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David Bowie: David Bowie

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (p.74) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[E]ven in this cabaret setting, Bowie shows his knack for mixing singalong tunes with offbeat subject matter..."

Record Collector (magazine) (p.92) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[F]ull of light, quaint, scholarly charm..."

Album Notes

Personnel includes: David Bowie (vocals); Derek Boyes (organ); Dek Fearnley (bass); John Eager (drums).

Includes liner notes by Kenneth Pitt, John Tracy.

Digitally remastered by Anthony Hawkins.

This version of DAVID BOWIE contains two bonus tracks and extensive liner notes.

Personnel includes: David Bowie (vocals); Derek Boyes (organ); Dek Fearnley (bass); John Eager (drums).

This is Bowie's debut album (originally titled LOVE YOU 'TIL TUESDAY), which was released in June 1967.

After a few years of cutting R&B covers and shouty Beatle/Who knock-offs, David Bowie graduated to the sort of dizzying musical experimentation which was soon to make him the stuff of legend. DAVID BOWIE shows a Bowie far removed from of Davie Jones the King Bees or Manish Boys, well on his way to the eclectic luminary status he was soon to achieve. DAVID BOWIE is a surprisingly sprawling affair--composed entirely by the 19-year old Bowie, it reflects a drastic movement from the imitative, R&B-tinged early efforts to a staggering musical complexity and often-abstract poetic wordplay.

Embracing the hyper-dramatic efforts of then-man-about-town Anthony Newley ("Uncle Arthur," "Please Mr. Gravedigger,") Bowie works in bizarre, lyrical dreamscapes which must have made the young Robyn Hitchcock swoon--namely the stand-out arpeggiated guitar and medieval melodic tone of "Come And Buy My Toys." Soon enough, the cheeky musical theater atmosphere would disappear, and a parade of successive reincarnations would continue to redefine popular music for decades to come.



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