This is a great album simply stuffed full of great songs. I was very pleased to find this CD. I had a couple of albums from this part of Bowie's career but there were a few songs that I really wanted but that I was not going to buy a whole CD for just yet. All of those songs that I wanted were on this compilation. So, I certainly agree with the taste of the person who put this together. There were only two songs on here that disappointed me. The first was "Let's Spend the night Together" and the second was "All the Young Dudes." In both cases I felt that Bowie was trying too hard to sound unlike the original recording artists. Of couse, 'Dudes was written by Bowie and given to his friends at Mott the Hoople so it is a Bowie song but here he just camps it up to an excrutiating degree and spoils the song. The sleeve insert that came with my copy gives no information as the to provenance of the songs and certainly, the songs that come from the Ziggy Stardust album do not sound as good as the remastered versions on that album. But this is a subjective matter and it's not a big deal anyway. The highlights of the CD are "Space Oddity", all of the tracks from "Ziggy Stardust", "John, I'm only Dancing", "Oh you pretty thing" and "Changes" but there are so many other great tracks too. The music covers a number of different styles reflecting the changes in the artists music over the years. If you don't know much about Bowie in this period, I suggest that you buy a copy of this and then see which tracks you really like and buy the original albums from which they came. This CD is available in two versions distributed in the UK and Japan. They differ in track order and one song from "Ziggy" is different.
My favourite era in the late David Bowie's electric recording career was always his earliest stuff: 'the beginning', which naturally went a very long way in making him an internationally respected household name. This magnificent compilation, the first in a series of three (the others are 'The Best of David Bowie 1974/1979', and 'The Best of David Bowie 1980/1987'), was released by EMI in 1997, and focuses entirely on the golden years between 1969 and 1974. Although his later work is naturally well worth hearing out, for me, it doesn't get much better than the material which was neatly collected and packaged together on this single CD.
Every important track from the era that this anthology represents is on here, twenty solid, well-chosen tracks, including highlights from his self titled debut album, the masterpiece which is 'Hunky Dory', and further classics named 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars', 'Aladdin Sane', 'Pin Ups', and 'Diamond Dogs'.
Here you'll find Bowie at the peak of his song writing talents with 'Space Oddity', 'Starman', 'Ziggy Stardust', 'Changes', 'Life On Mars', and 'Rock 'N' Suicide', to name only six classics in contemporary (though always very much uniquely Bowie) music. Other personal favourites of myself include 'The Man Who Sold the World', 'Oh! You Pretty Things', and the mid-tempo rocker 'Velvet Goldmine', which was the B side to 'Space Oddity'. There are also three uncredited rarities: the sax version of 'John I'm Only Dancing, 'The Prettiest Star' with Marc Bolan on lead guitar, and the original Bowie 1973 studio version of 'All The Young Dudes', which David wrote, and Mott the Hoople famously recorded.
If you're interest in David Bowie has only really started on the event of his untimely death earlier this year, then 'The Best Of David Bowie 1969/1974' is the perfect 'taster' album. The music this influential, pioneering man was responsible for will continue to inspire countless future generations of musicians, especially the stone-cold classics on here. The sound quality on every track is very good, and Kevin Cann, who writes the booklet's inlay sleeve notes, manages to say it all. Buy this album, and discover the many songs of Bowie which conquer up so many different feelings.
This is a superb CD - all of Bowie's early classics on one compilation. However, if you are a big Bowie fan, you'll have all these tracks on the albums. If you're not and you're new to the man, this is a good starting place BUT if you want a more complete anthology of Bowie's career then check out the Singles Collection CD. These may have been Bowie's classic years in terms of output but he still made great music into the 80s. If, however, you just want the early stuff on one CD without buying the albums (or as a primer) then this is well worth the money.
What the other excellent reviews neglect to point out, is that there are, in addition to the well known hits, three rarities on this album. For some unknown (and frankly lazy) reason, neither the album or sleeve notes make note of them. They are 'John, I'm Only Dancing' (Sax Version) which was recorded during the sessions for the 'Aladdin Sane' album, 'The Prettiest Star' (Single Version), which is the original 1970 single version that features Marc Bolan on lead guitar and finally, 'All The Young Dudes' (Studio Version) which is the original Bowie studio version from 1973. The first two showed up on the 'Sound And Vision' box set and 'All the Young Dudes' was previously featured on the now rare and deleted 'RarestOneBowie' CD. In my opinion, their inclusion make this set even better than it first appears.
All his best hits on one CD. The space themes of his classics Starman and Space Oddity mixed with the superb Rebel Rebel, All the Young Dudes, Changes..the list is endless. Definitely THE Bowie album to buy, it is the androgynous Ziggy at his best. A track for every mood, every occasion...it need never stray from the CD player!!
This excellent compilation draws from the albums The Man Who Sold The World, Space Oddity, Hunky Dory, Pin-Ups, Aladdinsane, Diamond Dogs and his opus magnum Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars. It thus provides some of his best work with producer Tony Visconti plus a wide variety of different musical styles. There's the wistful pop of Space Oddity and Starman, the pre-punk aggro of Jean Genie (supposedly written about Iggy Pop), the anthemic rock of Rebel Rebel, the 60s pop of Sorrow and Oh You Pretty Things (This was a hit for Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits in 1971). There's also the heavy rock of Man Who Sold The World (a hit for Lulu in the late 1960s) and All The Young Dudes (a hit for Mott The Hoople in 1973), the bleak ballad Drive-In Saturday, his fast and aloof interpretation of Let's Spend The Night Together and the phenomenal and breathtaking Life On Mars with its gripping arrangement and poetic lyrics. Other favourites of mine include the catchy Prettiest Star and Changes with its interesting wordplay, plus the magnificent Diamond Dogs with its howling hound sounds. The choice of tracks is highly intelligent and although these things are always subjective, I do for once agree with the selection of the compilers. Of course, Bowie had a novelty hit in 1973, The Laughing Gnome, but it would have been out of place on this album so I won't complain of the omission, and it was recorded long before 1969. Bowie's early work has stood the test of time very well. These are all strong, melodic songs that still evoke vivid images and emotions. This album well and truly deserves its five stars.