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David Bowie | Five Years 1969-1973 | 12 CD BoxSet

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The first in a series of career-spanning comprehensive box sets, Five Years 1969-1973 chronicles the beginning of David Bowie's legend by boxing all of his officially released music during those early years. This amounts to six studio albums -- 1969's David Bowie (aka Space Oddity); 1970's The Man Who Sold the World; 1971's Hunky Dory; 1972's The Rise Fall of Ziggy Stardust the Spiders from Mars; Aladdin Sane, and Pin Ups (both from 1973); a pair of live albums (Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture Soundtrack and Live in Santa Monica '72, both released long after these five years) and a two-CD collection of non-LP tracks called Re:Call, plus Ken Scott's 2003 mix of Rise Fall of Ziggy Stardust.

That list suggests how "officially released" is a guideline that's easily bent. Live in Santa Monica '72 is a bootleg that became canonical in 1995, and the soundtrack to Ziggy Stardust didn't appear until 1983, but both are welcome because they either showcase the Spiders from Mars at their prime (Santa Monica) or at their end (Ziggy). Considering the number of edits, alternates, and B-sides Bowie released during this period, Re:Call is also a needed supplement, but it has some willful blind spots due to that "officially released" maxim: namely, any outtake released as a bonus on the Rykodisc reissues of the early '90s, including such major items as "Lightning Frightening,""Bombers," and "Sweet Head." Such absences are an irritant but not a major one because the box itself is quite handsome -- whether in its CD or LP incarnation, each record is packaged as a replica of its original release -- and the remastering is excellent, with Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, and Pin Ups given upgrades to match the anniversary remasters of Ziggy and Aladdin Sane from the 2010s. The improved audio alone makes Five Years 1969-1973 a desirable box for serious Bowie fans, but the whole set does justice to one of the great creative runs in rock history. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

 

Disc: 1
1. Space Oddity (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
2. Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
3. Letter To Hermione (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
4. Cygnet Committee (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
5. Janine (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
6. An Occasional Dream (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
7. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
8. God Knows I'm Good (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
9. Memory Of A Free Festival (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)

Disc: 2
1. The Width Of A Circle (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
2. All The Madmen (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
3. Black Country Rock (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
4. After All (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
5. Running Gun Blues (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
6. Saviour Machine (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
7. She Shook Me Cold (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
8. The Man Who Sold The World (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
9. The Supermen (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)

Disc: 3
1. Changes (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
2. Oh! You Pretty Things (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
3. Eight Line Poem (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
4. Life On Mars? (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
5. Kooks (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
6. Quicksand (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
7. Fill Your Heart (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
8. Andy Warhol (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
9. Song For Bob Dylan (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
10. Queen Bitch (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
11. The Bewlay Brothers (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)

Disc: 4
1. Five Years (2012 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
2. Soul Love (2012 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
3. Moonage Daydream (2012 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
4. Starman (2012 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
5. It Ain't Easy (2012 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
6. Lady Stardust (2012 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
7. Star (2012 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
8. Hang On To Yourself (2012 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
9. Ziggy Stardust (2012 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
10. Suffragette City (2012 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
11. Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (2012 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)

Disc: 5
1. Five Years (2003 Remix) (David Bowie)
2. Soul Love (2003 Remix) (David Bowie)
3. Moonage Daydream (2003 Remix) (David Bowie)
4. Starman (2003 Remix) (David Bowie)
5. It Ain't Easy (2003 Remix) (David Bowie)
6. Lady Stardust (2003 Remix) (David Bowie)
7. Star (2003 Remix) (David Bowie)
8. Hang On To Yourself (2003 Remix) (David Bowie)
9. Ziggy Stardust (2003 Remix) (David Bowie)
10. Suffragette City (2003 Remix) (David Bowie)
11. Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (2003 Remix) (David Bowie)

Disc: 6
1. Introduction (Live) (David Bowie)
2. Hang On To Yourself (Live) (David Bowie)
3. Ziggy Stardust (Live) (David Bowie)
4. Changes (Live) (David Bowie)
5. The Supermen (Live) (David Bowie)
6. Life On Mars? (Live) (David Bowie)
7. Five Years (Live) (David Bowie)
8. Space Oddity (Live) (David Bowie)
9. Andy Warhol (Live) (David Bowie)
10. My Death (Live) (David Bowie)
11. The Width Of A Circle (Live) (David Bowie)
12. Queen Bitch (Live) (David Bowie)
13. Moonage Daydream (Live) (David Bowie)
14. John, I'm Only Dancing (Live) (David Bowie)
15. Waiting For The Man (Live) (David Bowie)
16. The Jean Genie (Live) (David Bowie)
17. Suffragette City (Live) (David Bowie)
18. Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (Live) (David Bowie)

Disc: 7
1. Watch That Man (2013 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
2. Aladdin Sane (2013 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
3. Drive-In Saturday (2013 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
4. Panic in Detroit (2013 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
5. Cracked Actor (2013 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
6. Time (2013 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
7. The Prettiest Star (2013 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
8. Let's Spend the Night Together (2013 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
9. The Jean Genie (2013 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
10. Lady Grinning Soul (2013 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)

Disc: 8
1. Introduction (David Bowie)
2. Hang On To Yourself (Live) [Stereo] (David Bowie)
3. Ziggy Stardust (Live) [Stereo] (David Bowie)
4. Watch That Man (Live) [Stereo] (David Bowie)
5. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (Live) [Stereo] (David Bowie)
6. All The Young Dudes (Live) [Stereo] (David Bowie)
7. Oh! You Pretty Things (Live) [Stereo] (David Bowie)
8. Moonage Daydream (Live) [Stereo] (David Bowie)
9. Changes (Live) [Stereo] (David Bowie)
10. Space Oddity (Live) [Stereo] (David Bowie)
11. My Death (Live) [Stereo] (David Bowie)

Disc: 9
1. Introduction (David Bowie)
2. Cracked Actor (Live) [Stereo] (David Bowie)
3. Time (Live) [Stereo] (David Bowie)
4. The Width Of A Circle (Live) [Stereo] (David Bowie)
5. Let's Spend The Night Together (Live) [Stereo] (David Bowie)
6. Suffragette City (Live) [Stereo] (David Bowie)
7. White Light/White Heat (Live) [Stereo] (David Bowie)
8. Farewell Speech (Live) [Stereo] (David Bowie)
9. Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (Live) [Stereo] (David Bowie)

Disc: 10
1. Rosalyn (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
2. Here Comes The Night (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
3. I Wish You Would (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
4. See Emily Play (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
5. Everything's Alright (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
6. I Can't Explain (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
7. Friday On My Mind (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
8. Sorrow (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
9. Don't Bring Me Down (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
10. Shapes Of Things (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
11. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
12. Where Have All The Good Times Gone (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)

Disc: 11
1. Space Oddity (Original UK Mono Single Edit) [2015 Remastered Version] (David Bowie)
2. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (Original UK Mono Single Version) [2015 Remastered Version] (David Bowie)
3. Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
4. The Prettiest Star (Original Mono Single Version) [2015 Remastered Version] (David Bowie)
5. Conversation Piece (Mono Version) [2015 Remastered Version] (David Bowie)
6. Memory Of A Free Festival (Part 1) [2015 Remastered Version] (David Bowie)
7. Memory Of A Free Festival (Part 2) [2015 Remastered Version] (David Bowie)
8. All The Madmen (Mono Single Edit) [2015 Remastered Version] (David Bowie)
9. Janine (Mono Version) [2015 Remastered Version] (David Bowie)
10. Holy Holy (Original Mono Single Version) [2015 Remastered Version] (David Bowie)
11. Moonage Daydream (The Arnold Corns Single Version) [2015 Remastered Version] (David Bowie)
12. Hang On To Yourself (The Arnold Corns Single Version) [2015 Remastered Version] (David Bowie)

Disc: 12
1. Changes (Mono Single Version) [2015 Remastered Version] (David Bowie)
2. Andy Warhol (Mono Single Version) [2015 Remastered Version] (David Bowie)
3. Starman (Original Single Mix) [2012 Remastered Version] (David Bowie)
4. John, I'm Only Dancing (Original Single Version) [2012 Remastered Version] (David Bowie)
5. The Jean Genie (Original Single Mix) [2014 Remastered Version] (David Bowie)
6. Drive-In Saturday (German Single Edit) [2015 Remastered Version] (David Bowie)
7. Round And Round (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
8. John, I'm Only Dancing (Sax Version) [2012 Remastered Version] (David Bowie)
9. Time (U.S. Single Edit) [2015 Remastered Version] (David Bowie)
10. Amsterdam (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)
11. Holy Holy (Spiders Version) [2015 Remastered Version] (David Bowie)
12. Velvet Goldmine (2015 Remastered Version) (David Bowie)