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Album Review

Early in 1997, David Bowie sold the rights to his RCA catalog to EMI, and the first release to appear under the new agreement was The Best of David Bowie 1969/1974, which was part of EMI's limited-edition 100th Birthday series. Instead of playing it straight, the 20-track set offers both the predictable classics — "The Jean Genie," "Space Oddity," "Starman," "Drive-In Saturday," "Ziggy Stardust," "Suffragette City," "Changes," "Sorrow," "The Man Who Sold the World" — and relative obscurities, like the B-side "Velvet Goldmine," Bowie's version of "All the Young Dudes," and alternate takes of "John, I'm Only Dancing" and "The Prettiest Star." There are also album tracks like "Oh! You Pretty Things" and "Life on Mars" that have become classics, making The Best of David Bowie 1969/1974 an impressive, reasonably thorough overview of Bowie's glam years. [The Japanese edition cuts "Suffragette City" and replaces it with "Lady Stardust."]

Customer Reviews


This is one of the best albums ever made

Go and buy it!!!!!

Music icon

Shame musicians of today don't have the creative and individual charisma that Bowie had. True music legend! 😓

The Best of the King!

Not a single song on this album that isn't amazing! Seriously recommend. Man who sold the world is just incredible!


Born: 08 January 1947 in Brixton, London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The cliché about David Bowie goes that he was a musical chameleon, adapting himself according to fashion and trends. While such a criticism is too glib, there's no denying that Bowie demonstrated a 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 all-around music hall entertainer, Bowie reinvented himself as a hippie singer/songwriter. Prior to his breakthrough in 1972, he recorded a proto-metal record and a pop/rock...
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