38 of Bowie's career-spanning best! Space Oddity; Changes; Suffragette City; Ziggy Stardust; All The Young Dudes; Rebel, Rebel; Fame; Heroes; Fashion; Under Pressure (with Queen); Dancing In The Streets (with Mick Jagger); Let's Dance , and more!
David Bowie's pop genius lies in his ability to create music that's notable for both its pretension and its accessibility. As ones examines these 38 songs from "Space Oddity" to "Slow Burn" (from 2002's relative return-to-form Heathen
), what's surprising is how coherent the songs are when heard one after another over the course of these two discs. For a musician often portrayed as an artistic shape-shifter, Bowie's vision is remarkably consistent; he simply stamps his identity on interesting trends he comes across. Like the Rolling Stones' similarly enjoyable Forty Licks
, things do get a bit sticky toward the end of disc two, though there's mercifully nothing from the misbegotten Tin Machine.