Monday, 28 May 2018

David Bowie - Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (1980)


Released September 1980

Recorded at The Power Station, New York City


1. It's No Game (Part One)
2. Up The Hill Backwards
3. Scary Monsters ( And Super Creeps)
4. Ashes To Ashes
5. Fashion
6. Teenage Wildlife
7. Scream Like A Baby
8. Kingdom Come
9. Because You're Young
10. It's No Game (Part Two)

Bowie's 1980 release, coming after the supposed "Berlin Trilogy" was commercially more successful than its predecessor, "Lodger". It contained a massive number one single in "Ashes To Ashes" where the spirit of Major Tom was evoked and another big hit in "Fashion"."Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)" and "Up The Hill Backwards" were also instantly appealing tracks and there is also the "Heroes" part two in the impressive "Teenage Wildlife" with one of Bowie's finest vocals.

After treading water somewhat in the (slightly) undercooked "Lodger" (although I like it), it seemed as if Bowie had rediscovered his mojo to an extent with this one. He seemed happier, healthier and very creative. This album was a precursor to the huge commercial "comeback" that "Let's Dance" saw in 1983. Personally, I much prefer this album.

The 2017 series, supervised by Tony Visconti is another superb re-release. The remastering is, in my opinion, perfect. Full, clear and with the bass to the fore, it is how I like my remasters. Many will probably not like it, as indeed they didn't with the 2017 remasters of "Low", "Heroes" and "Lodger". Personally, I can't get enough of all of them. They have reawakened my interest in these albums, after all these years. Check out the bass, drums and funny sounds on "Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)" then the lead guitar. Then try that BIG bass intro on "Ashes To Ashes", the percussion and the whispering sounds. The intro to the underrated "Because You're Young", the drums and Bowie's voice. The percussion on "Kingdom Come". Great stuff. As good as I have ever heard this album.


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