32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this cookie compilation album it's far out man!
If you want Bowie's hits then this is for you, and it is a good introduction to the rest of David Bowie's music. The second disc is not as good as the first, but that is not the fault of the CD, it's just that Bowie's career didn't have as much success in later years as it did in the 1970s and early 1980s.
Make sure that you do not buy this album assuming it...
Published on 21 July 2006 by Dave Stewart
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but biased
Brilliant collection of songs, but too biased towards the 70s and doesn't include enough of his under-rated 90s work. Buy the DVD version if you want a truly fair representation of every era of his career. It includes songs from Labyrinth, Hours, Never Let Me Down that are sadly missing from the CD.
Published on 20 Jun 2004 by max_m
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this cookie compilation album it's far out man!,
This review is from: Best Of Bowie (Audio CD)If you want Bowie's hits then this is for you, and it is a good introduction to the rest of David Bowie's music. The second disc is not as good as the first, but that is not the fault of the CD, it's just that Bowie's career didn't have as much success in later years as it did in the 1970s and early 1980s.
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.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Introduction,
This review is from: Best Of Bowie (Audio CD)This is a brilliant introduction to Bowie's music - if you don't already own a compilation of his music, this is the one to get! From Space Oddity, through Ziggy Stardust, Hereos, Ashes to Ashes, Lets Dance (in fact all of his career apart from the terrible "Never Let Me Down" and "Tin Machine" albums) to this years "Slow burn", most of his classics are here. Of special interest are his collaborations, "Under Pressure" the (intentionally?) humourous "Dancing in the street", the mellow "This is not America", and "Hello Spaeboy" with Pet Shop Boys.
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!
62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The hardest task would have been deciding what to leave out,
This review is from: Best Of Bowie (Audio CD)In general terms, this chock-a-block 2CD compilation does exactly what it says on the tin: compiles the vast majority of the best-known works from the back catalogue of one of the world's most prolific and defiantly original songwriters. Inevitably, not everything can fit on here, and there must have been some hearty arguments in the production room about what to put on and what to leave out. Not everything on this compilation was a hit; but then, not all of Bowie's hits were among his best work, and some representation of the "cult" material is clearly necessary.
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".
CD2 redeems all that, picking up at the tail end of the 70s with the glorious instrumental of "Sound and Vision". "Heroes", following it, is over-familiar now thanks to car adverts and too much Radio 2 airplay, but gives a foretaste of what was to lie in store in the 1980s. There may be fewer all-time greats on CD2 ("Ashes to Ashes", "China Girl" and "Let's Dance" being pre-eminent), but a more melodic Bowie is showcased here: still an auditory experimenter, as shown in the deranged Mockney vocals of "Scary Monsters" and the thumping cacophony of "Little Wonder", but one with a deeply soulful side, best exemplified in the glorious "Absolute Beginners". This is also the collaborative Bowie, appearing here with Queen ("Under Pressure"), Mick Jagger ("Dancing in the Street") and the Pet Shop Boys ("Hallo Spaceboy"), tracks more usually omitted from traditional compilations. The late 80s are ignored altogether, and the selection of more recent tracks seems rather arbitrary, with only "Hallo Spaceboy" really seeming to work to justify its inclusion; consequently, CD2 also seems to end on a weak note. But so much brilliance has gone before that it's hard to complain, really!
It's unlikely that any listener will like *every* track on this CD. Bowie's musical repertoire was so wide-ranging that he will never please all the people all the time. Everyone will have their own ideas about what should have been left off (for me most of the "Fame"-era stuff could have happily been ditched) and what should have been included, but wasn't (I'd have had "Time Will Crawl" and "Never Let Me Down", not to mention "The Laughing Gnome"...). Perhaps that's the strength of this collection. Listen and decide for yourself!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best compilation albums ever.,
This review is from: Best Of Bowie (Audio CD)I am ashamed to say that up until now I wasn't really a David Bowie fan. I was a bit young for the Ziggy Stardust era and apart from Lets Dance and Modern Love I wasn't aware of his past accomplishments. However I am a fan now.
This man is brilliant, I recognised the majority of the songs on this album, but what surprised me is that I never knew they were written and sung by David Bowie.
The diversity of his music is sublime. From bluesy Jean Genie to the sexy but sleazy John I'm only dancing, to the wonderful Life on Mars. This album has everything for everybody. I have played this album over and over again and still, I am not bored.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection,
By A Customer
This review is from: Best Of Bowie (Audio CD)Q: I already have 'The Singles Collection', so why on earth would I purchase this one too?
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of The Best,
This review is from: Best Of Bowie (Audio CD)This is probably the best GREATEST HITS album in the history of Rock and Roll.
DAVID BOWIE is without doubt the best singer and songwriter of the century.
He has had the biggest influence on modern culture than any other performer in the history of the Universe.
Every track is a classic and there will never be a better creation than ZIGGY STARDUST.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done *****,
This review is from: Best Of Bowie (Audio CD)I think this is as definitive a compilation of Bowie's entire career as you could get. The compilers had an unenviable task, because if you moved too far away from 'The Singles Collection', fans would have complained.
However, fans are still complaining anyway, because there's not enough 90's/00's material on it. This is because you can only ever fit about 39/40 tracks on any double cd compilation.
So why not sacrifice the odd 1 or 2 weaker Eighties tracks to make way for more of the recent material then ? simply because even though Bowie's 90's & 00's works has been "A brilliant return to form", Bowie had more hits in the 80's, and this is compiled with the casual listener in mind.
Luckily, the DVD has room for the new material in spades, plus the two 'Best of 70's' Compilation cover the songs which had to be sacrificed from 'The Singles Collection' (apart from 'The Alabama Song'), so everythings covered one way or another.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST OF BOWIE? SO CLOSE, AND SO FAR!,
This review is from: Best Of Bowie (Audio CD)Does the world need another David Bowie greatest hits album? EMI certainly seem to think so. 1993's 'The Singles Collection' remains a near-definitive collection of tracks from the golden years, and we've had the 1969-1974 and 1975-1979 Very Best ofs (Presumably the planned 1980-1990 set is off the cards, shame), not to mention a recent collection of instrumentals.
Let's face it, only seasoned fanatics are going to be irked but such questions, and - like most Christmas compilations - 'Best of Bowie' (a title that's already been used once before!) is aimed fairly and squarely at the casual fan and absolute beginner. And why not - every Bowie album introduces some new fans to his work, and 'Heathen' has been a big critical and commercial success.
'The Singles Collections' famously included a few songs that weren't even singles, let alone hits, but you can't aim similar complains at the inclusion here of 'Oh! You Pretty Things' or 'The Man Who Sold The World', both popularised by other artists (it's surprising 'All The Young Dudes' isn't included for the same reason) - on the other hand, 'Diamond Dogs' and 'Scary Monsters' were hardly the best choices of singles from said albums and didn't exactly set the world alight either.
OK. Obvious complaints time. The idea of a Bowie 'best of' based on hit singles doesn't really give the whole picture. DB himself has admitted that he's not a singles artist, and some of his most famous songs (eg Changes, Heroes) didn't even get into the top twenty). Including five songs from the last ten years doesn't begin to illustrate Bowie's spectacular creative rebirth of the last decade. And where is 'Cat People', or the original single mixes of 'Jean Genie' and 'Rebel Rebel', far more punky than the widely available album versions? At this stage in DB's career, either a 3CD set of all his A-sides or a box set of key tracks, rarities and outtakes (it'd be about time) would make a better retrospective.
The collection's heavy bias toward the 1970s and early '80s (yeah, I know this is kind of missing the point) also continues the myth, perpetrated by lazy, cloth-eared critics, that Bowie's '90s material hasn't really produced much of note. For my money, a bonus disc of key tracks from the last 15 years would re-dress the balance. Don't believe me? Get a Bowie fan to put together the following tracks on a tape for you and see what you think:
So, hardcore fanatics - get it for the single remix of Loving The Alien, but don't chuck away your 'Singles Collection' just yet. New fans? Get 'Best of Bowie' by all means, and enjoy the many delights of his back catalogue, but take note that his '90s work (yes, even the Tin Machine albums) has enough hidden gems to fill a 'Best of Bowie II'. Just don't expect anything like 'Let's Dance'!
As a footnote...The Us edition comes as a single CD or a double CD. The double CD includes "Panic In Detroit", "Cat People", "Thursday's Child" and even the Tin Machine debut single "Under The God" - these minor changes may well give it the edge over the British edition here. But is is more expensive!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of Bowie,
This review is from: Best Of Bowie (Audio CD)This is probably the best Greatest Hits collection of all-time from the number one rock performer.
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bowie,
This review is from: Best Of Bowie (Audio CD)Bought for my wife and she loves it, brings back memories of long ago. Only downside is that she "sings" along!
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