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Diamond Dogs (1974)

David Bowie
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Rock music, Glam rock

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Diamond Dogs is a concept album by David Bowie, originally released by RCA Records in 1974. Thematically it was a marriage of the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell and Bowie's own glam-tinged vision of a post-apocalyptic world. Bowie had wanted to make a theatrical production of Orwell's book and began writing material after completing sessions for his 1973 album Pin Ups, but the late author’s estate denied the rights. The songs wound up on the second half of Diamond Dogs instead where, as the titles indicated, the Nineteen Eighty-Four theme was prominent.
Though the album was recorded and released after the 'retirement' of Ziggy Stardust in mid-1973, and featured its own lead character in Halloween Jack ("a real cool cat" who lives in the decaying "Hunger City"), Ziggy was seen to be still very much alive in Diamond Dogs, as evident from Bowie's haircut on the cover and the glam-trash style of the first single "Rebel Rebel". As was the case with some songs on Aladdin Sane, the influence of The Rolling Stones was also evident, particularly in the chugging title track. Elsewhere, however, Bowie had moved on from his earlier work with the epic song suite, "Sweet

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Tracks

2:40 Candidate
2:32 Sweet Thing (reprise)
4:01 Rock 'n' Roll With Me
5:58 Diamond Dogs
1:08 Future Legend
4:25 Rebel Rebel
3:38 Sweet Thing
2:03 Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family
3:20 Big Brother
3:27 1984
4:59 We Are the Dead
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