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Best of David Bowie 1974/1979
     

The Best of David Bowie 1974/1979

by David Bowie
 

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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

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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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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Picking up where EMI's first compilation, The Best of David Bowie 1969/1974, left off, The Best of David Bowie 1974/1979 is an excellent 18-track overview of what are arguably Bowie's most creative years. During these five years, he moved from the stylized "Plastic Soul" of Young Americans to the cold, synthesized Berlin collaborations with Brian Eno, turning out some classic singles along the way ("Sound and Vision," "Golden Years," "Fame," "Young Americans," "TVC 15," "D.J.," "Boys Keep Swinging," "Heroes"). Those hits, along with some strong album tracks, the disco-fied "John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)," and the rarity "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City" are all here. Unfortunately, the compilation wasn't sequenced in chronological order -- although his range is impressive, it's even more astonishing when it's placed in the proper sequence. Nevertheless, The Best of David Bowie 1974/1979 is a good summation of those five years and a nice companion piece to its predecessor, even if the double-disc Singles set or the concise Changesbowie are better career overviews.

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Release Date:
09/26/2000
Label:
Emd Int'l
UPC:
0724349430020
catalogNumber:
494300
Rank:
117740

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