Firstly, I love Bowie's music. I have all of his releases, from all the way back. I happily bought, and enjoy, the Santa Monica CD recently. The man is legend, and he's almost always worthy of buying.
Because this is one heck of a let down. There are a few very good reasons for being annoyed by this release. Firstly, it reeks of "there hasn't been any new Bowie product in a while and Christmas is around the corner, so let's knock out another Greatest Hits package, with a cover modeled after the "Changes" hits packages from yesteryear."
Yes, apparently Bowie chose these tracks - and if you only know the chart hit it's rather eclectic. But it's just not enough. Which brings me to the next point.....
This CD totally misses the point about where the music industry is going - even if it doesn't want to. Look - I can make this CD myself in around half hour. I have all the original CD's, and it's a simple matter to make this compilation and make it myself. There simply is no compelling reason to fork out more money for the same old tunes in this day and age, when I can compile MY OWN favorites in less time than it would take Amazon to ship this disc to me. Which brings me to me third point.......
19 quid. The want 19 quid for this disc. In-store they're asking a cool 20 quid. Is anyone surprised the music industry is in a death spiral? I mean, I try to continue supporting artists I love, I really do. I buy lots of CD's. But they want 19 quid for a lame compilation of songs I already own. The Santa Monica disc didn't cost that, and that was an official release of much harder to find material. They're simply out of their minds.
I could rant longer - but won't. This release is ludicrous in the extreme. It's not about the songs. If you want to know what I think of the songs then it's very simple - each and every one of them is brilliant, wonderful, sublime. But the record label that put this out is insulting Bowie fans in the extreme. But then, we don't have to buy it, do we. I won't be.
Whatever happened to the wonderful reissues that were going on? The Young Americans 5.1 mix was great - the Aladdin Sane release with the bonus disc - the Diamond Dogs. Can't we get a super reissue of Station to Station, of the Berlin Trilogy - something with a bit of effort put it?!?!?
No - we get this. And over-priced waste of a release. Anyone interested should simply go buy the original albums these songs came from. But then, 99% of those reading this probably already have them.