Never Let Me Down

Never Let Me Down

by David BowieDavid Bowie


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David Bowie broke away from the mainstream pop of Tonight with 1987's Never Let Me Down, turning out a jumbled mix of loud guitar rockers and art rock experiments like the failed "Glass Spider." While it's not as consistent as Tonight, it's far more interesting, with the John Lennon homage of the title track being one of his most underrated songs.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/1999
Label: Virgin Int'l
UPC: 0724352189403
catalogNumber: 5218940
Rank: 45654

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Bowie   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Rap,Mellotron
Peter Frampton   Guitar
Robin Clark   Background Vocals
Gordon Grody   Background Vocals
Carlos Alomar   Synthesizer,Guitar,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Guitar
Errol Crusher Bennett   Percussion
Coquettes   Background Vocals,Group
Steve Elson   Baritone Saxophone
Laurie Frink   Trumpet
Earl Gardner   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Diva Gray   Background Vocals
Lani Groves   Background Vocals
Stan Harrison   Alto Saxophone
Erdal Kizilgay   Bass,Guitar,Trumpet,Violin,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Sid McGinnis   Guitar
Lenny Pickett   Tenor Saxophone
Carmine Rojas   Bass
Mickey Rourke   Vocals,Background Vocals,Rap
Philippe Saisse   Piano,Keyboards
Loni Groves   Background Vocals
Erdal Kizilcay   Bass,Guitar,Trumpet,Violin,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Coco   Background Vocals
John ?   Background Vocals
Borneo Horns   Flugelhorn
Charuvan   Background Vocals
Gordon Grodie   Background Vocals
Sandro   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer,Producer
Iggy Pop   Composer
Carlos Alomar   Composer
Bob Clearmountain   Engineer
Ron Oates   Set Construction
Malcolm Pollack   Engineer
David Richards   Producer
Mick Haggerty   Artwork,Art Direction

Customer Reviews

Never Let Me Down 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In every Bowie's precious album there are at least three songs which are enormous for every listener worldwide.In this 80's album David Bowie created a different kind of music with dynamic guitars and unusual vocals for Bowie's stands.This album looks like a Michael Jackson's part of music.But the album contains some magnificent in musical quality songs like "glass spider"(with bowie's great vocals) and "time will crawl".Maybe the whole album doesn't look like equal to the other legendary albums but it's worth of listening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Widely regarded by everyone - including the great man himself - as something of a creative cul-de-sac, the overall feel of Never Let Me Down owes more to Robert Palmer then to the chameleon of rock. Album opener Day In Day Out sets the standard with it's overbearing production, zapping horns and bloated guitar solos. It's a real shame too. Tracks like Time Will Crawl and 87 And Cry feature some interesting lyrics while the Lennonesque title track - apparantly a last-minute addition - is undervalued.Other than that what remains is messy art-rock, Glass Spider has a Bowie narrative delivered with an air of sheer boredom and as for Mickey Rourke's ''mid-song rap'' on Shining Star, well, words fail me.In conclusion a set including too few gems and lots of unecessary 80's stadium rock stylings. Black Tie White Noise was six years away and it couldn't come sooner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Called by the most (including the White Duke himself)as the "worst Bowie album", NLMD shows Bowie at his 80's maisntream-pop weakest point. The album is simply overproduced and it's a lackluster performance "done to make money" between 80's pop fanatics. However NLMD offers some gems and interesting tracks (the Palmer's esque Day-In Day-Out, the underrated Time Will Crawl, the title track, Zeroes or the infectious Glass Spider). But sadly the album is mixed with awful filler (Shining Star, NY's in love, Beat of your drum, or a horrible and overproduced version of Iggy Pop's Bang-Bang). In conclusion, NLMD isn't an easy listening for everyone who isn't a Bowie's hardcore fanatic, but it's enough accesible and has enough hooks to make it worthwhile to the freaky lovers of the 80's arena synth-pop/rock albums. As NLMD displays, the failure of its "Glass Spider Tour" was dire.