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Best Of Bowie Double CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (4 Nov. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00006J3KT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (363 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

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)
  11. Drive In Saturday (1999 Digital Remaster)
  12. Sorrow (1999 Digital Remaster)
  13. Diamond Dogs (1999 Digital Remaster)
  14. Rebel Rebel (1999 Digital Remaster)
  15. Young Americans (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
  16. Fame (1999 Digital Remaster)
  17. Golden Years (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
  18. TVC15 (1999 Digital Remaster)
  19. Wild Is The Wind (1999 Digital Remaster)

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)
  11. Blue Jean (1999 Digital Remaster)
  12. This Is Not America (2002 Digital Remaster)
  13. Loving The Alien (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
  14. Dancing In The Street (2002 Digital Remaster)
  15. Absolute Beginners (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
  16. Jump They Say (Radio Edit) (2002 Digital Remaster)
  17. Hallo Spaceboy (Pet Shop Boys Remix)
  18. Little Wonder (Edit)
  19. I'm Afraid Of Americans (V1) (Radio Edit Of Trent Reznor Mix)
  20. Slow Burn (Radio Edit)

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David Bowie Best Of Bowie The

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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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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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By A Customer on 21 Nov. 2002
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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This is probably the best Greatest Hits collection of all-time from the number one rock performer.
David Bowie isnt just a living legend he is also the soundtrack of poular culture from 1972 to the present day.
From Ziggy Stardust to The Young American Bowie has ruled the world of pop music.
As well writing brilliant timeless songs he has also inspired everyone from The Sex Pistols to Spandau Ballet.
Without Bowie teaming up with Iggy Pop there would of been no punk rock.
If he hadnt of evented Glam there would of been no new romantics. No Boy George or Spandau Ballet.
And without his Hunky Dory and Aladin Sane albums no Oasis, Blur or Buzz Kids.
Bowie is the main reason that we now have/had Paul Weller, Oasis, Blur, punk poet Garry Johnson, Mott The Hoople, Lou Reed.
This album is a must for all music fans.
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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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By A Customer on 4 Nov. 2002
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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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David Bowie is one of my top ten favourite singers of all time.
He was a superstar of the 70s and 80s with his magnifficent combination of Rock, Pop, Glam Rock, Art Rock, Industrial Rock and Space Rock.
This album showcases his best known hits.
The poetry of the lyrics is brilliant-and the music astronomical .
It begins with that wonderful space fantasy Space Oddity (1969). Remember this was the year that Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon!
Changes (1972) outlines the strain of rapid change while pointing out its inevitability.
What follows is the wonderful disco funk of Suffragette City (1976), the superb The Jean Genie, Rebel Rebel (1974), slight transition from hard rock to cool funk with Young Americans (1975 and the hypnotizing Fame (1975), Golden Years (1975), the rhythmic Heroes (1977) which is classic Bowie. One of my alltime, favourites is Ashes to Ashes (1980) a type of reminiscence of Bowies career and life up to then with the central theme a major one of the 80's:A wake up to reality and a resolve to turn ones back on the drugs and decadence of the preceding years.The disco beat of Fashion (1980) contains a powerful social commentary.
Then there is the famous and successful collaboration between Bowie and Queen....Under Pressure (1981), The 80's disco of Lets Dance (1983) ,China Girl(1983) and another favourite of mine Modern Love (1983) shows how Bowie adapted to new eras in music without losing any of his talent, the superb Blue Jean (1984) and Modern Love (1983)which shows how Bowie adapted to new eras in music without losing any of his talent
The collaboration with Mick Jagger Dancing In The Street (1985) is followed by This Is Not America and I'm Afraid of Americans.
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