Complete your David Bowie collection with these classic albums

David Bowie first caught the public's attention in the autumn of 1969, with his space-age mini-melodrama 'Space Oddity'. After a three-year period of experimentation that included the release of 1971's singer/songwriter infused 'Hunky Dory', he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era as a flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust, spearheaded by the hit single 'Starman' and the album 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars'.

The relatively short-lived Ziggy persona epitomised a career often marked by musical innovation, reinvention and striking visual presentation, epitomized by the bootleg of his 1972 Santa Monica performance – a rare and highly revered piece of Ziggy live memorabilia.

In 1973 The Spiders From Mars reunited on, 'Aladdin Sane' which became Bowie's first UK number one album. Following Ziggy's dramatic and abrupt on-stage 'retirement' in Hammersmith, July 1973, the ambitious 'Diamond Dogs' was ushered forth, inspired by George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece, 1984.

In 1975, Bowie achieved his first major American crossover success with the number one single 'Fame' from the hit album 'Young Americans', which the singer identified as "plastic soul". The sound constituted a radical shift in style. Bowie proceeded to confound expectations by recording the minimalist 'Low' in 1977 – the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno. Part of the 'Berlin Trilogy' – 'Low', 'Heroes' (1977) and 'Lodger' (1979) – this period revealed Bowie's most experimental works to date, though the trilogy still gave Bowie three UK top five albums.

David Bowie's 1980 release, 'Scary Monsters' reflected a culmination of all his '70s themes and reached number one in the UK, as did its single 'Ashes to Ashes'. In 1983 'Let's Dance' was Bowie's biggest commercial album to date, yielding the hit singles 'China Girl', 'Modern Love', and the title track. Bowie followed on from its success with another 80s pop-driven album, 'Tonight' in 1984, which featured collaborations with Tina Turner and Iggy Pop and a cover of The Beach Boys' classic 'God Only Knows'.