David Bowie - Station To Station
What modern artist could release an album a year for more than a decade and retain any sort of quality control? Well, in amidst the heavy drug use, a spot of film-making duties and a whole heap of controversy around alleged pro-fascist tendencies, that is exactly what David Bowie did - and Station To Station, proved to be one of his greatest, and perhaps most influential, albums.
Opening with a ten minute, multi-layered title track must have scared the living bejesus out of every one of his record company execs. It was, however a master stroke; the fractured beats of the opening giving way to a lush and textured introduction to Bowie’s last major persona, ‘The Thin White Duke’, before finally careering off to a raucous and upbeat finale. As the album progresses we are treated to pop-funk rhythms (‘Golden Years’), electronic wizardry (‘TVC15’) and crooning of the highest quality (‘Wild Is The Wind’) and it becomes clear that Station To Station was a lynchpin in Bowie’s career as he moved from the soul stylings of its predecessor (Young Americans) towards the Krautrock inspired follow up, Low.
This latest reissue is available in a couple of beautifully put together editions and, depending on which you decide upon, you get a selection of bonus tracks, a 5.1 Surround Sound mix, ornate packaging and a wonderful live recording from the accompanying world tour. The simple truth, however, is most of these extras are utterly superfluous to anyone but the devout Bowie collector, the album itself is all you really need to own. Station To Station was, and still remains, a stone cold classic from one of the true greats.