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DAVID BOWIE

BOWIE’S ART-ROCK MONOLITHS GET REISSUED ON INDIVIDUAL 180g VINYL – PROVING WHY THEY REMAIN HIS CROWNING OFF-KILTER GLORIES

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LOW/”HEROES”/LODGER/SCARY MONSTERS (AND SUPER CREEPS)/STAGE

PARLOPHONE

For many of David Bowie’s most successful incarnations, it could be argued that he was more of a trend-spotter than a trend-setter. With glam, ‘plastic soul’ and 80s stadium pop, he’d cannily have his finger on the pulse of a burgeoning genre before it hit the mainstream, then do it better than those ground-breakers and bring it to the masses.

For the so-called Berlin trilogy, there is a sense, though, that this is a singular endeavour. A bold, experimental risk that set him apart from his peers. Bowie, too, sees these records as his own singular masterpiece. “Nothing else sounded like those albums”, he once explained. “Nothing else came close. If I never made another album, it really wouldn’t matter now. My complete being is within those three. They are my DNA.” And subsequently, for a short period at least, the DNA of vast swathes of art-rock and post-rock bands that followed in the wake of the trilogy.

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