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Early On (1964-1966)

In the late ’70s, following apocalyptic science fiction and a sojourn in soul, David Bowie set his sights on art-rock. Working with former Roxy Musician Brian Eno, he made three groundbreaking albums, Low, ”Heroes,” and Lodger, that have now been reissued with illuminating bonus tracks. An apt companion to Rykodisc’s reissue series, Early On puts together Bowie’s first six singles plus five unreleased items of similar vintage. This derivative assortment of mid-’60s rock & roll scarcely indicates Bowie’s future, but is nevertheless fascinating. B+

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