27 Songs, 1 Hour, 16 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While many British musicians who immersed themselves in the mid-to-late ‘60s mod subculture were content to play derivative R&B or the more artful “freakbeat” style of pre-psychedelic guitar-pop, David Bowie was already doing his own thing with more originality as evidenced by this outstanding compilation. Boasting a hearty 27 tracks, The Deram Anthology (1966 – 1968) gathers Bowie’s recordings for Deram Records, including his eponymous debut album. The musical equivalent of a lace doily, “Rubber Band” hardly sets the tone, but at least this dainty dollop of baroque-pop provides insight as to what Spinal Tap was lampooning with “Cups and Cakes.” Another novel tune of note is the Anthony Newley-inspired ditty, “The Laughing Gnome” replete with Bowie’s sped-up vocals portraying the gnome. Musical skeletons aside, “The London Boys” gives insight to Bowie’s then developing talents as a ballad writer while the Kinks-esque “Love You Till Tuesday” better hints at the great tunesmith Bowie would become. The similarly foretelling “When I Live My Dream” is a sophisticated piece of orchestral pop.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While many British musicians who immersed themselves in the mid-to-late ‘60s mod subculture were content to play derivative R&B or the more artful “freakbeat” style of pre-psychedelic guitar-pop, David Bowie was already doing his own thing with more originality as evidenced by this outstanding compilation. Boasting a hearty 27 tracks, The Deram Anthology (1966 – 1968) gathers Bowie’s recordings for Deram Records, including his eponymous debut album. The musical equivalent of a lace doily, “Rubber Band” hardly sets the tone, but at least this dainty dollop of baroque-pop provides insight as to what Spinal Tap was lampooning with “Cups and Cakes.” Another novel tune of note is the Anthony Newley-inspired ditty, “The Laughing Gnome” replete with Bowie’s sped-up vocals portraying the gnome. Musical skeletons aside, “The London Boys” gives insight to Bowie’s then developing talents as a ballad writer while the Kinks-esque “Love You Till Tuesday” better hints at the great tunesmith Bowie would become. The similarly foretelling “When I Live My Dream” is a sophisticated piece of orchestral pop.

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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
  • BORN
    January 8, 1947

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