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.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The long history of Bowie resume, only for Bowie lovers... buy it nowPublished 2 months ago by Fixxmaniac
4CD boxset arrived promptly, securely packaged & as advertised. All 4 CD's play fine. ThanksPublished 4 months ago by Supertone
A quite brilliant Bowie compilation, putting together some well known tracks witj more obscure studio and live tracks across 4cds.
The booklet is a great read too. Read more
A really eclectic mix of Bowie studio and live recordings. Fab!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliant compilation which veers off the well-worn path of so many collections. The only shame is it ends at 1993!Published 5 months ago by Andrew W Jones