The Man Who Sold the World

The Man Who Sold the World

by David BowieDavid Bowie


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Even though it contained no hits, The Man Who Sold the World, for most intents and purposes, was the beginning of David Bowie's classic period. Working with guitarist Mick Ronson and producer Tony Visconti for the second time Bowie developed a tight, twisted heavy guitar rock that appears simple on the surface but sounds more gnarled upon each listen. The mix is off-center, with the fuzz-bass dominating the compressed, razor-thin guitars and Bowie's strangled, affected voice. The sound of The Man Who Sold the World is odd, but the music itself is bizarre, with Bowie's weird, paranoid futuristic tales melded to Ronson's riffing and the band's relentless attack. Musically, there isn't much innovation on The Man Who Sold the World -- it is almost all hard blues-rock or psychedelic folk-rock -- but there's an unsettling edge to the band's performance, which makes the record one of Bowie's best albums.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2015
Label: Rhino / Parlophone
UPC: 0825646283446
catalogNumber: 219011
Rank: 10546

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Bowie   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Stylophone
Mick Ronson   Guitar,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer
Ralph Mace   Moog Synthesizer
Tony Visconti   Guitar,Piano,Electric Bass
Mick "Woody" Woodmansey   Drums

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer
Mick Ronson   Engineer
Ken Scott   Engineer
Gerald Chevin   Engineer
Eddy Offord   Engineer
Tony Visconti   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Aisha Cohen   Associate Project Coordinator
Keith McMillan   Inside Photo
Michael J. Weller   Artwork

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