David Bowie Tribute by Steve Stachini

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David Bowie has been the only constant in my life since the age of eleven...

I was first introduced to the music of David Bowie by a school friend (Chris Callander I think his name was) and rather than being taken in by the modern pop music at the time, my draw was to a song called "Quicksand" (not a chart release, just an album track) of which I somehow identified with the lyrics in a spooky kind of way. Needless to say that my first purchase was the album "Hunky Dory". This is also the first album that Bowie attributes to the launch of him actually gaining a significant following of listeners. From that point on Bowie is the only musical artist that I have found inspiring enough to follow all my life.
I listen to all music from the Sex Pistols to Vivaldi and I must say that my favourite instrumental album is that of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells II. However, I always return to David Bowie and continually find myself appreciating different albums at different stages of my life. With innovative creativity, iconic styling and idiosyncrasies, Bowie has influenced the world of music, art and fashion as well as millions of individuals such as myself. A true artist in many ways! I could fill this area with many videos and images too of David Bowie, but everything is so accessible on the internet nowadays, what's the point? Or maybe I will in the future, who knows? At the end of the day, the music is what it is all about, so below is a good selection of the music which has influence me throughout my life. Enjoy!
I did at one point have many bootleg albums as well as some valuable Bowie rarities within my proud vinyl collection, until one day at a flat in Folkestone, Kent, some bastard broke in and stole the lot! After spending many years trying to rebuild my lost collection, I eventually gave up as there was simply no way of replacing what I once had. With media technology then moving in to CD's I could at least gain back all Bowie music very swiftly. I just had to turn the negative loss in to a positive memory, knowing that I did at one point in my life enjoy the ownership of having some beautifully rare Bowie items.
Bob Nixon and Steve Stachini waiting for David Bowie
Charity & Live Aid 1985
The mid '80's saw a commercial side of David Bowie

Many fans were not too impressed with the the commercial side of Bowie during the 1980's as fear grew that maybe he was selling out, though minds were put to rest as he went on to produce many more truly artist albums. However, no one could deny that he still looked great with his unique style and gave us some chart topping tunes.

View My Live Aid day with life long friend Bob Nixon
Never Get Old

One of my favourite Bowie videos I have chosen this music video as the subject matter is clear, simple and poignant and also reflects Bowie's ability to continually evolve. I have always maintained that I have no desire to ever get old and will always defy the controlling world around me that insists on trying to make me accept the inevitable. Make your life matter!
Absolute Beginners

Another timeless favourite though never an album track. The expression on David's face at the beginning when he realises that he has run out of cigarettes is priceless. He was destined to chase a black lady, his love and this track is full of sincere words of wisdom stating that true love can happen not only once in life. Life and circumstances change for us all...
Blackstar

Such a profound performance and iconically Bowie. With preview hidden messages for those of us who could grasp the meaning in his lyrics when it was first aired. True Bowie fans would have recognised the inevitable story he was telling and sure enough David passed away only a few weeks after the video's release. I personally was in tears many times watching this.

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    8 January 1947 - 10 January 2016 from Brixton, London, England, UK
    Birth Name - David Robert Haywood Jones
    Nicknames - The Thin White Duke - Ziggy Stardust
    Height - 1.78 m (5' 10")

    David Bowie is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers of pop music. Born David Jones, he changed his name to Bowie in the 1960s, to avoid confusion with the then well-known Davy Jones (lead singer of The Monkees).

    The 1960s were not a happy period for Bowie, who remained a struggling artist, awaiting his breakthrough. He dabbled in many different styles of music (without commercial success), and other art forms such as acting, mime, painting, and playwriting. He finally achieved his commercial breakthrough in 1969 with the song "Space Oddity," which was released at the time of the moon landing. Despite the fact that the literal meaning of the lyrics relates to an astronaut who is lost in space, this song was used by the BBC in their coverage of the moon landing, and this helped it become such a success. The album, which followed "Space Oddity," and the two, which followed (one of which included the song "The Man Who Sold The World," covered by Lulu and Nirvana) failed to produce another hit single, and Bowie's career appeared to be in decline. However, he made the first of many successful "comebacks" in 1972 with "Ziggy Stardust," a concept album about a space-age rock star. This album was followed by others in a similar vein, rock albums built around a central character and concerned with futuristic themes of Armageddon, gender dysfunction/confusion, as well as more contemporary themes such as the destructiveness of success and fame, and the dangers inherent in star worship.

    In the mid 1970s, Bowie was a heavy cocaine abuser and sometime heroin user. In 1975, he changed tack. Musically, he released "Young Americans," a soul (or plastic soul as he later referred to it) album. This produced his first number one hit in the US, "Fame." He also appeared in his first major film, The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976). With his different-colored eyes and skeletal frame, he certainly looked the part of an alien. The following year, he released "Station to Station," containing some of the material he had written for the soundtrack to this film (which was not used). As his drug problem heightened, his behavior became more erratic. Reports of his insanity started to appear, and he continued to waste away physically. He fled back to Europe, finally settling in Berlin, where he changed musical direction again and recorded three of the most influential albums of all time, an electronic trilogy with Brian Eno "Low, Heroes and Lodger." Towards the end of the 1970s, he finally kicked his drug habit, and recorded the album many of his fans consider his best, the Japanese-influenced "Scary Monsters." Around this time, he played the Elephant Man on Broadway, to considerable acclaim.

    In 1992, Bowie again changed direction and re-launched his solo career with "Black Tie White Noise," a "wedding" album inspired by his recent marriage to Iman. To date, the 1990s have been kinder to Bowie than the late 1980s. He has released three albums to considerable critical acclaim and reasonable commercial success. In 1995, he renewed his working relationship with Brian Eno to record "Outside." After an initial hostile reaction from the critics, this album has now taken its place with his classic albums.

    In 2003, Bowie released an album entitled 'Reality.' The Reality Tour began in November 2003 and, after great commercial success, was extended into July 2004. In June 2004, Bowie suffered a heart attack and the tour did not finish it's scheduled run.

    After recovering, bowie did not release any new music, but did a little acting. In 2006, he played Tesla in The Prestige (2006) and had a small cameo in the series Extras (2005). In 2007, he did a cartoon voice in SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) playing Lord Royal Highness. He has not appeared in anything since 2008; however, after a ten year hiatus from recording, he released a new album called 'The Next Day.'

    Bowie has influenced the course of popular music several times and influenced several generations of musicians. His promotional videos in the 1970s and 80s are regarded as ground-breaking, and as a live concert act, he is regarded as the most theatrical of them all.

    David achieved critically acclaimed recognition of his art and music right up to and since his passing. With his final album Blackstar he left so many questions unanswered and shall always continue to influence generations to come. Thank you David.
  • Various Bowie Trivia

    His eyes are both blue. However, one pupil is permanently dilated due to a fight, and as a result, one eye looks darker than the other.

    In 1968 while he was still a struggling artist, Bowie wrote some English lyrics to a French song titled "Comme d'Habitude" ("As Usual"). His version, "Even a Fool Learns to Love", never did get recorded, and was rejected purely on the title and quite rightly so as far as David is concerned. But when the French melody caught the attention of Paul Anka, he reworked the lyrics and the song became "My Way". Of course, when Frank Sinatra recorded "My Way" his way, it turned to gold.

    Has one son in 1971 with his then-wife Angie Bowie, originally named Zowie - who later changed it to Joe and who is now known as Duncan Jones.

    (August 15, 2000) Daughter, with Iman, Alexandria Zahra Jones born.

    In a magazine interview, he stated that he met his first wife when they were dating the same man.

    Has family roots in West Wales.

    In his composition "Slip Away", on his album "Heathen", he makes cryptic references to The Uncle Floyd Show (1974), a program popular in the late 1970s and 1980s in the New York City area. Broadcast on a local television station, it featured two puppets, "Oogie" and "Bones Boy", mentioned in the song, as well as the host, "Uncle" Floyd Vivino.

    Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the American Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005.

    Contributes the song "Loving the Alien" to the War Child album "Hope".

    His 1972 album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" came 8th in Classic Rock Magazine's list of the 30 greatest concept albums of all time. [March 2003]

    Has performed with (on separate occasions) Queen, Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop, Al B. Sure!, Tina Turner, Annie Lennox, Nine Inch Nails and Bing Crosby.

    Something that he and actor John Hurt have in common is that they have both played the Elephant Man.

    Consistently listed as one of the richest British born pop stars in the world. Heat magazine listed his earnings for the year 2001 at over $30 million.

    His song "Life on Mars" was covered by Marillion frontman Steve Hogarth and the H Band on the album "Live Spirit: Live Body" (released 2002).

    Cites Little Richard as his first musical influence.

    He declined the royal honor of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000, and turned down a knighthood in 2003.

    His song "Five Years" was covered by former Marillion singer Fish on his 1993 album "Songs from the Mirror".

    In a 1983 interview with Rolling Stone, he revealed that his bisexuality was really a sham. He claimed he made the story up to create more mystery about himself.

    Took the pseudonym "David Bowie" to keep himself from being confused with Davy Jones of The Monkees.

    (June 25, 2004) Had an emergency angioplasty in Germany while on his current tour. The remainder of the tour was obviously cancelled.

    Has recorded with the late Lou Reed.

    He can play basically any kind of instrument, even performing the excellent sax solo at the end of "Heroes". Although a talented rhythm guitarist, the one aspect of music Bowie finds himself lacking in is as a lead guitarist.

    He was voted the 39th Greatest Artist in Rock 'n' Roll by Rolling Stone.

    Turned down the role of Captain Hook in Hook (1991), which went to Dustin Hoffman.

    Underwent triple heart bypass surgery following a heart attack. [July 2004]

    His son, Duncan Jones, was his best man at his 1992 wedding to Iman.

    His son is currently studying at a film school in the United Kingdom.

    He was loosely the basis for the film Velvet Goldmine (1998).

    Sang a duet with Kasper Eistrup on the album "No Balance Palace" by the Danish rock band Kashmir.

    Is credited as himself in Zoolander (2001). He is the judge of the fashion "walk-off" between Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller.

    He was the first major recording artist to release a song only on the Internet.

    Mentioned in the song "Life Is a Rock But the Radio Rolled Me" by Reunion.

    Son of Margaret Mary Jones.

    Winner of the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Male Solo Artist in 1984 following the success of his multi-million selling album "Let's Dance".

    Winner of the 1996 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution.

    Gave up his 50 cigarettes a day smoking habit in 2004.

    In November 1997, Business Age magazine reported his net worth as being over $900 million, surpassing even that of fellow British musician Paul McCartney, making him Britain's richest rock star. In 1999, Reuters placed his net worth at roughly $917 million. In 2003, the Sunday Express claimed his net worth was still in the $900 million (£510 million) range but that this placed him second to Paul McCartney. However, in 2005, the Sunday Times Rich List pegged his fortunes at roughly $185 million (£100 million).

    Plays 14 different instruments.

    Has played Serbian/American scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla in The Prestige (2006).

    He was originally supposed to play Max Zorin in A View to a Kill (1985), but the role went to Christopher Walken instead. Many years later he admitted, "It was simply a terrible script and I saw little reason for spending so long on something that bad, that workmanlike. And I told them so. I don't think anyone had turned down a major role in a Bond before. It really didn't go down too well at all. They were very tetchy about it.".

    Ranked #12 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.

    Ranked #7 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.

    Considers "Tonight" (released in 1984) and "Never Let Me Down" (released in 1987) to be his weakest albums.

    Resides in London, England and New York City.

    Has appeared in Bing Crosby's last television show before his death, a Christmas special taped in London that aired after Crosby's death in December 1977. It is memorable for Crosby and Bowie singing a duet of "The Little Drummer Boy": Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas (1977).

    He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 12, 1997.

    Early in his career, Bowie was once snubbed by The Beatles' Apple record label.

    Suffers from fear of flying (Aviophobia).

    Asked Stevie Ray Vaughan to play guitar on the album "Let's Dance" after seeing Double Trouble perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

    His song "Heroes" was recorded by Peter Gabriel on his album "Scratch My Back", released in 2010. It was a very different arrangement from Bowie's original, with Gabriel's voice accompanied only by orchestral instruments.

    In 1969, he starred in a black-and-white Lyons Maid ice cream commercial directed by Ridley Scott. (The slogan was: "The pop ice cream. Nine pence.") In 1983, Bowie starred in The Hunger (1983) directed by Ridley's brother Tony Scott.

    He went through a heroin addiction, which resulted in him blacking out and unable to account for his own behavior for much of the mid-1970s. His song "Ashes to Ashes" documents his struggles with drugs.

    Was good friends with the late Freddie Mercury and remains friends with Elton John, both of whom were his big chart rivals in the 1970s and 1980s.

    He was awarded Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by French culture minister Catherine Trautmann in 1999.

    Inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in June 2013.
  • Persoal Quotes from David

    [on whether he thinks he is a good actor] I took you in, didn't I? I rest my make-up case.

    [during an interview about his new album in 1999] I have nothing to say about the new album. Can I go now?

    Talking about art is like dancing about architecture.

    I rate Morrissey as one of the best lyricists in Britain. For me, he's up there with Bryan Ferry.

    [on receiving an honorary degree from Boston's Berklee College of Music] Any list of advice I have to offer to a musician always ends with, "If it itches, go and see a doctor.".

    I know about Kylie [Kylie Minogue] and Robbie [Robbie Williams] and Pop Idol (2001) and stuff like that. You can't get away from that when you hit the [British] shore, so I know all about the cruise ship entertainment aspect of British pop.

    I'm an instant star; just add water.

    [from 1992] It would be my guess that Madonna is not a very happy woman. From my own experience, having gone through persona changes like that, that kind of clawing need to be the center of attention is not a pleasant place to be.

    I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.

    I'm looking for backing for an unauthorized autobiography that I am writing. Hopefully, this will sell in such huge numbers that I will be able to sue myself for an extraordinary amount of money and finance the film version in which I will play everybody.

    [in 1976 interview with Playboy] It's true - I am a bisexual. But I can't deny that I've used that fact very well. I suppose it's the best thing that ever happened to me. Fun, too.

    You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.

    I don't know how many times someone has come up to me and said, "Hey, Lets dance!". I hate dancing. God, it's stupid.

    I reinvented my image so many times that I'm in denial that I was originally an overweight Korean woman.

    [on being 50] Fab. But, you know, I don't feel fifty. I feel not a day over forty-nine. It's incredible. I'm bouncy, I feel bouncy.

    I once asked [John Lennon] what he thought of what I do. He said, "It's great, but its just rock and roll with lipstick on.".

    I gave up smoking six months before I had the heart attack - so that was worth it, wasn't it! I started to give up when my daughter was born because I wouldn't smoke in the house with her there so I had to go outside. It's bloody cold in winter in New York, so I just quit.

    [on Syd Barrett] The few times I saw him perform in London at UFO and the Marquee clubs during the '60s will forever be etched in my mind. He was so charismatic and such a startlingly original songwriter. Also, along with Anthony Newley, he was the first guy I'd heard to sing pop or rock with a British accent. His impact on my thinking was enormous. A major regret is that I never got to know him. A diamond indeed.

    [on his pop sound during the 1980s] When I performed I was thinking, "You all look like you should be seeing Phil Collins.". Then I thought, "Hang on, I sound like Phil Collins.". So I've changed. I'm not comfortable with the mainstream thing.

    [from 1983] I get offered so many bad movies. And they're all raging queens or transvestites or Martians.

    [in 2002] I had no problem with people knowing I was bisexual. But I had no inclination to hold any banners or be a representative of any group of people. I knew what I wanted to be, which was a songwriter and a performer, and I felt that bisexuality became my headline over here for so long. America is a very puritanical place, and I think it stood in the way of so much I wanted to do.

    [on Elvis Presley] I saw a cousin of mine when I was young. She was dancing to "Hound Dog" and I had never seen her get up and be moved so much by anything. It really impressed me, the power of the music. I started getting records immediately after that.

    [Sigmund Freud] would have a heyday with me.

    The whole animal of rock keeps changing itself so fast and so furiously that you just can't plan ahead.

    Rock has always been the devil's music.

    The only thing I ever got out of fame was a better table in a restaurant. And for that I gave up being able to relate to people.

    I think Mick Jagger would be astounded and amazed if he realized to many people he is not a sex symbol, but a mother image.

    I like crazy art and, most of the time, out-there music. Rather than having a hit song these days, I like the idea that I'm in there changing the plan of what society and culture look like, sound like. I did change things; I knew I would. It feels great, and very rewarding.

    "Hunky Dory" gave me a fabulous groundswell. I guess it provided me, for the first time in my life, with an actual audience - I mean, people actually coming up to me and saying,"'Good album, good songs.". That hadn't happened to me before. It was like, "Ah, I'm getting it, I'm finding my feet. I'm starting to communicate what I want to do. Now: what is it I want to do?" There was always a double whammy there.

    [asking in 2002] Of the 26 albums I've made I think there were two when I really wasn't involved and that was "Tonight" and "Never Let Me Down", the two follow-ups to "Let's Dance". That period was my Phil Collins years.

    [asking in 2002] It seems to be traditional now that every album since "Black Tie White Noise" is the best album I've put out since "Scary Monsters".

    [on the song "Dance Magic" from Labyrinth (1986)] In a recording studio, a baby I'd picked from one of the backup singers . . . couldn't put two gurgles together. And it wouldn't work for me, it wouldn't go, I kicked it, I did everything to make it scream but it wouldn't, it really buttoned its lips so I ended up doing the gurgles, so I'm the baby on that track as well. I thought "What the hell? I've done "Laughing Gnome", I might as well go all the way with that.". I never thought in 20 years I'd come back to working with gnomes.

    [on Freddie Mercury] Of all the more theatrical rock performers, Freddie took it further than the rest. He took it over the edge. And of course, I always admired a man who wears tights. I only saw him in concert once and as they say, he was definitely a man who could hold an audience in the palm of his hand.

    [in 1972] Sometimes I don't feel as if I'm a person at all. I'm just a collection of other people's ideas.

    [in 1980] I have a lot of reservations about what I've done, inasmuch as I don't feel much of it has any import at all.

    [in 1975] I like fast drugs. I hate anything that slows me down.

    [on declining the royal honor of Commander of the British Empire in 2000, and turning down a knighthood in 2003] I would never have any intention of accepting anything like that. I seriously don't know what it's for. It's not what I spent my life working for.

    [in 1973] Offstage, I'm a robot. Onstage, I achieve emotion. It's probably why I prefer dressing up as Ziggy to being David. The lowest point in my life was in 1975, when I was 28, living in Los Angeles. I really did think that my thoughts about not making 30 would come true. Drugs had taken my life away from me. I felt as though I would probably die and it was going to be all over. My assistant, Coco, got me out of it. Thanks to her, I got myself out of America to Berlin. Best advice, which I wish I had known at 18? Don't do drugs.

    [on Annie Lennox] Most exquisite. Absolutely fabulous.

    God bless Queen.

    I should be playing to people who don't look like they've come to see Phil Collins.

    [on the late Lou Reed] He was a master.

    [in 2014] I'm completely delighted to have a Brit for being the best male but I am, aren't I Kate [Kate Moss]? I think it's a great way to end the day. Thank you very very much - and Scotland, stay with us.
1967 David Bowie

The album was solely written by Bowie, who also arranged with Dek Fearnley, having reportedly taught themselves the craft using the Observer Book of Music. "Rubber Band" was a marching tune that employed tuba as the lead instrument. "Little Bombardier" and "Maid of Bond Street" were in waltz time, and also made extensive use of brass and strings. "Love You till Tuesday" and "Come and Buy My Toys" were among the few songs on the album with a lead (acoustic) guitar, the former heavily augmented by strings. "Join the Gang" was a rare excursion into contemporary youth culture, an acerbic observation of peer pressure and drug use, which included sitar in its instrumentation as well as a musical quotation of The Spencer Davis Group's recent hit "Gimme Some Lovin'." The final track, "Please Mr. Gravedigger", was "a macabre duet for voice and sound effects", and has been described as "one of pop's genuinely crazy moments".
1969 Space Oddity

Space Oddity is the second studio album by English musician David Bowie, released under that title by Philips in the UK, and by Mercury in the US as Man of Words/Man of Music. It was later re-released by RCA as Space Oddity but reverted to the original, eponymous, title for a 2009 reissue. Regarding its mix of folk, balladry and prog rock, NME editors Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray have said, "Some of it belonged in '67 and some of it in '72, but in 1969 it all seemed vastly incongruous. Basically, David Bowie can be viewed in retrospect as all that Bowie had been and a little of what he would become, all jumbled up and fighting for control... Still one of David Bowie's best-known songs, "Space Oddity" was a largely acoustic number augmented by the eerie tones of the composer's Stylophone, a pocket electronic organ. The title and subject matter were inspired by Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and introduced the character of Major Tom.
1970 The Man Who Sold the World

The Man Who Sold the World is the third studio album by David Bowie, originally released on Mercury Records in November 1970 in the US, and in April 1971 in the UK. The album was Bowie's first with the nucleus of what would become the "Spiders from Mars", the backing band made famous by The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in 1972. Though author David Buckley has described Bowie's previous record David Bowie (Space Oddity) as "the first Bowie album proper", NME critics Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray have said of The Man Who Sold the World, "this is where the story really starts". Departing from the folk music of Bowie's debut album, The Man Who Sold the World is a hard rock and heavy metal album. It has been claimed that this album's release marks the birth of glam rock. The album was written and rehearsed at David Bowie's home in Haddon Hall, Beckenham, an Edwardian mansion converted to a block of flats.
1971 Hunky Dory

Hunky Dory is the fourth album by English singer-songwriter David Bowie, released by RCA Records in 1971. It was his first release through RCA, which would be his label for the next decade. Hunky Dory has been described by Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine as having "a kaleidoscopic array of pop styles, tied together only by Bowie's sense of vision: a sweeping, cinematic mélange of high and low art, ambiguous sexuality, kitsch, and class." The style of the album cover was influenced by a Marlene Dietrich photo book that Bowie took with him to the photo shoot. With new bass player Trevor Bolder replacing Tony Visconti, Hunky Dory was the first production featuring all the members of the band that would become known the following year as Ziggy Stardust's Spiders From Mars. Also debuting with Bowie, in Visconti's place as producer, was another key member of the Ziggy phase, Ken Scott. The album's sleeve would bear the credit "Produced by Ken Scott (assisted by the actor)".
1972 Ziggy Stardust

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (often shortened to Ziggy Stardust) is a 1972 concept album by English musician David Bowie, which is loosely based on a story of a fictional rock star named Ziggy Stardust. It peaked at #5 in the UK and #75 in the US on the Billboard Music Charts. The album tells the story of Bowie's alter-ego Ziggy Stardust, a rock star who acts as a messenger for extraterrestrial beings. Bowie created Ziggy Stardust while in New York City promoting Hunky Dory and performed as him on a tour of the UK, Japan and North America. The album, and the character of Ziggy Stardust, was known for its glam rock influences and themes of sexual exploration and social commentary. These factors, coupled with the ambiguity surrounding Bowie's sexuality and fuelled by a ground-breaking performance of "Starman" on Top of the Pops, led to the album being met with controversy and since hailed as a seminal work.
1973 Aladdin Sane

Aladdin Sane is the sixth album by David Bowie, released by RCA Records in 1973. The follow-up to his breakthrough The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, it was the first album he wrote and released as a bona fide rock star. While many critics agree that it contains some of his best material, opinion as to its overall quality has often been divided. NME editors Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray called the album "oddly unsatisfying, considerably less than the sum of the parts", while Bowie encyclopedist Nicholas Pegg describes it as "one of the most urgent, compelling and essential" of his releases. The Rolling Stone review by Ben Gerson pronounced it "less manic than The Man Who Sold The World, and less intimate than Hunky Dory, with none of its attacks of self-doubt." It was one of six Bowie entries in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time and ranked #77 on Pitchfork Media's list of the top 100 albums of the 1970s.
1973 Pin Ups

Pin Ups is the seventh album by David Bowie, containing cover versions of songs, released in 1973 on RCA Records. It was his last studio album with the bulk of 'The Spiders from Mars', his backing band throughout his Ziggy Stardust phase; Mick Woodmansey was replaced on drums by Aynsley Dunbar. Pin Ups entered the UK chart on 3 November 1973 (coincidentally the same day as Bryan Ferry's covers album These Foolish Things) and stayed there for 21 weeks, peaking at #1. It re-entered the chart on 30 April 1983, this time for fifteen weeks, peaking at #57. In July 1990, it again entered the chart, for one week, at #52. A version of The Velvet Underground's "White Light/White Heat" was recorded during the sessions. It was never released; Bowie donated the backing track to Mick Ronson for his 1975 album Play Don't Worry. The woman on the cover with Bowie is 1960s supermodel Twiggy in a photograph taken by her then-manager Justin de Villeneuve.
1974 Diamond Dogs

Diamond Dogs is a concept album by David Bowie, originally released in 1974 on RCA Records, his eighth album. Thematically, it was a marriage of the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell and Bowie's own glam-tinged vision of a post-apocalyptic world. Bowie had wanted to make a theatrical production of Orwell's book and began writing material after completing sessions for his 1973 album Pin Ups, but the late author’s estate denied the rights. The songs wound up on the second half of Diamond Dogs instead where, as the titles indicated, the Nineteen Eighty-Four theme was prominent. Though the album was recorded and released after the 'retirement' of Ziggy Stardust in mid-1973, and featured its own lead character in Halloween Jack ("a real cool cat" who lives in the decaying "Hunger City"), Ziggy was seen to be still very much alive in Diamond Dogs, as evident from Bowie's haircut on the cover and the glam-trash style of the first single "Rebel Rebel".
1975Young Americans

Young Americans is the ninth studio album by English musician David Bowie, released in 1975. For the record, which showed off his 1970s "obsession" with soul music, he let go of the influences he had drawn from in the past, replacing them with sounds from "local dance halls", which, at the time, were blaring with "lush strings, sliding hi-hat whispers, and swanky R&B rhythms of Philadelphia Soul". Bowie is quoted describing the album as "the squashed remains of ethnic music as it survives in the age of Muzak rock, written and sung by a white limey". Because of the strong influence of black music on the album, Bowie used the term "plastic soul" (originally coined by an unknown black musician in the 1960s) to describe the sound of Young Americans. Although Bowie was an English musician bringing up touchy American issues, the album was still very successful in the US; the album itself reached the top ten in that country, with the song "Fame" hitting the #1 spot the same year the album was released.
1976 Station to Station

Station to Station is the tenth studio album by English musician David Bowie, released by RCA Records in 1976. Commonly regarded as one of his most significant works, Station to Station was the vehicle for his last great character, The Thin White Duke. The album was recorded after he completed shooting Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth, and the cover artwork featured a still from the movie. During the sessions Bowie was heavily dependent on drugs, especially cocaine, and recalls almost nothing of the production. Musically, Station to Station was a transitional album for Bowie, developing the funk and soul music of his previous release, Young Americans, while presenting a new direction towards synthesisers and motorik rhythms that was influenced by German electronic bands such as Kraftwerk and Neu!. This trend culminated in some of his most acclaimed work, the so-called 'Berlin Trilogy', recorded with Brian Eno. Bowie himself said that Station to Station was "a plea to come back to Europe for me".
1977 Low

Low is the eleventh studio album by British musician David Bowie, co-produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti. Widely regarded as one of Bowie's most influential releases, Low was the first of the "Berlin Trilogy", a series of collaborations with Brian Eno (though the album was mainly recorded in France and only mixed in West Berlin). The experimental, avant-garde style would be further explored on Heroes and Lodger. The album's working title was New Music Night and Day. The genesis of Low lies in both the foundations laid by Bowie's previous album Station to Station, and music he intended for the soundtrack to The Man Who Fell to Earth. When Bowie presented his material for the film to Nicolas Roeg, the director decided that it would not be suitable. Roeg preferred a more folksy sound, although John Phillips (the chosen composer for the soundtrack) described Bowie's contributions as "haunting and beautiful". Elements from these pieces were incorporated into Low instead.
1977 Heroes

"Heroes" is the twelfth studio album by David Bowie, released in 1977. The second installment of his Berlin Trilogy with Brian Eno (the other releases being Low and Lodger) "Heroes" developed further the sound of Low. Of the three albums, it was the most befitting of the appellation "Berlin", being the only one wholly recorded there. The title track remains one of Bowie's best known, a classic story of two lovers who meet at the Berlin Wall. The album is considered one of his best by critics, notably for the contributions of guitarist Robert Fripp who flew in from the US to record his parts in one day. John Lennon was quoted as saying that when making his album Double Fantasy in 1980, his ambition was to "do something as good as 'Heroes'." It was named NME Album of the Year. Recorded at Hansa Tonstudio in what was then West Berlin, "Heroes" reflected the zeitgeist of the Cold War, symbolised by the divided city. Co-producer Tony Visconti considered it "one of my last great adventures in making albums.
1977 Peter and the Wolf

David Bowie Narrates Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf (also known as Peter and the Wolf) is a classical music album containing David Bowie's narration of the eponymous composition by Sergei Prokofiev . The music is performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy. The album was released in May 1978 on RCA Records. It reached number 136 on the US Pop Albums chart. Bowie was RCA's third choice to undertake the narration for Peter and the Wolf behind Alec Guinness and Peter Ustinov, who had both turned the album down. Bowie has since said that it was a Christmas present for his son, Duncan Jones, then at 7 years old. Stephen Demorest, reviewing the album Rolling Stone at the time of its release, describes Bowie's involvement as "engaging and benevolent". Demorest finishes his review by saying Bowie had "found his most charming guise since Hunky Dory." The album has been reissued a number of times on Compact Disc with varying extra tracks and album covers.
1979 Lodger

Lodger is the thirteenth studio album by English singer-songwriter David Bowie, released in 1979. The last of the 'Berlin Trilogy' recorded in collaboration with Brian Eno, it was produced in Switzerland and New York City, and was more accessible than its immediate predecessors Low and "Heroes", having no instrumentals and being somewhat lighter and more pop-oriented. It was still an experimental record in many ways and was not, by Bowie's standards, a major commercial success. Indifferently received by critics on its initial release, it is now widely considered one of Bowie's most underrated albums. Originally to be titled either Planned Accidents or Despite Straight Lines, Lodger was largely recorded between legs of David Bowie's 1978 world tour and featured the same musicians, along with Brian Eno. Lead guitar was played not by Robert Fripp, as on "Heroes", but by Fripp's future King Crimson bandmate, Adrian Belew, whom Bowie had "poached" while the guitarist was touring with Frank Zappa.
1980 Scary Monsters

Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) is the fourteenth studio album by David Bowie, released in September 1980 by RCA Records. It was his final studio album for the label and his first following the so-called Berlin Trilogy of Low, "Heroes" and Lodger (1977–79). Though considered very significant in artistic terms, the trilogy had proved less successful commercially. With Scary Monsters, however, Bowie achieved what biographer David Buckley called "the perfect balance"; as well as earning critical acclaim, the album peaked at #1 in the UK and restored Bowie's commercial standing in the US. According to co-producer Tony Visconti, David Bowie's method on Scary Monsters was somewhat less experimental and more concerned with achieving a commercially viable sound than had been the case with his recent releases; to that end the composer spent more time on his own developing lyrics and melodies before recording, rather than improvising music in the studio and making up words at the last minute.
1983 Let's Dance

Let's Dance is the fifteenth studio album by David Bowie, released in 1983, with co-production by Chic's Nile Rodgers. The title track of the album became one of Bowie's biggest hit singles, reaching #1 in the UK, US and various other countries. Further singles included "Modern Love" and "China Girl", which both reached #2 in the UK. "China Girl" was a new version of a song which Bowie had co-written with Iggy Pop for the latter's 1977 album The Idiot. The album also contains a rerecorded version of the song "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" which had been a minor hit for Bowie a year earlier. Let's Dance is also notable as a stepping stone for the career of the Texas blues guitar virtuoso Stevie Ray Vaughan, who played on it. The album was also released as a limited edition picture disc in 1983. Let's Dance has sold at least 7 million copies worldwide, making it Bowie's best-selling album. The success of the album surprised Bowie, who felt he had to continue to pander to the new audience he acquired with the album.
1984 Tonight

Tonight is the sixteenth studio album by David Bowie, released in 1984. Bowie described the album, released immediately after his previous album's tour wrapped up, as an effort to "keep my hand in, so to speak," and to retain the new audience that he had recently acquired. The album reached number one in the UK album charts in October 1984. Bowie worked on the album Tonight after finishing up his Serious Moonlight Tour in support of the album Let's Dance. Bowie didn't have much luck writing while on tour, so he described the process of recording the album Tonight this way: It was rushed. The process wasn't rushed; we actually took our time recording the thing; Let's Dance was done in three weeks, Tonight took five weeks or something, which for me is a really long time. I like to work fast in the studio. There wasn't much of my writing on it 'cause I can't write on tour and I hadn't assembled anything to put out. But I thought it a kind of violent effort at a kind of Pin-Ups.
1987 Never Let Me Down

Never Let Me Down is the seventeenth studio album by David Bowie, released in April 1987. Written and recorded in Switzerland, the album was considered a return to rock 'n roll for Bowie, who conceived the album as a vehicle for a theatrical world tour. Three singles were released from the album, "Day-In Day-Out", "Time Will Crawl" and "Never Let Me Down", all of which were top 10 hits in various countries around the world. One of Bowie's better-selling albums to date, Never Let Me Down was certified Gold by RIAA in early July 1987, less than three months after its release date, and it charted in the top 10 in several European countries, although it only reached #34 on the US charts. Despite its commercial success, this album was considered a critical disappointment, and in later years fans and critics have regarded the mid- to late 1980s period as a low point of creativity and musical integrity for Bowie. In support of this album, Bowie embarked on the Glass Spider Tour.
1989 Tin Machine

The Tin Machine Tour of David Bowie's band Tin Machine commenced on 14 June 1989, following a performance of "Heaven's in Here" at the International Music Awards in New York City on 31 May 1989.[1] The tour comprised 12 performances in six countries (USA, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, France, United Kingdom) in venues with a capacity of 2,000 or less. Joined onstage by Kevin Armstrong, Tin Machine performed the entirety of their Tin Machine album with the exception of "Video Crime," augmented with cover version of songs from Bob Dylan and Johnny Kidd & The Pirates. The band played in "fashionable black suits" in front of stark lighting in what was described as a departure from Bowie's previous tour. The 17 June show was added at the last minute when Bowie saw the long lines for tickets to the 16 June show; the show was at midnight (technically the night of 16 June) and tickets were sold at half-price.
1991 Tin Machine II

The band reconvened following their 1989 tour, recording most of the album before taking a rest while David Bowie conducted his solo Sound+Vision Tour and filmed The Linguini Incident. In describing this album, Reeves Gabrels said "this album is as aggressive as the first one, but the songs are more melodic. Last time, we were screaming at the world. This time, I think, they're all love songs in a strange kind of way." Reeves joked that his playing style was something his friends called "modal chromaticism, which is 'any note you want as long as you end on a right note. Gabrels later stated that at the time he was deeply into Nine Inch Nails' album Pretty Hate Machine and was looking for an industrial edge to his own guitar work for the album. Ultimately (after recording track after track of guitar noise), he found a "shard of guitar noise" that he liked and used it on the album track "Shopping for Girls," a song about child prostitution in Thailand.
1993 Black Tie White Noise

Black Tie White Noise is the eighteenth studio album by David Bowie. Released in 1993, it was his first solo release in the 1990s after spending time with his hard rock band Tin Machine, retiring his old hits on his Sound+Vision Tour, and marrying supermodel Iman Abdulmajid. This album featured his old guitarist from the Ziggy Stardust era, Mick Ronson, who died of cancer later in the year. This album was inspired by his own wedding and includes tracks such as "The Wedding" and its reprise at the end of the album as a song reflecting the occasion. The album is commonly viewed as the start of an artistic renaissance for Bowie, whose creative enthusiasm and career had suffered in the late 1980s after a series of poorly received albums. Bowie reconnected with Nile Rodgers in New York after a 1991 concert with his band Tin Machine. Bowie had worked with Rodgers previously on the Let's Dance album in 1983. Bowie pointed out that he and Rodgers were not looking to do a rehash of their previous success.
1995 Outside

Outside is a concept album first released 26 September 1995 by David Bowie on Virgin Records, and Bowie's nineteenth studio album. The album was Bowie's reunion with Brian Eno, whom Bowie had worked with most famously on his Berlin Trilogy in the 1970s. Subtitled "the Ritual Art-Murder of Baby Grace Blue: A non-linear Gothic Drama Hyper-Cycle," Outside centers around the characters of a dystopian world on the eve of the 21st century. The album put Bowie back into the mainstream scene of rock music with its singles "The Hearts Filthy Lesson", "Strangers When We Meet", and "Hallo Spaceboy" (remixed by the Pet Shop Boys). Bowie had reconnected with Brian Eno at Bowie's wedding to Iman Abdulmajid in 1992. Bowie and Eno each played pieces of their own music at the wedding reception and delighted at the "ebb and flow" of couples on the dance floor. At that point, Bowie knew "we were both interested in nibbling at the periphery of the mainstream rather than jumping in.
1997 Earthling Earthling is the twentieth studio album by David Bowie released in February 1997 via BMG Records. The album showcases an electronica-influenced sound partly inspired by the industrial and drum and bass culture of the 1990s. This was the first album Bowie self-produced since his 1974 album Diamond Dogs. Shortly after the release of this album, Bowie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. David Bowie returned to the studio five days after finishing up his tour for his previous album, Outside. Bowie said "I really thought it would be great if we could do a photo, almost a sonic photograph of what we were like at that time. So, Reeves [Gabrels] and I started writing immediately after we finished on the road." Despite going into the studio with no material ready to record, the album took only 2 1/2 weeks to record (typical for a Bowie album). Bowie compared this album with his 1980 album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), saying "I think there's quite a link between Scary Monsters and this album, to a certain extent.
1999 Hours 'Hours...' is the twenty-first studio album by British musician David Bowie. It was released 4 October 1999 on Virgin Records. This was Bowie's final album for the EMI sub-label. A lot of the material that ended up on 'Hours...' was originally used, in alternate versions, for the video game Omikron: The Nomad Soul, which also featured two characters based on Bowie, as well as one on his wife Iman, one on 'Hours...' collaborator Reeves Gabrels, and one on bassist Gail Ann Dorsey. To drum up interest in the impending album, a "Cyber Song" contest was held on Bowie's personal website BowieNet to compose lyrics to an early instrumental version of the song "What's Really Happening." The winning lyrics would be featured on 'Hours...' . Contest winner Alex Grant also won a trip to Philip Glass' Looking Glass Studios on 24 May 1999 to watch Bowie record the final vocal during a live Webcast. There, Grant contributed backing vocals to the song, along with a friend who accompanied him.
2002 Heathen

Heathen is the 22nd studio album by English rock musician David Bowie, released in 2002. It was considered a comeback for him in the US market; it was his highest charting album (#14) since Tonight (1984), and earned some of his strongest reviews since Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) (1980). Worldwide, it sold over two million copies and experienced a four-month run on the UK charts. Although its production had started before September 11 attacks in 2001, the album was finished after that date, which ended up influencing its concept. Heathen marked the return of record producer Tony Visconti, who co-produced (with David Bowie himself) several of Bowie's classic albums. Originally, Bowie had recorded the album Toy for release in 2000 or '01. This album was meant to feature some new songs and remakes of some his lesser-known songs from the 1960s. Although Toy remains officially unreleased, a few of its tracks—including "Afraid" and "Slip Away" (then titled "Uncle Floyd") appear on Heathen.
2003 Reality

Reality is the 23rd studio album by English rock musician David Bowie. It was released in 2003 on his Iso Records label, in conjunction with Columbia Records. The album was recorded and produced in New York's Looking Glass Studios and co-produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti. Consisting mostly of original compositions, the album also includes two cover songs, The Modern Lovers' "Pablo Picasso" and George Harrison's "Try Some, Buy Some". These two tracks were originally slated for Bowie's never-recorded Pin Ups 2 album from the early 1970s. Bowie started writing the songs for Reality as the production for his previous album Heathen was wrapping up. Some songs he wrote quickly: "Fall Dog Bombs the Moon" was written in 30 minutes. Other songs, such as "Bring Me the Disco King", was a song Bowie had tried his hand at as early as the 1970s and had tried again with 1993's Black Tie White Noise as well as the Heathen (2002) album.
2013 The Next Day

The Next Day is the twenty-fourth studio album by English musician David Bowie, released on 8 March 2013 on his ISO Records, under exclusive license to Columbia Records. The album was unexpectedly announced on Bowie's sixty-sixth birthday, on 8 January 2013. Bowie's website was updated with the video for the lead single, "Where Are We Now?", and the single was immediately made available for purchase on the iTunes Store. It is Bowie's first album of new material in ten years, since 2003's Reality, and surprised fans and media who believed he had retired. The album was streamed in its entirety on iTunes days before its official release. The Next Day was met with critical acclaim, and earned Bowie his first number-one album in the UK since 1993's Black Tie White Noise. Bowie and producer Tony Visconti worked in secret alongside long-term engineer Mario J. McNulty, recording the album over a two-year period and Visconti estimated that only three full months were spent demoing and recording material.
2016 Blackstar

★ (pronounced and stylized as Blackstar) is the twenty-fifth and final studio album by English musician David Bowie. It was released worldwide through ISO, RCA, Columbia, and Sony on 8 January 2016, coinciding with Bowie's 69th birthday.

The album was largely recorded in secret between The Magic Shop and Human Worldwide Studios in New York City with Bowie's longtime co-producer Tony Visconti and a group of local jazz musicians. The album contains many styles of music throughout, including jazz and experimental rock among others. Two days after its release, Bowie died of liver cancer; his illness had not been revealed to the public until then. Co-producer Visconti described the album as Bowie's intended swan song and a "parting gift" for his fans before his death. Several lyrics throughout the album reveal this theme.

Upon release, the album was met with critical acclaim and commercial success, topping charts in a number of countries in the wake of Bowie's death, and becoming Bowie's only album to top the Billboard 200 in the United States. The album remained at the number one position in the UK charts for three weeks. The album received two nominations at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in 2017, with one for Best Alternative Music Album.

Bowie recorded Blackstar while suffering from liver cancer; his illness was not made public until he died, two days after the album's release. Like Bowie's previous album The Next Day, recording took place in secret at the Magic Shop and Human Worldwide Studios in New York City. Bowie began writing and making demos for songs that appear on Blackstar as soon as sessions for The Next Day concluded. He recruited a local New York jazz combo led by Donny McCaslin as the backing band for the sessions.

Two songs that appear on Blackstar, "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)" and "'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore", had been previously released, but were rerecorded for Blackstar, including new saxophone parts played on the latter song by McCaslin (replacing parts Bowie played on the original release). The title of the latter derives from the title 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, a play by John Ford, an English dramatist of the 17th century. McCaslin and the rest of the jazz group recorded their parts in the studio over a period of about one week a month from January to March 2015, and were reportedly unaware of Bowie's declining health - according to McCaslin, the band worked with Bowie "essentially from 11 to 4 every day", while bassist Tim Lefebvre stated that "it never looked to us like he was sick". The song "Lazarus" was included in Bowie's Off-Broadway musical of the same name.

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All Saints

All Saints is the name of two different compilation albums by David Bowie, the first released privately in 1993, and the second in 2001 by Virgin/EMI, both featuring his instrumental work. The first All Saints compilation was a two-disc set made as a Christmas gift to Bowie's friends and family in 1993. Only 150 copies were made. Due to its rarity the album became a highly desirable collector's item over the years. In 2001 a second album titled All Saints was released by Bowie. For this release all tracks originating from the Black Tie White Noise album as well "South Horizon" from The Buddha of Suburbia were dropped, with "Brilliant Adventure" from 'hours...' and "Crystal Japan" appearing in their place. Neither release is a complete compilation of Bowie's instrumental material. "Warszawa" is a mostly instrumental song by David Bowie, co-written with Brian Eno and originally released in 1977 on the album Low. The arrangement is meant to evoke the desolation of Warsaw at the time of Bowie's visit in 1973.
Best of Bowie

Best of Bowie (2002) is a career-spanning greatest hits album by multi-platinum recording artist David Bowie. The songs range from his second album (1969) to 2002. It was released 35 years after his first album, David Bowie. In each of the 21 territories that the album was released, it was given its own track listing, based upon which songs were most popular locally. In a number of countries, there were two versions – a single disc version, and a double disc version. All in all 63 tracks appear in at least one of the 20 different versions. The country the edition came from can be identified by a small national flag on the spine, except for the Argentine/Mexican, Eastern European and UK editions, which are "flag-less". All the tracks are digitally remastered either from 1999, or, for the single edits from 2002, with the exception of "Under Pressure", which is also at a lower volume than the rest of the disc.
Bowie at the Beeb

Bowie at the Beeb is a compilation album by David Bowie, first released in 2000. Originally, it came in a three CD set, the third, bonus CD being a recording on 27 June 2000 at the Portland BBC Radio Theatre. Later editions contain only the first two CDs. The first pressing mistakenly included the second (disc 2, track 12) version of the song "Ziggy Stardust" twice on disc two, missing the first (disc 2, track 4) version. EMI declined to issue corrected replacement discs to customers, instead mailing out one-song CDRs of the first version. This compilation also features a previously unreleased song, "Looking For A Friend" (disc 1, track 15), which John Peel says would be released as a single by Arnold Corns as a follow-up to the Arnold Corns versions of "Moonage Daydream" and "Hang Onto Yourself", but it was never released, thus making this the only performance of "Looking For A Friend".
David Live

David Live is David Bowie’s first official live album, originally released by RCA Records in 1974. The album is recorded on the initial leg of Bowie's US Diamond Dogs Tour in July of that year (the second leg, a more soul-oriented affair following recording sessions for the bulk of Young Americans, would be renamed 'Philly Dogs'). The album catches Bowie in transition from the Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane glam-rock era of his career to the 'plastic soul' of Young Americans. While the cover featured a picture Bowie in his latest soul threads – baggy trouser suit complete with shoulder pads and braces from October 1974 – the music was recorded in July of that year when he was showcasing his two most recent studio albums of original material, Diamond Dogs and Aladdin Sane, as well as selected favourites from Ziggy Stardust and earlier. The tour was Bowie's most ambitious to date, featuring a giant set designed to evoke "Hunger City", the post-apocalyptic setting for Diamond Dogs, and his largest band.
Dream Anthology

The Dream Anthology 1966–1968 is a compilation album by David Bowie, released in 1997. It collects together most of the material Bowie recorded for Dream Records that has been previously released in some form, including the debut album in its entirety, in chronological order. Originally this was planned to a be a two-disc release featuring several previously unreleased tracks, but Bowie vetoed the inclusion of such material. Reportedly the tracks Bowie vetoed included songs called "Pussy Cat", "Back To Where You've Never Been", "Funny Smile", "Bunny Thing", a cover of The Velvet Underground's "Waiting for the Man" and German-language versions of "Love You 'Till Tuesday" and "When I Live My Dream" (the last three have been widely bootlegged). Rubber Band was a single by David Bowie. The single was released in 1966, and marked the start of Bowie’s recording contract with Dream which would include his first album, 1967’s David Bowie.
Early On

Early On (1964–1966) is a compilation album by David Bowie, released in 1991. It is notable because of it being the first and only attempt to compile a comprehensive collection of all of Bowie's pre-Dream material and encompasses multiple labels including Vocallion, Parlophone, and Pye. Tracks three and four are alternate versions to the official singles, while "Do Anything You Say" is also a different mix to the normal single. There are also five unreleased songs included that came from Shel Talmy's collection. Talmy produced Bowie's second and third single. There was a vinyl version released and that omitted "Lize Jane", "Louie, Louie Go Home", and "Good Morning Girl". "Can't Help Thinking About Me" is a song written by David Bowie in 1965 and released as a single under the name David Bowie & the Lower Third. This was the first single released after he changed his name from David Jones to David Bowie. The single was the first David Bowie record to be released in the US.
Glass Spider

Glass Spider Live is an unofficially-released live album by David Bowie that was released on 23 October 2008. The album is a double CD version of the 7 and 9 November 1987 performances in Sydney during the Glass Spider Tour. These performances were released earlier on VHS and DVD as the video part of Glass Spider. The special edition of this video also contains a double CD recorded at a different show on the same tour, at Montreal Olympic Stadium on 30 August 1987.
The Gospel According To David Bowie

Featuring "The Laughing Gnome" is a song by English musician David Bowie, released as a single on 14 April 1967. A pastiche of songs by one of Bowie's early influences, Anthony Newley, it was originally released as a novelty single on Dream Records in 1967, the track consisted of the singer meeting and conversing with the creature of the title, whose sped-up voice (created by Bowie and studio engineer Gus Dudgeon) delivered a number of puns on the word 'gnome'. At the time, "The Laughing Gnome" failed to provide Bowie with a much-wanted chart placing. The song became a hit when reissued in 1973, in the wake of Bowie's commercial breakthrough The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and the US reissue of his 1969 hit "Space Oddity". Despite it being radically different from his material at the time, the single made #6 in the UK charts and was certified silver in the UK (200,000 copies sold) which according to NME's Carr and Murray left Decca Records as "about the only unembarrassed party".
iSelect

iSelect (or iSelectBowie) is a David Bowie compilation CD first released 29 June 2008 in the United Kingdom and Ireland only. This CD is a collection of personal favourites compiled by Bowie himself[4] and was available exclusively as a free gift with the June 29th edition of British newspaper The Mail on Sunday. Bowie avoided the usual greatest hits route and instead compiled a selection of favourite album tracks, including only three singles ("Life on Mars?", "Loving the Alien" and "Time Will Crawl"). In addition, the version of "Time Will Crawl" included on the album is a remix by engineer Mario J McNulty, featuring several newly recorded parts in an effort to revisit some of the material Bowie had released as part of Never Let Me Down, an album which he had identified himself as being disappointed with. It also includes a teaser track combining the "Intro" track and "Hang On to Yourself" from Live Santa Monica '72, an official re-release of the bootleg album Santa Monica '72.
Labyrinth

Labyrinth is a soundtrack album by David Bowie and Trevor Jones, released in 1986 for the film Labyrinth. The audio CD release was in 1989. It was the second of three soundtrack releases in which Bowie had a major role in, following Christiane F. and preceding The Buddha of Suburbia. All songs written and composed by Trevor Jones and/or David Bowie, as noted. Movie story line - Young Sarah is left home alone by her parents and she has to babysit her little brother Toby. But the baby keeps crying and Sarah, while telling him a story to make him sleep, inadvertently conjures from a fantasy world the Goblin King who steals the child and brings him to his castle in the middle of a labyrinth. Sarah has to rescue him before midnight, or the baby will became a goblin... This is a classic fantasy film from Jim Henson, in collaboration with George Lucas. There really is a magic about the film and that has helped it last as a firm family favourite all these years.
A Reality Tour

Reality is the 23rd studio album by English rock musician David Bowie. It was released in 2003 on his Iso Records label, in conjunction with Columbia Records. The album was recorded and produced in New York's Looking Glass Studios and co-produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti. Consisting mostly of original compositions, the album also includes two cover songs, The Modern Lovers' "Pablo Picasso" and George Harrison's "Try Some, Buy Some". These two tracks were originally slated for Bowie's never-recorded Pin Ups 2 album from the early 1970s. Bowie started writing the songs for Reality as the production for his previous album Heathen was wrapping up. Some songs he wrote quickly: "Fall Dog Bombs the Moon" was written in 30 minutes. Other songs, such as "Bring Me the Disco King", was a song Bowie had tried his hand at as early as the 1970s and had tried again with 1993's Black Tie White Noise as well as the Heathen (2002) album.
Live Santa Monica '72

Live Santa Monica '72 is a live album by David Bowie. It was released on 30 June 2008 in the United Kingdom and 22 July 2008 in the United States. It is the official release of the bootleg album Santa Monica '72. Santa Monica '72 is a live album by David Bowie, recorded at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on 20 October 1972 during the Ziggy Stardust tour. Taken from an FM radio broadcast, it was available only as a bootleg for more than 20 years; according to author David Buckley, possessing a copy was the test of a "proper Bowie fan". The recording was issued officially by the Golden Years label in 1994, with Griffin Music handling the American release in 1995. This live album features a quite different setlist to the one found on Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture (1983) (namely that, with the exception of The Jean Genie, the setlist contains no songs from Aladdin Sane, which were very present by the end of the tour), which was recorded nine months afterwards and similarly bootlegged prior to its belated official release. The Santa Monica recording is generally considered a superior representation of the Ziggy Stardust concerts in terms of both sound quality and standard of playing. In 1981, NME critics Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray called it not simply "the performer's best ever bootleg", but "far superior to either of Bowie's official location recordings" to that date, David Live (1974) and Stage (1978).
Stage

Stage is David Bowie's second live album, recorded on the Isolar II world tour, and released by RCA in 1978. First UK pressings were on translucent yellow vinyl and some European pressings were also available on blue vinyl. Though it was rumoured at the time that this would be his final outing with the label, following dissatisfaction over the promotion of Low and "Heroes", Bowie would in fact remain with RCA until 1982. The recording was culled from concerts in Philadelphia, Providence and Boston, USA. It primarily included material from Bowie's most recent studio albums to that date, Station to Station, Low and "Heroes" but, in a surprise show of nostalgia, also featured five songs from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Aside from Bowie's core team of Carlos Alomar, Dennis Davis and George Murray, band members included ex-Frank Zappa sideman Adrian Belew on guitar, Simon House from Hawkwind on electric violin and Roger Powell.
The Buddha of Suburbia

The Buddha of Suburbia is a 1993 soundtrack album by David Bowie which accompanied the 4-part television serial The Buddha of Suburbia on BBC2 (itself adapted from the book The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi). The album is David Bowie's nineteenth full-length studio recording, sitting between Black Tie White Noise (1993) and Outside (1995). It was produced and mixed at Mountain Studios (Montreux) in Switzerland and according to Bowie it took only six days to write and record, but fifteen days to mix due to some "technical breakdowns". The album has been classified as a soundtrack although the title track was the only song to be featured in the television programme (see below). Two of the tracks are ambient instrumentals and quite similar to Bowie's work with Brian Eno in the late 1970s. Other tracks on the album make strong use of saxophone, electronic keyboards and piano. Although classified in the album cover as a soundtrack, this album is not the soundtrack Bowie wrote for the BBC drama.
The Platinum Collection

The Platinum Collection is a compilation album by David Bowie, released in 2005. The period from 1969 to 1987 is summarised over three discs. The first disc is the same as the compilation The Best of David Bowie 1969/1974, which was released in 1997, and the second disc is the same as the 1998 compilation The Best of David Bowie 1974/1979. The third disc was released as an independent compilation The Best of David Bowie 1980/1987 by EMI on March 19, 2007. This release is part of EMI's two-disc Sight & Sound series of releases and features a DVD of 1980s videos on the second disc. "Let's Spend the Night Together" is a song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and originally released by The Rolling Stones as a double A-sided single together with "Ruby Tuesday" in 1967. It also appeared as the opening track on the American version of their album Between the Buttons. It has been covered by various artists, most famously David Bowie in 1973. "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" is a song by David Bowie, the title song of the 1982 film Cat People. It was written by Bowie with producer Giorgio Moroder. A re-recorded version of the song appears on the album Let's Dance.
The Secret Songs

The Secret Songs has a fascinating unreleased cover of the angry and anguished Lennon track ‘Mother’. Bowie recorded this in 1998 and not 2002 as stated on the CD. This track was destined for a Lennon tribute album compiled by Yoko Ono that is yet to see the light of day. In 2006 this track appeared on the internet for a very brief time as a podcast and it’s likely that this is the source used on the CD as the quality, whilst good, is a little compressed. Bowie’s cover is very much in the spirit of the original but adds a more commercial sheen. This release is an odd assortment of songs with some being genuinely rare. Of course the official tracks really shouldn’t be here especially considering the vast number of genuinely rare tracks coveted by Bowie fanatics that could have been used instead. The quality, however, is excellent marred only by poor song separation with abrupt endings and a two second gap between ‘Five Years’ and ‘Wake Up’ despite it being a single performance.
The Singles Collection

The Singles Collection is a compilation album by David Bowie, released in 1993 in the UK and (with some changes) as The Singles 1969 to 1993 in the United States. The Australian release had the same track listing as the UK version, but the two discs were released as separate albums, The Singles Collection 1 (with a cover identical to the UK cover) and The Singles Collection 2 (with a cover similar to the UK cover but recoloured green). Despite the album name, some of the tracks (such as "Ziggy Stardust" and "Oh! You Pretty Things") were never released as singles by Bowie. In both the UK and U.S. versions full-length album tracks are featured instead of the original single edits. The first 40,000 pressings included a bonus CD single of Bowie's duet "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" with Bing Crosby. A version of this album was specially released to the members of the American music club Time–Life. It omitted "Sorrow", "Drive-In Saturday", "Be My Wife", "Beauty and many more classic Bowie tracks.
VH1 Storytellers

VH1 Storytellers is a live album by David Bowie. It was released on 6 July 2009 and features a 23 August 1999 performance on Storytellers, a VH1 program. Containing a few songs that spanned Bowie's career up until that point, from the 1960s until his then-newest album 'Hours...' (1999) and a few short words from David as he reflects on a few memories.

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