David Bowie – The Collection Vol.1

For the second compilation, we have David Bowie using songs from his debut album up to and including Ziggy Stardust. Bowie had been on vinyl as far back as 1964 but none of these early singles made the cut. To my ears, they are not very good and pretty derivative of the period in which they were recorded. However, by the time his first album came out in 1967, there were a couple of songs that didn’t sound out of place. Most of these were stereo but some mono mixes were used all thanks to the deluxe edition of his debut album which was a goldmine of interesting cuts and BBC sessions. A couple of these early songs are presented by BBC recordings as they had a bit more life to them than the studio cuts. 1971 re-recording of Holy Holy was also included here as this was the version I heard first and I prefer it to the original single mix. The first disc does highlight the fact that Bowie was really trying to find his voice and style.

Disc 2 is where this changes and the gold starts to flow. Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust are great albums and it was hard leaving songs off. However, it is all about the flow when putting a compilation like this together. I included the demo of Quicksand instead of the studio cut as I like the simplicity of it. It is also quicker and fits in better. Looking for a Friend is the unreleased single mix from Bowie’s Arnold Corns project and some period songs that were either released as B-sides later on (Velvet Goldmine) or unreleased at the time (Sweet Head). The disc finishes with a bang by using the single version of John, I’m Only Dancing. Well the version without the saxophone on it anyway. For the cover, I used a fresh faced Bowie from his debut album but with any reference to the record label taken off.

Disc 1

  1. Space Oddity
  2. Unwashed & Somewhat Slightly Dazed
  3. The Man Who Sold The World
  4. Running Gun Blues
  5. Janine
  6. God Knows I’m Good
  7. Let Me Sleep Beside You (BBC Version)
  8. Black Country Rock
  9. Come & Buy My Toys (Stereo Album Mix)
  10. Letter To Hermione
  11. Holy Holy (1971 Re-Recording)
  12. An Occasional Dream
  13. In The Heat Of The Morning (Mono Vocal Version)
  14. Sell Me A Coat (Original Mono Album Mix)
  15. Silly Boy Blue (BBC Version Recorded For Top Gear)
  16. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (Rare B-Side Version – 2003 Digital Remaster)
  17. After All
  18. Cygnet Committee
  19. Memory Of A Free Festival

Disc 2

  1. Changes
  2. Oh! You Pretty Things
  3. Eight Line Poem
  4. Life On Mars!
  5. Kooks
  6. Fill Your Heart
  7. Andy Warhol
  8. Song For Bob Dylan
  9. Queen Bitch
  10. Quicksand (Demo)
  11. Looking For A Friend (Single Version)
  12. Moonage Daydream
  13. Starman
  14. It Ain’t Easy
  15. Lady Stardust
  16. Star
  17. Hang On To Yourself
  18. Velvet Goldmine
  19. Ziggy Stardust
  20. Suffragette City
  21. Sweet Head
  22. Rock & Roll Suicide
  23. John, I’m Only Dancing (1972 single version, new 1990 remix

The playlist for Disc 1 is available on Spotify, but disc 2 could not be re-created  because one or more songs were not available on that platform.

David Bowie – The Collection Disc 2

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