Let’s Dance

~ Release group by David Bowie

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Let’s Dance 12" Vinyl 8 EMI America 0C 062-400 165, AML 3029 [none]
Let’s Dance CD 8 EMI America CDP 7 46002 2 077774600224
Let’s Dance CD 8 EMI America CP35-3034 [none]
Let’s Dance 12" Vinyl 8 EMI America 1C 064-400 165 [none]
Let’s Dance 12" Vinyl 8 EMI America EYS-81580
Let’s Dance 12" Vinyl 8 EMI America 10C 072-400165 [none]
Let’s Dance CD 8 EMI America CDP 7 46002 2 [none]
Let’s Dance CD 8 EMI America CDP 546002 [none]
Let’s Dance Cassette 8 EMI America 4XO 517093 [none]
Let’s Dance 12" Vinyl 8 RCA Music Service (RCA's Music Club) R 153730 [none]
Let’s Dance 12" Vinyl 8 EMI America SO-17093 077771709319
Let’s Dance CD 9 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) VJCP-25210 4988006714168
Let’s Dance CD 9 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 8 40982 2, CDVUS 96 724384098223
Let’s Dance CD 9 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 8 40982 2 724384098223
Let’s Dance CD 8 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 7243 4 93094 2 5 724349309425
Let’s Dance (clear tray) Enhanced CD 8 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 521 8960, 7243 521896 0 1 724352189601
Let’s Dance (rights society: BEL/BIEM; S.I.A.E.) CD 8 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 521 8960, 7243 521896 0 1 724352189601
Let’s Dance CD 8 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 7243 521896 0 1 724352189601
Let’s Dance Enhanced CD 8 Parlophone 218967-PRL2 724352189601
Let’s Dance Hybrid SACD 8 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 07243 543319 2 3, 543 3192 724354331923
Let’s Dance CD 8 東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29) TOCP-70154 4988006851146
Let’s Dance SHM-CD 8 EMI Music Japan Inc. (2007-06-30 to 2013-04-01 - record company, do NOT USE as release label - check the back cover or CD surface for the imprint) TOCP-95054 4988006877245
Let’s Dance 12" Vinyl 8 Pathé Marconi EMI (record company, renamed EMI Pathé Marconi in 1986) 2C 070-400165, PM 263
Let’s Dance CD 8 EMI America CDP 7 46002 2 07777460022

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: China Girl
Let’s Dance
included in: Loving the Alien (1983–1988)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000649915 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/48753 [info]
Wikidata: Q113189 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/David_Bowie:Let's_Dance_(1983) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/david_bowie/lets_dance/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/3mwx [info]

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It's hard to imagine now how people felt when, in 1983, Let's Dance emerged as if from nowhere. The general pop-buying public, at least, loved it - there are very few records shinier than this one, which glints like David Bowie's new teeth and is full of treble and echoes like a robber's cave.

Bowie's choice of Nile Rodgers for producer was canny; Rodgers had moved away from the sophisticated disco of Chic and was becoming the person cool rock acts from Debbie Harry to Duran Duran would hire to give them a sheen of funk, rock and pop. Certainly nobody but Rodgers could have taken a song like China Girl (written by Bowie and Iggy Pop and originally recorded by the latter), with its paranoid references to "visions of swastikas", and turned it into a sweet, romantic hit single. And the combination of Bowie and Rodgers on the title track was perfect - Bowie's epic lyric about dancing under "serious moonlight" (the name of his subsequent monster tour, which lasted until December and took in 96 shows) and the brilliant filching of the crescendo "ahh!"s from The Beatles' version of The Isley Brothers' Twist and Shout were masterstrokes, each welded to a loud, stadium-ised drum and bass sound.

But older Bowie fans were less impressed. The last three years had seen Bowie mooch between soundtracks (his theme for Cat People is reprised here), one-offs and a jumble of often-great records that had little or nothing do with his excellent 1980 album, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). Let's Dance may have had a ground-breaking sound and a popularity that Bowie clearly ached for, but it's often a mundane album, as songs like Ricochet and Shake It mark time until a single turns up. (It's possibly significant that one of the best songs here is Criminal World, a cover of a song by obscure Bowie clones Metro).

But when Bowie growled, on another of the album's excellent singles Modern Love, "I know when to go out / And when to stay in / And get things done," he wasn't kidding. Let's Dance was literally the template for 80s Bowie - blonde, suited and smiling. It would, however, be a long time before he made another single as striking as Let's Dance.