Diamond Dogs 50th Anniversary

Artist Name
David Bowie
Release Date



Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 

Half-Speed Mastered LP and Picture Disc Releasing May 24

LOS ANGELES - Today marks the 50th anniversary of the release of David Bowie’s landmark single “Rebel Rebel,” which appeared in a remixed form on Bowie's eighth and most musically adventurous album of the early 1970s, Diamond Dogs.   

On May 24, the exact day of its Golden Jubilee, Diamond Dogs will be issued as a limited edition 50th anniversary half-speed mastered LP and picture disc pressed from the same master. The first single from the album, the aforementioned “Rebel Rebel,” reached No. 5 in the UK, and the album would also reach similar heights on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching No.1 in the UK and No. 5 in the US.    

The writing of the album was influenced by Bowie not being able to secure the rights for a theatrical production of George Orwell’s 1984 and the work of William S. Burroughs, whom Bowie had interviewed for Rolling Stone in November 1973. The songs on the album created an urban apocalyptic scenario with Bowie appearing on the cover as a controversial half-man, half-dog hybrid painted by the Belgian artist Guy Peellaert from photos by the world-renowned photographer Terry O’Neill. Since its release, tracks from Diamond Dogs have been covered by artists such as Beck, Tina Turner, Duran Duran, Def Leppard, Joan As Police Woman, Dead Or Alive and The Struts. 

To promote the album, Bowie undertook his most theatrical and elaborate tour to date, which was captured on film for the infamous BBC program Cracked Actor and the classic David Live album. Despite written promises to fans that the tour would reach the UK, it never did. For the second leg of the US tour, Bowie stripped back the show and started taking his material in a more soulful direction, which would be fully realized with the release of his next album, Young Americans

This new pressing of Diamond Dogs was cut on a customized late Neumann VMS80 lathe with fully recapped electronics from 192kHz restored masters of the original master tapes, with no additional processing on transfer. The half-speed was cut by John Webber at AIR Studios. 


Diamond Dogs


Side One

  1. Future Legend 
  2. Diamond Dogs 
  3. Sweet Thing
  4.  Candidate 
  5. Sweet Thing (Reprise) 
  6. Rebel Rebel  

Side Two

  1. Rock ’n’ Roll With Me 
  2. We Are The Dead 
  3. 1984 
  4. Big Brother
  5. Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family