Tonight

Performers David Bowie

EMI | September 20, 1999 | Compact Disc

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Departing only slightly from his dashing romantic crooner image on Let's Dance, David Bowie dropped this 1984 album out of Le Studio in Morin Heights, Que. Tonight had ultra-'80s studio guy Hugh Padgham onboard as co-producer, co-mixer and engineer. The results are a glossy album of memorable songs, including the opener "Loving the Alien," a simmering song with a vocal recalling impassioned performances on songs like "Heroes" and "Modern Love." Besides this song, the other big hit from this album is the horn and marimba-infused "Blue Jean," while the title track uses a reggae beat and strings to underscore the singer's hopeful lyrics and voice. Less forceful than the last album, this album still sounds lush in a remastered format, not to mention the places you can go online using the links on this disc.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: September 20, 1999

Genre: Art Rock

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1999

Label Name: EMI

UPC: 724352189700

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Tonight

Tonight

Performers David Bowie

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: September 20, 1999

Genre: Art Rock

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1999

Label Name: EMI

UPC: 724352189700


Title Track Time
1.Loving the Alien --
2.Don't Look Down --
3.God Only Knows --
4.Tonight --
5.Neighbourhood Thret --
6.Blue Jean --
7.Tumble and Twirl --
8.I Keep Forgettin' --
9.Dancing with the Big Boys --

Editorial Notes

This is an enhanced audio CD which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files. The 1995 reissue of TONIGHT included three tracks that did not appear on the original LP: "This Is Not America" (with the Pat Metheny Group), "As The World Falls Down" and "Absolute Beginners." Personnel includes: David Bowie, Tina Turner, Iggy Pop, Robin Clark, George Simms, Curtis King (vocals); Arif Mardin (conductor); Derek Bramble (guitar, synthesizer, bass, background vocals); Carlos Alomar (guitar); Mark Pender (trumpet, flugelhorn); Guy St. Onge (marimba); Carmine Rojas (bass); Omar Hakim (drums); Sammy Figueroa (percussion). The Borneo Horns: Stanley Harrison (alto & tenor saxophone); Lenny Pickett (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Steve Elson (baritone saxophone). Producers: David Bowie, Derek Bramble, Hugh Padgham. Recorded at Le Studio, Morin Heights, Canada. Following the enormous success of the vibrant and upbeat LET'S DANCE, David Bowie's follow-up TONIGHT was a slicker yet more enigmatic-sounding collection. Full of synthesizers and polite Arif Mardin arrangements, this record allowed Bowie to indulge himself, even if that meant not putting out LET'S DANCE II. Three songs were resurrected from the '70s Iggy Pop catalog and another newer one was co-written with Pop ("Dancing With The Big Boys.") A 1977 Pop song was used as the title track, on which Bowie duetted with Tina Turner (who was in the middle of a comeback herself) and turned it into a reggae-flavored love song. Elsewhere, the Thin White Duke paid tribute to the Beach Boys by covering "God Only Knows" and scored a hit with "Blue Jean," which was turned into a then-radical mini-film/music video.
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