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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  9. Deckard

    Deckard Forum Resident

    Pretty great, worth recommending for me.

    Recent listening sessions have made me appreciate it far more than I used to. I don't know what changed... The title track, Sweet Thing and We Are The Dead are all such good songs. But the real highlights for me are the last three tracks. My god, the vocal performance on Big Brother is one of his very best imo and then it perfectly segues into the Chant...
    The only 'negative' thing about such a great album is that its lead single Rebel Rebel pales in comparison with the other tracks for me. Don't get me wrong, it is a nice track. But compared to a lot of other songs on the album it's somewhere in the middle.
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  10. NightGoatToCairo

    NightGoatToCairo Forum Resident

    Hampshire, UK
    IMO, Rebel is the weakest track on it - and not at all down to over-familiarity. That song is so repetitive and really outstays its welcome. I wish there was a two and a half minute edit that I could replace it with. The riff does sound great though, straight after the stalling of Sweet Thing (Reprise).
  11. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

    San Francisco
    The only cut on DD I don't really care for is "Rock And Roll With Me", which always struck me as kinda rote rock. "Rebel Rebel" I love as much now as I did as a kid. Leaves me bouncing off the walls.
  12. yesstiles

    yesstiles Forum Resident

    I was never a huge fan of "Rebel Rebel" when I only knew it as a single. But I really enjoy it in the context of the album proper.
  13. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

    Tarragona (Spain)
    I really enjoy the dark and decadent feel of this album
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  14. Vaughan

    Vaughan Forum Resident

    Two days ago I was having a bad day. So bad that I was still awake at 3:00am, with no sleep in sight. I was sat on the couch, and I reached over and put on the Diamond Dogs album. Talk about hitting the right note at the right time. I wasn't happy, and this album digs right down there, before exploding with joy in Rebel Rebel. Amazing experience with a very, very, good album.
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  15. juno6000

    juno6000 Forum Resident

    Pembroke Pines, FL
    I think this is my favorite Bowie album.
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  16. Me too. It's placement is damn near perfect after Sweet Thing (reprise).
  17. dead of night

    dead of night Forum Resident

    Northern Va, usa
    There is so much music to listen for in this album, it might be called, "Bowie's revenge." He is proving he alone is the reason for his success, not the backing band. Listen throughout this album for all the synth and keyboard touches provided by Bowie, except for piano, which was Garson.
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