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Bowie's spectacular rhythm guitar on the title track, Diamond Dogs

May 12 2017 at 12:49 PM
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Hi, you can tell Bowie listened intently to Exile On Main Street to adopt his rhythm guitar style for his song, Diamond Dogs. This song has a wonderful rhythm/lead guitar style in each channel as Bowie plays little melodies off each chord and the melodies are varied in subtle ways each time.

I've often wondered why Diamond Dogs never sounded very good live and it's because it lacks Bowie on guitar! Perhaps if he had Keith Richards leading the band, Bowie would have replicated that sleazy, Stones style he captured on the record.

Combined with the excellent drums, percussion, and Bowie's own sax, Diamond Dogs may be what Bowie was talking about when he said, "I knew my guitar work on this album had to be more than just OK."

 
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May 12 2017, 3:56 PM 

Maybe he should have played more instruments on Albums , especially 83- 87, he let everybody else do the work ,his " Phil Collins " era .
Must agree it's a kicking track and rhythm guitar could rival Alomar , good spot Sam !

 
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it does indeed grind along brilliantly

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August 10 2017, 7:20 PM 

love that stomping drum that comes in on the second verse.

The 1976 live version is thrilling but it lacks the murky - in a good way - depths the studio version has.
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May 12 2017, 8:07 PM 

Needs more cowbell.

 
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May 12 2017, 9:06 PM 

The point was it didn't compete with the likes of Alomar. Check the RR TP TV clip. Bowie was in a total Keef phase. gurning stupid shit guitaring heaven.

 
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May 13 2017, 9:05 AM 

If you listen to the end of 'Brown Sugar', you'll find the saxophone riff that responds to Bowie's call 'they call'em the Diamond Dogs' towards the end of the song. It's only played a couple of times if I remember well. So, yeah, he quite clearly listened to the Stones in those days...Like 95% of those rock'n'rollers back then!

You can find non-borrowed guitar licks on, say, We Are the Dead, where his guitar work is indeed...outstanding. But most of it being heavy overdubs, he had the liberty to play lines that he couldn't have played live while singing.

 
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May 13 2017, 10:37 AM 

I know Iggy said when they were in Berlin writing songs for The Idiot, Bowie spent his time re-writing Rolling Stones songs.

 
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May 14 2017, 6:48 PM 

Iggy also said 'David plays the greatest angry young man guitar of all time - even better than James Williamson!'

 
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May 14 2017, 7:26 PM 

Bowie always looked awkward playing an electric.

 
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Ziggy played acoustic guitar

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May 14 2017, 8:20 PM 

That's why he played acoustic guitar in concert usually.

What do you mean, awkward?

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The next EMI Expanded Editions:
* What are your hopes for these releases?
* Let's have The Man Who Sold The World with the complete Paris Cinema Studios, Feb 5, 1970 radio concert, and the complete April 1970 radio session. Hunky Dory - add the complete Paris Cinema Studios concert, June 1971 in stereo, from the BBC Stereo Transcription LP if the master is lost!
* Any future live 1974 release MUST include a recording of Drive In Saturday from the early part of the tour, it's classic!
The next DVD release?
* Cracked Actor / Omnibus documentary must be released on DVD!

Recommended:
Tiffiny Townsend | She's Got Issues | The She Creatures |

 
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