Review: In 1997, to celebrate David Bowie's 50th birthday, the Thin White Duke was granted a BBC Radio special. It featured nine new versions of some of his favourite songs, all of which were recorded during the rehearsals for a celebratory show in New in late 1996. Happily, these recordings have now been made available for the very first time via ChangesNowBowie, a kind of alternative greatest hits collection. Much of the material is stripped-back and pared down, with Bowie delivering either lo-fi rock revisions (see 'Repetition' and the rip-roaring 'White Light/White Heat'), semi-acoustic translations ('Shopping For Girls', 'Aladdin Sane' and 'The Man Who Sold The World') or slightly orchestrated interpretations ('Quicksand'). It's Bowie as you've never heard him before, and that's got to be a good thing.
Review: A year on from the untimely demise of arguably the most influential British musician of the last fifty years, and on the eve of what would have been his seventieth birthday, here we have the opportunity to view his whole jaw-dropping career across the course of two slabs of wax. From the cosmic dread of 'Space Oddity' all the way to the reflective melancholy of 'I Can't Give Everything Away', it's a magnificent testimony to a restless muse that never stopped moving into unchartered territory in search of new adventure. These songs will outlive us all.
Review: Surely not even the most ardent Bowie fan saw any of this coming. Yet to offset the justified grief and mourning at the most otherworldly and mercurial of all musical icons departing our realm, he's left us with one of his greatest albums to date and certainly his best in a full quarter century - one that returns him spiritually to the dizzying collision of bracing experimentation and melodious drama that typified the so-called Berlin trilogy of the '70s yet transplants that ambience to a new more complicated age. Jazzy inflections, electronic filigree and stark soundscapes collide elegantly amidst that stentorian voice, and whether or not Bowie put this together as a farewell, he couldn't have done it better if he'd tried. We'll truly never see his like again, alas.
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.