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A good starting point
on 23 December 2008
This is where it all started for me - my mum bought this for herself when it came out in 1990 and I borrowed it to listen to Ashes to Ashes, a song I remembered from my early childhood. Naturally, that led me to Space Oddity and then I worked in from there... 18 years on, I still don't know anyone who loves Bowie as much as me (although I'm sure they're out there). My mum got her copy back only when I'd collected every album from the 1990-91 series of reissues.
So if I was rating this on nostalgia and importance to me, it would get a 5. But there are several oversights that are fairly inexcusable - for example, no Drive in Saturday, Sound and Vision, Wild is the Wind - and the Fame remix is vastly inferior to the original. Having said that, it eases a first time listener into Bowie's work and leaves them wanting more - and luckily, there's plenty out there to discover. In that way, it's better than the double or triple CD best ofs which give the impression of thoroughness and maybe stop the listener from going and finding out more.