David Bowie

Club Bowie: Rare & Unreleased 12" Mixes

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Considering how much time and effort the notoriously perfectionist David Bowie invests in his music, and knowing how self-consciously cerebral he can be, he allows remixers an enormous amount of leeway when it comes to messing with his muse. From the manifold abuses wrought upon his contributions to the Labyrinth soundtrack album and on to the positively embarrassing wealth of remixes perpetrated upon Black Tie White Noise, the truly completist Bowie collector has a minor mountain's worth of mixes to track down. And that's a quest that Club Bowie only begins, with its selection of no more than nine revisions from the late '90s and beyond, ranging from the really rather good (Scumfrog's "Loving the Alien" and Solaris' "Fashion") to the frankly appalling (almost everything else). There is a great Bowie remix album out there somewhere, something that picks up the nine-minute "Cat People" that made it onto an Australian promo in 1982, the extended "Absolute Beginners," and the Pet Shop Boys' masterful revision of "Hallo Spaceboy." What it does not need are the "Club Bolly" assaults on "Let's Dance" and "China Girl," Danny Sabre's pointless revision of "Magic Dance," and David Guetta's mind-charringly monotonous march through "Heroes." That, however, is what Club Bowie delivers, and the sooner the place is closed down, the better.

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