Diamond Dogs

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
David Bowie fired the Spiders From Mars shortly after the release of Pin Ups, but he didn't completely leave the Ziggy Stardust persona behind. Diamond Dogs suffers precisely because of this -- he doesn't know how to move forward. Originally conceived as a concept album based on George Orwell's 1984, Diamond Dogs evolved into another one of Bowie's paranoid future nightmares. Throughout the album, there are hints that he's tired with the Ziggy formula, particularly in the disco underpinning of "Candidate" and his cut-and-paste lyrics. However, it's not enough to make Diamond Dogs a step forward, and without Mick Ronson to lead the band, the rockers are too stiff...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
David Bowie fired the Spiders From Mars shortly after the release of Pin Ups, but he didn't completely leave the Ziggy Stardust persona behind. Diamond Dogs suffers precisely because of this -- he doesn't know how to move forward. Originally conceived as a concept album based on George Orwell's 1984, Diamond Dogs evolved into another one of Bowie's paranoid future nightmares. Throughout the album, there are hints that he's tired with the Ziggy formula, particularly in the disco underpinning of "Candidate" and his cut-and-paste lyrics. However, it's not enough to make Diamond Dogs a step forward, and without Mick Ronson to lead the band, the rockers are too stiff to make an impact. Ironically, the one exception is one of Bowie's very best songs -- the tight, sexy "Rebel Rebel." The song doesn't have much to do with the theme, and the ones he does throw in to further the story usually fall flat. Diamond Dogs isn't a total waste, with "1984," "Candidate," and "Diamond Dogs" all offering some sort of pleasure, but it is the first record since Space Oddity where Bowie's reach exceeds his grasp.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/1999
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724352190409
  • Catalog Number: 219044
  • Sales rank: 6,381

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Future Legend (1:07)
  2. 2 Diamond Dogs (5:56)
  3. 3 Sweet Thing (3:38)
  4. 4 Candidate (2:40)
  5. 5 Sweet Thing (Reprise) (2:32)
  6. 6 Rebel Rebel (4:30)
  7. 7 Rock & Roll With Me (4:02)
  8. 8 We Are the Dead (4:54)
  9. 9 1984 (3:27)
  10. 10 Big Brother (3:20)
  11. 11 Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family (2:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Bowie Primary Artist, Guitar, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Moog Synthesizer, Mellotron
Mike Garson Piano, Keyboards
Herbie Flowers Bass
Aynsley Dunbar Drums
Tony Newman Drums
Alan Parker Guitar
Tony Visconti Strings
Technical Credits
David Bowie Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Richard Rodgers Composer
Keith Harwood Engineer
Peter Mew Remastering
Toby Mountain Remixing, Mastering
Warren Peace Composer
Tony Visconti Arranger
Jonathan Wyner Remixing
Nigel Reeve Remastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Underrated Gem!

    Diamond Dogs is, arguably, Bowie's most underrated album. The album may or may not be a classic, compared to Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane for example, but it is certainly not as bad as some critics have suggested, i.e. All Music Guide. "Diamond Dogs" & "Rebel, Rebel" sound like lost outtakes from the Stones' "Exile on Main Street" sessions. "1984" foreshadows the blue eyed soul that would characterize Bowie's "Young Americans" album. "Rock n Roll With Me" is one of the prettiest ballads Bowie has ever written and recorded and should have been a hit single. The heart of the album is the near nine minute "Sweet Thing/Candidate" medley. This jazzy soulful anthem about homosexual prostitution is one of Bowie's most stunning performances and would prove to be the centerpiece of his "Diamond Dogs" tour (listen to "David Live" for an excellent live version of "Sweet Thing" which I think is better than the recorded version). The 30th Anniversary special edition is worth searching out as it contains an extra disc of unreleased tracks, single edits and alternate versions. The highlights of the bonus disc include the rare US single edit of "Rebel, Rebel," the original unreleased version of "Candidate," a medley of "1984/Dodo" which Bowie performed during his appearance on the Midnight Special in 1973 and which was the final track he recorded with the Spiders from Mars, the original, unreleased version of "Dodo" and a 2003 remix of "Sweet Thing/Candidate" which is, arguably, better than the original "Diamond Dogs" mix (It is interesting to note that Bowie himself selected the 2003 remix to include on his "I Select" compilation over the original). Considering the fact that this album was recorded at the height of Bowie's cocaine addiction, it is amazing how good it really is.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Frankenstein meets George Orwell

    A futuristic nightmare that manages to be filled with hits, not an easy thing to do. Still, the overall effect is darker than listening to the songs individually.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not a masterpiece, but interesting

    It's clear that by 1974 Bowie was somewhat tired about the glam sound and the Ziggy themes of his two previous and groundbreaking albums, so he created a dark and almost freaky album inspired by Orwell's classic "1984". The songs are somewhat strange and different between them, but Diamond Dogs has enough rock and classics (Rebel Rebel, the title track, Seet Thing, 1984, Candidate...) to become pretty interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truly David Bowie

    I think I saw a recent concert by David Bowie on the television (maybe MTV unplugged?). He started to play the song Rebel, Rebel from the Diamond Dogs album and right when he started to get rolling with that hit, he pulled the plug on the music and smiled to the audience as if to say "that's all in the past" (as well it should be). I guess I'd like to say that if you're getting into Bowie, this album, and that rebel sentiment is a part of that era, and 'rebellion' should still have some significance today. This was a good album in its time, and I'm going to buy the CD for another go around. Mr Bowie, are you listening?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All music guide

    Yeah this guy is way off in his appraisal of Diamond Dogs,in my opinion one of Bowie's best ever records.This album has a cinematic feel never before achived on a rock record up to this point(including Tommy). From the eerie spoken word intro describing the horrors of hunger city to Bowie's boasting in Candidate "my set is amazing ,it even smells like a street,there's a bar on the end where i can meet you and your friend"backed by a creepy sax line.Put on a pair of headphones and this record will transport you. The one bump in the road in my estimation is the schmaltzy When you rock n roll with me.Although it's fun in it's own way seeing Bowie give a spacey Sinatra like turn,something that will happen more often as the 70's continued(David Live) But yeah Diamond Dogs is right up there with Scary Monsters as an essential Bowie release. This is also one of my favorites by any artist period.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bowie's cracked masterpiece

    The writer of the ''all music guide'' obviously hasn't listened to this record more than a couple of times: he only likes the simplest tracks. And of course the concept is flawed, but the music is brilliant! It's like criticizing Beethoven because his operas don't work on stage. The music is more complex than Bowie's previous work. It has has evolved from simple tightly-structured songs into a more complex musical texture, the words serving to generate atmosphere more than tell a story. But, very importantly, Diamond Dogs still maintains Bowie's effortless and continuous melodic invention which sadly degenerated later on(cocaine abuse?). But cracks are already showing. Bowie's most most brilliant tracks; melodies which storm through my brain every day more than 20 years after the first hearing; are terminated by the embarassing 'Chant of the ever-circling skeletal family'. But then he throws in 'Rebel Rebel' just to show he can still do the old stuff (even better), if he wants!

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