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David Bowie - Soundtrack Christiane F. - Wir Kinder Vom Bahnhof Zoo CD (album) cover


David Bowie


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erik neuteboom
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4 stars

In fact this soundtrack is a very interesting compilation of the era 1976-1980 when David Bowie his inventive progressive explorations appealed to many progheads, including me. I had seen the movie in the cinema when it was just released and I was blown away by both the dramatic story about the very young drug-addicts as the exciting music, it matches perfectly !

The album contains the songs TVC 15, Station To Station and Stay from Station To Station (1976), Warszawa from Low (1977), V-2 Schneider, Heroes/Helden and Sense Of Doubt from Heroes(1977) and Boys Keep Swinging and Look Back In Anger from Lodger (1979). Half of the songs are a tastefully arranged blend of several styles (from rock to soul) featuring swinging rhythms and strong contributions by many guest musicians (from Robert Fripp and Brian Eno to Roger Powell and Adrian Belew) like the powerful bass and distorted guitar flights in the catchy Boys Keep Swinging, delicate interplay between piano and guitar in Look Back In Anger and exciting dual-guitarwork in Stay. The track Station To Station is taken from the live album Stage, it delivers an intro with spectacular synthesizer sounds and biting guitar, followed by flowing shifting moods, very catchy but with subtle work on piano, saxophone and R&R guitar. In the moving Heroes/Helden we can hear David Bowie singing in English and German, Robert Fripp delivers howling guitar work that screams, the lyrics and the guitar reminds me of the emotion in Marillion's Chelsea Monday. My highlights on this compilation are the two instrumental compositions, first Sense Of Doubt: a dark and a bit ominous atmosphere with very low and intense Grand piano runs and chilling Chamberlin (the pre-Mellotron) waves, blended with the sound of soaring synthesizers, shivers down my spine, what a compelling music (to be seen on the German Musikladen 1978 Bowie concert)! Then the final track Warszawa, in my opinion the very melancholical climate deals with the horror that the Nazis caused in Poland during World War II, what an emotion, you can feel a symbolic dark cloud above Warszawa (the Polish capital).

This album is a good introduction to the most progressive work of David Bowie

erik neuteboom | 4/5 |


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