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Diamond Dogs, David Bowie's cult album, will be reissued for its 50th anniversary

Fifty after its release, Diamond Dogs is getting a makeover.

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Diamond Dogs, David Bowie's cult album, will be reissued for its 50th anniversary

Fifty after its release, Diamond Dogs is getting a makeover. David Bowie's 8th studio album, released in 1974 by RCA Records, will be entitled to its reissue. On May 24, the exact day of its golden jubilee, Diamond Dogs will be available in two vinyl editions, both limited. This reissue follows those of Hunky Dory (1971), Ziggy Stardust (1972) and Aladdin Sane (1973).

With Rebel Rebel, the first single from the album, Bowie bid farewell to glam-rock, announcing the beginning of the gothic punk movement, which officially appeared at the end of the 1970s. The title was a great success in the United Kingdom where it has sold more than 600,000 copies.

A few months later, Diamond Dogs was just as well received. The album topped the charts in the United Kingdom and entered the top five of the Billboard 200 in the United States. Since their release in 1974, the songs on the album have been covered by many renowned artists. Among them, Beck, Tina Turner, Duran Duran, Def Leppard, Joan As Police Woman, Dead Or Alive, The Struts.

For Bowie, Diamond Dogs is synonymous with renewal. It marks the end of Ziggy Stardust, his iconic androgynous and alien character sent to Earth before an imminent apocalypse. The opportunity for the singer to create a new stage avatar. Thus, the cover of the album, created by the Belgian artist Guy Peellaert, features David Bowie as a hybrid creature, half-man, half-dog.

The tracks on the album are like the cover, developing the universe of Hunger City, a postapocalyptic city haunted by a gang of teenagers. To write and imagine this dystopia, David Bowie was inspired by The Wild Boys by the writer William S. Burroughs. The two men even spoke for Rolling Stone magazine in February 1974. The album Diamond Dogs also comes from the singer's desire to adapt 1984, George Orwell's novel, into a musical. Unable to obtain the copyright, Bowie was forced to reduce the project to a few songs. Among them, We are the dead, Big Brother and above all, 1984. Between drugs, violence and fascination with power... This 8th album is today considered one of the artist's darkest.

Both vinyls are already available for pre-order on David Bowie's official website. Prices range from 40 euros, for the “half-speed master” version, to 48.50 euros for the “picture-disc” version.

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