Ira Robbins
November 01, 1991 AT 05:00 AM EST

Early On (1964-1966)

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
David Bowie
genre
Reissues

We gave it a B+

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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