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An eerie dispatch from the furthest reaches of Bowie's cocaine paranoia, Station To Station has not become easier to listen to with the passing years. At this stage, Bowie was wrapped up in his peculiar--even by his standards--Thin White Duke period, which revolved largely around dressing like a fugitive war criminal and not blinking, at least not in public. Appropriate to such a detached, deranged persona, Bowie set about making what was effectively a soul record devoid of any soul whatsoever. He did it, as well. Station To Station spawned one lingering hit, in "Golden Years", but the album was littered with malevolent miracles. Bowie crooned like a replica Sinatra on "Word on A Wing" and "Wild is the Wind" and may have single-handedly invented the New Romantic movement with "TVC15". He sounds throughout on the verge of cackling dementedly and wandering off into the night; Station To Station is an absorbing postcard from somewhere you're kind of glad you haven't been. --Andrew MuellerSee all Product Description
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The '70s stereo remaster of the studio album alone is worth the sticker price, once you're rediscovered the title track on headphones (as it was meant to be). Beautiful restoration.
And then there are the two live discs. I have had a crappy Italian bootleg of the radio broadcast for years. This issue is a completely new beast. Beautiful sound, lots more tracks... they even controversially edit down the old 10-minute drum solo in "Panic in Detroit" (it's available in full as a digital download).
As a live Bowie document from an era when I was too young to see him play, I think this show blows both David Live and Stage out of the water. If you are a fan, you have to own this. No other live versions of songs from the album quite do them justice. And "Stay" will blow your mind.
David Bowie can hardly be classified as a "lesser known" musician but I've discovered that many of the young guys asking me about 70s music have heard of Bowie but they aren't sure which of his many albums to check out first. So to help rectify that situation.......
This 1976 release is one of my three personal favourites among all of Bowie's extensive catalogue (the other two are Alladin Sane and Ziggy Stardust) and is one of the essential albums that should be in any respectable collection of 1970s music.
Bowie has changed his image and sound repeatedly over the years. This album is from his Thin White Duke period, which started circa 1975 and followed his Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars phase, which lasted circa 1972-74. If you're not overly familiar with Bowie, this is, by far, the best album of Bowie's Thin White Duke period. If your music collection only has room for a only a few Bowie albums, this should be one of them.
I recall seeing an interview with Bowie many years ago in which he said that he had such a bad cocaine habit in 1976 that he didn't remember making this album. It's still a great album in spite of Bowie's cocaine addiction while making it.
For those who aren't overly familiar with Bowie, there are also two albums from his Spiders From Mars period you should check out: Aladdin Sane; and Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders From Mars.Read more ›
I was thinking very carefully about WHY I love this album so much and consider it Bowie's best album, which is saying a lot because he's recorded some fantastic albums. I hate to endorse drug use, but maybe the coke had something to do with it. Would Bowie have come up with this album without the influence of coke? Would the Beatles have come up with "Sgt. Pepper" without the influence of acid? I would say highly unlikely on both counts.
Whatever the coke did to Bowie's brain at this time, I definitely find Bowie's musical statements compelling. Bowie's pre-"Station to Station" albums found him searching for the voice he achieved on "Station to Station."
All his albums have flashes of brilliance, but "Station to Station" finds that brilliance sustained throughout. Bowie sings better. That nasal "Anthony Newley" voice of yore is gone. There is a depth and resonance to his voice on "Station to Station." His vocal control is amazing. His finest recorded vocal of all time may be his track, "Wild is the Wind." Bowie writes better. Gone are the wordy, precious, pretentious lyrics he could so annoyingly write on his earlier albums. His words are sharp like razors. He keeps the words clean and concise, but with an edge of danger.
Like the Beatles did with "Sgt. Pepper," Bowies hits just the right balance of pop music and experimental music. His post-"S.T.S" albums with Eno would veer further into the experimental realm.Read more ›
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About this album : like nothing made before or since; surreal, supremely mysterious & fascinating but oh, the overall music is so good, so good. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bob Gosselin
Couldn't be happier when I opened this up and looked at all the goodies they've crammed into that box. Read morePublished on April 18 2011 by Jobriath
Despite Amazon seemingly being unable to package vinyl securely without damaging it on the first attempt, they seem to manage after I sent it back to mail me a good one. Read morePublished on March 13 2011 by Mathias Julian Reeve
On the heels of the "white soul" of 1975's "Young Americans", musical chameleon David Bowie changed course yet again with the release of "Station To Station" in 1976. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2010 by John M. Macphail
Station to Station along with Young Americans are essential Bowie releases!
These two albums fuse jazz, funk and rock, leaving the listener clamoring for more. Read more
Earmarking a more experimental phase, Station to Station provides a more angular take on dance rhythms (most obvious on this album through the sublime funk bass of George Murray). Read morePublished on March 20 2004 by GuruGraham
The mid-1970's were a stressful time for David Bowie. His marriage to the obnoxious Angela Bowie was disintegrating, he had become a top-notch coke freak, and was convinced that... Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2004 by B. G. Shultz
What could I possibly add to the other reviews that point out the greatness of this album? All I can say is that I regret not checking it out years ago. It's just flawless. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2004