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David Bowie: Nothing Has Changed [Bonus Disc]

Track List

>Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)
>Where Are We Now?
>Love Is Lost [Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA Edit] - (remix)
>Stars, The (Are Out Tonight)
>New Killer Star [Radio Edit]
>Everyone Says "Hi" [Edit]
>Slow Burn [Radio Edit]
>Let Me Sleep Beside You - (previously unreleased)
>Your Turn to Drive
>Shadow Man
>Seven [Marius De Vries Mix] - (remix)
>Survive [Marius De Vries Mix] - (remix)
>Thursday's Child [Radio Edit]
>I'm Afraid of Americans (V1) [Radio Edit]
>Little Wonder [Edit]
>Hallo Spaceboy [Pet Shop Boys Remix] - (remix, featuring Pet Shop Boys)
>Heart's Filthy Lesson [Radio Edit], The
>Strangers When We Meet [Single Version]
>Buddha of Suburbia
>Jump They Say [Radio Edit]
>Time Will Crawl [Mm Remix]
>Absolute Beginners [Edit]
>Dancing in the Street
>Loving the Alien [Single Remix] - (remix)
>This is Not America - (featuring Pat Metheny Group)
>Blue Jean
>Modern Love [Single Version]
>China Girl [Single Version]
>Let's Dance [Single Version]
>Fashion [Single Version]
>Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) [Single Version]
>Ashes to Ashes [Single Version]
>Under Pressure
>Boys Keep Swinging
>Heroes [Single Version]
>Sound and Vision
>Golden Years [Single Version]
>Wild Is the Wind [2010 Harry Maslin Mix] - (remix)
>Young Americans [Original Single Edit]
>Diamond Dogs
>Rebel Rebel
>Drive-In Saturday
>All the Young Dudes
>Jean Genie [Original Single Mix], The
>Moonage Daydream
>Ziggy Stardust
>Starman [Original Single Mix]
>Life on Mars? [2003 Ken Scott Mix] - (remix)
>Oh! You Pretty Things
>Man Who Sold the World, The
>Space Oddity
>In the Heat of the Morning [Stereo Mix]
>Silly Boy Blue
>Can't Help Thinking About Me - (mono)
>You've Got a Habit of Leaving - (mono)
>Liza Jane - (mono)

Album Reviews:

Mojo (Publisher) (p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Completists will enjoy having the single edits of many tracks and the sound is sparklingly good."

Album Notes

Photographers: Floria Sigismondi; Mick Rock ; Walter Stern; David James .

Nothing Has Changed is a bit of a cheeky title for a career retrospective from an artist who is known as a chameleon, and this triple-disc compilation has other tricks up its sleeve. Chief among these is sequencing the SuperDeluxe 59-track set in reverse chronological order, so it opens with the brand-new, jazz-inflected "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)" and concludes with David Bowie's debut single, "Liza Jane." On paper, this seems a bit like a stunt, but in actuality it's a sly way to revisit and recontextualize a career that has been compiled many, many times before. Previously, there have been single discs, double discs, and triple-disc boxes, but the largest of these was Sound + Vision, a box released in 1989, and the most recent was 2002's The Best of Bowie, which featured slightly different track listings in different territories but generally stopped in the late '90s. The two-CD version of Nothing Has Changed resembles this 2002 set -- there are absences, notably "John, I'm Only Dancing," "Diamond Dogs," and "TVC15," but they're not noticed among the parade of standards -- but it's easily overshadowed by the triple-disc SuperDeluxe set. This version of Nothing Has Changed touches upon nearly every phrase of Bowie's career, bypassing Tin Machine but finding space for early pre-"Space Oddity" singles that often don't make Bowie's comps, and naturally it samples from his fine Y2K records, plus his 2013 comeback The Next Day. This expansiveness alone would be noteworthy, but when it's combined with the reverse sequencing the compilation forces listeners to reconsider an artist whose legacy seemed so set in stone it appropriately was enshrined in museums. Obvious high-water marks are undersold -- there's not as much Ziggy as usual, nor as much Berlin -- so other eras can also enter the canon, whether it's the assured maturity of the new millennium or the appealing juvenilia of the '60s. The end result is something unexpected: a compilation that makes us hear an artist we know well in a whole new way. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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