David Bowie

David Bowie (Love You Till Tuesday)

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The Decca family of labels never forgot that they'd once held David Bowie under contract, nor that the vault was crammed with material recorded during his two year stay. A multitude of compilations followed Bowie's 1972 breakthrough, of which just two -- the vinyl double Images and the CD Decca Anthology 1966-68 are truly worthwhile. The remainder, of which this is one, simply wrap up a random selection of cuts, to no intent or purpose whatsoever.

The emphasis here is mostly on singalong songs -- the impishly compulsive "Uncle Arthur," the proto-androgyny of "She's Got Medals," the sad reflections of "Rubber Band." The bulk of the content is drawn from Bowie's eponymous 1967 debut album, bolstered by the earlier 45 "London Boys," and the later "Karma Man," "Let Me Sleep Beside You" and "In the Heat of My Morning." The absence of any real annotation renders such distinctions immaterial, however -- as with so many of these collections, Bowie's period growth is ignored, and the casual listener would never guess what was coming next -- the sensual folk of Feathers, the Dylan-ish drama of Man of Words/Man of Music, the cold metal of Hype. Just another dodgy comp of the same-old same-old.

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