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David Bowie – Look Back In Anger (2017 Tony Visconti mix, synced by Nacho)

October 13th, 2017 | by admin
David Bowie – Look Back In Anger (2017 Tony Visconti mix, synced by Nacho)
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Directed by David Mallet, 1979.

David Bowie – Look Back in Anger – 1979 – Tony Visconti 2017 Remix.

Look Back in Anger is a track from David Bowie’s album “Lodger”, which was released in May, 1979. The material for Lodger was recorded for the most part in September of 1978, during the four month break in the Isolar II world tour. The material was then finished in March of 1979.
In the US Look Back in Anger was also a single. The shocking androgyny (!) of Boys Keep Swinging and it’s accompanying “outrageous” David Mallet directed video was thought to be unsuitable for US market, and so Look Back in Anger was chosen instead as the single from Lodger. It was released in the US on the 20th of August 1979, and despite being accompanied by another David Mallet video, it failed to chart.
At the time NME critic Charles Shaar Murray described Look Back in Anger as “probably the low point” of the album. I bought Lodger the day it came out, and to me the song was (and remains) the obvious standout track of the album. I agree with Chris “Pushing Ahead of the Dame” O’Leary, in that Look Back in Anger is “one of Bowie’s major songs of the late ’70s”.

Beyond the shared title, the song has nothing to do with the John Osborne play Look Back in Anger. Tho’ Osbourne’s play begins in an attic much like the setting of Mallet’s video. Chris O’Leary again, on the video, “Bowie, in an artist’s loft, paints himself as an angel and then, reverse-Dorian Gray style, transforms into a grotesque with paint- and clay-encrusted skin. In the final shot, Bowie drags himself up the stairs and crawls under his bed. It’s as though he’s been made leprous by his art, and he’s sickened by himself.”
Look Back In Anger

Unlike most of Lodger, Look Back in Anger doesn’t feature lead players Adrian Belew, Roger Powell or Simon House. It is predominantly the work of the D.A.M. Trio rhythm section:
Dennis Davis: Drums
George Murray: Bass
Carlos Alomar: Guitar
In addition Sean Mayes is on Piano and Brian Eno on Synthesizer and Horse trumpet and Eroica horn – whatever they are?!
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36 years after it’s original release, Parlophone have included a new Tony Visconti remix of the entire Lodger album in the new Bowie box set, A New Career in a New Town. Legend has it that the original mixes of Lodger were never satisfactory to Visconti and Bowie, having been done on sub-standard equipment, due to an overbooked studio. Hard to believe that another artists work was important than mixing a new Bowie album! Anyway, in the sleeve notes for the new remix Visconti says that his intention was to try to present Lodger as good sonically as the follow up album, Scary Monsters. The new mixes were done with Bowie’s approval and he had heard at least some of them, we are assured.
Personally, I’m still scratching my head over this new Lodger and cannot decide yet what I think of the mixes.
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I haven’t done much here. Starting out with the best quality version of the original Look Back in Anger video that I could find, I have synced it to Tony Visconti’s new mix. The new mix is faster than the original, so in general the video has been sped up by about 5%. The new mix also has a longer outro fadeout. To accommodate this longer ending, the final part of the video, after Bowie’s lead vocal ends, has been slowed by about 20%. The quality of the original video always seemed a bit murky and washed out to me, so I’ve added just a little sharpening, contrast and color saturation.
Hope you dig it!

Do me an’ yerself a favor – watch it in the Highest Def available with the sound UP LOUD!

If anyone has any other footage, or ideas for another video project, of material from Bowie’s classic period, do please get in touch: nachomarcho@gmail.com

Putting this video together was another huge labour of love, made with love and with respect for the source.

I don’t own the rights, and I’m not making any money out of this etc. Just a fan making videos for other fans.

Nacho, 13th October, 2017.

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