From folk to soul to dance, David Bowie's discography showcases his forays into a multitude of musical styles. The 60-something musician has evolved with the times, taking up saxophone at age 13, playing in numerous bands and working as a singer-songwriter before transforming himself into Ziggy Stardust and becoming an international star. But Bowie's musical transformations didn't stop there and continue to this day, as evidenced by four decades of the David Bowie discography.
- Check out Bowie's efforts as a glittery, andorgynous rock star in "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars." After declaring his homosexuality in 1972, Bowie adopted the persona of a doomed rock star and started work on a concept album with his newly formed band, The Spiders from Mars. Band members included Mick Ronson, Michael "Woody" Woodmansey and Trevor Bolder. Enjoy entertaining tracks composed by Bowie himself like "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" and "Lady Stardust."
- "Diamond Dogs" should have been Bowie's George Orwell/"1984" inspired album. Unfortunately, he never recieved legal permission for any such endeavor and had to tweak the material he had planned. Since Bowie had retired the character of Ziggy Stardust prior to the production of the new album, "Diamond Dogs" features a new lead character described as Halloween Jack, featured Bowie himself on lead guitar and didn't include any of the band members from Spiders From Mars. New tracks like "Sweet Thing" and "Rebel Rebel" showed a definite departure from prior efforts, with a scratchy, raucous, raw sound.
- Shedding his glam rocker skin (not literally), David Bowie stepped (and sang) in a new direction on "Young Americans." The 1975 album, Bowie's ninth studio effort, led Bowie away from his Ziggy past and into a soulful future, backed by the yet-to-be-famous Luther Vandross and helped by John Lennon. The album contains such Beatle-influenced show-stoppers as Bowie's first number one chart-topper in the US "Fame" (co-written with John Lennon), "Young Americans" which includes samples from the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" in addition to a Beatles cover song "Across the Universe."
- In the early 1980s no one post-discoed like Bowie, as evidenced by his musical efforts on "Let's Dance." Co-produced by CHIC's Nile Rodgers, the title track reached number one in the US, the UK and many other countries. "Modern Love" and "China Girl" were also notable hits, with "China Girl" first appearing on Iggy Pop's "The Idiot" album. This album was an important stepping stone in the carreer of the late great guitar virtuoso, Stevie Ray Vaughan, featured on the album.
- In 2002, "Heathen" marked David Bowie's American comeback. Produced by Tony Visconti, the producer of many classic Bowie 1980s albums, the album deals with the artist's impressions of the September 11 attacks in 2001. The album features several famous guest appearances such as Who guitarist Pete Townsend, Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, King Crimson bassist, Tony Levin and Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess. The CD includes eerie Bowie-composed tracks like "Sunday" in addition to Bowie covers of songs by Neil Young, The Rays, The Pixies and the Legendary Stardust Cowboy.