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David Bowie Audio CD
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The cliché about David Bowie says he's a musical chameleon, adapting himself according to fashion and trends. While such a criticism is too glib, there's no denying that Bowie demonstrated remarkable skill for perceiving musical trends at his peak in the '70s. After spending several years in the late '60s as a mod and as an ... Read more in Amazon's David Bowie Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Dec 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00006JYI6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,491 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Let's Dance (Single Version)
2. Ashes To Ashes (Single Version)
3. Helden (Single Version)
4. Fame 90 (Gass Mix)
5. Young Americans (Single Version)
6. Fashion (Single Version)
7. Ziggy Stardust
8. Space Oddity
9. When The Wind Blows
10. Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (Single Version)
11. Sound And Vision
12. Loving The Alien (Single Version)
13. Blue Jean
14. China Girl (Single Version)
15. Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie
16. Dancing In The Street
17. Absolute Beginners (Single Version)
18. This Is Not America
19. Thursday's Child (Radio Edit)
20. Slow Burn (Radio Edit)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
If you want Bowie's hits then this is for you, and it is a good introduction to the rest of David Bowie's music. The second disc is not as good as the first, but that is not the fault of the CD, it's just that Bowie's career didn't have as much success in later years as it did in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Make sure that you do not buy this album assuming it contains all of the best songs Bowie ever released, these are only the ones that were the most commercially successful. Bowie's albums are another topic altogether and you are advised to check out his albums since many of them are classics in their own right. Some of the most creative and experimental music that Bowie recorded is not to be found on this compilation but in the filler between the tracks found on this CD when they are on their original albums.

Overall, this CD is a good introduction to Bowie, but don't be afraid to dig deeper, there's a lot more gold down there.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Introduction 4 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is a brilliant introduction to Bowie's music - if you don't already own a compilation of his music, this is the one to get! From Space Oddity, through Ziggy Stardust, Hereos, Ashes to Ashes, Lets Dance (in fact all of his career apart from the terrible "Never Let Me Down" and "Tin Machine" albums) to this years "Slow burn", most of his classics are here. Of special interest are his collaborations, "Under Pressure" the (intentionally?) humourous "Dancing in the street", the mellow "This is not America", and "Hello Spaeboy" with Pet Shop Boys.
If there are any criticisms they would be that the track list is very similar to 1993's "The single collection2, so long term fans may not see the need to purchase these songs again, and personally I would have chosen "Everyone Says Hi" rather than "Slowburn" from Heathen. Howver this is a great introduction for Bowie initiates, and a great present for anyone!
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful
By amboline VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
In general terms, this chock-a-block 2CD compilation does exactly what it says on the tin: compiles the vast majority of the best-known works from the back catalogue of one of the world's most prolific and defiantly original songwriters. Inevitably, not everything can fit on here, and there must have been some hearty arguments in the production room about what to put on and what to leave out. Not everything on this compilation was a hit; but then, not all of Bowie's hits were among his best work, and some representation of the "cult" material is clearly necessary.
CD1 equates more or less to "the legendary years" as we're introduced to Major Tom floating in his tin can, Ziggy Stardust playing guitar, and all the most familiar songs. The order is clearly intended to be chronological, but actually isn't ("Starman" is bizarrely out of sequence), although it holds up well, presenting Bowie's own artistic progression from guitar-strumming troubadour through his mastery of glam rock and electronica. His capacity to straddle genres is abundantly clear by about five tracks in, as is his skill as a chronicler of the changing fashions of the age, from glam rock ("You Pretty Things" and "Life on Mars") through the androgynous disco era ("John, I'm Only Dancing") to punk ("Rebel Rebel"). The first half of the CD contains all-time greats as well as some less familiar classics ("Drive-In Saturday" is my personal favourite). Personally, I find everything after "Diamond Dogs" a bit painful to listen to; "Fame" and "Golden Years" may be classics of their kind but they do represent Bowie in the throes of his musical wanderlust, and the quality of the melodies and the poignancy of the lyrics take a back seat. The last few tracks are, frankly, a let-down, and not a patch on "Space Oddity" or "Life on Mars".
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection 21 Nov 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Q: I already have 'The Singles Collection', so why on earth would I purchase this one too?
A: The remastering of the early material on this new collection is superb whilst the production quality on 'The Singles Collection' is very thin and shrill in places. This collecion corrects all that and then some. The Jean Genie blows you away with the shear fullness of the sound without having to crank up the volume to anti-social levels.
This is now definitely the best starting point for someone wanting to explore the Bowie catalogue.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best compilation albums ever. 20 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
I am ashamed to say that up until now I wasn't really a David Bowie fan. I was a bit young for the Ziggy Stardust era and apart from Lets Dance and Modern Love I wasn't aware of his past accomplishments. However I am a fan now.

This man is brilliant, I recognised the majority of the songs on this album, but what surprised me is that I never knew they were written and sung by David Bowie.

The diversity of his music is sublime. From bluesy Jean Genie to the sexy but sleazy John I'm only dancing, to the wonderful Life on Mars. This album has everything for everybody. I have played this album over and over again and still, I am not bored.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done ***** 23 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
I think this is as definitive a compilation of Bowie's entire career as you could get. The compilers had an unenviable task, because if you moved too far away from 'The Singles Collection', fans would have complained.
However, fans are still complaining anyway, because there's not enough 90's/00's material on it. This is because you can only ever fit about 39/40 tracks on any double cd compilation.
Fortunately, they chose the "right" 90's/00's tracks to put on it, given the limited space, and replaced 'Day in Day out' with 'Loving the Alien', which was a good move.
So why not sacrifice the odd 1 or 2 weaker Eighties tracks to make way for more of the recent material then ? simply because even though Bowie's 90's & 00's works has been "A brilliant return to form", Bowie had more hits in the 80's, and this is compiled with the casual listener in mind.
Luckily, the DVD has room for the new material in spades, plus the two 'Best of 70's' Compilation cover the songs which had to be sacrificed from 'The Singles Collection' (apart from 'The Alabama Song'), so everythings covered one way or another.
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