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Station To Station

David Bowie

1976

Station To Station

Album Summary

Station to Station is the 10th studio album by English musician David Bowie, released on 23 January 1976 through RCA Records. Regarded as one of his most significant works, the album was the vehicle for Bowie's performance persona, the Thin White Duke. Co-produced by Bowie and Harry Maslin, Station to Station was mainly recorded at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles, California, in late 1975, after Bowie completed shooting the film The Man Who Fell to Earth; the cover art featured a still from the film. During the sessions, Bowie was dependent on drugs, especially cocaine, and later said that he recalled almost nothing of the production. The commercial success of his previous release, Young Americans (1975), allowed Bowie greater freedom when he began recording his next album. The sessions established the lineup of guitarist Carlos Alomar, bassist George Murray and drummer Dennis Davis that Bowie would use for the rest of the decade, and also featured contributions by guitarist Earl Slick and pianist Roy Bittan. Musically, Station to Station was a transitional album for Bowie, developing the funk and soul of Young Americans while presenting a new direction influenced by electronic music and the German music genre of krautrock, particularly bands such as Neu! and Kraftwerk. The lyrics reflected Bowie's preoccupations with Friedrich Nietzsche, Aleister Crowley, mythology and religion. Preceded by the single "Golden Years", Station to Station was a commercial success, reaching the top five on the UK and US charts. After scrapping a soundtrack for The Man Who Fell to Earth, Bowie supported the album with the Isolar Tour in early 1976, during which he attracted controversy with statements suggesting support for fascism. At the end of the tour, he moved to Europe to remove himself from L.A.'s drug culture. The styles explored on Station to Station culminated in some of Bowie's most acclaimed work with the Berlin Trilogy over the next three years. Positively received by music critics on its release, Station to Station has appeared on several lists of the greatest albums of all time. It has been reissued multiple times and was remastered in 2016 as part of the Who Can I Be Now? (1974–1976) box set.

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3.75

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5577

Genres

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Sun Feb 21 2021
5

This is the first Bowie album I listened to over and over again, because my girlfriend at that time owned it. For the next few years I bought all his new releases and then started buying up all the older ones in my twenties. It’s an epic album, especially listened to within the context of his everchanging output from Hunky Dory to Lodger. I think that the one song he didn’t write, Wild is the Wind, is maybe his greatest vocal performance of all time and by-far the most creative interpretation of that standard (at least until Esperanza Spalding’s).

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Fri Mar 19 2021
5

Quick and fun 38 minutes. Let's rewind. I think the Thin White Duke era could be my favorite of Bowie's. Or does the preference always Ch-ch-changes?

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

David Bowie, known as the Thin White Duke at the time, delivers an album heaped with emotion but also devoid of it at the same time. The Duke addresses themes of religion and love throughout this short piece of work Bowies excessive cocaine use during these sessions is well documented, and is also addressed in both the title track and stay, lamenting "its not the side effects of the cocaine" Although this addiction resulted in bowie not capable of recalling any part of his recording of this album, it is clear the effect which it seems to take on the recordings themselves, which come across with an incredible energy that doesn't stay longer than it needs to. My favourite track would have to be either Word on a Wing, which is commonly viewed as bowies cry out to God during what he recalled as "one of the darkest periods of my life", or his astounding cover of Wild is the Wind, a cover which he was inspired to record after meeting Nina Simone just a few years prior. Overall, this album was an enjoyable experience, the instrumentals were fantastic, and Bowies voice, particularly on Wild is the Wind, was brilliant.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Only six tracks, but an impressive degree of variety. I get a good sense of Bowie's eccentricity, especially from his concluding the album with a cover of "Wild is the Wind." I'm not sure I've ever listened to a David Bowie album in full (aside from Black Star), but there are a handful of tracks from Bowie that I've grown up knowing. "Golden Years" is one of those tracks. I'm looking forward to hearing more albums from Bowie that are, no doubt, on this list. Favorite tracks: Golden Years, Word on a Wing Album art: Very cool. Love the bold, red font. Bowie stepping into some space-age studio--looks about right to me.

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Mon Nov 16 2020
5

the opener of this album is weird i wasnt into the first half at all but the second half was so stupidly good i had to go back and check like did i miss something? was i not paying enough attention?? but no it really is just that split in quality. golden years is really good, easily the best song here imo. not a single second of wasted space which is kind of hard for a lot of 70s rock apparently. like damn a lot of songs just went on and on didnt they. its not even a bad thing just nice to get a song thats actually compressed down like that. anyway the ballads arent bad at all, i see a lot of people saying theyre the worst songs here but disagreed. theyre dramatic enough to work. also i still have trouble telling what the fuck hes saying but apparently this is just a concept album about how pathetic some fascist dude is. wild 9/10

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Sun Dec 06 2020
5

I’d never listened to this album in its entirety before but I will absolutely be revisiting it. Frequently. An eclectic mix featuring a spectacular rhythm section.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

I’d never listened to this one top to bottom. So good. Might be my new favorite of his, but I definitely need to go through the catalog

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

The funk is real on this one. The record that preceded the Berlin years (my favorite era of Bowie) and started his second renaissance into the public consciousness. It’s got everything, art rock, soul, funk, jazz elements, melodica for Christ sake. The birth of the Thin White Duke. It is said that Bowie sustained himself on cocaine and peppers during these sessions and was so fucked up that he didn’t remember recording this album. If I dropped this banger and didn’t remember it, I’d be pretty upset. Favorite song: Station to Station Least favorite song: Wild is the Wind (if I had to choose)

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

Everything was perfect about this album. Perfect run time, solid production, amazing vocal performance, a unique blend of 70s music styles, progressive in its own way, and kept me intrigued from beginning to end. Bowie is a fascinating person, I really look forward to his other albums. Masterpiece.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
5

David takes a short intermission, returns to the stage wearing a cocaine white suit and opens the second set with Station to Station. How many years ago was that? Fuck if I know but I remember it like it was yesterday. During that set Mick Ronson joined the band for Jean Genie. Bowie said he invited him when he bumped into him at the Four Seasons that day. Mick wasn't prepared and didn't even bring a guitar. He grabbed Earl Slick's guitar, strummed a bit and then just swung the guitar around rather than play it. On a day when I’m not a complete Bowie cheerleader I'd admit the extended opening of St 2 St didn’t age very well. But the rest is still magic. Golden Years was the “hit” and it along w TVC15 have aged quite nicely. The timing of this album selection couldn’t be better. I’ve been listening to Wild is the Wind every day for the last week or so since I’ve been learning to play it on guitar. Bowie's vocals are on Gldn Years and Wild is the Wind are among his best. Sorry for the long review Mike but I didn’t say a thing yesterday. And this is David

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Tied for my favorite Bowie record, but usually inches ahead of the others thanks to an all-killer tracklist that doesn't overstay its welcome. The hooks are here, the production is here, the experimentation is thankfully present but not drowning or too slow (I love Low but some cuts drag on). Bowie proves you can make a pop/post-punk/krautrock/dance record that appeals to normies and snobs alike.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
5

This is one of my favorite Bowie albums, and one of the few that doesn’t have a skipable track as far as I’m concerned. I think "Word on a Wing" and "Wild is the Wind" are among some of Bowie's best vocal performances of his career. “TVC15” is a fun outlier, with some crackerjack piano playing by E Street’s own Roy Bittan. "Golden Years" is a true classic, best track of them all. Even with the 10+ minute opener, I think this is one of Bowie's more accessible albums musically. The lyrics are another matter and can be rather opaque, especially on the title track. But I honestly think a lot of what Bowie does lyrically is for effect and we're better off going along for the ride than putting too much effort into deciphering them. Much has been made of Bowie's drug use at the time, to which I say look at the product. If this is the work of an artist whose sensibilities were at all blunted by drug use, it's hard to see. Fave songs: Word on a Wing, Golden Years, Wild is the Wind

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Thu Sep 24 2020
5

Everything has that grand piano feel. Really unexpectedly short. Very good and I finally get the station to station reference.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

Amazing!

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

Love this album

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Mon Nov 16 2020
5

Wild is the wind

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

Absolute great Album, so versatile and creative, never boring

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Masterpiece.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
5

brilliant.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Loved it

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Sat Aug 28 2021
5

5 stars. Probably my favorite Bowie. Progressive, moody, thoughtful. And then there’s TVC15 now that’s just entertaining.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
5

6 tracks. Just under 40 minutes. Every minute is great. Sometimes David Bowie's stuff is shamelessly artistic, but comes off a bit too kooky and inaccessible. Other times he makes something undeniably catchy, but without all that depth and substance. Here, he pulls off the best of both worlds. This album grooves - the bass lines are punchy and fun, and the guitar alternates between Chic rhythm and pink Floyd lead. Great album with lots of great moments

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Sun Nov 07 2021
5

Great, great album! Bowie is a star. Somehow the songs seem much shorter than they are, everything is still compressed, and stuff happens. Oh damn ok, "Wild Is the Wind" slaps so fucking hard. Good shit. This aged well, and I think it will age even well'er. 5 Didn't enjoy "Golden Years" as much as everyone else it seems, very overrated imo. But the whole of the album makes up for it.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

Wow. Can someone pack that much into six songs? It's funny that he was struggling with drugs a lot during this period because the music is so on point and solid. He has an incredible way, always and forever, of matching the feel of the music with the feel of the vocals (not just the lyrics but HOW the lyrics are used). I would have loved to see this played in its entirety live. Listening to this sent me on a spin of listening to Bowie albums, trying to decide if "Five Years" was indeed my favorite song. I got stuck on Hunky Dory, forgetting how perfect it is from beginning to end.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

Widely considered a transitional album that bridges Young Americans and the Berlin trilogy, I always viewed this as a natural evolution. Great musicians all around, although Earl Slick, Carlos Alomar and Roy Bittan are superb. Bowie shows the full range of his vocals. His cover of Wild is the Wind could be my favorite Bowie cover and perhaps favorite Bowie vocal. Bowie never embraced punk, but there are post-punk elements here before there was post-punk.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

An era perhaps best short lived given how Bowie was living at the time, but the grandeur of Station to Station is a masterstroke of The Thin White Duke which eventually led to The Berlin Trilogy. It's title track is one of the most powerful album openers in music and from there it's quality never falters. Few artist can claim multiple masterpieces, but this is definitely one of Bowie's.

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Sat Nov 05 2022
5

David Bowie claims he couldn’t remember writing this album after a bender. That’s quite impressive seeing as the last bender I was on I couldn’t remember how many zinger boxes I’d consumed

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

One day at David Bowie's house, Iggy Pop took a bunch of drugs and hallucinated that his girlfriend was being eaten by a TV, so naturally, Bowie turned it into a song. He was so coked out while making this album that he says he only has one memory of asking for a certain guitar riff, and nothing else. I think the lesson here is, if you're going to do drugs, you should either be as talented as David Bowie or have a friend with that level of talent that can turn your experience into a trippy song. Best track: TVC 15

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

A manifesto for that most unmanifestable of things: unorthodoxy. Never helps to overstate the lyrics with Bowie, but certain ideas resound: "run to the shadows", "I'm trying to fit into your scheme of things", "this age of grand illusion". He's interminably travelling on the opener, wild as the wind on the closer. It's all gauche, all different, all repudiating the idea of normal. Title track starts with a coda, moves to the bridge, follows that with an intro, ends with a different song. The guitar solo at the end of TVC-15 may melt brains. Everything on Stay is gauche and two beats off. Throughout, the white freak funk combines Eno and Clinton.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
3

I don't think this is peak David. There are a couple of memorable tracks but the rest are just competent. For Bowie completists.

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Thu Dec 17 2020
5

Live recordings are great. TVC15 is catchy

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

Incredible

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

disaffected jazzy krautrock pop by a man obsessed with cocaine. lovely tho fav track: stay

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

Production: 17/20 Songwriting: 16/20 Innovation: 14/20 Bangers: 20/20 Emotional response: 18/20 =85 Classic. Awesome.

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Mon May 17 2021
5

awesome. the second track “Stay” really epitomises the style and talent of this era of Bowie music. the guitar is all round funky and fun and David’s vocals boast the arty and raw nature of the album. I also think the last track “Wild Is the Wind” is notable just for its slower but passionate style. really enjoyable and worthwhile :)

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Loved it. Listened 14/1/21

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Mon Feb 15 2021
5

The return of the thin White duke

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

David Bowie is my favorite, and this is among his best albums. Full stop

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Wed Apr 28 2021
5

This was recorded when Bowie lived in Berlin with Iggy Pop as his roommate

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

One of my favorite albums! The production is top notch.

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Tue May 25 2021
5

Top 3 Bowie album. Title track his best ever tune in my opinion. Golden Years, TVC, Word On A Wing all absolute bangers too.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

Bowie is always great!

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Q. What does shack have for breakfast? A. Lamb chops

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Classic. One of the best albums of all time. "Stay" is impossibly great.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

I’ve not listened to anything other than his hits really so it was an invitation.

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Mon Mar 15 2021
5

5/5

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Tue Jun 15 2021
5

awesome

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Brilliant album that showcases Bowie at his darkest point (excluding Darkstar, but that album was recorded whilst he was at deaths door). Each song has its own unique identity and, even though they are lengthy tracks, don't outstay their welcome.

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Tue May 04 2021
5

great

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Mon Jul 19 2021
5

One of the best of Bowie (on some days my favourite of them all) and that is saying something.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
5

This album revealed to me why Bowie is so widely beloved. Uniform, and Diverse. Epic, and Elegant.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

Station to Station is an album I've listened to many times, but made the mistake of never listening closely. I've been missing out. It's an amazing album, particularly when appreciated in the context of Bowie's struggles with drugs at the time. Every track is fantastic...high points for me include the guitar work, particularly the outro for "Stay," Bowie's top-notch singing, and the heartbreaking lyrics. Lyrics that really hit: In "Station to Station": "It's not the side-effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love." In "Stay": "Stay - that's what I meant to say or do something/But what I never say is stay this time/I really meant to so bad this time/'Cause you can never really tell when somebody/Wants something you want too." Brilliant album. Easy 5 rating.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

Bowie is one of those rare artists who’s body of work is brilliant. This album has some standouts tracks with Bowie effortlessly transitioning between styles of music from funk to ballads. Golden Years is probably the best known track from this album. But the rest deserve a listen, especially the emotion of Word on a Wing and Wild is the Wind to hear the way he plays with dynamics and tension.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
5

This is up there with the greatest Bowie albums… which means is up there with the all time greatest albums!

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Tue Oct 05 2021
5

S tier Bowie album. One of the GOATs

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Fri Oct 15 2021
5

The best way to describe this listening experience is that it was incredibly smooth. I'd listen to this again and again and again and again.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
5

Bowie is never not good, ya know

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Stay - Cool lead guitar and melody. Wild is the wind - Very nice atmosphere in the song and like the depth of sound you can hear lots of good details in the background. I like the sound and melody. Overall 8/10 This album is pretty great i liked almost all the songs and there wasn't a dull moment the songs fit together very well no problems there. The only thing is that i didn't like opening to the first song it was to monotonous and i grew tired of it quickly, but the ending of the song is very good :)

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

It's like rock but more theatrical. Cool

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

Tranquilo. Fantástico.

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Sat Dec 25 2021
5

The man was a music giant. He can't be accused of playing it safe or finding a niche. He was adventurous. He explored every genre, every rhythm. This short slice of his oeuvre is an example of just how broad was his talent. Added.

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Sun Jan 16 2022
5

Maybe my second favorite Bowie album after Low. This album sounds like drugs.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

Ásamt Songs in the key of life er þetta uppáhaldsplatan frá mínu góða fæðingarári. Viðurkenni að TVC-15 er ekki eitt af mínum uppáhalds lögum en þar fyrir utan er platan yfirgengileg snilld. Alltof mikið kókaín samt.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

More Bowie brilliance, an incredible artist, constantly restless, exploring new moods and sounds, even as those sounds unsettle the listener.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

<3

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

Outside of Revolver, perhaps the greatest transitional album of all time. The Thin White Duke, in route from Philly to Berlin, throwing darts into the eyes of those who dare to question or call into doubt anything he could do. Ready to shake the scheme of things, indeed. Bad enough he couldn't remember making it.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
5

Genius

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

Great

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Fri Mar 11 2022
5

I've listened to several Bowie albums, but somehow this one had eluded me. Somewhere in the vein of '70s rock and disco/funk-tinged prog, Station to Station is a compelling listen start to finish. Golden Years is of course a well-known single, but I also really enjoyed TVC15 and Stay.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
5

Golden years indeed.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
5

The more I listen to Bowie, the more I enjoy his music.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

Eine nahezu perfekte mischung aus "young americans" und dem eher von kraftwerk und neu inspierierten sound. hat wirklich keinen schlechten track. highlight ist sicher der titeltrack. glaube bowie ist an das was hier passiert später nur selten wieder rangekommen, glaube ich bevorzuge das sogar den berlin alben.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

"Station to Station" is David Bowie's best album from the second era of his long career. It takes the funk and R&B explored in his previous album and mixes it with the art rock that would define his style for the next four albums. It show an artist pushing his creative limits with amazing results. "Station to Station" explores krautrock and conects with disco music, "Golden Years" sounds like Bowie became the Elvis of funk, "Word on a Wing" is where his cocaine addiction is more apparent, "TVC 15" is a raw, almost new wave masterpice, "Stay", the best track on the album, goes from funk to hard rock and has Carlos Almoar guitar at his peak and "Wild Is the Wind" is a Nina Simone homage for the ages. Thematically it's a very ethereal album, with lyrics about existentialism, occultism, mythology and religion, but also about love and surreal dreams. A masterpice, from start to finish.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

This is one of the best albums ever made.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

So great

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

Premier album où je clique: Les 6 chansons de l'album sont déjà cochés. Quel homme, quel génie Du coup ben 5 étoiles quoi d'autre

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Thu Apr 14 2022
5

classic

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

It's saying something about Bowie as an artist that, even starving and cracked out of his mind, he was able to produce an absolutely exceptional album. It runs the whole spectrum from blues to funk to experimental at an absolutely (and unsurprisingly) breakneck pace. A less-talented musician in the same drug-addled state would have created something frantic and broken. Bowie, though he barely remembered even making the album, managed to craft coherent, compelling, beautiful, and haunting songs that stand up decades later. The man wasn't human. He had to have been something else.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

This was mostly new for me but I’m loving it so far. Musically, it’s a lot of soul and funk, and the style is very loose and free. David Bowie has an incredible band behind him for this one! Whoever plays bass on this is awesome. The drummer too! I’m going back and forth on my rating but I’m gonna tip it in favor of a 5 because I anticipate spending a lot more time with this album.

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Mon May 09 2022
5

Hi- Golden Years, TVC15, Wild Is The Wind What can I say, it's Bowie, so of course it's excellent. While not my favorite album (that will always be Ziggy), it's got a good variety of styles here, which never feel out of place or forced. Golden Years is a classic single, and I've always felt like TVC15 doesn't get enough play. The album closes with a lovely cover of Wild Is the Wind. Even though there are only 6 tracks here, they each stand on their own while also being a complete unit.

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Sat May 14 2022
5

Top 3 Bowie.

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Wed May 18 2022
5

I consider Station to Station to be Bowie's prologue to his famed Berlin trilogy. For those unaware, the Berlin trilogy consists of the three album that came out right after Station to Station, that being Low, Heroes, and Lodger, all written during Bowie's time in Berlin. This period during 1976 to 1977 was pivotal, as Bowie would work with such great names as Iggy Pop, Brian Eno, Lou Reed, and a few others. While punk rock was developing, Bowie would be in Berlin effectively crafting the beginnings of post-punk with Iggy Pop. It's hard not to understate the important of his Berlin albums. So why was he in Berlin? Well, Bowie was dealing with a cocaine addiction around the time of Station to Station, and was dealing with a great bit of backlash from the fascist elements of his "thin white duke" character. It's clear that Station to Station comes from a darker place of his psyche, but wielded in such a way that the music speaks for itself. Bowie transforms himself several times over his career, and this is probably the most striking one for me. Each song carries so much weight, there's not a second wasted on this record. Bowie would go on to claim that he does not remember making Station to Station. He would realize his cocaine use had spiraled out of control and decided to move to Europe to kick the habit. I think this album carries a big weight in Bowie's career, showing both the excellence and problems with his music and performance. I appreciate it deeply for being a standout art rock album. Absolutely worthy of praise.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

Tää ei joskus ollut niin erityinen, mutta nykyään varmaan top3-Bowie. Mieletön. Ja törkeän hyvä bändi tässä.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
5

It's not the side-effects of the cocaine I'm thinking that it must be love.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Almost perfect.

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

Spare and wondrous, rocking and reeling.

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

Més que de transició, com sí va ser 'Young Americans', 'Station to Station' és una porta d'entrada a la trilogia berlinesa. Tot i no estar emparat per un context com el de Ziggy o Berlin, el disc és una meravella. Mai una cançó de més de 10 minuts s'ha fet tan curta, ni les altres 5 que l'acompanyen no passar desapercebudes, sinó reclamar el seu protagonisme com a joies d'orfebreria musical cada una d'elles, sense excepció

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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

FULL OF hits! This is my favorite Bowie project besides Let's Dance, my parents played him a lot growing up. First time funk music became mainstream & popular in the US/UK

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Classic bowie

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

Este Bowie romanticón y tan meloso como puede serlo me gustó mucho. El disco completo me funciona, cuatro vueltas y cada una fue mejor que la anterior. Muy buenos arreglos, letras románticas que parecen incómodas pero sinceras. La mejor del disco es Wild Is The Wind seguida de Stay.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
5

That's some top notch Bowie alright. Fave track - "Golden Years" has long been one of my all time fave Bowie tracks!

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Tue Jul 19 2022
5

Might be the best Bowie I've listened to so far.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
5

Brilliant. That is all.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

Aside from the Berlin Trilogy, this is another one of my fave Bowie albums. The title track, "TVC15," "Word on a Wing," and "Wild is the Wind" are my faves off of this.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

Stone cold classic. Bowie at his weird best 👍🏾

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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

Weirdly I've just had the previous Bowie album 'Young Americans' and it's interesting to see the transition and thinking ahead to Low (which I did a couple of weeks back). It helps to solidly play them (not just the hits) and get into the vibe. I get a real feel for the 70's hedonistic lifestyle from this. Almost spaced out. Well written and produced- quite rocky after the smooth Young Americans. It's Bowie in the end and a classic.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

I was introduced to this one by a good friend (one of his favourites). It is absolutely wonderful from beginning (the intense, slow-march build of the 10 minute title track) to end (most beautiful version of Wild is the Wind). Enjoyed listening again and again.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

10 stars

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

Awesome.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Jeremy's pre-listen prediction: Golden Years is gonna tempt me to give this a 5 no matter what else. Let's see if I'm right.... And...this ruled. Golden Years is the highlight, but pretty great across the board.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

Love me some Bowie always!

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

Listened Before? N Freaking BRAVO, Bowie! This is my Fifth Bowie album, and it feels MILES beyond some of the others I've listened to. Yes, I gave Aladdin Sane a 4, but this one.. is a masterpiece. 5/5. Added to Library? Y Songs added to playlist: Golden Years

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

Outstanding

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Weird yet rich and wonderful, this is the record that led Bowie closer to "the European canon", i.e. the " Berlin trilogy". The title track opening the album is a wealth of lush sounds and deep themes with dark overtones, and it's never too late to be grateful Bowie just followed his most off-kilter instincts here. I've just read that the phrase "station to station" is not only about a train of decadence crossing Europe--aptly imitated through pedals by guitarist Carlos Alomar--, but that it was also a subtle reference to the stations of the Cross. High class double entendre, innit? Following this expansive two-part song (foretelling "Blackstar" 's structure), "Golden Years" is an enticing and lively invitation to shake your rump over the story of the singer meeting an angel, a scene which then segues to the beautiful prayer that "Word On A Wing" is (that bridge in it is one of the most precious things Bowie ever wrote). "TVC 15" is no less elated, even though the song is dramatically different in its intents, both lyrically and musically. It's a drug-addled tale about having hallucinations about a TV set swallowing your girl, and the thing suggests that the world projected through the screen might be as wonderful or dreary as the kingdom of Oz. And it doesn't hurt that the four-on-the-floor chorus in it is so damn catchy. "Stay" is a complex yet fluid funk-rock extravaganza about a call for redemption uttered by an impassioned lover, and the cover of Nina Simone's standard "Wild Is The Wind" closing the proceedings is one of the most beautiful covers ever made. Bowie was famously coked-out to the max when he recorded this jewel, claiming that afterwards, he barely even remembered what had occured during the sessions. Oh, and he also had the swimming pool of his Hollywood mansion exorcised in those days--he and his friends were convinced an ancient demon was dwelling there. Spooky, eh? Seems that out of the gallery of "characters" Bowie created throughout his life and career, the "Thin White Duke" was the scariest one indeed. By the point *Station To Station* was recorded, it was probably high time for him he shook off that persona (along with those drugs habits) and went to Berlin for a change of scenery... But that's the thing with geniuses... They can be in the lowest point of their lives on a personal level and still churn out masterpieces after masterpieces. And to borrow Mr David Jones' words, "it's not the side-effects of the cocaine. I'm thinking it must be love". *Station To Station* is exactly that: a labour of love. Number of albums left to review or just listen to:  more than 800, I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens:  approximately a half so far (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Best Bowie album, don't @ me

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

Me fascina que cambie de canción dentro de la misma canción 💜.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

Never knew I was Bowie fan till I listened to this.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

The Thin White Duke returns and reminds us why he's the best little space alien. Golden Years earns this 5 stars on its own, but literally every single one of these is deserving of inclusion on a greatest hits album. One of his best.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

good stuff

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

Fantastic.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

I believe the legendary story that suggests Bowie wrote "Golden Years" for Elvis Presley. It sounds like something that could have been a great Fat Elvis Era song, and it would have been right on brand for Colonel Tom Parker to cock-block The King from recording it. "Golden Years" became a huge hit for Bowie. It's also the weakest song on this album. That's not to take anything away from the hit - it's a great song. Rather, it speaks to how Bowie released yet another classic album. Some find this to be his best album, and they're not wrong.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

when your blood stream is mostly made up of cocaine but you still record a masterpiece.

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Sun Oct 23 2022
5

Live station to station, think its really bowie in his stride. Cool, experimental but still with a great pop sensibility.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

Absolute classic. All hail the duke.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
5

Golden years, gold whop whop whop Golden years, gold whop whop whop Golden years, gold whop whop whop Don't let me hear you say life's taking you nowhere Angel Come get up, my baby Look at that sky, life's begun Nights are warm and the days are young Come get up, my baby There's my baby, lost that's all Once I'm begging you save her little soul Golden years, gold whop whop whop Come get up, my baby Last night they loved you Opening doors and pulling some strings Angel Come get up, my baby In walked luck and you looked in time Never look back, walk tall, act fine Come get up, my baby I'll stick with you, baby, for a thousand years Nothing's gonna touch you in these golden years Gold Golden years, gold whop whop whop Come get up, my baby Some of these days, and it won't be long Gonna drive back down where you once belonged In the back of a dream car twenty foot long Don't cry, my sweet, don't break my heart Doing all right, but you gotta get smart Wish upon, wish upon, day upon day, I believe, oh Lord I believe all the way Come get up, my baby Run for the shadows, run for the shadows Run for the shadows in these golden years There's my baby, lost that's all Once I'm begging you save her little soul Golden years, gold whop whop whop Come get up, my baby Don't let me hear you say life's taking you nowhere Angel Come get up, my baby Run for the shadows, run for the shadows Run for the shadows in these golden years I'll stick with you, baby, for a thousand years Nothing's gonna touch you in these golden years Gold Golden years, gold whop whop whop Golden years, gold whop whop whop Golden years, gold whop whop whop Golden years, gold whop whop whop Golden years, gold whop whop whop Golden years, gold whop whop whop Golden years, gold whop whop whop Golden years, gold whop whop whop Golden years, gold whop whop whop Golden years, gold whop whop whop

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Mon Oct 31 2022
5

I’m a simple man, I love me some Bowie and always have. I gave this one a listen a few years ago but rediscovered how good a lot of the material is. It’s a short listen that shouldn’t be judged by the long start/length of the first song (which does take up almost 1/4 of the album itself). Station to Station(song) has a really good groove, amazing bassline and funk guitar section. Golden Years will always be a favorite that I first discovered through A Knights Tale when I watched it as a child way back in the day. Word on a Wing is a fantastic love song, TVC15 is catchy and get the feet tapping with it’s driving rhythm and I’m a sucker for large chorus section like at the end of this song. Wild is the Wing slows things down a bit too much for me on the album but when you listen to the album on repeat like I did, it kind of grows on you as it makes the whole album feel like this on big rollercoaster that goes up the whole album and swings around and slows to a stop before starting again. Love this album

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Sat Nov 05 2022
5

Just amazing really. The album may be short with it's amount of songs, but when the "worst" song on here is better than most other songs, you know you have created something basically perfect. I just adore this.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

stay и wild is the wind — ❤️

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

Love his achy voice and the imagination that oozes out of this album. Also it's a collection that makes so much sense together.

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Wed Nov 18 2020
4

7.5/10

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Thu Oct 22 2020
4

Remains the Bowie album that I really should return to more but never do to a sufficient degree to really understand it. It has the right ratio of experimentation, with neither the tracklist nor any of the tracks feeling bloated. This may be the first time I heard it by itself, and not as the prelude to the Trilogy. Or maybe I'm crazy.

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Wed Dec 23 2020
4

Good. A little too 70s psych for me, but good.

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Mon Nov 16 2020
4

nice

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Great long tracks

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Thu Dec 03 2020
4

7/10

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Fedt album, men noget dystert og eksperimentelt 3.5 stjerne

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

I should listen to Bowie more often. Good vibe, rock and rolling.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Great album, but not exactly my taste

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Bowie is great but this was just good to me.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Decent album from Mr. Bowie.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Enjoyed it, quite a few Bowie songs that I hadn't heard before but thought it was good

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

ouvir mais.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Bowie is always good. Fun, dramatic, cool.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

This album flies. And each song sounds like three songs

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Superb. One of those where I know I should love Bowie, but I've never properly invested the time in him. Very much enjoyed this and will be exploring more.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

thin white duke~ - C

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Mon May 17 2021
4

really nice

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

50 minutes of spacey jam, and plenty of space for contemplation. Absolutely wonderful, if not a little unmemorable.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

Was a bit distracted to hear this as a whole piece. But right from the intro it hit a few spots behind the ears and had me wagging my tail whenever I put it back on.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

This album is a showcase to how bowie as an artist can redefine him self through his different personas(in this case the "thin white duke") and still maintain the quality of music. You can still find the soul and funk that bowie was known for but he shows a different side along with it. The title track shows this and though it's 10 mins long it doesn't feel that way. Delivering a great journey of sounds. This album also has possibly my favourite bowie song "golden years" and again showcases his funk influences. The haunting singing on "word on a wing" helps to further his "new sound" with this album. He also gives you a dancey disco-esque track with TVC15, though for me slows down a bit much for the last 2 songs("stay" and "wild is the wind" but both are still good tracks) Not regarded as the best of Bowie but still a fantastic album to experience.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Bom dms, pena que é curto

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Always love me some Bowie.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Golden Years is on this album. Worth listening just for that alone

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

I thought I didn’t like Bowie. Maybe it’s just because I listened to this album without doing anything else at the same time, or maybe this album just hits better for me. Either way I enjoyed it

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

good one, short but good

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Cobain can you hear The Spheres singing songs off Station to Station? Notations toast its fun funky sound, love it.

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Pretty strong art rock from the thin white duke. 7/10, could be even crazier and left-field.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
4

The the intro to Stay with the funky guitar riffs by Earl Slick and Carlos Alomar is probably the most scintillating minute I've ever heard. Bowie's Berlin era albums are some of my favs, and you can hear the Eno and Kraftwerk influences here. Station to Station, TVC15 and Wild is the Wind are brilliant, but one of my least favourite Bowie songs -Golden years is on here so its doesn't quite get a perfect score from me

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Solid album from the Thin White Duke. The opening track, named after the title, was just over 10 minutes, but did include an intro mimicking a train station. Golden years is such a fun silly song and has always been one of my favorites and sounds like it influenced some of the new wave that followed like the Talking Heads. Overall I’d give the album a 9 out of 10.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

nice

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

This is very different from everything else that I already listened to from David Bowie. I prefer his more recent work, but it's very interesting to listen to this album.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Ruchira: it was expressive. And jolly.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Can you even go wrong with bowie? This is a testament to no

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Sat May 08 2021
4

first Bowie album i've really enjoyed

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

It was obviously great, but it wasn't as good as his other stuff we have heard so far.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

Jazzier and more danceable before Bowie hits his artistic peak with the Berlin trilogy of Low, 'Heroes', and Lodger.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

good stuff

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Already an album I knew I liked and didn’t disappoint. It’s on the lower end of the good Bowie stuff, but that’s pretty good by most standards.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

My cat, coincidently also named Bowie, ranks this as David Bowie's 5th best album. He is a cat of discernable taste.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

⛷🦴🤟🏿

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

I can't stop thinking about my girlfriend fucking other men.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Nada fan de Bowie, pero se me hizo bastante fácil de escuchar

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

Superfedt album, men ikke et af mine favorit-bowies

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Me ha gustado mucho!

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

fuck yeah. banger. rating - 7.5/10; standout - golden years, s/t, tcv15

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Always enjoy Bowie. Liked that he did a cover of Wild in the Wind, and of course Heroes

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Beautiful-- so full of emotion and heart, making a powerful impression on the listener in feeling what Bowie is feeling. Best song is Wild is the Wind, for sure

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

Really enjoyed this album - loved Golden Years

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

-"Golden Years" is catchy, but that might be because he says "Golden Years" about 475 times -I've preferred "Earthling" from Bowie

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Solid 4/5. The Title Track is the strongest imo. Timeless Classic.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Couple of good songs. Definitely would listen again but probably not going in the regular rotation

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Slow beginning, solid beats, pretentious ending. Good background

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

🖤🖤🖤🖤

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

Ascoltato distrattamente mentre studiavo. Però mi è piaciuto. Da riascoltare con più attenzione. Molto carina la prima. Le altre non mi sono entrate in testa.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

Great to hear this again - just years ahead of its time. Love Wild is the Wind

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Actually very good. It is consistently good throughout the album. Short album but doesn't feel rushed.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

Can't go too far wrong with a Bowie album. Enjoyed this one

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

A swankier and stankier Bowie than I heard on Heroes, but Eno and Fripp’s hand in the matter is sorely missed for me.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

Station to station and Stay are my faves. Pretty good.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

This was one of the earliest Bowie albums that I bought after getting into his music through his 90s output. Back when I first bought it the album didn't hit me that strongly but as the years went by I fell in love with it. It has such an assortment of different things dong on here that you can almost feel the cocaine-fueled frenzy that was going on in his mind at the time. I didn't realize that Wild is the Wind was a cover (Thank you Aaron) and will have to check out Nina Simone's version too.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

Outside of a few songs I could never stand Bowie's music. Not to say I don't respect him as a musician, just not my cup of tea. Golden Years still holds up. Word on a Wing is a pretty beautiful piece (even if I don't feel compelled to listen to it again). TVC15 is funky. Stay gets better the more you listen to it. Didn't change my view on Bowie but I give it a 4.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

The last two Fridays we have been getting albums I own. That makes it easy… While this is not my favorite Bowie album, it’s quite good. It does have probably my least favorite song on it. Going to go through each track: Station To Station - the opening of this song is so menacing. I heard live versions first, check out the “Stage” version if you haven’t already. Adrian Belew is great in it. 5/5 Golden Years - is it wrong that I think of this like a b-side to “Fame?” It was released afterward and it has that same kind of funk for me. 5/5 Word On A Wing - eh. I always forget about this one, which doesn’t say much about it. 3/5 TVC15 - Ugh. I. HATE. This song. I remember hearing it on Live Aid, the “oh oh oh oh oh” were so grating. Transmission indeed. 0/5 Stay - Ah, NOW we’re cooking. I like the backup vocal in the high register. Very creepy. 4/5 Wild Is The Wind - I always felt this song was like a verse too long. I don’t know why. 4/5 Averaging those that’s right at 3.5. That’s at an ok to good. The one song really drags it down for me.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Definitely a classic. It's easy to see the complexity of the music and the layers of sounds that still stays within a rock genre but adding ecletic funk and style. Really easy to appreciate this album.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

liked it a lot! like bowie in general

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Thank you album generator. I needed this today. Bowie is one of my all time-favorites. Having recently reviewed Blackstar, it's great to get a chance to go back to one of his earlier records. I have not listened to many Bowie albums in their entirety. I've listened to some live albums and over time I've heard entire albums in pieces, but not all in one sitting. I like that he reinvents himself from project to project. The "Thin White Duke" moniker is so cool - I wonder if he proclaimed himself that or if it was given to him. Either way, the fact that he incorporates it in his music is great. I think Station to Station as a song is a really fun "ride," starting with the sound mixing and then just the musical ride straddling genres. Golden Years is such a great song!

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

Station to Station is a space-age-cocaine-fueled insight into the mind of Bowie at the time with the Thin White Duke persona that he adopted. There are some very odd references that Bowie attributes to the album including references to the stations of the Cross and the Kabbalah. As Bowie was so disconnected with the album as a whole he attributes it "as a piece of work by an entirely different person". Best: Station to Station Worst: Wild is the Wind

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Tue Oct 05 2021
4

Bowie being Bowie. Excellent album some of the deeper tracks get a little artsy and esoteric for me. Overall enjoyable but not one of my favorites.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

About time I got a Bowie album. Wasn't familiar with this one but enjoyed it after a few listens. Literally not one track which was unpleasant to listen to and particularly liked Station to Station and Wild Is The Wind.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

Another great 70s Bowie album.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

021121 18:54 4

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

The goblin king.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Pop rock.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Another one.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
4

Hit or miss, Dačo never misses

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Sat Nov 13 2021
4

Bowie. Šta reć? Čovjek koji po meni ima najviše odličnih albuma u povijesti glazbe, a samim time ovaj album spada u takove. Priča iza ovog albuma o tome kako se ne sjeća uopće radnje na ovom albumu mi je fascinantna. Sve u svemu odličan album, nije mi zasad u rangu sa Hunky Dory, Low, Ziggy... Ali nije daleko.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

Well that was a thouroughly enjoyable listen Stand out track: Stay

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

got half way through but very sweet. Lots of interesting noises together on one album. First introduction to the Thin White Duke.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

Danku Bowie, is genieten ⭐️

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

ik ben nooit een zeer grote bowie fan geweest, nooit de hype echt begrepen. Hier moet ik wel eerlijk zijn. Dit was goed. Beter dan andere albums imo. Hij heeft hits maar dit album vond ik all around goed.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Not naturally a Bowie fan but loved the electronica influences & story telling.

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