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The Platinum Collection (David Bowie album)

The Platinum Collection
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Compilation album by
Released7 November 2005 (2005-11-07)
ProducerProducer varies from track to track
David Bowie chronology
Live EP (Live at Fashion Rocks)
The Platinum Collection
The Best of 1980/1987
David Bowie compilation chronology
The Collection
The Platinum Collection
The Best of 1980/1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]

The Platinum Collection is a compilation album by David Bowie, released in 2005. The period from 1969 to 1987 is summarised over three discs. The first disc is the same as the compilation The Best of David Bowie 1969/1974, which was released in 1997, and the second disc is the same as the 1998 compilation The Best of David Bowie 1974/1979. The third disc, original to this collection upon its release in 2005, was later re-released separately as an independent compilation The Best of David Bowie 1980/1987 by EMI on 19 March 2007 (2007-03-19). This 2007 release was part of EMI's two-disc Sight & Sound series of releases and features a DVD of 1980s videos on the second disc.

Track listing

All songs written by David Bowie, except where noted.

Disc one (1969–1974)

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 Mars3:16
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 Mars3:27
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 Sane4:29
12."Diamond Dogs" Diamond Dogs6:05
13."Changes" Hunky Dory3:34
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 Dory3:52
17."Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)" Aladdin Sane5:10
18."The Man Who Sold the World" The Man Who Sold the World, 1970/19713:56
19."Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars3:00
20."All the Young Dudes" (Mono 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

Disc two (1974-1979)

No.TitleWriter(s)Place of OriginLength
1."Sound and Vision" Low, 19773:05
2."Golden Years" (Single version) Station to Station, 19763:29
3."Fame"Bowie, Carlos Alomar, John LennonYoung Americans, 19754:14
4."Young Americans" (U.S. single version) Young Americans3:15
5."John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)" Non-album single, 1979; 1974 re-recorded version of "John, I'm Only Dancing" from 1972/19737:00
6."Can You Hear Me?" Young Americans5:07
7."Wild Is the Wind"Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned WashingtonStation to Station; originally by Johnny Mathis for the film of the same name, 19576:00
8."Knock on Wood" (Live)Steve Cropper, Eddie FloydDavid Live, 1974; originally by Eddie Floyd from Knock on Wood, 19663:00
9."TVC 15" (Single version) Station to Station3:34
10."1984" Diamond Dogs3:29
11."It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City"Bruce SpringsteenSound + Vision box set, 1989; recorded in 1975 for Station to Station3:49
12."Look Back in Anger"Bowie, Brian EnoLodger, 19793:08
13."The Secret Life of Arabia"Bowie, Eno, Alomar"Heroes", 19773:48
14."DJ"Bowie, Eno, AlomarLodger4:02
15."Beauty and the Beast" "Heroes"3:36
16."Breaking Glass"Bowie, Dennis Davis, George MurrayLow1:53
17."Boys Keep Swinging"Bowie, EnoLodger3:20
18.""Heroes"" (Single version)Bowie, Eno"Heroes"3:33

Disc three (1980-1987)

No.TitleWriter(s)Place of OriginLength
1."Let's Dance" (Single version) Let's Dance, 19834:07
2."Ashes to Ashes" (Single version) Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), 19803:36
3."Under Pressure" (with Queen)Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, Roger TaylorNon-album single, 1981; later found on Hot Space the following year4:05
4."Fashion" (Single version) Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)3:26
5."Modern Love" (Single version) Let's Dance3:58
6."China Girl" (Single version)Bowie, Jim Osterberg (a.k.a. Iggy Pop)Let's Dance4:17
7."Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)" (Single version) Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)3:32
8."Up the Hill Backwards" Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)3:15
9."Alabama Song"Kurt Weill, Bertolt BrechtNon-album single, 19803:52
10."The Drowned Girl"Brecht, WeillBaal, 19822:26
11."Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" (Single version)Bowie, Giorgio MoroderCat People soundtrack, 1982; later re-recorded for and found on Let's Dance4:12
12."This Is Not America" (with the Pat Metheny Group)Bowie, Pat Metheny, Lyle MaysThe Falcon and the Snowman soundtrack, 19853:51
13."Loving the Alien" Tonight, 19847:08
14."Absolute Beginners" (Single version) Absolute Beginners soundtrack, 19865:37
15."When the Wind Blows"Bowie, Erdal KızılçayWhen the Wind Blows soundtrack, 19863:34
16."Blue Jean" Tonight3:11
17."Day-In Day-Out" (Single version) Never Let Me Down, 19874:11
18."Time Will Crawl" Never Let Me Down4:18
19."Underground" (Single version) Labyrinth soundtrack/studio album, 19864:26


  1. ^ "The Platinum Collection - David Bowie". AllMusic. AllMusic. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press.

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