Why is Bowie given so much praise when it was 90% Eno's doing?
Everybody knows that
Bowie owes a lot to his fellow musicians. Mick Ronson and Mike Garson contributed as much to his unique sound as he did.
But he is still special. He's definitely not a hack. He's a great collaborator.
Countless artists and musicians he's worked with have praised him and the way he works and kept wanting to collaborate. That fact that people like Eno and Fripp hold him in such high regard should tell you all you need to know.