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Bowie's "Ashes To Ashes" Studio Monitors
Old 24th August 2007
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Bowie's "Ashes To Ashes"

...just came up on the iPod shuffle.

I never give him credit for being such a great songwriter, his personas and vocals always seem to overshadow what is a truly amazing talent for tunes.

I'm not a huge superfan, but does he have any peers, really?
Old 24th August 2007
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You're joking right? He had me hooked at "Space Oddity" ...
Old 24th August 2007
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Oh, he had me too...It's just that I seem to not rate him with Lennon, McCartney, Elton and Bernie, the Gibbs, Davies, Townshend, when at times he's as good or better than many of those notables...

I'm saying I underrate him... even when I know better.
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Just wait 'til you get your hands on Young Americans and you finally hear the song "Can You Hear Me".

Scary Monsters is great; took me a while to warm up to it but now it's my favorite after Hunky Dory.

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I seem to not rate him with Lennon, McCartney, Elton and Bernie, the Gibbs, Davies, Townshend,
Damn good list, though. Nice that you got the Gibbs in there.

Just wait 'til you get your hands on some prime, vintage Stevie Wonder. Then you'll really wonder what hit you.
Old 24th August 2007
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Definately in that league, for sure ... Starman, Life on Mars, Pretty Things ...
Old 24th August 2007
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i have been very bowie obsessed in little bits here and there and alot over the
past twenty years
last year i got a beautiful minty 12" of "ashes to ashes" - i have at least three
pretty good vinyl copies of "scary monsters" - the recent emi cd i have burned
into my ipod as uncompressed aiff - i have learned many things from uncompressed files
on the ipod - if only they would allow you to put 24/96 files onto the ipod....
24/96 copies of vinyl....

"ashes to ashes" is one of the greatest achievements of the twentieth century

"i'm happy, hope your happy, too........one flashing light, but no smoking pistols ?"

"scary monsters" is one of my favorites - i also love: kingdome come, teenage wildlife,
and up the hill backwards

bowie made one of most timeless and incredible volumes of music that has ever
existed - he is a fantastic singer - first rate - up there with sinatra

there are very few singers working today that can sing like that - goosebumps

from a t.v. show.....

"scary monsters" represents to me the peak in pop music production.....

it sounds fresh right now - brilliant - less dated than most of the almost thirty

years since its release - the quality of recorded sound has only declined in that

time........


be well



- jack
Old 24th August 2007
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Damn good list, though. Nice that you got the Gibbs in there.
Yeah...I think that if you are in any way connected to making a song happen, and you don't get the Bee Gees, I'd be a bit suspicious of your ability to recognize quality and/or craft in songwriting.

I wish Jeff Lynne would have got hold of them for an album.
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I think "Ashes to Ashes" is a brilliant pop song in all aspects.

I know I'm not adding to the discussion. Just couldn't help blurting that out.
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Just wait 'til you get your hands on Young Americans and you finally hear the song "Can You Hear Me".

Scary Monsters is great; took me a while to warm up to it but now it's my favorite after Hunky Dory
i love "can you hear me" and the ryco bonus track "who can i be now?"
i can listen to "young americans" 20 times in a row........


be well

- jack
Old 24th August 2007
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I need to go listen to "Life on Mars.
Then, right after that, "Nights on Broadway". That's what I need. Then I'll
get back to work.
Old 24th August 2007
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"ashes to ashes" is one greatest achievements of the twentieth century

"scary monsters" represents to me the peak in pop music production.....

- jack
You got that sh*t right...
Old 24th August 2007
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I'll be the next to jump on the Ashes to Ashes arse-licking bandwagon. That tune takes me on a trip.

Anyone know which keyboard is doing the string pads in the outro???
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Bowie had to grow on me. Now he's up there with all the other greats IMHO. One song that I would like to recognize (in addition to the ones already mentioned) "Heros". I never got into that song for the longest time. It's really addicting after a while.
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I'll be the next to jump on the Ashes to Ashes arse-licking bandwagon. That tune takes me on a trip.

Anyone know which keyboard is doing the string pads in the outro???
Maybe this guy on guitar synth:

Chuck Hammer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I imagine it got some Tony Visconti treatment too.
Old 24th August 2007
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I'mDavidBowie

What happend to the video I put here.

YouTube - Ashes Era Bowie on Flight of the Conchords 2 of 3

Last edited by AudioFocus; 25th August 2007 at 01:40 AM.. Reason: video wasn't working, added link
Old 24th August 2007
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Just wait 'til you get your hands on Young Americans and you finally hear the song "Can You Hear Me".

Scary Monsters is great; took me a while to warm up to it but now it's my favorite after Hunky Dory.



Damn good list, though. Nice that you got the Gibbs in there.

Just wait 'til you get your hands on some prime, vintage Stevie Wonder. Then you'll really wonder what hit you.
Yes, interesting how those are great stars, but it is still possible to rediscover them or find out some new quality you didn't notice before. Bowie is one of the greats and Stevie Wonder... I just recently checked the "Songs in the Key of Life" - what a masterpiece (and I am not a huge pop fan otherwise).
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Bowie is unparallelled.

The unknown fact to his art is that, it always takes a while to get what he's trying to do.

I'm a big fan of all of his work, and even then for instance, when I first bought Reality I didn't like it at all, even though I knew that fact above.

Then I started getting into it and realizing what he was up to and I can't let that album go now.

A phenomenal musical personality I should say. A truely inspirational pioneer.

"If you do it once, it is a mistake. Repeat it three times and it is an arrangement."

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Bowie is one of the few consistantly inspiring artists in popular music history.
Old 24th August 2007
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I think that David Bowie is the best thing that's happened since Lennon & McCartney - by the way, the video for 'Ashes to Ashes' is just as big a masterpiece as the song (that's DB's aged mother you see right near the end).
Old 24th August 2007
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"like to take a cement fix
be a standing cinema
dress my friends up just for show
see them as they really are
put a peephole in my brain
two new pence to have a go
i'd like to be a gallery
put you all inside my show

andy warhol looks a scream
hang him on my wall
andy warhol, silver screen
can't tell them apart at all at all at all.."
Old 24th August 2007
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A to A is my fav Bowie song
Old 24th August 2007
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In the video, Bowie is the clown from Ingmar Bergman's Sawdust and Tinsel which is a great movie if you haven't seen it.
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Old 25th August 2007
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Bowie has always surrounded himself with great players, as well.

+1 on the A to Z favorites
Old 25th August 2007
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Quote:
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"like to take a cement fix
be a standing cinema
dress my friends up just for show
see them as they really are
put a peephole in my brain
two new pence to have a go
i'd like to be a gallery
put you all inside my show

andy warhol looks a scream
hang him on my wall
andy warhol, silver screen
can't tell them apart at all at all at all.."

this was me in my maid's room
8 flights up in paris, france - 1985
over and over and over
ziggy and hunky dory

the video of the t.v. performance of
"all you pretty things" in that dvd
thing from a couple
years ago is great
his original teeth
him at the piano
his smile


amazing


be well


- jack
Old 25th August 2007
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Scary Monsters may well be one of my favorite pop/rock albums of all time

...and yet, it seems so, I dunno, disingenuous to refer to it as a "pop/rock" album. It's more like a perversion of pop/rock music.

I love the way the "Ashes To Ashes" outtro melody ("my momma said, to get things done, you'd better not mess with Major Tom") keeps rotating between three slightly different variations. Structural ear candy to die for.
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I'm right there. HUGE Bowie fan. From 70-81 anyway
Old 25th August 2007
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My favorite rendition of my favorite holiday song: YouTube - Bowie Meets Crosby
Old 25th August 2007
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Heroes, Fashion, Ashes to Ashes, all good. it had to grow on me though.
I remember Ashes to Ashes confused me, it made a big impact on my brain, sonically, but I really didn't get it all inmediately back then.
It was worlds apart from where I was coming from, so it couldn't have..
"The man who fell to earth" cleared some up for me heh

thumbsup bowie
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Gotta note Signori Tony Visconti in this thread as well.



Visconti for guest moderator!


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