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
Professional ratings
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Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media (8.9/10) link
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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 as noted.

  1. "The Jean Genie" – 4:08 (from Aladdin Sane, 1973)
  2. "Space Oddity" – 5:15 (from David Bowie, 1969)
  3. "Starman" – 4:18 (from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 1972)
  4. "Ziggy Stardust" – 3:16 (from Ziggy Stardust, 1972)
  5. "John, I'm Only Dancing" (Sax version) – 2:42 (non-album single, released in 1973; the original version released the previous year)
  6. "Rebel Rebel" – 4:30 (from Diamond Dogs, 1974)
  7. "Let's Spend the Night Together" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 3:07 (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; from Aladdin Sane, 1973)
  8. "Suffragette City" – 3:27 (from Ziggy Stardust, 1972)
  9. "Oh! You Pretty Things" – 3:14 (from Hunky Dory, 1971)
  10. "Velvet Goldmine" – 3:11 (from the B-side of the 1975 single reissue of "Space Oddity", recorded in 1971 for Ziggy Stardust)
  11. "Drive-In Saturday" – 4:29 (from Aladdin Sane, 1973)
  12. "Diamond Dogs" – 6:05 (from Diamond Dogs, 1974)
  13. "Changes" – 3:34 (from Hunky Dory, 1971)
  14. "Sorrow" (Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer) – 2:55 (originally by The McCoys in 1965 and made famous by The Merseys the following year; from Pin Ups, 1973)
  15. "The Prettiest Star" (Marc Bolan stereo version) – 3:14 (recorded in 1970 as a follow-up to "Space Oddity"; re-recorded for Aladdin Sane in 1972)
  16. "Life on Mars?" – 3:52 (from Hunky Dory, 1971)
  17. "Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)" – 5:10 (from Aladdin Sane, 1973)
  18. "The Man Who Sold the World" – 3:56 (from The Man Who Sold the World, 1970)
  19. "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" – 3:00 (from Ziggy Stardust, 1972)
  20. "All the Young Dudes" (Studio version) – 4:11 (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)
  • The Japanese release adds "Lady Stardust" (from Ziggy Stardust, 1972), but omits "Suffragette City".