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The cliché about David Bowie says he's a musical chameleon, adapting himself according to fashion and trends. While such a criticism is too glib, there's no denying that Bowie demonstrated remarkable skill for perceiving musical trends at his peak in the '70s. After spending several years in the late '60s as a mod and as an ... Read more in Amazon's David Bowie Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (27 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • Format: CD+DVD, Box set
  • Label: EMI Music
  • ASIN: B003UTUQ3O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,611 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Deluxe re-release of David Bowie's hugely influential 1976 album, Station to Station. This edition includes five CDs, a DVD and 3 LPs.

5 CDs
  • 2 versions of the complete original Station to Station album, one taken from the original analogue master and one from the 1985 RCA CD master.
  • The much bootlegged live favourite and previously unreleased Live Nassau Coliseum ‘76 (two CDs).
  • 5-track Singles Versions E.P including previously unreleased version of Station To Station, and for first time on CD, Word On A Wing.
1 DVD
  • Station To Station (original analogue master, 96kHz/24bit LPCM stereo)
  • Station To Station (new Harry Maslin 5.1 surround sound mix in DTS 96/24 and Dolby Digital)
  • Station To Station (original analogue master, LPCM stereo)
  • Station To Station (new Harry Maslin stereo mix, 48kHz/24bit LPCM stereo)
3 LPs
  • 12" heavyweight vinyl of Station To Station from the original stereo analogue master in replica sleeve
  • 2 x 12" heavyweight vinyl of Live Nassau Coliseum '76 in gatefold sleeve.
EXTRAS
  • 24-page booklet with sleevenotes by Cameron Crowe and chronology by Kevin Cann and also including...
    - Previously unpublished Steve Shapiro photo
    - Geoff MacCormack photos
    - Andrew Kent live Nassau photos
    - Extensive memorabilia from the BowieNet archives
  • Replica David Bowie On Stage 1976 press kit folder containing the following...
    - Replica Backstage pass
    - Replica Biog, A4-size
    - Replica Ticket
    - Replica band line-up
    - 3 x 10"x8" press shots
  • Replica 1976 Fan Club Folder containing the following...
    - Replica Fan Club Membership card
    - Fan club certificate
    - 2 small Collectors cards
    - 2 A4-size photo prints
    - Replica 4-page biography
    - 2 x badges

BBC Review

After what Bowie labelled “plastic soul,” on Young Americans, it was more a case of lost soul for 1976’s Station to Station. The desperately thin, paranoid Bowie was still living in America but casting anxious, glassy-eyed looks across the Atlantic to European salvation – principally the musical and spiritual regeneration of Berlin.

Conflicting reports claim the album was either recorded before or after filming The Man Who Fell to Earth in New Mexico, but either way both album and film feature heavy themes of alienation, loss of control, madness and addiction (in his alien character’s case, alcohol; in Bowie’s, cocaine). Musically, it’s similarly intense, even more so because Bowie claims he can’t remember making it. It’s also one of his greatest records, bridging the stations of US R&B and krautrock – a sound bleached of blues but rooted in the motorik rhythm of Neu! and Kraftwerk – and of its six track, four are certified tour de forces.

The ten-minute title-track is first. A train gathering speed whizzes from speaker to speaker before a slow, clanking instrumental incline toward Bowie’s (ever-deeper) vocal intro, and his most dramatic lyrical entrance: “The return of the thin white duke / throwing darts in lover’s eyes.” The Duke – Bowie’s last distinct character – resembles a Nietzsche superman obsessed with belief – Judaism, Christianity, the occult – and totally off the rails: “It’s not the side effect of the cocaine, I’m thinking that it must be love.” The second section is a gallop, Earl Slick’s snarling solo unfurling over Roy Bittan’s barrelhouse piano.

The elegiac aftermath Golden Years distils and bakes Young Americans’ finger-snapping soul-funk canon; TVC15 is the other pop nugget, a more jovial saga of (according to Bowie) a girl in love with her TV. In between, Word on a Wing is a simmering plea for help to an angel but it’s outdone for gorgeous, fearless melodrama by Wild is the Wind (the title-track of a 1957 film, made famous by Nina Simone) as the Duke/Bowie hits an emotional all-time low. Stay is equally desperate, but the music is an all-time Bowie high, watertight rock-funk behind more naked confessionals from the man usually behind a mask.

The five-CD Super Deluxe Edition features additional album mixes and single versions, but the three-disc Special Edition is the essential purchase, involving the twofer Nassau Coliseum concert, aka the Thin White Duke bootleg, where Station cuts come to life and old classics are either invigorated (a rampant The Jean Genie, an awesome Five Years) or badly clobbered (especially Suffragette City and Queen Bitch). The band couldn’t truly rock, but then Bowie wasn’t interested in rock; he was rolling toward another sound and vision, the Berlin trilogy.

--Martin Aston

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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
OK, here's a review from someone who's actually heard the release.

CD1 is the original album remastered. And what an excellent job has been done. I have the original 1991 Rykodisc era Sound+Vision release and this tops even that. Not only are all the instruments clear as a bell, the bass is more prominent, which really brings the music alive.

CD2 and 3 are Bowie's March 1976 Nassau Coliseum concert. Long term fans have long cherished bootlegs of this night - the band is far less cabaret than Bowie's 1974 outing and less cold and brittle than the instrumental-dominated 1978 Stage incarnation.

The concert has a good mix of Station to Station tracks - of which the title track, Stay and Word on a Wing are masterful - and older hits. Some of the recordings are a little ropey - Life on Mars and Five Years are (superior) bootleg quality and the mix on the 2nd half of the concert is somewhat unbalanced - cymbals dominate, you can only hear one guitar for a lot of the time, the piano is very quiet and the bass just a low rumbling. Whilst Jean Genie and TVC15 suffer most from this - both sound thin and even weedy during choruses and solos - Changes, Diamond Dogs and Queen Bitch are by contrast hugely entertaining - and Panic in Detroit is positively furious.

The packaging is great. A Cameron Crewe essay puts the album in context, followed by a detailed chronology of the preparation and execution of the album. Three CD sized postcards complete the box.

Station to Station has always been a masterpiece - a satisfying and consistent yet diverse collection of powerfully realised signature tunes. This set puts Bowie's mid-70s journey into context, gives us his most satisfying live album to date and reinforces his mastery of both art and entertainment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By markr TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Quite simple magnificent - if i could give 10 stars I would! From the crunching bass notes and insistent piano of the opening to Station to Station to the last notes of the haunting, emotional and beautiful Wild is the Wind, this is the work a master at his peak. For many this is Bowie's best album, and I would find it hard to argue against that although there are a good few other contenders for that title.

There are no filler tracks here - everything is an absolute gem, from the guitar based funk of Stay, through the disco soul of Golden Years, to the mesmerising Word on a Wing.

If you don't have this in your collection, or haven't yet updated from vinyl, then you really must buy this now. You won't regret it
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By David on 16 Feb. 2000
Format: Audio CD
After Ziggy Stardust, and Aladdin Sane, after the theatricality of "Diamond Dogs", and the plastic-soul of "Young Americans" there came perhaps Bowie's most haunting persona, The Thin White Duke, and this is his record.
At time of recording Bowie was in the depths of a serious cocaine addiction. It is said that he now remembers very little of the recording of "Station To Station". But once you have heard this album you will not forget it easily.
The title track is a ten minute epic in which Bowie's vocal range travels in leaps and bounds. Meet The Thin White Duke himself and gasp in awe as he screams: 'It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love'.
"Word On A Wing" sees Bowie at his most poignant as he pleads for grace in a desperate search for God. Shiver as he croons his way through the best version of "Wild Is The Wind" ever recorded.
This CD not important, it is *essential*! No collection should be without it.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Winslow Alan on 27 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Most people who purchase this (expensive) box set are going to be hard core long term Bowie fanatics of which there are undoubtably millions around the planet. What can be said about the original album? not a lot really that hasnt been said time and time again and i cant imagine many people will be buying this boxset that doesnt already own at least one copy of STS. The remastering and remixing on the DVD disc is superb and although there is very little happening in the rear channels the overall effect is simply stunning. The clarity took my breath away. The packaging is very well done and the extras that are included took me back to my youth when id collect anything and everything from newspaper cuttings to huge posters on my bedroom wall of the man. The cds are inserted inside the respective vinyl album sleeves of both the Original album and the live show from the tour of 76. This isnt something id expected and wouldve much prefered the cds to have their own case or even cardboard sleeve as it means constantly manhandling both album covers and pulling the cds out of their tight little pockets inside the gatefold cover which will over time cause wear and tear on the card. I wont be getting my Turntable out of the loft to play the vinyl either and wouldve preffered a box set that didnt include them at a cheaper price but as a long term collector i can understand many oldies will want a vinyl copy included.
Station to Station was Bowie at his best. Coke addled with delusions of superpower he embraced his demons and came out as the Cold Genius that became the Thin White Duke.
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