David Bowie Box is Back

David Bowie Box / 2013 reissue
Bowie Box contains the albums Outside, Earthling, Hours, Heathen and Reality – all as comprehensive 2CD sets

Sony Music are to reissue their David Bowie Box (originally released in 2007) which comprehensively summarises the thin white duke‘s official output from 1995 to 2004.

This is a 10CD box set which contains the following five albums, all issued as two-CD sets: Outside (1995), Earthling (1997) Hours… (1999), Heathen (2002) and Reality (2003).

For anyone looking to investigate Bowie in the nineties and noughties, then look no further. With the exception of the Tin Machine albums, Black Tie White Noise and the soundtrack to The Buddha Of Suburbia, this set houses all the man’s studio album-related output since 1987’s Never Let Me Down – and it’s fantastically comprehensive.

For example Outside‘s bonus disc contains five remixes of lead single tour de force The Heart’s Filthy Lesson, a further four versions of Hallo Spaceboy as well as Get Real (originally a Japanese bonus track which later turned up on the Strangers When We Meet UK CD single). All the bonus discs do a similar thing, rounding up tracks from CD singles, twelve-inch vinyl, remixes and the various two-disc editions that were available at the time. Heathen‘s extra disc gathers together all the tracks (commercially issued at the time) that were originally intended for Bowie’s stillborn Toy album (Baby Loves That Way, Shadow Man etc.) In total 63 bonus tracks are included in this box.

Furthermore, the packaging is high quality japanese style mini-LP CDs (vinyl replica) with inner sleeves reproduced, decent protection for CDs, larger 135mm x 135mm dimensions, and slavish attention to the original vinyl design (Outside is called Excerpts From Outside as per the original vinyl sleeve, despite containing the full-length version and bonus disc!). All the five album packages are housed in a very sturdy slipcase which boasts design elements from all the individual releases. Sony have informed us that the packaging for this reissue will be identical to the original.

This box set has been out of print for quite a while and currently commands high prices on the used market. All that will change on 27 May when the reissue is released. Expect to pay around £40 for this set (at the time of writing pre-orders only available from Amazon Germany).

David Bowie Box / 2013 reissue

David Bowie Box full track listing:

Disc 1 (Outside)

  • “Leon Takes Us Outside”
  • “Outside”
  • “The Hearts Filthy Lesson”
  • “Small Plot of Land”
  • “Segue – Baby Grace (A Horrid Cassette)”
  • “Hallo Spaceboy”
  • “The Motel”
  • “I Have Not Been to Oxford Town”
  • “No Control”
  • “Segue – Algeria Touchshriek”
  • “Voyeur of Utter Destruction (As Beauty)”
  • “Segue – Ramona A. Stone/I Am With Name”
  • “Wishful Beginnings”
  • “We Prick You”
  • “Segue – Nathan Adler”
  • “I’m Deranged”
  • “Thru’ These Architects Eyes”
  • “Segue – Nathan Adler [Album Version # 2]”
  • “Strangers When We Meet”

Disc 2 (Outside – Bonus)

  • “The Hearts Filthy Lesson [Trent Reznor Alternative Mix]”
  • “The Hearts Filthy Lesson [Rubber Mix]”
  • “The Hearts Filthy Lesson [Simple Test Mix]”
  • “The Hearts Filthy Lesson [Filthy Mix]”
  • “The Hearts Filthy Lesson [Good Karma Mix by Tim Simenon]”
  • “Small Plot of Land” [Basquiat OST Version]
  • “Hallo Spaceboy [12″ Remix]”
  • “Hallo Spaceboy [Double Click Mix]”
  • “Hallo Spaceboy [Instrumental]”
  • “Hallo Spaceboy [Lost in Space Mix]”
  • “I Am With Name”
  • “I’m Deranged [Jungle Mix]”
  • “Get Real” [Strangers When We Meet UK CD Single]
  • “Nothing to be Desired”

Disc 3 (Earthling)

  • “Little Wonder”
  • “Looking for Satellites”
  • “Battle for Britain (The Letter)”
  • “Seven Years in Tibet”
  • “Dead Man Walking”
  • “Telling Lies”
  • “The Last Thing You Should Do”
  • “I’m Afraid of Americans”
  • “Law (Earthlings on Fire)”

Disc 4 (Earthling – Bonus)

  • Little Wonder [Censored Video Edit]
  • Little Wonder [Junior Vasquez Club Mix]
  • Little Wonder [Danny Saber Dance Mix]
  • Seven Years in Tibet [Mandarin Version]
  • Dead Man Walking [Moby Mix 1]
  • Dead Man Walking [Moby Mix 2 Us Promo 12″]
  • Telling Lies [Feelgood Mix]
  • Telling Lies [Paradox Mix]
  • I’m Afraid of Americans [Showgirls OST Version]
  • I’m Afraid of Americans [Nine Inch Nails V1 Mix]
  • I’m Afraid of Americans [Nine Inch Nails V1 Clean Edit]
  • V-2 Schneider [Tao Jones Index]
  • Pallas Athena [Tao Jones Index]

Disc 5 (Hours)

  • “Thursday’s Child”
  • “Something in the Air”
  • “Survive”
  • “If I’m Dreaming My Life”
  • “Seven”
  • “What’s Really Happening?”
  • “The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell”
  • “New Angels of Promise”
  • “Brilliant Adventure”
  • “The Dreamers”

Disc 6 (Hours – Bonus)

  • “Thursday’s Child” [Rock Mix]
  • “Thursday’s Child” [Omikron: The Nomad Soul Slower Version]
  • “Something in the Air” [American Psycho Remix]
  • “Survive” [Marius De Vries UK CD Single]
  • “Seven” [Demo]
  • “Seven” [Maurius De Vries Mix]
  • “Seven” [Beck Mix #1]
  • “Seven” [Beck Mix #2]
  • “The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell” [Edit]
  • “The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell” [Stigmata Film Version]
  • “The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell” [Stigmata Film Only Version]
  • “New Angels of Promise” [Omikron: The Nomad Soul Version]
  • “The Dreamers” [Omikron: The Nomad Soul Longer Version]
  • “1917”
  • “We Shall Go to Town”
  • “We All Go Through”
  • “No One Calls”

Disc 7 (Heathen)

  • “Sunday”
  • “Cactus”
  • “Slip Away”
  • “Slow Burn”
  • “Afraid”
  • “I’ve Been Waiting for You”
  • “I Would Be Your Slave”
  • “I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spaceship”
  • “5:15 The Angels Have Gone”
  • “Everyone Says ‘Hi'”
  • “A Better Future”
  • “Heathen (The Rays)”

Disc 8 (Heathen – Bonus)

  • “Sunday [Moby Remix]”
  • “Better Future” [Remix by Air]
  • “Conversation Piece” [Written 1969 – Recorded 1970 Re-Recorded 2002]
  • “Panic in Detroit” [Outtake from a 1979 Recording]
  • “Wood Jackson”
  • “When the Boys Come Marching Home”
  • “Baby Loves That Way”
  • “You’ve Got a Habit of Leaving”
  • “Safe”
  • “Shadow Man”

Disc 9 (Reality)

  • “New Killer Star”
  • “Pablo Picasso”
  • “Never Get Old”
  • “The Loneliest Guy”
  • “Looking for Water”
  • “She’ll Drive the Big Car”
  • “Days”
  • “Fall Dog Bombs the Moon”
  • “Try Some, Buy Some”
  • “Reality”
  • “Bring Me the Disco King”

Disc 10 (Reality – Bonus)

  • “Waterloo Sunset” [Non-Album Track]
  • “Fly”
  • “Queen of All the Tarts (Overture)”
  • “Rebel Rebel (2003)”
  • “Love Missile F1-11 [Non-Album Track]”
  • “Rebel Never Gets Old [Radio Mix]”
  • “Rebel Never Gets Old [7th Heaven Edit]”
  • “Rebel Never Gets Old [7th Heaven Mix]”

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