David Bowie's life as a pop star has passed through so many phases, it's only natural that his music has affected fans in different ways. So for the Oct. 22 EMI release of "Best of Bowie," 16 differen

David Bowie's life as a pop star has passed through so many phases, it's only natural that his music has affected fans in different ways. So for the Oct. 22 EMI release of "Best of Bowie," 16 different versions of the career-spanning greatest-hits set will be created for different markets.

In the U.S., "Best of Bowie" will be available in a 20-track single-disc version and a 40-song double-disc set, both ordered chronologically. Worldwide, 16 different countries will get unique versions of the best-of, with track listings tailored to reflect Bowie's most popular work in the different countries. The flag of each nation will appear on the spine of its custom disc.

A "Best of Bowie" DVD, with music videos and other footage, will follow Nov. 5. Specific tracklists are not yet available. This archival activity follows last month's overhaul of Bowie's landmark "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars," which was expanded with an extra disc of material.

Bowie's latest studio album, "Heathen" (Columbia/ISO), debuted at No. 14 on The Billboard 200 in June and has been nominated for this year's prestigious Panasonic Mercury Music Prize in the U.K. The artist is currently touring North America with Moby on the Area2 trek.

"It's increasingly evident to me that my needs [are] to make music change periodically," he told Billboard this spring. "There's the narrative, crafted song type; then the experimental, ideas, and situational type; and thirdly, a theatrical-motivated, scenario type. I guess 'Heathen' owes a lot to the first type with a little of the second as seasoning."

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