'Nothing Has Changed' celebrates forty whole years of David Bowie in an obsessively compiled greatest hits collection, taking tracks from his earliest self-titled records to his most recent work today on 'The Next Day' -- there's even a new single, "Sue (or In A Season Of Crime)". The record works from Bowie's newest music backwards, giving us a reverse-chronological glimpse of the dude who helped cultivate classic rock, allowed it to get both nerdy and glam, and then pissed off to make a bunch of Eno-informed krautrock, among other things. It's out in mid-November, because even Ziggy Stardust is aware of Christmas.
Vinyl Double LP £25.99 0825646205639
180g vinyl gatefold 2LP on Parlophone.
CD box set £16.99 0825646205769
3CD deluxe edition on Parlophone in a fold out o-card packaging housing 1CD in a jewel case and 2CDs in a 'Brilliant Box'.
CD £12.49 0825646205745
2CD edition on Parlophone in 'Brilliant Box' with 24-page booklet.
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9/10 Penrith Steve 8th January 2015
David Bowie, or his record company, have released a lot of “best of” compilations over the years. The first one I remember was ChangesBowie towards the end of the '80s, or perhaps early '90s which was a concise and rather brilliant compilation. “Nothing Has Changed”, however, has all the bells and whistles, or at least the 3 CD version does, presenting his work from 2014 to 1964 in reverse chronological order. What pleased me about this was upon revising his 90s/early 00s period, which at the time I hated, came as pleasant surprise. “Hello Spaceboy”, “Little Wonder” and particularly “Seven” stand out. The tracks from his most recent album “The Next Day” are all excellent. “Nothing Has Changed” also includes a new track, “Sue (or in a Season of Crime)” which at first sounds like a bloody mess but surprisingly grows on you. Of course all his classics are here from “Space Oddity” onwards, and that makes for a pair of near perfect discs, two and three. Unfortunately his “Dancing in the Street” duet with Mick Jagger is included which takes the shine off a little.
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