I was having a discussion with a friend here on AK, and David Bowie came up. I have always been a bit puzzled by the radical shifts, followed by long stretches of tranquility, in his music. What do you think? Have you noticed similar? First era (1966 to 1971): Starting with his self-titled: David Bowie (recorded in late 1966 I believe), and hitting its stride with Space Oddity (1969). Then "the long tranquility" Man Who Sold the World (1970), Hunky Dory (1971) Transitional CD/album: Ziggy Stardust (1972). This combines elements of the "first era" and "second era", which is rather different in my view. Second era (1973 to 1979): Aladdin Sane (early 1973), Pin-ups (late 1973), Diamond Dogs (early 1974), Young Americans (1975), Station to Station (1976. This CD/Album strayed a bit into the style of the "first era"), Low (early 1977), Heroes (late 1977, this CD/Album is musically similar to Aladdin Sane of four years earlier and a good bit different than "Low" released earlier that year), and Lodger (mid 1979, and stylishly more consistent with Young Americans of 1976) Transitional CD/album: Scary Monsters (1980). This I find some aspects very similar in style to Station to Station (1976) and Heroes (1977), but also to the later "Lets Dance" of 1983 Third era (and my absolute favorite): 1983 Lets Dance (1983) is the only CD/album in this era. Which is a shame as I really love the sound. Perhaps it was a reflection of the times, events, and an evolution of the recording technology than had existed prior. China Girl, Lets Dance, and Putting out Fire, really speak to me (and have for a long time). Criminal World is also a great track. --------- No transitional CD/album I think this ended the 1st epoch on David Bowie's career (1966-1983). The CD's that were released later, sounded very much like the upcoming "Tin Machine" era, and not really that much like the "Bowie" sound.