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The Best Of 1980/1987 [CD+DVD, PAL]

David Bowie Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Mar 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, PAL
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000LW9PYY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Let's Dance (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
2. Ashes To Ashes (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
3. Under Pressure (1994 Digital Remaster)
4. Fashion (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
5. Modern Love (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
6. China Girl (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
7. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
8. Up The Hill Backwards (1999 Digital Remaster)
9. Alabama Song (Aufstieg Und Fall Der Stadt Mahagonny) (2005 Digital Remaster)
10. The Drowned Girl
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Disc: 2
1. Ashes To Ashes
2. Fashion
3. Under Pressure (2003 Digital Remaster)
4. The Drowned Girl
5. Let's Dance
6. China Girl
7. Modern Love
8. Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
9. Blue Jean
10. Loving The Alien
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An attractive package but who needs to buy it? 16 Mar 2007
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
On paper this is a very attractive and well put together compilation package, consisting of a CD/DVD of more or less excellent music & video's from his 1980's period, so this should really be a five star effort. However, who really needs to buy this, because if you're a diehard fan, then you'll already own the superb 'The Platinum Collection', plus the 'Best Of Bowie' DVD which renders this pretty pointless, hence dropping a star. Also, I can't see this appealing to the casual fan either, as it's too much of a concentrated 80's product. It would have been a different story of course, if this had been released before 'The Platinum Collection' which would render this bl**dy essential, plus at that stage, they wouldn't have felt the need to tag on the DVD.

So to sum up, this is only a really worthwhile purchase, if you're a completist, because of the 'Under Pressure', 'The Drowned Girl' and 'When The Wind Blows' videos which are not available on the 'Best Of Bowie' DVD.
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3.0 out of 5 stars David Bowie - the Best of 1980/1987: CD +DVD 1 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
Certainly the most commercial, if not the most original, part of his career, but still not bad, all the same. Most of the tracks that are contained on this album are not, what I would class, as classic Bowie. However, there are still some gems included here: namely those tracks off "Scary Monsters and Super Creeps" - "Ashes to Ashes", "Fashion" and "Up The Hill Backwards" - and "Let's Dance" - "Let's Dance", "China Girl" and "Cat People". The DVD isn't too bad, either. Good value too, if all you really want is the hit singles, of the period in question.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never Let Me Down 18 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
Overall as a compilation with a time period (80-87) this Bowie compilation does a very good job. While front loaded, I think that the first three tracks are all UK #1 hits it covers most of the best singles and collaborations of the period. The point of the CD is nothing like that of the previous compilations in this series, in which the track listings drew upon album tracks, singles and rarities.

Other reviewers have noted (correctly perhaps) that this CD is a waste of time since the disc was previously released as part of the 'Platinum Collection'. I'd say that this only partly true as it is still invaluable for owners of just '69/74' and/or '74/79'.

This brief review is actually only to criticise the omission of song 'Never Let Me Down'. I believe the song is easily the strongest of the three singles from the 1987 album. It is all well and good for the CD to mop up soundtrack rarities and collaborations (no 'Dancing in the Street' thankfully). However, I would have chosen 'Never Let Me Down' over 'Time Will Crawl' and 'Day In-Day Out' - or dropped something else. The omission seems a shame as this CD generally manages to pick the decades highlights ('Cat People', 'Loving the Alien') and glossing over lowlights (such as 'Tonight' with Tina Turner).

All I'm saying is that it's a lost opportunity, and it could have saved a few people buying one of Bowie's worst albums. I suppose this review is just knit-picking, as all-in-all, '80/87' a very good summary. Although I'm never going to warm to all the songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cat People original version 2 April 2013
By C. J. Walker VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Just like to add that the version of Cat People(putting out the fire) is the original from the film CAT PEOPLE and not the inferior version on Lets Dance,shame they couldn't have found a better video than using the Lets dance version.
It's a shame they couldn't have extended this release to 1989 and included tracks from TIN MACHINE.I agree one fault was not including" Never let me down" and where is "Dancing in the street" a No1 hit!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some great songs 28 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
Bowie made surprisingly varied music in what is not considered to be his most innovative period. Still there's no denying that many of these tracks were huge hits and some of them have stood the test of time quite well. Let's Dance, Modern Love and China Girl are amongst his biggest hits but not too impressive musically, in my opinion. Ashes To Ashes references his Space Oddity hit of 1969 and still sounds good today, whilst the collaboration with Queen: Under Pressure, is a killer funk number with strong hooks. Scary Monsters is an appealing slice of hard rock Tracks that I consider a bit lukewarm include the music hall Alabama Song, the tepid synth ditty Cat People, Absolute Beginners and Day In Day Out. On the other hand, Blue Jean is a sharp little pop number and Fashion is a brilliant dancefloor stomp. There are interesting remixes of some of the aforementioned tracks, but the worst omission is This Is Not America, a stylish collaboration with the Pat Metheny Group. There are plenty of other compilations that include the better tracks of Bowie in this period.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 2 stars for the DVD 27 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
Ok, for the record, I am huge Bowie fan, but as far as I can see the only reason for buying this is the DVD which includes videos which did not appear on the Best of Bowie DVD. As most fans know, the 80s were a mixed period for Bowie starting with the last of his RCA albums, Scary Monsters which included 2 huge singles and 2 minor hits. Alas artistically, if not commercialy, this was to be the last good Bowie album for a number of years.
Then came Let's Dance, that sold by the bucket load, which catapulted Bowie into a huge mainstream artist, something he had not was not used to. He tried to repeat the formula with Tonight and Never Let Me Down (Generally regarded by fans, and himself, as his worst album). This album contains the 4 singles from Scary Monsters, 3 from Lets Dance, 2 each from the other albums, various songs from soundtracks and collaborations, and a couple of oddities. I am assuming the CD is the same as the one in the The Platinum Collection although Amazon lists it with having one less track (This is not America is missing off there track listing). So if you own the The Platinum Collection you already have a copy of all tracks, and if you are a fan rather than a casual listener then chances are you have all theses many times over. So is it worth paying [...]for the DVD?.
Most of the songs on he DVD are included on Best of Bowie DVD, so if you own that then you are basically paying for 3 Videos. I remember in the 80 paying [...] for the Video EP containing the 3 singles from the Lets dance album so I guess [...] aint that bad. Its a shame that the 1980 Space Oddity track and Video could not have been included, that would have got it another star.
Will be interesting to see if they re release The Best of David Bowie 1969-1974 and The Best of David Bowie 1975-1979 with a DVD and what (if any) unreleased videos are included (There's a Promo for Ziggy which has not yet appeared on DVD).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 7 days ago by HERMENEGILDO MALHÃO
5.0 out of 5 stars Zowie Bowie
If you like Bowie then this is right up your street. No need to buy 4 or 5 albums for the tracks you want to hear as they are all on this CD.........
Published 7 days ago by David James
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainty some of his best tracks
Fantastic CD for anyone who wants to explore Bowie's back catalogue with influence of dance music which is much inspired by Nile Rodgers. A must and at great value
Published 12 months ago by Bonzo
4.0 out of 5 stars 80's best!!!
great album!!! a lot of great hits!!! some are very inadequate(two)!!!!but most of the people recognize de quality of the songs!!!! Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2012 by Patrick Kever
4.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to this period and useful anyway
I bought this when I was getting into Bowie a couple of months ago and has been a useful introduction to this period and it presents the decade in a positive way if you want to... Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2009 by Justin
3.0 out of 5 stars Here we go again
Yet another Bowie compilation just when you thought it would be save to go back in the water due to Bowies health , so instead of a new album we get retread after retread. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2007 by Mr. M. A. West
5.0 out of 5 stars Glories of the eighties
A wonderful collection from Bowie from a glorious decade (musically speaking anyway). Many gems here, e.g. Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2007 by Francis
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worthy of the great man
Why oh why did Bowie allow this collection of songs to be put together and thrust on his devoted audience? Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2007 by G. Jerome-ball
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