David Bowie - Let's Dance - Original Canada Issue - 1983 Rock LP

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David Bowie - Let's Dance

Label: EMI America – SO 17093, EMI America – SO-17093
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Canada
Record: VG+ VG++
Cover: VG+ VG++ edgewear, cornerwear, very slight ringwear
Released: 1983
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Pop Rock, Synth-pop


A1 Modern Love 4:46
A2 China Girl
Lyrics By, Music By – David Bowie, Iggy Pop
A3 Let's Dance 7:38
A4 Without You
Bass – Bernard Edwards

B1 Ricochet 5:14
B2 Criminal World
Lyrics By, Music By – Duncan Browne, Peter Godwin, Sean Lyons
B3 Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
Music By – Giorgio Moroder
B4 Shake It 3:49

In spite of its being commercial, and in spite of a considerable amount of disco content, "Let's Dance" is my favorite David Bowie album, tho others are close. Each track is excellent except for the throwaway concluder "Shake It" and the good but mild "Without You." David's singing is as usual very versatile, and he performs the dramatic extremely well in "Ricochet" and some other entries. He displays a soft but heavy touch on Iggy Pop's "China Girl" and in parts of other songs, reminding one a bit of Elvis.

Stevie Ray Vaughan makes a fine contribution with his guitar work on "Cat People," "Criminal World," and elsewhere, and there is also good saxophone, but most noteworthy is the songs' lively, catchy beats. The heavy "Modern Love" is the album's big rocker, very commercially successful and justifiably so.

The title cut actually employs disco to make an excellent song, not just a dance number. Then, listen to that bass on "China Girl."
The production quality on this record is fabulous. Varied instrumentation is employed and mixed in very skillfully, with well-chosen dramatic flourishes, giving it its theatrical aura. One feels like getting up and dancing even when the beat is not disco.
So, unless you are a die-hard wed to the more characteristic Bowie sound, "Let's Dance" should be an interesting excursion.

David Bowie - Let's Dance

From "Serious Moonlight."

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David Bowie - Let's Dance

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Condition Used
Format LP
Label EMI
Artist David Bowie