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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 (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Space Oddity (1999 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 5:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Man Who Sold The World (1999 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Oh! You Pretty Things (1999 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 3:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Changes (1999 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 3:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Life On Mars?David Bowie 3:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Starman (2002 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 4:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Ziggy Stardust (2002 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 3:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Suffragette City (2002 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 3:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. John, I'm Only Dancing (2002 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 2:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Jean Genie (1999 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 4:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Drive In Saturday (1999 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 4:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sorrow (1999 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 2:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Diamond Dogs (1999 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 6:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Rebel Rebel (1999 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 4:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Young Americans (Single Version; 2002 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Fame (1999 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 4:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Golden Years (Single Version; 2002 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. TVC15 (1999 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 5:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Wild Is The Wind (1999 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 6:000.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Sound and Vision (1999 - Remaster)David Bowie 3:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Heroes (Single Version; 2002 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Boys Keep Swinging (1999 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 3:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Under PressureQueen & David Bowie 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ashes To Ashes (Single Version; 2002 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 3:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. FashionDavid Bowie 3:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (Single Version; 2002 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 3:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Let's Dance (Single Version; 2002 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 4:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. China Girl (Single Version; 2002 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 4:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Modern Love (Single Version; 2002 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 3:59Album Only
Listen11. Blue Jean (1999 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 3:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. This Is Not America (2002 Digital Remaster)David Bowie & The Pat Metheny Group 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Loving The Alien (Single Version; 2002 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 4:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Dancing In The Street (2002 Digital Remaster)David Bowie & Mick Jagger 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Absolute Beginners (Single Version; 2002 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 5:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Jump They Say (Radio Edit; 2002 Digital Remaster)David Bowie 3:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Hallo Spaceboy (Pet Shop Boys Remix)David Bowie 4:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Little Wonder (Edit)David Bowie 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. I'm Afraid Of Americans (V1) (Radio Edit Of Trent Reznor Mix)David Bowie 4:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Slow Burn (Radio Edit)David Bowie 3:570.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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

Product Description

(2002/EMI) 39 tracksMedium 1
  1. Space Oddity
  2. The Man Who Sold Thw World
  3. Oh! You Pretty Things
  4. Changes
  5. Life On Mars?
  6. Starman
  7. Ziggy Stardust
  8. Suffragette City
  9. John, I'm Only Dancing
  10. The Jean Genie
  11. Drive-In Saturday
  12. Sorrow
  13. Diamond Dogs
  14. Rebel Rebel
  15. Young Americans
  16. Fame
  17. Golden Years
  18. TVC15
  19. Wild Is The Wind
Medium 2
  1. Sound Ans Vision
  2. 'Heroes'
  3. Boys Keep Swinging
  4. Under Pressure
  5. Ashes To Ashes
  6. Fashion
  7. Scary Monsters (& Super Creeps)
  8. Let's Dance
  9. China Girl
  10. Modern Love
  11. Blue Jean
  12. This Is Not America
  13. Loving The Alien
  14. Dancing In The Street
  15. Absolute Beginners
  16. Jump They Say
  17. Hallo Spaceboy (PSB remix)
  18. Little Wonder
  19. I'm Afraid Of Americans (V1)
  20. Slow Burn (radio edit)

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36 of 37 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of The Best 2 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is probably the best GREATEST HITS album in the history of Rock and Roll.
DAVID BOWIE is without doubt the best singer and songwriter of the century.
He has had the biggest influence on modern culture than any other performer in the history of the Universe.
Every track is a classic and there will never be a better creation than ZIGGY STARDUST.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why make it end on a bum note?
Of all the tracks they could have closed this album with, why choose 'Slow Burn', the dullest, most tuneless track from 'Heathen'? Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Aron Englefield
4.0 out of 5 stars Bowie greatest hits compilation.
I've always promised myself a Bowie compilation and this is good enough for me. I'm hoping my kids will spare the time to appreciate such an iconic British artist so I won't have... Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Clifford Maxwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!
Love this album. sounds great - all the classics - some other stuff not familiar with. Great price as double album.
Published 6 days ago by LD
3.0 out of 5 stars Bowie
Its ok Its a group I listened to in the 80's, but not one of the best groups I liked
Published 12 days ago by Peter Ledgerton
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowie fantastic.
Like all cd's that are the best, of this one has some great classics of Bowie on it. If you're a Bowie fan then you will not be disappointed with the purchase.
Published 19 days ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars best of bowie
I think this cd is the best way of reliving the music ,that was played in the 70s ,80s,90s funny how music can bring back memories great cd thanks
Published 23 days ago by Mr. John Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Bowie-exactly
"What can be said that has'nt been said already about this album"
downloaded perfectly to tablet, will recommend to friends.
Published 29 days ago by James Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I have the cd and was also able to download the mp3 version onto my phone.
I love this cd.
Delivery was also good. Two days.
Published 1 month ago by debbie tubb
5.0 out of 5 stars onlyme
these best of or essential albums are great buys especially when they are cheap as well but they come into their best when driving because you do not need to think so your... Read more
Published 2 months ago by a guy
5.0 out of 5 stars CD
Bought this for hubby has he was a fan of Bowie.. He liked it very much . Posting was quick
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