1972 -The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Continued his androgynous persona
concept album – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
sound – hard rock elements from the man who sold the world and lighter rock from Hunky Dory
fast-paced glam rock
songs – rock classics, ‘Ziggy Stardust’ ‘Moonage daydream’ ‘Suffragette City’ and ‘Rock & Roll Suicide.’
1973 - Aladdin Sane
Very iconic image
Still Ziggy Stardust
Bowie describes this album as ‘Ziggy goes to America
"startling as rock covers ever got."
shows- shocking moments
1973 – Pin Ups
collection of covers of his 1960s favorites
best-selling act of 1973 in the UK
Bowie broke up the Spiders from Mars and was attempting to move on from his Ziggy persona
The albums above were under the glam rock and psychedelic folk genre apart from The man who sold the world. The next albums created in the 70s move onto soul and R&B genres.
1974 – Diamond Dogs
another ambitious album
two distinct ideas: a musical based
on a wild future in a post-apocalyptic
city, and setting George Orwell's
1984 to music.
Songs were written for his musical,
Which never happened.
1975 - Young Americans
Bowie's definitive exploration of Philly soul
he himself referred to the sound ironically as "plastic soul."
first number one hit "Fame"
Despite Bowie's unashamed recognition of the shallowness of his "plastic soul," he did earn the bona fide distinction of being one of the few white artists to be invited to appear on the popular "Soul Train."
1976 - Station to Station
darker version of this soul persona, called "The Thin White Duke".
Station to Station was a transitional album to his next albums
but also further developing the funk and soul music of Young Americans
Bowie's interest in the growing German music scene, as well as his drug addiction, prompted him to move to West Berlin to dry out and rejuvenate his career.
1977 – Low & Heroes
The brittle sound of Station to Station proved a precursor to Low, the first of three albums that became known as the "Berlin Trilogy.
similar in sound to Low
The mood of these records fitted the Cold War, symbolized by the divided city that provided its inspiration.
The title track, a story of two lovers who met at the Berlin Wall, is one of Bowie's most-covered songs
Album cover – Inspired by German expressionist – Egon Schiele
Iggy Pop’s album
In 1978 Bowie embarked on a world tour, playing in Australia and New Zealand for the first time, and then in 1979 produced the final album of the "Berlin Trilogy", or "triptych" as Bowie calls it.
1978 - Lodger
"Boys Keep Swinging", "DJ" and "Look Back in Anger"
instrumentals style was a mix of New Wave and world music
A number of tracks were composed using the non-traditional Bowie/Eno composition techniques
"Boys Keep Swinging" was developed with the band members swapping their instruments while "Move On" contains the chords for an early Bowie composition, "All The Young Dudes", played backwards; the song "Red Money" took backing tracks from the Iggy Pop/David Bowie composition "Sister Midnight" from Pop's album The Idiot.