Diamond Dogs

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Label Emd/virgin
SKU 60360627
UPC 724352190409
UPC 14 00724352190409
Format CD
Release Date 9/28/1999
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Author David Bowie
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Associated Artist/Work Belew, Adrian
Associated Artist/Work Classic Rock String Quartet
Associated Artist/Work Classic Rock String Quartet (Th
Technical Info
Engineer Keith Harwood; Keith Harwood
Producer David Bowie; David Bowie
CatalogID 5219040
Lable Name Virgin
Released 09/06/1999
Original Release 1974
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code AAD
Length 46m : 10s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724352190409
Musical Guests
Mike Garson
Album Notes and Credits
Composer: David Bowie.
Personnel: David Bowie (vocals, guitar, saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, Mellotron, Moog synthesizer); David Bowie; Tony Newman (drums); Alan Parker (guitar); Tony Visconti (strings); Mike Garson (piano, keyboards); Aynsley Dunbar (drums).
Audio Mixers: David Bowie; Keith Harwood; Tony Visconti.
Audio Remasterers: Nigel Reeve; Peter Mew.
Audio Remixers: Toby Mountain; Jonathan Wyner.
Recording information: Island Studios, London, England (10/1973-02/1974); Olympic Studio, London, England (10/1973-02/1974); Studio L Ludolf Machineweg, Hilversum, The Netherlands (10/1973-02/1974).
Photographers: Ken Regan; Lee Black Childers.
Arrangers: David Bowie; Tony Visconti.
After George Orwell's widow refused Bowie the right to use 1984 as the title of his forthcoming album, he instead used the novel as a conceptual blueprint for what became DIAMOND DOGS. Accompanied only by keyboardist Mike Garson, bassist Herbie Flowers, and drummers Aynsley Dunbar and Tony Newman, Bowie played guitar, sax, Moog, and Mellotron, in addition to his contributions as vocalist, composer, arranger, and producer of the album. With the Orwellian themes as a loose backdrop, DIAMOND DOGS has much of the apocalyptic sense of future shock that informed ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS.
While the album doesn't have the musical punch or the songwriting strengths of ZIGGY, its gems make it more than worthwhile. The lush strings and dominant wah-wah guitar of "1984" seem like a nod to Isaac Hayes, while Bowie's howls and snarling sax on the title track make it instantly memorable. The glam rock classic "Rebel Rebel," with its edgy guitar riff and strutting 4/4 beat, is the disc's highlight, and one of Bowie's all-time great songs. Amidst the imagery of a gray, totalitarian future, Bowie injected some optimism by including the nostalgic "Rock 'N' Roll With Me," a good time, rootsy number that presaged his next transformation into the blue-eyed soul singer of YOUNG AMERICANS.
Professional Reviews
Q (11/99, pp.140-1) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...all apocalyptic doom and nightmare vision...fueled by cocaine psychosis, Watergate and the three-day week. This slice of literary concept rock has improved with age..."
Uncut (p.118) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[Y]ou could still argue that DOGS was the first bling bling album; a brutally urban, hardcore artefact."
Mojo (Publisher) (2/02, p.84) - "...A melange of rock'n'roll pastiche, Stateside superfunk and outbursts of avant-garde noise...compares well with its more successful, accessible predecessors, ZIGGY and ALADDIN SANE."
Disc 1
1 Future Legend
2 Diamond Dogs
3 Sweet Thing
4 Candidate
5 Sweet Thing (Reprise)
6 Rebel Rebel
7 Rock 'N' Roll With Me
8 We Are The Dead
9 1984
10 Big Brother
11 Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family

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