David Robert Jones OAL (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie was an English singer-songwriter and actor. A leading figure in the music industry, Bowie is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He was acclaimed by critics and musicians, particularly for his innovative work during the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, and his music and stagecraft had a significant impact on popular music.
Bowie developed an interest in music as a child. He studied art, music and design before embarking on a professional career as a musician in 1963. “Space Oddity”, released in 1969, was his first top-five entry on the UK Singles Chart. After a period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with his flamboyant and androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. The character was spearheaded by the success of Bowie’s single “Starman” and album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which won him widespread popularity. In 1975, Bowie’s style shifted towards a sound he characterised as “plastic soul”, initially alienating many of his UK fans but garnering him his first major US crossover success with the number-one single “Fame” and the album Young Americans.
In 1976, Bowie starred in the cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth and released Station to Station. In 1977, he further confounded expectations with the electronic-inflected album Low, the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno that came to be known as the “Berlin Trilogy”. “Heroes” (1977) and Lodger (1979) followed; each album reached the UK top five and received lasting critical praise.
After uneven commercial success in the late 1970s, Bowie had three number-one hits: the 1980 single “Ashes to Ashes”, its album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), and “Under Pressure” (a 1981 collaboration with Queen). He reached his peak commercial success in 1983 with Let’s Dance: its title track topped both the UK and US charts. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including industrial and jungle. He also continued acting: his roles included Major Jack Celliers in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), Jareth the Goblin King in Labyrinth (1986), Pontius Pilate in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Nikola Tesla in The Prestige (2006), among other film and television appearances and cameos. He stopped touring after 2004 and his last live performance was at a charity event in 2006. In 2013, Bowie returned from a decade-long recording hiatus with The Next Day. He remained musically active until his death from liver cancer at his home in New York City. He died two days after both his 69th birthday and the release of his final album, Blackstar (2016).
During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at over 100 million records worldwide, made him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In the UK, he was awarded ten platinum, eleven gold and eight silver album certifications, and released 11 number-one albums. In the US, he received five platinum and nine gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Rolling Stone named him among the greatest artists in history and – after his death – the “greatest rock star ever”.
Changesbowie is a compilation album by English rock musician David Bowie, released by Rykodisc in the US and by EMI in the UK in 1990. The compilation was part of Rykodisc’s remastered Bowie reissue series, replacing the deleted RCA Records compilations Changesonebowie and Changestwobowie.
While the cover artwork was dismissed by author David Buckley as “a sixth-form cut ‘n’ paste collage”, the collection gave Bowie his first UK chart-topping album since Tonight in 1984. The Guinness Book of British Hit Albums noted that Changesbowie was “his seventh album to enter the chart at number one. Nobody else had debuted at the top as often.” (wikipedia)
Changesbowie is a CD greatest-hits collection that revamps the original Changesonebowie by adding selections from David Bowie’s late-’70s and early-’80s albums. Consequently, it functions as a definitive single-disc introduction to Bowie, featuring all of his major hits from “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Jean Genie,” and “Rebel Rebel” to “Heroes,” “Ashes to Ashes,” “Let’s Dance,” “Modern Love,” and “Blue Jean.” One complaint: It wasn’t necessary to substitute the “Fame ’90” remix for the original to hook completists, since it is inferior and was already issued as a separate single. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)
David Bowie with many, many studio musicians
01. Space Oddity (Bowie) (“David Bowie”;1969) 5.16
02. John, I’m Only Dancing (Bowie) (non-album single; 1972) 2.49
03. Changes (Bowie) (“Hunky Dory”; 1971) 3.36
04. Ziggy Stardust (Bowie) (“The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars”, 1972) 3.13
05. Suffragette City (Bowie) (“The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars; 1972) 3.28
06. The Jean Genie (“Aladdin Sane”; 1973) 4.09
07. Diamond Dogs (Bowie) (“Diamond Dogs”; 1974) 6.06
08. Rebel Rebel (Bowie) (“Diamond Dogs”; 1974) 4.31
09. Young Americans (Bowie) (” Young Americans”;1975) 5.13
10. Fame ’90 (Gass mix) (Bowie/Alomar/Lennon) (Fame ’90 CD single; 1990) 3.41
11. Golden Years (Bowie) (“Station To Station”; 1976) 4.01
12. Heroes (Bowie/Eno) (single version; 1977) 3.38
13. Ashes To Ashes (Bowie) (“Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)”; 1980) 4.25
14. Fashion (Bowie) (“Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)”; 1980) 4.49
15. Let’s Dance (single version; 1983) 4.10
16. China Girl (Bowie/Pop) (single version; 1977) 4.17
17. Modern Love (Bowie) (single version; 1983) 3.59
18. Blue Jean (Bowie) (“Tonight”; 1984) 3.11