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Best to worst studio albums - David Bowie

Postby inside-out fox » 15 Apr 2017, 20:52

David Bowie (1967)
David Bowie (also released as Space Oddity) (1969)
The Man Who Sold the World (1970)
Hunky Dory (1971)
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
Aladdin Sane (1973)
Pin Ups (1973)
Diamond Dogs (1974)
Young Americans (1975)
Station to Station (1976)
Low (1977)
"Heroes" (1977)
Lodger (1979)
Scary Monsters and Super Creeps (1980)
Let's Dance (1983)
Tonight (1984)
Never Let Me Down (1987)
Black Tie White Noise (1993)
The Buddha of Suburbia (1993)
Outside (1995)
Earthling (1997)
Hours (1999)
Heathen (2002)
Reality (2003)
The Next Day (2013)
Blackstar (2016)
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 15 Apr 2017, 20:54

Aladdin Sane
Hunky Dory
The Man Who Sold the World
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Scary Monsters and Super Creeps

I haven't really heard any of the others that recently/often enough to hold a strong opinion.
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Postby Bent Fabric » 15 Apr 2017, 21:20

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Hunky Dory
The Man Who Sold the World
Station to Station
Diamond Dogs
Low


I mean, obviously, many wonderful singles and album tracks that don't fall within these half dozen choices - but these are the ones I'm still willing to reach for (actually playing Ziggy right now - put it on prior to spotting this thread, and it rather forced my hand here).

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Postby algroth » 15 Apr 2017, 21:30

Of the ones I've heard...

Blackstar
Hunky Dory
"Heroes"
Station to Station
Space Oddity
Heathen
Scary Monsters and Super Creeps
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Reality
Low
Lodger
The Man Who Sold the World
Aladdin Sane
Diamond Dogs
Let's Dance
Young Americans
Pin Ups


Mind that a lot of the mid-tier albums I find pretty interchangeable with one another ranking-wise.

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Postby inside-out fox » 15 Apr 2017, 21:30

fabulous

Ziggy
Low
Diamond Dogs


very good

Hunky Dory
Aladdin Sane


good

TMWSTW
Station to Station
Lodger
Scary Monsters


patchy - some good songs

Pin Ups
Let's Dance
"Heroes"
Space Oddity
Young Americans


not arsed

everything else
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Postby Graham Murakami » 15 Apr 2017, 21:31

I think I could spend a whole day mulling over the first three places here, but I think this is probably pretty accurate. I'll know more once the next box set arrives, but Hunky Dory is probably the best non-Smiths-related album ever.

Hunky Dory (1971)
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
Low (1977)
Station to Station (1976)
Scary Monsters and Super Creeps (1980)
Diamond Dogs (1974)
"Heroes" (1977)
Let's Dance (1983)
Blackstar (2016)
Young Americans (1975)
Aladdin Sane (1973)
The Man Who Sold the World (1970)
Reality (2003)
Lodger (1979)
The Next Day (2013)
Heathen (2002)
Pin Ups (1973)
The Buddha of Suburbia (1993)
Outside (1995)
David Bowie (1967)
David Bowie (also released as Space Oddity) (1969)
Hours (1999)
Earthling (1997)
Never Let Me Down (1987)
Black Tie White Noise (1993)
Tonight (1984)

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Postby Darryl Strawberry » 15 Apr 2017, 21:57

DADDY-O wrote:patchy - some good songs


"Heroes"


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Postby inside-out fox » 15 Apr 2017, 21:59

Yeah, I might have been exaggerating. Only the title track is any good.
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Postby Goat Boy » 15 Apr 2017, 22:01

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Postby toomanyhatz » 15 Apr 2017, 22:08

Hunky Dory (nice to see Coan has revised his opinion of the greatest Bowie album at least somewhat)
Alladin Sane
Station to Station
ZIggy
Heroes
The Man Who Sold the World
Diamond Dogs
The Next Day
Blackstar
Lodger
Young Americans
Low
Space Oddity
Pin Ups
David Bowie
Scary Monsters
Black Tie, White Noise
Buddha of Suburbia
Reality
Let's Dance
Outside
Heathen
Earthling
Hours
Never Let Me Down
Tonight

A lot of these are interchangeable on any given day, particularly 2-4 and the whole 90s-10s run.
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Postby Darryl Strawberry » 15 Apr 2017, 22:21

DADDY-O wrote:Yeah, I might have been exaggerating. Only the title track is any good.

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Postby neville from norwich » 15 Apr 2017, 23:42

10 on 10 Ziggy - Low - Station To Station - (Live Santa Monica)
9 on 10 Hunky Dory
7 on 10 Aladdin Sane - Lodger - Blackstar
5 on 10 Space Oddity - Diamond Dogs - Young Americans - Heroes - Scary Monsters
2.5 on 10 TMWSTW - Pin Ups - (Stage) - (David Live)
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Postby Moleskin » 16 Apr 2017, 18:51

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
Blackstar (2016)
Aladdin Sane (1973)
Hunky Dory (1971)
Station to Station (1976)
Low (1977)
Lodger (1979)
Scary Monsters and Super Creeps (1980)
"Heroes" (1977)
Diamond Dogs (1974)
David Bowie (also released as Space Oddity) (1969)
The Man Who Sold the World (1970)
Outside (1995)
The Buddha of Suburbia (1993)
Earthling (1997)
The Next Day (2013)
Heathen (2002)
Reality (2003)
Hours (1999)
Tin Machine
Pin Ups (1973)
Young Americans (1975)
David Bowie (1967)
Tin Machine 2
Black Tie White Noise (1993)
Let's Dance (1983)
Tonight (1984)
Never Let Me Down (1987)
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Re: Best to worst studio albums - David Bowie

Postby joels344 » 16 Apr 2017, 22:27

This should cover every studio album I've heard from him. Note, that the top 4 are a class above the rest.

Low
Blackstar
Station to Station
'Heroes'
Hunky Dory
Aladdin Sane
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
The Man Who Sold the World
David Bowie
The Next Day
Lodger
Diamond Dogs
1.Outside
Let's Dance
Reality
Young Americans
Black Tie White Noise
Heathen
Pin Ups

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Postby inside-out fox » 16 Apr 2017, 22:29

People really do love Blackstar, don't they?
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Postby Darryl Strawberry » 16 Apr 2017, 22:37

"Heroes" (1977)
Low (1977)
Hunky Dory (1971)
Station to Station (1976)
Diamond Dogs (1974)
Aladdin Sane (1973)
Scary Monsters and Super Creeps (1980)
Young Americans (1975)
Lodger (1979)
Blackstar (2016)
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
Outside (1995)
The Next Day (2013)
David Bowie (also released as Space Oddity) (1969)
Heathen (2002)
Pin Ups (1973)
The Man Who Sold the World (1970)
Reality (2003)
Hours (1999)
Black Tie White Noise (1993)
Earthling (1997)
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Postby Moleskin » 17 Apr 2017, 11:05

DADDY-O wrote:People really do love Blackstar, don't they?


Absolutely, it's a terrific record, and came out of the blue. The Next Day was good, but it felt like a revisit of old Bowie. Blackstar was a new thing in his catalogue, and unexpected. I loved it the first time I played it, and it's dug deeper into me in the months since.
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Postby fange » 17 Apr 2017, 11:21

Moleskin wrote:
DADDY-O wrote:People really do love Blackstar, don't they?


Absolutely, it's a terrific record, and came out of the blue. The Next Day was good, but it felt like a revisit of old Bowie. Blackstar was a new thing in his catalogue, and unexpected. I loved it the first time I played it, and it's dug deeper into me in the months since.


Yep, absolutely. It's quite special, and the time it came just made it stick even stronger. 'Lazarus' has gone with a bullet into my all-time Top 10 Bowie songs - it just slays me.
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Postby fange » 17 Apr 2017, 11:30

Magnificent

Station to Station
Ziggy
Low
Hunky Dory
Diamond Dogs


Excellent

Aladdin Sane
"Heroes"
Space Oddity
Young Americans
Blackstar


Good

TMWSTW
Lodger
Scary Monsters
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Pin Ups
Let's Dance
The Next Day


Patchy - some good songs

Tonight
Never Let Me Down
Black Tie White Noise
The Buddha of Suburbia
Outside
Earthling
Hours
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Re: Best to worst studio albums - David Bowie

Postby joels344 » 17 Apr 2017, 12:29

DADDY-O wrote:People really do love Blackstar, don't they?


Of course! It was brilliant and ranks right there with his finest works, in terms of musical ambition and ideas presented.