David Bowie's inclinations and abilities for classic pop/jazz crooning had long been clear by the time he tackled the standard "Wild is the Wind," perhaps most memorably performed by Nina Simone in a very low key but strong take. The tune served as the concluding number on Station to Station and in later years was released a single, helping bring further attention to his own lovely version of the song. The electric guitar's slight funk tinge updates the arrangement without dominating it, while the core acoustic guitar and rhythm section performance suggests a slightly jazzier variant on Bowie's own folk efforts from the late sixties. It's Bowie's vocals that really deserve the notice here above all else, though -- while he initially sounds almost too relaxed, he gets stronger and more passionate as the song goes, much as the music also does itself. When he hits the dramatic a capella pauses -- most especially with the line "Don't you know your life itself" -- the only reaction is to give in, it's that good.