10 Records in 10 Days: Day Two

12 Feb

Welcome back to 10 Albums in 10 Days. A Facebook chain-turned 10 day blog series. The concept is simple. ”Post an album a day covering your 10 all time favourite albums. What really made an impact and is still on your rotation list, even if only now and then? Post the cover, no need to explain, and nominate a person each day to do the same”.

We’ve been nominated but rather than post without explanation, we thought it would be more fun to provide a little context. That is just the first of the rules we plan to break in this series. We are also not nominating anyone else (if you want to join in, you are more than welcome to do so) and we are also not adhering to any of the other implied rules either.

For the purpose of this series, we’ll be posting in the first person.

Day two sees me break an implied rule of ‘no compilations / best of albums’. While I understand the logic, the instruction was to post favourite albums and ones that made an impact. This next album is both of those things. Besides, its my list and I’ll post what I want to.

David Bowie – Changesbowie

At age 11 I took my first step into a bigger world. That world was secondary school and that first step was actually onto a bus that went from my village to my new school. That bus though would prove to be a portal to another place entirely. The sixth formers would listen to compilation tapes on the bus stereo, one of those tracks was “Space Oddity” by David Bowie. I was immediately hooked and had to explore more of this incredible new world that had been opened up to me.

I rummaged my Dad’s record collection and soon his copy of Space Oddity would become mine. Still I wanted more and so it was that came across Changesbowie, a compilation of some of his biggest and best loved songs. It seemed the perfect entry point and so it was that this tape would live in the cassette player by my bed and be listened to again and again, often at bedtime as I was preparing to drift off.

Spiders from Mars, Jean Genies, Diamond Dogs, Major Tom and many more characters and personas would drift into my subconscious. Initially it was “Changes” that I fixated on, that I would return to more than the others, soon that would (ironically) change and each of the tracks would take its turn.

By its nature of being a ‘best of’, everything on it was incredible and adored. It also meant that I listened to it more than any conventional Bowie album. It was my go to record for so long that none of the other, more comprehensive best of compilation albums (such as “Bowie at the Beeb”) ever felt as good. It also meant I never really got to explore his studio albums in the same way as others may have, but it meant I had his whole world opened to me in one fell swoop.

It’s also the reason I had to buy it again once the original cassette was broken and/or lost forever.


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