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David Bowie - Never Let Me Down (2018 Remaster, 180 Gram) (LP) Vinyl 190295671433
David Bowie - Never Let Me Down (2018 Remaster, 180 Gram) (LP) Vinyl 190295671433
David Bowie - Never Let Me Down (2018 Remaster, 180 Gram) (LP) Vinyl 190295671433
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David Bowie - Never Let Me Down (2018 Remaster, 180 Gram) (LP)

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A new production of the 1987 album. The seeds of this new reimagining of the albums were first sown in 2008 when David asked Mario McNulty to remix the track 'Time Will Crawl' and record new drums by longtime Bowie drummer, Sterling Campbell along with strings. The track was issued on the iSelect compilation to much acclaim, and in the notes, for that record, David remarked 'Oh, to redo the rest of that album'. Fast-forward to early 2018 McNulty entered Electric Lady Studios in New York with Sterling, Tim Lefebvre on bass, who was in the ★ ("Blackstar") band and Reeves Gabrels and David Torn on guitars. All of the musicians had a history with David, so were a perfect fit for what now sound like brand new songs. Nico Muhly, whom Mario first met when they were both interns working for Philip Glass in 2001, has handled the string arrangements.

After having spent the the mid-'80s putting on his acting shoes for Absolute Beginners and Labyrinth, Bowie returned to music by grabbing his usual henchmen Carlos Alomar and Carmine Rojas and joining forces with old schoolmate Peter Frampton. NEVER LET ME DOWN found Bowie writing or co-writing everything with the exception of Iggy Pop's "Bang Bang." Songs such as "Day-In Day-Out" and "Time Will Crawl" were perfect Bowie songs that worked opposite ends of the spectrum; the everyday reality of a struggling woman living on the periphery of society versus the ambiguity of time itself. Although the creamy synths and slick production are occasional reminders that NLMD was cut in the '80s, these flourishes work especially well on "Zeroes" and the title track. The only hint of indulgence comes in the semi-mythical "Glass Spider" and the rap duet vignette with Mickey Rourke (!) that Bowie drops into the middle of "Shining Star (Makin' My Love)." After that chilling encounter, Bowie fled the solo life for the safer confines of Tin Machine in 1989.

Personnel: David Bowie (vocals, guitar, keyboards, tambourine); Mickey Rourke (rap vocals); Carlos Alomar (guitar, synthesizer, tambourine, background vocals); Peter Frampton, Sid McGinnis (guitar); Erdal Kizilcay (violin, trumpet, keyboards, bass, drums, background vocals); Stan Harrison (alto saxophone); Lenny Pickett (tenor saxophone); Steve Elson (baritone saxophone); Earl Gardner (trumpet, flugelhorn); Laurie Frink (trumpet); Phillipe Saisse (piano, keyboards); Carmine Rojas (bass); Crusher Bennett (percussion); Robin Clark, Loni Groves, Diva Gray, Gordon Grodie (background vocals).

Recorded at Mountain Studios, Switzerland. Originally released on EMI America (46677).Digitally remastered by Peter Mew and Nigel Reeve (1999, Abbey Road Studios, London, England).

  • Format: Vinyl
  • Genre: Rock
  • Released: 02/15/2019

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Tracklist

Day-In Day-Out 4:38
Time Will Crawl 4:18
Beat Of Your Drum 4:32
Never Let Me Down 4:03
Zeroes 5:46
Glass Spider 4:56
Shining Star (Makin' My Love) 4:05
New York's In Love 3:55
'87 And Cry 3:53
Too Dizzy 3:58
Bang Bang 4:02


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