Best of David Bowie 1980/1987 [US]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 094638658726
  • Catalog Number: 86587

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let's Dance (4:07)
  2. 2 Ashes to Ashes (3:36)
  3. 3 Under Pressure - Queen (4:05)
  4. 4 Fashion (3:26)
  5. 5 Modern Love (3:58)
  6. 6 China Girl (4:17)
  7. 7 Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (3:32)
  8. 8 Up the Hill (3:15)
  9. 9 Alabama Song (3:52)
  10. 10 Drowned Girl (2:26)
  11. 11 Cat People (4:12)
  12. 12 This Is Not Amercia - Pat Metheny Group (3:51)
  13. 13 Loving the Alien (7:08)
  14. 14 Absolute Beginners (5:37)
  15. 15 When the Wind Blows (3:34)
  16. 16 Blue Jean (3:11)
  17. 17 Day-In Day-Out (4:11)
  18. 18 Time Will Crawl (4:18)
  19. 19 Underground (4:26)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ashes to Ashes
  2. 2 Fashion
  3. 3 Under Pressure - Queen
  4. 4 Drowned Girl
  5. 5 Let's Dance
  6. 6 China Girl
  7. 7 Modern Love
  8. 8 Cat People (Putting out Fire)
  9. 9 Blue Jean
  10. 10 Loving the Alien
  11. 11 Absolute Beginners
  12. 12 Underground
  13. 13 When the Wind Blows
  14. 14 Day-In Day-Out
  15. 15 Time Will Crawl
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Bowie Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Kurt Weill Composer
David Bowie Composer, Director, Producer, Audio Production
Iggy Pop Composer
Queen Composer, Audio Production
Pat Metheny Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Clive Langer Producer, Audio Production
Nile Rodgers Producer, Audio Production
Giorgio Moroder Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Derek Bramble Producer, Audio Production
Bob Clearmountain Engineer
Arif Mardin Producer
Lyle Mays Composer
Peter Mew Mastering
Hugh Padgham Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Tim Pope Director
Tony Visconti Producer, Audio Production
Alan Winstanley Producer, Audio Production
Erdal Kizilcay Composer
David Richard Producer
Greg Gorman Cover Photo
David Richards Audio Production
David Mallet Director
Jim Yukich Director
Steve Barron Director
Julien Temple Director
Jimmy T. Murakami Director
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