Iwas going to say something else until about five minutes ago, when I took a good look at what Amazon was selling – more on that in a moment.
Rant over. Now, let’s go back to the 1970s and look at his other anthologies. Links go to Wikipedia entries.
In each of the 21 territories that the album was released, it was given its own track listing, based upon which songs were most popular locally. In a number of countries, there were two versions – a single disc version, and a double disc version. All in all 63 tracks appear in at least one of the 20 different versions. The country the edition came from can be identified by a small national flag on the spine, except for the Argentine/Mexican, Eastern European and UK editions, which are "flag-less". [My two-disk version has no flag – of course, I got mine from BMG Music Service (R.I.P.).]
Swell. Anyway, if you can find the two-disk set, fine, but make sure you buy it from a used-CD brick-and-mortar store, because you can’t be sure what you’re getting otherwise.
“Changes” (from Hunky Dory)
“Ziggy Stardust” (from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars)
“Suffragette City” (from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars)
“The Jean Genie” (from Aladdin Sane)
“Diamond Dogs” (from Diamond Dogs)
“Rebel Rebel” (from Diamond Dogs)
“Young Americans” (from Young Americans)
“Fame” (from Young Americans)
“Golden Years” (from StationtoStation)
“Heroes” (from Heroes)
“Ashes to Ashes” (from Scary Monsters)
“Under Pressure” with Queen (from Queen’s Greatest Hits)
“Let’s Dance” (from Let’s Dance)
“China Girl” (from Let’s Dance)
“Modern Love” (from Let’s Dance)
“This Is Not America” with The Pat Metheny Group (from The Falcon and The Snowman soundtrack)
“Dancing in the Street” with Mick Jagger (single only)
1) I have the CD-Video version of Sound + Vision (which means I have the original). It also means the disk probably won’t play in my computer – I might as well get a Betamax while I’m at it.
2) Thanks to Brian Madison, who reminded me of The Singles 1969 to 1993, a 1993 Rykodisc release. I blithely noted to him that it’s out of print, but so are a bunch of other best-ofs, so why not add it? In any case, it looks like they use mostly full-length versions of his songs (excluding “Heroes”), has “John, I’m Only Dancing,” and goes through 1987’s Never Let Me Down with the inclusion of “Day-In, Day-Out” (whether that’s a plus is up to you). This would be worth looking for in used CD stores.