I mean, I know (now) Let’s Dance certainly isn’t Bowie’s best album.. But I’m glad I started with this one anyhow. I was 21 in 1983 and had been listening to music for over a decade at that point. I’d loved many of Bowie’s singles but never took a chance on one of his LPs. I thought Let’s Dance was a fantastic single and another nice sidestep for Bowie. The song rightly went to #1 in the U.K. The second single was China Girl. Not as catchy perhaps, but still an interesting track with a great vocal and an excellent video in tow too. It was at this point I seriously considered getting the newly released Let’s Dance LP. A workmate was a big Bowie fan and told me Let’s Dance was ‘crap’ and I should get Ziggy Stardust or Hunky Dory instead. I ignored him and bought the new album anyway. I loved it immediately. Obviously the 2 singles were the highlights, but Modern Love, Criminal World and Cat People blew me away also. I still think the album holds up well nearly 40 years later. When I bought a CD player in 1985, Let’s Dance was the first title I bought.It sounded wonderful on the new format. So the album wasn’t just my introduction to Bowie, it was my introduction to CDs too. After this, I not only backtracked and bought his older albums, I picked up his new stuff as it was released too. Granted, Tonight and Never Let Me Down weren’t earth shattering, but at least I now had the 70s albums to get used to and help soften the blow! I’m still glad I started with Let’s Dance though. When I was younger, albums like Low, Lodger and even Aladdin Sane would have been lost on me. Let’s Dance was the perfect start. It’s incredibly poppy for Bowie, but there’s still a bit of an edge to it. Had I started with the aforementioned Tonight album, I wonder if I’d have taken the trouble to check out his back catalogue.. I’m guessing not.