- 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)
Best Of Bowie Double CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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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 MulveySee all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.
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".Read more ›
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Disappointed in quality of sound. Wouldn't recommend, if you are a Bowie fan!Published 9 hours ago by Mrs. HG Lewis
Brilliant CD...loads of classics! It's that good, I bought my 2 bros 1 each too! 😊Published 17 hours ago by mazza