Heard in 2012 (4): David Bowie’s ‘Stay’ (1976)


I started listening to Bowie before I finished high school but he has so many records that I’ll be playing catch up for many years to come. (In fact, his first record in ten years is coming out very soon.) So imagine my delight when I discovered how many remastered Bowie albums are available for $10 on iTunes! Packed with bonus tracks and live performances, they’re a real bargain. Owning them on vinyl will have to wait.

Station to Station has taken its place as one of my favourite Bowie albums, and ‘Stay’ exemplifies the mood well. Funk guitar lines, great riffs, off-kilter, showy, multi-layered vocals. The bass line sounds like it might have been the starting point for everything A Certain Ratio ever recorded. The ingredients for his Berlin Trilogy records are all here while Bowie’s love of soul music carries over from his previous album Young Americans.


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