David Bowie ‘Loving The Alien’ remasters available separately

Parlophone will issue the 2018 remasters of the David Bowie albums included in the Loving The Alien box set as standalone releases next month.

Let’s Dance (1983), Tonight (1984)  and Never Let Me Down (1987) will all be available on CD and vinyl. The two live albums Serious Moonlight:Live ’83 and Glass Spider: Live Montreal ’87 are also available individually as two-CD sets but won’t be released on individually on vinyl. This was made clear at the time, and indeed EVERYTHING in the Loving The Alien vinyl box is exclusive to that set with the exception of the three studio albums.

The excellent reboot that is Never Let Me Down 2018 also remains exclusive to the box set on both CD and vinyl and will not be made available separately.

These new individual releases are out on 15 February 2018.

Let’s Dance [2018 remaster]

1. Modern Love (2018 Remastered Version)
2. China Girl (2018 Remastered Version)
3. Let’s Dance (2018 Remaster)
4. Without You (2018 Remastered Version)
5. Ricochet (2018 Remaster)
6. Criminal World (2018 Remastered Version)
7. Cat People (Putting Out Fire) [2018 Remastered Version]
8. Shake It (2018 Remastered Version)

Tonight [2018 remaster]

1. Loving The Alien (2018 Remastered Version)
2. Don’t Look Down (2018 Remastered Version)
3. God Only Knows (2018 Remastered Version)
4. Tonight (2018 Remastered Version)
5. Neighborhood Threat (2018 Remastered Version)
6. Blue Jean (2018 Remastered Version)
7. Tumble and Twirl (2018 Remastered Version)
8. I Keep Forgettin’ (2018 Remastered Version)
9. Dancing With The Big Boys (2018 Remastered Version)

Never Let Me Down [2018 remaster]

1. Day-In Day-Out (2018 Remastered Version)
2. Time Will Crawl (2018 Remastered Version)
3. Beat Of Your Drum (2018 Remastered Version)
4. Never Let Me Down (2018 Remastered Version)
5. Zeroes (2018 Remastered Version)
6. Glass Spider (2018 Remastered Version)
7. Shining Star (Makin’ My Love) [2018 Remastered Version]
8. New York’s In Love (2018 Remastered Version)
9. ’87 And Cry (2018 Remastered Version)
10. Bang Bang (2018 Remastered Version)

Serious Moonlight 2CD 2018 remaster

CD 1
1. Look Back In Anger (Live ’83) [2018 Remastered Version]
2. “Heroes” (Live ’83) [2018 Remastered Version]
3. What In The World (Live ’83) [2018 Remastered Version]
4. Golden Years (Live ’83) [2018 Remastered Version]
5. Fashion (Live ’83) [2018 Remastered Version]
6. Let’s Dance (Live ’83) [2018 Remastered Version]
7. Breaking Glass (Live ’83) [2018 Remastered Version]
8. Life On Mars? (Live ’83) [2018 Remastered Version]
9. Sorrow (Live ’83) [2018 Remastered Version]
10. Cat People (Putting Out Fire) [Live ’83] [2018 Remastered Version]
11. China Girl (Live ’83) [2018 Remastered Version]
12. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) [Live ’83] [2018 Remastered Version]
13. Rebel Rebel (Live ’83) [2018 Remastered Version]

CD 2
1. White Light / White Heat (Live ’83) [2018 Remastered Version]
2. Station To Station (Live ’83) [2018 Remastered Version]
3. Cracked Actor (Live ’83) [2018 Remastered Version]
4. Ashes To Ashes (Live ’83) [2018 Remastered Version]
5. Space Oddity / Band Introduction (Live ’83) [2018 Remastered Version]
6. Young Americans (Live ’83) [2018 Remastered Version]
7. Fame (Live ’83) [2018 Remastered Version]
8. Modern Love (Live ’83) [2018 Remastered Version]

Glass Spider 2CD 2018 remaster

CD 1
1. Up The Hill Backwards (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]
2. Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]
3. Day-In Day-Out (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]
4. Bang Bang (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]
5. Absolute Beginners (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]
6. Loving The Alien (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]
7. China Girl (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]
8. Rebel Rebel (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]
9. Fashion (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]
10. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) [Live Montreal ’87] [2018 Remastered Version]
11. All The Madmen (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]
12. Never Let Me Down (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]

CD 2
1. Big Brother (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]
2. ’87 And Cry (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]
3. “Heroes” (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]
4. Sons Of The Silent Age (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]
5. Time Will Crawl / Band Introduction (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]
6. Young Americans (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]
7. Beat Of Your Drum (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]
8. The Jean Genie (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]
9. Let’s Dance (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]
10. Fame (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]
11. Time (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]
12. Blue Jean (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]
13. Modern Love (Live Montreal ’87) [2018 Remastered Version]

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Henrik Tronstad

About Serious Moonlight in the box. Is the sound quailty really improved over the crappy distant sound on the dvd? I have listened to the new cd as well as the vinyl and I don’t think that the live sound is up to par. If anything the vinyl sound better than the cd at least…


Ive been fortunate in that a few record stores in my area have burst open the vinyl boxes to sell the albums individually. The owner of one told me me makes a lot mores selling that way than selling the box because he can price the albums individually higher. I have ReCall II and ReCall III along with the special Stationtostation and the Never Let Me Down 2018


“. . . EVERYTHING in the Loving The Alien vinyl box is exclusive to that set with the exception of the three studio albums.

The excellent reboot that is Never Let Me Down 2018 also remains exclusive to the box set on both CD and vinyl and will not be made available separately.”

This probably true as long as the box set is not sold out. Once it sells out though, who knows?


Years ago maybe, but it was only released just over three years ago! I don’t doubt that the 2018 edition will be sold seperately at some point in the future, even if it’s only to give the people who own the box set the chance to buy something they already own yet again!


In reply to several posts/some thoughts

1. Costs, £90 for pizza and cinema ain’t ever happening unless I save up enough club card points! £90 for a box set? I could wangle one for a birthday but to just buy it would entail some discussions about ‘priorities’ I think.
2. I’d prefer vinyl, not for any sonic advantage but because cover art can be fantastic in its own right. Besides I like to read all the credits without a magnifying glass. Often I’ve bought another album because of a musician or producer listed in the credits.
3. I love all these Sde’s get released and it’s great those that can afford to buy them. It means the music gets out there and what I don’t buy I can listen to for free on Spotify. Case in point NLMD 2018.
4. These individual cd prices are a bit steep, £10 would be about right, but no one’s complaining that the vinyl is very reasonable likewise the double live sets on cd.
5. Some stuff needs to stay exclusive to the box set otherwise people would cherry pick and record companies would stop the investment in time and money required to produce them. Parlophone are there to make money and no one’s forcing us to buy!
6. Yes it seems as if there’s too many Bowie releases but I want to hear stuff before I’m much older so no waiting for 50th anniversaries please.
7. Complaints about not every remix? This is the eighties and the next set will have just as many contenders. I mean does anyone really need a whole 33rpm vinyl taken up with Real Cool World mixes, there’s 6 in all clocking in at over 38 minutes! I can just imagine the cost if everything was on vinyl. On the other hand this is where technology should help out, a blu ray with every official mix wouldn’t go amiss in these sets without increasing costs.
8. Next? box set? Be nice if Leon suites was officially released as a (very large) carrot. RSD . 50th Space oddity . Tin machine box? Can’t wait. Keep us informed please Paul it’s an invaluable site.

Cristian Elena

Beyond having understanding for the exclusivity argument regarding box buyers and the -er- cruel face of capitalism (“…Parlophone are there to make money…” ;-) ), it would be nice to hold NLMD2018 on a CD instead of having to hear it via Spoteezer.


If you really want it and don’t want to buy the box, it seems there are people on ebay who bought the box set and then sell individual CDs. Or course some of them are very cheap (e.g. tonight) and some are quite expensive, like NLMD 2018. Or do it yourself, buy the box and sell everything you don’t want on ebay :)


I do have that Real Cool World cd with the 38 minutes of mixes. I actually do listen to it straight through. I even bought a copy of it on vinyl for my brother, come to think of it, but that had only 4 of the 6 mixes!

Brian Barker

Hmmm…maybe I know a couple of live albums that will be on my Record Store Day 2019 list.


Haven’t read through all the comments, and didn’t pay much attention up until now, but do the Serious Moonlight and Glass Spider live albums in this box contain the very same performances/audio content of the DVDs of the same name? I own the Ziggy motion picture DVD and therefore never bothered with the 2CD set, if these are the same thing as the video releases I won’t bother getting them too.


Serious Moonlight is the same audio as the old Betamax/VHS/Laserdisc/DVD *but* the DVD had truly awful sound. Unless you have the laserdisc and a working player, this is a significant aural improvement. At least until someone decides to upgrade the show for BluRay release.

Glass Spider was first issued as bonus CDs on the deluxe 3-disc DVD reissue (1DVD reissue and 2CDs of a previously unreleased different show from the tour) of the Glass Spider Betamax/VHS/Laserdisc. If you only own the single-disc DVD, you don’t own this one.


Hold off buying the CDs on release people,the price will fall

Paul Taylor

I think the limitations of the material in LTA compared to the likes of ANCIANT might be the reason that the vinyl releases are being restricted this time? Just a guess.
I can understand why some people are getting a bit irked by the volume of Bowie releases now; I got Welcome To The Blackout RSD release last year and it was practically identical to Stage 2017 in ANCIANT. Now real Bowie fans may not have an issue with things like that and I can understand if that’s the case. From an ‘outsider’s’ viewpoint it does seem to be milking the cash cow a wee bit. That said, packaging and presentation are top drawer so certainly no quality issues

Dale Munday

Where is TOY ?


That those CDs are high price and not mid price is just another Bowie cash in rip off from Parlophone. Along with all those 7″ singles and box sets etc it is a shame. People buying the same music over and over again.
And the old remasters CDs even had bonus tracks….


Any news about whether we will get these as high res downloads?

Chris Brown

The announcement on the Bowie website says there are hi-res of Let’s Dance and the live albums, but only standard digital for Tonight, Never Let Me Down and Dance.

Presumably that’s because of the source tapes or something?


I have the live Glass Spider dvd which I purchased in Asia years ago. The audio is a very different from the audio on the cd just released with the box and very differenbt from the dvd released more generally a few years ago. You can hear the guitars much more clearly. You can hear Peter Frampton which often you cannot on the dvd released more recently. Overall it is much better I think.

Does anybody know anyhting about this release?I dont think it is a bootleg but it did come out before the more generally available release.


AFAIK, it’s a bootleg. The VHS had the same sound, but was never officially released on DVD. It was remixed for the official release. A pity, as the mix, as you say, was superior to the official DVD (and CD included in the deluxe set and now available separately).

Wiki quotes Pegg: “An error in the sound mix on this DVD left much of Peter Frampton’s guitar playing scarcely audible. Pegg claimed that as a result, although the picture quality is superior on the DVD release, the original VHS or 1999 DVD remain a superior choice for audio.”


The video version was recorded at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on 7 and 9 November 1987. The lighting and stage show required an indoor show to be filmed for release. The cd that was initially released with the dvd, and now the boxed set, was recorded at Olympic Stadium, Montreal on 30 August 1987 (no roof installed until the 1990s).
The set lists are quite different as you would know. The audio from the vhs / dvd has been bootlegged, but is a 100% official recording.


Sure, the original is an official recording, but released only on VHS and laser. The DVD (and CDs) are not official even though the original recording is.
The first official DVD was in 2007, with remixed audio.


Interesting, is Never Let Me Down a single album or the double vinyl released in the set? I’ve never been a big fan of 10 min album sides so the double vinyl for Never Let Me Down origianl was really my only disappointment with the set. I know it contains the full length CD versions unlike the original vinyl but they also removed 1 track.


The version of NLMD in the vinyl box set is a single disc. So I’d expect the the individual release to be the same.
NLMD(2018) was a double LP.


The set does NOT have a double vinyl Never Let Me Down original. It has the CD mixes crammed onto one slab of vinyl and suffers because of it, even without “Too Dizzy.” Whoever reported that Never Let Me Down is a double LP in the new box reported it wrong.
The 2018 version, however, is a double LP.


It’s not impossible to get decent sound from a crammed record – the vintage 1987 Japanese LP of NLMD included the full-length CD edits of the tracks AND included the Japanese version of ‘Girls’ and still managed to sound a bit better (to my ears, anyway) than the US CD.


Yet more rehashed material, a Deluxe Scary Monsters is long overdue & far more important than NLMD or Tonight


Wrong. Deluxe Low is more important.

Mr E

What about the 12″ versions?
What about the B-Sides?

These were the 80’s… after all.

Who care about more remastered overloud releasesof the same shit over and over again?

Ben Williams

If you want 12″ versions and B sides, get the Loving The Alien box!


The vinyl boxset now down to £180 on Amazon uk. How low the ANCIANT set go? Wondering if I should pull the pin now or see will it drop another £20 or so?


Now its time for another Bowies box. I Hope IT will be outside to hours era. I really Want some good , unreleased tracks on recall and some good live albums from Outside tour or Earthling tour.
When they will assemble another repackage of the same tracks released on Outside 2 CD version or the same useless remixes i will really get mega angry!
Bowie planned massive release of 30 th anniversary of Low album and he said there were lots of unreleased songs. Where are they? Why IT wasnt released on New career in the new town box ?? Are they waiting for 50 th anniversary of Low??

Mr P

Totally agree Bart!

After STS had such a great deluxe boxset i was chomping at the bit waiting for the Low special edition.


I think the next release will be Black Tie White Noise, Outside, Earthling & Hours. They will add probably 1 or 2 live albums and the same mostly uninteresting ReCall album with endless single edits. Maybe a remix disc a la Dance as there are many remixes from this era. As Paul has explained before, they go by these self-imposed “rules” and that doesn’t allow them to do anything other than what they did with the previous box sets. Don’t expect any unreleased stuff. They will probably keep that for individual box sets or deluxe versions of stand alone albums.

I don’t know why they would add Tin Machine to a future Bowie box as Bowie was always adamant that it was a real band, not him and a bunch of guest musicians. They may release a small Tin Machine box at some point (they’ll squeeze every penny out of his catalog) but lets face it, none of the TM stuff was much to write home about, safe for a few songs so we’re not missing much.

Greg Clow

I think including all four of those albums in the next Bowie box would be stretching it, especially since it will also presumably include The Buddha of Suburbia (yeah, everyone forgets that one!).

If they plan to go through his complete discography, my guess is that we’ll see three more boxes based around three studio albums each. Some idle speculation on what they might contain…

2019 box: 1990-1996 with Black Tie White Noise/The Buddha of Suburbia/Outside, live albums from the Sound + Vision and Outside tours, maybe a companion album of unreleased material from the Outside sessions (there’s apparently a ton of it), a disc of select remixes, and Re:Call 5

2020 box: 1997-2002 with Earthling/Hours/Heathen, two live albums from the era (perhaps the VH1 Storytellers live album restored to full performance & the rare Liveandwell.com), the unreleased Toy album, a disc of select remixes, and Re:Call 6

2021 box: 2003-2016 with Reality/The Next Day/Blackstar, A Reality Tour live album, Live at Fashion Rocks EP, The Next Day Extra EP, No Plan EP, a disc of select remixes, and Re:Call 7 (perhaps including some or all of the EPs, rather than them being individual discs)

And I still could see there being a Tin Machine box this spring to align with the 30th anniversary of the first album, with the main boxes coming each autumn as usual.


My dream is that Brian Eno is hired by parlophone and he is editing and assembling quasi album 2. Contamination out of these approx 24 hours Outside leftovers. Yeah…i dream of something like that


I was lucky to cash my pure points in at hmv the week before christmas so got 50pound of this set. I highly recommend it

El Nino

Are these latest remasters (on CD) better than the 1999 versions?


It was a shame (again) that when serious moonlight live finally gets a release it’s no different from the vhs/DVD track listing. There were other tracks played at this show that remain unreleased and even the modern love version is the live Montreal release (different show) that was used on the single b side. It’s so annoying that when these releases do finally come they are incomplete…..suppose it allows for a further re-release in a few years……kerching

Phil Obbard

Also bummed about this.


I have the cd box. Great remastering this time. Let’s Dance and Tonight sound well better, in sound quality. Worth it for those who like these albums.

Romain Delgrange

I really enjoy the box set and find it sad that they don’t release Never Let Me Down 2018 individually because it really deserves to be heard, and I would totally consider buying this album as a present for friends. Very good reboot, as you said.

CJ Feeney

Will there be a live album from this era for RSD 2019? Or maybe some other era specific material such as a 12″ set.


I’m wondering if the Sound + Vision 1990 Tour will be the next RSD live album (Milton Keynes?). Then maybe the 90s boxed set including Outside and Earthling tours live albums.

David Perry

That’s a good shout.


Disappointing Serious Moonlight and Glass Spider had to be released on CD. It devalues the box which now only has Never Let Me Down 2018, Dance and Recall as exclusive albums. Limited value in Recall with its endless repeats of single versions, vinyl versions, live versions etc. and Dance is very flawed with only a few 12’es while many more were released at the time.
Serious Moonlight and Glass Spider are excellent releases, well worth the money.


Glass Spider has been available on CD since 2007.


It isn’t a stocks investment. The value is in if you want these things or not, and want them in a box. They announced all along that this would happen this way, anyhow.


another box set for the rich 1%…
Since I don’t buy cds anymore since 2006, I’ll boycott this until proper LP sets are issued


If it was a five grand box set then I’d agree with you but the vinyl box set is £180, so you don’t need to be a member of a private members’ club in Mayfair, own a private jet or own your own Caribbean holiday island to afford it. I’m not interested in either the vinyl of the CD box because I don’t listen to David Bowie much at all these days, but they’re certainly both within the price range of most people who visit this site.


Paul… what’s your opinion on the next box? Will we see Tin Machine stuff included? Will it be a TM only box or will they skip the era entirely?

I for one hope they include both TM studio albums + the live one and BTWN plus anything else that fits!


I’m betting on a completely separate TM all encompassing boxed set.


There is now an “official” Tin Machine Twitter, run by Reeves Gabrels’s management. The bio suggests there will be “news” shortly…

Greg Clow

Yeah, given it’s the 30th anniversary of the first TM album in May, I reckon we’ll get a TM box then with both studio albums, “Oy Vey, Baby”, perhaps another live album, and a Re:Call style disc of odds-and-sods. That would slot in nicely between “Loving The Alien” and the next Bowie box.


Still no bonus material with the Let’s dance, Tonight or Never let me down CDs, B-sides, 12″ mixes, etc. EMI still missing a trick with these three albums, despite being re-issued for the third time.

Ben Williams

The Loving The Alien box has all this eras B Sides and most 12″ mixes..


Serious Moonlight appears to be the only thing of interest here as it’s the first time it has appeared on CD. I would have considered buying Never Let Me Down if Too Dizzy was included but alas it’s not as expected.

Andy B in the place I forgot 2 b

Think they should remain exclusive to the set, that way people don’t wait till the single issue releases, and actually makes the box worth something in time with exlusive releases.


Paul, any idea when you’re going to post a 2019 preview? Let us know where our money’s going to go.

Chris Marsh

So, it’s all about making the box ‘worth something’, rather than music being available for music fans.

It shows again that this stuff is more for the modern-day equivalent of the pog/china plate collector rather than people who want to be able to buy music.

Chris Marsh

Point neatly missed.

But, to follow your point, I know folk for whom the thought of a family trip to the cinema is an unattainable luxury. There is usually too much month left at the end of the money. Having spent some years in a similar position, I know how it feels. For those folk, a single CD, perhaps once a month, is a guilty pleasure; a box set would go way beyond that.

Ben Williams

The Never Let Me Down 2018 remix can be heard on Spotify (free with adverts) if you are desperate to hear that version without getting the CD or vinyl box :-)