Awesome! David Bowie “Five Years 1969-1973” Boxed Set Coming In September

Fans of the prolific David Bowie might be standing at attention at the news about this massive boxed-set. It’s one of many to come so check out the full press release and image down below. I’ll close out with some editorial for sure. Here we go.

The Press Release:
“Five Years, what a surprise”. Commencing countdown, engines on, check ignition and may God’s love be with you…The first in a series of David Bowie Box Sets to be released on September 25th.

June 23rd 2015 London; On this day in 1971, David Bowie performed for the first time at what was then known as the ‘Glastonbury Fair’. Today in 2015 as the Glastonbury Festival approaches once more, Parlophone Records are proud to announce DAVID BOWIE FIVE YEARS 1969 – 1973, the first in a series of box sets spanning his career.

The ten album / twelve CD box, ten album / thirteen-piece vinyl set and digital download featurs all of the material officially released by Bowie during the nascent stage of his career from 1969 to 1973. All of the formats include tracks that have never before appeared on CD/digitally as well as new remasters.

Exclusive to the box sets will be Re:Call 1, a new 2-disc compilation of non-album singles, single versions & B-sides. It features a previously unreleased single edit of All The Madmen, which was originally set for a US release but was never actually issued. Also included is the original version of Holy Holy, which was only ever released on the original 1971 Mercury single and hasn’t been available on any official release since.

Also exclusive to all versions of Five Years 1969 – 1973 will be a 2003 stereo remix of ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’ by the album’s original co-producer, Ken Scott, previously only available on DVD with the LP/DVD format of the 40th anniversary edition of the album. The vinyl box set has the same content as the CD set pressed on audiophile quality 180g vinyl.

The box set’s accompanying book, 128 pages in the CD box and 84 in the vinyl set, will feature rarely seen photos as well as technical notes about each album from producers Tony Visconti and Ken Scott, an original press review for each album and a short foreword by legendary Kinks front man Ray Davies. The CD box set will include faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions of the original albums and the CDs will be gold rather than the usual silver. An alternate cover has been created for the 2003 mix of Ziggy Stardust by Ken Scott, which features an outtake from the original Heddon Street photo session. There is also newly originated artwork for Re:Call 1 featuring a 1973 in-studio image from renowned photographer Mick Rock.

6 Original Studio Albums:
David Bowie AKA Space Oddity*
The Man Who Sold The World*
Hunky Dory*
The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
Aladdin Sane

*New 2015 Remasters.

2 Live Albums:
Live Santa Monica ‘72
Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture Soundtrack

Exclusive to the Box Sets:
The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (2003 Ken Scott mix)
Re:Call 1 (2CD set)

Re:Call 1 tracklisting

CD 1:
Space Oddity (original UK mono single edit)*
Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (original UK mono single version)*
Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola
The Prettiest Star (original mono single version)*
Conversation Piece*
Memory Of A Free Festival (Part 1)
Memory Of A Free Festival (Part 2)
All The Madmen (mono single edit)* previously unreleased
Holy Holy (original mono single version)* only ever issued on original ‘71 Mercury single
Moonage Daydream (The Arnold Corns single version)*
Hang On To Yourself (The Arnold Corns single version)*

CD 2:

Changes (mono single version)*
Andy Warhol (mono single version)*
Starman (original single mix)
John, I’m Only Dancing (original single version)
The Jean Genie (original single mix)
Drive-In Saturday (German single edit)
Round And Round
John, I’m Only Dancing (sax version)
Time (U.S. single edit)
Holy Holy (Spiders version)
Velvet Goldmine

All tracks stereo except *mono.
The vinyl box set has the same content as the CD box set pressed on audiophile 180g vinyl.

Formats: CD Box Set, Vinyl Box Set, Digital download (links to purchase points below)

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I grew up on the music of David Bowie and first heard him at a very early age thanks to my Mom being a bit of a fan during my younger years. Based on the timeframe that I’m speaking of, this boxed set strikes a chord in my musical upbringing so if I can swing the slightly large price tag I’m going to want this one. My music library currently has pretty much the whole catalog that came out on Rykodisc some years ago, but I guess since those are many years old by now, that a new remaster might be nice to have in there. I like boxed sets like this, but am also hoping that we find Bowie’s catalog being re-issued from start to the now. What do you readers think of this boxed set? Will you be purchasing an edition for your music library? Maybe I will look into those old Rykodisc releases and add some Bowie reviews to the content of the website. Let me know what you think down in the comments below. As I learn about the companion releases to this edition, I will make you as aware as possible. Ciao for now.

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