Could it be the best, could it be?
The UK finally sees the release of Best of Bowie today, and all of the reviews I've spotted so far has given it a big thumbs up. The Sunday Times Culture selection yesterday gave the album it's highest accolade with a
The review, by Mark Edwards, is worth posting in its entirety here:
DAVID BOWIE - Best of Bowie EMI 7243 5 39821 2 6
IN THIS age of globalisation, thank God someone is standing up for those vital local differences. Best of Bowie isn?t just one album. That would be far too simple for pop music?s great innovator. It comes in 23 different editions, each tailored for a different country or region, with the track listing reflecting that area?s favourite Bowie tracks. Amazingly, only one track is on every single edition. Go on, guess. No, it?s not Space Oddity. Ecuador, Peru and Columbia don?t get that one. Appropriately enough, it?s Fame.
As for the UK edition, it goes without saying that the songs are superb. There?s clearly been some serious remastering going on in the earlier material, revealing new depths even to the hardened fan (I had no idea Trevor Bolder?s bass on Jean Genie was so ... well ... outrageous), while more recent tracks such as Little Wonder and Slow Burn hold their end up rather well. Three stars
Here's an excerpt from a longer, but equally appreciative review over at the BBC website:
Best Of brings the story right up to date. Released in 22 different versions across the globe and accompanied by a remastered DVD, this package is as near perfect as it can be.
You can read the whole thing
For those of you that aren't already aware of it, you can check out the official Best of Bowie site by clicking on the image above. There you can download a BoB screensaver, BoB wallpaper and a BoB Windows Media Skin. There's also another competition to win the Bowie back catalogue, a signed Mick Rock Ziggy shot and more.
Stay tuned to BowieNet for our own Best of Bowie competition sometime this week.