David Bowie / ‘Five Years’ vinyl available separately next month

David Bowie / Hunky Dory

Parlophone are to issue vinyl versions of the six studio albums included their David Bowie Five Years box set separately at the end of next month…

Fans whose budget hasn’t stretched to the £200 vinyl box will, in particular, be delighted to be able to pick up 2015 remasters of Hunky Dory and The Man Who Sold The World for around £16 apiece, particularly since those two titles hadn’t been remastered since 1999 and prices on the used market have skyrocketed since David Bowie’s death was announced at the beginning of this week.

The other titles available will be David Bowie/Space Oddity, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane and Pin Ups.

CD versions of these were released at the time the box set was issued, but the vinyl has been unavailable individually until now. The Re:Call 1 compilation, the vinyl version of Live Santa Monica ’72 and the 2003 remix of Ziggy Stardust on vinyl remain exclusive to Five Years.

These are all 180g vinyl pressings and come with poly-lined inner sleeves and original inserts and/or printed inner sleeves. Aladdin Sane is gatefold, Hunky Dory is laminated and The Man Who Sold The World has the textured sleeve. David Bowie/Space Oddity doesn’t have ‘Space Oddity’ written on the front (which is correct), despite the image on Amazon.

All six albums are reissued on vinyl LP on 26 February 2015, which is the same day the Bowie at the Beeb 4LP vinyl box is issued.



David Bowie/Space Oddity vinyl LP


The Man Who Sold The World vinyl LP

David Bowie / Hunky Dory

Hunky Dory vinyl LP

David Bowie / Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars / 40th Anniversary Edition

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust… vinyl LP


Aladdin Sane vinyl LP


Pin Ups vinyl LP


David Bowie/Space Oddity

1. Space Oddity
2. Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed
3. (Don’t Sit Down)
4. Letter to Hermione
5. Cygnet Committee
6. Janine
7. An Occasional Dream
8. Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud
9. God Knows I’m Good
10. Memory of a Free Festival

The Man Who Sold The World

1. The Width of a Circle
2. All the Madmen
3. Black Country Rock
4. After All
5. Running Gun Blues
6. Saviour Machine
7. She Shook Me Cold
8. The Man Who Sold the World
9. The Supermen

Hunky Dory

1. Changes
2. Oh! You Pretty Things
3. Eight Line Poem
4. Life On Mars?
5. Kooks
6. Quicksand
7. Fill Your Heart
8. Andy Warhol
9. Song for Bob Dylan
10. Queen Bitch
11. The Bewlay Brothers

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars

1. Five Years
2. Soul Love
3. Moonage Daydream
4. Starman
5. It Ain’t Easy
6. Lady Stardust
7. Star
8. Hang On to Yourself
9. Ziggy Stardust
10. Suffragette City
11. Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide

Aladdin Sane

1. Watch That Man
2. Aladdin Sane
3. Drive-in Saturday
4. Panic in Detroit
5. Cracked Actor
6. Time
7. The Prettiest Star
8. Let’s Spend the Night Together
9. The Jean Genie
10. Lady Grinning Soul

Pin Ups

1. Rosalyn
2. Here Comes the Night
3. I Wish You Would
4. See Emily Play
5. Everything’s Alright
6. I Can’t Explain
7. Friday On My Mind
8. Sorrow
9. Don’t Bring Me Down
10. Shapes of Things
11. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
12. Where Have All the Good Times Gone


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I’m a bit confused here about the Bowie remastered albums being released separately on vinyl shortly.
It seems that if you go to the link for these remastered LP’s they are already for sale now. What is the difference between those now available and the ones due to be released shortly re the Five Years boxset?

Luc Swaenen

Got them in..

To me it looks like they just opened the boxset…
No Barcodes on the cover.. Just a barcode sticker on the plastic seal.
and a small ‘hype’ sticker…

Even a 2015 copyright…

Joe Sadauskas

Hi Paul, just to let you know that the individual Bowie LP’s are listed for pre-sale on Amazon.ca. If you want to add the links. Thanks
Sad News – Glenn Frey of The Eagles passed away today


Re: the pressing quantities on these, it doesn’t benefit the label to make them very limited, as they aren’t being put out as expensive deluxe versions (in which case, creating a limited supply would increase hype and demand and ensure a large return). I suspect they will be pressed in reasonable quantities, and re-pressed if the demand quickly outstrips expectations. A sold out run going for higher prices on the secondary market makes them a lot less than a larger run would…


I am going to buy Five Years soon. But I don’t know if I should buy the CD or Vinyl versions. I have none of the albums inside. I love both formats.
I do have an issue with space, so I should not get the vinyl one, but it’s so big heavy. just what I love.
Can someone give some suggestions?
Also, is there a download card for the music? If there isn’t, then it’s a no brainer because I want the digital for my iPod too.

Anthony Carey

I love my vinyl boxset for Five Years and will be looking to purchase the single re-issues too as I like to collect – wanted to ask do we know how many copies with regards to the single issues i.e limited or not?
Just wondering will I need to get them all straight away???


If you’re talking about the singles reissues on picture discs which has been going on for a while now, be aware that some of theme were very limited RSD releases and they are sold at insane prices on ebay or discogs. Among them are Starman, 1984, Rock’n’roll suicide…

Jim Galvin

I just received the LP & CD boxes for Five Years and they sound wonderful to my ears. I’m hoping they keep this trend going and do another box with the albums from Diamond Dogs to at least Scary Monsters, or even go to Tonight.


As great as Blackstar is, I would have loved to see Hunky Dory get to number 1.

Earl Jordan

how long are the box sets going to stay in print, will there be restocks? I have to wait about three weeks before I can order and I’m hoping there will be restocks by then.

Rob Wilcock

Nineteen of Bowie’s albums and 13 of his singles have entered the UK charts, with Blackstar selling 150,000 copies and securing the No 1 album spot. Heroes is No 11 in the singles chart.

Paul Murphy

The Parlophone logos certainly are an annoyance, although they don’t compare to the ridiculous ‘blurbing’ on the covers of the 40th Anniversary Editions of Ziggy and Aladdin Sane, likewise the ruination of Dylan’s covers with ‘Original Master Recording’ on the 2012 onwards SACDs, and, alternating with ‘Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab’, the 180 Gram 45RPM Vinyls. No-one at the respective art departments ever heard of stickers-on-outer-cellophane? Ziggy and Aladdin have been routinely voted into the Top 100 Album Covers lists over decades, it is akin to sticking ‘Original Van Gogh Painting’ over the top of the Mona Lisa. With regard to the follow-up Box Set of Five Years, Jorge, running from Diamond Dogs all the way up to Scary Monsters is unlikely. I personally would speculate that it will be Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, David Live, Station To Station, Station to Station 5.1, and Live At Nassau Collisseum, and another rarities round-up [hopefully a full round-up this time, not the one on Five Years that just added to the price of the Ryko CDs].

Jorje Chica

Paul, I think you mean ‘Original Leonardo da Vinci’. ;-)

I was hoping the next one rounds up the RCA years, but that might be a bit much for one box. If you are correct, hopefully a third box will go from Low through Scary Monsters and not go into the EMI years. Baal would be a nice gem for the third box.

Paul Murphy

Hi Jorje, I was being sardonic [trans: too smart for my own good] with the Van Gogh bit, in that Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab put their logo over other artists’ work.
Box three should indeed, I anticipate, take us from Low to Scary Monsters, as contracts alter then. Baal would be a nice inclusion, and a better one would be a DVD release of it, although David’s relationship with BBC Enterprises has seldom been a productive one, ‘Cracked Actor’ being the prime example.

Chris Brown

Mind you, the Five Years box covers six studio albums and two live albums, so the next six studio sets would be Diamond Dogs to Lodger, plus David Live and Stage. And that also goes to the end of the decade as well, which seems tidy. It’d suit me well too, as I haven’t got any of those albums on CD.

Maybe the third box would be the 80s. Not sure what would happen to Tin Machine though.

Michel Muffat

Hi, if Ziggy doesn’t get the alternate cover, you should change the picture posted with your pre-order links of Ziggy, as it is misleading !


Not interested, I still have my original LPs of all these.


Yes, someone’s sensible at Parlourphone (sic, thanks The Rutles), presumably predicting that these will be big sellers and that the only people to benefit from a now-deleted release are the scammers or owner trying to make a fast buck. The most obvious reflection of this is the deleted multi-disc 5.1 ‘Complete’ music sets from the Lord Of The Rings, which now sell for silly money. I have the Return Of The King, and would gladly pay the market rate for the other two – but not for £££/$$$.


When I say ‘now-deleted’ I should have also said ‘part of an expensive boxset, otherwise unavailable’ of course.

Jorje Chica

Thanks Paul. Any word on when the follow up box set will hit the stores? Do you think the second box will go up to and include Scary Monsters?

I too think the Parlophone logo should have been left off the sleeves. The omission of Mercury and RCA from the center labels and sleeves is perhaps understandable, but it would have have been nice to have perfect recreations. In any event, having BOWIE written on the center label in the style of the original record label logo is kind of cool. The Scott Walker box set from a few years ago did the same, with SCOTT replacing PHILIPS on the center labels.


So the Ziggy LP gets the new “alternate” cover?


The Five Years vinyl sounds great to my ears, however, purists will be upset with the big Parlophone logo that now appears on the covers of TMWSTW, Hunky Dory & Ziggy.

Douglas Baptie

Do you think these were already in the pipeline? Seems strange that they can turn them around so quickly otherwise, when we’re continually told there’s no capacity at pressing plants.


Great news! I bought the Five Years box set on CD so I am not too fussed about Recall and the live stuff remaining exclusive to the box but I think I will be buying these individual vinyls!

Rob Deighton

Are there any differences between the Ziggy LP that was released for the 40th anniversary and this new edition (that came in the box) (…obviously i know that it doesn’t come with the DVD on the new edition).

Paul Murphy

‘Rise and Fall…’ , Paul, not ‘Fall and Rise…’ [in the “other titles available…” bit.

Rob Puricelli

A sensible plan from Parlophone to combat the ghoulish and insane price hikes on original vinyl copies of the albums that we’ve seen this week. As a collector, I will still seek out original copies but I won’t be held to ransom over them.

Very happy to have picked these up within the 5 Years box, thanks to you ;-)


Is it confirmed that these separately sold records will be exactly like the ones in the box (like the textured sleeve for “The Man…”)?