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Cherry Pop

Title - 'Station To Station [Special Edition]'
Artist - David Bowie

'Station to Station' is one of the best albums of all time, in my opinion. It was the album that made me a huge David Bowie fan, and it's never lost an iota of its hold on me all these years later. The songs can be upbeat but emotional, open yet often sinister. There always seems to be something bubbling under the surface, giving the songs a power that was at times lacking on an album like 'Young Americans.'

I've never had any problem with the sound of the original CD release, so I probably would not have opted for this reissue if it weren't for the Nassau Coliseum concert. The album sounds great, and the concert is absolutely tremendous. He plays songs spanning almost his entire career thus far, but (as Bowie so often did) with his new 1976 style. Suffragette City, for instance, doesn't just rock here - it also glides along on an almost-disco beat.

Indeed, the new remaster, from the original analog, of 'Station to Station' sounds great. The Nassau concert was a true revelation to me; no wonder it is considered a legendary Bowie show! The version of "Station to Station" may be the best I've heard; for all of its coolness, there's a certain fire to this performance.

The laid back cover of "Waiting for the Man" works well. "Life on Mars?" is short, just up to the first chorus, but it segues neatly into "Five Years," one of Bowie's all-time greatest songs. Concert albums do not always impress me. This one, however, is a monster!

Sometimes, reissues come with a little padding to trick the consumer into shelling out for something they already have. This concert isn't just padding - it's the real reason to buy this set. The improved mix of the proper album is just the icing on the cake. [BJS]