David Bowie – Chameleon (1979) mp3
Released on LP and cassette on exclusive Starcall, a New Zealand label owned by RCA, CHAMELEON (1979) ★★★★★ is a funky and hard to find compilation featuring Bowie classics from Ziggy to Lodger.
With its high-gloss laminated cover and quirky artwork, Chameleon is a lopsided affair with Side One featuring a track a-piece from Ziggy, Aladdin Sane and Pin Ups, two from Diamond Dogs (again with ‘1984’, RCA liked that one), and a track from Low, completely skipping over mega-hits Young Americans and Station To Station for reasons that aren’t clear.
Side Two features three tracks from “Heroes” (the inclusion of V-2 Schneider is inspired) and the three singles from side two of Lodger. This NZ chart topper also mercifully sidesteps the likes of The Jean Genie and Rebel Rebel – refreshing for a Bowie compilation from the 1970s.
It’s a quaint compilation and was my gateway into a world of Bowie material back in the day and proudly sat atop the pile of my collection for quite some time.
Importantly we get the majestic full version of “Heroes”, rather than the brutal single edit; elsewhere Diamond Dogs has an untidy fade-in on the word “genocide”, and sadly Beauty And The Beast’s “Thrill Of It All” intro is cropped.
The cover artwork comically integrates several previous Bowie eras, and the rear sleeve contains colour drawings from various Bowie guises featuring a track timeline of sorts.
Beauty And The Beast
Boys Keep Swinging
Look Back In Anger