David Bowie / A New Career In A New Town 1977-1982 / 13LP or 11CD box

Berlin Trilogy • REMIXED Lodger • Scary Monsters • Baal EP on Re:Call 3

Following 2015’s Five Years and last year’s Who Can I Be Now?, Parlophone will in September release A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN [1977-1982] an 11CD or 13LP David Bowie box set that includes remastered versions of arguably his most critically acclaimed albums, including the so-called ‘Berlin Trilogy’ of Low, Heroes and Lodger and 1980’s Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), his last studio album for RCA.

In addition to the remastered version, the box set will also feature 1979’s Lodger album (which delivered the hits D.J. and Boys Keep Swinging) newly REMIXED by Tony Visconti. This remix was started “with David’s blessing” before his passing in January last year. Visconti has revisited the original multi-tracks and remixed the album “to better highlight the album’s nuances”. This version of the album will also feature newly ‘remixed’ artwork featuring unseen images from the original cover photographic session from the archive of the Estate of photographer Duffy. This remix of Lodger is exclusive to this box set (along with the Re:Call 3 compilation, more of which below).

The live album Stage (which was issued in 1978 between Heroes and Lodger) is included here in both the original version (exclusively on yellow vinyl in the LP box) and the 2005 reissue; the latter restored the original running order and added some bonus tracks. In fact, two more (previously unreleased) bonus tracks are added to the version in this new box set – The Jean Genie and Suffragette City – taking the track count to 22.

A New Career In A New Town – 13LP David Bowie box set (click to enlarge)

Other content of note is a “Heroes” EP – on a separate disc – with four foreign language variants, and the third ‘Re:Call’ compilation. Re:Call 3 mops up single versions, and amongst its 19 tracks includes a new-to-CD extended version of Beauty And The Beast (included on a US promo and Spanish 12-inch single), the original soundtrack version of Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (later re-made for Let’s Dance), the Queen collaboration Under Pressure, a rare Australian single version of Breaking Glass, the five tracks from 1982’s Baal EP (David’s very last release for RCA), Japanese single Crystal Japan, and the 1979 re-recording of Space Oddity (as performed on Thames TV’s The Kenny Everett New Year Show) which was the B-side to non-album single Alabama Song (also included!).

The box set adheres fairly rigidly to the ‘rules’ of the previous packages, and therefore excludes any material not commercially released in the original era. The previously unreleased bonus tracks that were appended to the 1990-1992 Rykodisc/EMI reissues such as Some Are, All Saints (Low)Abdulmajid (“Heroes”) and I Pray, Olé (Lodger), are not included.

The 11 CD box includes ‘mini-LP CD’ vinyl replica versions of the original albums and the CDs are gold, not silver. The 13 LP vinyl set has the same content as the CD box and is pressed on 180g vinyl. As noted, Stage is pressed on yellow vinyl.

A New Career In A New Town – 11CD David Bowie box set (click to enlarge)

Both versions of this box come with a book (128 pages in the CD box and 84 in the vinyl set) that features rarely seen and previously unpublished photos by photographers including Anton Corbijn, Helmut Newton, Andrew Kent, Steve Schapiro, Duffy and many others as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums from producer Tony Visconti.

A New Career In A New Town will be released on 29 September 2017. At the time of writing, fans in the US can lock into a great pre-order price of $159 for the vinyl box. Update: US price has now increased.

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13LP Box Set:

84 Page hardback book

Low (remastered) (1LP)
(remastered) (1LP)
“Heroes” E.P.
(remastered) (12” Single)*
(remastered) (2LP Yellow Vinyl) *
Stage (2017) 
(remastered)  (3LP)
(remastered) (1LP)
(Tony Visconti 2017 Mix) (1LP)*
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
Re:Call 3
(non-album singles, single versions and b-sides) (remastered) (2LP)*

* Exclusive to ‘A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982)’

11 CD Box Set:

128 Page hardback book

Low (remastered) (1CD)
(remastered) (1CD)
“Heroes” E.P.
(remastered) (CD EP)*
(remastered) (2CD)*
Stage (2017) 
(remastered) (2CD)
(remastered) (1CD)
(Tony Visconti 2017 Mix) (1CD)*
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)

Re:Call 3 (non-album singles, single versions and b-sides) (remastered) (1CD)*

* Exclusive to ‘A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982)’

Detailed CD & Vinyl Tracklistings (showing Vinyl side breaks)



Released on RCA PL 12030 (U.K.) / CPL1-2030 (U.S.) on 14thJanuary, 1977.

Side 1
1. Speed Of Life
2. Breaking Glass
3. What In The World
4. Sound And Vision
5. Always Crashing In The Same Car
6. Be My Wife
7. A New Career In A New Town

Side 2
1. Warszawa
2. Art Decade
3. Weeping Wall
4. Subterraneans


Released on RCA PL 12522 (U.K.) / AFL1-2522 (U.S.) on 14th October, 1977.

Side 1
1. Beauty And The Beast
2. Joe The Lion
3. “Heroes”
4. Sons Of The Silent Age
5. Blackout

Side 2
1. V-2 Schneider
2. Sense Of Doubt
3. Moss Garden
4. Neuköln
5. The Secret Life Of Arabia

Side 1
1. “Heroes”/”Helden” (German album version)
2. “Helden” (German single version)

Side 2
1. “Heroes”/”Héros” (French album version)
2. “Héros” (French single version)

STAGE (Original)

Released on RCA PL 02913 (U.K.) / CPL2-2913 (U.S.) on 8thSeptember, 1978.

Side 1
1. Hang On To Yourself
2. Ziggy Stardust
3. Five Years
4. Soul Love
5. Star

Side 2
1. Station To Station
2. Fame
3. TVC 15

Side 3
1. Warszawa
2. Speed Of Life
3. Art Decade
4. Sense Of Doubt
5. Breaking Glass

Side 4
1. “Heroes”
2. What In The World
3. Blackout
4. Beauty And The Beast

STAGE (2017)
Side 1
1. Warszawa
2. “Heroes”
3. What In The World

Side 2
1. Be My Wife
2. The Jean Genie *
3. Blackout
4. Sense Of Doubt

Side 3
1. Speed Of Life
2. Breaking Glass
3. Beauty And The Beast
4. Fame

Side 4
1. Five Years
2. Soul Love
3. Star
4. Hang On To Yourself
5. Ziggy Stardust
6. Suffragette City *

Side 5
1. Art Decade
2. Alabama Song
3. Station To Station

Side 6
1. Stay
2. TVC 15

* Previously unreleased


Released on RCA PL 13254 (U.K.) / APL1-3254 (U.S.) on 18th May, 1979.

LODGER (2017 Tony Visconti mix)
Side 1
1. Fantastic Voyage
2. African Night Flight
3. Move On
4. Yassassin (Turkish for: Long Live)
5. Red Sails

Side 2
1. D.J.
2. Look Back In Anger
3. Boys Keep Swinging
4. Repetition
5. Red Money


Released on RCA BOWLP 2 (PL 13647) (U.K.) / AQL1-3647 (U.S.) on 12th September, 1980.

Side 1
1. It’s No Game (Part 1)
2. Up The Hill Backwards
3. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
4. Ashes To Ashes
5. Fashion

Side 2
1. Teenage Wildlife
2. Scream Like A Baby
3. Kingdom Come
4. Because You’re Young
5. It’s No Game (Part 2)

Side 1
1. “Heroes” (single version)
2. Beauty And The Beast (extended version)
3. Breaking Glass (Australian single version)
4. Yassassin (single version)
5. D.J. (single version)

Side 2
1. Alabama Song
2. Space Oddity (1979 version)
3. Ashes To Ashes (single version)
4. Fashion (single version)
5. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (single version)

Side 3
1. Crystal Japan
2. Under Pressure (single version) – Queen and David Bowie
3. Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (soundtrack album version)
4. Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy * – David Bowie and Bing Crosby
* mono

Side 4
Bertolt Brecht’s Baal
1. Baal’s Hymn
2. Remembering Marie A.
3. Ballad Of The Adventurers
4. The Drowned Girl
5. The Dirty Song

The running order for Re:Call 3 CD differs from the vinyl version

1. “Heroes” (single version)
2. Beauty And The Beast (extended version)
3. Breaking Glass (Australian single version)
4. Yassassin (single version)
5. D.J. (single version)
6. Alabama Song
7. Space Oddity (1979 version)
8. Ashes To Ashes (single version)
9. Fashion (single version)
10.Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (single version)
11.Crystal Japan
12.Under Pressure (single version) – Queen and David Bowie

Bertolt Brecht’s Baal
13.Baal’s Hymn
14.Remembering Marie A.
15.Ballad Of The Adventurers
16.The Drowned Girl
17.The Dirty Song
18.Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (soundtrack album version)

19.Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy * – David Bowie and Bing Crosby
* mono


294 responses to David Bowie / A New Career In A New Town 1977-1982 / 13LP or 11CD box

  1. Wilbert says:

    Enjoying this weekend the arrival of this box, thanks to the ad from Amazon with discount code for €69,98, thanks very much, Paul! Visit your site daily for news on new boxes. yesterday bought the 2 cd from Roxy Music’s first at a local store in Amsterdam.
    Excellent site, keep up this great work, much appreciated! With kind regards.

  2. Electric Sydney says:

    Has anyone yet heard the “correct” version of “Heroes”?

  3. Andrew F. says:

    Thanks for the reply.

    Yes, keeping the box and potentially selling Re:call 3 and Lodger 2017 will more than recoup the price difference between original order at £177 and new one at £198.

    I guess the disappointment stems from waiting two months, looking forward, the item being my birthday gift and a frustrating 23 minute call without the outcome I’d called for.

    There are far worse things to get riled about and it needs some perspective on my part. Just fed up that my most-anticipated music acquisition wasn’t as I had hoped.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Can totally understand the frustration… let us know what you think when you *do* get it.

      • Andrew F says:

        Hi Paul,

        Well, things took a turn for the better after I had a further call with Amazon UK a couple of days after the initial conversation with the customer service agent.

        I’d not received an email confirming that the refund was going to be provided, so contacted the team by telephone. The agent said that she could see that there’s been contact between me and Amazon – but the notes had been left incomplete, that the refund hadn’t been processed and that it just said that a damaged product was received.

        As the item had just come back into stock, I was asked if I’d prefer a replacement or a refund. I naturally went for the replacement, as this would prevent having to pay more for the new item.

        I mentioned that the previous agent had said I could keep the damaged box and the new agent said it wasn’t productive to collect the item, so yes – I could retain it.

        The replacement item arrived on Tuesday. As my partner ordered, it’s only my account which has Prime status, but I was more than happy to wait. When the new item turned up, it was shrinkwrapped – the first one wasn’t and it had the gummed backing sheet showing the contents – which the first one didn’t. I suspect I received a returned item, as the first box had clearly been opened and the back contents sheet taken off.

        So, all’s well that ends well. I’m now going to think about listing the rarities from the first box on eBay. An added bonus that I wasn’t entitled to enjoy, but I’m not going to complain about that!

        It certainly looks like the first agent didn’t carry out the task. Perhaps it’s because I was likely to give negative feedback on the experience that they didn’t initiate the ‘has this been resolved?’ email. Who knows.

        I don’t expect perfection, but I am used to getting great results from Amazon when things don’t go right. It had all been good until this purchase in that regard.

        Pleased to be able to update. It’s a firm win-win.

        The box itself is beautiful. I love the records and the book is really good too. My only gripe, as with the triple Cracked Actor vinyl, is that I’m not going to be taking that middle disc out of the packaging too often – as I’m worried I’ll bend the sleeve or fray the edges.

        Favourite disc from the whole shebang? Lodger 2017. I’ve developed such an appreciation for this record, when it was my least favourite of the oft-referred Berlin Trilogy.

        Overall verdict: amazing.

  4. Andrew F. says:

    So, Amazon delivered the vinyl box this afternoon. It arrived without any of the usual Amazon cardboard box and plastic pillow packaging – just the actual product.

    Knowing you have to address returns via the online team, I took the parcel and immediately saw big tears and dents across the edges, front, too and back of the box set.

    There’s also a huge, unremovable sticker across the back. Not good.

    This was ordered on 12 July, at the lowest price from Amazon of £177. My partner treated me for my birthday.

    After speaking to Amazon to advise them what’s happened, they’re refunding – but can’t replace – as it’s out of stock until 8 October. They’ve told me to reorder the item.

    Pointing out that a new order is nigh on £200 and the refund is£177 and we’ll be out of pocket, I was advised that I can keep the damaged product.

    Not an acceptable resolution. I asked to escalate but was told there’s nothing more that can be done.

    My partner rarely orders stuff from Amazon, but I’m the Prime member and order loads of product – including the last two Bowie sets on vinyl and CD.

    I’m peeved, to say the least. Is this what we can expect from Amazon now the competition is absent in the market place? I’ve had few issues getting problems resolved before, but do wonder if the Prime customers get a better outcome than non-Prime.

    Yeah, it’s £23. First-world problems and all that, but we both feel pissed-off at the lack of resolution to what has been caused by bad product handling and nigh-on non-existent resolutions from the care team.

    The call handler even laughed when my partner asked how an extra £23 payment was a good customer experience.

    Makes us feel like buying the replacement from HMV.

    Sorry – just venting :/

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Amazon are normally very good. In theory, nothing much to complain about with a ‘full refund’ but I can see where you’re coming from. I know it involves you doing something (i.e. effort) but the average sale price of Re:call 3 on vinyl, on its own, on ebay is about £40. You’d then still have all the rest including the desirable remix of Lodger. So letting you keep the other box and giving you a new one in the end doesn’t seem outrageously bad customer service. Couldn’t see HMV doing that.

  5. Andrew F. says:

    Love the book accompanying the CD box set. I was lucky to get my CD box today, judging by the comments.

    No email yet regarding my vinyl order though.

  6. mm says:

    Having had a preview of the Lodger remix I think this could be close to Phil Spector’s remix of Let It Be in terms of controversy! At least it was the same person who did both.Too much echo and dub like effects for my liking.

  7. Andrew says:

    I also received the email. Checked the status all week to say delivery would be today. Then bam! Early hours email to say out of stock. I am a prime member so emailed to complain and have been given one free month and assured it will be with me by the 3rd October! We shall see.

  8. Did anyone else who pre-ordered from Amazon receive an email in the middle of the night to say their vinyl box set has been delayed till October 2nd?

    Utter b******s!!

    I, and I’m sure many others, pre-ordered over two months ago, locking in a reasonable discount and they have the nerve to wait until the early hours of the day of release to tell you that despite all of that, they don’t have the item in stock? And they only realised this at 03:29 this morning?

    Fuming doesn’t even begin to cover it! I had massive problems last year with them and the previews Bowie box set, so I should’ve learned my lesson then.

    Apologies for the rant :-/

  9. Pablo says:

    First of all, I want to say that these sagas of boxes are very good, but let me say something, there are no doubts that they are deluxe editions, but for my taste, the focus of them should have been different.

    I cannot believe that ‘Stages’ has an extra track that in the previous editions was omitted, or in the last edition of 2005 was not already. With respect to the Heroes EP, as a collectible is very good, but really, is necessary?

    So far, I am still amazed at the contents of the box Neil Young where he exposes his career since the beginning, before Buffalo’s. And can’t forget that was edited in two formats CD/DVD & Blu-ray making it more interactive and add major content.
    On Bowie’s, for those who already have their discography on vinyl and CD, or vinyl or CD, it is not nice to add one or two songs “left behind” just to create a necessity to collect it. The ‘Recall’s’ are compilations of singles, some of them they do not exist in CD, but they could be find in vinyl… and it is far far far from being a complete discography.

    The last thing that I would like to say… I don’t like so much comfortable for all the new stuff edited after Bowie’s death. There are tons and tons of unreleased material… I can’t believe the criteria used with his career.

    (Please, is not my intention, and even less offend to someone, this is my personal opinion).

  10. andrew r says:

    Just checked discogs and the vinyl is indeed ltd
    The 1st pressing has almost doubled in price
    Contrary to my comment there are now none for sale at the original price

  11. andrew r says:

    Ps nice job on the heads up for the box sets yesterday.
    Big thanks

  12. andrew r says:

    Hi Paul What records and a few others have it listed as limited
    i believe the other 2 were listed as being limited editions as well
    Is the five years set out of print? I ask because there a still plenty for sale.

  13. andrew r says:

    This is listed as limited, as the previous two are still on sale
    would it be impertinent to ask, Why the rush to buy?
    Isn’t the case that the price will come down?
    If it’s limited how many are there ?
    The amount of interest in Bowie worldwide post his passing
    should make these sell out immediately but they don’t.
    So is limited in this case mean limited by the amount of fans wishing to purchase?
    Serious question as i rushed for the first and paid full, waited a little (and got discount) for the second and am currently sat on my hands for the third.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Where is it listed as limited? Certainly don’t think there is any panic… although the Five Years vinyl box went out of print in less than a year, I think.

  14. Robert says:

    great job, as always, Paul

  15. DavidDR says:

    Does anyone have a must-buy preference for this set between CD or vinyl?

  16. colm47 says:

    Hello (again) Peter

    My apologies! Didn’t read the first page of article where it states what you said.

    Had only read the box set review so far.

  17. colm47 says:

    Hello Peter, I buy that magazine as well and have just read the review.

    It doesn’t say that at all in my magazine. Just says it’s “the third boxset in a legacy series”.
    Nothing about completing anything as far as I can read.

  18. Peter says:

    Licked up latest copy of Long Live Vinyl, good article and review about Bowie and new box set. Surprisingly the first paragraph states ” Released on 29th September A New Career In A New Town “completes” a trilogy of reissue box sets” !,,,,, completes indicates no more sets coming our way ????

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  20. Other Pete says:

    Me too!

  21. Dean T says:

    Me…I’m counting the days….

  22. Adey says:

    2 versions of stage, 2 versions of lodger and only 4 tracks on disc 3??! Call me cynical, but…..

  23. Michael says:

    I’m really wishing my button would’ve worked on the first day this was announced and much cheaper… but my internet connection failed me on the preorder. Oh well. I’m curious though what the 1980s and ’90s sets will be like with all of the remixes that were officially released. Those Re-Call discs should become more numerous. But we don’t know yet if they decided to include remixes as part of the program. And will “Too Dizzy” come back to life in 2018? We have to wait to find out.

  24. Tim Ranger says:

    I am just not a fan of mini-replica CD cases. For one thing, they do not adequately protect the CD. The CD gets scratched every time you pull the CD out and put it back in. Also, if you drop the CD, the packaging can become damaged. The only way to fix it is to buy the whole box set again instead of using an empty CD jewel case. But my biggest complaint about the mini-replica CD’s is that they usually come with print that requires a magnifying glass to read, and no liner notes, essays, etc. I realize the book that comes with the box set probably has the liner notes, but I like having them with the discs. Did “Five Years” and “Who Can I Be Now?” really sound that much better than the Virgin CD’s released in the 1990’s?? I own all of those (plus the anniversary CD’s) and they sound okay to me.

  25. Eric says:

    I just ordered. I really struggled with this because I felt 2 editions of Lodger and Stage is overly redundant.

    • Michael says:

      Yeah, the way I see it now, in U.S. money, I can just wait and buy the individual releases next year of Low, Heroes, Lodger and Scary Monsters on vinyl. I don’t listen to Stage enough to care if I have a vinyl copy. I’d be curious to hear Visconti’s new mix of Lodger, though, because I love Lodger… but then again, I already love the album, so why care about a new mix of it?

  26. Gansbarre says:

    I don’t understand the constant hand-wringing/complaining around reissues in general on SDE and these Bowie boxsets in particular (oh and my other favorite other side of the coin around these parts–the tired trope of “don’t like it don’t buy it.”) Both are grating in their own sweet ways. No, not every nook and cranny has been scrapped and included in this set, but the point of all this is to keep him top of mind and to celebrate his art. I don’t see people on Amazon comments moaning about the new Taschen book on the work of Picasso that has just come out and not seeing some hidden lost sketch he had done on a servilleta.

  27. mike says:

    Fell to $225USD from (US)

  28. Tim says:

    This is all very exciting and DB is a hugely beloved artist round here (I’m drinking from a Diamond Dogs mug and staring at a poster of him sharing a fag with Elizabeth Taylor as I type), but I haven’t been able to justify these boxes and this new one is no exception…

    I will, though, be all over the expanded Stage when it is released on standalone vinyl (I already have a nice UK original yellow vinyl copy)

  29. Tracey says:

    One a semi-related matter, my family and I are visiting Seattle for the week. We stopped by the Museum of Pop Culture so (my son could test out some video games and) I could see the exhibit of Mick Rock photos of Bowie from ’72 – ’73. The exhibit is fantastic, btw, for those of you who can catch it. I was surprised to see that the gift shop still had 2 copies of the RSD “BOWPROMO1” box set (for $60).

  30. Robert says:

    I have been waiting for this new boxset. I’ve got the other two boxsets as well and they were great. So I am looking forward to this one. And it is going to be released on my birthday !

  31. Adey says:

    I ordered the 4 tracks from the just a gigolo soundtrack, from 7digital, free from any restrictive drm.

  32. Justin says:

    “Revolutionary Song” is missing from this box-set, and it WAS initially released during this period, on the Just A Gigolo soundtrack.

    The song may have been credited to “The Rebels” upon its release in 1979, but that was just a thinly-veiled alias (presumably due to his RCA contract at that time). It’s a definite David Bowie track.

    The Just A Gigolo soundtrack is back in-print and easy enough to purchase digitally, but it would have been nice for at least one version of the song to have been included here.

  33. Wolfgang Mintrop says:

    Berlin Trilogy … LOW and just HEROES … are milestones, some of the best Albums in rock history – we know. But the box is disappointing just due to the poor bonus stuff … some live stuff just could have been added.

  34. mm says:

    What a let down-no unreleased MWFTE/Low sessions outtakes-also can remember an interview in Melody Maker with Adrian Belew early 80s where he talks of recording with Bowie a session between Lodger and Scary Monsters in the style of Lennon’s Primal album of 1970.Wither all these goodies?Yea I know,RULES/Hope the future Roxy boxsets dont disappoint like this.

  35. Michael from Germany says:

    LOW alone is worth this box! One of the greatest albums of all time! Still, I’d be repeating 90% of the content here. Always a difficult decision. I have Five Years, but decided against Who Can I Be Now.

  36. gwynogue says:

    My pick for the next box title: ‘Too Dizzy’!

    :) :) :) :) :)

  37. Heinz says:

    I think “Lodger” is one of his best albums,
    it’s very exciting and full of great songs.

    • Neil says:

      You are easily excited even more so if you think this album is full of great songs.

      • Heinz says:


        But the album IS full of great songs,
        best are:
        Fantastic Voyage
        African Night Flight
        Move On
        Red Sails
        Look Back In Anger
        Boys Keep Swinging

        • Trash says:

          I agree that the album is full of great songs (and is often overlooked and underrated due to the weight of the two albums before it).
          However I have always thought that the sound was murky so I am very interested to hear what the Visconti remix sounds like.

          The Harry Maslin mix of Station to Station reveals a whole load of additional detail which I would not have thought possible after listening to the original version as many times as I have over the years. It is almost like rediscovering it again. I hope Visconti manages to achieve the same trick with his mix of Lodger.
          Breath bated!

  38. Andrew says:

    £199 on vinyl at Amazon now. I was about to order yesterday but something came up and now it’s listed at even more than the previous two sets, that can’t be right?

  39. Neil says:

    I suppose it’s peoples prerogative if they want to buy this which in most cases they will probably own the individual albums ten times over in one shape or form. Personally there is absolutely nothing on this box set which would make me even consider buying it and the lack of those bonus tracks which featured on those 1990/91 reissues especially Some Are strengthen my claim for not getting it. Low, Heroes and Scary Monsters i love to bits but Lodger i feel apart from the singles is one of the poorest albums he ever released.

  40. mr59 says:

    2018 (1983-1992)
    let’s dance
    vancouver live ’83
    never let me down
    never let me down (edited)
    montreal live ’87
    tin machine
    tin machine II
    oy vey, baby
    re:call 4

    2019 (1993-1999)
    black tie white noise
    buddah of suburbia
    vh1 storyteller
    re:call 5

    2020 (2002-2016)
    a reality tour
    the next day
    the next day extra
    re:call 6

  41. DJ Salinger says:

    No disputing the contents – my favourite Derek Bowie era.

    But. There’s always a ‘but’ isn’t there?

    Is it just me or is that cover a bit…underwhelming? So many strong images of him from that period and yet what we get here doesn’t reflect that.

  42. Gary C says:

    These box sets are crazy. There’s little or nothing new in all this, remastered albums do not a great SDE make.
    Think about it. Listen to the same 10 tracks you’ve always owned, and bought sometimes twice or three times, and strain to hear newly revealed nuances brought to you via the ears of Tony Visconti. Read the luxury book of seldom seen photographs…

    If there was one box I didn’t want them to fudge, it was this one.

  43. Charles says:

    Seems like a lot of this conversation has been had twice already. I would say by now we’ve got a pretty good idea as to what to expect in these box sets.

    Really excited to get all of the Baal tracks. Don’t care if it’s on a separate CD or not.

    I’m hoping there will be a new mix of the Never Let Me Down album in the next set. In the liner notes for iSelect, Bowie states that he’d love to redo the album.

    Love the website. Many thanks Sir!

  44. HalloweenJack says:

    “Brilliant Adventure – 1995 – 2001” featuring…
    1995 – Outside (2LP)
    1997 – Earthling (1LP)
    1997 – 50th Birthday Concert (3LP)
    1999 – … Hours (1LP)
    1999 – VH1 Storytellers (1LP)
    2000 – BBC Radio Theatre (2LP)
    2001 – Toy (1LP)
    2019 – Re:Call 5 (2LP) (featuring “Outside – Excerpts” edits, “A Small Plot Of Land “ (Basquiat Film Version), “Omikron” tracks, remix tracks from “”, “The Man Who Sold The World” (Live Version), “I Can’t Read”, “Looking For Satellites” (US Promo Edit), “I’m Afraid Of American” (Showgirls Version), “The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell” (Stigmata Version and Film Version), “Something In The Air” (“American Psycho” Soundtrack), etc.
    – “Toy” will only be available in this set, along with “Re:Call 5”
    – “Leon” (1LP) would be an excellent addition but unfortunately, highly unlikely unless Eno has assembled the tapes in an appropriate sequence… may also be considered for a RSD release but it would sell more units of the box if included here as an exclusive ;)

    “Where Are We Now 2002 – 2016” featuring…
    2002 – Heathen (1LP)
    2003 – Reality (1LP)
    2004 – Reality Live (3LP)
    2013 – The Next Day (2LP)
    2016 – Blackstar (1LP)
    2020 – Re:Call 6 (3LP)
    – “Re:Call 6” is a 4LP set of it’s own, containing “Rebel Never Gets Old”, all “The Next Day” bonus tracks, “Sue (In A Season Of Crime)”, “’Tis A Pity She’s A Whore”, “Blackstar” (Early Alternate “Last Panthers” Mix) and “No Plan” EP tracks.

    And because “Re:Call” will not be released outside of the sets, expect the following to be reissued, containing various single edits:
    ChangesTwoBowie (1LP) RSD Release
    Rare (1LP)
    Christiane F. (1LP)

    Expect other future RSD releases to include:
    Isolar II – The 1978 World Tour (2LP)
    Sound + Vision – Live ’90 (2LP)
    Glastonbury 2000 (LP Set)
    Montreaux Jazz Festival 2002 (LP Set)
    All Saints (2LP)
    Early On 1964 – 1966 (2LP)
    The Deram Anthology 1966 – 1968 (2LP)

    Tin Machine will get a separate archival release and will not be included in this box set series. They are not Bowie albums. This is the same reason a couple of Iggy Pop albums were not included in “A New Career In A New Town”.

    • Bart says:

      Outside should be treated like King Crimson box sets. I mean box with at least 10 cds, few live sets, majority of jam sessions . Plus artwork and liner notes from Eno. Oh, i dream of something like that…..

    • Adey says:

      Halloween jack, don’t forget the (excellent) montreal pre fm recording from the serious moonlight tour, as a rsd release! I was listening to it in my car earlier. Imho it was a lost opportunity by emi as it would have made an amazing official release. Bowie’s live output has never really been adequately represented by commercial releases in the past.

  45. james johnson says:

    200+ responses & counting. Wow!!
    My daughters are disappointed that I am not buying this on vinyl. Too many $ for 2 songs a remix that we don’t already have. To make it up to the girls we have been listening to every Bowie 45 ever made. All are DJ, white label or test pressings. When we got to the mono/stereo of 1984 it has a handwritten note from the station manager which reads “…the stereo separation is simply outrageous & this is a clearly a male demographic. If it doesn’t break into light in 3 weeks kiss it off”. If he only knew.
    For those who buy this offering, you can’t go wrong here. My first Bowie show was in 1974 & have been a big fan ever since. If they put all of the rarities on a single disc I will buy it.

  46. Rob Kirby says:

    Thinking about it further, I doubt either Loving the Alien, As the World Falls Down, or even The Stars are out Tonight, will get chosen as future titles :(

    Looking again at the first three box sets, it seems that they went for song titles that were never used as single or album titles, no doubt to help keep them all as distinctly titled items. By that logic, I’d guess that future titles will probably be chosen from album-only tracks too, just as Five Years, Who Can I Be Now? and A New Career in a New Town were.

    For now, well, there’s the latest new set to enjoy… coming very soon. Can’t wait :-)

  47. Ray says:

    Last Christmas asked i for HMV tokens, got £220 been saving these for the third Bowie Vinyl Box Set. Just ordered the CD Box off Amazon. Been looking forward to this all year, I loved the First two box Sets i’m just a sucker for all things Bowie !

  48. Jay says:

    In saying the next one is dancing with the big boys. And is let’s dance through never let me down.

    I did a quick look at the singles and remixes of those 3 albums (plus soundtrack works) and came up with over 5 hours of material. So I am very interested in how they deal with that.

  49. Ian McJannet says:

    As much as I respected and loved Bowie can we PLEASE stop having even more “collections”.
    Would it be so difficult for the record company to at least ‘respect’ David’s huge fan base and release all these long versions, foreign versions, extended mixes on one or two discs or L.P’s as a “Rare Collection” set only and stop forcing fans to fork out for another set that people already have at least 50% of ?????? AND as for the ‘Stage’ on yellow vinyl exclusive to this set .. what a rip-off ….. How long before it’s available as a stand alone issue I wonder??????

  50. Ciaran Beattie says:

    I like what I see so I’ll be getting this on CD.
    The only minus point is they didn’t include the promo album “An evening with…” which if my memory serves me well included an interview and some tracks from “Stage”.

  51. Eamonn says:


    What else did he say about future releases ? No good telling us you knew the contents of the new box all along when you didn’t tell us before ;)

    • Ern says:

      That was basically it. He confirmed the box set would go up to 1982 and he asked me not to tell anyone about it. I didn’t want to ask him too many questions about future releases, it was about 6.30 in the morning and I was still half asleep in the queue. He never mentioned what year box 4 would go up to, other than the issue they were having with Labyrinth. I suggested maybe they should do a special RSD release next year with Bowie’s tracks off the soundtrack album. I doubt anything would come of it.

      We chatted about other Bowie stuff such as the RSD releases and also about the guy who designed the BlackStar album. There is an Easter Egg of sorts with the LP cover that no one has figured it out. And it is not that nonsense about holding the cover up into sunlight and seeing stars that got a lot of coverage.

      I asked him what Bowie was like to work for and he said that Bowie had his moments. I said didn’t all creative people have their moments, which he agreed. We chatted about other music, not just Bowie.

      • Adey says:

        Labyrinth will not be on the next boxset. None of the previous sets have included soundtracks and parlophone have only just rereleased it on vinyl anyway.

  52. Roger says:

    Any word whether Scary Monsters is remastered? Did I miss something?

  53. Ern says:

    At the last RSD, I got chatting to a guy who works for Bowie’s estate, and he revealed what was in this box set, so it is not of any surprise to me.

    He did say that for box set 4, there might be a problem with the Labyrinth album as half of the soundtrack is not Bowie, so there might be a licencing issue to include it with the next box. They might do what they have done with Baal on this box set and have only the Bowie tracks from the Labyrinth soundtrack, maybe a vinyl with soundtrack only songs.

  54. John Barrett says:

    I’m very pleased Scary Monsters is included too, this is the box I’ve been waiting for.
    As far as the next box goes “Put On Your Red Shoes and Dance The Blues” (yeah loving the alien more likely!) I’m only interested in Let’s Dance so I’ll just get that separately.
    I’m mainly excited by the alt Lodger and a remastered Berlin Trilogy, Low especially.

  55. Martin says:

    Pre-ordered on vinyl and will add the cd box to collection on black friday week as per usual (fingers crossed)

  56. Phil says:

    Fantastic. It’s released on my birthday! Result!!

  57. 2wicky says:


    you said
    ‘ only disappointment is the missing 9:21 minute full length version of ‘cat people’ which appeared on an australian 12″ back then:’

    there’s still hope – they could include it as a bonus track in the next box – ‘Cat People’ also was on the ‘Let’s Dance’ LP

    • mr59 says:

      yes, that’s right – chances are slim i guess, but maybe the found out that they forgot it and use this backdoor to include it in the 2018 box

  58. Bart says:

    Im dissapointed by recall stuff. I was thinking about buying this box but i wont.. Really i expected domek rarities from Low album but oh well… Hope they willa release same box with 90s era included Outsider and Earthling. I expect live stuff from Outside era..well i hope…

  59. Yuri says:

    Loving The Alien [1983-1993]

    1 Let’s Dance
    1 Tonight
    1 Never Let Me Down
    2 Never Let Me Down [CD Version]
    1 Tin Machine
    1 Tin Machine II [if they got the license]
    1 Oy Vey Baby
    2 Black Tie White Noise [if they got the license]
    1 Buddha Of Suburbia
    2 Re: Call 4 [Incl. the movie tracks]

    The Stars Are Out Tonight [1995-2016]

    1 Outside [Excerpts]
    2 Outside
    1 Earthing
    1 Hours
    1 Toy [Deleted]
    1 Heathen
    1 Reality
    2 The Next Day [Red]
    1 ★ [Transparent]
    2 Re: Call 5

    And off course no Labyrinth, no Serious Moonlight or Glass Spider, perhaps A Reality Tour

    • Adey says:

      I suspect they will only include one version of the (dire) never let me down album, with the bonus tracks appearing on re:call. I also suspect a rerelease of the glass spider 2cd set included (in the same way nassau ’76 was included in the second boxset).
      I doubt any tin machine releases will be included in the boxset, it wasn’t his finest hour, especially ton machine 2 (there is a reason it was deleted and never reteleased!)
      I also suspect that the excellent serious moonlight montreal show may get its own standalone release in the same way as the cracked actor live album.

  60. Priest=Aura says:

    I’m going to go out on a limb
    With speculations- next box set title:

    As the world falls down (from Labyrinth soundtrack)

    It will contain
    Let’s dance
    Serious moonlight x2 discs
    Labyrinth soundtrack
    Never let me down
    Glass spider live x2 discs
    Black tie white noise
    Sound + vision tour live
    The Buddha of suburbia

    It makes way more sense to at least go through black tie white noise than stop after never let me down, and I suspect that tin machine will not be a part of this collection/series at all. I would also suspect that having at least two “exclusive” live sets would be a draw to the fans who would see this as a less desirable set otherwise.

    Hooray for speculation!

  61. Chris Hanington says:
    LP Box $251.71 Canadian
    CD Box $142.38 Canadian
    Best price so far!
    Pre orders placed and looking forward to the release day!

    • KennyR says:

      Hi Chris, worth checking if include prepaid duties in your checkout price as Amazon.con do. They certainly never used to and the items would arrive with a customs bill which impacts greatly on any savings.

      • Chris Hanington says:

        I live in Canada so no duties for me! Canada can be an expensive place to buy limited box sets so it’s a nice change to see Amazon Canada having the lowest price!…thank’s to Paul’s widget.

  62. voxstarstream says:

    Glad to see “Scary Monsters” is included (I was a bit worried there for awhile). This will be the last box for me; anything after that I have zero interest in.

  63. Zealamb says:

    The cd box is 99,18€ now on I think it’s the cheapest so far.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Indeed, although if you’re in the UK saving probably negligible (especially, if you have Prime).

  64. Wayne Klein says:

    I’m good unless the mastering is great. If it included all of the Ryko bonus tracks, I’d pick them up cause then I could get rid of the Rykos.

  65. HalloweenJack says:

    Next box set due September 2018… “Loving The Alien – 1983 – 1993”

    Let’s Dance (1LP)
    Serious Moonlight – Live (2LP)
    Tonight (1LP)
    Never Let Me Down (1LP)
    Glass Spider – Live (2LP)
    Black Tie White Noise (2LP)
    The Buddha Of Suburbia (1LP)
    Re:Call 4 (3LP)

    * Never Let Me Down (2008 Mario J. McNulty Remix) (1LP) would be an interesting addition but doubtful and probably now in the hands of Visconti but the “Time Will Tell” remix may just appear on Re:Call 4.

    ** A triple LP edition of “Re:Call 4” would be the main feature of this set, including a selection of tracks like…
    Let’s Dance (Single Edit) [3-83]
    Cat People (Let’s Dance Version) [3-83]
    China Girl (Single Edit) [5-83]
    Modern Love (Single Version) [9-83]
    Modern Love (Live) [9-83]
    Blue Jean [9-84]
    This Is Not America [2-85]
    Loving The Alien (Single Remix) [5-85]
    Don’t Look Down (US Single Remix) [5-85]
    Dancing In The Street [8-85]
    Absolute Beginners (Single Mix) [3-86]
    As The World Falls Down
    Underground [Single Version] [6-86]
    When The Wind Blows (Single Edit) [6-86]
    Magic Dance (A Dance Mix) [1986]
    Within You [1986]
    Day-In Day-Out (Single Edit) [3-87]
    Julie [3-87]
    Time Will Crawl (Single Edit) [6-87]
    Girls (7” Version) [6-87]
    Never Let Me Down (7 Remix Edit) [8-87]
    ’87 and Cry (Single Version) [8-87]
    Fame ’90 [Gass Mix] [3-90]
    Pretty Pink Rose [5-90]
    Baby Universal (Single Version) [10-91]
    Real Cool World (Edit) [8-92]
    Jump They Say (Radio Edit) [3-93]
    Pallas Athena (Don’t Stop Praying Remix) [3-93]
    Black Tie White Noise Featuring Al B. SURE! (Radio Edit) [6-93]
    You’ve Been Around (Dangers Remix) [6-93]

    … and don’t forget that Parlophone will follow up these box-sets with the expanded “Sound + Vision” set with all the rarities that many of you have been commenting about! ;)

    • Paul Murphy says:

      I would be very much surprised if the next set did not feature ‘Dance’, the album that nearly came out Christmas 1985 containing ‘Let’s Dance’ and ‘Tonight’ 12″ mixes. As someone else has mentioned, ‘Never Let Me Down’ would seem an obvious candidate for both its incarnations [CD with extended/full length versions, Vinyl with short], and I would venture that the vinyl may well be blue [as it was released in Australia]. My word, all this speculation, and we haven’t even got this year’s box in our hands yet!

      • Adey says:

        One version of nlmd is enough for me. I can’t see them including the original cd version, due to Bowie being unhappy with “too dizzy” on it. I suspect that track will show up on re:call, if it shows up at all. If they have to include 2 versions, I’m hoping for a totally different earlier recording of the album, before (as Bowie stated) it was ruined during production.
        I predict the glass spider 2cd set will be included, as well as the shelved serious moonlight album recorded in montreal.

  66. Mike says:

    Does anyone remember the Scary Monsters and Super Creeps chewing gum in a mini replica album sleeve? Stupidly I just ate it back then – which I had kept them..

  67. Jack MPLS says:

    Still waiting for 5.1 Visconti mixes … Please start maybe a Bowie Surround Sound Box Set with Blu-Ray audio! That I would splurge on!

    • moog_man says:

      Amen to that. Despite being a dedicated vinyl consumer, these box-sets simply haven’t had enough to compel my credit card to twitch into action.
      They exist, release them, ffs !

  68. Daniel says:

    Don’t care about the naysayers, this one is going to be ordered today. More magnificence from the Bowie camp. Can’t wait to get my hands on it.

  69. Daniel ( from Berlin ) says:

    Like i wrote in june: not only one week without any new bowie release.
    i’m so happy that i’m not a big bowie fan.
    hardcore fans must work day and night to purchase all these box sets and vinyls…

    • frank says:

      @Daniel (from Berlin)

      Yep! And I don’t even care! I will buy it without a second thought. :)

    • gwynogue says:

      True…the only way I can afford ‘A New Career In A New Town’ is if I get a new career in a new town…

      …I’ll grab my coat…

    • paolo says:

      And considering it is the same stuff over and over…

    • Eamonn says:

      New Music Day And Night ;)

      I wonder do they have Visconti working on retainer since David’s death and is he remixing all the albums he was involved in with Parlophone’s eye on future reissues when Tone may no longer have the patience, interest or health to revisit these again.

  70. Rob says:

    This is such a missed opportunity. There were loads of concerts recorded on the 1978 tour. A few were filmed as well. Tony Visconti has also confirmed that he had mixed both Low & Lodger into 5.1. Why can’t they release these gems that are gathering dust in the vaults? The small bit of previously unreleased material in this box is not enough to make me want to spend my money on my umpteenth copy of Scary Monsters. I got more value for my money in Peter Gabriel’s So box. :-(

  71. Brian says:

    Look great. I’m sure they’re saving the rare stuff for the 50th anniversary sets kicking off in 2019. that will take us up until we are are old and withered.

    on a lighter note. The next box set will be called Shake It and will be from 1983 to 1987. Any predictions folks?

  72. baward says:

    I’m pleased they have given a nice lot of attention to Stage, my first David concert album.

  73. Manus says:

    It would have made any track shortcomings much easier to bear if they had included hi-res download cards with these sets .

  74. Jim says:

    Only very slightly related to this thread but The 2016 Station To Staiom vinyl is just over a tenner on Amazon UK just now. I ordered if for £11 earlier today and thought I was getting a bargain.

  75. alan hansen says:

    in general, i prefer NOT to rank artists’ work; but i will say that “Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)” was one of those albums that helped to encourage and evolve my musical thinking and tastes – it’s a great Bowie outing and the gem of this SDE box.

  76. Eric says:

    The price in the US has already jumped up $100.

  77. Mark says:

    As an Aussie I am perplexed that the Bowie camp, let alone any of my fellow fanatics, would want the gardening-shears extension of Breaking Glass (ditto the Diamond Dogs edit in the last box set). It was probably done at the RCA branch office while someone melted down unsold copies of Low to get some more wax for the next Abba release. What could have been highlighted from ”Down Under” is our version of a Heroes EP (a very pretty item) and of course the immortal nine-minute Cat People. A pity the live-from-Perth 1978 Art Decade that recently appeared on the Be My Wife picture disc misses out here but I guess it was too late.

  78. paolo says:

    I’m one of those who guessed the title when WCIBN? came out last year. And to be honest I did even guess the content, except for the ‘Heroes’ EP.

    As usual I’ll be buying the remastered CDs once they’ll be out on their own. Hopefully around Christmas, like the first box, rather than february next year like the second.

    Didn’t buy any vinyl until now, but I’m starting considering to get the 180g LPs for all studio albums from ‘Space Oddity’ to ‘Scary Monsters’, except for ‘Pin Ups’ maybe.

    I understand completists and collectors find appealing to have two versions of the live albums, or alternative mixes for ‘Ziggy Stardust’, ‘Young Americans’, ‘Station to Station’ and ‘Lodger’, or all the single edits and rarities, but for a normal person all these things filling those box sets are superfluous at best.

    I only hope that once this series will be over there won’t be 50th anniversary editions of each album, it’d be quite boring. I’d rather have collections of rarities and unreleased stuff instead.

    • Marc says:

      What is wrong with Pinups great guitar work from Ronno and Bowie in great voice plus some cracking songs.

  79. Andreas says:

    Sad thing is, these releases are likely to confirm no individual deluxe editions of further albums. Suppose with David no longer around to sanction unreleased material for inclusion, it’s likely unreleased material is possibly off limits.

  80. Paddy says:

    Thank you Paul for the info, it just seems a bit strange that Bowie’s official store has a picture of the yellow vinyl and Amazon UK – USA – DE all have a black vinyl picture, oh well. I ordered the CD version from Amazon UK (Thanks) but the vinyl, because I live in Berlin from the official website, a difference of 55 Euros.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Definitely no mention of yellow vinyl being an exclusive. I imagine various packshots were mocked up while decisions were still being made…

  81. Adey says:

    Poor quality rip off Counterfeit copies aka “imports” will be available on ebay shortly after release date. Ebay seems to be flooded with knock offs these days.

  82. Adey says:

    I already have baal on a promo cd so i’ll have to ebay it asap! Nice set, looks better than last one but there is no need for 2 versions of stage, the original version was appalling imho.
    Is anybody aware of sny “exclusive pre sale” bonus items?

  83. Paddy says:

    Why are all the views of the 13LP set on Amazon with a black vinyl “Stage” LP and not a yellow vinyl?. Could it be that the yellow vinyl is limited to the official website?.
    Just asking.

  84. John says:

    Exciting news!! For those in the USA Sound Stage Direct has it today (Wednesday), delivered to your domestic door, for $213 :-)

  85. daveid76 says:

    If there is a 4th set, it will surely cover Let’s, Tonight and Never, but will it sttetch to Tin Machine and if so, both albums? The first was released on EMI but the second on London records. And firther forward Black Tie was released on Arista so it gets a bit fiddly…

    • Rory McCann says:

      That’s where it gets difficult to predict, but I’m confident that Tin Machine will have its own box set as the 83-87 box will have a lot of discs despite only covering 3 albums. If it stretched to tin machine it would be a big box. Here are my predictions to come back to next year lol, haven’t thought of the title yet though!
      -Let’s Dance, 1cd
      -Live Vancouver 1983, 2cd
      -Tonight, 1cd
      -Never Let Me Down (Vinyl release with edited tracks), 1cd
      -Never Let Me Down (CD release), 1cd
      -Live Montreal 1987, 2cd
      -Re:Call4, 3cd

  86. Rob Kirby says:

    Loving the Alien? Sounds perfect to me – I hadn’t given any thought to Bowie’s 80s output, waiting eagerly to see what they did with this box set first :)

  87. Will says:

    Seeing that recreation of the Helden EP sleeve has made me hope that when a real archival release of Scary Monsters comes to fruition (one with the well known outtakes that everyone has enjoyed ever since the Vampires of the Human Flesh bootleg CD came out so many years ago), it will put its bonus discs in recreations of the Ashes to Ashes sleeves!

  88. Will says:

    I passed on the previous boxes, and suggested stopping the release of this series in favor of a serious archival series, but this box is actually well thought-out.

    The Helden EP looks great, and I am hopeful the new mix of Lodger will be really fun.

  89. Edu says:

    It would be rather more interesting if there was a Baal EP and the Heroes EP could be inserted on Re:Call 3 with the other singles as Baal never received a stand alone cd version.

  90. mike says:

    So for Five Years there was one pressing from Parlophone for the world it seems? But for Who Can I be Now was there a Parlophone and Rhino release? Were they pressed at different plants? Didn’t notice in discogs about anyone complaining about the Rhino release. Hopefully they don’t use Rainbow.
    Just asking because I got in on the Amazon US price and don’t want to get stuck with a typically inferior US version.

  91. musicmax says:

    The gold CDs help identify the ubiquitous silver counterfeits on eBay.

  92. Marcel says:

    i am so disappointed. With baited breath I scrolled down the tracklist. What did I find? Nothing really new. My jaw dropped. “They” seem to have completely forgotten about the LOW-sessions, the “New Music Day And Night” demos. What about (possible) outtakes and demos from the Heroes/Scary Monsters sessions. None of these here. No Tony Visconti 5.1 versions of the trilogy, this is what I would have expected.
    Why bother releasing the box after all?
    I wonder who remastered the albums, it should have been Tony Visconti, like the “Young Americans” DVD Audio. An opportunity wasted (forever?). I am not looking forward to this, apart from the hardback book

  93. Frank Donnelly says:

    Price on Amazon US site has jumped $90 FOR VINYL box already

  94. Bleddyn Williams says:

    ARGH! The US version of the vinyl just jumped to $249 while I was in the process of checking out.


    • Jorje Chica says:

      Nobody seems to have noticed my comments above. The original USA Amazon listing, with the too good to be true preorder price, was probably not legitimate to begin with.

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        It was about £50 cheaper than the UK price. Not sure if that’s in ‘too good to be true’ territory. I fully expect Amazon to honour it.

        • Bender says:

          Also, there is a good chance UK price will drop too till the release date. It’s always worth to make preorders as early as possible at amazon UK, IT and DE considering Preorder Price Guarantee. You can always cancel them.

        • Darren Briscoe says:

          I hope so because for once I got the chuffin deal!!!

        • Andy says:

          Yeah have always been good with honoring prices over the years so I’m happy I locked the vinyl in at $160. The only time they have been a bit off was when their French site cancelled the recent Vangelis box set orders.

  95. Brendan says:

    The Amazon US page shows $159 for the vinyl but when I add it to my cart it for preorder it shows up as $249 USD.

  96. OMAR says:

    Looking forward. Hefty price though. Probably will wait and get it from a third party seller on Amazon.

  97. Edu says:

    Miss the “Revolutionary Song” from Just a Gigolo and “The Myth” from Cat People soundtrack. Both tracks were released officially.

  98. Mr X says:

    Looking forward to this but was hoping lodger remix was going with one of the alternative titles (planned accidents or despite straight lines).

    Other wish was for the new music night & day version of low

    Oh well we’ve always got the 40th anniversary version of low to wait for
    Oh wait…..!

  99. Kauwgompie says:

    Surprised they included the 2 versions of stage. And very surprised they added “Under Pressure”. I have the Virgin version of “Lets Dance” with “Under Pressure” as a bonus track. I would have thought they kept that for the next box.

    • Larry Davis says:

      “Under Pressure” came out in 1981, so I think they had this box go up to 1982, as an endpoint to this box’s era, also including the original “Cat People” and the Bing Crosby duet of “Little Drummer Boy”…the Mick Jagger duet of “Dancing in the Street” will be on the next box…

  100. Geoff G says:

    Tony’s remix of Lodger sounds very interesting. The extended Beauty and the beast is nice, as well as the two bonus tracks to Stage. And, I don’t think I’ve never heard the Breaking Glass (Australian single version) or Yassassin (single version) before. I own everything else. So, I don’t know if that’s enough to warrant buying all these cd’s again at this price.

    But, that’s been the issue for all of these box sets, there’s only a few things I don’t have, and is it worth spending $150 for the little music that I want? Remastered, yet again albums, are not a driving point for me. So the answer is no, but we’ll see… I broke down on the first two box sets, even though I wasn’t happy with spending that much money.

  101. Michael McA says:

    Oh! Can’t wait. Gagging for the Lodger remix!

  102. Andy says:

    Done and done! Vinyl from the US and the CDs from the U.K. Thanks Paul!

  103. Graham Yapp says:

    Certainly looking forward to this Gem,would have liked to see the Baal ep has a separate cd though.

  104. Dean T says:

    Intant pre order for me …these boxes have been perfect for my needs and this is the last one I will buy ..been looking forward to this…looks perfect to me .

  105. Dave H says:

    I see some folks are contemplating Bowie’s 80’s output and whether there’ll be a box set for Let’s Dance, Tonight and Never Let Me Down Again. One thing to remember is there were a lot of extended versions and remixes that have never been released on CD.

    1986 is also interesting as four soundtrack singles were released – Absolute Beginners, Underground, Magic Dance (not UK) and When The Wind Blows.

    They are available on digital formats but it would be nice to finally have them on CD’s.

    As for Tin Machine, I actually enjoyed their albums and Bowie rocking out. Heaven’s In Here is my fav from that period.

    • Paul Murphy says:

      It will be interesting to see if ‘Too Dizzy’ appears in the next box.

      • Rory McCann says:

        I think that there will be 2 versions of never let me down, the first being the original CD version, and the other being the vinyl with all the shorter versions. I’d imagine that Too Dizzy would be included on the vinyl one, but it should be on both

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          Don’t think we’ll see Too Dizzy again. DB specifically asked for it to be removed, so can’t see them going against that.

          • Paul Murphy says:

            Yes, it’s just these box ‘rules’ that made me (little) wonder. It was on the original release, so in theory should be present. Quite why David hated it so much as to try and erase it from his discography has always puzzled me, it’s not (quite) the worst thing he ever
            released. And my ten cents for the next box title would go on ‘As The World Falls Down’.

          • Paul Sinclair says:

            Well it’s ‘rules’ in quotation marks. Which indicate they are really not actual rules. They record company can just make it up as they go along…

          • Ron says:

            “Don’t think we’ll see Too Dizzy again. DB specifically asked for it to be removed, so can’t see them going against that.”

            It was the same with the original Holy Holy version which DB did not like, but was included on the first box set. I expect that Too Dizzy will be on the box set.

    • Larry Davis says:

      Also “This is not America”

  106. Auntie Sabrina says:

    Wonder why Scary Monsters… is not remastered?

  107. Matt Legg says:

    I hope that the next box set is called Loving The Alien – 1983-1987 (Let’s Dance, Tonight, Never Let Me Down and Serious Moonlight and Glass Spider Tour CD). I love Tin Machine but I feel that should be in the next boxset (1988-2000 – maybe called Heavens In Here, You’ve Been Around, I’m Deranged, Little Wonder or Survive) which would be: Tin Machine, Tin Machine II, Tin Machine Oy vey baby, Black Tie White Noise, The Buddha Of Suburbia, Outside, Earthling and Hours (the Reeves Gabrels years). Hence why Reality should be in the boxset after with Reality Tour, The Next Day and Blackstar

  108. fredpostman says:

    I’m happy hope you’re happy too…roll on the 1983-1993 box set.

  109. Jorje Chica says:

    I passed on the last box set, but I am coming around to the notion that I may as well buy it because I already own the first one and will definitely buy this one. I think the artwork on the box is decent enough, and by now the exclusion of rarities from the Ryko series should be of no surprise or shock to anyone.

    About the USA Amazon pre-order. I was about to place my pre-order for the vinyl box, but I noticed the listing is a bit fishy to my mind. Instead of David Bowie, the artist is listed as “Project Lawrence.” The UK and German Amazon sites list Bowie. Also, the USA site says the label is “Pilgrim Motor” instead of Parlophone. The UK site says the label is unassigned, and the German site has the correct label. I’m going to wait before ordering it, to make sure the US listing is legitimate.

  110. Avitom. says:

    Such talk about “The Rules”, rubbish, they were just made to make more money with futue box sets of “Rarities”. Is the parliament behind these “rules”? And anyhow rules were made in order to break them!

  111. Ian says:

    The next box set will be called “Time Will Crawl” … I mean, they can’t resist it surely?
    The one after that, which will include the Tin Machine era will be called “Sorry” .
    … and the after that “Little Wonder”
    Apologies to hardcore Bowie fans but we are swiftly moving into the era of slim pickings

  112. Seb Sharp says:

    Pssst Paul… Headline calls it “A New CareeEr”. You… um.. you need to drop an ‘E’.

  113. Auntie Sabrina says:

    Space Oddity”: re-recorded single B-side, 1979.
    Crystal Japan”: Japanese single A-side, 1979.
    Alabama Song”: UK single A-side, 1979.

    These tracks were on the UK/Europe 1992 Scary Monsters CD.

    BUT, it is a very good value set and the CDs are gold (I think they sound better but I’m no expert).

  114. Johnny Feathers says:

    Certainly the most tempting of the series, for me, but still a pass. Ever since buying the remastered Pink Floyd set (Discovery), I don’t have much interest in remasters of stuff that have ALREADY been remastered. The new mix of Lodger is obviously the draw here, but I’m not sure I want to buy a bunch of other albums I already own to get it. There’s just not enough “new” stuff in these sets for me.

    • RJS says:

      I totally agree. I see no sense whatsoever in splashing out £100 for a flashy box given that I own much of this music already. Including two versions of Stage is stretching it but at least the obsessives will be able to gaze adoringly as the yellow vinyl spins around on their tutntables. 15 pints at a one day festival represents much better value for money!

  115. TheScoundrel says:

    I was going to wait to preorder this a short while… but honestly, that price for the 13LP box from Amazon US is just too ridiculous not to jump on. Thanks once again, Paul. That widget is a thing of wonder. I want one for everything on my list! If only :)

  116. Rob Kirby says:

    Great stuff – I was hoping this third box would end with Scary Monsters, as it made more sense with Ashes to Ashes summation of his career so far, before Let’s dance took him off in a different direction. Couldn’t be happier with the extras, although obviously, like many, I’ll being hanging on to my old Rykodisc CDs for the bonus tracks I liked that aren’t here due to ‘the rules’ ;)

    So, hands up who also guessed the title of this box set as well? :-)

  117. Peter L Webster says:

    Does anyone know if you get download codes with the vinyl version?

  118. Hans says:

    This as exactly as expected. Happy with the new Lodger mix and the new Stage tracks. Was anyone hoping for David and Iggy sitting on a couch singing along with german schlager songs ?

  119. Paul Murphy says:

    Been nice if they could have included the two 1978 Earls Court tracks from ‘RarestOneBowie’ on Re:Call 3 [as so many have mentioned, they deleted their ‘rules’ with ‘The Gouster’]. Smug face emoji for my prediction when the last box came out that this would be the title of this one. Any takers that next year’s RSD LP will be 1972 Carnegie Hall?

  120. TheScoundel says:

    Bit of a shame we didn’t get the original sequence of New Music Night And Day (I know, I know, that was perhaps a pipe dream), Peter And The Wolf or even Planned Accidents… But that’s not really sticking within the rules.

    However, I have a feeling now that since the ‘imperial’ period, as it were, has been released, that they might start punctuating the next couple of box sets with other exclusive releases (there could be surprises still in store). I myself love all of Bowie’s records and different periods, but it could help with the more casual fans. Can’t wait for this!

  121. Tim says:

    Looks good. The only downside for me is that the TV broadcast of ‘Baal’ is not present (so far as I know it’s only available in a large and pricey set of the director’s work for the BBC) as I’d love to watch that again. Presumably it would be far too complicated (and expensive?) to clear rights around the world.

  122. EW99 says:

    I’m really excited for this one I must say and got my order in post haste.

    I’m just trying to work out what is meant by the various “exclusive” bits here. I’m reading it that Lodger 2017 and Re:Call 3 are not going to be available physically outside this box and that Lodger 2017 is not going to be available digitally.

  123. Chris says:

    Can’t complain about there content – this looks an excellent set (although with Scary Monsters on this box, who will buy the next one……?)

    My only gripe about these Bowie box sets is the “exclusive to the box” material. I want these albums in the next possible quality and am prepared to pay extra for the 24 bit / 192KHz downloads. However, if I do that I miss out on the Lodger remix and the Re:Call discs. So do I go for completeness or quality ?

    I understand keeping these off iTunes / Spotify / Amazon etc, but surely if I’m paying a premium for higher quality, then its not too much to ask ?

    • Chris says:

      That should have been “best possible quality not “next possible quality”

    • Neal Alhadeff says:

      iTunes lists the full box set, including the Lodger remix, in its version.

      I bought the earlier boxes from them and it included the full releases, too.

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        Yes, sorry, I think it’s just the 192/24 that doesn’t have the Lodger remix. I’ll correct the text.

  124. Eamonn says:

    Re the Ryko extras and other unreleased bits (aborted soundtrack for The Man Who Fell To Earth was my hopeful wish for this set – I thought The Ghouster might have set a precedent for it, alas not); I predict 50th anniversary superdooper-deluxes of individual LPs starting in 2019 with the self-titled and running all the way through the 2020’s where each of his 70’s touchstone albums will turn half a century. By then a lot of the original Bowie babies won’t be too far off pushing-up daisies and Bowie.Inc can respectfully reign-in the rereleases for that era.

    • Wayne Klein says:

      My guess–if sales are robust, you’re right. Unfortunately, that’s the way the industry continues to milk customers. I’ve kept my Rykos with the best bonus tracks (although I abhor having multiple copies of albums–takes up space and money and the benefit is meager at best for me because I’m not a collector but one who listens and enjoys the music)

  125. Peter says:

    Really looking forward to hearing more about the Lodger remix as it’s one of my absolute favourite db albums.

    • Wayne Klein says:

      Indeed, it should be interesting to hear Tony’s remix. It’s been one of my favs as well. The Ryko sounded pretty decent for the original mastering.

  126. Eric Martin says:

    Looks like they’re going three for three without mucking things up. I may have to start buying these. Looking dorward to what they come up with for the ’80s-era.

  127. Robert Fitzpatrick says:

    I am in Australia and just pre-ordered the set from amazon uk at 78.71 pounds

  128. P.E. says:

    I’m delighted with this box set. I particularly like the Heroes EP as a separate disc. I had hoped for the Baal EP to be a separate disc also and perhaps the inclusion of the soundtrack to Christiane F. My biggest grumble is the dull artwork. The first box set Five Years was appalling but the last one WCIBN was much improved. I’d hoped this would be the way forward but they seem to have slipped backwards.

    If I order the vinyl box set from Amazon USA should I expect to pay import fee’s?

  129. Carlos says:

    Can someone help out and identify what is missing from the ryko releases that isn’t here?

    • Ray Ray says:

      Some Are, All Saints, Sound And Vision remix, Abdulmajid, I Pray Olé, and Panic in Detroit 1979. They are all found elsewhere except I Pray Ole. Sound and Vision remix might still be on iTunes, and the others on the All Saints compilation, except for Some Are, which came on iSelect.

  130. Mike says:

    Does the free shipping from Amazon USA include shipping to the UK?

  131. James says:

    Very happy that Scary Monsters is included. This will immediately become my favourite of the boxes. My one quibble is the Baal EP: it should have received its own release within the box instead of the Heroes EP.

    • Aevion says:

      Same goes for me, and I’m so glad it was included with the Berlin trilogy, despite it not being directly related to those albums I feel like it belongs in the same universe as them. Scary Monsters is definitely one of my top 5 Bowie albums.

  132. Nass Khan says:


    I have been looking forward to this Box Set the Most & will clear some shelf space. I enjoyed the sound quality of the previous two sets ( I bought Cd & Vinyl)

    Theres bound to be someone who is going to moan about it but Charles Sharr Murray did it first

  133. 7 says:

    I wonder why the two additional songs, now added to the 2017 version of the Stage album, weren’t part of the Tony Visconti 2005 remix release? I presume all the tracks, including the two new extras, are 2017 remasters using the 2005 remix? (There was also a surround (5.1) mix of Stage made at the time.)

    Interesting to note that the use of gold for the CDs is not just to make the discs look more distinctive! 1. Gold is more efficient at reflecting back the CD players laser. 2. Gold will not disintegrate.

  134. madman says:

    Wish I had the money for this one. Hoping for either a price drop or individual releases.

  135. David Whiting says:

    This is the only David Bowie boxset I wanted.

    The Amazon US price looks really good (in case you missed it).

  136. adam shaw says:

    Do we need 2 versions of Stage ? It’s the David Live joke all over again .
    And no All Saints and Some Are , I just don’t understand this .

    • christian says:

      A quote from a comment of mine posted here earlier in the year that wasn’t published.

      “Some Are is a nice track but was remixed in the 90s. And as far as the others go…
      Tony Visconti in 2016 on All Saints “I have no idea where it came from, I never worked on it. We didn’t have anything like that for Low or Heroes.”
      TV on Abdulmajid “I recall working on the for Heroes but it was abandoned. This is a heavily reworked 90s creation.”
      TV on I Pray Ole “This draws a complete blank, I can rule it out of the Lodger / Scary Monsters sessions.”
      That’s dubious enough for me to not want them seen on a supposed “archive” release., these are clearly not outtakes from those albums. There may be some contemporary backing tracks under there but that’s not an outtake. Club Bowie is a compilation of album outtakes if you apply the same logic.”

      I’ll stand by my opinion then that these tracks do not belong in this boxed set and that it was an error of judgement to include them on the Rykos driven by the lack of actual rarities available from these albums at the time they were compiled.

      • Aevion says:

        Perhaps in that case these ‘rarities’ belong on one of the potential future boxsets covering 1990, maybe on the associated Re:Call compilation with the “Fame ’90” mixes (as a boxset for that time period would most likely be a Tin Machine-focused set).

      • Wayne Klein says:

        Wouldn’t be surprised about this at all as Bowie was asked by Ryko to include bonus tracks and there’s no way he would just put barebones unfinished versions of tracks.

  137. Alastair says:

    Great news.
    Incidentally, the ‘Low’ and “Heroes” Ryko bonus tracks are on the ‘All Saints’ instrumentals CD

    • Ben Williams says:

      Thanks for the reminder, I forgot this – just bought a copy of the All Saints CD so I now have those instrumentals :-)

  138. RJS says:

    I think they’ll call it a day after this one. A 10 CD box set spanning the Let’s Never Let Me Down Tonight years would pale in comparison to the three releases in the series so far. I’ll be checking out this one, like the previous two, on Spotify.

    • Ben Williams says:

      It would ‘pale’ in comparison artistically, nothing can beat Bowie 1970 to 1980 in terms of creativity (well except Pink Floyd!) but still necessary for Bowie fans and collectors. From Let’s Dance to Tin Machine there is such a wealth of material… and for me and I am sure a lot here, perfectly listenable and loved.

      If they included CD/Vinyl versions of the Serious Moonlight and Glass Spider concerts, I think those sets would definitely sell!

      And re:call 4 would probably have to be expanded to 3 discs what with all the 12″ mixes and the like.

      • Aevion says:

        I’d love a boxset of these albums myself. Perhaps a 1983-1987 box (Let’s Dance, Tonight, Labyrinth, Never Let Me Down, Serious Moonlight and Glass Spider) followed by 1992-1998 (Black Tie White Noise, Buddha of Suburbia, Outside, Earthling, maybe even the unreleased works for the sequel to Outside) and 1999-2004 (Hours, Toy, Heathen, Reality). Not sure where Tin Machine would fit in, maybe a separate box for that stuff?

        • mr59 says:

          your idea would make perfect sense for me (83-87, 92-98 and 99-04). also wondered if the tin machine albums will be ignored completely or added to next years box… (so: 83-91, 92-98 and 99-04)

          i think the “labyrinth” and the other movie songs (this is not america, absolute beginners, when the wind blows…) and also the duet with mick jagger will more likely be on the re:call 4 CDs – which would be an option for the best tin machine songs as well, should be decided to ignore them as albums)

          new, official live albums of the serious moonlight and glass spider tours would be very welcome (hopefully, they will forget about the tin machine live album “oy vey, baby”…)

          and will the release another box which includes the last two albums (“the next day/extra” and “blackstar”)? so will we have a 05/13-16 box? mhhh, would be a bit thin, wouldn’t it? with just two albums…

          • Rory McCann says:

            I think the next boxes will be
            -’83 to ’87 (Let’s Dance, Live 1983 dvd audio?, Tonight, Never Let Me Down, Live Montreal 1987, Re:Call 4)
            -’89 to ’92 (TM1, new live album?, TM2, Oy Vey Baby, Full Hamburg show?, Re:Call 5)

            It’s hard to tell really after this because there are no real live albums etc and the labels are different for the albums. I’m quite confident that Tin Machine will have its own box set but then again TM2 and Oy Vey are owned by London records and have been OOP for decades. Surely the Bowie estate have sorted that out?

      • Paul Murphy says:

        Bowie 70-80 was superb Ben, but feel it worth mentioning that Dylan had a phenomenal artistic run in the 70’s of ‘Blood On The Tracks’, ‘Desire’, ‘Street Legal’, and ‘Slow Train Coming’, not to mention the very good live album ‘Before The Flood’ and the very excellent live album ‘Hard Rain’, plus some pick’n’mix classics from the earlier part of the decade such as ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’, ‘Forever Young’, ‘When I Paint My Masterpiece’.

      • gwynogue says:

        Agreed – as an 80’s child with 80’s pop sensibilities, I love DB’s post-‘Scary Monsters’ material as much as all the material before it. Even if the man himself looks back in anger (boom-tish!) at that period.

        • gwynogue says:

          Hmmm…I don’t know how my ‘Agreed…’ comment ended up down here – it was meant to be between Ben Williams’ and Aevion’s comments.

  139. Ben Williams says:

    This set does look lovely but as someone who already has the original albums released in his lifetime already (except for those Berlin trilogy Ryko/EMI bonus tracks on CD) these box sets with their ‘originally released at the time’ rules prevent me from buying these sets.

    At one box a year and at £100 on CD each, I would happily collect them had they included the amazing extra tracks that were included on those early 90’s reissues and some of the 30th anniversary reissues. Such a shame as these boxes and remasters are absolutely fab.

    I look forward to buying a copy of Heroes, Scary Monsters and Stage on vinyl next year ;-)

  140. Rory McCann says:

    Haha, predicted the title of this set last year, so predictable! Very excited though, especially with the Lodger remix that’s been rumoured for nearly 10 years(?). Great news about Stage but still disappointed it’s not 100% complete. My only real gripe is that I would much rather have a separate CD of Baal and have the “Heroes” EP as part of Re:Call 3, but it’s probably due to CD timings not allowing for it. No major complaints though, I’m a big fan of this series and am really looking forward to hearing the new remasters and especially the new Lodger mix

    • mr59 says:

      hahahaha :-) so let’s predict the title of next year’s box.

      “never let me down” anyone? ;-)

      • Ray Ray says:

        I’m going to pick “Loving Tbe Alien”

        • mr59 says:

          yes, that was my first thought too, “loving the alien”

          or maybe “let’s dance”?

          there are not really many songs from these albums that would qualify as good choices

          • Chris Brown says:

            I don’t think they’re going to use the title of an existing album. ‘Loving The Alien’ was my first thought too, but also ‘Time Will Crawl’. ‘Shining Star’ is also an appropriate title but maybe not a song they want to draw too much attention to?

          • Edward Bates says:

            God Only Knows would seem apt for his 80s period.

          • Rory McCann says:

            I’m thinking as it will probably cover ’83 to ’87 (tin machine will be its own box i reckon), his commercial period, it could be something like that.
            -Let’s Dance (too obvious?)
            -Dancing With The Big Boys
            -Shake It (probably not)
            -Tumble And Twirl
            -Magic dance?

            It’s a lot tougher than the previous boxes, not obvious at all, I don’t think any of those are good titles! Maybe it won’t be a song title

          • Jakob says:

            “As the World Falls Down” is my guess since they seem to be going with vaguely existential titles.

  141. Darren Briscoe says:

    The Amazon USA preorder price was too good to resist!

    • Danny Gromfin says:

      That’s what I thought and now I wish I had ordered the CD in addition to the vinyl. The current US prices are much higher now!

  142. Stevie B says:

    I may be wrong but I recall owning a 7″ EP with picture sleeve (possibly Australian?) which had Heroes in English, English/German, French, and a fourth with all three languages?

    • Steve says:

      I have an Oz EP that sounds like the one you mention. Side A is the single edit versions of Heroes and the French ‘Heros’. The other side is the single edit of the German ‘Helden’ and V2 Schneider makes four songs. The sleeve is a Stage Tour photo of Bowie. Released in early 1980 I think.

  143. Michael Theobald says:

    Why the extortionate price charged in the U.K. compared to the USA, why are we continually ripped off over here, as much as I would love to own the LP box set, at that price they can keep it, why do the USA always get a better selection of products and better prices than us ?

  144. Nigel D Day says:

    Take my money. Is it September yet ?

    Why do they always forget The Revolutionary Song ? I am right in saying that is Bowie, aren’t I ???

  145. Pablo says:

    Nice!! Thank you Paul!!

    I would have liked to have outtakes from the berlin’s trilogy… anyway… a must to have.

  146. Peter says:


    Stage was issued in Netherlands on Yellow and Blue vinyl.

    The new 3 x LP version looks brilliant a la David Live from WCIBN

    Interested to see what happens when they release them individually after the initial few months

  147. Doug says:

    If two new tracks are added to Stage then it sort of breaks the ‘rule’ about material not released in the original era. Shame to miss off ‘Some Are’, a beautiful piece which Philip Glass worked into his Low Symphony.

  148. James says:

    The ‘rules’ are utterly bizarre, if banal, for not including all the material found on the old Ryko CD-re-issues. Such ‘rules’ would make yet another Visconti re-mix invalid.

    I think Bowie actually loved those Ryko re-issues very dearly, released at a time when his commercial and critical standing was being battered, and is loyally rewarding those who invested at the time. For those who have the Ryko CDs – and they still sound astonishing – there’s very little here to entice an expensive upgrade.

    • Mark says:

      I still have the Rykos (with that special edition metal frame that houses the collection; and you’re right, the SBM versions have not been bettered. Still buying this box though cause it is still my fave period of his work. I’ll never forget hearing CHOM fm playing the full LOW album at breakfast before school; I was already into heavy German electronic music such as MOONDAWN by Klaus Schulze and Ashra and TD, so not being a great fan of Bowie at the time (16 years old), I was astonished. Bought it on day of release and I still think it one of the most important releases by a pop artist ever; it changed the landscape for other people to expand upon. Masterpiece period.

  149. ken says:

    I wonder why Breaking Glass is after the Heroes tracks on re:call 3. It must be the live version I assume.

    Wonderfully done, great to have another set coming out.

    • Chris Brown says:

      Breaking Glass would be the extended Australian (studio) edit. I presume they’ve broken chronological order because they wanted the drama of opening with “Heroes”.
      I don’t own the original 7″ but AFAIK the live EP version is identical to the one on Stage.

  150. Dean says:

    Being human, and British, I’ll start with a couple grumbles.

    The cover is dull, and uninteresting. When you think of the creative license the Berlin Trilogy gives them, they came up with a boring headshot in what is, basically, sepia. Urgh. And of course, the inevitable lack of anything that was not a single at the time – which the entire series is hobbled by.

    On the positive front – while I think the remix of Lodger is unnecessary, they are at least including the original mix too. Therefore, it’s a fun little exercise. I’m NOT a fan of these “exclusive” items, because the fans should be able to get the music they want, in the format they want, imo. But what can you do? And to say it’s an 11-disc set, when one is an EP, is stretching things a bit.

    This is a magic period for Bowie – although it’s scary to think what the next box is going to be, because the rot set in for long period after this. The two versions of stage are redundant, the 2005 version is THE version to get. The original idea to re-sequence the songs was wrong-footed and silly.

    One final note to all. I bought the previous two sets secondhand, and it was a nightmare. Ebay was full of pirated copies, manufactured in China – you know them because the discs (CD’s) are silver, not gold colored – there was never an official version with silver discs. I managed to get copies eventually, and saved some money, but I’ve learned my lesson and have just gone ahead and pre-ordered this. Pirated copies will arrive sooner rather than later, and picking through what is real and what is not is a horrid waste of time.

    • louis malle's camera man says:

      they released the gouster on the last set – so they have no “only put on released material” rule that they haven’t already broken – then you’ve got the remixes. there seems to be no real rule about anything which has been included on any of the box sets so far.

      i think there is one new rule they’ve now adopted for the last two sets, which is – include 2 versions of all the albums wherever possible to bulk out the set (and never mind the fact that they are remixes done many many years after the time period).

      still, half of it is worth having – although everything worth getting will get a standalone version at some point apart from re:call – so it’s a question of whether it’s worth waiting or getting this version. let’s hope amazon italy or canada do there general balls up with the initial pricing and allow people to get it at a better price … watch thi space!

    • Jorje Chica says:

      Dean, I had a similar nightmare with The Beatles in Mono CD set. I bought one off a guy on eBay for a great price, but none of the CDs played on my various CD players (home stereo, car, computer) and the covers and resealable sleeves looked off. I sent it back and he sent me another copy with the exact same problems. At this point he refused to send me another one or to refund my money, and by that point the time to lodge a complaint with eBay had lapsed and there was nothing to do but eat my loss. The copies he sold me were definitely knock offs from China or Russia or who knows where. I ended up buying a legitimate copy on Amazon, and after all that hassle, what do I do? I sell the CD set for credit and buy the vinyl box, which I should have bought in the first place. Live and learn!!

  151. sebastien says:


  152. Peter says:

    People obviously will moan but I think it’s perfect. ..remember you have a choice if you want to buy or not but I’m sure if it had 10 unreleased albums people would still moan. it’s British people’s duty to moan I guess

    • Subterranean says:

      @Peter: not moaning at all. It is what it is. But would you really prefer this to some new unreleased material?

  153. Andrew F says:

    Well, this is welcome news. I’m delighted that the third box set hasn’t divided the RCA era, as there were some fears that Scary Monsters would be lumped in with the other ’80s albums.

    Nice that there’s a coloured vinyl inclusion in the vinyl box. Pleased to see the inclusion of Baal, Cat People and the collaborations with Crosby and Queen.

    I was expecting the Heroes French and German releases to be part of Re:call, so it’s nice that we get a reproduction of the original release.

    The artwork opting to capture the Heroes era Bowie is perfect, for me. All in all, there’s much to be pleased about this third set.

    Wonder if the price will rise tomorrow, as I seem to recall the second box set jumped up in price the day after it was first listed. I’m ordering today…

  154. Simonf says:

    Wot! No Peter & The Wolf? That’s a shame as it is an official Bowie album and should be included.
    Still a fine box nevertheless and after this I take my leave of the Dame’s Fantastic Voyage.

    • David Perry says:

      Good point well made.

      I think the license for that is with a 3rd party at present?

    • Pete says:

      Why not Christiane F. even though most of the tracks are elsewhere in the box set it is still part of the history.
      I have it on vinyl along with all of the official LPs including a yellow pressing of stage from back in the day so will be buying the CDs.
      Looking forward to receiving it.
      If the LP sized books from the boxsets were available separately I would buy them.

  155. Rob Deighton says:

    Will look forward to the standalone versions hopefully February next year.

    • Dean says:

      Looks like you won’t get a standalone version of the new Lodger.

      • Mikael says:

        Just like we haven’t (yet …) seen a stand-alone Gouster :(
        That, and the Lodger remix, are so far the only things from these box sets I’m interested in, but I guess if you missed out on the Rykos and want to build a Bowie collection from scratch, these are pretty good, although for us long time collectors there’s very little new stuff.

      • Rob Deighton says:

        It’s okay – i have an excellent original copy. i wouldn’t be surprised if the original mix is pressed a later date.

      • Kevin says:

        Yes, but for those of us who just want the remasters of the albums proper, that’s what we’re looking at. I’m really not interested in two versions of a live album and a new remix of an album that was fine to begin with.

  156. SirBoxy-Head says:

    Brilliant news, I can’t wait for this one. Perfection. I wish they would do an expanded deluxe for Low…

  157. Subterranean says:

    Yes, it follows the “rules” of the series, but so disappointing that there’s no archival material. Most fans have most of this already. Do we need two versions of Stage? And Lodger sounds just fine as it is. The murky mix was always part of the charm.

  158. Allan Buchan says:

    Not even the Rykodisc bonus tracks? How much of the Gouster was commercially released in the original era? Less the sound of breaking glass and more the sound of corporations cashing in…

    • Dean says:

      In fairness, Allan – this actually isn’t a cash-in. The series – with all its restrictions – was planned before Bowie’s death. It’s just taking forever to roll out. I agree, these could have been so much better, but the series is doing what it originally set out to do, which was reissue Bowie’s commercial catalog.

  159. Louis says:

    In general, I miss more material in DVD-Audio or Bluray-Audio (of any artista). Remestered material just in standard CD format (I’m not interested in Vinyl) it’s not interesting for me.

  160. JasonC says:

    Happy with this. As someone who originally got into Bowie at the time of the early 90s Ryko CDs, these boxes have been a great one-stop to get the albums on vinyl. I’m glad their going up to 1982 – seeing how much they squeezed out of just three albums for last year’s box, I was worried this would be a “Berlin Trilogy” only box. Slight complaint: I think that cover is underwhelming, I was hoping for something with a strong-coloured, striking cover image with decent typography. DB himself apparently signified what he wanted he cover for WCIBN? to be, this looks a little plain.

    • Wim says:

      I think all the three boxcovers are very underwhelming, but for the rest I love them!

      • Wayne Klein says:

        I wouldn’t disagree in that all of the extra tracks from the Ryle and Sound + Vision sets. I realize they wanted to make this only the “original” releases but would it have hurt them to include these various tracks and put them on an extra disc for each respective album?

        I’d take that over the gold tint on the discs.

  161. Kevin says:

    This looks to be the best of these Bowie boxes so far – plenty of interesting extra material – and my favourite period of the Dame’s career too. Thanks for the heads up Paul – preordered on vinyl!

  162. Trash says:

    Well – it is a must buy for me BUT I am surprised that the tracks that were on the Ryko editions are not included.
    And it would have been great to have some true rarities….

    Still a must-buy (although I do hope the price comes down a bit).

    And I’m relieved that they included Scary Monsters.

  163. Wim says:

    Lovely… but why not Rebel Rebel on Stage and it would be complete!

  164. Peter Nicholas says:

    Great news Paul, wondered when we would hear about this.

  165. Matteo Leoni says:

    So there are two additional tracks in “Stage” (compared to the 2005 edition), and the australian longer “Breaking glass”, that I’ve never heard. Interesting.

  166. bertielego says:

    The series continues!

  167. mr59 says:

    nice that the baal songs and the german/french “heroes” versions all appear on CD finally. also looking forward to the extended version of ‘beauty and the beast’ and the two additional live tracks on ‘stage’. only disappointment is the missing 9:21 minute full length version of ‘cat people’ which appeared on an australian 12″ back then:

    • Ian Nipper says:

      Don’t get too excited about the extended “Beauty and the Beast”; I bought it when it originally came out and was hugely disappointed to find it just repeated a bit in the middle, no actual remixing as such, just a cut-and-splice job. I don’t think I’ve played it more than five times.

  168. Paolo Meccano says:

    This looks *excellent* (though no doubt the usual Hoffmen will find something to moan about).

    • Wayne Klein says:

      “Hoffman” LOL. Actually a lot of folks at Steve Hoffman’s cite loved the first two sets. I am wondering why the superior single versions of “Cat People” isn’t on here.

      • Noah Cross says:

        I recently discovered that an extended version of “Cat People” is on the “Suicide Blonde” soundtrack. It is also quite a good set aside from that.

    • smorrissey says:

      Ha ha, indeed, those guys kill the joy for music nowadays.

      • Chris says:

        How do they do that?

      • Wayne Klein says:

        Yeah how exactly do they do that? It seems to me that anyone who loves music also loves how they sound. Not to get into a loudness wars argument here but when crappy product is released or there is digital distortion, it seems to me it’s only right to call the business on it. Honesty is fine and, if you like something that others deem not very good, that’s fine too but to make excuses for poor quality is something else entirely. Every site has their extremists. Most of the talk that goes on there is generally related to just music, not sound quality. You like what you like but that doesn’t mean everyone will like what you like when it comes to sound quality, etc.

    • Peter Murs says:

      “I Pray, Olé ………Was originally Recorded at the Lodger sessions, any idea of the reason for it’s omission from the Recall 3 extra tracks Vinyl/CD

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        Because it wasn’t officially released in the era… which as has been discussed many times, is the general ‘rule’ when it comes to these sets!

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