Friday, September 30, 2016
David Bowie started off the '80s with one of his best albums... and ended it with one of his worst. And in between those two points, he catapulted into international superstardom, mainstream success, and creative confusion. He'd rebound, though.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Warning: If you're a casual Bowie fan, you should turn and run now. Go get yourself a copy of the Best Of and be done with it.
Starting in 1989, EMI (Rykodisc in the US) began a campaign of reissuing Bowie's catalog. All his albums were remastered with bonus tracks and there was an odds 'n sods box set collection, Sound & Vision. This was basically the first big Remaster campaign, which since has become quite common. Some people still swear by these 1990-1992 versions of the albums as being the definitive versions.
In 1999, his catalog went to Virgin, who began their own remaster campaign, issuing all the albums, newly remastered, but sans bonus tracks.
In 2007-2009 his albums were released on SHM-CD in Japan. In 2013, many of his albums were mastered for HD digital. Just this year, posthumous box sets have been released with yet new remasters.
Does it all really matter? Don't they basically sound the same? Well, not really. I'm not a collector (good luck finding all 200+ versions of Ziggy Stardust), but I am a bit of an audiophile and after being a fan for so long, I've just acquired different versions of the same albums over time.
So, you have choices... although, I don't think you can go wrong with the EMI/Rykodisc versions from '90-'92.
As to the music itself, maybe no one has gone through so many different styles and incarnations, alter egos and sounds in one single decade than Bowie in the 1970s.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Despite having "I Go Crazy" play seemingly throughout the entire movie "Some Kind of Wonderful" - it seems most of Flesh For Lulu's catalog has gone out of print. There were talks of a reunion, but sadly, singer Nick Marsh passed away in June 2015.
Friday, September 23, 2016
This strange concoction could only have come from the '80s. Part leather biker rock, part goth rock, part sub-industrial drum machines... this studio project from Todd Barrone and John Wildblood only produced one album - "Wild 1" - but it's a good listen for fans of Billy Idol, The Cult, Circus of Power, Zodiac Mindwarp...
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Paradise Lost built a good following on their first couple dark metal albums, then turned more polished hard rock, then turned electronic rock, then started going backwards toward doom metal. Personally, I would start with "One Second" - fantastically produced by Sank, with deep baritone vocals. Goth hard rock never got any better.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Monday, September 5, 2016
Sometimes bands are unduly held to impossible standards and deemed failures by the industry when they don't live up to them. Hunters And Collectors never had the international success of fellow Aussies INXS and Midnight Oil. Despite that, they have the most-played song in OZ history (Throw Your Arms Around Me) and are used as the theme song to Australian Rules Football (Holy Grail). Not bad for a band whose first couple releases were noisy, moody post-punk that no one thought would ever be Top 40 material.