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The Man Who Sold The World [Limited Edition, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

David Bowie Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (22 Jan 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000KJTLD8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,189 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. All The Madmen (1999 Digital Remaster)
3. Black Country Rock (1999 Digital Remaster)
4. After All (1999 Digital Remaster)
5. Running Gun Blues (1999 Digital Remaster)
6. Saviour Machine (1999 Digital Remaster)
7. She Shook Me Cold (1999 Digital Remaster)
8. The Man Who Sold The World (1999 Digital Remaster)
9. The Supermen (1999 Digital Remaster)

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DAVID BOWIE The Man Who Sold The World (2007 Japanese limited edition 9-track digitally remastered CD album - Originally released in the US in November 1970 [and the UK in 1971] The Man Who Sold... was Bowies first album to feature the core of the band that became The Spiders Of Mars [Mick Ronson & Woody Woodmansey]. Presented in mini LP-style textured card sleeve with fold-out Japanese / English lyric sheet + obi strip with a repro of the legendary dress sleeve [only availableon original UK copies])

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stripped to the bare bones classic rock. 3 Dec 2002
Format:Audio CD
I have to admit that, musically this is probably one of my fave albums of all time. The stark, ambiguity of "Width of a circle" sets the tone for the whole album. The set itself has a dark, brooding, menacing feel which challenges the listener to explore new musical directions and rewards in abundance. This is rock as it was intended. No nonsense, no posturing, and pure. I defy anyone to listen to "All the madmen" in the dark without the hairs on the back of the neck standing to attention! Indeed there are homages to Hendrix but Mick Ronson manages to pull it off and still sound the way that only Ronno can. Truly an album that still stands the test of time and still sounds more honest than virtually anything else that has come along since. Maybe "Ziggy Stardust" is more important but this is a reminder of how rock should be played. No BS, no frills, just undiluted rock performed by a band that is obviously still trying to find it's way and the nerves and agression shine throughout. I'd have given it 10 stars but I'm limited to just the 5. Buy it!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Sorcery 2 Nov 2001
Format:Audio CD
This has got tinges of the occult all over it... there is a sound in here of pure witchcraft and that is what makes it so great... from the title track with its beautiful haunting sound and themes of searching our identity to the wonderful homo-erotic epic of width of a circle proving that Mick Ronson is a very underated guitar talent up there with the likes of Hendrix! the oooh oh oh melodies on that track set my hairs on end and my teeth on edge with spiritual energy... this is a man playing with magik and Aleister Crowley's brand of sorcery and it is superb... all the madmen in a full on rock n roll classic of coming to terms with insanity or simply alienation- the key theme in Bowie's work... this record is better than Ziggy Stardust and that is GOOD..
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh by jingo! 26 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
An unusual departure for Bowie into heavy rock, but nevertheless a powerful album. Worth buying for the epic Width of a Circle alone, but there's also the sweet and sad After All, the spooky title track, Bowie's killer impression of Marc Bolan on Black Country Rock, and a reworking of his earlier pretty Ching A Ling on the not-so-pretty apocalyptic Saviour Machine, to savour too. Oh, and of course the guitar wizard Mick Ronson works his magic again.It's often shamefully underrated, but much more interesting than later lauded works like Young Americans.Plus, Bowie's lyrics are darkly poetic.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard this album i hated it. I started with Ziggy and Hunky Dory. But like many of Bowie's albums after continued listening and fermenting gracefully over 30years this is quite a remarkable album. It isn't pleasant listening but neither is Low which is often cited as his best album depending what music polls you read. I would agree with one of the reviewers that i wouldn't recommend it as the first Bowie album to start with. However, the music is at times stunning, the powerhouse guitar of Ronson on Width of a Circle, the chilling Supermen and the superb title track. I truly cannot understand anyone who thinks the Nirvana cover is better. I like Nirvana but their cover is way too weak for me. I wouldn't say this is an essential Bowie album but it's a fascinating experience in musical styles and lyrics I am still trying to fathom. Defintley worth one or two listenings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars all the madmen at their rockin best!!! 19 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
One of bowie's more overlooked albums - think more deep purple than scott walker. Tony Visconti (who would produce Bowie later in the decade) plays bass, Mick and Woody from the Spiders from Mars here as well. Buy this edition as it has the bonus tracks and the remastering is as good as any of the later versions! Who needs 24-bit remastering?!?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Defining the Future 22 May 2014
By Mr. Peter Steward TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I view this as a stepping stone album towards the greatness that was to follow. Bowie was defining his style. He was almost there, almost achieving his aim of taking on the rock world. Some of the songs are mini epics in their own right.

The album gives the feel that Bowie was evolving his songwriting style. It is a stark album that would eventually lead to collaborations with Eno and his German experimentation period. The album starts with another epic in the form of the Width of the Circle which showcases Mick Ronson's extraordinary guitar work and also makes us realise that the 1970s are upon us and threatening to bring something frighteningly good in the world of music. The cosiness is being wrenched out. There is madness within this track and the album as a whole. To see an illustration of this just listen to the wierdness of All the Madmen. It is on this album that we first get an idea of the depth of Bowie's vocals, sometimes sung and sometimes snarled. And of course the cover changed. My early LP version has a young looking Bowie doing a high kick whilst playing his guitar. This was changed to the famous cover of Bowie in a dress. It was almost as if Bowie was battling with his demons, his sexuality and what ultimately would be his musical genius. After the early Anthony Newley style songs this came as a bit of a shock.

There was plenty of rock songs - indeed this was probably Bowie's heavy rock opus. It is a thumpingly good album. When I returned to it after a number of years to write this review I was absolutely gobsmacked by its power and sense of direction and its sheer power. The title track remains one of Bowie's best songs - and was even recorded by Lulu!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like old times
One of my first LP's and on the Philips label. Lost nothing with time and grate to hear it again without the scratches. Still got the vynl and sleeve though. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Drew Gibson
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Another from the local boy purchased for transference to my IPod . One of Bowies earlier classic albums . Very enjoyable
Published 6 months ago by Peter Brookman
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Frock!
A very underrated album, it has got some of David's most heavy sounding rock songs that he ever wrote, the guitar parts on Width of a Circle are really good, and All The Madmen is... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Trevor Young
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Cd- really like David Bowie but didn't like this at all. Not his usual style & I didn't enjoy it.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. S. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A must album for all Bowie fans especially of a certain age who remember it first time round a great nostalgia trip well reproduced.
Published 10 months ago by James Maclean
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