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David Bowie’s blistering array of singles soundtracked the summer of 1983, with the parent album becoming his best-selling record. Andy Price puts on his red shoes
Shelving his usual maverick tendencies, Bowie had his eyes on the mainstream with Let’s Dance

Though originally envisioning a Tony Visconti-produced continuation of Scary Monsters’ art-rock sound, Bowie’s signing to EMI for a reported $17.5 million surely contributed to his decision to utilise the production skills of pop-funk Mdidas, Nile Rodgers. Rodgers’ presence infused the resulting 1983 album, Let’s Dance, with a typically Chic-esque buoyancy and a bright summery sheen that made the mainstream pop-buying public, and the EMU executives, weak at the knees.

Bowie himself, unusually, played nothing instrumental on the record (despite conceiving many tracks acoustically, including the title track) and would later describe Let’s Dance as a “real singer’s album”. His voice, now comfortably locked into a lower-register baritone, was perfectly suited to the new funk-pop aesthetic.

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The David Bowie Vinyl Buyer's Bible is the complete guide to building the ultimate Bowie collection on vinyl. Brought to you by the team behind Long Live Vinyl magazine, this 132-page collector's special features in-depth articles on each of Bowie's 27 studio albums - from his self-titled debut via Ziggy and the Berlin Trilogy to Blackstar. The Buyer's Bible also packs in expert guides to collecting the key albums, written by seasoned record-dealing pros and Bowie fanatics, which will help you spot valuable rarities and priceless curiosities in the minefield that is the second-hand Bowie vinyl market. If that's not enough, you'll find an exhaustive Essential feature, which ranks every one of the great man's albums and our Choice Cuts pieces, in which our collecting experts dig out the rare hidden gems that you need to own. Whether you're a Bowie completist looking to value your precious collection or new to vinyl and seeking advice on how to kick off your Bowie collecting career, everything you need is inside the pages of the David Bowie Vinyl Buyer's Bible.