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on 6 December 2005
"Diamond Dogs" has long been my favourite Bowie album, and I remember getting this way back in '74 when it was first released.
Even back then it was a real departure for a live album to be actually live, with minimal overdubs, and it sounded great.
Enter the new Surround reissue - and also enter Tony Visconti back to the mixing duties.
I was a little worried about this one as the suurround mix for the "Reality" DVD-V live album was poor. However, I was very pleasantly surprised as the surround placement gives the impression of really being there - the rear channels are used discretely and not just for ambience.
Bowie's vocal performance on this album is top notch - check out the expressiveness of "All The Young Dudes" here - and the band is as good as it got up until now, with a much younger Earl Slick taking the lead guitar on for the first time - and doing a very fine job too. "Moonage Daydream", "Cracked Actor" and "Width of a Circle" being amongst the best live guitar sounds I have ever heard. Piano duties are mainly from Mike Garson (another player who is also back in Bowie's band 31 years later too!) who even then was displaying the delicate touch that makes him amongst the best in the field - check out the playing particularly on "Aladdin Sane" for a ggod example of what I mean
The album is from the first half of the "Dogs" tour, before the "Young Americans" sessions invoked Bowie's Soul phase and turned the second half of the tour into what came to be called the "Philly Dogs" tour.
Same as for "Stage" really.
1 - 21 tracks, yet only 7 stills.
2 - Photo Gallery is a poor collection of badly scanned posters & old single covers
3 - NO dedicated stereo version - a downmix of the surround is all you get
4 - the first DVD-A I have seen with no Dolby Digital stream. Whilst sonically this is not a problem (DD is ghastly), it limits the market here to those with either DVD-A or DTS capability only (no 16/48 stereo version in the Video_TS).
That aside, it's a superb disc and one definitely not to be missed.
Buy it - NOW!