Diamond Dogs

Diamond Dogs

by David Bowie David Bowie
Diamond Dogs

Diamond Dogs

by David Bowie David Bowie


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David Bowie fired the Spiders From Mars shortly after the release of Pin Ups, but he didn't completely leave the Ziggy Stardust persona behind. Diamond Dogs suffers precisely because of this -- he doesn't know how to move forward. Originally conceived as a concept album based on George Orwell's 1984, Diamond Dogs evolved into another one of Bowie's paranoid future nightmares. Throughout the album, there are hints that he's tired with the Ziggy formula, particularly in the disco underpinning of "Candidate" and his cut-and-paste lyrics. However, it's not enough to make Diamond Dogs a step forward, and without Mick Ronson to lead the band, the rockers are too stiff to make an impact. Ironically, the one exception is one of Bowie's very best songs -- the tight, sexy "Rebel Rebel." The song doesn't have much to do with the theme, and the ones he does throw in to further the story usually fall flat. Diamond Dogs isn't a total waste, with "1984," "Candidate," and "Diamond Dogs" all offering some sort of pleasure, but it is the first record since Space Oddity where Bowie's reach exceeds his grasp.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2017
Label: Rhino / Parlophone
UPC: 0190295990411
catalogNumber: 219044
Rank: 4803


  1. Future Legend
  2. Diamond Dogs
  3. Sweet Thing
  4. Candidate
  5. Sweet Thing (Reprise)
  6. Rebel Rebel
  7. Rock 'n Roll With Me
  8. We Are the Dead
  9. 1984
  10. Big Brother
  11. Chant for the Ever Circling Skeletal Family

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Bowie   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Saxophone,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Mellotron
Mike Garson   Piano,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer,Mellotron,Guest Appearance
Herbie Flowers   Bass
Aynsley Dunbar   Drums
Tony Newman   Drums
Alan Parker   Guitar
Warren Peace   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Keith Harwood   Engineer
Tony Visconti   String Arrangements
Lee Black Childers   Inside Photo
Guy Peellaert   Artwork,Cover Painting
Mark Adams   Photo Scanning,Retouching
Terry O'Neill   Inlay Photography

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