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. The tour that is included here literally changed my idea of what a rockstar could be when i saw him perform in London in 76 and to have a crystal clear full recording of the show albeit a different performance had me dancing around my living room as if i was back at Wembley, Its a fantastic recording of a fantastic tour. Memories come in expensive packages nowadays,just how much anyone is prepared to pay is a hard one to guess and i wouldnt have payed out this amount for some of the albums Mr Bowie has released over the years no matter how shiny and sparkly they tried to make the boxes look....Station to Station Ultimate fan boxset? yeah on reflection its worth paying out.
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