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One of his heaviest albums and the record where many of the core ingredients of David Bowie began to crystallise, Andy Price explains why it’s Bowie’s first bona fide classic
Bowie kicks back and contemplates world domination at Haddon Hall in Bromley, early 1970

Though Bowie’s first feat of style-hopping, going from the whimsical, Anthony Newley-esque cheeky chappie on David Bowie to ajaded chronicler of the decline of 60s idealism on Space Oddity, could be interpreted by the listener as more of a career refocus following widespread disinterest, Bowie’s third album marked his first major sonic evolution on his own terms. The Man Who Sold The World is a snarling and sonically abrasive record with a hitherto only hinted at force of intellect that remodels the David Bowie universe into something that was simultaneously more aggressive and, contextually speaking, more accessible to a wider audience, many of which were in thrall to the then developing heavy metal sound being pioneered by the likes of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.

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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.