What does it sound like?:
If you don’t know you shouldn’t really be here. But this is Bowie’s first golden period, which already marks him out as special most artists don’t even have one. This box contains the post Anthony Newley albums Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Aladdin Sane, Pin Ups, Live Santa Monica ’72, Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture plus the 2003 Ken Scott mix of Ziggy Stardust and two discs of rarities Re:Call 1
All have been re-mastered in the last few years with Space Oddity, The Man who Sold the World, Hunky Dory and Pinups being new 2015 versions.
They do sound excellent, nice and punchy but not too loud (which seems the way some stuff is re-mastered these days) Space Oddity sounds particularly good to my suspect ears.
The Recall:1 discs are a nice edition to the set, especially as they contain Velvet Goldmine one of his best songs which wasn’t on an album. All the discs come in repro sleeves with any inserts that came with the albums back in the day. And there is a lovely 128pp booklet with new notes from Tony Visconti and Ken Scott, original reviews from NME, Melody Maker and best of all some excellent photos from the time.
What does it all *mean*?
It means that Bowie is up there with Sinatra, Elvis, The Beatles as one of the few artists that define popular music and what it should sound like.
Goes well with…
Anything. Sitting back and remembering when you were excited by the charts and what pop stars would do next.
Might suit people who like…
The highest quality pop music, Bowie has had some dodgy periods but this is nothing short of brilliant. Second only to a few years later and the next box.5