George Murray (David Bowie, Iggy Pop)

Photo courtesy of David Bowie Com Photo courtesy of David Bowie Com

Photo courtesy of David Bowie Com

Many fans, including this writer, regard Station to Station as David Bowie’s finest 37:50.

With guitarists Earl Slick and Carlos Alomar, E Street Band pianist Roy Bittan, drummer Dennis Davis, and bassist George Murray as the core band– the Thin White Duke erased the boundaries of soul, hard rock, avant-garde and dance into a work of aural art hitherto unheard.

Murray’s punchy Fender P tone coupled with his unadorned funk grooves fueled Bowie during his trailblazing Berlin period which yielded such classics as “Golden Years,” “Heroes,” “Fashion,” and “Ashes to Ashes, among others.

On subsequent Bowie albums George emerged as a formidable foil for Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew and also shined on Iggy Pop’s best album The Idiot, and Talking Head Jerry Harrison’s underrated The Red and Black.

After Bowie dispatched this band, Murray moved to Los Angeles and forged a career as an educator.

George Murray Sound & Vision

With Jerry Harrison

“Worlds In Collision” https://youtu.be/mrANQizoaAM

With Iggy Pop

“China Girl” https://youtu.be/slU0PSJedbU

“Sister Midnight” https://youtu.be/LAiQZGDmVXg

With David Bowie

“Ashes to Ashes” https://youtu.be/HyMm4rJemtI

“Boys Keep Swinging” https://youtu.be/2KcOs70dZAw

“Heroes” https://youtu.be/YLp2cW7ICCU

“Panic in Detroit” Live on the Station to Station Tour 1976: https://youtu.be/3CVK_rNXMRA