The Platinum Collection (David Bowie album)

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The Platinum Collection
David Bowie - The Platinum Collection.jpg
Compilation album by David Bowie
Released 7 November 2005 (2005-11-07)
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)
The Platinum Collection
The Best of 1980/1987
David Bowie compilation chronology
The Collection
The Platinum Collection
The Best of 1980/1987
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, original to this collection upon its release in 2005, was later re-released separately as an independent compilation The Best of David Bowie 1980/1987 by EMI on 19 March 2007 (2007-03-19). This 2007 release was 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 where noted.

Disc one (1969–1974)[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
1. "The Jean Genie"   Aladdin Sane, 1973 4:08
2. "Space Oddity"   David Bowie, 1969 5:15
3. "Starman"   The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 1972 4:18
4. "Ziggy Stardust"   The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars 3:16
5. "John, I'm Only Dancing" (Sax version)   Non-album single, released in 1973; the original version released the previous year 2:42
6. "Rebel Rebel"   Diamond Dogs, 1974 4:30
7. "Let's Spend the Night Together" Mick Jagger, Keith Richards Aladdin Sane; 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 3:07
8. "Suffragette City"   The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars 3:27
9. "Oh! You Pretty Things"   Hunky Dory, 1971 3:14
10. "Velvet Goldmine"   B-side of the 1975 single reissue of "Space Oddity"; recorded in 1971 for Ziggy Stardust 3:11
11. "Drive-In Saturday"   Aladdin Sane 4:29
12. "Diamond Dogs"   Diamond Dogs 6:05
13. "Changes"   Hunky Dory 3:34
14. "Sorrow" Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer Pin Ups, 1973; originally by The McCoys in 1965 and made famous by The Merseys the following year 2:55
15. "The Prettiest Star" (Marc Bolan stereo version)   Recorded in 1970 as a follow-up to "Space Oddity"; re-recorded for Aladdin Sane in 1972 3:14
16. "Life on Mars?"   Hunky Dory 3:52
17. "Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)"   Aladdin Sane 5:10
18. "The Man Who Sold the World"   The Man Who Sold the World, 1970/1971 3:56
19. "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide"   The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars 3:00
20. "All the Young Dudes" (Mono version)   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 4:11

Disc two (1974-1979)[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
1. "Sound and Vision"   Low, 1977 3:05
2. "Golden Years" (Single version)   Station to Station, 1976 3:29
3. "Fame" Bowie, Carlos Alomar, John Lennon Young Americans, 1975 4:14
4. "Young Americans" (U.S. single version)   Young Americans 3:15
5. "John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)"   Non-album single, 1979; 1974 re-recorded version of "John, I'm Only Dancing" from 1972/1973 7:00
6. "Can You Hear Me?"   Young Americans 5:07
7. "Wild Is the Wind" Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington Station to Station; originally by Johnny Mathis for the film of the same name, 1957 6:00
8. "Knock on Wood" (Live) Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd David Live, 1974; originally by Eddie Floyd from Knock on Wood, 1966 3:00
9. "TVC 15" (Single version)   Station to Station 3:34
10. "1984"   Diamond Dogs 3:29
11. "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City" Bruce Springsteen Sound + Vision box set, 1989; recorded in 1975 for Station to Station 3:49
12. "Look Back in Anger" Bowie, Brian Eno Lodger, 1979 3:08
13. "The Secret Life of Arabia" Bowie, Eno, Alomar "Heroes", 1977 3:48
14. "DJ" Bowie, Eno, Alomar Lodger 4:02
15. "Beauty and the Beast"   "Heroes" 3:36
16. "Breaking Glass" Bowie, Dennis Davis, George Murray Low 1:53
17. "Boys Keep Swinging" Bowie, Eno Lodger 3:20
18. ""Heroes"" (Single version) Bowie, Eno "Heroes" 3:33

Disc three (1980-1987)[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
1. "Let's Dance" (Single version)   Let's Dance, 1983 4:07
2. "Ashes to Ashes" (Single version)   Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), 1980 3:36
3. "Under Pressure" (with Queen) Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, Roger Taylor Non-album single, 1981; later found on Hot Space the following year 4:05
4. "Fashion" (Single version)   Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) 3:26
5. "Modern Love" (Single version)   Let's Dance 3:58
6. "China Girl" (Single version) Bowie, Jim Osterberg (a.k.a. Iggy Pop) Let's Dance 4:17
7. "Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)" (Single version)   Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) 3:32
8. "Up the Hill Backwards"   Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) 3:15
9. "Alabama Song" Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht Non-album single, 1980 3:52
10. "The Drowned Girl" Brecht, Weill Baal, 1982 2:26
11. "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" (Single version) Bowie, Giorgio Moroder Cat People soundtrack, 1982; later re-recorded for and found on Let's Dance 4:12
12. "This Is Not America" (with the Pat Metheny Group) Bowie, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays The Falcon and the Snowman soundtrack, 1985 3:51
13. "Loving the Alien"   Tonight, 1984 7:08
14. "Absolute Beginners" (Single version)   Absolute Beginners soundtrack, 1986 5:37
15. "When the Wind Blows" Bowie, Erdal Kızılçay When the Wind Blows soundtrack, 1986 3:34
16. "Blue Jean"   Tonight 3:11
17. "Day-In Day-Out" (Single version)   Never Let Me Down, 1987 4:11
18. "Time Will Crawl"   Never Let Me Down 4:18
19. "Underground" (Single version)   Labyrinth soundtrack/studio album, 1986 4:26