Legacy (The Very Best of David Bowie)

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David BowieNovember 11, 2016
Pop℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company
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Songs
1
Let's Dance (2014 Remaster)4:08
2
Ashes to Ashes (2014 Remaster)3:37
3
Under Pressure (2011 Remastered Version)4:04
4
Life on Mars? (2016 Mix)3:37
5
Changes (2014 Remaster)3:36
6
Oh! You Pretty Things (2014 Remaster)3:13
7
The Man Who Sold the World (2014 Remaster)3:58
8
Space Oddity (2009 Remaster)5:14
9
Starman (Original Single Mix) [2012 Remaster]4:13
10
Ziggy Stardust (2012 Remaster)3:13
11
The Jean Genie (Original Single Mix) [2014 Remaster]4:05
12
Rebel Rebel (2014 Remaster)4:30
13
Golden Years (2014 Remaster)3:27
14
Dancing in the Street (2014 Remaster)3:10
15
China Girl (2014 Remaster)4:15
16
Fame (2014 Remaster)4:16
17
Sound and Vision (2014 Remaster)3:03
18
Heroes (2014 Remaster)3:33
19
Where Are We Now?4:09
20
Lazarus (Radio Edit)4:05
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November 11, 2016
Label
℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company
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MP3
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Starting in 2002, David Bowie released two excellent albums in quick succession with old friend Tony Visconti (the brooding Heathen and the more rocking Reality) that showcased a refreshed and reinvigorated artist. Neither of these were the reputation-changers they deserved to be but funny how emergency heart surgery and a decade spent out of the public eye reverses the blasé attitudes of both public and press.

Taken as a complete experience, The Next Day comes off as a rebellion against everything in current pop. The album was recorded very quickly, without fuss (which, truth to tell, is the usual Bowie way of working) and the songs don't outstay their welcome. Instead of riding on endless grooves provided by industry insiders, Bowie once again works with Visconti and gathers old friends on songs that have a jagged, live-in-the-studio feel. Records may just be promos for monster, money-making tours now but Bowie isn't doing concerts. The internet gives us non-stop celebrity culture, but Bowie isn't talking—so there aren't any interviews with the warm, witty Cockney to contrast against the regal, iconic alien.

Spiky and agitated without coming off as bitter, the album hurtles out of the gate with the title track, slows down on the caustic "Dirty Boys" and jumbles celebrity and mortality on "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)." The majority of the songs here are lean rockers, with Station to Station's Earl Slick juggling the lead guitar slot with David Torn. Sometimes the songs brush past previous works (is that the drum intro to "Five Years" ending "You Feel So Lonely You Could Die"?) but this is an album about the rush to a future we know isn't going to end well for any of us. The elegiac love song "Where Are We Now?" treats memories like the walking dead and holds on to loved ones in the here and now. David Bowie doesn't pretend to have any answers with The Next Day but he still pushes ahead because that is what artists do -- they create. Instead of leaving you feeling empty, listening to this dark album is a strangely satisfying, enlivening experience. – Nick Dedina, Google Play
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