- For the 1968 Van Morrison song, see Sweet Thing (Van Morrison song).
"Sweet Thing" is a song written by David Bowie for the album Diamond Dogs in 1974. The song is split in two with "Candidate" in the middle.
"Tragic Moments/Zion/Aladdin Vein"
A track now referred to as "Zion" has also appeared on bootlegs under the titles "Aladdin Vein", "Love Aladdin Vein", "A Lad in Vein", and "A Lad in Vain". Incorporating parts reminiscent of "Aladdin Sane
" and what would become "Sweet Thing (Reprise)" on Diamond Dogs
, this instrumental piece was generally thought to have been recorded during the Aladdin Sane
sessions at Trident Studios
early in 1973. However a recent estimate places it alongside recordings for Pin Ups
later that year, as a preview of Bowie's next original work, leading author Nicholas Pegg
to suggest that it "perhaps ought to be regarded more as a Diamond Dogs
demo than an Aladdin Sane
out-take". A 1973 article about Bowie recording PinUps
accurately describes the song, which seems to confirm Pegg's theory:
David asks engineer Andy to run up a quick mix of the next project. Now this is really the one - the next album of Bowie's own original material. "There are no vocals on it yet - just my la-la-la-ing. Its going to be a musical in one act called 'Tragic Moments' probably running straight through two sides. We listen to perhaps seven minutes of music. I am confused. The contrast between 'Tragic Moments' and PINUPs could not be greater. The former is a highly arranged, subtly shifting music with just a touch of vaudeville: Mike Garson's piano flashes through like quicksilver. Perhaps the closest approximation to what has gone before would be the title track of Aladdin Sane.
- A live version (which also included "Candidate" and "Sweet Thing (Reprise)" from the 1974 tour was released on David Live. Another live recording from the 1974 tour was released on the semi-legal album A Portrait in Flesh.