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NEVER LET ME DOWN

Bowie followed the disappointing Tonight with a record many consider to be his nadir. Despite this, argues Andy Price, the LP does offer glimpses of the once-inventive artist who could still surprise
If you can judge an album by the artist’s haircut, then Never Let Me Down was never going to be a stunner

MY NADIR, IT WAS SUCH AN AWFUL ALBUM. I REALLY SHOULDN’T HAVE EVEN BOTHERED GOING TO THE STUDIO TO RECORD IT. IN FACT, WHEN I PLAY IT, I WONDER IF I DID, SOMETIMES

Though Tonight had been devoid of any real artistic sustenance for the Bowie hardcore (save the unexpectedly magnificent Loving The Alien, and the inoffensive charm of Blue Jean), 1987’s Never Let Me Down found David Bowie authoring all-but- one of the record’s 11 compositions. This alone is cause for celebration, as it’s evidence that the distracted Bowie of the preceding album and at least half of Let’s Dance had been fought off once and for all. Bowie was clearly working as hard as he could to rediscover his muse. For that reason, then, his 1987 album is ripe for re-evaluation.

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About Long Live Vinyl

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.