Station To Station [ 5CD+1DVD+3LP] CD+DVD, Box set
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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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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- Previously unpublished Steve Shapiro photo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
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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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.
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.
Station to Station is to my mind Bowie's masterpiece. The title itself is a pun; the track of the same name opens with white noise and chuffing noises like a radio tuning (station to station) or a train (station to station). That theme of transition runs throughout - "transition, transmission" says the hilarious TVC15. The guitar work from Earl Slick is frenetic and fantastic; the ballads Word on a Wing and Wild is the Wind, originally at the close of each side, are heartfelt and moving.
The album is now combined with a widely bootlegged concert from the same period which is also superb, a more powerful performance than any of the previous official live albums.
No problem with the music then; but if like me you are more interested in the music than the memorabilia, you have to ask why this very expensive box is the only way to get the DVD with high resolution stereo and a new 5.1 surround mix of this classic album?
Personally I can live without the vinyl and the fan club replicas, but I'd certainly like the surround mix. I'm afraid it does feel like exploitation.
Three stars, first because this is written pre-release, and second because of the expense.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still my favourite Bowie album of all - more than 40 years on it sounds as fresh and eclectic as anyghing from anyone ive heard since.Published 1 month ago by Marty 1969
I bought this album on vinyl and played it over and over again. Haven't heard it for such a long time until I bought the download. Playing it over and over again once more!Published 1 month ago by Sharon
I've had the VINYL/ALBUM version for YEARS & was really looking forward to getting the CD version, as I no longer have a record player to play L.P. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anon
One of Bowie's best ever albums, made when he was in a real mess WRT drugs & loss of purpose. Repays repeated listening.Published 2 months ago by arew