David Bowie / Loving The Alien 1983-1988
KNOW YOUR BASS PLAYER BLOWN AWAY: By Carmine Rojas on the live tracks on the former David Jones compilation Loving the Alien (1983-88). Rojas was brilliant on David’s Let’s Dance (1983), Tonight (1984), and Never Let Me Down (1987); working a modern rhythm & blues / reggae / funk / soul pocket with a piercing tone signature of the era. However, on the Serious Moonlight Live ’83 selections, Carmine goes full-throttle with harmonic extensions, pop/slap passages, and register leaping counterpoint to reinvigorate Bowie’s early canon. Dig the space he leaves in “Rebel Rebel,” and the wicked interplay on “Cracked Actor” to cite two extraordinary cuts. As I recall back in the day, Bowie diehards recoiled (and many still do), however Rojas and that band (also featuring Earl Slick, Carlos Alomar, Tony Thompson) kept the Ziggy zeitgeist relevant for a new generation. Essential listening for those who did not get it the first time around!