Monday, 28 May 2018

David Bowie - David Bowie (1967)

The gospel according to Pat Hewitt....


Released June 1967

Recorded at Decca Studios, London

Firstly, this is just a matter of personal taste. As the owner of everything David Bowie has released in various formats, obviously, I felt the "completist" need to own this amalgamation of David Bowie's first album and several other previously released and unreleased songs from his "pre-fame", pre Space Oddity era., mainly 1966-1969.

Firstly, I have to say that the sound is absolutely FANTASTIC. excellent remastering throughout. Clear, sharp and certainly bassy enough to keep a bass addict like me happy.

Secondly. The songs. Therein lies the problem. I simply cannot get into these odd, slightly childish, whimsical "lovable Cockney" ditties. I just find them silly and irritating. Love You Till Tuesday is passable, I suppose, but not much else. The "ironic" hit The Laughing Gnome is included of course, and I have to admit to a weakness for the singles's "B" Side, The Gospel According To Tony Day

Let Me Sleep Beside You and In The Heat Of Morning and the trippy Karma Man are acceptable and give a slight hint as to the glories that lay ahead, but not too much. By the way, check out the utterly bizarre We Are Hungry Men, a Beatles-esque song detailing Bowie's very tongue in cheek theories on how to solve the problem of global over-populaton. It is definitely one of his all-time weirdest songs. 

Listening to this material, it is almost incomprehensible to wonder upon just how David Bowie became, well, David Bowie.


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