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Tonight [Original recording reissued]

David Bowie Audio CD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (20 Sep 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00001OH80
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,374 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Loving The Alien (1999 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 7:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Don't Look Down (1999 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 4:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. God Only Knows (1999 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Tonight (1999 Digital Remaster)David Bowie With Tina Turner 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Neighborhood Threat (1999 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Blue Jean (1999 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Tumble And Twirl (1999 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 4:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I Keep Forgettin' (1999 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 2:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Dancing With The Big Boys (1999 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 3:340.99  Buy MP3 

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Bowie David - Tonight (24Bit Remaster) - cod:1979

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as often made out 10 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
It is a ironic that artists as talented as Bowie can often end up as victims of their own success. Sure - as many reviewers point out here - this album pales when put up against the genius of most of Bowie's 70s output. But when compared to other 80s material - both of Bowie and other artists of the era - this album ought to be viewed more favourably. It certainly takes a few more risks than the production-perfect Let's Dance, and hangs together as an album far better than the chaotic mess on Never Let Me Down.

As most listeners know most Bowie albums seem to try and deliver an interpretation of a given sound of the times they are made - a notoriously tricky thing to do given it is only in hindsight one can really be seen to have captured the zeitgeist. Generally Bowie's judgment in this regard can be seen to be excellent - right throughout the 70s and more recently on Outside and Heathen. I think the mistake he made with this album, though, was trying to capture 1984 as Culture Club or Frankie Goes To Hollywood rather than New Order or the Cure. But at least it was better than attempting to become Go West or Power Station on the next album...

Whilst Tonight is never going to feature in any Top 100 albums list, it's a perfectly pleasant collection to have on in the background - particularly if you have a soft spot for the 80s. And, even if you hate the rest of it, it does contain Blue Jean and Loving The Alien - both of which should rank on any comprehensive Bowie playlist. I'd say if you can pick it up cheap, then give it a go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Guilty Pleasure 14 Mar 2013
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I realize this is no Diamond Dogs (the greatest album ever!) or anything else he released in the 1970's but I can't help having a real soft spot for this album. With only 4 "new" songs it does have the feel of a patchwork album. Most Bowie fans point out "Loving The Alien" and "Blue Jean" as it's highlights but I (sharp intake of breath) would go for the title track and the elevator music that is "Don't Look Down". I feel as if I should be apologising as this album is derided by most Bowie fans as well as, well, anybody who has heard it.

I still think it is more enjoyable than "Never Let Me Down", "Black Tie White Noise", "Earthling" and "Tin Machine 2", Anyway, each to their own!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars dreadful 6 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD
I remember back in the day when I rushed to the record shop to buy this on its release and coming home putting it on and the overwhelming sense of utter disappointment. Track by track it just got worse and worse. I listened to it twice and that was that. Some years later I had a car boot sale and put this on my stall, needless to say it didn't sell so i threw it away.
Lets dance was grim but Tonight was, and still remains David Bowies worst album. One to avoid if you ask me
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An album of two halves: both of them poor 2 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is the first Bowie album I bought on the day of release. It was number one for one week before everyone realised that there is just too much padding on it. Contrary to what most people say it does not repeat the formula of Let's Dance because that album was a dance record packed with singles. This, on the other hand, is an album of two halves: one half a collection of cocktail party background music and the second half a rockier, faster, dance party (but still at the same cocktail party.) You need to wear a tux to appreciate this album.

"Loving the Alien" is a great opener and doesn't overstay its welcome even at over 7 minutes long. The production is glossy but slightly weird: xylophones dominate over drums, the guitars are slick and slightly distant and Bowie affects a strange speech impediment by mispronouncing his R's. A laid back elevator music feel continues on "Don't Look Down", an Iggy Pop cover, which is remade as a reggae song (yes Bowie doing reggae!) but it isn't that unpleasant. Then a much maligned cover version of the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" follows but if, like me, you hadn't heard the original you would think this track is just a romantic ballad produced to showcase Bowie's best baritone vocals. A Tina Turner duet ensues with another iggy cover "Tonight" and the original side one draws to a close. For me Tina Turner's contribution is way too far back in the mix and overall side one is just too tame to bother making a fuss about.

The second half blasts your speakers apart with another Iggy cover of "Neighborhood Threat", which like the title track is also from Lust for Life. I swear the volume is just too high on this track but at least it wakes you up. But when was the last time someone covered two songs from the same album?
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40 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bowie's Big Mistake 17 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've been working my way through the Bowie back catalogue album by album recently. It's a catalogue that I was already intimately familiar with but sometimes returning to records that you haven't heard for awhile gives you a new sense of perspective and a chance to re-evaluate. The following observations were made. Firstly his 60's period is far more varied and interesting than I thought ("The Laughing Gnome" being the obvious exception) whilst the 70's stuff confirms what an astonishingly innovative and accomplished songwriter he was. And then there's the 80's and consequently this album. I remember thinking when I first heard it that it was easily the worst record that he had made. And you know what? I haven't changed my mind. This album is STILL a piece of crap and there are several reasons why this is the case. In 1983, Bowie decides that he wants commercial success. So instead of sticking with the hugely versatile Tony Visconti as producer he hires a couple of "young guns" - namely Nile Rodgers and Derek Bramble, both of whom use 80's production techniques that make Bowie's records sound just like any other from that period. Bowie decides not to play on either album and exists as a vocalist only. This not only gives the producer greater control over the musical direction but it also significantly limits Bowie's input. With the hugely successful "Let's Dance" shifting zillions of units, for the first time on "Tonight", instead of being one step ahead of the game, Bowie treads water by following the formula of the previous album. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album
A different side to Mr Bowie but still a good listen and not just once, love to play this in the car, whilst driving.
Published 6 months ago by TerryJune
5.0 out of 5 stars Tonight!
Replacing alot of my vinyl from my youth. Always been a Bowie fan, some people do not rate this, I think it is great. Some really wonderful tracks.
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. Cher E. Wray
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Most people Think
This album is far better than most people give it credit for. My favourite songs are 'Loving The Alien', Tonight', 'I Keep Forgettin' and 'Blue Jean'. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Miss Heather Morgan
1.0 out of 5 stars It does have its moments - for me all 2 of them.
The least played of all my Bowie cds in relation to the years I have owned it. Bowie has world wide hits; Let's Dance and its singles and huge tour Serious Moonlight. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr Paul Savory
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as people say
One of Bowie's weaker offerings maybe, but still a good album in my opinion, and one which despite it's regular slatings, did respectably well in the charts in many countries when... Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2012 by Norman Cheeseworthy
1.0 out of 5 stars To forget
This is not the worse Bowie's album but it's very close to that.
I removed it from my memory. Can't say nothing more.
Don' t throw away your money like I did!!!
Published on 22 Aug 2011 by Lucazest
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all
I can recall buying this album on the day of release back in 1984. Which happened to be on my 19th birthday so
I have always have had a soft spot for this album. Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2011 by Barclays
3.0 out of 5 stars Tonight is OK
Personally I still like the old classics of Ziggy stardust and Diamond Dogs, but then if Bowie was still producing albums like that we would have probably all lost interest some... Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2011 by The Tea Drinking Running Man
4.0 out of 5 stars A bad Bowie album, A good pop album
Like many i was put off buying this album for a very long time due to the amount of bad reviews it has recieved. Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2010 by Mr. L. M. Dolan
4.0 out of 5 stars Tonight
David Bowie's 1984 album "Tonight", is a good enough album. This album is tring to follow the success which "Let's Dance" did back in 1983. Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2010 by JPA
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