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So, Low's obviously the best thing ever.
Where else? Top 5s....
Station to Station
the only other albums of his I've heard are Heathen and .. ah that's it. I need to get Scary Monsters etc.
is my favourite album of all time.
a paranoid coke funk odyssey
Station to Station
then either Heroes or Diamond Dogs
But you could almost pick any 5 records he made between The Man Who Sold the World and Scary Monsters.
The Man Who Sold The World
Station To Station
I mean fucking hell, what a list of albums.
Lou Reed's Transformer and Iggy's Lust for Life and The Idiot.
He might not sing lead but his fingerprints are all over them. Subsequently, Bowie's involvement helped in the creation of some of the greatest stuff in their careers as solo artists.
It's great hearing his backing vocals and input on those albums.
probably the most consistent run of 1970s excellence this side of Stevie Wonder.
then Hunky Dory and Low to round out an incredible Top 3. But really I have time for everything he released in the 70s.
I've never liked it, but so many people keep raving about how it's their favourite. Haven't listened to it for years, maybe it will finally "speak to me".
Right now it's
Aladdin Sane (highly underrated)
It seems to get a bad press among that sequence of great albums, but I don't know why - the Sweet Thing/Candidate segway is one my favourite Bowie things ever and you've got Rebel Rebel, 1984 and the title track and Rock and Roll with Me.
come on. First 3 tracks are near perfect.
And considering he wrote the songs without a writing partner, that's incredible. In eighteen months, he released Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane, produced Raw Power and Transformer, wrote and produced All The Young Dudes and toured relentlessly. That is fucking astonishing.
closely followed by Low, Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust. The order of these is inter-changeable. I also think the Space Oddity album is really under-rated.
But does Mick Ronson not get any cowriting credits for any of these? I thought he was Bowie's main collaborator for this period. I taped my first band's rehearsal over Low, folly of youth and all that.
in fact, covers aside, you'll find very few shared credits until Eno starts getting involved around 77
With a few exceptions, like that gaudy Pin-Ups album. He has some excellent albums after Let's Dance too (Outside comes to mind) but 1969-1983 was his golden era. My top 5 in no particular order, though Low, STS, and Ziggy are certainly my top 3:
Station to Station
Lodger (just a hair in front of Heroes)
@blisters you absolutely need to invest some time in STS. I promise it won't be a waste, since it's p much tied with Low as my favorite Bowie record. (and one of the best of the 70s overall, no doubt)
One word of advice, though: seek out the West German RCA disc. If you can't find it locally (it is exceedingly rare) it can be found on any of the various torrent sites. I believe it's also available as Disc 2 of the 2010 STS reissue box.
No other mastering comes close. Punchy and full.
5- Young americans
1 Aladdin Sane (just perfect)
2 Young Americans
4 Hunky D
I'll join in...
2 Hunky Dory
3 Aladdin Sane
5 The Man Who Sold the World
Oh, just what everyone else said...Like blisters I also need to get re-acquainted with Station to Station. Erm, that's it, oh, I'd forgot how amazing The Width of a Circle is - truly amazing song.
2. Scary Monsters
4. Aladdin Sane
5. Station To Station
Earthling was a big part of my teens spent doing chongs and playing Granada on the Mega Drive, but it doesn't quite make the list.
Lodger tops it simply because of Adrian Belew. I got an album of his recently with Bowie on from 1990 - this song is better than what Bowie was putting out himself at the time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXFgmIrP3Bc