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The '80s were a curious time for David Bowie. Never had he sold more records, had bigger hits, his influence was everywhere, and yet, the music he made often fell a little flat, especially after his commercial high-water mark of 1983's Let's Dance. The 2007 compilation Best of David Bowie 1980/1987 deals with that drop-off in quality in an admirable fashion, perhaps the only appropriate fashion: it ignores it. There are two tracks from 1984's Tonight, and two from its 1987 sequel Never Let Me Down, while there are four apiece from Let's Dance and Scary Monsters — a skewed ratio that is nevertheless an accurate barometer of the worth of the albums. It also makes for a better listen as a compilation, since the hit singles from these records are surrounded by non-LP cuts and soundtrack contributions like "This Is Not America" and "Absolute Beginners," a move that's not only helpful as a clearinghouse of relative oddities, but also helps make this Best of David Bowie 1980/1987 a truly representative collection of the best music of some patchy years, which is a more worthwhile endeavor than having this be truly representative of the decade as a whole. For some Bowie fans, this may be all they need from that decade (although they'd be well-advised not to ignore the truly masterful Scary Monsters, and use that as a supplement to this excellent disc).

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Alright, so Bowie's music is awesome for sure! There are some great songs on this 80s compilation album, but it could have been better. For starters, it doesn't include anything from 1989's Tin Machine album. This is just my opinion, so take it or leave it, but here's what I think would have made this 80s compilation album perfect: EXCLUDE these 8 songs - "Up the Hill Backwards", "Alabama Song" (1978 live version is MUCH better, but that's 70s, not 80s), "The Drowned Girl", This Is Not America" (decent song, but not amazing), "When the Wind Blows", "Time Will Crawl", "Day-In Day-Out" (good song, but the Never Let Me Down album has better songs to offer), and "Underground" (again, good song, but the Labyrinth soundtrack has better songs to offer). Then instead INCLUDE these 8 songs: "It's No Game Pt. 1", Magic Dance", "As the World Falls Down", "Never Let Me Down", "New York's In Love", "Shining Star", "Heaven's In Here", and "I Can't Read".


Born: January 8, 1947 in Brixton, London, England

Genre: Rock

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

Everyone has a David Bowie that they fell in love with first—the otherworldly outsider Ziggy Stardust, the electronic adventurer, the wild-eyed glam pioneer, the enigmatic storyteller. But it was Bowie's ability to reinvent himself so vividly that captivated us again and again. Driven by boundless imagination, David Bowie was a multifaceted music icon, a social provocateur, a force in fashion, and a gifted actor whose unique personas and perspectives traveled with him through the decades. From the...
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