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The Best Of David Bowie 1974-79

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 (20 April 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000009RNP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,888 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Sound And Vision (1998 Digital Remaster) 3:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Golden Years (Single Version; 1998 Digital Remaster) 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Fame (1998 Digital Remaster) 4:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Young Americans (Single Version; 1998 Digital Remaster) 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. John, I'm Only Dancing (Again) (1998 Digital Remaster) 7:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Can You Hear Me (1998 Digital Remaster) 5:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wild Is The Wind (1998 Digital Remaster) 6:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Knock On Wood (Live; 1998 Digital Remaster) 2:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. TVC 15 (Single Version; 1998 Digital Remaster) 3:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. 1984 (1998 Digital Remaster) 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Look Back In Anger (1998 Digital Remaster) 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Secret Life Of Arabia (1998 Digital Remaster) 3:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. DJ (1998 Digital Remaster) 4:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Beauty And The Beast (1998 Digital Remaster) 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Breaking Glass (1998 Digital Remaster) 1:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Boys Keep Swinging (1998 Digital Remaster) 3:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Heroes (Single Version; 1998 Digital Remaster) 3:330.99  Buy MP3 


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect introduction to Bowie's best period 28 Aug 2007
By Steve
Format:Audio CD
This album is a perfect introduction to Bowie's most interesting and, in my opinion, his best period. This really is an intoxicating stew- Here we have plastic soul (Young Americans, Can You Hear Me), Krautrock-influenced rock-funk (TVC15), heart-stopping balladry (Wild is the Wind), electro-pop (Sound and Vision) and avant-garde guitar noise (check the startlingly weird guitar solo on Boys Keep Swinging). There's even a great version of Knock on Wood, from the coked-up David Live. To be honest, after getting into this stuff, Bowie's glam period, great as it is, just sounds a little conventional in comparison, mainly because the late 70s saw Bowie experiment with different procedures for making music. For instance, Sound and Vision has no vocals for almost 2 minutes (very unusual for a pop single), and on Boys Keep Swinging, Bowie instructed the musicians to swap instruments, giving the song a suitably shambolic, teen-punk feel. 'Chance' procedures were also employed on Low and Lodger through the influence of Brian Eno.

All of the albums from the period are well-represented, except Low, (which is his best album, so you should own it anyway). Although some of the tracks are edited (TVC15, Young Americans, Heroes, Golden Years), this doesn't matter, because if you come to this album as an introduction, never having heard the originals, you won't notice this anyway. In fact, Heroes and The Secret Life of Arabia (another gem) actually sound better than on the "Heroes" remaster, which has a thinner mix.

The only stinkers are It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City, which is pretty dreadful, and the disco version of John, I'm Only Dancing, which is actually rather enjoyable in a camp, Bee-Gees kind of way;) One thing's for sure, Bowie was never less than interesting during this period, whether or not his experiments came off successfully.
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By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is the second in a trilogy of albums anthologising David Bowie's output since 1969. This does an excellent job of collecting all the hits up until from 1975 to 79, essentially collecting in one place the important recordings with which he consolidated his reputation. This was an inventive and productive era for Bowie, during which he underwent several stylistic changes and so there is no one `sound' that characterises this album. Suffice to say it is track after track of catchy seventies pop.

While I feel Bowie's albums of this period are a bit uneven, this set manages to give all the essential hits while cutting out some of the filler you would inevitably end up with if you collected the albums. A great way of getting Bowie's big hits from the period.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These were truly his golden years! 11 Feb 2003
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This great compilation reflects my favourite Bowie period, the middle to late seventies. Drawn from the albums Young Americans, Station To Station, Heroes and Lodger, it covers his "plastic soul" excursion, the Thin White Duke period and the three albums of synth experimentation. The sequence of tracks is odd - I think a chronogical one would have made more sense. My favourite tracks from Low are here: the sublime Sound & Vision and the ominous Breaking Glass, of which the latter inspired Nick Lowe's brilliant song I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass from 1978. Station To Station, in my opinion the best ever Bowie album, provides the energetic TVC15, the classic soulful Golden Years and the wistful ballad Wild Is The Wind, but a serious omission has been the magnificent Word On a Wing, one of the greatest and most poetic Bowie tracks of all time with its transcendent spiritual quality, its inspired lyrics and soaring melody. Fame and Young Americans, the "plastic soul" songs, still sound good after all these years, especially next to the disco version of John, I'm Only Dancing. I don't find some of these tracks from Heroes, like Secret Life Of Arabia or Beauty And The Beast, as memorable as some of the other songs here, but I love his cover of Knock On Wood and of course the title track of Heroes remains a landmark composition, one of the most psychologically trenchant songs of all time. Artists as diverse as Blondie and Nico have covered it and I still listen to the German and the French versions on vinyl. To me, Lodger was the least satisfying of the trilogy of Eno albums, but Boys Keep Swinging still swings after all these years and I remember its dramatic video clip from 1979. I consider this his most creative period based on the sheer quality of songs such as Sound & Vision, Breaking Glass, Heroes, Golden Years, Fame, Young Americans and Wild Is The Wind. That's why, although I regret the omission of the breathtaking Word On A Wing, I have awarded this album five stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 July 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some Terrific,some average ,some terrible!,, 8 Jan 2014
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After track 11 it's hard to be a saint in the city ( a pretty good Springsteen song) the next few tracks are really weak . What have they done to john I'm only dancing on this and why? Knock on wood Awful too . Wish I'd just stuck to cds I've got of his and compilation I have too .
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2.0 out of 5 stars missed opportunity 24 Nov 2013
Format:Audio CD
as the other reviewer stated it is indeed his best period and my personal favourite but this selection is just perverse! it fails to make the case for this period, something which should have been easy.

Does anyone really think that John I'm only Dancing Again, Knock on Wood, Its Hard to Be a saint in the city & Can you hear me? are better than say: Warszawa, Stay, or Breaking Glass? the absence of Breaking Glass is Criminal!

if you want a compilation focusing on these years, the only choice you really have is the Christian F. which is perfectly formed but rather short!

while i'm ranting, why did RCA put 1984 on all those hits compilations back in the day? a fine song but it seemed like someone at the label was obsessed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars david bowie
All the good ones on this cd.Better value than changes as it had several more tracks on it.Cant knock David bowie even now!
Published 8 months ago by karen arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars Filled the gaps!
Being a fan of David Bowie for years, I was so let down by the Young Americans album apart from the title track. and i stopped listening to what followed. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Trevor Young
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost great.
A very good selection from the crucial period after Bowie ditched Ziggy. Most tracks are the best from the relevant albums, but could have done without the live "Knock on... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Chrism
5.0 out of 5 stars the main man of music
This is Bowie at his best if you want all the classics get this cd and the other two in the series.
Published 13 months ago by R. Reeves
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a patch on the 70-74 material
I bought this after watching the recent 1970's Bowie documentary on the BBC. I didn't particularly like Bowie's "Thin White Duke " period at the time, although I was a big fan of... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Gus
4.0 out of 5 stars no complaints
I choose this rank because I think that service is fast and good, but pack of the item is used.
Published 15 months ago by KINGA STEFANIEC
5.0 out of 5 stars real good :D
It arrived on the predicted date, excellent condition and as its Bowie, an immediate must have for me :) i'm very pleased with this item. Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by jess
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Excellent - arrived promptly and is very good quality. I would have no problems in recommending this item and this service to other buyers
Published on 19 Mar 2012 by Michael 1927
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