Bowie Heard Them Here First

Bowie Heard Them Here First


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An open secret in David Bowie's oeuvre is he, alone among superstars, never shies away from a well-selected cover version. This was as true at the dawn of his career as it is at the twilight and even many of his best-known albums -- The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Station to Station, Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) -- are anchored by covers. This is a roundabout way of saying that Ace's 2014 compilation Bowie Heard Them Here First (another installment of their excellent ongoing series) is hardly a collection that showcases Pin Ups and nothing else. No, this 24-track set is ambitious, opening with the Raiders' "Louie - Go Home," which Bowie cut in 1964 as Davie Jones when he led the King Bees, and closing with the Modern Lovers' "Pablo Picasso," which appeared on 2003's Reality, and "I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spaceship," which is on 2002's Heathen. In between these points comes Bowie's career, as the compilation proceeds in chronological order according to when the Thin White Duke sang a song. So, this opens with songs from Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust -- Biff Rose's "Fill Your Heart" and Ron Davies' "It Ain't Easy," contemporary songs both -- and, halfway through, snaps back to 1957 for Johnny Mathis' "Wild Is the Wind" and Lotte Lenya's "Alabama Song," two versions that may not have been the inspirations for Bowie's own interpretations (respectively, Nina Simone and the Doors are more likely). Such flaws don't hurt this compilation, nor does the absence of some fairly significant covers in Bowie's catalog -- licensing likely prevented the Beatles' "Across the Universe," the handful of Bruce Springsteen songs Bowie recorded in the mid-'70s, and Morrissey's "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday," while his take on Iggy Pop's "China Girl" is a staple of his hits collections -- because Bowie Heard Them Here First emphasizes its idiosyncrasies as it flits between British beat, cabaret pop, and art rock. The biographical march doesn't make for the easiest listen -- the changes in era and style can give whiplash -- but it does go a long way in illustrating Bowie's range, wit, and taste.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667058322
catalogNumber: 1178731
Rank: 70519


  1. Louie - Go Home
  2. I Pity the Fool
  3. Fill Your Heart
  4. It Ain't Easy
  5. White Light/White Heat
  6. Everything's Alright
  7. Friday On My Mind
  8. Rosalyn
  9. Sorrow
  10. Where Have All the Good Times Gone
  11. Around and Around
  12. Knock On Wood
  13. Amsterdam
  14. Wild is the Wind
  15. Alabama Song
  16. Kingdom Come
  17. Criminal World
  18. Don't Look Down
  19. Dancing In the Street
  20. If There is Something
  21. Nite Flights
  22. Cactus
  23. Pablo Picasso
  24. I Took a Trip On a Gemini Spaceship

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave MacRae   Conductor

Technical Credits

Dimitri Tiomkin   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer,Producer
John Cale   Producer
Steve Cropper   Composer,Producer
Bryan Ferry   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
Iggy Pop   Composer
Lou Reed   Composer
Jonathan Richman   Composer
Tom Verlaine   Composer,Producer
Jacques Brel   Composer
Ron Davies   Composer
Terry Melcher   Producer
Biff Rose   Composer
Walker Brothers   Arranger
Scott Walker   Producer,Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Ray Davies   Composer
Peter Godwin   Composer
Legendary Stardust Cowboy   Composer
Steve Albini   Producer
Roger Armstrong   Illustrations
Duncan Browne   Composer
Roy Carr   References
Bob Feldman   Composer
Black Francis   Composer
Jerry Goldstein   Composer
Richard Gottehrer   Composer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer
Stuart James   Composer
Kit Lambert   Producer
Mark Lindsay   Composer
Sean Lyons   Composer
Dave MacRae   Producer,Orchestration
Deadric Malone   Composer
Peter Sames   Producer
David Sheppard   References
Peter Sinfield   Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer,Producer
Chad Stuart   Producer
Shel Talmy   Producer
Harry Vanda   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Paul Williams   Composer
Tom Wilson   Producer
Nick Woods   Director,Producer
Cameron Crowe   References
Art Podell   Director,Producer
James Williamson   Composer,Producer
Roger Hart   Producer
Tony Rounce   Illustrations
Peter Doggett   References
Keith Karlson   Composer
Michael Putland   Cover Photo
François Rauber   Director
Mick Patrick   Illustrations
Jimmy Duncan   Composer
Kevin Cann   References
Charles Shaar Murray   References
Joe Scott   Producer
Vicki Fox   Illustrations
Paul Revere   Composer
Neil Dell   Illustrations
Jack Baverstock   Producer
Paul Trynka   References
George Young   Composer
David Buckley   References
Colm O'Brien   Illustrations,Memorabilia
William Farley   Composer
Jay Burnette   Producer
Major Bill Smith   Producer
Simon Stavely   Composer
Ian Johnston   Liner Notes
Bob Konrad   Composer
David Anderson   Producer
Metro   Producer

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