Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

David Bowie - Let's Dance (1983)

Note: this release was originally purchased as an LP, later replaced by a CD.

Throughout all his personae (Ziggy Stardust, Thin White Duke), David Bowie knew how to locate great musicians with which to collaborate: John Lennon, Iggy Pop, Marc Bolin, Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Pete Townshend, Queen, Mick Jagger, Pat Metheny, etc. When he recorded this '80s classic, Bowie not only teamed up with the great Nile Rodgers to produce, he also recruited Stevie Ray Vaughan as lead guitarist! Put them together with other former Chic members Tony Thompson and Bernard Edwards (among others) and you've got one helluva backing band. While he was being accused of selling out, I think he put together an innovative work at the intersection of post-disco, new wave, and soul. Even though some of the music hasn't aged well, it's a nice time capsule.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #4
Peak on Billboard's R&B albums chart: #21
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #4

Tracks: I think the title track and Modern Love are two of the best singles of the '80s. I also like the filler cuts Without You and Shake It. I was never much for the song China Girl although the video is fascinating. The cover of Metro's Criminal World is nicely done and SRV's guitar work on Cat People makes that song worth listening to.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: In addition to the LP, I had a 12" single of Let's Dance which was destroyed at the hands of a mischievous toddler. I'm sure I threw a fit at the time, but it all worked out as the extended version also appears on the album (meaning the 12" single was wasted money to begin with). Even though Stevie Ray Vaughan didn't tour in support of the album, I regret not seeing Bowie in August 1983 on the Serious Moonlight tour.

1 comment:

  1. This was #12 in my series of An Album A Day posts. I may like it more than you especially the songs "China Girl" and "Cat People".