Rare (David Bowie album)

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Compilation album by David Bowie
Released December 1982
Recorded 1969-1980
Genre Rock
Length 42:02
Label RCA Records
David Bowie Compilation chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Rare (often known as Bowie Rare) was a compilation released by RCA Records to cash in on David Bowie for the 1982 Christmas market. The artist's relations with the company were at a low – Bowie had recorded his last music for RCA with the Baal EP, and had been annoyed by the release of a five-year-old duet with Bing Crosby ("Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy") as a single without his consultation. Bowie let it be known he was unhappy with the Rare package, and would sign with EMI for his next album. All of the songs were being issued for the first time on an LP and cassette.

The compilation contained rarities ranging from 1969 to 1980. There is no CD reissue of this compilation, and such a release seems unlikely as much of the content is available on other CDs.

On the UK Album Chart, where it remained for eleven weeks, the album peaked at number 34. It was not issued in the USA.

Track listing[edit]

All songs are written by David Bowie except where noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Ragazzo solo, ragazza sola" (Bowie, Mogol) – 5:02
    • An Italian-language version of "Space Oddity", released as single in Italy in 1969
  2. "Round and Round" (Chuck Berry) – 2:41
  3. "Amsterdam" (Jacques Brel, Mort Shuman) – 3:25
    • A cover of a Jacques Brel song, recorded for the Ziggy Stardust sessions, and released as the B-side to the single "Sorrow"
  4. "Holy Holy" – 2:15
    • A newer version of Bowie's 1970 single, recorded for the Ziggy Stardust sessions, and released as the B-side to the single "Diamond Dogs"
  5. "Panic in Detroit" – 5:49
  6. "Young Americans" – 3:11
    • US single edit

Side two[edit]

  1. "Velvet Goldmine" – 3:08
  2. "Helden" (Bowie, Brian Eno, Antonia Maass) – 6:07
    • A version of "Heroes" with English and German lyrics, released as single in West Germany in 1977
  3. "John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)" – 3:26
    • Single edit
  4. "Moon of Alabama" (Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill) – 3:51
    • Recorded 1978, released as single A-side, 1980
  5. "Crystal Japan" – 3:07
    • Recorded 1979 for the soundtrack of a Japanese commercial, released as a Japanese single A-side, 1980, then internationally as the B-side to "Up the Hill Backwards" single, 1981



Year Chart Position
1983 UK Album Chart 34[2]
1983 Norway's Album Charts 11