Official Album Discussion #10 – “Station To Station” 1976

Official Album Discussion #10 – “Station To Station” 1976
Welcome to the Official r/DavidBowie Discussion thread! Today’s album is “Station To Station.” Station to Station is the tenth studio album by English musician David Bowie, released by RCA Records in 1976. Commonly regarded as one of his most significant works, Station to Station was the vehicle for his last distinct performance persona, the Thin White Duke. The album was recorded after he completed shooting Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth, and the cover artwork featured a still from the movie. During the sessions Bowie was heavily dependent on drugs, especially cocaine, and later claimed that he recalled almost nothing of the production. Musically, Station to Station was a transitional album for Bowie, developing the funk and soul music of his previous release, Young Americans, while presenting a new direction towards synthesisers and motorik rhythms that was influenced by German electronic bands such as Neu! and Kraftwerk. This trend culminated in some of his most acclaimed work, the so-called “Berlin Trilogy”, recorded with Brian Eno in 1977–79. Bowie himself said that Station to Station was “a plea to come back to Europe for me”. The album’s lyrics reflected his preoccupations with Friedrich Nietzsche, Aleister Crowley, mythology and religion. Blending funk and krautrock, romantic balladry and occultism, Station to Station has been described as “simultaneously one of Bowie’s most accessible albums and his most impenetrable”. Preceded by the single “Golden Years”, it made the top five in both the UK and US charts. In 2003, the album was ranked No. 323 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. According to biographer David Buckley, the Los Angeles-based David Bowie, fuelled by an “astronomic” cocaine habit and subsisting on a diet of peppers and milk, spent much of 1975–76 “in a state of psychic terror”. Stories—mostly from one interview, pieces of which found their way into Playboy and Rolling Stone—circulated of the singer living in a house full of ancient Egyptian artefacts, burning black candles, seeing bodies fall past his window, having his semen stolen by witches, receiving secret messages from The Rolling Stones, and living in morbid fear of fellow Aleister Crowley aficionado Jimmy Page. Bowie would later say of L.A., “The fucking place should be wiped off the face of the earth”. It was on the set of his first major film, The Man Who Fell to Earth, that Bowie began writing a pseudo-autobiography called The Return of the Thin White Duke. He was also composing music on the understanding that he was to provide the picture’s soundtrack, though this would not come to fruition. (At Bowie’s recommendation, John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas would write and produce all the original music for the film instead.) Director Nicolas Roeg warned the star that the part of Thomas Jerome Newton would likely remain with him for some time after production completed. With Roeg’s agreement, Bowie developed his own look for the film, and this carried through to his public image and onto two album covers over the next twelve months, as did Newton’s air of fragility and aloofness. The Thin White Duke became the mouthpiece for Station to Station and, often during the next six months, for Bowie himself. Impeccably dressed in white shirt, black trousers and waistcoat, the Duke was a hollow man who sang songs of romance with an agonised intensity, yet felt nothing—”ice masquerading as fire”. The persona has been described as “a mad aristocrat”, “an amoral zombie”, and “an emotionless Aryan superman”. For Bowie himself, the Duke was “a nasty character indeed”.—————————————————————————————————————-Track listingSide one”Station to Station” 10:11″Golden Years” 4:00″Word on a Wing” 5:59Side two”TVC 15″ 5:31″Stay” 6:13″Wild Is the Wind” (Ned Washington, Dimitri Tiomkin) 6:00—————————————————————————————————————-PersonnelDavid Bowie – vocals, guitar, tenor and alto saxophone, Minimoog, MellotronCarlos Alomar – guitarRoy Bittan – pianoDennis Davis – drumsGeorge Murray – bass guitarWarren Peace – backing vocalsEarl Slick – guitarProductionDavid Bowie – producerHarry Maslin – producerSteve Shapiro – photography—————————————————————————————————————-Some questions to get the discussion started,Favorite track?Least favorite track?When did you first listen to this album?Any thoughts on the album?What would you change about the album?Please participate in the survey made by u/GrizzlyLauren – Scores from last Discussion: Coming SoonP.S. Please don’t downvote someone for having a different opinion! People are allowed to like things you don’t and vice versa!Next Album: Low 1977
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