David Bowie

Mixed praise for Bowie

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 February, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 11 January, 2016, 4:08pm

Virgin has not wasted its money on an expensive cover design for David Bowie's latest release, and with good reason. The words 'rare' and 'unreleased' are more magnetic than any glossy packaging to die-hard fans eager to get their hands on his entire catalogue.

What you get with Club Bowie - Rare and Unreleased 12' Mixes are nine remixes of classic Bowie songs.

Some people hate the idea of their favourite oldies getting a modern makeover. My mother for one, who starts screaming when I play Sonic Youth's version of The Carpenter's Superstar. One way to judge whether a remix is any good is to listen to it without comparing it to the original, especially in an age when the turntable is regarded as kind of musical instrument in itself. But even considering this, some of the Bowie remixes are unreleased for a good reason.

It was a mistake for David Guetta to turn Just For One Day (Heroes) into an up-tempo club mix. It is a mismatch of lyrics and music.

Some of the best remixes of our evergreen glam-rocker's hits have been produced by The Scumfrog. The are the real gems of the album.

A progressive techno mix of This Is Not America could well be the best track on the CD. Flawless sampling and superb beats make it a dancefloor masterpiece.