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Dog Man Star [Deluxe Edition] CD+DVD, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Box set

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  • Audio CD (6 Jun. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: CD+DVD, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Box set
  • Label: Edsel Records
  • ASIN: B004KNM3HQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,082 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Introducing The Band
  2. We Are The Pigs
  3. Heroine
  4. Wild Ones, The
  5. Daddy's Speeding
  6. Power, The
  7. New Generation
  8. This Hollywood Life
  9. 2 Of Us, The
  10. Black Or Blue
  11. Asphalt World, The
  12. Still Life
  13. Squidgy Bun (Introducing The Band)
  14. Ken (The Wild Ones)
  15. Man's Song, A (Heroine)
  16. Banana Youth (The Power)
  17. 2 Of Us, The

Disc: 2

  1. My Dark Star
  2. Living Dead, The
  3. Stay Together
  4. Killing Of A Flash Boy
  5. Whipsnade
  6. This World Needs A Father
  7. Modern Boys
  8. Eno's Introducing The Band
  9. La Puissance
  10. Living Dead, The
  11. We Believe In Showbiz
  12. Still Life
  13. Wild Ones, The
  14. Asphalt World, The

Disc: 3

  1. Stay Together
  2. Heroine
  3. We Are The Pigs
  4. 2 Of Us, The
  5. Killing Of A Flash Boy
  6. Pantomine Horse
  7. Asphalt World, The
  8. This Hollywood Life
  9. Wild Ones, The
  10. Still Life
  11. Drowners, The
  12. This Hollywood Life
  13. We Are The Pigs
  14. Metal Mickey
  15. My Insatiable One
  16. Animal Nitrate
  17. New Generation
  18. So Young
  19. Sleeping Pills
  20. Stay Together
  21. Dolly
  22. High Rising
  23. Animal Nitrate
  24. Still Life
  25. Brett Anderson And Bernard Butler 2011 Interview

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CD Description

Guitarist Bernard Butler left the band during the mixing of "Dog Man Star", often regarded as Suede's masterpiece. This deluxe re-mastered edition features the non-album a- and b-sides, as well as demos from the collections of Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler, including a previously unreleased song. Also making their first ever appearances are the much sought-after, full-length, unedited versions of "The Wild Ones" and "The Asphalt World".

The DVD features the newly-discovered and previously-unseen exciting footage of the band at the Casino de Paris, playing the "Dog Man Star" songs before the album recording sessions, and the band playing in FNAC in Paris, along with the song-films specially created for the "Dog Man Star" tour, also issued for the first time. The bonus feature is a candid February 2011 interview with Bernard and Brett about the making of the album, along with a short film put together by Simon Gilbert from his own contemporary camcorder footage.

The booklet contains a specially-written note by Brett Anderson, along with all the lyrics, hand-written lyric drafts, studio tracking sheets and tape boxes, and previously unpublished photos from the collections of both the band and their friends.

BBC Review

After the party - the hangover: One year on from the louche-but-rocking debut, Suede had begun to irrevocably fracture at their very core. Luckily, out of such travails are great works of art born.

By this point the chemistry (in all senses) was becoming a little strained. Retreating into a drug-assisted solitude, Brett Anderson's lyrics were less concerned with the politics of modern love and more with the effects of the morning after. Solitude, paranoia and self-loathing were the themes here. When he sings 'If you stay we'll be the wild ones!' it's with a quiet desperation that's clinging to a lifestyle that's gone horribly wrong.

The downbeat mood pervades everything here. Even on peppier rockers like 'The Hollywood Life' or 'New Generation' the guitars of Bernard Butler here sound more spiteful, suffused with a vicious metallic edge. It was here that they formerly parted from the Britpop pack as well ('I don't care for the UK tonight' sings Brett on 'Black And Blue').

At the heart of this album is the real-life drama of Anderson's and Butler's increasing alienation. Before the album had even been mixed the pair, once touted as a Lennon and McCartney for the post-E generation, had split. Butler subsequently told of how he turned up to the studio one day to find all his equipment outside the locked door.

Yet, while Dog Man Star stands as a testament to the destructive power of thrill-seeking love and ego-bloating drugs it remains a far deeper and sonically adventurous ride than its predecessor. There's still a huge dollop of Scott Walker-meets-Bowie-in-the-streets-of-Soho-at-5-in-the-morning archness that can grate. And Anderson's melodrama can be slightly over-egged on tracks like 'The 2 Of Us', yet with its reverb-drenched lushness and fabulously melancholy audio verite ambience (virtually every track is prefaced by or marbled with some low-key moodiness that recalls Talk Talk's golden period) it's an album that continues to fascinate and reward: It's possibly their least dated work.

While the band struggled heroically (and succeeded) to consolidate their success after Butler's departure the legend of the band's lost potential really stems from Dog Man Star. Never had misery sounded so alluring, reaching out to all the lonely urbanites that ever woke up alone. For this alone it remains timeless. --Chris Jones

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One can only wonder what Suede would have go on to achieve if Anderson andButler had not fallen out. The debut and this spectral masterpiece of analbum could easily stand up to any bands first two albums ever, TheBeatles and The Smiths included. Dog Man Star is very much a winter album.Lyrically it is a very paranoid, reclusive piece. It is alleged that Brettlocked himself in his flat in the middle of nowhere with a mountain ofL.S.D. to write it. Bernard's guitar work is incredibly atmospheric anddense, particularly on the near-ten minute Asphalt World the final cut ofwhich upset him due to it's severe edit! God knows what the demos musthave sounded like. By a mile suede's finest album, it is an undeniablyEnglish work, Syd Barrett, Julian Cope, Kate Bush, and yes, Bowie and theSmiths are all in there somewhere. There are a few up beat glam-stompers,New Generation being the best up-beat number, but most of the set isdrug-addled and claustrophobic. Daddy's Speeding is the oddest track, afeedback entrenched eno-style piece about James Dean that eventuallycollapses under it's own weight. The opener Introducing the Band couldalmost be off Piper At The Gates Of Dawn and Heroine surely IS a DavidBowie song. The reason Dog Man Star is such a work of genius though, isthe last four tracks. Roughly 25 minutes of music that is so enormous thatif Brett and Bernard had stayed together, they would have probably landedon the moon. The 2 Of Us is a dark, sparse romantic ballad written about apossibly imaginary lover, Black or Blue is another drug track which couldbe out of a particularly creepy West End musical, The Asphalt World iscolossal and features Butler's best ever guitar work and closer Still Lifeis the last track because it simply can't be followed, so vast andglorious is the orchestral outro.Read more ›
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One of the most seminal records of the '90s, by one of the best bands from that decade, is celebrating 20 years since its original release. Reissued and presented as an expansive multi-format super deluxe edition collector's box set, this is the one of the most lavish and -fittingly- extravagant anniversary album releases. However, it is not as comprehensive as one would have thought, featuring most of the tracks from the 2011 3-disc edition, but omitting much that could have been included in order to make this a perfect 20th anniversary release (promo videos, tour footage, demos etc). The 2CD+DVD 2011 set shall suffice for most. This new box set is clearly aimed at die-hard fans, and for what it is offering, is a high quality set, really well-put together, a fantastic collectible. I'd ordered a copy from Suede's website because I wanted the limited to 500 copies only alternate orange cover edition, but was not lucky. By ordering from Suede's website, you also got an exclusive 12" vinyl of "Stay together". Except for these extras, both that edition and amazon's are identical, so I'm still happy. Dark, desperate, reclusive, claustrophobic, elegiac and romantic, this startling sophomore is a musical masterpiece. Though being Suede's second least commercially successful album (behind "A new morning"), it is widely considered as their finest work. As with previous Suede box sets, this is likely to sell out before you say Brettpop, so hurry up, you do not want to miss out on this!Read more ›
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...and Johnny Marr pops around for a spot of tea.By the sounds of things they weren't just drinking tea...
Dog Man Star is truly sensational. When one compares this effort to what immediately preceded and proceeded it (in Britain at least), nothing else compares with the over-produced, orchestral bombast (notably on Still Life), the claustraphobic intensity (The Two of Us), and brooding menace(Asphalt World) which it exudes. A tip: listen to the latter track whilst driving around a hole of a town, perhaps Weston Super Mare, very late at night. You might have to lock the doors and windows of your car and/or not stop at traffic lights, but it is worth it in order to soak up the seedy atmosphere of low-rent, burnt-out, drug-frazzled 'glam'. It works best if your car is a shitty old Ford (either an Escort or a Probe for apt comedy value).
The Asphalt World aside, the rest of the album, as another reviewer mentioned, is best heard through headphones on a Discman turned up to a level not entirely healthy for one's ears. Even if you do go deaf as a result, chances are there's nothing much worth listening to after having sat through Suede's sophomore set.
While it would be thoroughly misleading to say that the album is one of light and shade (it is unrelentingly bleak), it is characterised by a variety of different styles. Unlike, say, Coldplay, who have two modes (1.bland, and 2.paint-dryingingly, fist-eatingingly, nondescript vapidity), Suede run the gamut from up-tempo glam-rocking in New Generation, through fuzz-guitar-enhanced Smithsian janglepop (Heroine), ending up with the overblown chamber music of Still Life.
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