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Best Of Bowie [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

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 (4 Nov 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00006J3KT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Space Oddity (1999 Digital Remaster)
2. The Man Who Sold The World (1999 Digital Remaster)
3. Oh! You Pretty Things (1999 Digital Remaster)
4. Changes (1999 Digital Remaster)
5. Life On Mars? (1999 Digital Remaster)
6. Starman (2002 Digital Remaster)
7. Ziggy Stardust (2002 Digital Remaster)
8. Suffragette City (2002 Digital Remaster)
9. John, I'm Only Dancing (2002 Digital Remaster)
10. The Jean Genie (1999 Digital Remaster)
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Sound And Vision (1999 Digital Remaster)
2. Heroes (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
3. Boys Keep Swinging (1999 Digital Remaster)
4. Under Pressure
5. Ashes To Ashes (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
6. Fashion (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
7. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
8. Let's Dance (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
9. China Girl (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
10. Modern Love (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
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DAVID BOWIE Best Of (2002 UK 39-track 2-CD album set. Viewed as a complete hits package the talent and genius of Bowie is clear. Hits pour out of the speakers from the early Space Oddity to 2002s Slow Burn plus a few alternate versions)

Pretty self-explanatory stuff, this, since Best of Bowie collects most of Bowie's hits and a few of his more fetishised songs onto two CDs, rendering previous compilations--notably 1990's ChangesBowie--redundant. Of course, it's fantastic. For this is Bowie's pop genius shrink-wrapped: music notable for both its pretension and its accessibility, brimming with unignorable power and bespangled absurdity. Racing through these 39 songs from "Space Oddity" to "Slow Burn" (from 2002's relative return-to-form Heathen), the surprise is how coherent they sound next to each other. For someone so often portrayed as an artistic shape-shifter, it's the consistency of Bowie's vision that's most apparent, how he stamps his identity on every trend he comes across.

Like the Rolling Stones' similarly enjoyable 40 Licks, things do get a bit sticky towards the end of Disc Two, though there's mercifully nothing from the two Tin Machine albums. Obsessives should note, too, that the tracklisting of Best of Bowie varies from country to country: the albums have been compiled according to the most popular songs in each territory. Wonder which lucky place got "The Laughing Gnome" included on their version? --John Mulvey

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38 of 39 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST OF BOWIE? SO CLOSE, AND SO FAR! 4 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
Does the world need another David Bowie greatest hits album? EMI certainly seem to think so. 1993's 'The Singles Collection' remains a near-definitive collection of tracks from the golden years, and we've had the 1969-1974 and 1975-1979 Very Best ofs (Presumably the planned 1980-1990 set is off the cards, shame), not to mention a recent collection of instrumentals.
Let's face it, only seasoned fanatics are going to be irked but such questions, and - like most Christmas compilations - 'Best of Bowie' (a title that's already been used once before!) is aimed fairly and squarely at the casual fan and absolute beginner. And why not - every Bowie album introduces some new fans to his work, and 'Heathen' has been a big critical and commercial success.
'The Singles Collections' famously included a few songs that weren't even singles, let alone hits, but you can't aim similar complains at the inclusion here of 'Oh! You Pretty Things' or 'The Man Who Sold The World', both popularised by other artists (it's surprising 'All The Young Dudes' isn't included for the same reason) - on the other hand, 'Diamond Dogs' and 'Scary Monsters' were hardly the best choices of singles from said albums and didn't exactly set the world alight either.
OK. Obvious complaints time. The idea of a Bowie 'best of' based on hit singles doesn't really give the whole picture. DB himself has admitted that he's not a singles artist, and some of his most famous songs (eg Changes, Heroes) didn't even get into the top twenty). Including five songs from the last ten years doesn't begin to illustrate Bowie's spectacular creative rebirth of the last decade. And where is 'Cat People', or the original single mixes of 'Jean Genie' and 'Rebel Rebel', far more punky than the widely available album versions?
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