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Reality [DualDisc]

David Bowie Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (26 Sep 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: DualDisc
  • Label: SonyBmg
  • ASIN: B000AE95X4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,312 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Four star material, five star sound 9 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am quite surprised that no one has reviewed this version of the Reality album yet. Plenty of reviews for the normal CD version and the bonus disc version, but none whatsoever for this excellent duel disc edition. There are some on the American Amazon.com however. - All very positive. I wrote a review for the CD version of Reality back near when it was first released but having had a 5.1 setup for a while now I've started getting into music DVDs and have been searching for Bowie albums mastered in 5.1. Ended up reading on Wikipedia of all places that there was a duel disc version of Reality and here we are. I listened to the album for many years as a standard CD so you really hear the difference and hear new sounds when you listen to the 5.1. I recall a similar experience when picking up Queen Greatest hits 1 and 2 on DVD, had become so used to listening to the songs through a computer or a standard stereo as soon as you listen to a track in the remastered 5.1 it makes such a difference. Having said this, big fans of Queen may know that their Greatest Hits DVDs were released with a least compressed DTS 96/24 audio which sounded flawless throughout.

Reality Duel Disc however does come with a heavily compressed Dolby Digital soundtrack, though; nonetheless the sound is excellent and well mixed throughout. Sure it would have benefitted from a DTS track and there is room for it on the disc, but in every track the Dolby does well and I feel it breathes more easily than the standard CD. It isn't overly aggressive or vise versa, neither is it your typical 'bounce sound all over the place' 5.1 effort. Done by Bowie's producer Visconti who obviously knows what he's doing with the music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Money, money,money 23 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is the third edition of Reality in two months. The news are that in this one you have a dvd with a life performance of the Reality songs (not the classic ones he sang in that concert) and the great cover of Kinks classic Waterloo Sunset (the same bonus track you can find in the japanesse edition).
For me, the best songs are New Killer Star (buy the dvd single), Reality, Never Get Old, Pablo Picasso, Fall Dog Bombs The Moon and Bring Me The Disco King (maybe the Underworld Soundtrack version is even better).
P.S.: The song in the french advert was Never Get Old, and not Lookin For Water. You can watch the advert in [...]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dance, Dance, Dance 25 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
When you listen to 'Reality' in a concentrated way, you start to hear some of its truly inspired touches. It's full of good, enjoyable tracks, but within those tracks can be found a playful experimenting that makes you go back and play them again - just to make sure you haven't missed anything the first time. And it's this quality that makes 'Reality' such a marvellous album - it's got longevity, and won't travel to the bottom of people's CD racks for quite some time.
A complete contrast to 'Heathen', occupying a different imaginative space entirely, this is a textured and tantilizing, immensely varied album. Pretty much what you expect from David Bowie.
And it makes you want to dance.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a leather Messiah.... 19 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
Every album Bowie has ever made has had high points. Even critically slated albums such as Tonight had its good moments (Blue Jean, for example), as did Tin Machine - their version of Maggie's Farm was, to my mind, one of his best ever tracks. Recent albums (and by recent, I mean the last 10 years' worth) have been, although better than most other bands around, still patchy in places. From Black Tie White Noise through to Heathen, they have all been generally good, but with a few poor songs to balance out the brilliant.
This is not the case with Reality, however. From the moment that 'New Killer Star' beings with it's classic Bowie sound reminiscent in places of Rebel Rebel and Jean Genie, through the spanish guitar laden insanity that is Pablo Picasso and onwards, there is not a bad moment to be heard. Throughout the 90s, sometimes it seemed that Bowie was trying just too hard to be trendy, hip and different. But the good work on Heathen has been continued, and to my mind this IS his best album in certainly 20 years, perhaps longer. It's certainly the one that has impressed me most after just two or three listens - probably more so than anything since Heroes.
This album deserves to be heard, and it deserves to be loved. If there's any justice, it will outsell all the TV manufactured rubbish in the charts, and give Bowie the incentive to carry on making music this good for another 35 years.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good in places but nowhere near great. 8 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD
This album came out incredibly quickly after his last (Heathen) for a man at his stage in his career, and sadly it shows.

While never really unpleasant it does roll on rather with rather a mediocre plod.
Highlights are still there as with even the worst Bowie albums there's always some magic there somewhere.

Days is the standout original track from the album for me. The cover of the Kinks Waterloo Sunset is much more rocking than the original, but thoroughly enjoyable and another highlight. Also there's his rerecording of Rebel Rebel on one or more of the various version of this album, which is a great listen and freshens up the song for his concerts at the time.

She'll drive the big car, New Killer Star and Never Get Old are the best of the rest. Not 100% classics but certainly worth having.

The remaining songs are 'nice enough' but to be honest Reality should have come out 2 or 3 years after Heathen with better quality control.
Mind you it was supposed to be an album recorded with his live band more off the cuff not studious like Heathen and his other albums, so I guess it did what it was supposed to but I don't think he's gonna do it again! Get Heathen or The Next Day for more modern Bowie brilliance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best but there are some fine moments
Bowie's peak was long gone by the time of this offering, but you are never going to get a truly bad record from one of the greatest artists of all time.
Published 4 months ago by Gary Hopkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Not His Best But Still Good!
I have been a Bowie fan for more years than i'm willing to admit, and love his 60s-70s output, i didn't like Young Americans, so let my listening of his music slip by me. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Trevor Young
4.0 out of 5 stars Bowie - a little more mature / relaxed perhaps, but still putting out...
I had read the other reviews which were in the main positive about Reality. I have thoroughly enjoyed the tracks and although a little more laid back, still music unlike anything... Read more
Published 8 months ago by milky35
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome To Reality
2003 and we saw the last Bowie album for little over ten years with the new 2013 album "the next day" Bowie's reality album has been know to be the best for a few years at... Read more
Published 9 months ago by August
5.0 out of 5 stars an eclectic mix
This is an album that passed me by when it was released. But thanks tovthe 40years publicity I discovered it and its fab u lous!!!
Published 10 months ago by Bug Man
5.0 out of 5 stars top draw
another bowie album which was overlooked in general and on listening it becomes a real grower there are some excellent tunes and it is quite varied a great buy for any collection
Published 11 months ago by william a barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality cd David Bowie
Wow. This is brilliant Bowie. I don't know how I missed it when it came out. The reviewers are all over him now but were they then? I missed it if they were
Published 11 months ago by baz123
4.0 out of 5 stars A great discovery (ten years late)
This is not the David Bowie of the Serious Artistic Statement (Diamond Dogs, Station to Station, Heroes and latterly The Next Day), it's Bowie making some great songs, presumably... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Anon
5.0 out of 5 stars god bowie
as i have said beforethis man is a legend.ilove all his music and all his albums.his films...i just adore the man and his music
Published 12 months ago by rene
4.0 out of 5 stars Real good
I`m not the world`s biggest Bowie fan - couldn`t see the point of Ziggy or his dubious Berlin chic phase (though I like do Heroes) and some of his musical outings have either left... Read more
Published 13 months ago by GlynLuke
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