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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Thin white duke, Jun 9, 2019.
For those that still don't know why he was one of the greatest songwriter of all time......
No disagreement here! I was playing 'Quicksand' a few days ago and was stunned (all over again) by its beauty.
A great creator ... But also smart enough to surround himself with the best musicians available at any given point in his career ...
This song is a bit of a predictable choice but the musicianship is just off the scale plus he looks like he is have such a great time here
Man, i love Quicksand so much, one of the best folk ballads ever written......
The whole album is outstanding, until Scary Monster he was in a state of grace, this means 12 albums from Space Oddity ia a row that are bloody great, not for everyone......
Yes i agree, the best are always surrounded by the best, Miles Davis is the perfect example.
Bowie knew he wasn't a great musician ... Miles Davis was a great musician ... And he knew it ...
The greatness of Bowie cannot be overstated. He was an artist with no peer.
Probably you don't know what you are talking about....
I absolutely love the Berlin trilogy. That throbbing sound of 'Heroes' is awesome.
I love the trilogy as well, yes, Visconti and Fripp have been great with their contribute for the sound of the song...
David Bowie was just about my all-time favorite songwriter, performer, and recording artist.
He, Jeff Lynne, and Neil Finn top the list for those categories for me. (Followed closely by Elvis Costello and just a few others.)
Bowie, as a musician, was merely average.
He played guitar well, but not brilliantly.
He played saxophone, eh, below average.
He played the keyboards rarely, mainly to demonstrate something to a proper piano player he had brought in on a project.
But what he was was a visionary, brilliant songwriter and soundscape creator.
And he know how to hire the right musicians and singers to help him accomplish his goals for that record.
His voice was in a class all it's own.
Totally unique in all the world.
I loved David Bowie, and I treasure his music.
But I'm not afraid to speak the honest truth about his areas of brilliance and his areas of weakness alike.
He was a complicated, interesting man.
I'm partial to the Mick Ronson era, but his whole career was indeed brilliant. Station To Station...oh yeah! And the Berlin trilogy....
I was lucky to see him on his final UK tour - what a superb show. One classic song after another.
A pop-rock songwriter or a composer write the songs, the melody, the harmony and the lyrics, also the arrangements in some cases, after that he hire musicians that are right for him and find a producer that is right for him, a songwriter doesn't have to be a virtuoso in any instruments that he plays, he has to be good on writing and Bowie to me was outstanding, not always but for a very long time, if the song is a good song it can only get better with the right team but the song has to be good from the roots and Bowie wrote beautiful songs from the roots, to give you another example, who knows what would have sounded like Tom Waits Rain Dogs without Marc Ribot in primis in the studio ? There are hundreds of examples.
I saw him only once in 1990 in Italy, than i saw him walking by on Kings Road in London when i was living there, he was with Iman, rather shocking day for me.
I decided to play guitar after hearing Moonage Daydream solo basically.
Now this is a dude I can get with!
He is my all time favorite. He was a giant. I wore out a copy of Ziggy Stardust in high school. Man I went through a thing with that record when I was a kid. I met Mick Ronson once.
I managed to see him 5 times. I saw him with Carlos Alomar, Adrian Belew and Peter Frampton. So good.
I wish that David was still with us.