Review: Legend has it that David Bowie was so lost in a vortex of cocaine and ego during the making of this record to such a degree that he now can't remember anything about its creation at all. Typically of the Dame though, in the midst of all this madness he created a masterpiece, and arguably his greatest album of all. With a hint of the funk of influence of 'Young Americans', yet filtered through a glacial European sensibility, it's a genre-transcending tour-de-force of boundless scope and imperious swagger. Forty-one years on, this record still sounds like the future.
Review: In the wake of his untimely passing, it can be hard to work out which of his many eras and personae to indulge in, yet this essential document of radio sessions and fascinating live material covers one of the most exciting - that era in which this almost objectionably talented ingenue was first marking out his pathway to stardom - from the swinging '60s mockney strains of his earliest hits, through the heavy vibes of the Man Who Sold The World period, the elemental whimsy of 'Hunky Dory' and the world-conquering Ziggy Stardust, this is a fascinating travelogue of four years in which Bowie took enough artistic chances to last a lesser artist four careers, and almost all of them paid off. Watch out for a charming cameo from John Peel here also.
The Voyeur Of Utter Destruction (As Beauty) (4:53)
I Have Not Been To Oxford Town (4:20)
Andy Warhol (3:53)
Breaking Glass (3:44)
The Man Who Sold The World (3:43)
We Prick You (4:20)
A Small Plot Of Land (6:37)
Nite Flights (6:20)
Under Pressure (3:56)
Review: During the U.S leg of his 1995 Outside tour, David Bowie was supported by Nine Inch Nails. Trent Reznor and company not only opened the shows, but also joined forces with the legendary musican on joint performances of some of his songs. Now, some 24 years later, a recording of one of these legendary collaborative performances has finally been released. It's hugely evocative and atmospheric, with many of Bowie's great songs - particularly "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)", "Hallo Spaceboy", "The Heart's Filthy Lesson", "The Man Who Sold The World" and "Under Pressure" - benefitting from Nine Inch Nails' low-end grunt and razor-sharp guitars.