David Bowie LOVING THE ALIEN (1983-1988)

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Bowie Fett, Jul 18, 2018.

  1. Django216

    Django216 Forum Resident

    Since Amazon messed up my order and even after I contacted them twice about the shipping yesterday couldn't tell me when my LP-Boxset will be delivered, I cancelled my order, made a few phone calls to some local stores and got my confirmation that I can pick it up this evening.
    I ll cost me more than on amazon but well....
    Let's crawl the time while dancing with the Alien (2018)
  2. TonyCzar

    TonyCzar Forum Resident

    PhIladelphia, PA
    Before anyone made a single comparison.
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  3. Etienne Hanratty

    Etienne Hanratty Forum Resident

    I’m still not entirely sure whether I’m getting this or not. It’s simultaneously showing as cancelled-long story to do with gift cards/and expected by 9pm.
  4. TonyCzar

    TonyCzar Forum Resident

    PhIladelphia, PA
    Morning has broken, and it doesn't look like the Alien is landing in hi-res anywhere this week.

    On the 24-bit download front - that's all I've bought except the odd breakout book or re:call - my "consumer experience" (not necessarily the sonic one) is now 0 for 4.
  5. Rne

    Rne Sufferin' succotash!

    I guess this box will cause some indignation, then.
    But don't look back in anger :nyah:
  6. ironbutterfly

    ironbutterfly Listening to marky mark in mono

    Mine should be here today! Personally this is my favorite era of Bowie. I love NLMD it was actually the first cd i ever purchased. Glass spider was the first time i ever saw David live. I am excited for the new mix of NLMD. And for all you audiophiles I’m gonna rip the disc at 128 and listen to them on my AirPods.
  7. Zongadude

    Zongadude Music is the best

    I don't know about the cd.
    But I just bought the LP boxset and spinned "Let's dance". The music is breathing and perfectly remastered. At last ! The previous CD of Let's dance I had (the japanese paper sleeve edition) WAS loud and tiring to listen to.
    The 2018 Lp is great, not over-compressed at all (if ever), and it sounds just like the 1983 UK Lp. I cranked it up real loud, and it still was pleasure to hear :)

    I believe Vaughan's post, but I can't see why on Earth they would do a good job on the Lp and a butcher job on the CD, for the same boxset.

    As for the packaging and quality of the sleeves, artworks, etc... It's a fantastic job, as it was on the previous boxes.
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  8. Vaughan

    Vaughan Forum Resident

    Hey, I'm open to opposing views. The numbers don't lie though, it's DR8. I've now played the album 3 times, and to my ears it sounds okay, there's certainly a lot of detail there - albeit it in a slick Niles Rodgers kind of way. But I have to take into account some of the people on this site who are very exacting in their demands. On CD, I think a few of them will be predictably bothered.

    I read the Let's Dance section in the booklet, and Rodgers makes a huge deal about taking care in the remastering, of doing the music and Bowie justice, because the record had been so important to him. It's a wonderful tribute to Bowie, and gives some context.

    Going to go and play Let's Dance a fourth time now....
  9. obi

    obi Forum Resident

    Do you mean "slick" as in Earl Slick?
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  10. JumpinJimF

    JumpinJimF Got mashed potatoes. Ain’t got no T-bone.

    Well I usually prefer Slick to slick, but I guess this is both
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  11. gomen ne

    gomen ne -

    Self-flagellation or exacting audiophile investigative process?
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  12. TonyCzar

    TonyCzar Forum Resident

    PhIladelphia, PA
    I've streamed about half of "Dance" (lossless on Tidal). Like "Re:Call2", it's more fun of a listen than it looks like it should be on paper.
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  13. Vaughan

    Vaughan Forum Resident

    The former, definitely the former.

    I have a horrid relationship with this album. It has assaulted me, and I it, since release in the early 80's. With the release of this box, it's time for us to put down our weapons, and find a way to embrace.

    In all seriousness, I am using these boxes to truly examine Bowie's work. That's easy on stuff I already like, but for the likes of Let's Dance and Tonight, is a whole other matter. I'm determined to find something in every song to enjoy. I've spent my money, so now I must spend the time. It's an effort, but sometimes that's what's needed.
  14. TonyCzar

    TonyCzar Forum Resident

    PhIladelphia, PA
    It's certainly not helpful without firm suggestions and alternatives.

    I notice that Acoustic Sounds is selling the vinyl for $279.98 (but still no hi-res download. Argh.) vs. Amazon's $233.54

    Were I a vinyl man, I'd pay the mom-and-pop tax. (I already do for downloads, although there seems to be an "agency pricing" model governing downloads at the moment, and the price variances smaller. Point granted pre-emptively.)

    Acoustic Sounds is keeping several dreams alive, and doing more for me as a music buyer in the long run than Amazon.

    (Of course, I went and pulled the Amazon trigger on the new St. Vincent CD this morning since it's obviously not coming out in 24-bit (Seven day delivery. It's on Tidal. I got time.). There's definitely a competitive advantage to having a record store one click away.)
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  15. TonyCzar

    TonyCzar Forum Resident

    PhIladelphia, PA
    You've never really heard "Ricochet" until you've heard the vinyl.
  16. The Zodiac

    The Zodiac God's Lonely Man

    Wow! This is the first time I ever considered the idea of pulling a knife on an album, but maybe it's something worth trying. I can spray mace at the turntable if "Tumble and Twirl" starts upsetting me.
  17. Vaughan

    Vaughan Forum Resident

    I'd shop in a brick and mortar - if there was one without 20 miles of where I live. It's just a ridiculous dream to do such a thing here. It's a shame, because I remember the good old days pre-internet. But honestly, I have no choice but to use online.

    Nah, I'd not go that far. It's a great track, however you hear it.
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  18. EC3970

    EC3970 Forum Resident

    I would only get this box because I bought the previous three.
    I had none of the albums from the last box and was surprised by how much I liked it, mostly because of Eno.
    Would I feel the same about this one?
    I see on the Acoustic Sounds website it didn't even break into the top 50 vinyl boxes sold there.
    And there are plenty boxes on that list I'd rather have.
  19. TonyCzar

    TonyCzar Forum Resident

    PhIladelphia, PA
    I won't swear on a stack of bibles, but I'm pretty sure the "Tumble and Twirl" on "Dance" is the first time I've ever heard that song. Ever. Um, I like it. :hide:
  20. Terry

    Terry Senior Member

    Walk away, walk away.
  21. TonyCzar

    TonyCzar Forum Resident

    PhIladelphia, PA
    "That's Motivation":

    Now you haz class
    Now you haz flash

    Bowie was doing cat memes in 1985.
  22. WeeSam

    WeeSam Forum Resident

    United Kingdom
    Try before you buy...?

    Generally, you'll find that most Bowie fans have the "Berlin albums" that you like near the top of their favourites, and Tonight and NLMD near the bottom.
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  23. TonyCzar

    TonyCzar Forum Resident

    PhIladelphia, PA
    Acoustic Sounds is online-only, AFAIK. But there are B&Ms with online options.

    But I feel your shopping pain. There's 1 record store left within practical distance to me, and they moved house around the time of ANCIANT.
  24. Dreaddazzman

    Dreaddazzman Forum Resident

    I'm picking this up from my local shop today. $230 plus tax, have fun waiting for your box.
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  25. TonyCzar

    TonyCzar Forum Resident

    PhIladelphia, PA
    Parlophone hype quoted on page 1:

    Fans listening to ‘NEVER LET ME DOWN (2018)’ would be forgiven for thinking that they were listening to a brand new ‘lost’ Bowie record.

    Oh, it's lost, alright.

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