David Bowie / Golden Years: 40th anniversary picture disc


David Bowie‘s 1975 single Golden Years will be the next in the seemingly never-ending 40th anniversary seven-inch picture discs.

Golden Years was the lead single from the Station to Station album which followed a few months later in January 1976. Like that original release, this picture disc features the shorter 3.22 single edit of the song. Unlike the ’75 single, which included Young Americans album track Can You Hear Me? on its flipside, Golden Years 2015 puts the French single edit of Station to Station on the B-side of the picture disc. This 3.40 version was included on CD in the 2010 Station to Station box set.

Golden Years was actually reissued only four years ago. It was the last Bowie CD single, when EMI put out remixes of it in 2011.

The new picture disc seven-inch is scheduled for release in November.


A Golden Years (single edit)

AA Station to Station (single edit)


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Mic Smith

A few of the picture discs have come with exclusive content. Not all of them sadly, but enough to make me collect them – I didn’t start though until the third in the series so am missing the very collectable Starman and it’s follow up John I’m Only Dancing. They are all overpriced though for what they are.


Golden Years is just the last 40th anniversary release of 2015. More will follow in 2016 at the appropriate dates that coincide. This cash cow will keep going. I would like deluxe editions of Low and Heroes too. Surprised the 30th anniversary editions stalled when they did.


Golden Years is my favourite Bowie track so I’m definitely getting this one. Not the others though



Space Oddity is released in October and Golden Years is stated as being the last edition of the 40th Anniversary Series.

Unless they release a package of all, that will kill the high prices of a few of the earlier releases.


They have obviously seen that there is more money to be made by issuing out an anniversary 7 inch picture disc of just 2 songs than a deluxe 2cd of the same price with all the album tracks and bonus material that would retail for the same price.


To be frank, I think the only reason these are put out are for one of two reasons: 1) For people to collect because they think they’ll turn a profit at some point; 2) To hang on the wall.

I can’t think of any other reason for them existing. But before you think I’m dead against them – not so. If that’s the niche they’re going for, then obviously there’s a market. I’m a huge Bowie fan, but I’ve zero interest in this series. But for those that do – have at it.


Whilst I can understand dropping Can you hear me from the B side (RCA’s not so subtle ‘we’d prefer another Young Americans type album,David’) but butchering Station is a curious substitution. Come on, a Man who fell to Earth missing soundtrack stunner would suffice (yeah like that’ll ever see the light of day).


Paul, when I have posted recently I now get the following message… Your comment is awaiting moderation.
Is this a new thing on the site? Not sure if I get it every time or not.


I’ve been waiting so long to see deluxe editions of “Low” and “Heroes”, and I’m probably not the only one. Come on, Dave…


There is a deluxe edition coming in 2017, but of course that is an age away.

gary C

Station to Station sounds so weird as a single edit, quite unnatural.


I hear that he has a say in everything, or at least says someone I know who has ‘links’ shall we say.


Why do all my posts say “awaiting moderation” before they go live?


Thanks for the explanation. Might help to put a header on the top of the main page?


File under “Milking the hardcore fans”.

Richard Harris

And a picture disc of Space Oddity is coming out, allegedly to coincide with the 1975 UK re-release that gave Bowie his first UK number one, yet not containing Changes and Velvet Goldmine as the 1975 release did, but The Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud as the original 1969 release did. If Bowie actually had some say in these releases, which I doubt, you could argue that they haven’t used Velvet Goldmine again because he understandably took exception to it being released (and indeed mixed) in 1975 without his improvement or his approval.

Me I’m just waiting for the Five Years CD box to come down in price. Ideally I’d like the Pin Ups radio show CD as well but as only the official site seem to be selling that I can’t see them cutting the price between now and September 25th somehow.