For many listeners, the David Bowie odyssey begins in earnest with his 1969 hit single "Space Oddity." And for the most part, Bowie himself went along with this timeline, only rarely referencing his early work. But the late musician spent a good half-decade on the margins of the British music scene before Major Tom soared into orbit.
While few would suggest that there are any lost masterpieces lurking amidst Bowie's juvenilia, there's a wealth of interesting material to dig into, showing how this ever-changeable artist was chasing the zeitgeist right from the very start. It might be hard to hear just how he developed into the most trailblazing rock star of the 1970s in the tracks selected below ... but he always was unpredictable, wasn't he?