The Best of David Bowie 1969/1974

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The Best of David Bowie 1969/1974
Compilation album by David Bowie
Released 7 October 1997 (1997-10-07)
Recorded 1969-1974
Genre Rock, glam rock
Length 77:34
Label EMI
Producer Producer varies from track to track
David Bowie compilation chronology
The Deram Anthology 1966–1968
The Best of David Bowie 1969/1974
The Best of David Bowie 1974/1979
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The Best of David Bowie 1969/1974 is an album by David Bowie, released by EMI in 1997. The US release of the album was pulled from the stores because of a large number of inaccuracies in the credits and liner notes. This album was also included as the first disc of the compilation The Platinum Collection (2005/2006).

There are three uncredited rarities included on the album. They are: "John, I'm Only Dancing" (Sax version) - recorded during the sessions for the Aladdin Sane album; "The Prettiest Star" (Marc Bolan stereo version) - the original 1970 single release that features Marc Bolan on lead guitar; and "All the Young Dudes (Studio version)" - the original Bowie studio version from 1973.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by David Bowie, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
1. "The Jean Genie"     Aladdin Sane, 1973 4:08
2. "Space Oddity"     David Bowie, 1969 5:15
3. "Starman"     The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 1972 4:18
4. "Ziggy Stardust"     Ziggy Stardust 3:16
5. "John, I'm Only Dancing" (Sax version)   Non-album single, released in 1973; the original version released the previous year 2:42
6. "Rebel Rebel"     Diamond Dogs, 1974 4:30
7. "Let's Spend the Night Together"   Mick Jagger, Keith Richards Aladdin Sane; originally by The Rolling Stones released as a non-album double A-side single in the UK and Between the Buttons in the U.S. in 1967 3:07
8. "Suffragette City"     Ziggy Stardust 3:27
9. "Oh! You Pretty Things"     Hunky Dory, 1971 3:14
10. "Velvet Goldmine"     B-side of the 1975 single reissue of "Space Oddity"; recorded in 1971 for Ziggy Stardust 3:11
11. "Drive-In Saturday"     Aladdin Sane 4:29
12. "Diamond Dogs"     Diamond Dogs 6:05
13. "Changes"     Hunky Dory 3:34
14. "Sorrow"   Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer Pin Ups, 1973; originally by The McCoys in 1965 and made famous by The Merseys the following year 2:55
15. "The Prettiest Star" (Marc Bolan stereo version)   recorded in 1970 as a follow-up to "Space Oddity"; re-recorded for Aladdin Sane in 1972 3:14
16. "Life on Mars?"     Hunky Dory 3:52
17. "Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)"     Aladdin Sane 5:10
18. "The Man Who Sold the World"     The Man Who Sold the World, 1970/1971 3:56
19. "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide"     Ziggy Stardust 3:00
20. "All the Young Dudes" (Studio version)   originally by Mott the Hoople from All the Young Dudes, 1972; was recorded in that same year for Aladdin Sane and was released in mono sound for this compilation 4:11
Japanese bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
20. "Lady Stardust" (Put in as "Suffragette City"'s replacement)   Ziggy Stardust 3:21