Never Let Me Down

Performers David Bowie

Virgin | October 12, 1999 | Compact Disc

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In 1987 David Bowie called in Peter Frampton to play guitar on Never Let Me Down, an album that led to the spectacular Glass Spider tour. "Day In, Day Out" opens the album in dramatic fashion with percussion and bass stepping to the foreground. "Time Will Crawl" soars high as Bowie looks ahead to the coming 21st century, while the title track, a love song, sails along on a rhythmic track. This enhanced and remastered version rekindles interest in this album for old fans and newcomers alike.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 12, 1999

Genre: Art Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Virgin

UPC: 724352189403

Found in: Art Rock, Art Rock

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Never Let Me Down

Never Let Me Down

Performers David Bowie

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 12, 1999

Genre: Art Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Virgin

UPC: 724352189403


Title Track Time
1.Day-in Day-Out --
2.Time Will Crawl --
3.Beat of Your Drum --
4.Never Let Me Down --
5.Zeroes --
6.Glass Spider --
7.Shining Star (Makin' My Love) --
8.New York's in Love --
9.'87 and Cry --
10.Bang Bang --
11.Bonus Tracks: Julie --

Editorial Notes

The 1995 reissue of NEVER LET ME DOWN included three tracks which did not appear on the original LP: "Julie," "Girls" and "When The Wind Blows." Personnel includes: David Bowie (vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards, Mellotron, Moog, tambourine); Mickey Rourke (rap vocals); Erdal Kizilcay (guitar, violin, trumpet, keyboards, bass, drums, background vocals); Carlos Alomar (guitar, synthesizer, tambourine, background vocals); Peter Frampton, Sid McGinnis (guitar); Earl Gardner (trumpet, flugelhorn); Laurie Frink (trumpet); Phillipe Saisse (piano, keyboards); Carmine Rojas (bass); Crusher Bennett (percussion); Robin Clark, Loni Groves, Diva Gray, Gordon Grodie (background vocals). The Borneo Horns: Stan Harrison (alto saxophone); Lenny Pickett (tenor saxophone); Steve Elson (baritone saxophone). The Coquettes: Coco, Sandro, Charuvan, Jo, Clement, John, Aglae (background vocals). Recorded at Mountain Studios, Switzerland. Originally released on EMI America (46677). After having spent the the mid-'80s putting on his acting shoes for Absolute Beginners and Labyrinth, Bowie returned to music by grabbing his usual henchmen Carlos Alomar and Carmine Rojas and joining forces with old schoolmate Peter Frampton. NEVER LET ME DOWN found Bowie writing or co-writing everything with the exception of Iggy Pop's "Bang Bang." Songs such as "Day-In Day-Out" and "Time Will Crawl" were perfect Bowie songs that worked opposite ends of the spectrum; the everyday reality of a struggling woman living on the periphery of society versus the ambiguity of time itself. Although the creamy synths and slick production are occasional reminders that NLMD was cut in the '80s, these flourishes work especially well on "Zeroes" and the title track. The only hint of indulgence comes in the semi-mythical "Glass Spider" and the rap duet vignette with Mickey Rourke (!) that Bowie drops into the middle of "Shining Star (Makin' My Love)." After that chilling encounter, Bowie fled the solo life for the safer confines of Tin Machine in 1989.
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