The Thin White Duke comes bursting onto the scene in "Station to Station" with the 10-minute epic of a title and opening track. The song is a hard rocker with the quirkiness that only David Bowie could pull off. Following that is "Golden Years," probably the best song on the album, with Bowie alternating between crooner and pop singer.
"Word on a Wing" is a lovely soft rock tune, and "Stay" is a bluesy gem, but "TVC15" is a little weak, especially when compared with the other tracks. The grand finale of the CD is "Wild Is the Wind," the album's slowest song, which just so happens to be the best way to cap off Bowie's masterwork.
But, of course, the reissued album does not just stop there. It contains a two-disc collection of the songs that Bowie performed live at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale in 1976. The upside is that some of Bowie's best work is on here: "Fame," "Panic in Detroit," "Life on Mars," "Changes," "Rebel Rebel" and more. The downside is that they are all live, so they are not polished like the studio versions, but you do get a different take on some of those songs.
The special edition CD is $40 -- $200 if you want the deluxe edition with the DVD -- so it is a little pricey. On the other hand, the music world has really been lacking some good Bowie tunes for a while, and with no new songs in sight, fans may just want to snatch up this reissued version and revisit some of Bowie's best songs.
"Station to Station" really is a stroke of musical genius.
If you're a fan of Bowie, then you probably also will be interested in some of the other recently or soon-to-be re-released albums. John Lennon's entire post-Beatles career was just re-mastered and released. It includes "Imagine" and "Walls and Bridges," among other albums.
Paul McCartney is re-releasing what is arguably his best Wings album, "Band on the Run," on Tuesday. Two Beatles compilation albums, 1962-1966 and 1967-1970 have been re-released as well.
A four-disc release titled "West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology," which will feature multiple unreleased songs and different takes, will be available Nov. 16.
Also, a four-disc collection, "Bob Dylan with Bob Dylan: The Original Mono Recordings," featuring "The Times They Are a Changin'" and more, is now available.
Alexander Randazzo is a junior at City Honors.