David Bowie ‎– Reality

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New Killer Star 4:41
Pablo Picasso 4:06
Never Get Old 4:25
The Loneliest Guy 4:12
Looking For Water 3:28
She'll Drive The Big Car 4:35
Days 3:19
Fall Dog Bombs The Moon 4:04
Try Some, Buy Some 4:25
Reality 4:24
Bring Me The Disco King 7:45
Fly 4:10
Queen Of All The Tarts (Overture) 2:53
Rebel Rebel 3:11

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COL 512555 9, 5125559000 David Bowie Reality(2xCD, Album, S/Edition, Dig) ISO Records, Columbia, ISO Records, Columbia COL 512555 9, 5125559000 UK & Europe 2003 Sell This Version
none David Bowie Reality (Album Sampler)(CDr, Album, Smplr) Columbia none 2003 Sell This Version
88697169032E David Bowie Reality(2xCD, Album, Gat) Sony BMG Music Entertainment, ISO Records, Columbia 88697169032E Europe 2003 Sell This Version
5125559000 David Bowie Reality(2xCD, Album, Ltd, Dig) ISO Records, Columbia 5125559000 Australia & New Zealand 2003 Sell This Version
CK 90660 David Bowie Reality(2xCD, Album, Ltd, S/Edition) Columbia, ISO Records CK 90660 US 2003 Sell This Version
ISRC CN-D16-02-362-00/A J6 David Bowie Reality(2xHDCD, Album, Unofficial) Universal Music Taiwan (2) ISRC CN-D16-02-362-00/A J6 Taiwan 2003 Sell This Version
2-512555 David Bowie Reality(CD) Columbia 2-512555 Argentina 2003 Sell This Version
CK 90576, 90576 David Bowie Reality(CD, Album) Columbia, ISO Records CK 90576, 90576 Canada 2003 Sell This Version
COL 512555 0 David Bowie Reality(CD, Album) ISO Records, Columbia COL 512555 0 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
SICP 446, 4547366012170 David Bowie Reality(CD, Album) Sony Records Int'l, ISO Records SICP 446, 4547366012170 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
COL 512555 2, 512555 2, 5125552000 David Bowie Reality(CD, Album) Columbia, ISO Records, Columbia, ISO Records, Columbia, ISO Records COL 512555 2, 512555 2, 5125552000 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
5125552000 David Bowie Reality(CD, Album) Columbia, ISO Records 5125552000 Australia 2003 Sell This Version
2-512555 David Bowie Reality(CD, Album) Sony Music, ISO Records 2-512555 Mexico 2003 Sell This Version
CK 90576 David Bowie Reality(CD, Album) Columbia, ISO Records CK 90576 US 2003 Sell This Version
COL 512555 2, 512555 2, 5125552000 David Bowie Reality(CD, Album) Columbia, Columbia, ISO Records COL 512555 2, 512555 2, 5125552000 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
COL 512555 3, 5125553000 David Bowie Reality(CD, Album) Columbia, ISO Records COL 512555 3, 5125553000 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
SICP 444~5 David Bowie Reality(CD, Album + CD, EP + Box, Ltd, Dig) Sony Records Int'l, ISO Records SICP 444~5 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
5125553000 David Bowie Reality(CD, Album + DVD-V, PAL) Columbia, ISO Records 5125553000 Australia 2003 Sell This Version
COL 512555 3 David Bowie Reality(CD, Album + DVD-V, PAL + Ltd, Tou) Columbia, ISO Records COL 512555 3 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
CDCOL6713 David Bowie Reality(CD, Album, Dig) ISO Records CDCOL6713 South Africa 2003 Sell This Version
CK 91871 David Bowie Reality(CD, Album, Ltd + DVD, NTSC, Ltd) ISO Records, Columbia CK 91871 Canada 2003 Sell This Version
SAMPCD 13278 2, 0132782000 David Bowie Reality(CD, Album, Promo, Copy Prot.) Columbia, ISO Records SAMPCD 13278 2, 0132782000 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
0146922ERE David Bowie Reality(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Polydor (2), Edel Records (2) 0146922ERE Russia 2003 Sell This Version
COL 512555.5, 512555.2 David Bowie Reality(CD, Album, Tou + DVD, NTSC, S/Edition) Columbia, Columbia, ISO Records COL 512555.5, 512555.2 Singapore 2003 Sell This Version
H811 David Bowie Reality(CD, Album, Unofficial) Sony Music Asia (2) H811 China 2003 Sell This Version
none David Bowie Reality(CD, Album, Unofficial) Columbia (2) none 2003 Sell This Version
none David Bowie Reality(CD, Album, Unofficial) Columbia (2) none Europe 2003 Sell This Version
512555.4 David Bowie Reality(Cass, Album) Columbia 512555.4 Indonesia 2003 Sell This Version
COL 512555 4 David Bowie Reality(Cass, Album) Columbia, ISO Records COL 512555 4 Poland 2003 Sell This Version
CH 90752 David Bowie Reality(SACD, Album, Hybrid, Multichannel) Columbia, ISO Records CH 90752 US 2003 Sell This Version
COL 512555 6, 5125556000 David Bowie Reality(SACD, Hybrid, Multichannel, Album) Columbia, ISO Records COL 512555 6, 5125556000 UK & Europe 2003 Sell This Version
SICP 544~5 David Bowie = デヴィッド・ボウイ* David Bowie = デヴィッド・ボウイ* - Reality = リアリティ スペシャル・エディション(CD, Album, RE + DVD-V, NTSC + Ltd, Promo, S/Editio) Columbia, ISO Records SICP 544~5 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
SICP 544~5 David Bowie = デヴィッド・ボウイ* David Bowie = デヴィッド・ボウイ* - Reality = リアリティ スペシャル・エディション(CD, Album, RE + DVD-V, NTSC + Ltd, S/Edition) Columbia, ISO Records SICP 544~5 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
CN 90743 David Bowie Reality(Hybrid, DualDisc, Album, NTSC) Columbia CN 90743 US 2004 Sell This Version
COL 512555 7, 5125557000 David Bowie Reality(Hybrid, DualDisc, Album, PAL) ISO Records, Columbia, ISO Records, Columbia COL 512555 7, 5125557000 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
BOWIE-DUALDISC David Bowie Reality(Hybrid, DualDisc, Album, Promo, NTSC) Columbia BOWIE-DUALDISC US 2004 Sell This Version
5125556, none David Bowie Reality(SACD, Hybrid) Columbia, ISO Records, Hitech 5125556, none Greece 2006 Sell This Version
MHCP 1348-9 David Bowie Reality(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + Ltd, Gat) Columbia, ISO Records MHCP 1348-9 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
none David Bowie Reality(LP, Unofficial, Whi) Full Force Records none UK 2007 Sell This Version
8869745570230 David Bowie Reality(CD, Album, RE, A5 ) ISO Records 8869745570230 Czech Republic 2009 Sell This Version
SICP-30155 David Bowie Reality(CD, Album, RE, Blu) Sony Records Int'l SICP-30155 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
MOVLP875 David Bowie Reality(LP, Album, RE, 180) Music On Vinyl, Columbia, ISO Records MOVLP875 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
MOVLP875 David Bowie Reality(LP, Album, RE, Ltd, Num, Gre) Music On Vinyl, Columbia, ISO Records MOVLP875 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
MOVLP875 David Bowie Reality(LP, Album, RE, Ltd, Num, Ora) Music On Vinyl, Columbia, ISO Records MOVLP875 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
FRM-90576, 88875044601 David Bowie Reality(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Cle) Friday Music, ISO Records, Columbia FRM-90576, 88875044601 US 2015 Sell This Version
CK 90576 David Bowie Reality(CD, Album, RE) Columbia, ISO Records CK 90576 US Unknown Sell This Version
COL 512555 2 David Bowie Reality(CD, Album, Unofficial) Columbia (2) COL 512555 2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version

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erik7778910

erik7778910

July 10, 2016
referencing Reality, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Cle, FRM-90576, 88875044601
My copy is transparent blue, not clear. A repress maybe?
professormouse

professormouse

March 12, 2016
referencing Reality, 2xCD, Album, Gat, 88697169032E
Is this from the white/silver box-set about this time as I had some of the other '2 CD' ones and they'd kinda 'booklet' type covers ?
puppyrevenge-2009

puppyrevenge-2009

March 2, 2014
referencing Reality, 2xCD, Album, S/Edition, Dig, COL 512555 9, 5125559000
Wow, 2 vastly different reviews/opinions below. i have to say i'm in the middle. While this LP is by no means as bad as "dghkfhldfdhlfa" feels it is it is also not worthy of the huge amount of nonsense "guybahir" feels the need to write about it. Its a good solid effort. Some awesome songs (the title track-disco king-pablo picasso-days) and some less efforts but NONE poor. It grew on me a lot and although i think technically and commercially successfully, HEATHEN is a better album i somehow prefer REALITY. With less "silly songs" and covers REALITY hasnt aged or got boring for me yet. Now THE NEXT DAY has been released i think its safe to say this is a much better effort. Although, don't get me wrong, for a God a short time away from 70, THE NEXT DAY is still admirable and i like it very much. Anyway, REALITY, if you like Bowie, you like this.
guybahir

guybahir

September 29, 2013
referencing Reality, 2xCD, Album, S/Edition, Dig, COL 512555 9, 5125559000

(Found this lying around... wrote it when the album came out)

Let me start you off with a warning: I am the last person on Earth to take a Bowie recommendation from. I am what you’d probably call a Bowie fanboy; when I saw him live I hit an emotional meltdown as soon as he opened his mouth. Not that I think all Bowie material is on the same level of greatness, some of his work is, infact, pretty bad. But Tin Machine aside - well, let’s just say I love the albums nobody seems to until 20 years after their release, when they suddenly realize that yes, once again, Dave was blissfully walking ahead, whistling his cleverly camouflaged trailblazer tunes to a world populated by deaf mutants.
Also, unlike way too many music connoisseurs and other wankers, I think that Bowie’s output of the last 15 years has pretty much been the best in his career, a couple of pre - Let’s Dance albums aside.
So I went and finally bought ‘Reality’.
Let’s put it this way: imagine the best DJ in the world playing 8 different records at once, divinely mixing them together into one album and then cutting it into tracks and remixing; and then Bowie supplies all the vocals. Ok? No? Ok.
Imagine visiting a parallel Earth, and opening the radio. You seem to sort of recognize all the songs you hear, but you also know full well that you’ve never heard them before; besides, the pitch mechanism back at the station seems to have somehow malfunctioned, as none of the songs follow a strictly ‘correct’ harmonic pattern, but they still all make perfect pop sense.
See, Bowie recognizes the value of grit and distortion, and here is what he does: he doesn’t get influenced by musicians like the rest of us; being a true pop genius (and - unlike all those instrument-whacking zitfaced morons who make up 99% of any music scene in these sad times - a MUSICIAN), he understands what his favorite people do, and simply assimilates them. Resistance is futile, the Bowrg is here. THEN, you see, he processes them, and out the other end they come, fully Bowieized, to be incorporated into his own material and according to his sensibilities. He is the most convincing form of musical parasite that ever existed, a human sampler, a walking musical collage, and everyone from Your Favorite Crooner through Tricky & Co., Bird, Sting, the Beatles and Angelo Badalamenti to Sonic Youth, Bowie himself and Bowie-only-knows who else, is effortlessly featured in this album - reflected through his internal hall of mirrors.
That much being the first stage is obvious.
Then, I would imagine, he composes and arranges 20-30 straight pop tunes, cuts them up into pieces like he says he does his lyrics, throws everything into a cylinder-hat, turns it on a table and pastes them back together pretty much accidentally.
Having done the basic research, he cleans up the residue and visible seams, plays around with whatever it is he has there, and distorts some of the resulting harmonies so as to not be too confident with the end result. Now that the structure is clear, he’ll insert the lyrics into his musical hybrids and bring it to his (phenomenal) band and producer to play with, and when everyone’s had their fun and the song is recorded, he’ll just create some more internal soundscapes, noise layers and time-machine substructures you can barely notice and plant them in there, carefully layered in order to disorient you just a bit without any real damage to your brain.

Yup.

So, this is Reality.

Seeya.
Brian_Damager

Brian_Damager

July 20, 2013
referencing Reality, LP, Unofficial, Whi, none
Heavily edited songs, more like skipped, unhearable
dghkfhldfdhlfa

dghkfhldfdhlfa

December 13, 2010
referencing Reality, CD, Album, CK 90576
i'm really hoping that this doesn't end up being bowie's last recording, although i understand that there are issues with his health. to a certain extent, i think he owes it to the ratios of the universe to go out on a higher note than this. he's had a very long time to think about it now. is there a musical existence for david bowie somewhere beyond pop music, in some kind of a "serious" genre? how will that be accepted by a largely aging fan base? will there be one further attempt at remaking himself?

let me deal with the covers first........no. just......no. it's david bowie. just.....no. i've seen the arguments about being humble and they may even be correct, but it's just too easy to accuse him of capitalizing off of harrison's death, even if there's not an ounce of truth to it. i'm going to guess that what underlies the covers is actually some kind of twisted psychological trick geared towards people much older than me. pablo picasso? the modern lovers? oh! i remember that! it was one of my favourite songs in high school! i wonder what it will sound like with bowie singing it......maybe i should ask my wife.....oh, it's only twenty dollars...

hook, line, sinker. fish on! now, reel 'er in!

ignoring the covers, the problem with this disc is it's complete subservience to pop song songwriting. see, bowie is supposed to be the anti-pop-star; he's supposed to write pop music that in no way resembles pop music. so, a song like "she'll drive the big car", while perfectly acceptable on some lesser peon's record, is not of a level of quality that is acceptable on a bowie record. there are also some just plain painful moments on the disc; never get old is just difficult to listen to, and it's not hard to guess why, while reality is the token track with a heavily distorted guitar riff and very much sounds forced into being precisely that. generic pop doesn't just fall flat because it's generic, it falls flat because it's disingenuous and driven by profit; the one thing that has the ability to save generic pop is an infusion of legitimate passion. this disc has very little of that. it sounds calculated, disinterested and constructed with the purpose of moving units first and writing music second. while likely a bit of a slip, bowie admits as much in the fifth track when he states that his heart's not in it.

the few high points of the disc consist of the few tracks where he seems more than disinterested and are not worth the price of the disc. if this does end up being bowie's last record, it is at least appropriate that he ends his career with a reflective eight-minute lounge track driven by mike garson's eccentric piano playing.