AFK1-4202 Changestwobowie
previously released material
Released on November 1981
US CHART POSITION #68
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AFK1-4202 cover  

A nd a one… and a two. Changestwobowie is another entrant in the grand parade of lifeless packaging that constituted the new decade for David. The artist’s output, once remarkably productive, had now dwindled simply to product as he sought a second career as an actor, appearing in the stage production of The Elephant Man and in films like The Hunger and Just A Gigolo. An interesting avenue for the artist, but one that left his musical admirers feeling like scorned lovers, clinging to meager missives that included the soundtrack to Christiane F. and one-shot collaborations with Queen and Giorgio Moroder. Though in theory a companion to the earlier Changesonebowie, this compilation actually goes over the same ground in search of gems that might have been missed the first time. What’s salvaged is “Starman,” “Oh! You Pretty Things,” “Aladdin Sane” and “1984.” Not the A list, but not bad. Fleshing out the affair are more recent cuts like “Fashion” and “Ashes To Ashes” (fine choices both), “Wild Is The Wind” (which I was never wild about) and “D.J.” The most noteworthy track, for collectors anyway, is the nonalbum “John I’m Only Dancing (Again),” which recast the original to take advantage of the nascent disco scene. It’s hardly a career milestone, but Bowiephiles were learning to enjoy any scraps that fell from the bountiful spread of Bowie’s once-insatiable musical appetite. Note that when Rykodisc acquired Bowie’s back catalog, they elected to try their own hand at compiling the hits, chucking most of these tracks aside in the pursuit of Changesbowie. I’ve heard some arbitrary artist compilations in my day, and Changestwobowie is one of them.

AFL1-4202 front cover
AFL1-4202 front cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. ALADDIN SANE (1913-1938-197?)/ON BROADWAY
  2. OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS
  3. STARMAN
  4. 1984
  5. ASHES TO ASHES
  6. SOUND AND VISION
  7. FASHION
  8. WILD IS THE WIND
  9. JOHN I'M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) 1975
  10. D.J.

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/IRE November 1981 RCA LP BOWLP3  
US November 1981 RCA LP/CS AFL1/AFK1-4202 picture sleeve
AUS'L 1981 RCA LP APL1-4202 picture sleeve
EUR 1981 RCA LP PL14202  
BRA 1982 RCA LP 1044 159  
US 1984 RCA CD PCD14202  

 

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