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iTunes Music Review - Bowie at Beeb: Best of BBC Radio 68-72

  • Bowie at Beeb: Best of BBC Radio 68-72

    • 10 out of 5
    • David Bowie
    • Reviewed by Bryan Chaffin
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    • The companion CD to a BBC television concert, BBC Radio Theatre has some of the best renditions of many of Bowie's best songs throughout his career. "I'm Afraid of Americans" is substantially harder and more driving than the studio version produced by Trent Reznor, and "Fame" is more funky than the original.

      The reinterpretation of "Let's Dance" made me appreciate the song all over again, and "Cracked Actor" packs a punch that will knock you off your feet. (I should also note that having women sing the backup vocals on that song transforms it from a vulgar complaint to a curiously sexy power song).

      The band in this performance is a who's who of top studio pros, but they fit Bowie like a glove. [NOTE: BBC Radio Theatre is the third CD included with Bowie at the Beeb; the first two CDs in the boxed set are BBC appearances from Bowie's early career, and are unrelated to the 2000 performance reviewed here.]

     

     

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