Station to Station is the tenth studio album by English musician David Bowie, released by RCA Records in 1976. Commonly regarded as one of his most significant works, Station to Station was the vehicle for his last distinct performance persona, the Thin White Duke. The album was recorded after he completed shooting Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth, and the cover artwork featured a still from the movie. During the sessions Bowie was heavily dependent on drugs, especially cocaine, and later claimed that he recalled almost nothing of the production.
Musically, Station to Station was a transitional album for Bowie, developing the funk and soul music of his previous release, Young Americans, while presenting a new direction towards synthesisers and motorik rhythms that was influenced by German electronic bands such as Neu! and Kraftwerk. This trend culminated in some of his most acclaimed work, the so-called “Berlin Trilogy”, recorded with Brian Eno in 1977–79. Bowie himself said that Station to Station was “a plea to come back to Europe for me”. The album’s lyrics reflected his preoccupations with Friedrich Nietzsche, Aleister Crowley, mythology and religion.
Blending funk and krautrock, romantic balladry and occultism, Station to Station has been described as “simultaneously one of Bowie’s most accessible albums and his most impenetrable”. Preceded by the single “Golden Years”, it made the top five in both the UK and US charts. In 2003, the album was ranked No. 323 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Released: 23 January 1976
Recorded: September–November 1975 at Cherokee Studios(Los Angeles)
Genre: Art rock, Space rock, Funk soul
Label: RCA Records
Producers: David Bowie and Harry Maslin
Singles released from the Album:
“Golden Years” Released in November 1975
“Station to Station” Released in January 1976
“TVC 15” Released in April 1976
“Stay” Released in July 1976