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David Bowie

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David Bowie's first ever LP -- the 1967 set that introduced the world to the likes of "Rubber Band" and "There Is a Happy Land" -- is an intriguing collection, as much in its own right as for the light it sheds on Bowie's future career. Nobody hearing "She's Got Medals," for instance, can fail to marvel at the sheer prescience displayed by a song about gender-bending. Even within Bowie's subsequent world of alligators, starmen, and astronettes, however, there are no parallels for the likes of "Please Mr. Gravedigger," with its storm-swept lament for a murdered little girl, or "Uncle Arthur," the archetypal mommy's boy, whose one stab at snapping the apron strings shatters when he realizes his new love cannot cook. There's also a frightening glimpse into future Bowie universes, served up by "We Are Hungry Men," a tale of a world in which food is so scarce that the people have resorted to cannibalism. Not all of the songs are such sharp observations of human frailties and failings, while the distinctly family-entertainment style arrangements make it clear that, whatever audience Bowie was aiming for, rock fans were not included among them. But songs like "Love You Till Tuesday" and "Maid of Bond Street" have a catchy irresistibility to them all the same, and though this material has been repackaged with such mind-numbing frequency as to seem all but irrelevant today, David Bowie still remains a remarkable piece of work. And it sounds less like anything else he's ever done than any subsequent record in his catalog.
© Dave Thompson /TiVo

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1
Uncle Arthur
00:02:11

Mike Vernon, Producer - Gus Dudgeon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Bowie, Guitar, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dek Fearnley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James George Tomkins, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Boyes, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - John Eager, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

2
Sell Me A Coat
00:03:02

Mike Vernon, Producer - Gus Dudgeon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Bowie, Guitar, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dek Fearnley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James George Tomkins, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Boyes, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - John Eager, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

3
Rubber Band
00:02:18

Mike Vernon, Producer - Gus Dudgeon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Bowie, Guitar, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dek Fearnley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James George Tomkins, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Boyes, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - John Eager, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

4
Love You Till Tuesday
00:03:13

Mike Vernon, Producer - Gus Dudgeon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Bowie, Guitar, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dek Fearnley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James George Tomkins, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Boyes, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - John Eager, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

5
There Is A Happy Land
00:03:17

Mike Vernon, Producer - Gus Dudgeon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Bowie, Guitar, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dek Fearnley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James George Tomkins, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Boyes, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - John Eager, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

6
We Are Hungry Men
00:02:58

Mike Vernon, Producer - Gus Dudgeon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Bowie, Guitar, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dek Fearnley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James George Tomkins, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Boyes, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - John Eager, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

7
When I Live My Dream
00:03:24

Mike Vernon, Producer - Gus Dudgeon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Bowie, Guitar, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dek Fearnley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James George Tomkins, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Boyes, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - John Eager, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

8
Come And Buy My Toys
00:02:08

Mike Vernon, Producer - Gus Dudgeon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Bowie, Guitar, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dek Fearnley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James George Tomkins, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Boyes, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - John Eager, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

9
Join The Gang
00:02:20

Mike Vernon, Producer - Gus Dudgeon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Bowie, Guitar, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dek Fearnley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James George Tomkins, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Boyes, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - John Eager, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

10
She's Got Medals
00:02:25

Mike Vernon, Producer - Gus Dudgeon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Bowie, Guitar, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dek Fearnley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James George Tomkins, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Boyes, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - John Eager, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

11
Maid Of Bond Street
00:01:45

Mike Vernon, Producer - Gus Dudgeon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Bowie, Guitar, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dek Fearnley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James George Tomkins, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Boyes, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - John Eager, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

12
Please Mr. Gravedigger
00:02:36

Mike Vernon, Producer - Gus Dudgeon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Bowie, Guitar, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dek Fearnley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James George Tomkins, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Boyes, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - John Eager, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

Album Description

David Bowie's first ever LP -- the 1967 set that introduced the world to the likes of "Rubber Band" and "There Is a Happy Land" -- is an intriguing collection, as much in its own right as for the light it sheds on Bowie's future career. Nobody hearing "She's Got Medals," for instance, can fail to marvel at the sheer prescience displayed by a song about gender-bending. Even within Bowie's subsequent world of alligators, starmen, and astronettes, however, there are no parallels for the likes of "Please Mr. Gravedigger," with its storm-swept lament for a murdered little girl, or "Uncle Arthur," the archetypal mommy's boy, whose one stab at snapping the apron strings shatters when he realizes his new love cannot cook. There's also a frightening glimpse into future Bowie universes, served up by "We Are Hungry Men," a tale of a world in which food is so scarce that the people have resorted to cannibalism. Not all of the songs are such sharp observations of human frailties and failings, while the distinctly family-entertainment style arrangements make it clear that, whatever audience Bowie was aiming for, rock fans were not included among them. But songs like "Love You Till Tuesday" and "Maid of Bond Street" have a catchy irresistibility to them all the same, and though this material has been repackaged with such mind-numbing frequency as to seem all but irrelevant today, David Bowie still remains a remarkable piece of work. And it sounds less like anything else he's ever done than any subsequent record in his catalog.
© Dave Thompson /TiVo

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