The Platinum Collection (David Bowie album)

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The Platinum Collection
Compilation album by David Bowie
Released 7 November 2005 (2005-11-07) (UK)
10 January 2006 (U.S.)
Recorded 1969-1987
Genre Rock
Length 223:59
Label EMI/Virgin
Producer Producer varies from track to track
David Bowie chronology
Live EP (Live at Fashion Rocks)
(2005)
The Platinum Collection
(2005)
The Best of 1980/1987
(2007)
David Bowie compilation chronology
The Collection
(2005)
The Platinum Collection
(2005)
The Best of 1980/1987
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Platinum Collection is a compilation album by David Bowie, released in 2005. The period from 1969 to 1987 is summarised over three discs. The first disc is the same as the compilation The Best of David Bowie 1969/1974, which was released in 1997, and the second disc is the same as the 1998 compilation The Best of David Bowie 1974/1979. The third disc was released as an independent compilation The Best of David Bowie 1980/1987 by EMI on 19 March 2007 (2007-03-19). This release is part of EMI's two-disc Sight & Sound series of releases and features a DVD of 1980s videos on the second disc.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by David Bowie except as noted.

Disc one (1969-1974)[edit]

  1. "The Jean Genie" – 4:08
  2. "Space Oddity" – 5:15
  3. "Starman" – 4:18
  4. "Ziggy Stardust" – 3:16
  5. "John, I'm Only Dancing" (Sax version) – 2:42
  6. "Rebel Rebel" – 4:30
  7. "Let's Spend the Night Together" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 3:07
  8. "Suffragette City" – 3:27
  9. "Oh! You Pretty Things" – 3:14
  10. "Velvet Goldmine" – 3:11
  11. "Drive-In Saturday" – 4:29
  12. "Diamond Dogs" – 6:05
  13. "Changes" – 3:34
  14. "Sorrow" (Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer) – 2:55
  15. "The Prettiest Star" (Marc Bolan stereo version) – 3:14
  16. "Life on Mars?" – 3:52
  17. "Aladdin Sane" – 5:10
  18. "The Man Who Sold the World" – 3:56
  19. "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" – 3:00
  20. "All the Young Dudes" (Mono version) – 4:11

Disc two (1974-1979)[edit]

  1. "Sound and Vision" – 3:02
  2. "Golden Years" (Single version) – 3:28
  3. "Fame" (Bowie, Carlos Alomar, John Lennon) – 4:13
  4. "Young Americans" (U.S. single version) – 3:12
  5. "John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)" – 6:59
  6. "Can You Hear Me?" – 5:05
  7. "Wild Is the Wind" (Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington) – 5:59
  8. "Knock on Wood" (Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd) (live) – 2:58
  9. "TVC 15" (Single version) – 3:52
  10. "1984" – 3:25
  11. "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City" (Bruce Springsteen) – 3:46
  12. "Look Back in Anger" (Bowie, Brian Eno) – 3:06
  13. "The Secret Life of Arabia" (Bowie, Eno, Alomar) – 3:45
  14. "DJ" (Bowie, Eno, Alomar) – 4:02
  15. "Beauty and the Beast" – 3:34
  16. "Breaking Glass" (Bowie, Dennis Davis, George Murray) – 1:51
  17. "Boys Keep Swinging" (Bowie, Eno) – 3:18
  18. ""Heroes"" (Bowie, Eno) (Single version) – 3:33

Disc three (1980-1987)[edit]

  1. "Let's Dance" (Single version) – 4:07
  2. "Ashes to Ashes" (Single version) – 3:36
  3. "Under Pressure" (with Queen) (Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor) – 4:05
  4. "Fashion" (Single version) – 3:26
  5. "Modern Love" (Single version) – 3:58
  6. "China Girl" (Single version) – 4:17
  7. "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)" (Single version) – 3:32
  8. "Up the Hill Backwards" – 3:15
  9. "Alabama Song" (Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht) – 3:52
  10. "The Drowned Girl" (Brecht, Weill) – 2:26
  11. "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" (Bowie, Giorgio Moroder) (Single version) – 4:12
  12. "This Is Not America" (with the Pat Metheny Group) (Bowie, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays) – 3:51
  13. "Loving the Alien" – 7:08
  14. "Absolute Beginners" (Single version) – 5:37
  15. "When the Wind Blows" (Bowie, Erdal Kizilcay) – 3:34
  16. "Blue Jean" – 3:11
  17. "Day-In Day-Out" (Single version) – 4:11
  18. "Time Will Crawl" – 4:18
  19. "Underground" (Single version) – 4:26

Track Origins[edit]

Disc one[edit]

Track 2 from David Bowie (1969)

Track 18 from The Man Who Sold the World (1970)

Track 10 released as a non-album B-side to the 1975 reissue of "Space Oddity" originally recorded in 1971

Tracks 9, 13 & 16 from Hunky Dory (1971)

Tracks 3, 4, 8 & 19 from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)

Track 20 originally by Mott the Hoople from All the Young Dudes; both versions recorded in 1972; recorded in mono sound

Track 5 released as a non-album single in 1973 (the present version; the original was released the year before)

Tracks 1, 7, 11, 15 & 17 from Aladdin Sane (April 1973); track 15 first released in 1970, later re-recorded for said album

Track 14 from Pin Ups (October 1973)

Tracks 6 & 12 from Diamond Dogs (May 1974)

Disc two[edit]

Track 10 also from Diamond Dogs

Track 8 from David Live (October 1974)

Track 5 released as a non-album single in 1979 recorded in 1974; is a re-recording of "John, I'm Only Dancing"

Tracks 3, 4 & 6 from Young Americans (February 1975)

Track 11 originally by Bruce Springsteen from Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (January 1973); this version's recorded in 1975 and released on the Sound + Vision box set (September 1989/December 2003)

Tracks 2, 7 & 9 from Station to Station (January 1976)

Tracks 1 & 16 from Low (January 1977)

Tracks 13, 15 & 18 from "Heroes" (October 1977)

Tracks 12, 14 & 17 from Lodger (May 1979)

Disc three[edit]

Track 9 released as a non-album single in 1980

Tracks 2, 4, 7 & 8 from Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) (September 1980)

Track 3 released at first as a non-album single in 1981 but then later appeared on the Queen album Hot Space (May 1982)

Track 10 from Baal (February 1982)

Track 11 from Cat People soundtrack (April 1982); later re-recorded for and found on Let's Dance (April 1983)

Tracks 1, 5 & 6 also from Let's Dance

Tracks 13 & 16 from Tonight (September 1984)

Track 12 from the The Falcon and the Snowman soundtrack (1985)

Track 14 from the Absolute Beginners soundtrack (April 1986)

Track 15 from the When the Wind Blows soundtrack (May 1986)

Track 19 from the Labyrinth soundtrack/studio album (June 1986)

Tracks 17 & 18 from Never Let Me Down (April 1987)

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