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180 Gram Vinyl! Guest Guitarists Pete Townshend & Dave Grohl!
Intricately layered, smooth, alluring, and infinitely welcoming – those are
words used to describe David Bowie's 2002 album Heathen, which includes tracks
by Neil Young, the Pixies' Black Francis & the legendary Stardust Cowboy.
Features guest spots for Pete Townshend & Dave Grohl on guitar!
Co-produced by Tony Visconti, who also produced many of Bowie's best albums
(Space Oddity, Heroes, The Man Who Sold The World, and many others), Heathen
sounds like coming home. It combines the best of Bowie without re-hashing what
made him big in the first place, and effortlessly weaves modern production &
electronics into his sound.
"...[T]his is an alluring, welcoming, friendly album -- there are some moody
Neil Young's eerie "I've Been Waiting for You"
Pixies' elusively brutal, creepy "Cactus" and
turns them sweet, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, either. In the end,
that's the key to
Heathen -- the undercurrent of happiness, not
in the lyrics, but in the making of music, a realization by
Visconti alike that they are perfect
collaborators." - Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic.com
"His great concept roles — Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke —
were all lost souls, trapped in space or circumstance. Bowie works here without
masks, deepening the sultry gravity of his voice with open yearning in "Slip
Away" ("Life on Mars?" reset in the nutty sweetness of the 1980s cult-TV hit The
Uncle Floyd Show) and the icy waiting song "5:15 All the Angels Have Gone." A
loose theme runs through these songs, covers included: the search for guiding
light in godless night. But the real story is Heathen's perfect casting: Bowie
playing Bowie, with class." - David Fricke, Rolling Stone
David Bowie, vocals, drums, guitar, keyboards, saxophone, stylophone
Dave Grohl, guest artist, guitar
Pete Townshend, guest artist, guitar
John Read, bass
Tony Levin, bass
Mark Plati, bass, guitar
Tony Visconti, bass, guitar, background vocals
Mary Wooten, cello
Sterling Campbell, drums, percussion
Matt Chamberlain, drums, percussion
Sola Akingbola, percussion
Gary Miller, guitar
Gerry Leonard, guitar
Carlos Alomar, guitar
David Torn, guitar, omnichord
David Clayton, keyboards
Kristeen Young, piano, vocals
Martha Mooke, viola
Lisa Germano, violin
Gregor Kitzis, violin
• 180 Gram Vinyl
• Covers of Neil Young, The Pixies' Black Francis, & Legendary Stardust Cowboy
• Guest Guitarists Pete Townshend & Dave Grohl
2. Cactus (cover - Black Francis)
3. Slip Away
4. Slow Burn
6. I've Been Waiting For You (cover - Neil Young)
1. I Would Be Your Slave
2. I Took A Trip On A Gemini Spaceship (cover - Legendary Stardust Cowboy)
3. 5:15 The Angels Have Gone
4. Everyone Says 'Hi'
5. A Better Future
6. Heathen (The Rays)