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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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David Bowie – Reality (2003) [SACD 2.0 & 5.1] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

David Bowie – Reality (2003) [SACD 2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 & DST64 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 49:19 minutes | Scans included | 4,24 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 49:11 min | Scans included | 1,0 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround.

Instead of being a one-off comeback, 2002′s Heathen turned out to be where David Bowie settled into a nice groove for his latter-day career, if 2003′s Reality is any indication. Working once again with producer Tony Visconti, Bowie again returns to a sound from the past, yet tweaks it enough to make it seem modern, not retro. Last time around, he concentrated on his early-’70s sound, creating an amalgam of Hunky Dory through Heroes. With Reality, he picks up where he left off, choosing to revise the sound of Heroes through Scary Monsters, with the latter functioning as a sonic blueprint for the album. Basically, Reality is a well-adjusted Scary Monsters, minus the paranoia and despair — and if those two ingredients were key to the feeling and effect of that album, it’s a credit to Bowie that he’s found a way to retain the sound and approach of that record, but turn it bright and cheerful and keep it interesting. Since part of the appeal of Monsters is the creeping sense of unease and its icy detachment, it would seem that a warmer, mature variation on that would not be successful, but Bowie and Visconti are sharp record-makers, retaining what works — layers of voices and guitars, sleek keyboards, coolly propulsive rhythms — and tying them to another strong set of songs. Like Heathen, the songs deliberately recall classic Bowie by being both tuneful and adventurous, both hallmarks of his ’70s work. If this isn’t as indelible as anything he cut during that decade, that’s merely the fate of mature work by veteran rockers. So, Reality doesn’t have the shock of the new, but it does offer some surprises, chief among them the inventive, assured production and memorable songs. It’s a little artier than Heathen, but similar in its feel and just as satisfying. Both records are testaments to the fact that veteran rockers can make satisfyingly classicist records without resulting in nostalgia or getting too comfortable. With any luck, Bowie will retain this level of quality for a long time to come.

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David Bowie – A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982) (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

David Bowie – A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 05:50:08 minutes | 13,6 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet | © Parlophone UK

This HighResaudio set features all of the material officially released by David Bowie between 1977 and 1982 including all four studio albums, his 1978 live album ‘STAGE’ in both original and expanded tracklistings, the newly compiled “HEROES” E.P., collecting together both the German and French long and single versions of “Heroes”, and the exclusive new compilation of single versions, non-album singles and B-sides, ‘RE:CALL 3’. Also included exclusively is a brand new remix of the 1979 album ‘LODGER’ by long time Bowie producer/collaborator Tony Visconti.

This description may differ from the content of the album. The track-list represents the complete content of the album.

Digitally remastered

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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 – 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.”

The Serious Moonlight Tour was launched in May 1983 in support of David Bowie’s album Let’s Dance (1983). The tour opened at the Vorst Forest Nationaal, Brussels, on 18 May 1983 and ended in the Hong Kong Coliseum on 8 December 1983; 15 countries visited, 96 performances,[1] and over 2.6M tickets sold.[2] The tour garnered mostly favorable reviews from the press.

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David Bowie – Never Let Me Down (2018 Remaster) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

David Bowie – Never Let Me Down (2018 Remaster) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 50:55 minutes | 1,03 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Parlophone UK

Newly remastered of the 1987 album. The seeds of this new reimagining of the albums were first sown in 2008 when David asked Mario McNulty to remix the track ‘Time Will Crawl’ and record new drums by longtime Bowie drummer, Sterling Campbell along with strings. The track was issued on the iSelect compilation to much acclaim, and in the notes, for that record, David remarked ‘Oh, to redo the rest of that album’.

Fast-forward to early 2018 McNulty entered Electric Lady Studios in New York with Sterling, Tim Lefebvre on bass, who was in the ★ (“Blackstar”) band and Reeves Gabrels and David Torn on guitars. All of the musicians had a history with David, so were a perfect fit for what now sound like brand new songs. Nico Muhly, whom Mario first met when they were both interns working for Philip Glass in 2001, has handled the string arrangements.

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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 – 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 – Five Years 1969-1973 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

David Bowie – Five Years 1969-1973 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 4:03:50 minutes | 9,22 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | 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.

Includes the legendary albums:

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
PinUps

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David Bowie – Who Can I Be Now? [1974-1976] (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

David Bowie – Who Can I Be Now? [1974-1976] (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 03:49:57 minutes | 8,58 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Digital booklet | © Parlophone UK

The boxed set, which is named after a track recorded in 1974 but not officially released until the 1990s, includes a huge set of studio recordings of some of David Bowie’s most memorable tracks. Driven by an entirely deeper dynamic than most pop artists, David Bowie inhabits a very special world of extraordinary sounds and endless vision. Unwilling to stay on the treadmill of rock legend and avoiding the descent into ever demeaning and decreasing circles of cliché, Bowie writes and performs what he wants, when he wants. His absence from the endless list of “important events” has just fuelled interest. Constant speculation about what the guy was up to has even led some to wonder if this is his greatest reinvention ever.

Digital Download 192kHz/24bit Boxed Set:
Diamond Dogs (Remastered)
David Live (Original Mix) (Remastered)*
The Gouster*
Young Americans (Remastered)
Station To Station (Remastered)
* Exclusive to WHO CAN I BE NOW? (1974-1976)

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