Bowie is above all things an artist, and arguably a Pop one (as in Art not popular music). He can be forward thinking to a fault from where I'm sitting, but our David seems to be always under the spell of a different muse. Over the past decades, mercurial leanings and label politics saw some tracks fall by the wayside. Cue iSelect, a compilation of tracks that Bowie enjoys but aren't necessarily his biggest hits.
The tracks on iSelect date from as early as Hunky Dory (1971) and as late as Never Let Me Down (1987). I haven't heard any of the recorded songs before, but they sound modern despite their being compiled decades after their original release. There are selections from an assortment of Grammy award winning producers and engineers like Tony Visconti, Hugh Padgham and Mario McNulty and exceedingly well-done liner notes for each song by Bowie himself.
Save for the live version of Hang On To Yourself that closes iSelect, the MM remix of Time Will Crawl is the high point for me, adding some killer live drum tracks from Sterling Campbell to a new vocal and string parts and spawning a track that would be equally ass-shaking at home or in the club. The track with the Carlos Alomar and Robert Fripp trading guitar lines appeals to the shredder in me, too, so my artistic and autistic leanings are both well-sated. I can't see iSelect appealing to the average passing Bowie fan, but for the Bowie obsessive in your midst, the rarities here are worth investigating.