- Audio CD (22 Sept. 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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Sound + Vision Box set
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4CD set. Repackaged in 2014! Epic 70-track compilation of singles, B-sides, album cuts, demo's, live recordings and rarities spanning 1969 to 1997.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
This journey starts with the demo for Space Oddity and weaves its way right up to the soundtrack album Dave did for the tv show The Buddha of Suburbia. On the way we are graced with some rarities that are not to be found anywhere else/easily/legally such as a couple of tracks from another tv show about that snaggle toothed outsider Baal. The best, and for me the cherry on the top, rare track is the inclusion of the mighty, muscular and testosterone imbued version of Cat People(a song which was disgracefully neutered during its transition towards it's limp appearance on the Let's Dance album). This Gorgio Moroder produced version is a gem. I bought it as a single many years ago and was disappointed that it never appeared on any of Bowies albums when they were reissued on cd.
Some good solid tracks from the badly received Tin Machine albums in here too, to give a broader look at Bowies work.
I remember being totally non-plussed by his Black Tie White Noise album when it appeared, but I reckon I am going to have to go and give it another chance based on what I have heard here.
Sonically superb. No brick walling issues here, unlike the Next Day album.
70 tracks of magnificent Bowie at this price?? A no brainer really. Buy it!
First 3 cd's are the same as the 1989 S+V imported boxset without the CDVideo single.
But with extra tracks on the 4th cd making it a better buy. Original S+V boxset £60 in 1989.
Sound + Vision, though, is brilliant. I have a lot of Bowie albums but there are live versions and B-sides that are new to me, pretty much up to Buddha of Suburbia. There is a fair amount of Tin Machine on the 4th disc which wasn't everyone's cup of tea but still worth a listen for the fully-rounded DB experience. The booklet and packaging are great too.
I prefer out of Sound + Vision because it covers the periods of Bowie's output which I love the most and I really like the live versions and more obscure songs (especially After Today, Helden, Cat People). However, if you want the most up-to-date 'hits' package (but don't want both) Nothing Has Changed does the trick and a whole lot more.
Okay, so there are many great album tracks that have not made it onto the 4 cds, but you do get the ORIGINAL full length version of CAT PEOPLE, (it was re-recorded later for the Let's Dance album).
Here you will find hits, live tracks, rarities and even stuff you may not like. How many of us established Bowie fans like everything he has done? But there is always the skip button to the next track. Of course if you are buying this in memory of our late hero then you may not know the classic tracks from the rarities and this should enhance your pleasure as you will be making your own mind up as to what you like best of his work. And that some of the hits are only mediocre in comparison.
The discs are basically in chronological order.
This compilation was made in 2003 and repackaged only, and NOT updated in 2014. That means there are no tracks from, "The Next Day" or "Blackstar" albums.
So hence the title of my review, "Up the hill backwards, it'll be alright", you will be discovering inner depths of the everlasting genius of DAVID BOWIE from other angles other than just the hits.
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Great album by David spans a lot of his work like the live tracks good pricePublished 1 month ago by Paul Israel
This is not a review, unless I really AM a time traveller, as I suspect. No, this is merely a message to all else who look on here with a view to penning an actual review. Read morePublished 2 months ago by TheListener
The long history of Bowie resume, only for Bowie lovers... buy it nowPublished 5 months ago by Fixxmaniac