David Bowie / Who Can I Be Now? [1974-1976] full track listing and details


New mid-70s Bowie box adheres to ‘Five Years’ template

Parlophone’s follow-up to last year’s David Bowie Five Years box will be called Who Can I Be Now? 1974-1976 and will be issued as 12CD and 13LP vinyl box sets this September…

Content-wise, CD and LP sets are identical and the feature presentation is newly remastered versions of the three studio albums issued during this period (Diamond Dogs (1974), Young Americans (1975) and Station to Station (1976)) as well as the previously announced unreleased album, ‘The Gouster’.

Additionally, like Five YearsWho Can I Be Now? will include two live albums. They are David Live, which was issued in late 1974 and showcased the initial leg of David’s US Diamond Dogs Tour and Live Nassau Coliseum ’76 which was previously unreleased until its inclusion as part of the Station to Station reissue in 2010.

Who Can I Be Now? also features Re:Call 2another ‘rarities’ compilation (single disc this time) largely made up from rare or promotional single edits. As before, outtakes not issued commercially at the time, but which subsequently appeared on the Rykodisc reissues (e.g. Candidate demo, After Today), are considered out-of-scope by Parlophone.

This new box also does not include the 5.1 surround mixes of David Live, Young Americans or Station to Station all which have been commercially issued as part of past Bowie archival projects, although Harry Maslin’s 2010 stereo remix of Station to Station is included, as is Tony Visconti’s 2005 stereo remix of David Live.


The Gouster is an early version of the Young Americans album and three familiar tracks are featured in previously unreleased early alternative mixes: Somebody Up There Likes Me, Can You Hear Me and Right. It’s Gonna Be Me is the same version as appeared on the Ryko reissue back in 1991 and not the ‘With Strings’ alternate that was part of the Young Americans CD+DVD reissue in 2007.

The reason the vinyl box is 13LP compared to 12CD is that the remix of David Live runs to 3LPs but only two CDs.

The remastered original mix of David Live, The Gouster, the 2010 Harry Maslin mix of Station to Station and Re:Call 2 are all exclusive to this new Who Can I Be Now box. If you are thinking that the stereo remix of Station to Station was in the 2010 box set, well yes it was, but only on DVD. This is its CD and LP debut. Also, for this remix Parlophone are using the colour version of the album cover, first debuted by Rykodisc in 1991.

The vinyl is pressed on ‘audiophile’ quality 180g vinyl (Five Years was very good in this respect) and both boxes come with books (128-pages in the CD box and 84-pages in the vinyl set). The tomes contain all the usual rare photos as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums from producers Tony Visconti and Harry Maslin.


The CD box set will include faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions of the original albums and the CDs will be gold coloured rather than the usual silver.

Who Can I Be Now? 1974-1976 is released on 23 September 2016. The CD box is very well priced on Amazon UK, if you’re quick. As is the vinyl box, come to that.


LP Box Set:

84 Page hardback book

  • Diamond Dogs (remastered) (1 LP)
  • David Live (original mix) (remastered) (2 LP) *
  • David Live (2005 mix) (remastered) (3 LP)
  • The Gouster (previously unreleased as an album) (1 LP) *
  • Young Americans (remastered) (1 LP)
  • Station To Station (remastered) (1 LP)
  • Station To Station (Harry Maslin 2010 mix) (1 LP) *
  • Live Nassau Coliseum ’76 (2 LP)
  • Re:Call 2 (Single versions and non-album B-sides) (remastered) (1 LP) *

* Exclusive to ‘Who Can I Be Now? (1974 – 1976)’

CD Box Set:

  • 128 Page hardback book
  • Diamond Dogs (remastered) (1 CD)
  • David Live (original mix) (remastered) (2 CD) *
  • David Live (2005 mix) (remastered) (2 CD)
  • The Gouster (previously unreleased as an album) (1 CD) *
  • Young Americans (remastered) (1 CD)
  • Station To Station (remastered) (1 CD)
  • Station To Station (Harry Maslin 2010 mix) (1 CD) *
  • Live Nassau Coliseum ’76 (2 CD)
  • Re:Call 2 (Single versions and non album B-sides) (remastered) (1 CD) *

* Exclusive to ‘Who Can I Be Now? (1974 – 1976)’


‘WHO CAN I BE NOW? (1974-1976)


Released on RCA APLI 0576 (U.K.) / CPLI 0576 (U.S.) on 31st May, 1974.

Side 1.

  • 1. Future Legend
  • 2. Diamond Dogs
  • 3. Sweet Thing
  • 4. Candidate
  • 5. Sweet Thing (Reprise)
  • 6. Rebel Rebel

Side 2.

  • 1. Rock ‘n’ Roll With Me
  • 2. We Are The Dead
  • 3. 1984
  • 4. Big Brother
  • 5. Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family


Released on RCA APL2 0771 (U.K.) / CPL2-0771 (U.S.) on 29th October, 1974.

David Live was culled from performances on the 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th of July, 1974 at the Tower Theater, Philadelphia.

Side 1

  • 1. 1984
  • 2. Rebel Rebel
  • 3. Moonage Daydream
  • 4. Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (reprise)

Side 2

  • 1. Changes
  • 2. Suffragette City
  • 3. Aladdin Sane
  • 4. All The Young Dudes
  • 5. Cracked Actor

Side 3

  • 1. Rock ‘n’ Roll With Me
  • 2. Watch That Man
  • 3. Knock On Wood
  • 4. Diamond Dogs

Side 4

  • 1. Big Brother
  • 2. The Width Of A Circle
  • 3. The Jean Genie
  • 4. Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide


David Live was culled from performances on the 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th of July, 1974 at the Tower Theater, Philadelphia.

Released on EMI 874 3042 on CD and also in 5.1 on the DVD-Audio EMI 874 3049 on 14th November, 2005.

Side 1

  • 1. 1984
  • 2. Rebel Rebel
  • 3. Moonage Daydream
  • 4. Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (reprise)

Side 2

  • 1. Changes
  • 2. Suffragette City
  • 3. Aladdin Sane
  • 4. All The Young Dudes

Side 3

  • 1. Cracked Actor
  • 2. Rock ‘n’ Roll With Me
  • 3. Watch That Man
  • 4. Knock On Wood

Side 4

  • 1. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
  • 2. Space Oddity
  • 3. Diamond Dogs

Side 5

  • 1. Panic In Detroit
  • 2. Big Brother
  • 3. Time

Side 6

  • 1. The Width Of A Circle
  • 2. The Jean Genie
  • 3. Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide


Previously unreleased as a complete album.

Side 1

  • 1. John, I’m Only Dancing (Again) – not on ‘Young Americans’, first released as a single in 1979.
  • 2. Somebody Up There Likes Me – alternative early previously unreleased mix
  • 3. It’s Gonna Be Me – not on ‘Young Americans’, first released as a bonus track on the EMI/Ryko edition of ‘Young Americans’ in 1990. An alternative mix with strings was released on the 2007 EMI edition of ‘Young Americans’.

Side 2

  • 1. Who Can I Be Now? – not on ‘Young Americans’, first released as a bonus track on the EMI/Ryko edition of ‘Young Americans’ in 1990.
  • 2. Can You Hear Me – alternative early previously unreleased version.
  • 3. Young Americans – same version that ended up on ‘Young Americans’.
  • 4. Right – alternative early previously unreleased version.


Released on RCA RS 1006 (U.K.) / AQL1-0998 (U.S.) on 7th March, 1975.

Side 1

  • 1. Young Americans
  • 2. Win
  • 3. Fascination
  • 4. Right

Side 2

  • 1. Somebody Up There Likes Me
  • 2. Across The Universe
  • 3. Can You Hear Me
  • 4. Fame


Released on RCA APL1 1327 on 23rd January, 1976.


First released on EMI BOWSTSD 2010 in 5.1 and in stereo at 48kHz/24bit on the DVD format within the Station To Station deluxe set on 20th September, 2010.

Side 1

  • 1. Station To Station
  • 2. Golden Years
  • 3. Word On A Wing

Side 2

  • 1. TVC 15
  • 2. Stay
  • 3. Wild Is The Wind


Recorded live at the Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY, U.S.A., 23rd March, 1976. Released on EMI BOWSTSD 2010 within the Station To Station deluxe set on 20th September, 2010.

Side 1

  • 1. Station To Station
  • 2. Suffragette City
  • 3. Fame
  • 4. Word On A Wing

Side 2

  • 1. Stay
  • 2. Waiting For The Man
  • 3. Queen Bitch

Side 3

  • 1. Life On Mars?
  • 2. Five Years
  • 3. Panic In Detroit
  • 4. Changes
  • 5. TVC 15

Side 4

  • 1. Diamond Dogs
  • 2. Rebel Rebel
  • 3. The Jean Genie


Non Album Singles, Single Versions and B-Sides.

Side 1:

  • 1. Rebel Rebel (original single mix)
  • 2. Diamond Dogs (Australian single edit)
  • 3. Rebel Rebel (U.S. single version)
  • 4. Rock ‘n’ Roll With Me (live – promotional single edit)
  • 5. Panic In Detroit (live)
  • 6. Young Americans (original single edit)

Side 2:

  • 1. Fame (original single edit)
  • 2. Golden Years (original single version)
  • 3. Station To Station (original single edit)
  • 4. TVC 15 (original single edit)
  • 5. Stay (original single edit)
  • 6. Word On A Wing (original single edit)
  • 7. John, I’m Only Dancing (Again) (1975) (single version)

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Dean T

It will be worth it in the end … Trust me …..I have never had a vinyl box set of this size and have every lp absolutely perfect ..I kid you not …I hope it’s is the case for everyone.Mine came from Amazon at the same price as yours and arrived in its own bespoke box .Better luck next time.

Rob Puricelli

Yes, I fully expected the bespoke box/foam inserts, exactly how the Five Years set was received. I am hoping it is a one off :-)

Rob Puricelli

It finally arrived, intact and unspoiled, on Saturday and it is of the same high quality as Five Years :)

Rob Puricelli

So, my experience so far with this box set has been a bit disappointing, but not in the way you might imagine.

I pre-ordered the vinyl from Amazon UK when they had it listed at £166 and was so looking forward to it arriving on the 23rd. It just so happened that I was off to see Gary Numan that night and also had the opportunity to snag backstage passes as my friends have been his support act throughout the tour, so I went early and missed the Amazon delivery. However, I got an email telling me it had been left with a neighbour, so I wasn’t too concerned.

When I got home the next day, the driver had left his “We Missed You” card tucked in between the door and the door frame instead of posting it through my letterbox. On this card was the exact location of the box which wasn’t with my neighbour but actually sat on top of my household waste bin!!

The outer cardboard box was about twice the size of the box set itself and seriously split on one corner. I feared the worst as I opened it up. And my fears were well and truly realised. There sat the box set, with a handful of brown paper stuffed in there, presumably to do the job (very badly) of protecting the item in transit. But as I lifted the box set out, the glaring compression injury to one corner of the box became apparent.

So I called Amazon straight away, only to get their outsourced centre somewhere in India, and a lady who, whilst very helpful, could barely be understood. She arranged a collection and re-ordered a new box set for me. Despite me being an Amazon Prime member, she told me delivery wouldn’t be until Tuesday.

So I grumbled all weekend as I had made time to sit down, with beer, and work my way through it, disc by shiny black disc. Anyway, last night I saw that it hadn’t been marked as dispatched and so wasn’t at all surprised when I woke up this morning to find an email delivered at 03:51 telling me the item had been delayed. A further call to Amazon had me being told that it would now definitely arrive on Wednesday, but I am not holding my breath. I also noticed that the vinyl version was now sporting the Autorip logo and I demanded that I be given that, which they did without question.

Therefore I’ve not been able to listen to any of this yet and I’ve discovered that I’m not the only one to have had a damaged delivery. Any one else experienced this? I saw Paul’s picture the other day and, just like ‘Five Years’, his was packed in a bespoke fitted box with foam inserts, just as it should be.

Mic Smith

Played all of the original albums plus Gouster and Nassau 76. Pleased overall but comparing The Gouster with Young Americans it’s not hard to see why he went for YA. Despite my lack of appreciation for the latter, it was a wholly more successful record. Is it me or are the mini vinyl sleeves just a bit cheaper looking than the 5 Years Box?

Dean T

Just want to add again …the mastering and quilaty of vinyl pressing on offer here is about as good as it gets….listening again at the moment …(the gouster) ..sounds completely analogue ,Tony Visconti has a good ear.

Dean T

Have to agree with Ray ….another box set I an proud to own .Can not wait for the next set and then what a collection to own.The sound quality from the vinyl is just fantastic ,cut on the quiet side like the recent Floyd reissuses and very quite vinyl too.Just brilliant ..

Mic Smith

The CD box arrived yesterday – free postage option from Amazon and it arrived on the day of release – so those that pay to have it delivered on day of release take note.

Thus far have played DD and DL 2005 remix (part the way through disc one) and will plough my way through them this week. I consider this period of his career to be a bit patchy if I’m honest – Young Americans the album is propped up by the 2 singles IMO which I know plenty will disagree with so The Gouster is of collector interest to me. Then again STS is probably my favourite Bowie record and I fully respect his right to try different styles and put out what he wanted when he was around.
Is there any official word on how far these sets will go? It would be nice to have the full catalogue in this series (a shame they didn’t include the Deram album which I think is a lot better than its reputation suggests. Silly Boy Blue would make any career spanning retrospective if I ever decided to compile such a thing.


I strongly assume there’ll be a third box that will cover 1977-80. Probably covering the Berlin trilogy and Scary Monsters. And if there is plan for one more, it’ll include Bowie’s more “poppy” period.

Daniel Wylie

OK, so I’m now ranting. Some of these albums are remastered and sound really good and some are not remastered and don’t sound very good. The original version of Station To Station plus Diamond Dogs and Recall 2 are definitely inferior masters. Even the volume level on these is lower than the ones that have been remastered. My copy is going back to Amazon.

Daniel Wylie

Another thing I’ve noticed is that the Recall CD does not sound remastered. Actually, this box set is getting more disappointing by the minute. The CD version is definitely shabbier than the Five Years box set.

Daniel Wylie

I bought the CD version and plan to buy the three studio albums when they are issued separately in a couple of months. One thing I did notice while copying the CDs into my computer was that Diamond Dogs is a 1999 remaster and not a 2016 one.

Roman Lüönd

I just downloaded the HDTracks release of this box and I miss the “Young Americans” track from the “Young Americans” album. The album starts with “Win” in the HDTrack Release. Or is the “Glouster” album version exactly the same as the “Young Americans” album version and therefore not included twice? The track-length of the two “Young Americans” tracks on the “Glouster” and the “Young Americans” version is not the same on the CD-Box, so I’m a bit confused.

Roman Lüönd

Hdtracks just wrote me that there are issues with the files (1 track missing, tracks mislabelled). They are waiting for new files from the label

Tino Stabile

Well, another box set that I will not be able to say no to. Don’t have some albums like Young Americans.. will finally be able to discover that one as well as the never released The Gouster Always liked Diamond Dogs and well Station to Station happens to be my all time favorite in his catalog.
Just hope they don’t release too many more…. I will go broke. Ha ha.
But for a legend like Bowie this was necessary. His passing is making us appreciate his legacy, his incredible music and incredible all around recording artist/chameleon even more.
Long live Ziggy, Aladdin Sane, Thin White Duke, Major Tom
He will live on forever


My Bowie, Who Can I be Now ? Vinyl box set arrived today. I had to have the Five Years Box Set on both Vinyl and CD, and at first I wasn’t to sure about this one. So it took my a while to get round to ordering it, but WOW ! I have to say this one is stunning presentation wise. They really have done an amazing job. I just have to start spinning the Vinyl now can’t wait, I may even get the CD version Now, you know what it’s like once bitten by the bug.

John T.

I also bought Five Years box on both formats, so I had to order this new one on both aswell.
Looking forward to receiving mine in the next few days or so.
How does the new set sound? Is it good? Especially are the Station To Station and Live In Nassau-albums in good sound quality?


Anyone know what the next 7″ picture disc is in the 40th Anniversary rerelease series? Things have gone quiet with those.

Dean T

Bagged this at £166 with free delivery ..can’t go wrong at that price and I don’t have any of this on vinyl or cd for that matter ,so a good deal for me .Very much looking forward to this .when the next set comes out that’s all the Bowie I need and a good collection it will be.

Robert Fitzpatrick

wow it has shot up at amazon uk to 120 now ! glad I pulled the trigger at 75

Mr x

My older brother was into bowie from the earliest stuff but YA was his jumping off point – which became my jumping on point!

Naturally over time I worked backward and enjoy the earlier stuff as well.

This release? Hmmm, got the STS deluxe vinyl box so not interested in Nassau, STS again, (apart from colour vinyl sleeve).

As most have said recall 2 is very poor and 2 DL?

Unless it drops in price considerably or last minute changes r made to content, I’m passing.

PS: anyone have a rough idea was UK individual prices might be for the vinyl when released?

Thom Lieb

On sale until noon Tuesday (US EST) at Popmarket.com. Use code PMLOVE to get the vinyl set for about $150!

ed knob

Argh, so disappointed not to see any of the extra material from the long unavailable Diamond Dogs Deluxe. What do I have to do to get my hand on Alternative Candidate?? These sets should be a perfect opportunity to capture everything from every period, instead there’s so much repeating.

El Barto

Totally agree. Only explanation that comes to mind is they’re holding stuff off for another even more deluxe edition, which is sad. Can’t believe that there is one person who prefers two alternative mixes of the same stuff instead of big fat Recall 2 set with lot’s of extras and rarities. Never seen before photo on the cover? Gimme a break.


Currently reading Strange Fascination by David Buckley.
Just finished Buckley’s recounting of the Gouster/Thin White Duke period and the mention of the Isolar/White Light tour, which incidentally Buckley rates as being Bowie’s best live tour and mentions that the Nasau Coliseum dates are a great representation (never having heard it I can’t comment).
One thing that did catch my attention is that Paul Buckmaster (who worked with Bowie on what was to be The Man Who Fell to Earth soundtrack) supposedly has a DAT of the work they put together and submitted (ultimately only to have it rejected).
Wouldn’t it be a real coup if they managed to license/buy/steal the rights to include that in the next box set… One can dream!


Anybody know of any pre-order freebies on offer (like the pinups radio show with the last boxset)?


The Bowie estate doesn’t own the the rights to the Baal EP so it is unlikely that it will be included in the box sets.

Matteo Leoni

Thanks bob, I didn’t know about the Baal EP rights… I’ve always wondered why it has never been reissued in CD… :-/


2 of the Baal tracks have been included on previous compilation CDs and all are available for downloads online so hopefully there’s no reason why they can’t be included at some point. Less likely are the original TV movie recording versions.


I bet the third boxset will have 2 versions of “stage” just like the 2 versions of “david live” in the “who will i fleece now?” Boxset

Matteo Leoni

And if we add the ‘Visconti mix’ of Lodger we have another 12-cd/13-vinyl box, like the first two…
Who knows? Let’s wait until next year! :)


So maybe we can expect the next set as…

A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN 1977-1981 (13 LPs)
1977 – Low (Remastered 1LP)
1977 – “Heroes” (Remastered 1LP)
1978 – Stage (Original Mix, Remastered 2LP) *
1978 – Stage (2005 Mix, Remastered 3LP)
1979 – Lodger (Remastered 1LP)
1980 – Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (Remastered 1LP)
1981 – Christiane F. (Remastered 1LP)
New Music Night And Day (Previously Unreleased as an Album) (Remastered 1LP) *
Isolar II – The 1978 World Tour – Live at Earls Court (Previously Unreleased as an Album) (Remastered 1LP) *
Re:Call 3 – Single versions and non-album B-sides (Remastered 1LP) *

* are all exclusive to this new box… with a hardback magazine of unseen photos that everyone’s seen!!

Matteo Leoni

I don’t think that the “Christiane F.” soundtrack will be included in the next box, but more likely the 1982 “Baal” EP.
I don’t think that any previously unreleased live album will be included, also (even if I hope for it!), while probably there will be “New music night and day” with slightly different mixes of some Low track.
We’ll see.


You’re absolutely right. The 1982 “Baal” EP should be included.
It could be one side of the Re:Call3 package but will probably be a stand-alone release.

Aleks Spectre

Very sad to see the tracklist from Recall 2.
Hope for the future that Parlophone & Mr Visconti won’t forget to create a boxset with all the Ryko bonus tracks remasered.


This box has no interest to me at all and i seriously can’t be the only one who thinks that Young Americans is a terrible album with Station To Station not that much better. I’m just thankful that he followed those with Low and Heroes and redeemed himself.


I will agree with you that I find Young Americans as an album to be rather dated and uninteresting. Station to Station, on the other hand, is a masterpiece by comparison.


Well, if you think “Young Americans” and “STATIONTOSTATION” are terrible albums,
I suggest you better listen to other artists…..


I listen to hundred of other artists so i don’t see the point in your statement. I have tried for 30 years to like those two albums but apart from the singles from both i find them shockingly bad as well as Lodger i may add but the rest of his 70’s output was excellent.


I don’t mind artists trying out different styles of music but the Soul and R&B influence on Young Americans leaves me cold and too many songs go nowhere on that album and i have yet to hear a worse Bowie track than that terrible cover of Across The Universe.


Showing £189 on vinyl. Looks like I missed out at the cheaper price, I wonder if it will drop. Seemed okay at that previous price but suddenly looks very expensive compared to Five Years!

El Barto

UK Amazon prices are going slightly up already.


Now priced at £99.99 on Amazon UK


My guess for the next box, 1977-1979 era:

Low – 2017 remaster
Heroes – 2017 remaster
Stage (2CD) – original mix remastered
Stage (2CD) – 2005 mix remastered
Lodger – 2017 remaster
Lodger – Tony Visconti remixed version
Re:call 3 (2CD)

‘A New Career in a New Town’ could be the right title if the box covers the Berlin trilogy, in case it strectches out to ‘Scary Monsters’ as someone suggests, a more fitting title would be ‘Art Decade’.


Will Peter and the Wolf feature on the next box?

El Barto

Hopefully not. We have enough fillers in current one.

Kevin Allen

Wow, these are actually great prices for UK. In Australia a major local retailer has this listed at $585, which converts to 335 pound. I think i will be buying from the UK :)


I reckon the third installment will be Low, Heroes, Stage, Lodger, Scary Monsters and maybe even the Christiane F. soundtrack. Scary Monsters would sound totally out of place on a box set featuring Let’s Dance, Tonight and Never Let Me Down. I don’t even think they should continue the series after the third installment. Bar a couple of decent tracks, Tonight and Never Let Me Down are appalling albums.

Michael Fortin

I’ll wait for the individual releases of Diamond Dogs and Young Americans since those aren’t in my collection. I already have the 3CD Station to Station set. The rest seems a bit much for a “casual” fan like me. On the other hand, I only have Low from the Berlin era, so that box might be a “buy” for me…

Jay Kranz

even if five years set a precedent for having multiple mixes of a album I think it is a lot different to have one duplicated LP of your most well known album versus 4 LPs of duplication (3 if you count gouster as totally different I don’t although accept that LP way more than the other 3) just screams of trying to get to the same LP count as the first set.


Only way I’m buying this is if it drops below £45, otherwise I’m happy with what I’ve got.


As someone who doesn’t have the Five Years box yet, does the book in the CD have the same content as the book in the LP box, even though they have different page counts? I’m assuming that this boxes book will be broadly similar to Five Years.

I’m hoping that Five Years will be available cheaper soon…

Julian H

Bigger format = less pages, I assume.

Craig Hedges

Looking ahead Parlophone have the rights of Bowie up to the first Tin Machine album. But even before then it’s starts to get messy as Bowie did lots of soundtrack work on other labels so tracks like absolute beginners and my fav When the wind blows won’t appear unless Warners can licence them from Universal.

Chris Brown

Parlophone do have the licenses for Absolute Beginners and When The Wind Blows – they’re currently available as digital EPs, as are the two Labyrinth singles and Real Cool World. The single version of Cat People was successfully licensed for Platinum Collection, so it possibly can be again.

Parlophone have the licence for the 90s solo albums too now. It was presumably Bowie’s choice not to license Tin Machine II to anyone after the original one expired.


Do Parlophone have ‘Buddha Of Suburbia’?


Having just replaced my ‘missing’ Buddha Of Suburbia, I can confirm that it indeed on Parlophone.


Parlophone reprinted ‘Black Tie White Noise’ and more recently ‘Outside’, ‘Earthling’ and ‘Hours’ as standard CDs, guess they have the rights to the 90s stuff too.


Thanks for your opinion on David Live but still confused as to specifications. I read that the current available version is remastered by Tony and remixed so not sure what is different about the version in the new box set. Can u clarify?


David Live:
1974 original version
2005 remix by Tony Visconti, probably remastered too
2016 remaster for both 1974 original version and 2005 remix


For someone who knows the original vinyl version from 1974
it’s a shock when you hear the remix from 2005,
especially at the beginning of 1984, where in the original Earl Slick’s guitar
starts and sounds so great.
In the 2005 version the guitar is so horrible mixed in the background,
that you can barely hear it…..

Julian H

The confusion probably stems from the assumption that Tony remastered anything, which he didn’t. He only oversees the remastering, which was done by Ray Staff for the first set.


Adey: Sad to read you’re happy the 5.1 mixes aren’t there. Definitive sets are far more important than your collection retaining its value. We’re all Bowie fans, and we deserve to have access to this material without paying over the odds for it. In fact, Bowie’s legacy deserves more than these boxes are serving up, imo. Music has no value unless it’s heard.


How many versions of an album you want to own? I personally don’t care for 5.1 mixes or remasters in general, I only have deluxe sets from the last decade for the three studio albums in this box and will buy the three standalone releases as I’ve done with the albums from the first box, just to have a standard Bowie discography with standard albums, keeping the deluxe sets as a bonus. But if I had the 1999 EMI CD editions I wouldn’t care for this upcoming release at all, if you know what I mean.

Robert Fitzpatrick

thanks for the heads up! its 100 dollers cheaper on the amazon uk site than it currently is in on Australian cd retailer ! this is pre-ordering over here at $250 Australian dollers !


As someone who missed out getting the Station to Station deluxe set a few years back – holding out too long for a reasonable price on that – I’m more than happy with this, especially to finally have the single edit of John (I’m only Dancing) (Again) on CD.

Yes, I noticed that the Wild is the Wind edit wasn’t included, but never having heard the vinyl single from the 8os, I’d always presumed that the edit had been created for the video, which can be heard on various DVD compilations from the past yew years, of course.

I had a feeling that they’d want to keep the ‘Berlin'(ish) period to a separate box, but also wonder about Scary Monster’s placing there. As it was designed to cap his work up to that point, it could be argued that it belongs there. But, then again, as it was his first more mainstream popular album in terms of hit singles, it wouldn’t sit out of place before Let’s Dance. I guess DB had a preference, as he must have mapped this all out a year or two back.

Oh, and I’d hope for a subsequent rarities set too, obviously.


John Dotters

Gonna have to be a lottery win job :(


Kevin Cann wrote the best book on Bowie – Any Day Now -the London years. I wish he would do the LA years then the Berlin years.


I have the 3CD box set of 2010 ‘Station to Station’ reissue, if the Harry Maslin mix was only on the DVD in the bigger deluxe box what version is featured in the standard 3CD edition? I see it says “original analogue mix”, but what does it mean? Is that remastered too?

Ollie Carlisle

Given that they’ve strung out 3 studio albums covering three years to one 12 disc box this time I’m not so sure Scary Monsters will be included with the next set. Call it ‘A New Career In A New Town’ as someone else wisely suggested and, in addition to the three albums, two versions of Stage, the long-rumoured Visconti remix of Lodger, possibly the Man Who Fell To Earth soundtrack stuff if it exists and a disc or two of Re:Call stuff and we’re already in double figures.


This is one for the obsessives and completists only. A waste of money especially if you now the Ryko CDs. And why would anyone want a “rarities” disc featuring mostly edited tracks? The single edit of Young Americans rips the heart and soul out of the song and an edit of Diamond Dogs is unimaginable. And two different mixes of a live album – they’re havin’ a laugh!


Shilling The Rubes, I Am a Lazer, demo recordings. Single edits is just a cop-out. They know their market though – (mostly) blokes aged upwards of 40 who should know better but will buy this regardless of the contents! I can ( and will) instead spend £90 discovering lots of music from the past that I missed out on first time around. I bought two of Roy Ayers’ early seventies albums and Terry Callier’s ‘What Colour is Love’ from HMV today and got change from 12 quid!


I don’t recall (no pun intended) at what point David went tax exile, but it’s unfortunate there’s apparently no Beeb material to even consider from this period.


Can you tell me your general opinion of “David Live” (I’ve read mixed reviews) and what is the difference between the version in this new box and the 2005 version separately available now. Thanks.

John Able

Musical content aside. That artwork is horrible !!


Typefacing uninspired, but the photo is period correct and one we’ve not seen too much if at all?


Just looking through the 2010 deluxe box-set of Station and a similar portrait appeared there. This image, cropped for this new box-set, seems to be part of a press set taken by Steve Schapiro from what I can tell.