In 2015 David Bowie released the first of a series of massive boxes spanning his career. As of now we have four of these boxes and I surely hope more will come.
The first box is “Five years (1969-1973)” and luckily it spans exactly five years.
Each box includes a variation of a number of goodies:
- studio albums from the era, in remastered versions
- one of the studio albums in a remixed or reworked version
- live albums with shows from the era
- sometimes unreleased albums or the odd rare EP
- A unique collection of b-sides, mixes, tracks from soundtracks and other “odds and ends” called “Re:Call”
“Five years (1969-1973)” contains ten albums, on a total of thirteen LP’s. We get six studio albums, “Space oddity” up to “Pin ups”. Secondly, we get the “Ziggy Stardust”-album in the mix by producer Ken Scott made in 2003 on a separate LP. Added is two live albums; “Live Santa Monica ‘72” double LP and “Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture” double LP. The first is the October 1972 show from Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. That show had been frequently bootlegged before its official release in 2008. The second is the 2003 remaster of the 1983 release of the final show on the Ziggy tours, from July 1973 at Hammersmith Odeon, London. That show was of course filmed by D. A. Pennebaker. The last album in the box is “Re:Call 1” a double album of remastered tracks of odds and ends.
Also included in the box is a big LP sized hardcover book with essays by principal creators of the albums as well as reviews from the time of releases and more. It is a very nice book, and the perfect companion whilst listening to the records.
I will in good time review all individual albums, the live albums and the “Re:Call” album here at Onelouder.reviews .
Reference: 13 LP vinyl box