Folks who know me know I am a huge David Bowie fan, at every stage of the man’s career. I’ve even reviewed his last effort right here at Biff Bam Pop!. So, for the Bowie fan on your gift list, or if you’re a Bowie fan yourself (and really, who isn’t?), the grandmaster of rock and roll has released a unique new compilation for the holidays – Nothing Has Changed. Check it out after the jump.
Nothing Has Changed by David Bowie is not your typical collection nor is it a normal ‘greatest hits’ package. Like Bowie himself, it is truly different and unique. Oh sure, at first it appears to be a large and interestingly selective greatest hits album, with a track listing in reverse chronological order, but on closer inspection, it is much much more.
Most of what at first appear to be standard tracks are different versions – either new remixes, single versions, or radio edits. Tracks that you might not recognize include songs from an aborted 2001 album called Toy, other unreleased tunes from the past, and two from very early on before he was known as Bowie. Also included is “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)” which was previously only available online.
My favorites in this collection are the previously unreleased stereo version of “All the Young Dudes,” the remixes of “Loving the Alien” and “Wild Is the Wind,” and a quiet deconstructed version of my favorite Bowie song, “Time Will Crawl.” The collection includes music from all eras of Bowie’s career, as well as his collaborations with Mick Jagger, Queen, Trent Reznor, and the Pat Metheny Group.
Nothing Has Changed is the perfect gift for Bowie fans (and music fans) this holiday season, available digitally, in various CD formats, and on vinyl LP. Check it out.