The Singles Collection (David Bowie album)

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The Singles Collection
BowieSinglesCollectionCover.jpg
UK release cover
Compilation album by David Bowie
Released 16 November 1993
Recorded 1969–1993
Genre
Length 154:14
Label
David Bowie Compilation chronology
Early On (1964–1966)
(1991) Early On (1964–1966)1991
The Singles Collection
(1993) The Singles Collection1993
RarestOneBowie
(1995) RarestOneBowie1995
Alternative covers
Cover of the US release
Cover of the US release
Cover of the Dutch 1997 reissue
Cover of the Dutch 1997 reissue
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars[3]
Select 5/5[4]

The Singles Collection is a compilation album by David Bowie, released in 1993 in the UK and (with some changes) as The Singles 1969 to 1993 in the United States. The Australian release had the same track listing as the UK version, but the two discs were released as separate albums, The Singles Collection 1 (with a cover identical to the UK release) and The Singles Collection 2 (with the same cover but recoloured green).

Despite the album name, some of the tracks were never released as singles by Bowie.

The first 40,000 copies of the original 1993 American CD release included a third disc containing a single track, "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy", a duet by Bowie and Bing Crosby taken from Bing's 1977 Christmas television special.

Track listing

All songs written by David Bowie except where noted.

UK version

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
1. "Space Oddity"   David Bowie, 1969 5:15
2. "Changes"   Hunky Dory, 1971 3:35
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 3:14
5. "Suffragette City"   The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars 3:26
6. "John, I'm Only Dancing"   Non-album single, 1972 2:47
7. "The Jean Genie"   Aladdin Sane, 1973 4:07
8. "Drive-In Saturday"   Aladdin Sane 4:30
9. "Life on Mars?"   Hunky Dory; released as a single in 1973 3:51
10. "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 2:54
11. "Rebel Rebel"   Diamond Dogs 4:30
12. "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide"   The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars; released as a single in 1974 2:58
13. "Diamond Dogs"   Diamond Dogs 6:04
14. "Knock on Wood" (Live) Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper David Live, 1974; originally by Eddie Floyd from Knock on Wood, 1966 3:03
15. "Young Americans"   Young Americans, 1975 5:11
16. "Fame" Bowie, Carlos Alomar, John Lennon Young Americans 4:14
17. "Golden Years"   Station to Station, 1976; released as a single the previous year 4:00
18. "TVC 15"   Station to Station 5:31
19. "Sound and Vision"   Low, 1977 3:02
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
1. ""Heroes"" (Single edit) Bowie, Brian Eno "Heroes", 1977 3:37
2. "Beauty and the Beast"   "Heroes" 3:33
3. "Boys Keep Swinging" Bowie, Eno Lodger, 1979 3:17
4. "DJ" Bowie, Eno, Alomar Lodger 4:00
5. "Alabama Song" Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill Non-album single, 1980 3:51
6. "Ashes to Ashes"   Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), 1980 4:24
7. "Fashion"   Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) 4:47
8. "Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)"   Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) 5:11
9. "Under Pressure" (Edited version; with Queen) Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, Roger Taylor Non-album single, 1981; later included on the Queen album Hot Space the following year 3:57
10. "Wild Is the Wind" Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington Station to Station; originally by Johnny Mathis for the film of the same name, 1957; released as a single in 1981 in support of the Changestwobowie compilation album 6:01
11. "Let's Dance" (Single edit)   Let's Dance, 1983 4:07
12. "China Girl" (Single edit) Bowie, Jim Osterburg (a.k.a. Iggy Pop) Let's Dance; originally by Iggy Pop from The Idiot, 1977 4:16
13. "Modern Love" (Single edit)   Let's Dance 3:56
14. "Blue Jean"   Tonight, 1984 3:11
15. "This Is Not America" (with the Pat Metheny Group) Bowie, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays The Falcon and the Snowman soundtrack, 1985 3:47
16. "Dancing in the Street" (with Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones) Marvin Gaye, William "Mickey" Stevenson, Ivy Jo Hunter Non-album single for Live Aid, 1985; originally by Martha and the Vandellas released as a single in 1964 and appeared on Dance Party the following year 3:10
17. "Absolute Beginners" (Single edit)   Absolute Beginners soundtrack, 1986 5:37
18. "Day-In Day-Out" (Single edit)   Never Let Me Down, 1987 4:11

U.S. version

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
1. "Space Oddity" (Edited version exclusive to this release)     3:35
2. "Changes"     3:36
3. "Oh! You Pretty Things"   Hunky Dory 3:15
4. "Life on Mars?"     3:52
5. "Ziggy Stardust"     3:16
6. "Starman"     4:16
7. "John, I'm Only Dancing"     2:49
8. "Suffragette City"     3:29
9. "The Jean Genie"     4:09
10. "Sorrow" Feldman, Goldstein, Gottehrer   2:56
11. "Drive-In Saturday"     4:30
12. "Diamond Dogs"     6:07
13. "Rebel Rebel"     4:31
14. "Young Americans"     5:13
15. "Fame" Bowie, Alomar, Lennon   4:18
16. "Golden Years"     4:01
17. "TVC 15" (Edited version exclusive to this release)     3:46
18. "Be My Wife"   Low 2:58
19. "Sound and Vision"     3:06
20. "Beauty and the Beast"     3:34
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
1. ""Heroes"" (Single edit) Bowie, Eno   3:39
2. "Boys Keep Swinging" Bowie, Eno   3:20
3. "DJ" (Single edit) Bowie, Eno, Alomar   3:24
4. "Look Back in Anger" Bowie, Eno Lodger 3:09
5. "Ashes to Ashes" (Single edit)     3:37
6. "Fashion" (Single edit)     3:26
7. "Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)"     5:12
8. "Under Pressure" (with Queen) Bowie, Mercury, May, Deacon, Taylor   4:05
9. "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" (Soundtrack version, with Giorgio Moroder) Bowie, Moroder Cat People soundtrack, 1982; later re-recorded for Let's Dance the following year 6:46
10. "Let's Dance" (Edited version exclusive to this release)     4:10
11. "China Girl" (Edited version exclusive to this release) Bowie, Osterburg (a.k.a. Pop)   4:18
12. "Modern Love" (Edited version exclusive to this release)     3:59
13. "Blue Jean"     3:12
14. "Loving the Alien" (Single remix)   Tonight; remixed and released as a single in 1985 4:42
15. "Dancing in the Street" (with Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones) Gaye, Stevenson, Hunter   3:17
16. "Absolute Beginners" (Single edit)     5:39
17. "Day-In Day-Out" (Single edit)     4:17
18. "Never Let Me Down" Bowie, Alomar Never Let Me Down 4:07
19. "Jump They Say" (Radio edit)   Black Tie White Noise, 1993 3:55

Charts

Album

Chart Position
Australia Album Charts 49[5]
Austria Album Charts 37[5]
Belgium Album Charts 13[5]
Holland Album Charts 5[5]
New Zealand Album Charts 4[5]
Sweden Album Charts 38[5]

United Kingdom Album Charts 9

Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[6] Gold 215,600[7]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References

  1. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r188472
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press.
  3. ^ The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. 2004. pp. 97–98.
  4. ^ Cavanagh, David (December 1993). "David Bowie: The Singles Collection". Select. p. 95. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Australian-Charts.com David Bowie The Singles Collection, retrieved 15 November 2013
  6. ^ "French album certifications – The Singles Collection – David Bowie" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  7. ^ http://www.infodisc.fr/Ventes_Albums_Tout_Temps.php?debut=1900
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