All Saints: Collected Instrumentals, 1977-1999

Renowned as a chameleonic, fashion-setting singer, songwriter, and pop icon, David Bowie has also been an experimental composer of instrumental music, particularly in the late '70s in league with ambi

Renowned as a chameleonic, fashion-setting singer, songwriter, and pop icon, David Bowie has also been an experimental composer of instrumental music, particularly in the late '70s in league with ambient pioneer Brian Eno. As this collection underlines, Bowie is a fresh, uncommonly creative thinker whose textures were highly influential—and not only in rock circles. Evidence of this is found in "Some Are," included here from composer Philip Glass' Low Symphony, based on themes by Bowie and Eno. The set also includes cuts from such Bowie albums as Heroes, as well as rare songs previously released as bonus tracks on the early-'90s Rykodisc reissues of Bowie's catalog (now on Virgin). The companion release to All Saints is Bowie's soundtrack to the 1981 German art film Christiane F., which features a couple of the instrumentals on All Saints plus such classics as "Station to Station" and rarities like the dual English/German "Heroes/Helden."—BB