Tag Archives: David Bowie

A NICE LIE DOWN

Here’s an album cover post presenting reclining figures of various kinds: some seductive, some scary. All explore utilising the LP ‘gatefold’ to extend the field of view*. The bigger your screen, the better this gallery will look! *           * NOTES James Taylor‘s solo debut was released on Apple Records in […]

ENGLISH EVERGREENS

2016 — Top Five New Releases Although Vinyl Connection managed a respectable bag of new release during 2016, less than half of them actually made it to these pages during the calendar year. We were onto the new one by post-rock instrumentalists Tortoise back in February and rushed towards the release by local artist All India […]

TOWERS OF STRENGTH

Nowadays it is not that easy to connect with the sense of geopolitical tension that pervaded the early 80s. The threat of war —and here we are talking about nuclear conflict, not yer pussy tanks, napalm and barking M16 stuff— was seriously canvassed across the northern hemisphere. Sabres were rattled, bugles blown, hands were wrung […]

12 BOWIE REFLECTIONS

I — Busting Up My Brains For The Words It was the re-release of the 1969 album, now with a Ziggy-era cover photo and an actual name: Space Oddity. Bought second-hand, probably from Bentleigh Sewing and Records. Full of strange folky songs delivered with theatrical flourish. A poet’s voice surely, writhing with angst and intensity, […]

BEREFT

No words at present. Just a couple of mediocre photos. Ashes to ashes, Funk to funky * (Words here)

A NEW COLLABORATOR AND A NEW SOUND

In 2001 David Bowie released what is without doubt the oddest compilation of his career. Which is saying something, there having been over 40 collections of his music across five decades. This one was called All Saints, with the subtitle telling you exactly what you were getting: Collected Instrumentals 1977 – 1999. The story goes that […]

LIVE IN YOUR LIVING ROOM [Second Set]

Perhaps the only truly honest concert recordings are ‘bootlegs’: verbatim transcriptions of what happened on a particular night on a particular stage. Containing and disclosing all the fluctuations in energy, rambling introductions, musical missteps and extraneous noises just as they were, they truly tell it like it was. Not surprisingly, bootlegs tend to be the […]