Diamond Dogs 50th Anniversary (Half-Speed Master): Vinyl LP
David Bowie

Diamond Dogs 50th Anniversary (Half-Speed Master): Vinyl LP

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Label: Parlophone
Release Date: 24th May

Impossible to pick this up and not stare at David Bowie as a dog for 5 minutes. Usually end up distracted by this glam rock and late night soul odyssey and will be even more so with this half-speed master with these bangers sounding better than ever.

On 24th May, 2024, the exact day of its Golden Jubilee, Diamond Dogs will be issued as a limited edition 50th anniversary half-speed mastered LP. The first single from the album, ‘Rebel Rebel’, reached number 5 in the UK and the album would also reach similar heights on both sides of the Atlantic reaching number 1 in the UK and number 5 in the USA.    

This new pressing of Diamond Dogs was cut on a customised late Neumann VMS80 lathe with fully recapped electronics from 192kHz restored masters of the original master tapes, with no additional processing on transfer. The half-speed was cut by John Webber at AIR Studios

The writing of the album was influenced by Bowie not being able to secure the rights for a theatrical production of George Orwell’s 1984 and the work of William S. Burroughs, whom Bowie had interviewed for Rolling Stone in November 1973. The songs on the album created an urban apocalyptic scenario with Bowie appearing on the cover as a controversial half-man, half-dog hybrid painted by the Belgian artist Guy Peellaert from photos by the world-renowned photographer Terry O’Neill. Since its release, tracks from Diamond Dogs have been covered by artists such as Beck, Tina Turner, Duran Duran, Def Leppard, Joan As Police Woman, Dead Or Alive and The Struts. 

Track List
Future Legend 
Diamond Dogs 
Sweet Thing
Sweet Thing (Reprise) 
Rebel Rebel  

Rock ’n’ Roll With Me 
We Are The Dead 
Big Brother
Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family  

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