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Posted March 10, 2013
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I had to buy the c.d. when i checked it out from the library and it had been loved so much that several tracks were gone and Major Tom was about to disconnect as well. To buy any one of David Bowie's albums, this one is a necessity. Wonderful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
This disc, entitled CHANGESBOWIE, should be the best single disc entry to David Jones' mercurial work, as it is based on the best single LP Bowie compilation ever issued, CHANGESONEBOWIE. That album condensed the Bowie mythology into one easily digested package, converted many who still weren't sure whether David was messiah or poseur by the time the LP was initially released (1976), and constitutes the playlist Bowie now enjoys on the deservedly-derided ilk of classic rock radio. The vinyl titles are completely duplicated on the compact disc, which should make it a classic regardless of the additional tracks. Those added songs, the biggest hits off of his biggest selling album LET'S DANCE, the mid-80s single "Blue Jean," and selections from the CHANGESONE follow-up CHANGESTWOBOWIE, make the disc somewhat of an attempt to be both a definitive overview and a distillation of the two vinyl compilations. Again, it should be the best single disc overview, but it didn't live up to its potential owing to some serious gaffes in execution. Keeping all the CHANGESONE tracks was correct, but substituting a worthless revamp of "Fame" certainly does not help things any, a boneheaded move of the type that techno-remixers have turned into a cottage industry. Not taking advantage of the longer playing time of the CD by replacing single-edits for the full-length album tracks, with "Heroes" suffering the most in this regard, does not help either. I'd rather have "Blue Jean" deleted entirely to create the needed space for the full versions of the more crucial songs. These two mistakes tarnish what otherwise could've been a fully worthwhile reissue. Currently, however, it's out of print, and Virgin has substituted an even more poorly-executed compilation in its place. It just goes to show you that allowing record companies to own the masters of any artist's work in perpetuity is a heinous if not criminal practice, and that in most cases decisions about content should never be left solely to executives. I still hope someone will get this right someday in the same way that CHANGESONEBOWIE was right, but I may have a long wait on that score.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 22, 2009
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