collaboration "Under Pressure". Although far from a highlight of the work of either of the artists involved, it is nevertheless a welcome addition for completists.--James Swift

BBC Review

It’s hard to imagine now how people felt when, in 1983, Let’s Dance emerged as if from nowhere. The general pop-buying public, at least, loved it – there are very few records shinier than this one, which glints like David Bowie’s new teeth and is full of treble and echoes like a robber’s cave.

Bowie’s choice of Nile Rodgers for producer was canny; Rodgers had moved away from the sophisticated disco of Chic and was becoming the person cool rock acts from Debbie Harry to Duran Duran would hire to give them a sheen of funk, rock and pop. Certainly nobody but Rodgers could have taken a song like China Girl (written by Bowie and Iggy Pop and originally recorded by the latter), with its paranoid references to "visions of swastikas", and turned it into a sweet, romantic hit single. And the combination of Bowie and Rodgers on the title track was perfect – Bowie’s epic lyric about dancing under "serious moonlight" (the name of his subsequent monster tour, which lasted until December and took in 96 shows) and the brilliant filching of the crescendo "ahh!"s from The Beatles’ version of The Isley Brothers’ Twist and Shout were masterstrokes, each welded to a loud, stadium-ised drum and bass sound.

But older Bowie fans were less impressed. The last three years had seen Bowie mooch between soundtracks (his theme for Cat People is reprised here), one-offs and a jumble of often-great records that had little or nothing do with his excellent 1980 album, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). Let’s Dance may have had a ground-breaking sound and a popularity that Bowie clearly ached for, but it’s often a mundane album, as songs like Ricochet and Shake It mark time until a single turns up. (It’s possibly significant that one of the best songs here is Criminal World, a cover of a song by obscure Bowie clones Metro).

But when Bowie growled, on another of the album’s excellent singles Modern Love, "I know when to go out / And when to stay in / And get things done," he wasn’t kidding. Let’s Dance was literally the template for 80s Bowie – blonde, suited and smiling. It would, however, be a long time before he made another single as striking as Let’s Dance.

--David Quantick

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mid-period gem 19 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
There is a line of thought which exists that says all bands and artists have a purple patch when they produce their best work, then after that it's all rubbish - not even downhill, just not worth bothering about. The Rolling Stones, Lennon, McCartney, even the likes of Blur have suffered this fate, just as Bowie has. Well, while in the case of ex-Beatles it may be true, when it comes to Bowie it ain't.
The received wisdom is that Let's Dance was the Thin White Dukes first fully-fledged turkey. Certainly, the 1980s were a low period for him but that was almost a decade away.
Let's Dance chimes perfectly with the period. The songs are fantastically catchy - only Ricochet is ropey, relying on a turgid nursery rhyme structure, hence the docked star - with a soft soul sheen that harks back to Young Americans' attempt at the target, but much successful.
Of course, the first three tracks are worth the price of entry alone, but to discard the rest is to miss how finely balanced the whole record is. Certainly it is redolent with the shiny production that would become ubiquitious to the point that it removed any emotion or feeling from music during that period. However, to these ears, it has more in common with The Pixies 'Planet of Sound' than the likes of Sade or any other funk soul hybrids that followed it.
Either way, I can appreciate why some dislike this record, because it is, relatively speaking, very straightforward compared with the likes of Ziggy Stardust, Hunky Dory or Low, but that's to miss the point: this was yet another chameleon-like change in what had already morphed more times than any artist before. The the fact it was a move into a commercially-minded soul star with a hard edge doesn't mean it was a capitulation of artistic intent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars under rated and superb 14 Mar 2012
By markr TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is just a great album. I have been a Bowie fan since 1972,and his music has provided the soundtrack to my life - and in many ways still does. And this is the music of the 80s - Let's Dance, China Girl and Modern Love are great songs, which were included in Bowie's most recent tour - so he must like them too. Cat People is a great track as is Criminal World. Ok, so there are a couple of tracks which rather signposted the way the next albums were heading; Shake It is rather a filler for example, but for all that this is a great album, which bears the test of time well.

If you don't have this or haven't updated from vinyl or cassette - you really should do it now - you won't regret it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I am a ROCK music fan - but... 4* all the same. 14 Jan 2013
By Mr Paul Savory VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I remember reading a review in a local paper 30 years ago that said "Let's Dance take off where Scary Monsters left off". What twaddle. It also said the the reworked CAT PEOPLE (fantastic 12" original) was "heavy metal" more twaddle. I was looking forward to hearing this lp as I love Scary Monsters... . Oh what a shock. So from being a rock fan I had to now appreciate dance, and all of sudden I did. I like this album a lot. Says it all really. 30 years later and I still love this lp.

The following info is designed to help new-comers to point them in the right direction for their own tastes.
The No. * rating is very personal to me and these ratings have never really changed in all the 33 years I've been listening to Bowie. They are how I rate the whole LP/cd compared to other BOWIE output.
During 1990 and 1991 EMI released digitally remastered cds under the title of "SOUND + VISION". Most had bonus tracks... some tracks are poor but some are worth getting.
The following list is not definitive but points out the most accessible cds to newbies of Bowie.

1967 DAVID BOWIE - try getting the DELUXE EDITION, or DERAM ANTHOLOGY (not as complete but a good collection). 60's pop / whimsical / musical hall / very folk. 2*
1969 SPACE ODDITY - Electric folk / folk / soft rock - just like Hunky Dory 5*
1970 - THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD - Rock / hard rock - not unlike early Black Sabbath. 4*
1971 - HUNKY DORY - Folk / folk rock - just like Space Oddity 5*
1972 - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (aka ZIGGY STARDUST) Rock / glam rock 4*
1973 - ALADDIN SANE - Rock / glam rock 3.5*
1973 - PIN-UPS - 60's cover versions in rock / glam style. 2*
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phil 'Mitchy' Mitchell 19 Jun 2012
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This album is one of my favorite bowie albums that I own..I've loved Bowie ever since I got caught up with 'Starman' in 1972 at the tender age of 12 I think it must have been one of my first singles I bought..However 'Let's Dance' CD has all the tracks on it I love from the punchy 'Let's Dance' to the smooth running 'China Girl' and I love the off-beat timing in 'Ricohet' it is a very challenging pieces of music to play being a bass guitarist myself, but overall this album is 'ace' I would recommend this album to anyone who hasn't yet discoved some of Bowie's finest !!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a change in direction. 10 Nov 2011
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This was the first Bowie Album I purchased which was originally released way back in 1983. This was a time when he'd become more 'pop-py' than we were used to during the 70s with hits like the title Track and 'Modern Love'. He'd gained a whole new following by then. Not sure which Bowie I preferred, as I had enjoyed his earlier material too - especially most of his earlier hit Singles.

Taking into account the string of Single releases taken from this Album - coupled with the fact that there are only eight Tracks in total - a very short Album this, and more like an EP at the time than an 'LP'. The Singles are also extended mixes, which for myself I never liked appearing on LPs - I preferred to buy the 12" Single if I wished to hear more of a Song - always felt it an excuse to fill Album short on Songs otherwise. Catchy Album though!
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4.0 out of 5 stars David Bowie
I bought this so that I could record it onto my IPad. but I've still got my vinyl copy.. Excellent music from a local boy
Published 1 month ago by Peter Brookman
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Dance yer!
A great album for bringing back memories of my youth maybe not considered to be one of his better albums but my personal favourite. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic bowie
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only eight tracks but they are all top notch - fantastic album which has for so long been missing from my collection - time to buy more Bowie
Published 3 months ago by P G Brockies
5.0 out of 5 stars Dance music like you've never heard before.
Only Bowie could take a genre like dance and make real vivid music out of it. Sheer Genius. Also great to hear his version of Metro's Criminal World. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JOHN ROSE
5.0 out of 5 stars Great SACD recording
Rare sacd but worth the extra cost. Highly recommended for serious Bowie fans. Would not hesitate in giving it a 5 out of 5.
Published 8 months ago by S. Oakshott
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Just upgrading the technology. Love this album and now I have it on my devices and on Cloud. It's my favourite Bowie, and I'll always want it right front and centre in my... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alison Towers
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowie Is
Bought the CD to finally replace the casette version that i had played to destruction, so already knew all the tracks. It was of course as expected
Published 9 months ago by P. M. Johns
4.0 out of 5 stars Last good Bowie album before the nadir
Forget about Tonight and the excretable Never let me down, this is a fine Bowie album and has two of his best songs to boot. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Doug Futers
3.0 out of 5 stars Top heavy but with one other gem
Is there only me who love 'Ricochet'? It has superb beat and the lyrics and backing vocals are haunting and superb. Read more
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