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Bowie took on a lot of creative personas throughout his career, but this compilation focuses on the creative songwriting and imaginative production that supported them all. Chronologically arranged from 1969's futuristic psych-folk breakthrough "Space Oddity" to 1997's Brian Eno and Trent Reznor collaboration "I'm Afraid of Americans," Best of Bowie charts the man's unending artistic evolution. The soulful intensity of "Young Americans," the creepy atmosphere of "Ashes to Ashes," and the pure-pop delight of "Modern Love" sound even better in their rare single mixes.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bowie took on a lot of creative personas throughout his career, but this compilation focuses on the creative songwriting and imaginative production that supported them all. Chronologically arranged from 1969's futuristic psych-folk breakthrough "Space Oddity" to 1997's Brian Eno and Trent Reznor collaboration "I'm Afraid of Americans," Best of Bowie charts the man's unending artistic evolution. The soulful intensity of "Young Americans," the creepy atmosphere of "Ashes to Ashes," and the pure-pop delight of "Modern Love" sound even better in their rare single mixes.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

218 Ratings

Only the single disc version!?

powerpup97,

Okay, I understand every single country has a different version of this compilation, but what I don't understand is why iTunes only has the single disc version instead of the double disc version! This version is really not much different from the 1990 compilation, "Changesbowie". Well, here are a few differences:
1. The non-album single, "John, I'm Only Dancing" is exempt.
2. The title track from "Diamond Dogs" is not included (which the double-disc version has).
3. The versions of "Young Americans", "Golden Years", "Ashes to Ashes" and "Fashion" are the single edits rather than the full album versions.
4. This album has the original version of "Fame" instead of the 1990 remix.
5. What's been added is Bowie's three duets from the 80's, "Under Pressure" (with Queen), "This is Not America" (with the Pat Methany Group) and his cover of "Dancing in the Street" (with Mick Jagger), but probably the most obscure one is "I'm Afraid of Americans" form his 1997 album, "Earthling".
If you already have a good assortment of Bowie material from the 70's and even the 80's, then I don't recommend buying the single disc version of this compilation. I recommend going out there and seeing if you could find the double disc version, because that definitely shows a fine example of David Bowie's entire career; it's an essential career-spanning compilation that I strongly recommend. If iTunes had that version instead of this, I would have easily given it 5 stars!

Great compilation from an amazing star

sillygirl99,

I grew up listening to David Bowie, throughout the 80-'s to 90's, his music was the soundtrack of my youth & I'm so saddened that he has left us.

An amazing talent, gone back to its source. RIP & God bless David Bowie, thank you sir for all of the memories & music you left us in your wake, truly, we have no adequate way of saying thank you...except to help your memory live on through your music & live on it will.

I've had his family in my thoughts since I woke up to this awful news at 4:50 am CST. I cannot imagine their sadness right now, to us, he was a rock & roll legend, always fantastic & unique...to them, he was a husband, a father & a friend. God keep them during this loss.

To anyone trying to decide what compilation to buy of David Bowies, this one is great, it's LOADED with some of his most memorable hits, so very worth the price.

#RIP David Bowie
Ziggy Stardust took back to the stars & our world lost a legend.
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About David Bowie

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 moment his homesick astronaut captured the spotlight in the late ‘60s to his exploratory, jazz-influenced Blackstar almost 50 years later, he excelled and innovated with turns in pop, glam, punk, soul, hard rock, and electronic music. And even though Bowie released vital albums throughout his life—and will forever embody the most artful edge of rock ’n’ roll—he was more than just the music he made. Bowie's fearlessness inspired us to celebrate the complexity and beauty of being completely ourselves.

  • ORIGIN
    Brixton, London, England
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • BORN
    Jan 8, 1947

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