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I think his only truly terrible album is Never Let Me Down.
pretty much the reason why I started this thread. Decent album.
are all great and I'd recommend. Reality and Earthling are not as strong as those 4 but also well worth a listen...especially to anyone who's made it through all of 'Never Let Me Down'
Buddha of Suburbia > Heathen > The Next Day > Reality > 1.Outside > Black Tie White Noise > Earthling >>>>> Never Let Me Down > Tonight
Let's Dance, Outside, Earthling, Heathen and The Next Day (in chronological order).
Outside is essential and probably the most important/interesting thing he did after the Berlin Trilogy. If I'm being honest with myself, I rate it more highly than Low and Hunky Dory. It's had that much impact on me over the years.
'Hours...' and Reality are decent albums but skippable; that said both have some great songs on them.
Avoid anything released between 1984 and 1994 and you're gold.
Which has Outside, Earthling, Hours, Heathen and Reality with a bonus disc for each album of remixes and b-sides. Well worth a punt, I got it for £15 though it's £33 on Amazon at the moment.
Actually if some of the songs were drop i would rank it up with his best ever. The whole 'art as murder´ concept was a little bit silly and worked against the record but still there are a lot of great songs in it (eg. I´m Deranged, Through these architect eyes, A Small Plot of Land, etc).
80´s Bowie is best left alone and from the rest you can make a very good mix tape with the best songs (Jump they say, Seven years in Tibet, New Killer Star, etc)