Best Of Bowie 1980 1987

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Review Text The '80s were a curious time for David Bowie. Never had he sold more records, had bigger hits, his influence was everywhere, and yet, the music he made often fell a little flat, especially after his commercial high-water mark of 1983's Let's Dance. The 2007 compilation Best of David Bowie 1980/1987 deals with that drop-off in quality in an admirable fashion, perhaps the only appropriate fashion: it ignores it. There are two tracks from 1984's Tonight, and two from its 1987 sequel Never Let Me Down, while there are four apiece from Let's Dance and Scary Monsters -- a skewed ratio that is nevertheless an accurate barometer of the worth of the albums. It also makes for a better listen as a compilation, since the hit singles from these records are surrounded by non-LP cuts and soundtrack contributions like "This Is Not America" and "Absolute Beginners," a move that's not only helpful as a clearinghouse of relative oddities, but also helps make this Best of David Bowie 1980/1987 a truly representative collection of the best music of some patchy years, which is a more worthwhile endeavor than having this be truly representative of the decade as a whole. For some Bowie fans, this may be all they need from that decade (although they'd be well-advised not to ignore the truly masterful Scary Monsters, and use that as a supplement to this excellent disc). ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Let's Dance - 4:07
  2. 2. Ashes to Ashes - 4:36
  3. 3. Under Preesure - 4:05
  4. 4. Fashion - 3:25
  5. 5. Modern Love - 4:58
  6. 6. China Girl - 4:16
  7. 7. Scary Monsters - 4:32
  8. 8. Up the Hill Backwards - 3:15
  9. 9. Alabama Song - 4:52
  10. 10. Drowned Girl - 2:26
  11. 11. Cat People - 4:12
  12. 12. This Is Not America - 4:51
  13. 13. Loving the Alien - 7:08
  14. 14. Absolute Beginners - 6:37
  15. 15. When the Wind Blows - 4:34
  16. 16. Blue Jean - 3:11
  17. 17. Day-in Day-Out - 4:11
  18. 18. Time Will Crawl - 4:18
  19. 19. Underground - 4:26

CD: 2

  1. 20. Ashes to Ashes [Video]
  2. 21. Fahion [Video]
  3. 22. Under Pressure [Video]
  4. 23. Drowned Girl [Video]
  5. 24. Let's Dance [Video]
  6. 25. China Girl [Video]
  7. 26. Modern Love [Video]
  8. 27. Cat People [Live]
  9. 28. Blue Jean [Video]
  10. 29. Loving the Alien [Video]
  11. 30. Absolute Beginners [Video]
  12. 31. Underground [Video]
  13. 32. When the Wind Blows [Video]
  14. 33. Day-In Day-Out [Video]
  15. 34. Time Will Crawl [Video]

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