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This is where it all begun.,
This review is from: David Bowie (Audio CD)
Well not quite I suppose. David Bowie (formerly Jones) was knocking about with some mod-esque bands a few years before this was originally released. Nothing really broke through but for a real beginning you must buy David Bowie Early On (1964-66) available on amazon as an import.
So what do we have here then? Basically, Bowie was touted as the next Tommy Steele / Anthony Newley, by his then manager. Fortunately he still had a modicum of control over his output, particularly lyrical content and although the album has a Tommy Steele feel about it the lyrics are very risque and/or philosophical for the time.
Please Mr. Gravedigger is about a child-killer who feels no remorse about stealing from the grave of the child he murdered.
Little Bombardier is about a lonely old man who is accused (falsely maybe?)of being a paedophile.
We are Hungry Men is about an over-populated world (similar to Logan's Run)
Uncle Arthur is about a slightly incestuous middle aged man still living with his mother.
and She's Got Medals is about a cross-dressing woman posing as a man in the army.
So...........for 1967 a most bizarre album!!!
There are some great tunes to be found and some darker moments too. Personal favourites are Join the Gang (about swinging London in the 60's) and When I live My Dream (which is actually quite a sweet love song).
But for those currently in the sixth form who think Bowie is the greatest thing since Nirvana, this album has very little to do with Ziggy Stardust or Station to Station. But for a fascinating insight in to the most influential British musician EVER, this will be a god-send.