The Best of David Bowie 1974/1979by David Bowie
As in Bowie's '69-'74 compilation, this anthology is a fine primer and a good substitute for those unable to find the original recordings of the period, YOUNG AMERICANS, STATION TO STATION, LOW, HEROES and LODGER. Following his '73 tour, Bowie began moving from his glam persona to that of a soul man. Some of the material from YOUNG AMERICANS feature a young Luther Vandross on backing vocals. As the disco craze settled in, Bowie was off on another tip, collaborating with Brian Eno on three recordings of cold, edgy music. Although, at times the music was distant, songs like "Heroes" and "TVC15"are passionate classics. Although much of this music had commercial appeal, Bowie's most mainstream period was soon to follow.
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