Best of Bowie (2002)

Unrated  |  Video  |   |  Documentary, Music  |  19 November 2002 (USA)
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The most thorough Bowie hits spread over his entire career. A must for any Bowie fan. Disc 1: Oh. You Pretty Things (from Old Grey Whistle Test), Queen Bitch (from OGWT), Five Years (from ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Himself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carlos Alomar ...
Himself (archive footage)
The Fanatic (segment "Absolute Beginners") (archive footage)
Trevor Bolder ...
Himself (archive footage)
Sarah (archive footage)
Nino Del Pesco ...
Himself - Guitarist
Gail Ann Dorsey ...
Herself (archive footage)
Steve Elson ...
Himself (segment "Modern Love") (archive footage)
Richard Fairbrass ...
Himself (segment "Blue Jean")
Henley (segment "Absolute Beginners") (archive footage)
Himself (segment "Time Will Crawl") (archive footage)
Alan Freeman ...
Call-Me-Cobber (segment "Absolute Beginners") (archive footage)
Reeves Gabrels ...
Himself (archive footage)
Stan Harrison ...
Himself (segment "Modern Love") (archive footage)


The most thorough Bowie hits spread over his entire career. A must for any Bowie fan. Disc 1: Oh. You Pretty Things (from Old Grey Whistle Test), Queen Bitch (from OGWT), Five Years (from OGWT), Starman (from Top of the Pops), John I'm Only Dancing, The Jean Genie, Space Oddity, Drive-in Saturday (from Russell Harry Plus Pop), Life on Mars?, Ziggy Stardust (from the motion picture), Rebel Rebel (from TopPop), Young Americans (from the Dick Cavett Show), Be My Wife, "Heroes," Boys Keep Swinging, D.J., Look Back in Anger, Ashes to Ashes, Fashion, Wild Is the Wind, Let's Dance, China Girl, Modern Love, Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (from Serious Moonlight Tour), Blue Jean, Loving the Alien, Dancing in the Street (with Mick Jagger) Disc 2: Absolute Beginners, Underground, As the World Falls Down, Day-In Day-Out, Time Will Crawl, Never Let Me Down, Fame '90, Jump They Say, Black Tie White Noise, Miracle Goodnight, Buddha of Suburbia, The Heart's Filthy Lesson, Strangers When We Meet, Hallo... Written by Chris T

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Great at it's best, but sometimes less imaginative than I'd imagined...
21 August 2013 | by (US) – See all my reviews

This two disc collection of David Bowie's videos from 1972 to 2000 is a fascinating look at his ever evolving persona as an artist, and features a bunch a truly great songs.

On the other hand, the videos themselves were more of a mixed bag than I expected. There are some classic early experiments ("Ashes to Ashes") and a number of interesting videos from the mid-90s on, but I was surprised, given Bowie's penchant for trying new things, how many of these videos were pretty standard or familiar.

A lot of disc one is just concert or playback videos, often from TV appearances, with Bowie sometimes painfully obviously simply lip-syncing to the record. But more surprising is how many of the 'middle' period of these discs 1980 to 1990 were just not very imaginative. Finally Bowie seemed to catch on to the importance of working with more visionary directors like Mark Romanek, and the last half of the second disc is almost always interesting on a film-making as well as a musical and historic record level.

I'm very glad to have this, but I'd keep my finger on the skip button on future viewings.

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