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The Best Of David Bowie 1969/1974 [Original recording remastered]

David Bowie Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Oct 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B000009RNM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Jean Genie (1997 Digital Remaster) 4:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Space Oddity (1997 Digital Remaster) 5:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Starman (1997 Digital Remaster) 4:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Ziggy Stardust (1997 Digital Remaster) 3:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. John, I'm Only Dancing (Sax Version; 1997 Digital Remaster) 2:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Rebel Rebel (1997 Digital Remaster) 4:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Let's Spend The Night Together (1997 Digital Remaster) 3:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Suffragette City (1997 Digital Remaster) 3:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Oh! You Pretty Things (1997 Digital Remaster) 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Velvet Goldmine (1997 Digital Remaster) 3:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Drive-In Saturday (1997 Digital Remaster) 4:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Diamond Dogs (1997 Digital Remaster) 6:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Changes (1997 Digital Remaster) 3:34Album Only
Listen14. Sorrow (1997 Digital Remaster) 2:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The Prettiest Star (1997 Digital Remaster) 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Life On Mars? (1997 Digital Remaster) 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Aladdin Sane (1997 Digital Remaster) 5:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. The Man Who Sold The World (1997 Digital Remaster) 3:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (1997 Digital Remaster) 3:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. All The Young Dudes (1997 Digital Remaster) 4:110.99  Buy MP3 

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Loads Of Bowie Classics All On One Disc

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation - every track is a gem! 22 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a superb CD - all of Bowie's early classics on one compilation. However, if you are a big Bowie fan, you'll have all these tracks on the albums. If you're not and you're new to the man, this is a good starting place BUT if you want a more complete anthology of Bowie's career then check out the Singles Collection CD. These may have been Bowie's classic years in terms of output but he still made great music into the 80s. If, however, you just want the early stuff on one CD without buying the albums (or as a primer) then this is well worth the money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Bowie's finest years. 19 May 2000
By John Peter O'connor VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album simply stuffed full of great songs. I was very pleased to find this CD. I had a couple of albums from this part of Bowie's career but there were a few songs that I really wanted but that I was not going to buy a whole CD for just yet. All of those songs that I wanted were on this compilation. So, I certainly agree with the taste of the person who put this together.
There were only two songs on here that disappointed me. The first was "Let's Spend the night Together" and the second was "All the Young Dudes." In both cases I felt that Bowie was trying too hard to sound unlike the original recording artists. Of couse, 'Dudes was written by Bowie and given to his friends at Mott the Hoople so it is a Bowie song but here he just camps it up to an excrutiating degree and spoils the song.
The sleeve insert that came with my copy gives no information as the to provenance of the songs and certainly, the songs that come from the Ziggy Stardust album do not sound as good as the remastered versions on that album. But this is a subjective matter and it's not a big deal anyway.
The highlights of the CD are "Space Oddity", all of the tracks from "Ziggy Stardust", "John, I'm only Dancing", "Oh you pretty thing" and "Changes" but there are so many other great tracks too.
The music covers a number of different styles reflecting the changes in the artists music over the years. If you don't know much about Bowie in this period, I suggest that you buy a copy of this and then see which tracks you really like and buy the original albums from which they came.
This CD is available in two versions distributed in the UK and Japan. They differ in track order and one song from "Ziggy" is different.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The White Duke at his very very best 27 Sep 2001
Format:Audio CD
All his best hits on one CD. The space themes of his classics Starman and Space Oddity mixed with the superb Rebel Rebel, All the Young Dudes, Changes..the list is endless. Definitely THE Bowie album to buy, it is the androgynous Ziggy at his best. A track for every mood, every occasion...it need never stray from the CD player!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncredited rarities included! 25 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What the other excellent reviews neglect to point out, is that there are, in addition to the well known hits, three rarities on this album. For some unknown (and frankly lazy) reason, neither the album or sleeve notes make note of them. They are 'John, I'm Only Dancing' (Sax Version) which was recorded during the sessions for the 'Aladdin Sane' album, 'The Prettiest Star' (Single Version), which is the original 1970 single version that features Marc Bolan on lead guitar and finally, 'All The Young Dudes' (Studio Version) which is the original Bowie studio version from 1973.
The first two showed up on the 'Sound And Vision' box set and 'All the Young Dudes' was previously featured on the now rare and deleted 'RarestOneBowie' CD. In my opinion, their inclusion make this set even better than it first appears.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB SELECTION OF SONGS 11 Feb 2003
Format:Audio CD
This excellent compilation draws from the albums The Man Who Sold The World, Space Oddity, Hunky Dory, Pin-Ups, Aladdinsane, Diamond Dogs and his opus magnum Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars. It thus provides some of his best work with producer Tony Visconti plus a wide variety of different musical styles. There's the wistful pop of Space Oddity and Starman, the pre-punk aggro of Jean Genie (supposedly written about Iggy Pop), the anthemic rock of Rebel Rebel, the 60s pop of Sorrow and Oh You Pretty Things (This was a hit for Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits in 1971). There's also the heavy rock of Man Who Sold The World (a hit for Lulu in the late 1960s) and All The Young Dudes (a hit for Mott The Hoople in 1973), the bleak ballad Drive-In Saturday, his fast and aloof interpretation of Let's Spend The Night Together and the phenomenal and breathtaking Life On Mars with its gripping arrangement and poetic lyrics. Other favourites of mine include the catchy Prettiest Star and Changes with its interesting wordplay, plus the magnificent Diamond Dogs with its howling hound sounds. The choice of tracks is highly intelligent and although these things are always subjective, I do for once agree with the selection of the compilers. Of course, Bowie had a novelty hit in 1973, The Laughing Gnome, but it would have been out of place on this album so I won't complain of the omission, and it was recorded long before 1969. Bowie's early work has stood the test of time very well. These are all strong, melodic songs that still evoke vivid images and emotions. This album well and truly deserves its five stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection 15 Mar 2013
By Dialog
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
I really liked this as it had all of my favourite Bowie songs but I would have liked it to have included the single version of 'John I'm Only Dancing' as I don't think the Sax version is quite as good.
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Published 13 months ago by Lorenzo
4.0 out of 5 stars It's the best of Bowie on a single CD - Oh Yea !
I just sold some of my old 12" vinyl LPs and this CD is the best of the best on Digital media. Just re-livin' those 70's songs, playing it right now, Golden Years
Published 13 months ago by Major Quay
4.0 out of 5 stars BOWIES FIRST OF THREE
Bought the other 2 cd's years ago now BOWIE is big news again got the first one I do think if you have not got the other 2 then get them the dvd is not bad one problem with this cd... Read more
Published 15 months ago by M lockyet
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best tracks ever
This is a great CD for someone who does not have the funds to purchase Bowie's entire back catalogue - man that guy produced a lot of stuff. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ms. Freya Spoor
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