How would you rate "Let's Dance" (1983) by David Bowie?

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  1. strummer101

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    Nah.
     
  2. bob60

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    Yep.
     
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  3. strummer101

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    Nah.

    We can always count on high quality intellectual discourse on the Steve Hoffman Forums! ;) :laugh:
     
  4. LeBon Bush

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    Pretty great to me. Cuts like the 7:30 version of the title track, Modern Love or Ricochet are outstanding dancing songs - while pieces like the 'new' recording of Cat People and Shake It tend to drag. Nevertheless, a great album to these ears :righton:
     
  5. LeBon Bush

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    Nooooo, it's a wonderful and very atmospheric song - can't get all the negativity towards that piece.
     
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  6. bob60

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    Sure can...:D
     
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  7. jmxw

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    Actually, I believe there was a bit of ground-breaking going on. Not as huge as his seventies experiments with Eno, but ... the gated horns! That was a super-cool trick that I don't think had been done before [or maybe since?]..
     
  8. jmxw

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    I'd recommend it just for the SRV guitar solos. They definitely changed the tone from pure pop dance music to ... some kind of R&B/blues hybrid. [At least for me it did.]
     
  9. Vaughan

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    I can't say avoid at all costs, the title track is a great song, and Ricochet isn't too bad.

    That said, Modern Love, China Girl, and Cat People are atrocious, and very much lower rung Bowie, imo. Shake It..... well, that's just so bad I try to delete it from memory. Bad album.
     
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  10. The Hud

    The Hud No More Mr. Nice Guy

    I love Criminal World and Cat People!
     
  11. JRJ

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    I voted it's a great classic and I have it in my collection and my mother bought it for me when it first was released. I was only 10!
    Highly recommended but not as good as Diamond Dogs or Station to Station.
    Cheers;
    John
     
  12. apesfan

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    I have the two song LP dance mix. Got it at Crazy Eddie when working there in 1983 and I loved it then and still do. The record guy who recommended it also had the Japanese Abbey Road CD some time later. Personally a wonderful year. John M.
     
  13. The Hud

    The Hud No More Mr. Nice Guy

    I prefer the album version of Cat People as well. SRV really makes the song stand out. The original version is boring to me.
     
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  14. seacliffe301

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    Respectfully, I must disagree. It was this tune, with that phenomenal guitar work by Stevie Ray Vaughn that first caught my interest. Still my favorite on the album.

    Wasn't the album version the original? Was that remix/remake out before the album?
     
  15. Vaughan

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    The original was the soundtrack version, the horrid version on the album came later.

    I can see how the tone of the soundtrack version wouldn't have fit the album, the album version has a sheen to it that ties it in better tone wise. As a performance though, imo, they're not comparable. The original version smokes the Let's Dance version, and it's not even close for me. Still - it is what it is! The soundtrack version was also released as a 12" single. :)
     
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  16. Siegmund

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    At the time of its release, I was becoming an ex-Bowie fan. Bob Dylan was my new hero. Yep, I've always been in step with the time! :)

    A friend of mine - who hadn't previously liked Bowie - had it and played it to me. I didn't think it was very good. Although I wouldn't have used the word 'commercial' as a term of abuse back then (or now, come to that), it just seemed very ordinary to me. And when I learned that most of it was old stuff, co-writes or cover versions, the penny dropped - this was an album designed to sell lots of copies at the start of Bowie's new contract.

    Well it did the business but I still don't like it, even though the title track is, objectively, very good pop music (and Nile Rodgers worked wonders in turning a folk song into a dance monster). I still find this Bowie's least interesting period.
     
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  17. Turntable

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    the Cat People Moroder produced version is the original - written and recorded in 1981 specifically for the movie in 1982.

    the version on Let's dance is the re-recorded version. He had originally planned on using the original version of the song on the Let's Dance album, but Moroder's label MCA Records refused to license it to EMI America, so he re-recorded it

    I had heard and owned the original on 12 inch and loved it well before the new guitar version was released.
    Personally I prefer the original version a lot more. no qualms you preferring the re-recorded version.
    cheers
     
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  18. jmxw

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    I think that makes three of us... :righton:
     
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  19. Helter Skelter

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    The title track is great, China Girl is good, Modern Love is decent, the rest is utterly forgettable.
     
  20. Oatsdad

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    I'm okay - you're so-so? ;)
     
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  21. Oatsdad

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    You think the "Let's Dance" version of "Cat People" drags??? :eek:

    I'm make the argument the "LD" version is way less "draggy" than the soundtrack one.

    This song rawks!

     
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  22. Oatsdad

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    Do you mean the 12" single for "Let's Dance"?

    Isn't the version on that the same as the album version?
     
  23. LeBon Bush

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    To each his own - I just think the LD version of the song lacks much atmosphere of the soundtrack recording ;)
     
  24. Oatsdad

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    Oh, the soundtrack version is definitely more "atmospheric" - but I still can't see the "LD" cut as "draggy". :shrug:

    FWIW, I knew the "LD" version first, which probably impacts my view of the versions...
     
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  25. drbryant

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    Did someone already post this. Fascinating video of Nile Rodgers recalling the creation of "Let's Dance" with Bowie and Bob Clearmountain. I would love to hear Bowie's original treatment of the song, although it may not exist.

    Amazing that they did the whole album in 17 days.

     

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