How would you rate "Diamond Dogs" (1974) by David Bowie?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Haristar, Jun 23, 2017.

  1. MrBitey

    MrBitey Well-Known Member

    United Kindom
    Diamond Dogs is my personal favourite Bowie Album and Sweet Thing/Candidate is my favourite song. It would have been interesting to hear how this would have worked with Ronno and the Spiders. The demo of 1984/Dodo on the Sound and Vision box set is a clue. Honestly, I think the music on DD is better than they could have produced. I really love David’s gnarly dissonant guitar work and the atmospheric synths/mellotron sets up a wonderful soundscape. I think having to carry the music to such a great extent really made this an album that was truly all him (Jagger pastiches notwithstanding!)
  2. Ben Adams

    Ben Adams Forum Resident

    Phoenix, AZ, USA
    Uh, because the image behind him, with the women, is supposed to be a carnival poster. The Bowie-dog is in front of the poster.
  3. dead of night

    dead of night Forum Resident

    Northern Va, usa
    Still the stark difference.
  4. Etienne Hanratty

    Etienne Hanratty Forum Resident

    It’s one to which I’ve rarely given much thought over the years. Recently, though, I’ve acquired the Who Can I Be Now? Box set and started listening to it properly and it’s actually much better than I remembered when I bought the Rykodisc in the nineties. The odd thing is that it feels like a missing link between Ziggy and Aladin Sane even though it came out after both of them.
  5. crookedbill

    crookedbill Well-Known Member

    Agreed. One of the many reasons why Diamond Dogs is my favorite, too. The primitive, dissonant guitars. Bowie knew he wasn't the most technically proficient guitar player so after parting ways with Ronson he just shifted to using it as a textural and atmospheric instrument. In my mind it makes Diamond Dogs Bowie's first foray into the musical experimentalism that carried through to the Berlin trilogy.
  6. philip wenn

    philip wenn New Member

    One of bowies master pieces but sound quality on this album 96khz 24bit is dreadfull shm cd is far superior
  7. philip wenn

    philip wenn New Member

    One thing I hate about the Time track on aladin sane is the distorted guitar on the right channel it spoils the track which is class
  8. Chrome_Head

    Chrome_Head Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA.
    It was all very Clockwork Orange to me as well, kind of a melding of the sensibilities of Orwell, Burgess and Bowie (and even some William Burroughs). Lots of menacing synth, and just an overall air of grimy danger and glam unease. Lots of dark, foreboding corners in the mix.

    I would've loved to have heard how Ronno and the Spiders would've approached making DD, but it might have come out too polished.
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