Friday, November 11, 2016

Nov. 11, 2016: The career-spanning Legacy compilation caps Bowie's career

Last updated September 17, 2018.

David Bowie Compilations

Here are the collections featured on this page:

  1. ChangesOneBowie (1 disc: 1969-76)
  2. ChangesTwoBowie (1 disc: 1971-80)
  3. ChangesBowie (1 disc: 1969-90)
  4. The Best of 1969/1974 (1 disc: 1969-74)
  5. The Best of 1974/1979 (1 disc: 1974-79)
  6. The Best of 1980/1987 (1 disc: 1980-87)
  7. The Singles Collection (2 discs: 1969-93)
  8. Best of Bowie (1 disc: 1969-2002)
  9. Nothing Has Changed (3 discs: 1969-2014)
  10. Legacy: The Very Best of (2 discs: 1969-2015)

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David Bowie: ChangesOneBowie

Recorded: 1969-1976


Released: May 21, 1976


Sales (in millions): US: 1.0, UK: --, IFPI: --, World: 3.0


Peak: US: 10, UK: 2, Canada: --, Australia: 8

Review:

This was the first official compilation of David Bowie’s then-young career. DT1 While dozens of collections would follow, this one triumphs as the first to gather into one package now-classic songs like Space Oddity, Changes, Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City, The Jean Genie, Diamond Dogs, Rebel Rebel, Young Americans, Fame, and Golden Years.

This was the first LP appearance for single John, I’m Only Dancing and marked a revival for “Space Oddity” in the U.K. The song originally hit #5, but rebounded on the charts and went to #1. DT

“As with so many pre-CD age Bowie compilations, it's very easy to overlook Changesonebowie in favor of the more-bang-for-your-buck career-spanning collections that have since emerged. It remains, however, a charming time capsule, a reminder of the days when Bowie was as much a chart-topping pop star as an iconic idol.” DT1 Of course, the 1990 CD release of ChangesBowie rendered this collection obsolete as it included everything on the original album plus hits running through Bowie’s commercial peak in the ‘80s.

David Bowie: ChangesTwoBowie

Recorded: 1971-1980


Released: November 1981


Sales (in millions): US: --, UK: 0.1, IFPI: --, World: 0.1


Peak: US: 68, UK: 24, Canada: --, Australia: 53

Review:

The follow-up to Bowie’s first compilation, Changesonebowie, was a clear case of a record company’s contract with an artist coming to an end. DT2 Bowie wasn’t consulted in compiling this “strangely disjointed ragbag of tracks scraping through the past decade with little regard for either continuity or, perhaps surprisingly, the hits.” DT2

The collection plucked some material from the same ground covered by the previous collection, both hits (Starman) and album cuts (Oh, You Pretty Things, Aladdin Sane, 1984). Strangely absent, however, are the songs “Drive-In Saturday” and “Sorrow,” both which hit #3 in the UK.

Similarly overlooked were some of the post-1976 hits (“TVC 15,” “Heroes,” “Boys Keep Swinging,” “Beauty and the Beast”) which would have made sense on this collection. What is here, however, are hits Ashes to Ashes, Sound and Vision and DJ, as well as Wild Is the Wind, which was re-released to promote this collection. DT2

The album even includes one song which was on Changesbowie, albeit a different version. A 1975 remake of John, I’m Only Dancing had been “long legendary as an outtake” DT2 and was released as a single in 1979 DT2 before appearing on this set.

David Bowie: ChangesBowie

Recorded: 1969-1990


Released: March 4, 1990


Sales (in millions): US: 1.0, UK: 0.3, IFPI: --, World: 4.5


Peak: US: 39, UK: 11, Canada: --, Australia: 6

Review:

Changesbowie was essentially a CD version of the 1976 Changesonebowie collection updated to include songs released since then. Hits from that first collection include Space Oddity, Changes, Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City, John, I’m Only Dancing, The Jean Genie, Diamond Dogs, Rebel Rebel, Young Americans, and Golden Years.

Songs released after that collection which are included here are Heroes, Ashes to Ashes, Fashion, Let’s Dance, China Girl, Modern Love, and Blue Jean.

“Consequently, it functions as a definitive single-disc introduction to Bowie.” STE The only real flaw in the collection is the substitution of a 1990 remix of Fame instead of the original.

   

David Bowie: Best of 1969/1974

Recorded: 1969-1974


Released: Oct. 7, 1997


Sales (in millions): US: --, UK: 0.3, IFPI: --, World: 0.75


Peak: US: --, UK: 11, Canada: --, Australia: 14

Review:

Released in 1997, this album served as the first of three albums which would be packaged together as The Platinum Collection, a three-disc collection covering Bowie from 1969 to 1987. This set covers much of the same ground as ChangesOneBowie with eight of those cuts featured here: Space Oddity, Changes, Suffragette City, Ziggy Stardust, John, I’m Only Dancing, The Jean Genie, Rebel Rebel, and Diamond Dogs.

Other hits from the era which hadn’t made that set, but show up here include Life on Mars?, Starman, Drive-In Saturday, and Sorrow. Also of note here is the original 1970 single version of The Prettiest Star and Bowie’s original recording of All the Young Dudes, which would become a hit for Mott the Hoople.

David Bowie: The Best of 1974/1979

Recorded: 1974-1979


Released: April 20, 1998


Sales (in millions): US: --, UK: 0.1, IFPI: --, World: 0.1


Peak: US: --, UK: 39, Canada: --, Australia: 49

Review:

This was the second of three albums which would make up The Platinum Collection, a three-CD set covering Bowie’s career from 1969 to 1987. This set included hits such as Fame, Young Americans, Golden Years, Sound and Vision, Heroes, Boys Keep Swinging, and DJ.

Also here are the 1975 re-recording of John, I’m Only Dancing, which saw release as a single in 1979, and Knock on Wood, a top ten hit in the UK only available previously on a live Bowie album.

David Bowie: The Best of 1980/1987

Recorded: 1980-1987


Released: March 19, 2007


Sales (in millions): US: --, UK: --, IFPI: --, World: --


Peak: US: --, UK: 34, Canada: --, Australia: 30

Review:

This was the third album in a set packaged as The Platinum Collection, a three-CD retrospective of Bowie’s career from 1969 to 1987. While the first two discs existed as albums prior to the conclusion in the box set, this album was released first as part of the box set and later as in individual album.

This was the most commercially successful era of Bowie’s career, with U.S. top ten hits Let’s Dance, China Girl, and Blue Jean. Also included are Ashes to Ashes (a #1 in the UK) and UK top ten hits Fashion, Modern Love, and Absolute Beginners. The latter song, as well as This Is Not America, Underground and When the Wind Blows were cuts originally appearing on soundtracks.

David Bowie: The Singles Collection

Recorded: 1969-1993


Released: Nov. 16, 1993


Sales (in millions): US: --, UK: 0.3, IFPI: --, World: 0.3


Peak: US: --, UK: 9, Canada: --, Australia: 49

Review:

This double-disc compilation gathered material from Bowie’s entire career up to that point. The collection essentially supplanted ChangesBowie, released three years earlier, by including all the tracks from that set. The only difference was the 1990 remix of Fame on the previous collection while this one returns to the original version.

That means the usual suspects are back: Space Oddity, Changes, Suffragette City, Ziggy Stardust, John, I’m Only Dancing, The Jean Genie, Rebel Rebel, Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Golden Years, Heroes, Ashes to Ashes, Fashion, Let’s Dance, Modern Love, China Girl, and Blue Jean.

The LP and cassette versions of the ChangesBowie album also included Life on Mars?, Starman, and Sound and Vision, which are all present here. That still left room for more than a dozen more songs, notably including some previously overlooked UK hits. Drive-In Saturday, Sorrow, Boys Keep Swinging, and Absolute Beginners were all top tens in the UK while Under Pressure (with Queen) and Dancing in the Street (with Mick Jagger) were both #1’s.

The U.S. and U.K. versions differed slightly. Unique to the U.K. version were Rock and Roll Suicide, Knock on Wood, Wild Is the Wind, Alabama Song, and This Is Not America. Of these, Bowie’s live version of “Knock on Wood” was the most successful, hitting the top ten in the UK.

Seven songs were unique to the U.S. version: Oh, You Pretty Things, Be My Wife, Look Back in Anger, Cat People (Putting Out the Fire), Loving the Alien, Never Let Me Down, and Jump They Say. Only “Cat People” hit the charts in the U.S., peaking at #67.

David Bowie: Best of Bowie

Recorded: 1969-2002


Released: Oct. 22, 2002


Sales (in millions): US: 1.0, UK: 1.2, IFPI: 1.0, World: 3.5


Peak: US: 4, UK: 11, Canada: --, Australia: 6

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Review:

Best of Bowie lives up to its title as the best compilation to-date of his material. It covers nearly another decade of material since the release of The Singles Collection. Like that set, this one saw different versions released. In fact, the album was released in 21 territories, each with its own track listing, based on what songs were popular locally. A total of 63 tracks appeared on all the iterations of the album. WK In some markets it was released as single-disc package and in other areas it was released as two.

The U.S. version, a single-disc release, covered much of the same territory as 1990’s ChangesBowie and both the U.S. and U.K. versions of 1993’s Singles Collection with the following appearing on all of the collections: Space Oddity, Changes, Suffragette City, Ziggy Stardust, The Jean Genie, Rebel Rebel, Young Americans, Golden Years, Heroes, Ashes to Ashes, Fashion, Let’s Dance, Modern Love, China Girl, and Blue Jean.

After the inclusion of an unnecessary remix of Fame on ChangesBowie, The Singles Collection went back to the original, as does Best of Bowie. Also on The Singles Collection and this one are two songs which went to #1 in the UK – Under Pressure (with Queen) and Dancing in the Street (with Mick Jagger). Best of Bowie also added This Is Not America, which had appeared on the U.K. version of The Singles Collection, and I’m Afraid of Americans, the only post-1993 song on the American version of Best of Bowie.

All of those songs were on the two-disc European version of Best of Bowie, with more than a dozen more songs which had appeared on the U.K. version of The Singles Collection and another couple of songs which had appeared on the U.S. version.

While it had nearly been a decade since 1993’s Singles Collection, this set only adds four post-1993 songs: Hallo Spaceboy, I’m Afraid of Americans, Little Wonder, and Slow Burn.

David Bowie: Nothing Has Changed

Recorded: 1969-2014


Released: Nov. 18, 2014


Sales (in millions): US: --, UK: 0.1, IFPI: --, World: 0.1


Peak: US: 57, UK: 5, Canada: --, Australia: 3

Review:

This three-disc set came more than a decade after 2002’s Best of Bowie, but didn’t have much new ground to cover since Bowie had only released two studio albums in that time. This collection does, however, include roughly a disc’s worth of content not featured on previous compilations.

There are five songs from 2003-2014, including New Killer Star from 2003’s Reality album and three cuts (Where Are We Now?, The Stars Are Out Tonight, Love Is Lost) from 2013’s The Next Day. Also here is one new song – Sue (Or a Season of Crime), a version of which would also appear on his final album, 2016’s Blackstar.

Most interesting is the conclusion of a few early Bowie songs (Liza Jane, You’ve Got a Habit of Leaving, Can’t Help Thinking About Me, Silly Boy Blue) which preceded his 1969 breakthrough with Space Oddity. Also here are a trio of songs (Let Me Sleep Beside You, Shadow Man, Toy (Your Turn to Drive)) from Bowie’s 2001 unreleased Toy album.

This collection also does a better job representing the 1993-2002 era by including seven songs which were not featured on Best of Bowie: Buddha of Suburbia, The Heart’s Filthy Lesson, Strangers When We Meet, Thursday’s Child, Survive, Seven, and Everyone Says “Hi”.

David Bowie: Legacy: The Very Best of

Recorded: 1969-2015


Released: Nov. 11, 2016


Sales (in millions): US: --, UK: 0.1, IFPI: --, World: 0.1


Peak: US: 78, UK: 5, Canada: 68, Australia: 31

Review:

This was the first compilation released after Bowie’s death and thus the only set to cover his last studio work. Lazarus proved as vital a Bowie song as anything he’d done in his career, showcasing an artist who knew he was dying but still had a final creative burst. Also from Bowie’s final album Blackstar is I Can’t Give Everything Away.

Otherwise this collection is a pared-down version of the three-disc Nothing Has Changed compilation, released just two years earlier.

Album Tracks – All Collections

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1964-1974:

  1. Liza Jane (The King Bees: 6/5/64) NC
  2. You’ve Got a Habit of Leaving (The Lower Third: 8/20/65) NC
  3. Can’t Help Thinking About Me (The Lower Third: 1/14/66) NC
  4. Silly Boy Blue (album date: 6/1/67) NC
  5. Space Oddity (7/11/69, #15 US, #1 UK, sales: 0.7 million) C1, CB, 74, SC, BB, NC, L
  6. The Prettiest Star (3/6/70) 74
  7. The Man Who Sold the World (album: 11/4/70, single: 6/22/73) 74, BB-UK, NC, L
  8. Changes (1/7/72, #41 US) C1, CB, 74, SC, BB, NC, L
  9. Life on Mars? (album: 12/17/71, single: 6/22/73, #3 UK) 74, SC, BB-UK, NC, L
  10. Oh, You Pretty Things (album: 12/17/71, --) C2, 74, SC-US, BB-UK, NC, L
  11. Velvet Goldmine (1971, --) 74
  12. Starman (4/14/72, #65 US, #10 UK) C2, 74, SC, BB-UK, NC, L
  13. Suffragette City (4/14/72) C1, CB, 74, SC, BB
  14. Ziggy Stardust (11/24/72) C1, CB, 74, SC, BB, NC, L
  15. Rock and Roll Suicide (album: 6/9/72, live single: 4/11/74, #22 UK) 74, SC-UK
  16. Moonage Daydream (album: 6/9/72, --) NC, L
  17. John, I’m Only Dancing (9/1/72, #12 UK) C1, CB, 74, SC, BB-UK
  18. The Jean Genie (11/24/72, #71 US, #2 UK) C1, CB, 74, SC, BB, NC, L
  19. Drive-In Saturday (4/6/73, #3 UK) 74, SC, BB-UK, NC, L
  20. Let’s Spend the Night Together (7/73) 74
  21. All the Young Dudes (1973, --) 74, NC, L
  22. Aladdin Sane (album: 4/13/73, --) C2, 74
  23. Sorrow (10/12/73, #3 UK) 74, SC, BB-UK, NC, L
  24. Rebel Rebel (2/15/74, #64 US, #5 UK) C1, CB, 74, SC, BB, NC, L
  25. Diamond Dogs (6/14/74, #21 UK) C1, CB, 74, SC, BB-UK, NC

1974-1979:

  1. 1984 (8/31/74) C2, 79
  2. Knock on Wood (9/12/74, #10 UK) 79, SC-UK
  3. Fame (2/21/75, #1 US, #17 UK, sales: 1 million, airplay: 1 million) C1, 79, SC, BB, NC, L
  4. Young Americans (2/21/75, #28 US, #18 UK) C1, CB, 79, SC, BB, NC, L
  5. It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City (8/75) 79
  6. Can You Hear Me? (album: 3/7/75, --) 79
  7. Golden Years (11/17/75, #10 US, #8 UK, airplay: 1 million) C1, CB, 79, SC, BB, NC, L
  8. TVC 15 (4/30/76, #64 US, #33 UK) 79, SC, BB-UK
  9. Wild Is the Wind (album: 1/23/76, single: 11/19/81, #24 UK) C2, 79, SC-UK, BB-UK, NC
  10. Sound and Vision (2/11/77, #69 US, #3 UK) C2, 79, SC, BB-UK, NC, L
  11. Breaking Glass (album: 1/14/77, live single: 11/17/78, #54 UK) 79
  12. Be My Wife (6/17/77, --) SC-US
  13. Heroes (9/23/77, #24 UK) CB, 79, SC, BB, NC, L
  14. Beauty and the Beast (1/6/78, #39 UK) 79, SC
  15. The Secret Life of Arabia (album: 10/14/77, --) 79
  16. Boys Keep Swinging (4/27/79, #7 UK) 79, SC, BB-UK, NC, L
  17. DJ (6/29/79, #21 UK) C2, 79, SC
  18. Look Back in Anger (8/20/79) 79, SC-US
  19. John, I’m Only Dancing (Again) (12/15/79, #12 UK) C2, 79

1980-1987:

  1. Alabama Song (2/15/80, #23 UK) C2, 87, SC-UK
  2. Ashes to Ashes (8/1/80, #1 UK) C2, CB, 87, SC, BB, NC, L
  3. Fashion (10/24/80, #70 US, #5 UK) C2, CB, 87, SC, BB, NC, L
  4. Scary Monsters and Super Creeps (1/2/81, #20 UK) 87, SC, BB-UK, NC
  5. Under Pressure (with Queen, 10/26/81, #29 US, #1 UK, #7 AR) 87, SC, BB, NC, L
  6. Up the Hill Backwards (3/28/81, #32 UK) 87
  7. Drowned Girl (album: 2/13/82, --) 87
  8. Cat People (Putting Out the Fire) (3/11/82, #67 US, #26 UK, #9 AR) 87, SC-US
  9. Let’s Dance (3/17/83, #1 US, #1 UK, #8 AR, sales: 1 million) CB, 87, SC, BB, NC, L
  10. Modern Love (5/7/83, #14 US, #2 UK, #6 AR) CB, 87, SC, BB, NC, L
  11. China Girl (5/28/83, #10 US, #2 UK, #3 AR) CB, 87, SC, BB, NC, L
  12. Blue Jean (9/15/84, #8 US, #6 UK, #2 AR) CB, 87, SC, BB, NC, L
  13. Loving the Alien (5/85, #19 UK) 87, SC-US, BB-UK, NC
  14. This Is Not America (with Pat Metheny, 2/2/85, #32 US, #14 UK, #7 AR) 87, SC-UK, BB, NC, L
  15. Dancing in the Street (with Mick Jagger, 8/12/85, #7 US, #1 UK, #3 AR) SC, BB, NC, L
  16. Absolute Beginners (3/15/86, #53 US, #2 UK, #9 AR) 87, SC, BB-UK, NC, L
  17. Underground (6/7/86, #21 UK) 87
  18. When the Wind Blows (11/8/86, #44 UK) 87
  19. Day-In, Day-Out (3/87, #21 US, #17 UK, #3 AR) 87, SC
  20. Time Will Crawl (5/2/87, #33 UK, #7 AR) 87, NC
  21. Never Let Me Down (8/8/87, #27 US, #34 UK, #15 AR) SC-US

1988-2016:

  1. Fame 90 (Gass Mix) (4/7/90, #28 UK) CB
  2. Jump They Say (3/27/93, #9 UK, #4 MR) SC-US, BB-UK, NC, L
  3. Buddha of Suburbia (12/4/93, #35 UK) NC
  4. The Heart’s Filthy Lesson (9/16/95, #92 US, #35 UK, #20 MR) NC
  5. Strangers When We Meet (12/2/95, #39 UK) NC
  6. Hallo Spaceboy (1/20/96, #12 UK) BB-UK, NC, L
  7. Little Wonder (1/21/97, #14 UK) BB-UK, NC, L
  8. I’m Afraid of Americans (10/14/97, #66 US, #29 MR) BB, NC, L
  9. Thursday’s Child (9/20/99, #16 UK) NC, L
  10. Survive (1/24/00, #28 UK) NC
  11. Seven (7/1/00, #32 UK) NC
  12. Let Me Sleep Beside You (2001) NC
  13. Shadow Man (2001) NC
  14. Toy (Your Turn to Drive) (2001) NC
  15. Slow Burn (6/3/02, #94 UK) BB-UK, NC, L
  16. Everyone Says “Hi” (9/1/02, #20 UK) NC, L
  17. New Killer Star (9/29/03) NC, L
  18. Where Are We Now? (1/8/13) NC, L
  19. The Stars Are Out Tonight (2/25/13) NC
  20. Love Is Lost (10/28/13) NC
  21. Sue (Or a Season of Crime) (10/12/14, #81 UK) NC
  22. Lazarus (12/17/15, #40 US, #45 UK) L
  23. I Can’t Give Everything Away (4/6/16) L

C1 ChangesOneBowie
C2 ChangesTwoBowie
CB ChangesBowie
SC The Singles Collection *
74 The Best of 1969/1974
79 The Best of 1974/1979
87 The Best of 1980/1987
BB Best of Bowie *
NC Nothing Has Changed
L Legacy: The Very Best of

* Different versions of these albums were released in the U.S. and U.K. Songs unique to one or the other are noted (such as SC-US or SC-UK) while songs on both collections do not have a sub-code (SC).


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