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The Best of David Bowie 1969/1974 is an album by David Bowie, released by EMI in 1997. The US release of the album was pulled from the stores because of a large number of inaccuracies in the credits and liner notes. It was re-released by EMI-CAPITOL Entertainment Properties the following year (1998) in the US as part of the essential collection, with a new cover and corrected information as a limited edition.[6][7] This album was also included as the first disc of the compilation The Platinum Collection (2005/2006).

The Best of David Bowie 1969/1974
Compilation album by
Released7 October 1997 (1997-10-07)
GenreRock, glam rock
ProducerProducer varies from track to track
David Bowie compilation chronology
The Deram Anthology 1966–1968
The Best of David Bowie 1969/1974
The Best of David Bowie 1974/1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media8.9/10[2]
Robert Christgau(choice cut) [3]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[5]

There are three uncredited rarities included on the album. They are: "John, I'm Only Dancing" (Sax version) - recorded during the sessions for the Aladdin Sane album; "The Prettiest Star" (Marc Bolan stereo version) - the original 1970 single release that features Marc Bolan on lead guitar; and "All the Young Dudes (Studio version)" - the original Bowie studio version from 1973.

Track listingEdit

All songs written by David Bowie, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Place of OriginLength
1."The Jean Genie" Aladdin Sane, 19734:08
2."Space Oddity" David Bowie, 19695:15
3."Starman" The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 19724:18
4."Ziggy Stardust" The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 19723:16
5."John, I'm Only Dancing" (Sax version) Non-album single, released in 1973; the original version released the previous year2:42
6."Rebel Rebel" Diamond Dogs, 19744:30
7."Let's Spend the Night Together"Mick Jagger, Keith RichardsAladdin Sane; originally by The Rolling Stones released as a non-album double A-side single in the UK and Between the Buttons in the U.S. in 19673:07
8."Suffragette City" The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 19723:27
9."Oh! You Pretty Things" Hunky Dory, 19713:14
10."Velvet Goldmine" B-side of the 1975 single reissue of "Space Oddity"; recorded in 1971 for Ziggy Stardust3:11
11."Drive-In Saturday" Aladdin Sane, 19734:29
12."Diamond Dogs" Diamond Dogs, 19746:05
13."Changes" Hunky Dory, 19713:34
14."Sorrow"Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard GottehrerPin Ups, 1973; originally by The McCoys in 1965 and made famous by The Merseys the following year2:55
15."The Prettiest Star" (Marc Bolan stereo version) Recorded in 1970 as a follow-up to "Space Oddity"; re-recorded for Aladdin Sane in 19723:14
16."Life on Mars?" Hunky Dory, 19713:52
17."Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)" Aladdin Sane, 19735:10
18."The Man Who Sold the World" The Man Who Sold the World, 19703:56
19."Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 19723:00
20."All the Young Dudes" (Studio version) Originally by Mott the Hoople from All the Young Dudes, 1972; was recorded in that same year for Aladdin Sane and was released in mono sound for this compilation4:11
Japanese bonus track
No.TitlePlace of OriginLength
20."Lady Stardust" (Put in as "Suffragette City"'s replacement)Ziggy Stardust3:21


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[8] Gold 7,500^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "David Bowie - The Best of David Bowie 1969-1974". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  2. ^ link Archived 16 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine
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  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press.
  5. ^ The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. 2004. pp. 97–98.
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  8. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – David Bowie – The Best of David Bowie 1969/1974". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 30 May 2019.