Music Matters - with John Murray

John Murray
John Murray

For a while the music biz was pondering over the new David Bowie album after a surprise ‘single’ was suddenly released without warning.

It made a talking point about its merits or otherwise and preceded the album with more of a fanfare. All this summer too the Victoria & Albert museum is displaying costumes and other memorabilia like lyrics and sketches - it’s already sold out.

And it is 40 years since Aladdin Sane (Parlophone), and an ideal time to release a remaster.

Last year, the successful Ziggy Stardust enjoyed the same process and again original engineer Ray Staff from Trident Studios works the digital gizmos for download and limited CD.

Issued a year after Ziggy, it had 100,000 pre-orders easily gaining David his first UK number one album, and the last to feature the full Mick Ronson fuelled Spiders From Mars band.

Unlike the two-disc 30th anniversary version, we get no out takes, session songs or alternative versions - this new edition remains as the same ten tracks we enjoyed on vinyl.

The tracks still all sound familiar – ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’ remains a grand old stomper and of course ‘The Jean Genie’ towers above all others.

Sparks’ biggest moment in pop was the rather avant-garde ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Us.’ Their first ever live album Two Hands One Mouth (Lil Beethoven), Live in Europe is a fans’ souvenir of the current shows with just Ron and Russell on stage. Stripped back versions of ‘Beat The Clock’, ‘Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth’, and ‘Number One Song In Heaven’ are enthusiastically performed and received.