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ARTIST: Various (all songs written by David Bowie)
TITLE: Rebel Rebel – A Tribute to David Bowie
BACKGROUND: Five years prior to this release, Uncut put together ‘Starman’, an album of cover versions paying tribute to David Bowie. Despite good sales, it was roundly criticised for the artists lack of inventiveness and uninspiring choices by the compilers. It proved to be one of the biggest disappointments in Uncut's portfolio. ‘Rebel Rebel’ was a well publicised opportunity for the magazine to put the past behind them and try again...
Released as a cover-mount with the June 2008 issue of Uncut, this release undoubtedly surpassed its predecessor in every respect. The magazine had a Bowie cover (pictured for reference purposes only – it is NOT included for sale) and a large 11 page feature. With a foreword by Tony Visconti and a concerted effort to cherry-pick David Bowie's thirty greatest songs (via the opinions of thirty music world luminaries), this issue was a real treat. An stellar list of contributors, from David's own contemporaries such as Jimmy Page and Keith Richards; those inspired by him (i.e. Dave Grohl, Alex Turner and Morrissey) with the odd wildcard like Ricky Gervais (surprisingly another Bowiephile)!
STYLE OF MUSIC / GENRE: Rock, glam rock, art rock, pop, psychedelic rock, blues rock, acid rock, rock and roll, electronic, alternative
TRACKLIST (followed by approximate running time of each song):
1. Rebel Rebel - Sigue Sigue Sputnik 4:26
Taken from the Jungle album ‘The First Generation - Vid Edition’. www.jungle-records.com
2. Sound and Vision – The Sea And Cake 4:06
From the Thrill Jockey album ‘One Bedroom’. www.thrilljockey.com
3. Heroes - King Crimson 4:57
Previously unavailable on CD, taken from the digital download of the Oct 23, 2000 concert. www.dgmlive.com
4. Modern Love - The Last Town Chorus 4:26
Taken from the Loose album ‘Wire Waltz’. www.loosemusic.com
5. The Bewlay Brothers - John Howard 5:24
Taken from the iTunes EP ‘The Bewlay Brothers’. For more info on John Howard, visit www.myspace.com/kidinabigworld
6. The Man Who Sold the World - Ed Kuepper 3:07
Taken from the Hot Records album ‘Reflections Of Ol' Golden Eye’ www.didgerecords.com
7. Kooks - Brett Smiley 3:38
8. Moonage Daydream - LA Gun 3:55
Taken from the Mascot Records album ‘Rips The Covers Off’. www.mascotrecords.com
9. Queen Bitch - Eater 2:14
Taken from the Anagram/Cherry Red double CD, ‘The Eater Chronicles 1976-2003’. www.cherryred.co.uk
10. All the Young Dudes - Mott The Hoople 3:32
Taken from the Angel Air 2CD ‘Two Miles From Live Heaven’ www.angelair.co.uk For the Mott The Hoople fanzine,’ Two Miles From Heaven’, and further Mott information, contact Mott The Hoople Appreciation Society, PO Box 14, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 4UD (UK).
11. Heroes - Nico 8:34
Taken from the Jungle Records album ‘Femme Fatale’. www.jungle-records.com
12. Memory of a Free Festival - Mercury Rev 5:12
All tracks credited to David Bowie, with tracks 3 & 11 written in collaboration with Brian Eno.
NB. The packaging mistakenly lists track 3 as The Last Town Chorus and track 4 as King Crimson, but these are in fact reversed on the disc itself.
ADDITIONAL INFO FROM ALBUM SLEEVE:
- Compiled by Allan Jones.
- Artwork & design by Marc Jones.
- Production Mark Bentley & Mick Meikleham.
- Photography courtesy of Getty Images.
- Mastering Engineer Andrew Thompson.
- Technical Support Miles Johnson.
Thanks to David Atkinson @ Hot Records; Bettina @Thrill Jockey; Michael Bonner, Declan Coglan, Alan Hauser @ Jungle Records; John Howard, Phil King, Ken Lower @ Hermana PR; John Mulvey, Peter Purnell @ Angel Air; Jason Rackham @V2; John Robinson, Mark Rodgers @ Loose Records; Stuart Spencer @Hot Records; Bret Smiley, Evert Wubben @ Mascot-Provogue Records.
The producers of this CD have paid the composers and publishers for the use of their music.
FORMAT: CD promo album in illustrated card case (as pictured).
PUBLISHED BY: EMI Records Ltd. / Chrysalis Music / Uncut (2008)
CONDITION: This not a brand new CD. As such there may be signs of wear. It is an original product (not counterfeit). If we have more than one copy these are sent on a ‘first come, first served’ basis with those in the best condition sent to whoever buys first. Each CD is tested to ensure perfect playback.
POSTAGE & PACKING: Sent from the UK. FREE SHIPPING TO ALL COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE!!!
REVIEW EXERPT (copied from ‘R.Y.M.’ http://rateyourmusic.com/release/comp/various_artists_f2/rebel_rebel__a_tribute_to_david_bowie/ ):
The Lows (of lesser interest, but still enjoyable): “The album opens with a live version of "Rebel Rebel" by glam mannequins Sigue Sigue Sputnik and proves to be nothing more than a karaoke retread. There are similar predictable and faithful renditions of "Moonage Daydream" and "Queen Bitch" from debauched rockers L.A. Guns and snotty punks Eater respectively. Equally uninspiring is Brett Smiley's version of "Kooks" which, given the song was written for Bowie's son, always sounds odd when performed by someone else. The final entry in the debit column is the inclusion of a live version of "All The Young Dudes" by Mott The Hoople. It's the height of laziness on behalf of the compilers given the song was gifted to Mott by Bowie, provided them with a massive hit and saved the band from extinction. In effect the track is owned by the band and is Bowie's by authorship only. It would have been more original to include Bowie's own version.”
The Highs (what you’d be buying the album for): “There are also a number of items of interest on Rebel Rebel. The shuffling backing of The Sea and Cake's take on "Sound And Vision" adds depth and substance to the sparse original – although whether the embellishment is beneficial is a matter of debate. In Ed Kuepper's capable hands "The Man Who Sold The World" is transformed into breezy jangle psych. "Modern Love" is slowed down to a snail's pace by The Last Town Chorus with Megan Hickey providing a glacial yet achingly beautiful vocal. The album also provides two fascinatingly different versions of "Heroes". The Teutonic vocal of Nico together with austere accompaniment gives the song a militaristic feel, while the superb swirling, free floating guitars of King Crimson provide the exact opposite effect.“
All in all, a balanced review that highlights the highs and lows of this release.