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band, with himself and Adrian Belew
on guitar, Terry Bozzio (UK, Missing
Persons) on drums, and Patrick O'Hearn
on bass. There's plenty of FZ's infamous
R-rated banter, but also lots of

A New Career in a New
Town (1977-1982)

REINVENTING BOWIE

S

hedding his Ziggy
Stardust glam persona, David Bowie
took a hard turn in the
mid '70s and embraced
European minimalism
and electronica, covered
here across nine CDs.
The resulting "Berlin
Trilogy" of Heroes, Low,
and Lodger, produced by
Tony Visconti, were not
major hits, yet in many
ways the singer's radical
sound foreshadowed new
wave, post-punk, and
modern alt-rock. This set
also includes Stage and
Scary Monsters, and a
CD of bonus tracks like
the hit "Under Pressure"
with Queen.
Released in early 1977,
Low disappointed fans
expecting the thump of
"Moonage Daydream"
or "Fame." Today, it's
considered a flat-out
masterpiece. The tracks
are jagged and aggressive; check out Carlos
Alomar's edgy riffing
on "Speed Of Life" and
"Breaking Glass," as well
as the largely unknown
Ricky Gardiner, whose
spastic whammy on
"What In The World"

and "Always Crashing
In The Same Car" are
almost revolutionary.
The infectious "Be My
Wife" features almost
everyone in the studio
on guitar - Carlos, Ricky,
and even David himself.
Heroes was issued
later in '77, and found
Bowie back in a West
Berlin studio with synthsavant Eno and King
Crimson refugee Robert
Fripp. The guitarist imbued "Joe The Lion" with
wild, angular arpeggios,
while the radio-ready
"Heroes" was a tour-deforce of thick sustain
and feedback. It remains
one of Bowie's greatest
studio performances.
Frank Zappa's young
guitarist, Adrian Belew,
was poached for the
1978 tour and you can
hear his Strat attack all
over the perfunctory live
CD, Stage. Listeners also
get unreleased versions
of "The Jean Genie"
and "Suffragette City."
From '79, Lodger is one
of Bowie's least-known
albums, but hugely
influential on rising
English post-punks like

XTC and Echo and the
Bunnymen. "Yassassin"
was wonky Mideastern
pop with Alomar and
Visconti on guitar, while
Belew offers wildly edited solos for "D.J." and
"Boys Keep Swinging."
On Scary Monsters
(and Super Creeps),
Chuck Hammer conjured
the theme of "Ashes
To Ashes" on guitar
synthesizer - still radical
tech in 1980. Fripp and
Alomar added demented
licks to "Fashion," maybe
the most authentic
song Bowie ever wrote,
considering his position
at the nexus of FM rock
and haute couture.
In all, this is a formidable dive into Bowie's
work with Visconti, Fripp,
Belew, and two of his
longtime - and lamentably unappreciated - sidemen, Carlos Alomar and
bassist George Murray.
There's also a small hardcover book full of images
and liner notes, though
the text is set in absurdly
microscopic size. Still,
Bowiephiles should put
this box on their mustgrab lists. - Pete Prown

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hot guitar to sink your
teeth into.
"Peaches En Regalia" is one of the
greatest rock instrumentals, Frank adding
fiery SG licks galore. Also look for smoking versions of "Camarillo Brillo," "Jones
Crusher," and "The Black Page" - the latter
considered one of the most challenging
pieces in all rockdom. Another standout
is Frank's feedback-drenched lead in the
lesser-known "City Of Tiny Lites."
Naturally, each gig includes the legendary "Muffin Man," with Zappa and
Belew absolutely burning the frets. It's
just another monster guitar moment from
the historic Halloween run. - Pete Prown

Al Joseph

All Of Creation
Ti me ma rches
on as the genre of
progressive metal
expands into fresh
sonic v istas and
expressive landscapes. Al Joseph continues
that exploration with a sound that combines the best elements of heavy guitar,
imagination, and virtuosity. A Berklee
College of Music alumnus, respected
music educator and recording artist at Jam
Tracks Central, Joseph's second solo album
benefits from polished production, earfriendly concepts, and crafty arranging.
Case in point is "Shift," with its lush
piano introduction followed by poignant
arpeggiated guitar lines and soaring
melodies. Joseph burns up the fretboard,
leaving hip, alternate time signatures in his
wake. "Shogun" begins with a pummeling
groove that morphs into rich guitar tones
and melodies to match.
On "Calling," harmonies embellish
the main theme and careen into liquid
legato work. Guitarist Per Nilsson makes
an appearance on the anthemic "Ocean

David Bowie: Dagmar/Courtesy Rhino Records.

David Bowie


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