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If I were going to purchase a David Bowie album, owning none as of this time, which David Bowie album should I buy?

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omphaloskepsis
Jan. 21st, 2003 02:33 am (UTC)
I'm probably the wrong person to answer, since I've always liked Bowie, but never knew which album to buy - but I have to put in a vote for the Labyrinth soundtrack. Probably not representative of his work, but I love it.
professorbooty
Jan. 21st, 2003 04:15 am (UTC)
...
I find that I must respectfully disagree with this recommendation. The Labyrinth soundtrack is wonderful for those with a great deal of (often nostalgic) fondness for the film, but it only has a few actual "songs" from Bowie and is not, in my opinion, a highlight of his career.
professorbooty
Jan. 21st, 2003 04:13 am (UTC)
That's a really tough question...
David Bowie has gone through a lot of phases in his career, including folky singer/songwriter, rock-and-roller, '80s dance popper, and visionary artiste, and has done both excellent and forgettable things in every mode he's adopted. If you said to name three releases for you to buy, I could have listed you a purchase I would not later feel was a huge mistake, but the exact list would still vary according to my mood upon committing to it.

With this in mind, I am going to go with the universal cop-out of recommending a "best of" release. The recently released (and) unmaginatively named Best of Bowie is by no means perfect, but it does a more than passable job of introducing a potential new fan to a wide range of his material. It includes at least one track each from all but two of his albums (although four from Let's Dance and only one from Low is almost enough to make me write an agry letter), and will certainly let you decide where you want to go from there... or help you learn that a two disc anthology is as far as you care to go.

Note that there is also a one disc version of this release. I don't recommend this one as highly, as it is more of a "hits" package than a career overview, but it's still a decent enough starter if you're on a tighter budget.
tzel
Jan. 21st, 2003 05:31 am (UTC)
Re: That's a really tough question...
I second this, and you know how I feel about Mr. Bowie.
snidegrrl
Jan. 21st, 2003 05:35 am (UTC)
Re: That's a really tough question...
This is probably a good idea, however, I don't want to be that person who owns the "greatest hits" of a talented artist and nothing else.

So just for kicks, say you exclude compilations. Which one would YOU buy if you could only have one? Becuase hypothetical answers are oh so useful.

(I can't "only" have one but right now I should stick to one.)
professorbooty
Jan. 21st, 2003 06:59 am (UTC)
Re: That's a really tough question...
If my entire Bowie CD collection was stolen or destroyed, I would go to a used CD store and buy one or more of the following ASAP:

Low
Heroes
Scary Monsters

I can, without too much hesitation, call these my three favorite Bowie albums. However, if I could only get one, the specific choice would depend *entirely* on my mood at the moment of purchase.

That's as close to a single album recommendation as I'm going to get.
snidegrrl
Jan. 21st, 2003 10:56 pm (UTC)
Re: That's a really tough question...
Three is close enough. :D Thank you!
mistervimes
Jan. 21st, 2003 05:52 am (UTC)
Old School
Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars
snidegrrl
Jan. 21st, 2003 10:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Old School
Thanks!! I have been in a serious 70s/prog rock kind of mood lately and if I recall correctly those are both 70s era releases...
tommx
Jan. 21st, 2003 06:47 am (UTC)
i recently got bowie's latest album "heathen". it's hardly typical bowie, but it's awfully good.
snidegrrl
Jan. 21st, 2003 10:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the input... I think I will probably start with something that's already considered "classic" before I move onto the most recent stuff, though.
lacifer666
Jan. 21st, 2003 07:41 am (UTC)
Oh, that's a tough decision.

Even though its kind of a cop-out, I would go with the BBC Sessions - a 3 CD set. (It might be out of print., though!) It spans all of his career, is packed full of hits and has some of the not-so-well-known but still good stuff. (If I remember right, the first two CDs have like 20-25 songs a piece on them!)
lacifer666
Jan. 21st, 2003 07:53 am (UTC)
Oh yeah... but you said no compilations.

Maybe "Heroes", "Low","Let's Dance", or "Earthling"?
snidegrrl
Jan. 21st, 2003 10:59 pm (UTC)
OMG there are so many to choose from. EEE! :)
zorah
Jan. 21st, 2003 08:08 am (UTC)
HunkyDoryHunkyDoryHunkyDory!

I can't live without it. Not Possible.

And I has this cute song to his kid plus a bomb-dropping song involving a naked old man.

I will go play it now very loud, listen carefully...
snidegrrl
Jan. 21st, 2003 11:08 pm (UTC)
Hunky Dory
I find it intriguing if for no other reason than that no one else suggested it. I always like to root for the underdog.
cerisefleur
Jan. 21st, 2003 12:37 pm (UTC)
Bowie
Scary Monsters
porcelain72
Jan. 21st, 2003 12:44 pm (UTC)
Changesbowie is more or less a "greatest hits" album, so you can have a sample of everything.
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