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This expansive overview focuses on David Bowie's fertile breakthrough, kicking off with his haunting 1969 hit "Space Oddity" and including every studio album up to 1973's Pin Ups, his affectionate Swinging London homage. Tracks from the storming Live Santa Monica '72 also showcase Bowie’s onstage reputation, as he balances rollicking workouts like the scuzzy “Hang on to Yourself” with poignant breathers like “Andy Warhol,” a moving acoustic guitar-led tribute from one pop icon to another.

Customer Reviews


Rest in peace. The best innovator in the world. Thank you for all your music.

It's David Bowie...

It's cool that he's releasing some re-released stuff after surprising is with TWO new albums in the past few years! Give the man a break. He's amazing.

Disappointing :(

Don't get me wrong… Bowies's music is definitely 5-star, but this release doesn't have much new to offer, which is why I'm giving it 1 star. Getting remasters of The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, and Pin Ups is kinda cool, but Space Oddity, Ziggy, and Aladdin Sane have already been recently remastered, released along with some bonus songs, so why do it again?

The only thing exciting about this "new" compilation is the original Nov. 1970 version of "Holy Holy" (which, until now, I've only been able to find bootleg versions re-recorded straight from the original vinyl single). But where is the full version of 1970's "Lightning Frightening" (not the partial version from the 1990 CD release of The Man Who Sold The World)? And where are 1971's "How Lucky Are You?" and "The Shadow Man"? Get some rare stuff like that on this compilation.

Perhaps I'll change my review once the compilation is finalized and released, but for now, I'm sticking with it.


Born: January 8, 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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