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Album Review

David Bowie's first ever LP — the 1967 set that introduced the world to the likes of "Rubber Band" and "There Is a Happy Land" — is an intriguing collection, as much in its own right as for the light it sheds on Bowie's future career. Nobody hearing "She's Got Medals," for instance, can fail to marvel at the sheer prescience displayed by a song about gender-bending. Even within Bowie's subsequent world of alligators, starmen, and astronettes, however, there are no parallels for the likes of "Please Mr. Gravedigger," with its storm-swept lament for a murdered little girl, or "Uncle Arthur," the archetypal mommy's boy, whose one stab at snapping the apron strings shatters when he realizes his new love cannot cook. There's also a frightening glimpse into future Bowie universes, served up by "We Are Hungry Men," a tale of a world in which food is so scarce that the people have resorted to cannibalism. Not all of the songs are such sharp observations of human frailties and failings, while the distinctly family-entertainment style arrangements make it clear that, whatever audience Bowie was aiming for, rock fans were not included among them. But songs like "Love You Till Tuesday" and "Maid of Bond Street" have a catchy irresistibility to them all the same, and though this material has been repackaged with such mind-numbing frequency as to seem all but irrelevant today, David Bowie still remains a remarkable piece of work. And it sounds less like anything else he's ever done than any subsequent record in his catalog.

Customer Reviews

Charming and Fresh

Bowie is quite irresistible here. Cute little endearing songs that make you fall in love with him. Unique to anything else in Bowie's work. If only we could see him team up with Lindsay Kemp and perform these numbers again. If you like this check out Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and anything by Anthony Newley.

Not for new fans

The date at the top may say "released Mar 23, 1998," but these songs date back to the 60s. These are all cheaply recorded, quirky songs by a man who was not yet David Bowie. This is not something you should download if you are a new fan of Bowie- it can really only be enjoyed by old fans who can appreciate Bowie's history and where his music came from. From that perspective, listening to this album feels like a history lesson on the beginnings of Bowie's career, and is very interesting. Otherwise, steer clear- there are no standout tracks on this one.

The Original Entertainer!

He won an award for When I Live My Dream! She's Got Medals is familiar. Join The Gang mentions the bands of that era that Bowie 'had' to keep up with. He should have done Please Mr. Gravedigger in a video.

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