David Bowie - Tonight, 1984, Europe

David Bowie - Tonight

(EMI America IC064 - 240227)

Released 1984, EMI America Label, manufactured in Europe

Single sleeve.


Track Listing

Side 1

Track 1: Loving The Alien - 7:10

Track 2: Don't Look Down - 4:12

Track 3: God Only Knows - 3:09

Track 4: Tonight - 3:46

Side 2

Track 5: Neighbourhood Threat - 3:13

Track 6: Blue Jean - 5:03

Track 7: Tumble And Twirl - 5.00

Track 8: I Keep Forgetting - 2:35

Track 9: Dancing With The Big Boys - 3:35



Tonight is the 16th studio album by David Bowie. It was originally released in September 1984, on the label EMI America. It followed his most commercially successful album, Let's Dance. He described the album, released immediately after his previous album's tour wrapped up, as an effort to "keep my hand in, so to speak," and to retain the new audience that he had recently acquired. The album was a commercial success, reaching number-one in the UK Albums Chart in October 1984, and receiving a Platinum disc by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and a Gold disc by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). As of January 2017, it had sold over 4.1 million album-equivalent units worldwide. It has received mostly poor reviews from music critics and Bowie expressed dissatisfaction with it in later years.

David Bowie worked on Tonight after completing his Serious Moonlight Tour in support of his previous album Let's Dance. He did not have much luck writing while on tour, so he described the process of recording the album Tonight this way:

It was rushed. The process wasn't rushed; we actually took our time recording the thing; Let's Dance was done in three weeks, Tonight took five weeks or something, which for me is a really long time. I like to work fast in the studio. There wasn't much of my writing on it 'cause I can't write on tour and I hadn't assembled anything to put out. But I thought it a kind of violent effort at a kind of Pin Ups.

Bowie purposefully sought to keep the sound of the band he had used on the previous album and tour, feeling that the new fans he had accumulated would expect to hear the same thing on the new album that they'd heard before, hence the inclusion of the "Borneo Horns" players on the album.

Like Let's Dance, but unlike most previous Bowie albums, Bowie played no instruments on the record, and in fact he delegated almost all responsibility for the music played to his musicians, only occasionally offering critical input.

Bowie brought in Derek Bramble and Hugh Padgham to produce the record, the former receiving the nod from Bowie due to some of the demos he'd recently produced for English female singer Jaki Graham. As with Let's Dance, Bowie prepared for the album by recording some demos beforehand, this time showing up with 8 of the 9 songs that would appear on the album. This surprised collaborator Carlos Alomar, who said "it was the first time in the eleven years that I've been with the damn man that he's brought in anything."

Iggy Pop spent a good deal of time in the studio with Bowie and the band while the album was being recorded, stating "I worked extensively on that album. There's a lot more work there than is reflected in just the simple co-writing credit for two songs and some of the old stuff." When asked why Bowie included so much Pop-written material on the album, Pop could only guess. "I think he just wanted the songs heard more," a sentiment Bowie would mirror when covering Pop's "Bang Bang" on his next album, Never Let Me Down.


(information sourced from wikipedia)

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David Bowie - Tonight, 1984, Europe

SKU: 21
  • Artist: David Bowie

    Album: Tonight (Single sleeve)

    Label: EMI America, IC064-240227

    Year: 1984

    Country: Europe

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  • Used.

    Single Sleeve in very good condtion, some edge and spine wear.

    (see pictures)

    Internal sleeves, Original in good condition.

    Vinyl in very good condition, play tested, no jumps etc, usual crackling, but nothing to affect listening pleasure.

    Sleeve and records have been very well looked after and are overall in very good condition. Very Good copy.

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