A few months ago I did a “Music Milestone” piece for The Eagles “Their Greatest Hits: 1971-1975” album and while it was not the typical type of milestone item that I would normally reflect on, the album was of a very special nature to me and their founding guitarist Glen Frey had just passed away the previous month. It seemed “right” based on the timing to me and that brings me to this latest Music Milestone which raises a glass to the fact that David Bowie’s “ChangesOneBowie” Greatest Hits LP is officially forty years old today. The world lost the great David Bowie very early in 2016 and with his loss still resonating profoundly in a lot of us, I wanted to add this album anniversary to our narratives.
This album would be Bowie’s first ever hits collection and it spanned about nine of his albums offering up tracks from his earliest recordings in 1969 up until 1976. I’ve left the names of the actual albums noted on the individual tracks for better reference if you were curious. I’ve owned this album for many, many years now but don’t think that I purchased it during its actual release year since I was not yet at the album buying age. That was coming soon enough based on my vintage but I was not there yet. I knew all of the tunes of course since I would listen to my parent’s stereo and focus on the Classic Rock stations of the day. WNEW FM and WPLJ FM were among my favorites back in the day. You would hear no less than three or four Bowie tracks across the regular rotation and of course these songs are resident on this first compilation. Let’s take a look at the individual tracks on the release and then we can talk about them a little more afterward. Continue reading Raising A Glass To Four Decades Of David Bowie’s “ChangesOneBowie”→
The news about the passing of the great David Bowie was still stinging my musical mind pretty hard after first hearing about it this past Monday and while I had already reflected on this sad news in THIS POST, I felt compelled to pass by his NYC residence to pay respects and to photograph some of the visuals that had been left by other fans. David and Iman lived downtown not far from China Town in this building you see here.
It was relatively early in the day and not yet lunch hour so the crowd while gathering was not impossible to navigate with. The way it was set up in front of Bowie’s apartment was protected by a police gate and fans were allowed to walk through to look at things and leave mementos to honor the memory of this iconic musical force. The photos below are what I saw laid out in honor for David by his ardent fans and as you can see there are incredible photos, albums and compact discs along with beautiful notes and quotes. I’ve also added in some thoughts from music people that I know from my own journalistic adventuring to make this nod of respect more special.
“I had to be dreaming this” I said to myself very early this morning when I first heard the 1010 WINS news broadcast as it played excerpts from the song “Modern Love”. As these melodies played the newscaster said the words “Rock Icon David Bowie Has Passed Away at age 69”. I shook my head and rubbed my eyes to a more “awake” state and a few minutes later the news was stated once again. I was not sleeping. This was no dream. David Bowie had died. 2016 had delivered the music world a truly crushing blow with this occurrence and I was finding it hard to formulate thoughts much less words about it….Bowie was 69 years of age and had only just celebrated this birthday on Friday that just passed.
The world at large knew him as David Bowie but he was born David Robert Jones back in 1947 and over the course of his 69 years on this planet had delved not only into inspiring and forward thinking music but art, acting, producing and being adept at numerous instruments. Many of which he played on his body of work and what a body of work this was at the end of the day. According to the official tally of his works, Bowie released 27 studio albums, 9 live albums, 46 compilation albums and 5 extended plays (EPs). From these albums there came no less than 111 singles and five of them reached the number one position on the UK Charts. There were also three soundtrack albums, 13 video albums and total of 51 music videos. Talk about keeping busy. I’m proud to say that I’ve been listening to the music of David Bowie for most of my life and I’ve got my Mom to thank for that since she was a fan and would play this music for me when I was a very young age. I even played some of his tunes on the drums in the various bands I was in over the years and that was always fun. If I had to think about what my own very first Bowie album was that was purchased with my own money (since that is a very big deal in a music fans life) I think that it was his first hits retrospective LP “ChangesOneBowie”. I didn’t buy it when it came out in 1976 as I was only eleven then so it was likely closer to 1980-1982. I still have that and a number of his other LP’s. These few photos below make up my Bowie stuff that I’ve collected over the years. I didn’t photograph any of the 45’s without a cover image but back when these first came out I was always snagging a 45 of someone I enjoyed and especially so if their disc had a photo cover of some kind.