iSelect

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iSelect
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Compilation album by
Released29 June 2008 The Mail on Sunday
14 October 2008 EMI
Recorded1971-1987, 2008
GenreRock
Length57:41 (CD)
LabelEMI
ProducerVarious
David Bowie chronology
Live Santa Monica '72
(2008)
iSelect
(2008)
Glass Spider Live
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
PopMatters7/10 stars[2]

iSelect (or iSelectBowie)[3] is a David Bowie compilation CD first released 29 June 2008 in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The title was released in the United States by Astralwerks Records.

This CD is a collection of personal favourites compiled by Bowie himself[4] and was available exclusively as a free gift with the 29 June edition of British newspaper The Mail on Sunday.

Bowie avoided the usual greatest hits route and instead compiled a selection of favourite album tracks, including only three singles ("Life on Mars?", "Loving the Alien" and "Time Will Crawl"). In addition, the version of "Time Will Crawl" included on the album is a remix by engineer Mario J. McNulty,[5] featuring several newly recorded parts in an effort to revisit some of the material Bowie had released as part of Never Let Me Down, an album which he was disappointed with.

It is the only release to contain the track "Some Are" which has been unavailable since the mid-1990s deletion of the 1991 edition of Bowie's 1977 album Low on which it was included as a bonus track. It also features the medley of "Sweet Thing" and "Candidate", and the reprise of "Sweet Thing" as a single track, rather than being split up by song as it has been released on previous CD versions of Diamond Dogs.

It also includes a teaser track combining the "Intro" track and "Hang On to Yourself" from Live Santa Monica '72, an official rerelease of the bootleg album Santa Monica '72.

Commercial release[edit]

Due to popular demand, Virgin/EMI released the CD in the U.S. and Canada on 14 October 2008.[3][6] It is identical to the one released by The Mail on Sunday except it comes in a standard jewel case and the booklet contains the song-by-song comments that were published in the newspaper. It has also been released as a digital download on iTunes.

A limited red vinyl version was released in March 2015 to celebrate the opening of David Bowie Is exhibition in Philharmonie de Paris, France.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by David Bowie, except where noted.

No.TitleAlbumLength
1."Life on Mars?"Hunky Dory (1971)3:49
2."Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise)"Diamond Dogs (1974)8:47
3."The Bewlay Brothers"Hunky Dory5:23
4."Lady Grinning Soul"Aladdin Sane (1973)3:51
5."Win"Young Americans (1975)4:44
6."Some Are" (Bowie, Brian Eno)Bonus track on the 1991 re-issue of Low (1977)[7]3:13
7."Teenage Wildlife"Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (1980)6:51
8."Repetition"Lodger (1979)3:01
9."Fantastic Voyage" (Bowie, Brian Eno)Lodger2:54
10."Loving the Alien"Tonight (1984)7:08
11."Time Will Crawl" (MM remix; contains 30 seconds of silence at the end of the track)Original version on Never Let Me Down (1987)4:54
12."Hang On to Yourself" (Live)Live Santa Monica '72 (2008); originally from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)3:06

References[edit]

  1. ^ ISelect at AllMusic
  2. ^ Schiller, Mike. "David Bowie: iSelect < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 25 February 2012.
  3. ^ a b David Bowie Digs Into His Catalog for New Compilation Archived 12 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ The Mail on Sunday, 29 June 2008 edition
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ bowieNet July 15, 2008 News; URL accessed 15 July 2008
  7. ^ David Bowie

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