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1974 album by David Bowie

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"That Halloween Jack is a real cool cat and he lives on top of Manhattan Chase..."

  • Sep 20, 2009
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Diamond Dogs is a concept album about a post apocalyptic New York City and the people who live in the decrepit city.  The people living int he rubble have to look out for mutated animals, scavengers and the notorious Diamond Dogs.  Halloween Jack is a cult figure who the people look up to as some kind of messiah cult like leader.  Eventually he becomes a leader and tries to get the people behind him and becomes a leader.  But the futility of it all is too much to bare as he becomes more and more powerful and turns into a Big Brother figure who leads the masses and turns them into a brainwashed society with himself as their only leader.

A dark and depressing album from David Bowie.  When he performed the songs on stage he would dress up as Halloween Jack.  He plays the guitar on all of the tracks giving the music a simple and crude playing that would augment the music's gritty and rough sound.  I really enjoy the album and I liked how he reworked old material that was originally discarded from two projects the never recorded 1984 concept album, music from the Ziggy Stardust musical and  rewrote the lyrics to fit in with the song cycle.
A very unique and one-of-a-kind album from David Bowie.  This would be his last Glam rock album as he would later experiment with the Kraut-Rock sound.

Highly recommended for fans of David Bowie and concept albums.

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review by . May 26, 2000
Pros: Bowie's best rock and roll     Cons: Not for the Squeamish     From the moment that you hear the poem that opens the album Diamond Dogs, you will know that what is to follow has to be something special. Bowie doesn't disappoint you. What you are about to hear is the best rock & roll album that Bowie ever produced. He vision of 1984 is dark but it also makes the backdrop for a great piece of music.      It opens with the poem "Future …
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Diamond Dogs is a concept album by David Bowie, originally released by RCA Records in 1974. Thematically it was a marriage of the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell and Bowie's own glam-tinged vision of a post-apocalyptic world. Bowie had wanted to make a theatrical production of Orwell's book and began writing material after completing sessions for his 1973 album Pin Ups, but the late author’s estate denied the rights.[1] The songs wound up on the second half of Diamond Dogs instead where, as the titles indicate, the Nineteen Eighty-Four theme was prominent.

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Label: RCA
Artist: David Bowie
Genre: Rock
Release Date: April 24, 1974

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