It’s time for another David Bowie reissue, and it’s one that blew a lot of people’s minds upon its initial release.
EARTHLING, which originally arrived in record stores in 1997, found Bowie moving in an electronica-influenced direction, taking bits and pieces of the drum and bass scene of the day and transforming them into his own take on industrial music. If you think it was a case of an artist riding the coattails of a current trend, then you clearly don’t know the Thin White Duke very well: this was just a case of Bowie being Bowie, to the point where he actually produced it himself, the first time he’d done so for an album in over two decades. (The last instance had been 1974’s DIAMOND DOGS.)
Okay, okay, we know “Doing a 140” doesn’t have even remotely the same ring as “Doing a 180,” but what can we tell you? These particular reissues are on 140-gram vinyl rather than 180-gram vinyl, so we felt like it was better to be factual. It’s just the right thing to do, you know? (Also, it’s the legal thing to do, so there’s that as well.)
Oh, and if you’ve looked at the words “Earth, Wind & Fire” and thought, “Ah, I’ve already got a best-of collection,” then reconsider your position at least long enough to keep reading, because you might be surprised at what you’ll learn.
If you’re a big Air fan – and by the capitalization of the word, hopefully you’ll realize that we mean the French musical duo consisting of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel, as opposed to, say, the stuff you need to breathe – then you probably recall how we released TWENTYYEARS, their first-ever anthology, on June 10. If so, then you’ll probably also recall that when we issued the set digitally, on 2 CDs, and on 2 LPs, we teased about how we had something very special coming out on July 22: a limited-edition, numbered Super Deluxe Edition of the set, one which would feature 2 CDs, 2 LPs, and a bonus CD featuring remixes that Air had done for other artists.
Remastering Supervised By Jimmy Page With Previously Unreleased Recordings
CD, Vinyl, And Digital Formats, Including Super Deluxe Boxed Set, Available September 16
If absence makes the heart grow fonder, then the hearts of Ronnie James Dio’s fans have surely been beating our of their chests since 2010, when the man who once fronted Elf, Rainbow, and Black Sabbath came to the end of a valiant battle and succumbed to stomach cancer.