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I am and always have been a huge fan of David Bowie and this particular CD has all my top songs on.
There are 2 discs to this CD and the cover has a picture of Bowie with his makeup and all on the front.
Both CDs are equal. What i mean is that my top songs can be foud on both CDs, but there are also a few that i do skip.
My fravorite song is Space Oddity, and it is the first song on disc one. It is very iggy pop and i think sets the theme for the whole album. It is metalic and haunting and like Bowie very wierd, But like some of the other songs on the album i feel it is the type of music that you can have in the back ground and also where you can sit and listen and be taken of to another time and place.
I love sitting down to this album with a glass of wine and just sitting back and listening to the music. It is very easy listening and even though not everyone is a Bowie fan i think people can listen to this album and know where they were when they first heard Bowie.
He's an odd fellow isn't here. I always liken Bowie to a cross between Jeremy Irons and one of those humanoid type things that you got in the older Dr Who episodes. Bowie continues to sell music and has a staunchly loyal fanbase. This best of album is spread over two discs, with nineteen songs on disc one and twenty on the second disc.
We begin with the blissful 'Space Oddity' which lives up to its name. Bowie's vocals are other-worldy and the melody is haunting and atmospheric. It cements his appeal as part heartthrob and part weirdo. More of the same can be found on 'Starman' which again sounds so futuristic with neon bright vocals and a dazzling chorus which makes you think you are floating in outer space.
'John Im Only Dancing' returns him back to down to earth with a bump, a raunchier rhythm and a move towards a rockier sound, opening Bowie up to a broader audience. One of the my faves has to be wicked 'Jean Genie' which would make you want to stomp and shout and dig out flares. Bowie's vocals are more robust here and he verges on the daring as he lets rip with the anthemic chorus.
I adore 'Sound And Vision' which has a very long intro, but the melody is just so addictive. The simple but nagging guitar hook embeds in your head and refuses to budge. Bowie's vocals are restrained and dignified, showing a more mature sound to his music.
'Heroes' is anthemic and bold, taking no prisoners with the chorus as it charges forward with biting content. Bowie, casual, yet assertive, delivers the song with an understated gentlemanly allure. He goes a little airy fairy for my liking on 'Fashion' which is not one of the stronger moments, so head instead to the stunning 'China Girl' which is classy and chic and a sterling pop track.
His newer stuff is not so accessible, 'Little Wonder' and 'Hello Spaceboy' show that he is trying to recapture some of his mystique from his early days, but the rhythms are clumsy and the the tunes not as sharp as they could have been. Nonetheless a comprehensive compilation.
There have been many artists that the U.K. has produced that have become worldwide legends. The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath etc. etc. but even in those there were faults. The Beatles split and two of them died. Led's drummer passed away and Sabbath fell apart in it's own right.
But where all these failed David Bowie succeeded as not only a unbelievable song writer and rock artist (among other things) but he also managed to keep all his music successful. He was a performer giving the world the likes of Ziggy Stardust and The Thin White Duke.
This CD captures all of those moments starting from his second album and major hit Space Oddity spanning all the way through to Slow Burn off his latest Heathen album. It captures all the pure gold and surreal lyrics and sounds that is David Bowie.
The only thing i think this CD lacks is that it sometimes ditches a lot of good songs that just didn't make the cut. Songs like Rock 'N' Roll Suicide isn't on it. But if you are looking for the Bowie experience or you just want to see what he's like. Then this CD is worth every penny. :)
David Bowie is one of the most influential artists the UK has ever produced and this well-chosen selection paints a vivid picture of his importance to modern music in general. Few artists have remained so consistently popular throughout their lifetimes and the fact that Bowie accomplished this while remaining wildly inventive is a tribute to both his own artistic talents and the fact that we all love a rebel.
I don't think that discussing every track on such a varied collection is appropriate, but will pick out a few that did it for me.
'The Man Who Sold The World' - a wonderful track about the loss of identity and crossroads in our lives
'Oh! You Pretty Things' - loud, upbeat and fun
'Life On Mars?' odd, escapist and very popular track. Difficult to pin a meaning on, but wonderful to listen to
'Starman' - like 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind', only cool. Bowie tells a tale of an alien, messianic figure.
'Suffragette City' - I love this song, with its fast pace and confrontational appeal. Has been recently covered very well by the Nerve Agents (a now-defunct punk group) and Turbonegro (terrifying Scandinavian rockers)
'Rebel Rebel' - Trademark Bowie, even children will normally know the lyrics to this one
'Young Americans' - see my last comment..
The recording quality for most of the above is superb, as a lot of Bowie's best known tracks were remastered in the late 90s. This collection sounds great and is a must-have for anyone with taste. Bowie remains unique and elevant and is a genuine 'oddity', in that he's an artist who both parents and their children love.
Few careers last quite as long as David Bowie's has. Even more incredible than a career spanning over four decades is the fact that he has remained a successfully artist, reinventing himself and his music time and time again. 'The Best Of Bowie' documents his career from his Ziggy Stardust image, through to the Thin White Duke persona and into the more relaxed and casual manner seen in recent years.
The DVD features the video's of some of Bowie's most successful songs, as well as plenty of archive and live footage from show's such the Old Grey Whistle Test', 'Top Of The Pops' and similar shows.
The videos are ordered chronologically, starting with the earliest and working forward from there. Some of the earlier videos do look a little dated by today's standards and none have been remastered, but overall the video-quality is good enough to watch without being distracted.
The audio quality is more than adequate, allowing you to hear the music as well as you would from a CD or radio.
I found it interesting to watch how Bowie's music and video's evolve over the years. As his style and persona changes, the theme's and nature of his videos begin to reflect this. Bowie's creativity is as apparent in his visual efforts as in his actual music. His flair for theatre is evident in many of his videos and it's interesting to watch as he plays through different characters of his career.
As you would expect from a 'Best Of...', many of Bowie's most known songs are on here, including 'Space Oddity', 'Ashes To Ashes' and 'Absolute Beginners' to name just a few. In total there are 47 videos, which is not only a credit to Bowie writing skills, but also an outstanding amount of footage for fans.
The DVD is split across two discs, with the Disc One have twenty-seven 'tracks', starting with 'Oh! You Pretty Thing' from 1972 through to his duet with Mick Jagger on 'Dancing In The Street', in 1985. Disc Two covers his releases from 1986 through to 1999.
I was extremely impressed by the menus on both the discs. The design ties in well with the cover artwork, and I thought the scrolling of the menu option was a nice touch, particularly the fact that for every option a different picture of Bowie appears. Simple, yet stylish and effective, if I'm honest I have to say these are some of the best DVD menu's I've seen for a long time. Most importantly, they're very easy to use and it is simple to find any options you want.
A booklet comes with the DVD and this contains the copyright information about the videos, music, etc. I thought the booklet was a little disappointing as there is no information of any real value. I would have liked perhaps a short biography, or something similar. I do like the artwork on the back of the booklet though; an image of Bowie superimposed on mosaic-esque tiles with smaller pictures of Bowie. This is quite eye-catching and interesting, but I don't think it really makes up for the lack of actual content.
There are no bonus-features with this DVD. Whilst the lack of bonus material is understandable given that there is so much content on the discs, it is still a little disappointing. Some interviews with Bowie would have been an interesting addition, or perhaps some 'Making Of'/'Behind The Scenes' footage of his most popular videos. Given the sheer extent of 'main-feature' content, it is a little hard to grumble, but I personally felt bonus material would have added to this particular DVD.
I suspect 'The Best Of Bowie' will mostly appeal to his long-term fans. Whilst Bowie's songs appeal to a wide and varied range of listeners, I think a collection of his videos is not something everyone would sit down to enjoy. I've struggled to watch either disc in one sitting and have found it best to watch a few video's here and there, rather than back-to-back. I think this stems from the fact that the music and video's vary in style and content, so that consecutive video's can sometimes feel a little disjointed. Arguably, perhaps that's to be expected from a collection such as this and I personal didn't find that it ruined my enjoyment of the DVD overall.
I'd be prepared to pay about £15 for this, purely for the number of classic tracks you get. Despite its lack of bonus-features, I still think the DVD is value for money. I think the DVD also has a quite a good longevity, as it's something you can watch bits of once every so often.
If you only have a passing interest in Bowie's music than I wouldn't recommend this for you. That said, I think it's a great collection and, despite the criticisms, I would recommend this to any Bowie fan.
1) Oh! You Pretty Things (from Old Grey Whistle Test)
2) Queen Bitch (from Old Grey Whistle Test)
3) Five Years (from Old Grey Whistle Test)
4) Starman (from Top Of The Pops)
5) John, I'm Only Dancing
6) The Jean Genie
7) Space Oddity
8) Drive-In Saturday (from Russell Harry Plus Pop)
9) Life On Mars?
10) Ziggy Stardust (from The Motion Picture)
11) Rebel Rebel (from TopPop)
12) Young Americans (from The Dick Cavett Show)
13) Be My Wife
15) Boys Keep Swinging
17) Look Back In Anger
18) Ashes To Ashes
20) Wild Is The Wind
21) Let's Dance
22) China Girl
23) Modern Love
24) Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (from Serious Moonlight Tour)
25) Blue Jean
26) Loving The Alien
27) Dancing In The Street (w/Mick Jagger)
1) Absolute Beginners
3) As The World Falls Down
4) Day-In Day-Out
5) Time Will Crawl
6) Never Let Me Down
7) Fame '90
8) Jump They Say
9) Back Tie White Noise
10) Miracle Goodnight
11) Buddha Of Suburbia
12) The Heart's Filthy Lesson
13) Strangers When We Meet
14) Hallo Spaceboy
15) Little Wonder
16) Dead Man Walking
17) Seven Years In Tibet
18) I'm Afraid Of Americans
19) Thursday's Child
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Space Oddity (1999 Digital Remaster)
2 The Man Who Sold The World (1999 Digital Remaster)
3 Oh! You Pretty Things (1999 Digital Remaster)
4 Changes (1999 Digital Remaster)
5 Life On Mars? (1999 Digital Remaster)
6 Starman (2002 Digital Remaster)
7 Ziggy Stardust (2002 Digital Remaster)
8 Suffragette City (2002 Digital Remaster)
9 John, I'm Only Dancing (2002 Digital Remaster)
10 The Jean Genie (1999 Digital Remaster)
11 Drive In Saturday (1999 Digital Remaster)
12 Sorrow (1999 Digital Remaster)
13 Diamond Dogs (1999 Digital Remaster)
14 Rebel Rebel (1999 Digital Remaster)
15 Young Americans (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
16 Fame (1999 Digital Remaster)
17 Golden Years (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
18 TVC15 (1999 Digital Remaster)
19 Wild Is The Wind (1999 Digital Remaster)
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Sound And Vision (1999 Digital Remaster)
2 Heroes (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
3 Boys Keep Swinging (1999 Digital Remaster)
4 Under Pressure
5 Ashes To Ashes (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
6 Fashion (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
7 Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
8 Let's Dance (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
9 China Girl (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
10 Modern Love (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
11 Blue Jean (1999 Digital Remaster)
12 This Is Not America (2002 Digital Remaster)
13 Loving The Alien (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
14 Dancing In The Street (2002 Digital Remaster)
15 Absolute Beginners (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
16 Jump They Say (Radio Edit) (2002 Digital Remaster)
17 Hallo Spaceboy (Pet Shop Boys Remix)
18 Little Wonder (Edit)
19 I'm Afraid Of Americans (V1) (Radio Edit Of Trent Reznor Mix)
20 Slow Burn (Radio Edit)