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David Bowie – Let’s Dance (2018 Remaster) (1983/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

David Bowie – Let’s Dance (2018 Remaster) (1983/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 39:46 minutes | 1,49 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front cover | © Parlophone UK

After summing up his maverick tendencies on Scary Monsters, David Bowie aimed for the mainstream with Let’s Dance. Hiring Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers as a co-producer, Bowie created a stylish, synthesized post-disco dance music that was equally informed by classic soul and the emerging new romantic subgenre of new wave, which was ironically heavily inspired by Bowie himself. Let’s Dance comes tearing out of the gate, propulsed by the skittering “Modern Love,” the seductively menacing “China Girl,” and the brittle funk of the title track. All three songs became international hits, and for good reason – they’re catchy, accessible pop songs that have just enough of an alien edge to make them distinctive. However, that careful balance is quickly thrown off by a succession of pleasant but unremarkable plastic soul workouts. “Cat People” and a cover of Metro’s “Criminal World” are relatively strong songs, but the remainder of the album indicates that Bowie was entering a songwriting slump. However, the three hits were enough to make the album a massive hit, and their power hasn’t diminished over the years, even if the rest of the record sounds like an artifact.

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David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster) (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster) (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 38:34 minutes | 1,44 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Parlophone UK

Borrowing heavily from Marc Bolan’s glam rock and the future shock of A Clockwork Orange, David Bowie reached back to the heavy rock of The Man Who Sold the World for The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Constructed as a loose concept album about an androgynous alien rock star named Ziggy Stardust, the story falls apart quickly, yet Bowie’s fractured, paranoid lyrics are evocative of a decadent, decaying future, and the music echoes an apocalyptic, nuclear dread. Fleshing out the off-kilter metallic mix with fatter guitars, genuine pop songs, string sections, keyboards, and a cinematic flourish, Ziggy Stardust is a glitzy array of riffs, hooks, melodrama, and style and the logical culmination of glam. Mick Ronson plays with a maverick flair that invigorates rockers like “Suffragette City,” “Moonage Daydream,” and “Hang Onto Yourself,” while “Lady Stardust,” “Five Years,” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide” have a grand sense of staged drama previously unheard of in rock & roll. And that self-conscious sense of theater is part of the reason why Ziggy Stardust sounds so foreign. Bowie succeeds not in spite of his pretensions but because of them, and Ziggy Stardust — familiar in structure, but alien in performance — is the first time his vision and execution met in such a grand, sweeping fashion. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars 2003 (1972) [SACD 2003] {2.0 & 5.1} PS3 ISO + FLAC

David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars 2003 (1972) [SACD 2003]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & DST64 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:47 minutes | Scans included | 2,50 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 38:31 min | Scans included | 810 MB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround.

Borrowing heavily from Marc Bolan’s glam rock and the future shock of A Clockwork Orange, David Bowie reached back to the heavy rock of The Man Who Sold the World for The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Constructed as a loose concept album about an androgynous alien rock star named Ziggy Stardust, the story falls apart quickly, yet Bowie’s fractured, paranoid lyrics are evocative of a decadent, decaying future, and the music echoes an apocalyptic, nuclear dread. Fleshing out the off-kilter metallic mix with fatter guitars, genuine pop songs, string sections, keyboards, and a cinematic flourish, Ziggy Stardust is a glitzy array of riffs, hooks, melodrama, and style and the logical culmination of glam. Mick Ronson plays with a maverick flair that invigorates rockers like “Suffragette City,” “Moonage Daydream,” and “Hang Onto Yourself,” while “Lady Stardust,” “Five Years,” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide” have a grand sense of staged drama previously unheard of in rock & roll. And that self-conscious sense of theater is part of the reason why Ziggy Stardust sounds so foreign. Bowie succeeds not in spite of his pretensions but because of them, and Ziggy Stardust — familiar in structure, but alien in performance — is the first time his vision and execution met in such a grand, sweeping fashion.

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David Bowie – Five Years 1969-1973 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

David Bowie – Five Years 1969-1973 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 04:03:21 minutes | 4,91 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital booklet | © Parlophone Records, Warner Music

The musical chameleon’s 6 studio albums from 1969-1973. In just a short amount of time you can see Bowie turn and surprise at each album. The accompanying book features technical notes about each album from the producers Tony Visconti and Ken Scott, an original press review for each album and a short foreword by an artist of note. Albums included: David Bowie (aka Space Oddity), The Man Who Sold The World, Hunky Dory, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane, Pin Ups.

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David Bowie – Let’s Dance (2018 Remastered Version) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

David Bowie – Let’s Dance (2018 Remastered Version) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 39:46 minutes | 884 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Parlophone UK

“Let’s Dance” was the fifteenth studio album by David Bowie, originally released in 1983, with co-production by Chic’s Nile Rodgers.

The title track of the album became one of Bowie’s biggest hit singles, reaching No. 1 in the UK, US and various other countries. Further singles included “Modern Love” and “China Girl,” the latter of which was a new version of a song which Bowie had co-written with Iggy Pop for the Pop’s 197 album, ‘The Idiot.’

The success of the album surprised Bowie, who felt he had to continue to pander to the new pop audience he acquired with the album. This led to Bowie releasing two further solo albums in 1984 and 1987 that, despite their relative commercial success, did not sell as well as Let’s Dance, were poorly received by critics at the time and subsequently dismissed by Bowie himself as his “Phil Collins years.”

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David Bowie – Serious Moonlight (Live ’83, 2018 Remastered Version) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

David Bowie – Serious Moonlight (Live ’83, 2018 Remastered Version) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:31:58 minutes | 1,92 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Parlophone UK

Previously unreleased live album recorded in Montreal in 1983. Originally mixed at the time by Bob Clearmountain, the double album captures Bowie on what at that time was his most successful tour.

Originally mixed at the time by Bob Clearmountain, the double album captures Bowie on what at that time was his most successful tour. Includes hit tracks such as “Heroes,” “Life On Mars?” “Rebel Rebel,” “Space Oddity,” and “Fame.”

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David Bowie – Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87, 2018 Remastered Version) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

David Bowie – Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87, 2018 Remastered Version) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:04:59 minutes | 2,76 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Parlophone UK

David Bowie, live from the Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Canada on August 30th 1987 Strung out in heaven s high, the eternal lost astronaut walked out on to the stage at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal and gave an inspired joyride through his then 20-album career. 1987 s Glass Spider tour was his most theatrically ambitious to date and although it had its critics as a spectacle, musically, it was spellbinding. While Low, Lodger and Ziggy fail to emerge, Bowie has plenty more to play with, even after his highly successful Serious Moonlight tour. Here is Bowie, back at his beguiling best in front of 80,000 ecstatic fans.

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David Bowie – Metrobolist (aka The Man Who Sold The World) [2020 Mix] (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

David Bowie – Metrobolist (aka The Man Who Sold The World) [2020 Mix] (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:03 minutes | 894 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Parlophone UK

November 2020 sees the 50th Anniversary of the release of David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold The World in North America. The album marks the beginning of a collaboration with guitarist Mick Ronson that would last through classic works including Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane, as well as the first in a 10-year series of indispensable albums stretching through 1980’s Scary Monsters

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David Bowie – Space Oddity (Tony Visconti 2019 Mix) (1969/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

David Bowie – Space Oddity (Tony Visconti 2019 Mix) (1969/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 48:45 minutes | 1,0 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Parlophone UK

50th anniversary edition of Bowie’s seminal album featuring a brand new mix by original producer Tony Visconti. Originally released 14th November 1969, the sophomore effort from Bowie was a big turning point from his 1967 debut. The album most famously introduces the character of Major Tom in Space Oddity which would go on to be one of his most enduring classics. The new mix of the album now features the title track of the boxset Conversation Piece restored to the track listing in its initially intended position before it was originally dropped due to time constraints of vinyl.

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David Bowie – Stage (2005) [DVD-AUDIO ISO]

David Bowie – Stage
Artist: David Bowie | Album: Stage | Style: Rock | Year: 2005 | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 48kHz/24Bit, MLP 2.0 48kHz/24Bit, DTS 5.1 48kHz/24Bit, LPCM 2.0 48kHz/24Bit) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 20 | Size: 6.65 Gb | Recovery: 3% | Covers: only front | Release: Virgin Records Us / EMI / DTS Entertainment (72438-63436-9-7), 2005 | Note: Not Watermarked

The second of two inessential double live albums David Bowie released in the ’70s, 1978’s Stage is a different beast than its 1974 predecessor, David Live. That album captured Bowie in a transitional phase, sliding from glam to stylized soul, while Stage was recorded in the thick of his Berlin phase with producer/collaborator Brian Eno, and Stage is an attempt to translate that sleek, angular, arty studio-bound sound to the live arena. This means not only are Low and Heroes given live treatments, but about half of both Ziggy Stardust and Station to Station are given new arrangements here. On these older tunes, the new flair — the synthesizers and Adrian Belew’s tangled, mathematical guitar — doesn’t sound sleek, it sounds chintzy and cheap, not quite fully formed. The newer songs suffer from this, too, and that’s because the performances are too direct and the recording is too crisp and clear, removing the dark, foreboding mystery and assuredness that made Low and Heroes thrilling, compelling listens. Consequently, Stage winds up as a curiosity, and not a very interesting one at that.

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