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David Bowie - Best Of Bowie

Well, it doesn't get much better. When Judgement Day comes, most of you will rescue a Beatles album from the flames, but a healthy percentage of us will shove this in our pockets. Worn out that Changesbowie and The Singles Collection? This double gathers 39 steps to greatness: all the kinky glam ("Drive-In Saturday": perfection? Discuss) and Berlin angst hits, plus the '80s floor-fillers. It rushes through recent times, ignoring Hours... but perversely finding room for "Hallo Spaceboy".

You don't need me to spell genius for you, though you may need me to spout on about how sharply inventive "Blue Jean" is. Overall, not too shabby.

Rating: 5 / 10


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