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Scary Monsters [Hybrid SACD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, SACD]

David Bowie Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (29 Sep 2003)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, SACD
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B0000AZAUQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Vinyl Bound
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,756 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It's No Game (Part 1)
2. Up The Hill Backwards
3. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
4. Ashes To Ashes
5. Fashion
6. Teenage Wildlife
7. Scream Like A Baby
8. Kingdom Come
9. Because You're Young
10. It's No Game (Part 2)

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Our product to treat is a regular product. There is not the imitation. From Japan by the surface mail because is sent out, take it until arrival as 7-14 day. Thank you for you seeing it.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Bowie album 23 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
Don't like to say best, as that's a matter of opinion, but this is the Bowie album I find I return to the most and rewards repeated listens. I think it captures a certain period in music history when punk/new wave was giving way to New Romantic/electronic better than any other album I can think of. Ashes To Ashes is my favourite ever Bowie song, a true gem, and Teengae Wildlife is another fave, one of his most underrated tracks. I think it's true that this was the last truly great Bowie album (he did some great stuff later but this is where he peaked), but I just find that this album encapsulates everything about Bowie's style and sound better than any other album. Wonderful.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply, rock's finest moment! 17 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
It must be very hard being David Bowie and all the time being compared to your brilliant past. In the period 1971-1980 no other artist could even come close to his inventiveness and importance. His output during these years is arguably more diverse and influential than even that of the Beatles. I "discovered" Bowie through Scary Monsters when I was 16 and I can say that no other piece of art (whether it is Bachs "Goldberg Variations", Dostoevsky's great novels, David Lynch's movies, or anything else) has made such a profound impression on me.
The album is a perfect blend of the avant-garde of "Low" and "'Heroes'", the funk of "StationToStation", and the rock of "Diamond Dogs". The opening "It's No Game" is a shock; the Japanese lyrics spit out "samurai-style" by a Japanese woman, Bowie's shrieking over-the-top vocals (listen to the way he sings "There's no free steps to heeeeaaaaveeeen" after approximately one minute, it is the most desperate cry I have ever heard), Robert Fripps extreme guitar, and Dennis Davis violent drumming makes for an unforgettable experience. A well-known Norwegian author likened the impression one gets from the one of seeing Edvard Munch's "The Scream", which is a very good analogy; bold, seemingly simple strokes conveying desperation and anxiety. There are several other songs of the same quality: the sublime (and well-known) "Ashes to Ashes" (a continuation of "Space Oddity"), the extremely funky "Fashion", the uncompromising rock'n roll of the song "Scary Monsters", and the anthemic "Teenage Wildlife" (reminiscent of "'Heroes'", but in my view even better). Even the weaker tracks would be outstanding on 99% of other rock albums. Finally, the lyrics are great and for once feel very personal. To make a long story short, this album has no weak spots whatsoever.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Howling At The Moon (or the 80s) 30 April 2011
By Nick
Format:Audio CD
I was lucky enough to be the younger brother. So in 1980 I had a teenage older sister who had Fashion and Scary Monsters on 7", and she had a friend with a Bowie fixation. Everything was going to be alright.

Fashion's 'woop woop woop' opening was mesmerizing. Scary Monster's howling at the moon lyrics - even for an 8 year old - were fascinating. Ashes To Ashes with the David 'doyenne of the 80s pop video' Mallett video that made NO sense, but had weird scenes of a broken Major Tom.

Nothing could have prepared me for the album they came off, but that was another 10 years....

Scary Monsters really is the culmination of everything Bowie had been doing until that time. It seems, to me anyway, a summation. Angular, aggressive, disturbing, paranoid, funky. Its No Game is genre-wise unplaceable, the screeching oriental words, the screeching Bowie singing, the screeching guitar of Robert Fripp.

The last truly groundbreaking album Bowie produced (well with a run like his it had to end sometime) - Scary Monsters was all about the new 80s utopian dawn. Bowie had caught on to the new romantic era, and had Steve Strange in his video for Ashes To Ashes to prove it, but he also looked back, and even tipped his clown hat to Major Tom. Shame the rest of the 80s didn't sound like this. Maybe thats why his 'mother' is scalding him on the beach in the Ashes To Ashes video. Mum's always know what you're about to do even before you've done it.

4 star ONLY because of all 3 singles coming one after the other. Awful mistake.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'a battle cry for the brave new world' 10 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
1980. I left school, the future ahead of me. A beautiful future, the thin white duke had returned to soundtrack my life with his hugely anticipated opus 'Scary Monsters'. Heralded in the summer by the No.1 single 'Ashes to Ashes', Bowie was back. The moment felt magical.
The rise of the Futurist/New Romantic scene adding to sense that something special was happening. It was a time to celebrate-and Bowie boys & girls sure knew how to party! The club scene was never so glamourous. The Blitz [London],The Rum Rummer [B'ham]...so many stars born in the night. Boy George, Steve Strange, Marilyn, Spandau, Duran, to name but a few.
For about a year, I don't think there was a day this album wasn't on my turn table. The quintessential 'getting ready to go out record', every word of every lyric, emblazomed on my mind. A battle cry for the brave new world: 'We are the goon squad & we're coming to town!'
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me wish i was born 20 years earlier 23 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
Im only 16 an i've recently discovered the music of David Bowie so I bought the Best Of Bowie Compilation. On the Best of Bowie compilation i found 3 songs on it that i played over and over again, Ashes To Ashes, Scary Monsters & Fashion. So I bought the album Scary Monsters, were these three songs come from.
This album is a true classic and i'm really happy that i bought it. Its hardly been off since i bought it. But what can I say about the album that hasnt been sed in 1980. Well nothing. Im gonna judge this album as if it came out now. Actually i can't do that because its so 1980s so ignore what I just sed.
This album still is cutting edge now as it probaly was then. My favourite songs off the album are the title track, Scary Monsters, It's No Game(Both Parts) and Up the Hill Backwards, but I love all the songs of this album. Its also encouraged me to want to buy Diamond Dogs and Hunky Dory. So I will be buying them when i save up. My only complaint about this album is that it is too short. But because he was releasing new CDs nearly every year, I understand why its so short.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Last of the truly great Bowie albums
"Scary Monsters" was the last of a run of fantastic albums which commenced with "Stationtostation" in 1976. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Franz Bieberkopf
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Scary at All
Bowie is certainly the main man another great album can't play it enough, and it is one of my all time Bowie favourites
Published 6 months ago by TerryJune
5.0 out of 5 stars great
well if someone listens to this and says they do not like it, they must have some very severe mental issues, bowie at his best
Published 11 months ago by kevwall
5.0 out of 5 stars best ever
I had this in the80s and lost it ,what a great album,the tracks are origina and as they were always my favorite im afraid Nostalgia does come in to it for me
Published 14 months ago by Helena Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars ROCK, POP and FEEDBACK. A NOISY STUNNER.
His last LP with RCA and the last work for many years with Tony Visconti. 1980 and this is where I came in as a Bowie fan. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr Paul Savory
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album
Love the fact that there are so many tracks that you recognise on this Album. Some Albums have 2 or 3 signature tracks and the rest is padding but everything on this is great.
Published 15 months ago by Dai Jimpkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
As "Ashes To Ashes" was one of the first singles I ever brought I have always had a soft spot for this album. Read more
Published on 6 April 2012 by Barclays
5.0 out of 5 stars Scream ike a baby
I'll let other 60's children eulogise ad nauseum about how important this album is as a whole in the history of rock. Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2012 by Mike from Gorgeous
5.0 out of 5 stars hilighted monsters
fabulous hilighting of this haunting album . teenage wildlife jumps out , (how come u only want tomorrow)? Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2011 by chevie
3.0 out of 5 stars Grows on subsequent plays.
Never having been a massive fan of Bowie - despite having been around and record buying since his early career - the first Album I had ever bought by him was 'Let's Dance' - and... Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2011 by FAMOUS NAME
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