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Search refinements Categories. Music 12, Records 6, CDs 4, Cassettes Other Formats Wholesale Lots Entertainment Memorabilia 4, Books 2, Collectibles 1, Art Automotive Crafts Wishing to capitalize on Bowie's and the new album's popularity, RCA issued Golden Years , a compilation of previously released Bowie tracks.
The cover art featured a recent photo of Bowie, giving a false first impression the album was an all-new release. All the tracks on this album were performed live by Bowie during his Serious Moonlight tour.
Bowie was angered by the release of this LP and other compilations RCA issued without his consultation or input and he would eventually reclaim the rights to his back catalogue, soon after RCA reissued most of his earlier albums on compact disc in without his permission.
As a result, Bowie's original RCA CD catalogue was in print only briefly; the RCA CDs are highly collectible today, not only for their rarity, but because many collectors feel they are sonically superior to later reissues. All tracks written by David Bowie except as noted.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It might be a kind of…blasphemy, but I loved The House mix of Fame 90!! The rest is history. Which is why most of his compilations tend to include the lesser known tracks. As for the recent post Black Star releases, someone is milking his catalog. And I finally bought a copy of The Singles Collection a couple of days ago.
Love the mastering of both compilations. Still have it somewhere…. Great article which brings back fond memories. Same year I got my drivers license — a big year for me! I agree thought that Singles was a superior compilation, and the Ryko US version is still, as you write, probably the best DB compilation yet.
I bought the cd at the time. Also have the sound and vision clear vinyl LP set. Agree the comp cd is the best. Collected all the ryko disc releases with bonus material. The Ziggy version l have comes in a box with a seperate cd size booklet in it too.
Not sure if that is common? Maybe later pressings replaced the cardboard slipcase with a different type of box? Haha yes, I remember that name now. I bought mine from Sister Ray in Berwick Street. Not quite sure how I afforded all these CDs at the time, I was skint!! Probably lived on beans on toast.
Being a Bowie fan, albeit only 16 when Changesbowie came out, I bought this, but living in the US and being young, most of what I knew were his later period songs from the late 70s onward. Take about slapdash…. A lot of great memories from this era.
I was already a huge fan and had just seen him a little over a year before this was released on the Glass Spider tour here in the US.
The radio station I worked at received a promo copy of the compilation and we were all VERY excited when our tiny local record label, Rykodisc, scored a contract to reissue his catalog WITH bonus tracks. I bought them all … and many years later got limited run of vinyl pressings. Like so many things, the compilation was an reminiscence of the past as David was on the cusp of another one of his famous reinventions with Tin Machine right around the corner.
I think Rykodisc did one of the best reissue campaigns. I never did give much thought as to what was on the ChangesBowie disc. I anxiously saved my money at the time to buy each album as they were re-released. That was a fun ride! Loved your comment… as i read this i felt as if this was already subconsciously by me.
You summed up my early 90s experience surrounding the phenomenally executed Ryko reissue program of the late andgreat David Bowie. First ChangesBowie, then the box set, then every album along the way as they got released. At the time, no other company had approached an artists catalogue that way before and evenmy 15 year old self knew this was something special and was ready to hop on the the train and explore! Great memories of my early high school years.
Thank you Mr. Bowie and thank you Ryko! I was 18 when this came out and was just getting into Bowie in a big way! I too saved for the ryko reissues — I was gutted when it got to Stage and Scary Monsters cos I was collecting vinyl and they stopped at that point for a reason that I never found out — no internet to look it up on in those days!
What should I say? I still liked it as a compilation though. The later Singles Collection was great, I much preferred the Ryko Edition, as it was a better selection of tracks and covered a longer period than the EMI version.
The Best Of Bowie compilations with different track listings in different countries was an interesting Idea, but bloody expensive for those Bowie fans that collect every different release. Some of the choices can be explained by Ryko being a US label. Similarly, the Berlin trilogy albums were seen as too weird. Personally I was just glad to get those tracks on CD, everything else was a bonus.
Remember there was no streaming, no mp3 at the time. Only tv and radio. Even if you wanted to know more about a singer or a band you had to buy the albums or know a friend or someone who could dub the album on a tape for you. A few weeks later, I bought the Ziggy Stardust album, it was a beautiful cd box set I still have it in my collection. After that I bought all other Bowie 70s albums.
I thought EMI was only behind the 24bit remastered campaign. After looking at my cds, the early 70s albums were released in and the Berlin trilogy in Anyway, thanks for that post, I disagree with some comments here, I love that ChangesBowie compilation. Unbelievable creativity. Ryko did all the work with Remastering and designing the packaging, the EMI releases for the rest of the world were almost identical to the Ryko issues, other the the company logo.
The only one that differed was the Singles Collection , which had a much different track list for the Ryko release than it did for the EMI release. From there, it was a journey through the albums, most on second-hand vinyl.
It was quite the thrill unboxing the recent career-spanners and holding pristine versions in my hands after all these years. Thank you Paul and friends for the article and personal accounts. This was because the CDs that were to be issued were considered the preferred format. The UK cassette also featured the three bonus tracks, but the US cassette did not.
That makes it worse. Not a format comprise but a deliberate decision to omit Life On Mars and cover five years with one track. I actually played this a couple of days ago in the car and the omission of Sound And Vision from the CD is by far the biggest error. This was my intro to Bowie. Got it as an import here in the USA, and soon after I also bought the Beeb box set, which remains one of my most treasured collections to date.
A best of surely means an artist at their best? But a Zep best of like Remasters or Mothership is brimming with classics and tracks we all know and love. Stay With Me, Cindy Incidentally and Pool Hall Richard were the only real hits, but their best of is guaranteed to be great because they were. But certain tracks are surely a given in these situations?
These type of compilations are never going to please everyone. It was supposed to be a compilation of their number ones…. Yeah, but those omissions just make it feel glaringly incomplete. A Day In The Life, too. It is amazing, though. Please Please Me was a massive single for the Fabs and its absence, as you rightly say, is glaring. I actually thought the State collaboration with Sound and Vision was interesting though…. Whilst there in the toilets at the Birmingham Internationals someone had faithfully drawn the cover of Depeche Modes Violator, which had just been released, on the back of one the cubicle doors.
Never seen that done since for any artist. Would love to know who did it, it made a nice change to the usual graffiti. There are the numbers.
The cold hard facts. Number ones, top5, top10 and top40 hits. The figures are allegedly an exact science. Then there is what the people who have been fans since the very early days.
Cards on the table, I am not a Bowie fan. I have three vinyl compilations and sold everything else that had been accumulated due to excessive time on my hands and an addiction to deal alerts. I guess the view is also skewed by whether you were seen as an albums or a singles artist. As an ELO fan however life affirming Mr. How many dyed in the wool ELO fans would name Mr. Blue Sky as their favourite ever track, in the way that someone who saw the opening to Guardians of the Galaxy II might think it is the best thing ever because of clever use in a film opening sequence.
How many Bowie fans would claim Life on Mars is their go to track, particularly after it got such exposure from the Sam Tyler based drama of Also a mention to all the underrated artists that either nobody has heard of or some artists only found true success in another country and ignored elsewhere…UK band The Fixx massive in the U. Select Platinum in the Certification field.
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