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David Bowie / Five Years 1969-1973: new CD and vinyl box sets

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In September, Parlophone Records will release Five Years, a 12CD or 13LP box set that will feature “all of the material officially released” by David Bowie between 1969 and 1973.

Bowie’s six studio albums of this period – David BowieSpace Oddity*, The Man Who Sold The World*, Hunky Dory*, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From MarsAladdin Sane, and PinUps* – are all included, and the asterisks indicate new 2015 remasters.

There will be no bonus tracks appended to the albums, instead Five Years comes with Re:Call 1 an exclusive two disc compilation of non-album singles, single versions and B-sides. Much of this material will be familiar to collectors who picked up the Rykodisc/EMI remasters back in 1990/91 although Re:Call 1 does include a previously unreleased single edit of All The Madmen, and the original single version of Holy Holy, which was only ever released on the original 1971 Mercury single and hasn’t been available on any official release since (the version on the Ryko edition of The Man Who Sold The World is mislabelled).

Another box set exclusive will be the inclusion of Ken Scott’s 2003 stereo remix of The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars – previously only available on DVD with the LP/DVD format of the 40th anniversary edition of the album. This is in addition to the standard version, which presumably uses the 2012 40th Anniversary remaster. The 2003 remix version comes with an alternate cover which features an outtake from the original Heddon Street photo session.

Finally, Five Years also includes the two live albums officially released: Live Santa Monica ‘72 and Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture Soundtrack.

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The vinyl version of Five Years has exactly the same content as the CD edition and is pressed on 180g ‘audiophile’ vinyl. Both CD and vinyl boxes come with an accompanying book (128 pages in the CD box and 84 in the vinyl set) which feature rare photos and technical notes about each album from producers Tony Visconti and Ken Scott.

Update 19:00 23/6: The label has confirmed to SDE that as far as the vinyl is concerned “everything is remastered from analogue except for a couple of tracks on Re:Call where we had no analogue source available.”

The CD box set will include “faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions” of the original albums and the CDs will be gold rather than the usual silver. It is not clear whether these will be high quality Japanese standard, Beatles-Mono-Box replicas, or the cheaper, smaller card sleeve CDs you get in most ‘complete album collection’ sets.

Update 19:00 23/6: SDE has been in touch with the label who have confirmed that these are high quality ‘Japanese-style’ packaging not simply card sleeves with CDs in them. To quote “a great deal of care, love and attention to detail has been taken on getting them right and looking beautiful.”

It should be noted that although this box is said to include all of the material “officially released” by David Bowie between ’69 and 1973 it doesn’t include all the material that wasn’t released at the time but subsequently ended up on reissues and box sets. For example, you won’t find the demos of Quicksand and Ziggy Stardust, unreleased songs such as London Bye Ta Ta, Bombers and Sweet Head, or the alternate versions of The Supermen and The Bewlay Brothers anywhere in this new box.

Five Years 1969-1973 is the first ‘in a series’ of Bowie boxes from Parlophone and will be released on 25 September 2015. Leave a comment and tell us what you think of it.


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CD box set – click to enlarge

Five Years / 12CD Box Set

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Five Years / 13LP Vinyl Box Set


 In The Box:

  • • David Bowie AKA Space Oddity*
  • • The Man Who Sold The World*
  • • Hunky Dory*
  • • The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
  • • Aladdin Sane
  • • Pin Ups*
  • • Live Santa Monica ‘72
  • • Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • • The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (2003 Ken Scott mix)
  • • Re:Call 1 (2CD set)

Re:Call 1 tracklisting

CD1

  1. Space Oddity (original UK mono single edit)*
  2. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (original UK mono single version)*
  3. Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola
  4. The Prettiest Star (original mono single version)*
  5. Conversation Piece*
  6. Memory Of A Free Festival (Part 1)
  7. Memory Of A Free Festival (Part 2)
  8. All The Madmen (mono single edit)* previously unreleased
  9. Janine*
  10. Holy Holy (original mono single version)* only ever issued on original ‘71 Mercury single
  11. Moonage Daydream (The Arnold Corns single version)*
  12. Hang On To Yourself (The Arnold Corns single version)*

CD 2

  1. Changes (mono single version)*
  2. Andy Warhol (mono single version)*
  3. Starman (original single mix)
  4. John, I’m Only Dancing (original single version)
  5. The Jean Genie (original single mix)
  6. Drive-In Saturday (German single edit)
  7. Round And Round
  8. John, I’m Only Dancing (sax version)
  9. Time (U.S. single edit)
  10. Amsterdam
  11. Holy Holy (Spiders version)
  12. Velvet Goldmine

All tracks stereo except *mono.


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CD box set – click to enlarge

Five Years / 12CD Box Set

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Vinyl box – click to enlarge

Five Years / 13LP Vinyl Box Set

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[…] With what would have been David Bowie‘s 70th Birthday approaching (Jan 8th) there’s never been a better time to explore his career-defining 1970s RCA output, since many of these classic albums have been just been discounted to ludicrously cheap prices on CD. DEALS include the 2015 remaster of Hunky Dory for less than £3, 1969’s David Bowie/Space Oddity for the same price (also the 2015 remaster) and close to all of his 1970s long-players all less than £4. Although it’s unlikely that the discerning SDE reader won’t have any of the albums below, you could, if you wanted, pick up all 12 for around £40 and for those in the UK, they come with Amazon’s ‘autorip’ for immediate digital versions. If you’re new to Bowie, SDE recommends you start with Hunky Dory – it is probably the ‘must have’, particularly since it’s the latest remaster from the Five Years box. […]

Bill

Paul,
I just picked up “5 Years”. Which of the two Ziggy cds would you recommend listening to primarily and why did they include the 2003 Ken Scott remix plus the other version of the more recent recording? I assume there must be some advantage to 2003 recording.

gogandmagog

Due in September – features a Steve Schapiro image on box cover.
(BowieWonderWorld)
No more details at this moment

[…] this much loved album been overlooked for reissue? A remaster did finally emerge as part of the Five Years box set, but in 25 years Hunky Dory has never been reissued in any form. It’s like Paul […]

Laszlo M

I just saw the Cd box set at Amoeba Records Hollywood and the US release is NOT Japanese style mini lp quality at all. Not sure if same for Europe. I compared it to the Beatles in mono box and the Bowie box half inch smaller in width and Height. I can only imagine how puny the sleeves are inside, less than 5 and 1/ 2 inches. Very disappointing. I will likely opt for HDtrack box download or wait to see if Japan will release their own, would rather pay the extra price.

Laszlo M

Meant to write length and height…

Fuzz

This is a thing of beauty…

Jimi Fletcher

Also ordered mine from Wow HD – was on backorder at time of ordering but it arrived a week and a half later, a steal at £57 or so quid. Was worried there would be custom charges as despite the ‘.co.uk’ suffix on their website they are actually based in the UK but it arrived with no problems! This weekend will henceforth be known as ‘Five Years in Two and a Half Days’…

Tino Stabile

A living legend. A musical pioneer able to transform his music and his image with each release. Not many artists can hold a candle to him.
He has influenced many veteran artists and continues to do so to today’s artists. Deservedly getting all his releases compiled and boxed. Whether
is Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, the Thin White Duke that touched you… no one has the impact that he has in music and a great actor and performer as well…. adding theatrics to his stage act and many movie appearances as well. Quite the chameleon if there ever was one. May he continue to dazzle us for many many more years to come.
I order my boxset and cannot wait to receive it.

Ken

A fantastic quality vinyl box set. I’ve listed to three of the albums and thought they all sounded great and very good quality pressing.
The covers are also high quality reproductions of the originals. I am happy with the purchase and looking forward to the next set. I already owned the originals of 75% of the box but many were over played. These sound so much better.
Still have to listen to the bonus material, I was going chronological with bonus material at the end.

Guitarmanc

Mine arrived last Friday from WOWHD. No problems and 30 quid less than RRP. Bargain!

thewildeyedboyfromfreecloud

Vinyl boxset arrived safely from Italy yesterday. A beautiful package, worth every pound! “Hunky Dory” sounds sublime, the original “Ziggy Stardust” is far nicer than the 2003 mix but I wasn’t as impressed with “Aladdin Sane”. “Re:Call 1” is superb, sounded fantastic on the headphones late last night and is without doubt the best Bowie singles collection on vinyl. Today I’m going to delve into “Pin-Ups” and “The Man Who Sold The World”. Did anyone get an inner sleeve with TMWSTW by the way?

Geoff

Price just dropped to £89:72 on Amazon

Daren Cook

I bit confused and annoyed. I received the Vinyl box set today… no digital download code.

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alexpop

What does the vinyl box set sound like?

thewildeyedboyfromfreecloud

I haven’t even had an email saying it’s been shipped yet! Already I am hearing about people receiving their copy and am getting impatient.

thewildeyedboyfromfreecloud

Anyone have any idea how long I will have to wait for the vinyl set from Amazon Italy? As the release date approaches I’m wishing I’d spent the extra cash and ordered from the UK site. I can imagine everyone getting their copies and me waiting and waiting…

Hans

I would keep my fingers of wowhd.

Scott G

Well https://www.highresaudio.com/index.php are advertising the download of the box set for £60 in their Preview window. So it will be 24bit and hopefully at least 96kHz :)

Malcolm Jackson

WowHD (formerly CD WOW) are currently doing the CD box set for the knockdown price of just over 71 quid!

Liquid Gang

Press release states:

“The ten album / twelve CD box, ten album / thirteen-piece vinyl set and digital download featurs all of the material officially released by Bowie during the nascent stage of his career from 1969 to 1973.”

Since “Live Santa Monica ‘72” and “Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture Soundtrack” were not released in that time period but included here as a bonus along with the 2003 Ken Scott Mix of “Ziggy…” we should have the addition of “Bowie At The Beeb”… but here’s hoping Parlophone Records will issue a full BBC box set on CD and LP formats after they issue the next Bowie box, 1974-1979!

Ron J.

Does anyone know if this will be available as a hi-def download (preferably 96/24)?

Scott G

I am also hoping that this is a pre-cursor to the Bowie catalogue being released on hi-def 24bit 96kHz or better download option, although there are a few items available StationToStation and Ziggy Stardust.

[…] Five Years 1969-1973 is released on 25 September 2015. Loads more details, should you need them, here. […]

Karl

does the vinyl box set include mp3 downloads?

Steven C

not sure anyone cares about this like I do, but I’ve learned from Dr. Rhino (emailed) that all of the vinyl for all regions will be presed by Optimal in Germany. This is one of the very best in the world (RTI wins the #1 honor). I bring this up in case anyone is on the fence about the big price tag. You won’t be paying for shoddy pressings by GZVinyl (see the Rod Stewart vinyl re-issues) or by United in the U.S. (horrible pressings for the new Madonna record, etc) – – -Optimal has great attention to detail and care and high-quality standards.

Matthew

So fellow collectors out there. Which country will release the highest quality vinyl? Germany?

Samppa

For your information, Amazon Italy has currently best prices for the sets.
Cd-set 119,99€ and vinyl-set is 201,14€. I had locked pretty good price from Amazon France, but decided to change it to Italy since it does not greatly matter from which Amazon you order from.
I havent studied the prices and how they have gone on daily basis, but I believe that these 2 are now the best prices so far. Will have to look how the prices change near the release-date and then order it from there.

Thom

I’ll be absolutely furious if Don’t Sit Down isn’t included on the first album.

bob

Well that was a bizarre post!

Moloch

I read many complains regarding this re-issues not pleasing the “loyal fans”. Same complains in every thread of this great forum.

I’m sorry to remind you guys that this “artists” are in the music “business” and the record companies take care of those business.

The business is to manufacture a product under a budget and make it attractive enough to sell it to costumers and make a profit, not to please “fans”.

Maybe the artist, the producer, the re-mixer, the designer, the curator of the tracklist and everyone in the creative process wants to please the fans, not the record company, their job is to sell a product, a good product we all hope, but the executive of the company is in charge.

And remember always that the record company will use any marketing tactic to sell you colorful carboard boxes with paper and plastic inside. (Not mentioning compressed data with attached colorful jpgs). That’s the product, if it comes with clicks, muffled sound, mis-labeled tracks, etc. … too bad. The selling point is “remaster” “200 grams” “bonus this” “exact replica of that” and we all get excited for those things, but be careful, its a silver bag of chips full of labels and flashy things outside… and the same potatoes inside, with maybe a useless bonus toy.

So, a new Bowie product is coming, some fans are happy, some are not. I will wait for the quality reviews and see if those potatoes could make me happy again.

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Andy

FYI: Available exclusively from the Official David Bowie Online Store free with your pre-order is The David Bowie Pin Ups Radio Show 10″ [with the vinyl version. or an additional CD with that version]. Previously only available on Spotify, this program was issued to mark the 40th Anniversary of the album ‘Pin Ups’ in 2013. This collectable, one-sided EP features snippets from the Pin Ups album interspersed with observations from David Bowie regarding the bands he covers on the album. Link here: http://davidbowie.parlophonestore.co.uk/en

Jonny C

Thank you SDE for getting further info about this amazing box that no on else has been able to get.

Can you please find out who did the mastering, and where the vinyl edition will be pressed?

Thanks very much.

Josh Summers

I hope the packaging is actually MADE IN JAPAN like the Beatles Mono Box. or the Led Zeppelin Definitive Collection…but somehow I doubt it….

Tim

I would have liked the US promo edit of Space Oddity which has never been reissued, unlike the UK single, which has.

Isn’t there an Arnold Corns single missing too?

Paul-Denis

David, still a big fan of yours but this product just don’t it cut-it. Thanks but no thanks!

Michael

Considering all the amazing bootleg material available I would have thought some new official soundboard audio could have been included here. It was an amazing period and needs more coverage of the touring done at the time! Love Ziggy x

Wayne Kleim

This is all about a business transaction for Bowie. In my opinion this is another missed opportunity for the definitive reissue of these titles.

Geoff

Cheapest I’ve seen online for the CD set is £79:99 so already £20 off.

John

“Remastered from analogue” does not necessarily mean “cut from analogue”. It’s very likely (unless the label confirms it) that there’s some kind of digital intermediary. Similar to the latest Bruce Springsteen vinyl releases.

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Adey

Google play is taking pre orders for digital version at £51.49 so does this mean a price drop is probably on the horizon for the physical copies?

Nigel Pond

It wouldn’t come as a total shock if it’s either £69.99 or £79.99 come release date.

A lot depends on what deal HMV can negotiate.

They quite often undercut Amazon and Amazon has responded sometimes. If it’s price neutral or cheaper (obviously) I prefer buying from a store.

Lenny

Paul, dude, you’re supposed to be trying to get people to buy the stuff you advertise!

ATF

1) This is a mass market product for those who want to pick up all those albums in one go in the same spirit as with Leonard Cohen, Nilsson, Cheap Trick etc. These sets sell signficiant numbers of units.

2) Have these albums already? Don’t buy them.

3) This is a mass market product for those who aren’t that interested in vast amounts of rare material. If you want such material, these sets aren’t actually aimed at you.

4) Annoyed these sets don’t include outtakes or 5.1 mixes? Don’t buy them.

5) Sure, I’d love expansive sets for these albums.

DJ Control

Spot on Paul!

Darren

@ATF

Completely wrong. The mass market doesn’t shell out £100 for a box set. If they did then supermarkets would be stocking them. Instead they stock the “Greatest Hits” type of CDs for under £5 and the standard chart albums. That is catering to the mass market, not £100 box sets.

auteur55

I pre-ordered from amazon.co.uk since I figure we’ll have a price drop at some point between now and then and I can always cancel if it stays at 99.99. Comparing this to other box sets from Leonard Cohen, Roxy Music etc I’m quite astounded at the price. Why is it so expensive?

AlexKx

Maybe it isn’t him making the decisions?

Dean

If ever you needed proof this is simple a commercial exercise rather than a love letter to the fans – exclusive content from Bowie’s site, exclusive content from Japan….. so to get a “complete” set I need to spend at least £300. So cynical.

What happened to Bowie? Why does he care less about his music than we do? And why does he milk his fans over and over again?

Darren

You can only be exploited if you allow yourself to be exploited.
Nobody is forcing you to buy any of it.

I buy most of the Bowie releases, but only when they represent good value for money. This doesn’t, so I won’t be buying. Any so-called exclusive content will reappear repackaged at a later date. So they won’t be getting a penny out of me.

DJ Control

Not sure if anyone else has noticed this but the Japanese edition will have exclusive content (on top of the mandatory Japanese booklet). No details as yet.

Mic Smith

I’ve cancelled my Amazon order and ordered from Palophone via Bowie’s official site to get the bonus disc of Pin Ups Radio Show.
How come All the Madmen is described as previously unreleased edit while Janine is listed as mono – weren’t the two issued together as a US 7″
And why include a mono Janine when they omit the mono Black Country Rock b side of Holy Holy….? I agree that a mono Janine is much rarer and so pleased to see it listed but you’d think they’d include BCR for completeness wouldn’t you?

Mick P

As far as I know, no dedicated mono mix was made of Black Country Rock. I don’t know if it’s mono or stereo on the single, but no dedicated mono exists. Janine was a dedicated mono mix.

Wolfgang Mintrop

Is anyone really interested in single edits as part of the bonus stuff? Urgh! For me, the most interesting stuff are live recordings.