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Sound + Vision [Box set]

David Bowie Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 Sep 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: PLG UK Catalog
  • ASIN: B00M7IR5E2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Space Oddity (Demo) [2003 Remastered Version]
2. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (Rare B Side Version) [2003 Remastered Version]
3. The Prettiest Star (Single Version) [2003 Remastered Version]
4. London, Bye, Ta-Ta
5. Black Country Rock (1999 Remastered Version)
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. 1984/Dodo (2003 Remastered Version)
2. Big Brother (1999 Remastered Version)
3. Rebel Rebel (Us Single Version) [2002 Remastered Version]
4. Suffragette City (Live '74) [2003 Remastered Version]
5. Watch That Man (Live '74) [2003 Remastered Version]
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Disc: 3
1. Station To Station (Live '78) [2003 Remastered Version]
2. Warszawa (Live '78) [2003 Remastered Version]
3. Breaking Glass (Live '78) [2003 Remastered Version]
4. Red Sails (1999 Remastered Version)
5. Look Back In Anger (1999 Remastered Version)
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Disc: 4
1. Blue Jean (1999 Remastered Version)
2. Time Will Crawl (1999 Remastered Version)
3. Baby Can Dance (1999 Remastered Version) - Tin Machine
4. Amazing (1999 Remastered Version) - Tin Machine
5. I Can't Read (1999 Remastered Version) - Tin Machine
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
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THIS IS NOT THE CANADIAN BOX SET THAT THE PREVIOUS REVIEWER STATES. That being the 1990 Ryko-disc set. Similar but not the same!!!!. This box set incorporates Bowie's work up to Buddah Of Suburbia and Black Tie White Noise. There are even Tin Machine songs on here!!!!!!!

It has strayed away from the well known hits, though there are still many here, such as "Ashes to Ashes", "Changes" and "Blue Jean". Instead it concentrates on the best album cuts from Bowie's phenomenal 70's 80's and early 90's work.

For CD completists, this is the only place you will find "After Today" "Baals Hymn", "The Drowned Girl" and "Modern Love" (live). There are also a handful of mixes and different out-takes of songs. The real highlights here is the original "The Prettiest Star". This is NOT the Aladdin Sane cut but the 1970 single with Marc Bolan on guitar. And "Pallas Athena". This is the live version performed by The Tao Jones Index, which was a secret gig Bowie did at The Phoenix Festival.

This is a must for any Bowie fan and an excellent starting point for any musical youth wishing to know what all the fuss was about when Bowie hit the scene.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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First up, this is a superb collection by anybody's standards & is well worth the 5 stars.
The biggest worry with this is the old chestnut "Caveat Emptor" because there are at least 4 different editions of this set.
First up, we have the original Ryko edition on 3 regular CD's plus an additional CDV with 3 live tracks & the "Ashes to Ashes" video. This was packaged in a 12" x 12" box and included a nice booklet (sadly mine is missing & if anyone has a mint or near mint copy of this set please contact me). NB - the images on this page are from that edition.
Then there was a very limted edition of this in a nice wood case, 500 copies, individually signed (these are almost never found for sale). Third up was the Ryko reissue edition in a slipcase box with just 3 CD's, missing off the 3 live tracks from Boston Music Hall in 1972 (and oh, how I would love the full recording of that to surface) and a well done 72-page booklet.
Finally, we have the 4th edition, which is a re-issue from EMI, featuring 4 CD's, a different running order and on some tracks different versions (and I mean different mixes as opposed to remastered) - although if truth be told, this set does have the 1999 EMI remasters and they are frankly not that great - over limited for volume, as are nearly all the EMI editions esxcept for the first set they released which used the Ryko masters - confused? Yep. Me too.

Whatever edition you have this makes a nice change to the obvious singles rehash - and the Gods only know that has been done often enough already.
If you are looking for the S&V box, get the early Ryko edition for sound quality & the EMI edition for tracks you will not find anywhere else.
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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What are box sets for? 29 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
Buying Sound and Vision does not mean I can dispense with the Singles Collection because it does not have classics such as Let's Dance, Fame and Absolute Beginners which I wouldn't otherwise have, nor does it contain other classics such as Jean Genie, Starman, Diamond Dogs, Golden Years and unforgivably Life On Mars - one of Bowie's greatest songs. I would have preferred the full length album version of 'Heroes' too rather than the German 'Helden' if we were going to get that classic in something other than it's single format.
I suppose what I really purchased this set for was for the last disc and a half which rounds up much of Bowie's stuff that I have never had the inclination to seek out. Unfortunately, having listened to this I can understand why I never bothered with it. I'm afraid, Cat People, Buddha of Suburbia and Loving The Alien apart, most of it's fairly forgettable. Tin Machine were reviled in their time, then have undergone a partial critical renaissance, but hearing the six tracks included here from their two albums, it's true they really weren't anything special at all.
And why include two versions of the instrumental Pallas Athena? The second one, and the last track on the box set is simply a dreadful noise and it goes on too long. I would have preferred to hear Bowie's version of All The Young Dudes, Amsterdam or My Death, or even the brilliant Width of A Circle from Man Who Sold The World, even though I already have these songs in one form or another.
What of the rarities? Well the demo version of Space Oddity is excellent and different enough to the regular version to be worthy of inclusion as is 1984/Dodo.
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Recommend to anyone who wants a compilation that covers main periods of career or for long term fans who will be interested in some of the versions included.
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