Best of Bowie

Performers David Bowie

Virgin | December 9, 2003 | Compact Disc

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As if releasing different editions of Best of Bowie in nearly every record-buying country in the world in 2002 wasn't enough of a discographical headache, EMI/Virgin and Bowie reissued the U.S. edition of Best of Bowie in 2003 with a bonus DVD. Since 2002 also saw the release of the fantastic double-DVD set Best of Bowie, containing all of his promo videos and a bunch of TV appearances from Space Oddity to Never Let Me Down, one could reasonably assume that this bonus DVD would be a similar collection, perhaps a compendium of highlights from the two discs. That assumption would be wrong. Instead, this DVD is a baffling hodge-podge containing three video clips -- not promo videos, understand, but videos for new remixes of "Let's Dance" and the 'David Guetta Vs. Bowie' mix of "Heroes," retitled "Just for One Day," plus a live video of "Black Tie White Noise" -- plus six audio tracks, all remixes, most of them new, two of them extending mixes found on the video section, two of them being mixes of "Let's Dance." In other words, it's not a bonus DVD that would appeal to a casual fan picking up a hits collection, it's a bonus DVD with exclusive material designed to have the hardcore fan buy these songs yet again (it also provides a sly plug for the forthcoming 2004 expanded reissue of Black Tie White Noise, since two of the nine tracks here are from that largely overlooked album). Is it worth getting? Well, completists, being completists and all, will want this, and the casual fan who just wants that 20-track disc will enjoy that, since it is a first-rate compilation. Yet that DVD is what brings these two camps together, strangely enough -- neither the completists or the casuals will wind up putting this thing on more than once. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: December 9, 2003

Genre: Art Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2003

Label Name: Virgin

UPC: 724359569208

Found in: Art Rock, Art Rock

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Best of Bowie

Best of Bowie

Performers David Bowie
Guest Artist(s) Carlos Alomar, Luther Vandross, Mick Jagger, Pat Metheny Group, Queen

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: December 9, 2003

Genre: Art Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2003

Label Name: Virgin

UPC: 724359569208


Title Track Time
1.Space Oddity --
2.Changes --
3.Suffragette City --
4.Ziggy Stardust --
5.Jean Genie, The --
6.Rebel Rebel --
7.Young Americans --
8.Fame --
9.Golden Years --
10.Heroes --
11.Ashes To Ashes --
12.Fashion --
13.Under Pressure - (with Queen) --
14.Let's Dance --
15.China Girl --
16.Modern Love --
17.Blue Jean --
18.Dancing In The Street - (with Mick Jagger) --
19.This Is Not America - (with The Pat Metheny Group) --
20.I'm Afraid Of Americans --

Editorial Notes

As if releasing different editions of Best of Bowie in nearly every record-buying country in the world in 2002 wasn't enough of a discographical headache, EMI/Virgin and Bowie reissued the U.S. edition of Best of Bowie in 2003 with a bonus DVD. Since 2002 also saw the release of the fantastic double-DVD set Best of Bowie, containing all of his promo videos and a bunch of TV appearances from Space Oddity to Never Let Me Down, one could reasonably assume that this bonus DVD would be a similar collection, perhaps a compendium of highlights from the two discs. That assumption would be wrong. Instead, this DVD is a baffling hodge-podge containing three video clips -- not promo videos, understand, but videos for new remixes of "Let's Dance" and the 'David Guetta Vs. Bowie' mix of "Heroes," retitled "Just for One Day," plus a live video of "Black Tie White Noise" -- plus six audio tracks, all remixes, most of them new, two of them extending mixes found on the video section, two of them being mixes of "Let's Dance." In other words, it's not a bonus DVD that would appeal to a casual fan picking up a hits collection, it's a bonus DVD with exclusive material designed to have the hardcore fan buy these songs yet again (it also provides a sly plug for the forthcoming 2004 expanded reissue of Black Tie White Noise, since two of the nine tracks here are from that largely overlooked album). Is it worth getting? Well, completists, being completists and all, will want this, and the casual fan who just wants that 20-track disc will enjoy that, since it is a first-rate compilation. Yet that DVD is what brings these two camps together, strangely enough -- neither the completists or the casuals will wind up putting this thing on more than once. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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