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David Bowie – The Man Who Sold the World (2015 Remaster) (1970/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

David Bowie – The Man Who Sold the World (2015 Remaster) (1970/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:13 minutes | 871 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Parlophone UK

The Man Who Sold the World is the third studio album by English musician David Bowie. It was originally released by Mercury Records in the United States on 4 November 1970 and in the United Kingdom on 10 April 1971. The album was produced by Tony Visconti and recorded at Trident and Advision Studios in London during April and May 1970. It features the first appearances of guitarist Mick Ronson and drummer Mick Woodmansey on a Bowie record, who would later become famous as members of the Spiders from Mars.

Following the largely acoustic and folk rock sound of Bowie’s previous 1969 self-titled album, The Man Who Sold the World marked a shift toward hard rock, with elements of blues rock. The lyrics are also darker than his previous releases, exploring themes of insanity, religion, technology and war. None of the songs from the album were released as official singles, although some tracks appeared as B-sides of singles between 1970 and 1973. Originally titled Metrobolist, a play on Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis, the title was changed at the last minute by Mercury without Bowie’s consultation.

The album was released with different cover artwork in the US and the UK. For the US release, the artwork was a cartoon-like drawing of a cowboy in front of an asylum. It was drawn by Michael J. Weller and based on an image of actor John Wayne. Bowie was unenthusiastic about the cover, so he enlisted Keith MacMillan to shoot an alternate cover. The final image, featuring Bowie wearing a blue dress designed by fashion designer Michael Fish, was used as the cover for the UK release. The Man Who Sold the World was reissued by RCA Records in 1972, featuring a black-and-white picture of Bowie’s then-current character Ziggy Stardust on the sleeve, but reissues since 1990 have revived the original UK artwork.

The Man Who Sold the World was originally better received by music critics in the US than in the UK. Nevertheless, it was a commercial failure in both countries; however, the 1972 reissue managed to chart in both the US and the UK. Retrospectively, the album has been praised by critics for the band’s performance and the unsettling nature of its music and lyrics, being considered by many to be the start of Bowie’s “classic period”. It has since been reissued multiple times and was remixed in 2020, under its original title Metrobolist, for its 50th anniversary.

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David Bowie – The Width Of A Circle – EP (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

David Bowie – The Width Of A Circle – EP (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 15:04 minutes | 186 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Parlophone UK

The Width of a Circle, a new posthumous David Bowie album comprised of unreleased tracks from his The Man Who Sold The World era, is due for release on May 28th via Parlophone.

The new release comes in continued celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Man Who Sold The World, Bowie’s landmark entry into the 1970s. Last year, Bowie’s estate re-released the album under its original name, Metrobolist (so the story goes, the label changed the album’s name without Bowie’s permission ahead of its initial release). The re-release also featured a new mix by the album’s original producer, Tony Visconti.

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David Bowie – Station to Station (2016 Remaster) (1976/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

David Bowie – Station to Station (2016 Remaster) (1976/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 38:18 minutes | 1,45 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Rhino

Station to Station is the 10th studio album by English musician David Bowie, released on 23 January 1976 by RCA Records. Commonly regarded as one of his most significant works, Station to Station was the vehicle for his performance persona, the Thin White Duke. Co-produced by Bowie and Harry Maslin, the album was recorded at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles, California, in the latter half of 1975 after he completed shooting Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth; the cover artwork featured a still from the film. During the sessions, Bowie was heavily dependent on drugs, especially cocaine, and later claimed that he recalled almost nothing of the production.

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David Bowie – Stage (1978/2017) (Live) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

David Bowie – Stage (1978/2017) (Live)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:36:58 minutes | 2,09 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Parlophone UK

Stage is the second live album by English musician David Bowie, recorded on the Isolar II Tour, and released by RCA Records in 1978. First UK pressings were on translucent yellow vinyl and some European pressings were also available on blue vinyl. Since its original release, Stage has been reissued numerous times, each with expanded track listings.

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David Bowie – Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (2017 Remaster) (1980/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

David Bowie – Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (2017 Remaster) (1980/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 45:43 minutes | 1,83 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Parlophone UK

Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), also known simply as Scary Monsters,[a] is the 14th studio album by English musician David Bowie, released on 12 September 1980 by RCA Records. Over the past three years, Bowie garnered massive artistic success with the “Berlin Trilogy”, which consisted of Low, “Heroes” and Lodger (1977–1979). However, the trilogy had proven less successful commercially. By 1980, numerous artists Bowie had inspired with the trilogy were out-performing him commercially, leading him to desire a more commercial sound for his next record.

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David Bowie – Low (2017 Remaster) (1977/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

David Bowie – Low (2017 Remaster) (1977/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 38:59 minutes | 1,53 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Parlophone UK

“Sula vie dilejo. Solo vie milejo!”Warsaw, April 1976. The little cozy train from Zurich to Moscow stops for a while in the even more inhospitable capital of socialist Poland. A well-known Londoner with his buddy Iggy Pop walks deeply impressed through a city full of bomb craters, bullet holes and coal smog. A trip in the middle of the”low” sessions, which should be worthwhile. Meanwhile, the other buddy Brian Eno sat alone at home and devised the basic melody of “Warszawa”.

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David Bowie – I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour 74) (2020/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

David Bowie – I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour 74) (2020/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:26:09 minutes | 1,98 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Parlophone UK

Compiled from concert performances in both Detroit and Nashville, these recordings took place during a three-week break from Bowie’s 1974 Diamond Dogs tour. There are premieres here for material from 1975’s Young Americans, and Bowie is backed by the Mike Garson Band augmented by vocalists such Luther Vandross and Warren Peace.

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David Bowie – Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) (1988/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

David Bowie – Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) (1988/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 02:04:59 minutes | 4,69 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Parlophone UK

David Bowie’s Glass Spider tour in 1987 rates among the most divisive outings of his entire career, on the one hand standing as a return to the vast theatrical ventures that characterized his early- to mid-’70s concerts, but on the other symbolizing the absolute waste of resources and talent that many critics considered his 1980s output to be. Certainly there was little in the reception to that year’s Never Let Me Down album to suggest that his public was even remotely interested in a Broadway-style extravaganza built around the LP’s songs, with Bowie’s own apparent reluctance to revisit the icons of his most sacred past serving as a deterrent to even the most indulgent fans. Of the 20 songs featured on the Glass Spider live DVD, themselves a very representative sampling of his entire period repertoire, no less than ten were drawn from his last three albums — that is, Let’s Dance, Tonight, and Never Let Me Down itself. The crucial Hunky Dory/Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane sequence, on the other hand, served up just two, “Jean Genie” and, peculiarly, “Time.” Add to that crime the sheer magnitude of a stage set that saw Bowie himself positively dwarfed behind grandstanding dancers, overactive musicians, and a monstrous fiberglass spider, and it is not difficult to comprehend why the man’s supporters still smirk and look self-consciously away whenever the affair is mentioned. All of which means you have no way of anticipating the sheer brilliance of this DVD. The lack of extras is disappointing — a few pages of biographical text are the only tangible “bonus.” But the feature itself is spellbinding. Filmed in Sydney during the Australian leg of the tour, it captures the band from a vantage point that most fans simply never got to experience — perfect sound, spot-on choreography, and excellent viewing angles. The narration that linked many of the songs, and was either lost or intelligible at the actual shows, is as clear as Bowie himself intended it to be, and the tight shots of the individual musicians and dancers ensures that not a moment of the action is conducted out of sight. The ensemble introduction to “Fashion” is exhilarating (if a shade preposterous), while the opening of the show itself, with guitarist Carlos Alomar very visually defying the bellowed shrieks of an invisible Bowie, has a wild charm that suggests, if he ever gets bored with guitar-picking, he’s got a solid future in silent movies. The spider itself is mesmerizing, the most unexpectedly compulsive on-stage prop in modern rock since the Rolling Stones took an outsized phallus on the road with them. The musical performances, too, are a lot more powerful than reputation insists — without exception, the live rearrangements are stunning, with a handful of songs (an unexpected “Sons of the Silent Age,” a violent “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” and a heartfelt “Absolute Beginners”) actually competing with their studio incarnations in terms of dynamic and drive. Indeed, the deeper one delves into the performance, the stronger the conviction that, if Bowie had released Glass Spider on CD, instead of hiding it away on VHS alone, history might well have rehabilitated the album around the same time as it began to forgive him the rest of his 1980s sins. – Dave Thompson

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David Bowie – David Live (2005 Mix) [Remastered Version] (1974/2005/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

David Bowie – David Live (2005 Mix) [Remastered Version] (1974/2005/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:42:15 minutes | 1,97 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Rhino

David Live is the first official live album by English musician David Bowie, originally released by RCA Records in 1974. The album was recorded in July of that year, on the initial leg of Bowie’s Diamond Dogs Tour, at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. The second leg, a more soul-oriented affair following recording sessions in Philadelphia for the bulk of Young Americans, would be renamed ‘Philly Dogs’, as reflected on a different live release, Cracked Actor (2017).

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David Bowie – Aladdin Sane (2013 Remaster) (1973/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

David Bowie – Aladdin Sane (2013 Remaster) (1973/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:46 minutes | 1,6 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Parlophone UK

“Let’s call it Ziggy goes to America!”Bowie said half jokingly at the time. “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars” made David Robert Jones a superstar in 1972. Away from Elvis, artrock and blues, to irresistibly decadent rock’n’roll with lipstick and sex. With “Aladdin Sane” he drives the party to the top in the following year.

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