The Singles Collection (David Bowie album)

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The Singles Collection
UK release cover
Compilation album by David Bowie
Released 16 November 1993
Recorded 1969–1993
Genre Rock, glam rock, art rock
Length 154:14
Label EMI (UK)
Rykodisc (US)
David Bowie Compilation chronology
Early On (1964–1966)
(1991)
The Singles Collection
(1993)
RarestOneBowie
(1995)
Alternative covers
Cover of the US release
Cover of the Dutch 1997 reissue
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

The Singles Collection is a compilation album by David Bowie, released in 1993 in the UK and (with some changes) as The Singles 1969 to 1993 in the United States. The Australian release had the same track listing as the UK version, but the two discs were released as separate albums, The Singles Collection 1 (with a cover identical to the UK cover) and The Singles Collection 2 (with a cover similar to the UK cover but recoloured green).

Despite the album name, some of the tracks were never released as singles by Bowie.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by David Bowie except where noted.

UK version[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Space Oddity" – 5:15 (from David Bowie, 1969)
  2. "Changes" – 3:35 (from Hunky Dory, 1971)
  3. "Starman" – 4:18 (from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 1972)
  4. "Ziggy Stardust" – 3:14 (from Ziggy Stardust)
  5. "Suffragette City" – 3:26 (from Ziggy Stardust)
  6. "John, I'm Only Dancing" – 2:47 (non-album single released in 1972)
  7. "The Jean Genie" – 4:07 (from Aladdin Sane, 1973)
  8. "Drive-In Saturday" – 4:30 (from Aladdin Sane)
  9. "Life on Mars?" – 3:51 (from Hunky Dory; released as a single in 1973)
  10. "Sorrow" (Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer) – 2:54 (originally by The McCoys in 1965 and made famous by The Merseys the following year; from Pin Ups, 1973)
  11. "Rebel Rebel" – 4:30 (from Diamond Dogs, 1974)
  12. "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" – 2:58 (from Ziggy Stardust; released as a single in 1974)
  13. "Diamond Dogs" – 6:04 (from Diamond Dogs)
  14. "Knock on Wood" (Live) (Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper) – 3:03 (originally by Eddie Floyd in 1966; from David Live, 1974)
  15. "Young Americans" – 5:11 (from Young Americans, 1975)
  16. "Fame" (Bowie, Carlos Alomar, John Lennon) – 4:14 (from Young Americans)
  17. "Golden Years" – 4:00 (from Station to Station, 1976; released as a single the previous year)
  18. "TVC 15" – 5:31 (from Station to Station)
  19. "Sound and Vision" – 3:02 (from Low, 1977)

Disc two[edit]

  1. ""Heroes"" (single edit) (Bowie, Brian Eno) – 3:37 (from "Heroes", 1977)
  2. "Beauty and the Beast" (Bowie, Eno) – 3:33 (from "Heroes")
  3. "Boys Keep Swinging" (Bowie, Eno) – 3:17 (from Lodger, 1979)
  4. "DJ" (Bowie, Eno, Alomar) – 4:00 (from Lodger)
  5. "Alabama Song" (Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill) – 3:51 (non-album single released in 1980)
  6. "Ashes to Ashes" – 4:24 (from Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), 1980)
  7. "Fashion" – 4:47 (from Scary Monsters)
  8. "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)" – 5:11 (from Scary Monsters)
  9. "Under Pressure" (Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, Roger Taylor) (edited version, with Queen) – 3:57 (released as a single in 1981 and included on the latter's album Hot Space the following year)
  10. "Wild Is the Wind" (Dimitri Tiompkin, Ned Washington) – 6:01 (originally by Johnny Mathis for the film of the same name; from Station to Station; released as a single in 1981 in support of the Changestwobowie compilation album)
  11. "Let's Dance" (single edit) – 4:07 (from Let's Dance, 1983)
  12. "China Girl" (Bowie, Iggy Pop) (single edit) – 4:16 (originally by Iggy Pop from The Idiot, 1977; later covered for Let's Dance)
  13. "Modern Love" (single edit) – 3:56 (from Let's Dance)
  14. "Blue Jean" – 3:11 (from Tonight, 1984)
  15. "This Is Not America" (Bowie, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays) (with the Pat Metheny Group) – 3:47 (from The Falcon and the Snowman soundtrack, 1985)
  16. "Dancing in the Street" (Marvin Gaye, William "Mickey" Stevenson, Ivy Jo Hunter) (with Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones) – 3:10 (originally by Martha and the Vandellas released as a single in 1964 and appeared on Dance Party the following year; released as a single in 1985 as a part of Live Aid)
  17. "Absolute Beginners" (single edit) – 5:37 (from the Absolute Beginners soundtrack, 1986)
  18. "Day-In Day-Out" – 4:11 (from Never Let Me Down, 1987)

US version[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Space Oddity" (edit) – 3:35
  2. "Changes" – 3:36
  3. "Oh! You Pretty Things" – 3:15 (from Hunky Dory)
  4. "Life on Mars?" – 3:52
  5. "Ziggy Stardust" – 3:16
  6. "Starman" – 4:16
  7. "John, I'm Only Dancing" – 2:49
  8. "Suffragette City" – 3:29
  9. "The Jean Genie" – 4:09
  10. "Sorrow" – 2:56
  11. "Drive-In Saturday" – 4:30
  12. "Diamond Dogs" – 6:07
  13. "Rebel Rebel" – 4:31
  14. "Young Americans" – 5:13
  15. "Fame" – 4:18
  16. "Golden Years" – 4:01
  17. "TVC 15" (edit)– 3:46
  18. "Be My Wife" – 2:58 (from Low)
  19. "Sound and Vision" – 3:06
  20. "Beauty and the Beast" – 3:34
  • The edits of "Space Oddity" and "TVC 15" in this collection are unique to this compilation and are not the original single edits.

Disc two[edit]

  1. ""Heroes"" (single edit) – 3:39
  2. "Boys Keep Swinging" – 3:20
  3. "DJ" (single edit) – 3:24
  4. "Look Back in Anger" – 3:09 (from Lodger)
  5. "Ashes to Ashes" (single edit) – 3:37
  6. "Fashion" (single edit) – 3:26
  7. "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)" – 5:12
  8. "Under Pressure" (with Queen) – 4:05
  9. "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" (soundtrack version, with Giorgio Moroder) – 6:46 (from the Cat People soundtrack, 1982; later re-recorded for Let's Dance the following year)
  10. "Let's Dance" (edit) – 4:10
  11. "China Girl" (edit) – 4:18
  12. "Modern Love" (edit) – 3:59
  13. "Blue Jean" – 3:12
  14. "Loving the Alien" (single remix) – 4:42 (from Tonight; remixed and released as a single in 1985)
  15. "Dancing in the Street" (with Mick Jagger) – 3:17
  16. "Absolute Beginners" (single edit) – 5:39
  17. "Day-In Day-Out" (single edit) – 4:17
  18. "Never Let Me Down" – 4:07 (from Never Let Me Down)
  19. "Jump They Say" (radio edit) – 3:55 (from Black Tie White Noise, 1993)
  • "Let's Dance", "China Girl" and "Modern Love" are special edits made for this compilation and not the original 7" single versions.

Other versions[edit]

The first 40,000 pressings included a bonus CD single of Bowie's duet "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" with Bing Crosby (Ian Fraser, Larry Grossman, Alan Kohan/Katherine Kennicott Davis). A version of this album was specially released to the members of the American music club Time Life. It omitted "Sorrow", "Drive-In Saturday", "Be My Wife", "Beauty and the Beast", "Look Back in Anger", "Under Pressure", "Cat People" and "Jump They Say" but added "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" and the David Live version of "All the Young Dudes" (originally by Mott the Hoople from All the Young Dudes).[citation needed]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart Position
Australia Album Charts 49[2]
Austria Album Charts 37[2]
Belgium Album Charts 13[2]
Holland Album Charts 5[2]
New Zealand Album Charts 4[2]
Sweden Album Charts 38[2]

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