Wednesday, 1 August 2018

David Bowie - Five Years Box Set

  

Included in the box set are:-

Space Oddity (1969)
The Man Who Sold The World (1970)
Hunky Dory (1971)
Ziggy Stardust (1972)
Ziggy Stardust 2003 Remix
Santa Monica Live (1972)
Aladdin Sane (1973)
Live at Hammersmith Odeon (1973)
Pin Ups (1973)
Re:Call 1 & 2 Bonus material and single versions

Click on the highlighted albums for their individual, in depth reviews.

All the remasters are excellent, although I also have time for the 1999 remasters and the "anniversary" remasters of "Space Oddity", "Ziggy Stardust" and "Aladdin Sane". The two live albums are also great to hear. I prefer the Santa Monica one, it has more punch and attack from The Spiders, almost punky in places. The Hammersmith Odeon concert is, of course the legendary "last show we are ever going to do" one.

The singles and "rarities" contains some interesting material - 'b' sides "Round and Round", "Holy Holy" and the wonderful "Velvet Goldmine". Unfortunately, "Sweet Head" is not included. Yes, I know it was not a single or a 'b' side, but it really is worthy of inclusion in a career-covering box set. Regarding "single versions" however, they are of no interest to me. I invariably prefer the album cut.

The "2003 Remix" of "Ziggy Stardust" sounds no different at all, to me. Maybe it is just me, but it sounds the same as it always did. Maybe a few bits here and there or am I imagining it?

A+

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