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In 1989, not all major artists had their catalog available on CD, and one of the most notable absences was David Bowie. When the format was in its infancy, RCA had issued several of his classics, but those pressings were notoriously awful and were pulled from the market in 1985 when Bowie acquired the rights to the recordings. Sharp businessman that he is, he took the catalog to market, and after an intense bidding war, he chose to reissue his classic work through Rykodisc, an independent CD-only label that had earned acclaim for its work with Frank Zappa's catalog. Instead of dumping all the discs on the market at once, the titles were slowly rolled out, beginning with a series-encompassing Sound + Vision, a three-CD/one-CD-ROM box set released to great fanfare in the fall of 1989. At the time, box sets were all the rage, following the template of Bob Dylan's Biograph -- an exhaustive career overview that offered all the basics, peppered with some revealing rarities. Upon its release, Sound + Vision was reviewed as if it belonged to this tradition, when it really inverted the formula, offering a series, not career, overview by showcasing alternate versions and rarities, along with album tracks, with a few familiar hits tossed in here and there to provide context. This was a tantalizing way to begin a reissue campaign, and it did receive gushing reviews -- the CD-era publication Rock & Roll Disc breathlessly claimed "Suffice to say that the sound quality will give your ears an orgasm" -- but once the reissue series completed and once Ryko lost the rights to the catalog, Sound + Vision looked more like a curiosity, an artifact of its time, than a major statement. Much of the problem stems from its design -- it was intended to show off the sound quality, which was a marked improvement over the RCA discs, and to show the depth and breadth of rarities within the vaults. It was not a career-capper; it was a teaser. It was enticing upon its release, and some of it remains so. There's a clutch of early rarities that lead off the set -- the original demo of "Space Oddity," alternate single versions of "The Wild-Eyed Boy From Freecloud" and "The Prettiest Star" -- that are quite good, alternate takes on "John I'm Only Dancing" and "Rebel Rebel" that manage to be notably different without changing the feel, excellent outtakes from Diamond Dogs (a medley of "1984/Dodo"), Station to Station (a glittery, lush cover of Springsteen's "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City"), and Young Americans (the superb "After Today," a disco-rock song that should have been on the album and is hands down the best rarity here). These suggested the great unearthed treasures that lay ahead, and they remain necessary additions to any serious Bowie collection, particularly because they never showed up on another disc. If they were placed in a better forum, they would function like the rarities on either Biograph or Eric Clapton's Crossroads -- rarities that helped fill in the details of an artist's story -- but since they're in a set that's intended to showcase what the Ryko series would do, not what Bowie had done, they're the main attraction instead of feeding into the greater narrative. And that narrative, while certainly capturing the sometimes bewildering twists and turns in Bowie's career, is an alternate-universe narrative, lacking defining songs, from "Starman" to "Golden Years," and presenting many familiar songs in odd, not particularly interesting variations (a live 1974 version of "Suffragette City," a German version of "Heroes," presented in a 1989 remix). Though it succeeds in conveying Bowie's ever-changing moods, it lacks the substance and sense of a great box set, which this surely could have been. Instead, it's an interesting artifact of the early days of CDs, right down to its overly elaborate packaging, and only those who want to relive that time, or need those rarities, will need this in their collection.
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1
Space Oddity Demo; 2003 Remaster
David Bowie
00:05:09

David Bowie, Producer, Lead Vocals, Writer, Synthesizer, MainArtist - John Hutchinson, Producer, Guitar, Backing Vocals

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud Rare B Side; 2003 Remaster
David Bowie
00:04:58

Paul Buckmaster, Cello - Peter Mew, Mastering Engineer - Gus Dudgeon, Producer - David Bowie, Arranger, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Barry Sheffield, Engineer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

3
The Prettiest Star 2003 Remaster
David Bowie
00:03:11

Mick Ronson, Arranger, Guitar, Piano, Backing Vocals - MARC BOLAN, Guitar - David Bowie, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Programmer, Saxophone, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Mike Moran, Engineer - Mike Garson, Piano - Tony Visconti, Producer, Bass Guitar - Ken Scott, Producer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - John Cambridge, Drums - Ken Fordham, Flute, Saxophone - Trevor Bolder, Bass Guitar - Woody Woodmansey, Drums - Brian 'Bux' Wilshaw, Flute, Saxophone

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

4
London, Bye, Ta-Ta
David Bowie
00:02:37

David Bowie, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer - John Lodge, Bass - Tim Renwick, Guitar - Mick Wayne, Guitar - John Cambridge, Drums - Ralph Mace, Keyboards

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Black Country Rock 1999 Remaster
David Bowie
00:03:35

Mick Ronson, Guitar, Vocals - Peter Mew, Remastering Engineer - David Bowie, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, Piano, Remix, Electric Bass - Ken Scott, Engineer - Nigel Reeve, Remastering Engineer - Mick Woodmansey, Drums - Gerald Chevin, Engineer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

6
The Man Who Sold the World 1999 Remaster
David Bowie
00:03:58

Mick Ronson, Guitar, Vocals - Peter Mew, Remastering Engineer - David Bowie, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, Remix, Electric Bass - Ken Scott, Engineer - Nigel Reeve, Remastering Engineer - Mick Woodmansey, Drums, Percussion - Ralph Mace, Synthesizer - Gerald Chevin, Engineer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

7
The Bewlay Brothers 1999 Remaster
Ken Scott
00:05:23

Mick Ronson, Guitar - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Peter Mew, Digital Remasterer Engineer - Rick Wakeman, Piano - David Bowie, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Ken Scott, Producer, Engineer - Nigel Reeve, Assistant Mastering Engineer - The Actor, Engineer - Mick Woodmansey, Drums - Trevor Bolder, Bass Guitar

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Changes 1999 Remaster
Ken Scott
00:03:34

Mick Ronson, String Arranger, Guitar - Peter Mew, Digital Remasterer Engineer - Rick Wakeman, Piano - David Bowie, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Ken Scott, Producer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Nigel Reeve, Assistant Mastering Engineer - The Actor, Assistant Production - Mick Woodmansey, Drums - Trevor Bolder, Bass Guitar

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Round and Round Alternate Vocal Take
David Bowie
00:02:43

Mick Ronson, Guitar - Chuck Berry, Writer - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Ken Scott, Producer - Mick Woodmansey, Drums - Trevor Bolder, Bass

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Moonage Daydream 2002 Remaster
David Bowie
00:04:40

Mick Ronson, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Synthesizer, Mellotron - Peter Mew, Remastering Engineer - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Programmer, Saxophone, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Ken Scott, Producer - Nigel Reeve, Remastering Engineer - Trevor Bolder, Bass - Woody Woodmansey, Drums, Percussion

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2002 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

11
John, I'm Only Dancing Sax Version; 2003 Remaster
David Bowie
00:02:44

Mick Ronson, Guitar - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Saxophone, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Ken Scott, Producer, Mixer, Engineer - Ken Fordham, Saxophone - Mick Woodmansey, Drums - Trevor Bolder, Bass

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Drive-In Saturday 2003 Remaster
David Bowie
00:04:31

Mick Ronson, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Mixing Engineer - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Programmer, Saxophone, Vocals, Writer, Moog, MainArtist - Mike Moran, Engineer - Mike Garson, Piano - Ken Scott, Producer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Trevor Bolder, Bass Guitar - Woody Woodmansey, Drums

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Panic in Detroit 2003 Remaster
David Bowie
00:04:27

Linda Lewis, Backing Vocals - Mick Ronson, Guitar, Backing Vocals, Mixing Engineer - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Programmer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Mike Moran, Engineer - Mike Garson, Piano - Ken Scott, Producer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Trevor Bolder, Bass Guitar - Juanita 'Honey' Franklin, Backing Vocals - Woody Woodmansey, Drums - Geoff MacCormack, Percussion, Backing Vocals

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Ziggy Stardust Live
David Bowie
00:03:23

Mick Ronson, Guitar, Vocals - Peter Mew, Mastering Engineer - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Programmer, Saxophone, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, MainArtist - Mike Garson, Organ, Piano, Mellotron - Tony Visconti, Mixer - Ken Scott, Recording Engineer - Nigel Reeve, Mastering Engineer - Paul Furedi, Editor - Ken Fordham, Flute, Saxophone - Mick Woodmansey, Drums - Trevor Bolder, Bass - John Hutchinson, Guitar - Ground Control, Audio - Brian Wilshaw, Flute, Saxophone - Geoffrey MacCormack, Percussion, Backing Vocals

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

15
White Light/White Heat Live; Stereo
David Bowie
00:04:23

Mick Ronson, Guitar, Vocals - Lou Reed, Writer - Peter Mew, Mastering Engineer - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Programmer, Saxophone, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist - Mike Garson, Organ, Piano, Mellotron - Tony Visconti, Mixer - Ken Scott, Recording Engineer - Nigel Reeve, Mastering Engineer - Paul Furedi, Editor - Ken Fordham, Flute, Saxophone - Mick Woodmansey, Drums - Trevor Bolder, Bass - John Hutchinson, Guitar - Ground Control, Audio - Brian Wilshaw, Flute, Saxophone - Geoffrey MacCormack, Percussion, Backing Vocals

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

16
Rock 'n' Roll Suicide Live '73
David Bowie
00:04:16

Mick Ronson, Guitar - David Bowie, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Mike Garson, Keyboards - Paul Furedi, Editor - Ken Fordham, Saxophone - Brian Whilshaw, Saxophone - Mick Woodmansey, Drums - Trevor Bolder, Bass Guitar - John Hutchinson, Guitar - Geoffrey MacCormack, Background Vocals

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

17
Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere 1999 Remaster
Ken Scott
00:03:07

Mick Ronson, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Peter Mew, Remastering Engineer - Pete Townshend, Writer - Roger Daltrey, Writer - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Programmer, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Mike Garson, Electric Piano - Ken Scott, Producer - Nigel Reeve, Remastering Engineer - Trevor Bolder, Bass Guitar - Mac Cormack, Backing Vocals - Denis Blackeye, Engineer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

18
Sorrow 1999 Remaster
Ken Scott
00:02:53

Richard Gottehrer, Writer - JERRY GOLDSTEIN, Writer - BOB FELDMAN, Writer - Mick Ronson, Guitar, Piano, Backing Vocals - Peter Mew, Remastering Engineer - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Programmer, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Mike Garson, Electric Piano - Ken Scott, Producer - Nigel Reeve, Remastering Engineer - Ken Fordham, Baritone Saxophone - Trevor Bolder, Bass Guitar - Mac Cormack, Backing Vocals - Denis Blackeye, Engineer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

19
Don't Bring Me Down 1999 Remaster
Ken Scott
00:02:06

Mick Ronson, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Peter Mew, Remastering Engineer - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Programmer, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Lead Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist - Mike Garson, Piano, Electric Piano - Ken Scott, Producer - Nigel Reeve, Remastering Engineer - Ken Fordham, Baritone Saxophone - Trevor Bolder, Bass Guitar - Mac Cormack, Backing Vocals - Denis Blackeye, Engineer - Johnnie Dee, Writer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

DISC 2

1
1984 / Dodo 2003 Remaster
David Bowie
00:05:29

Mick Ronson, Guitar, Strings - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Mike Garson, Piano - Tony Visconti, Strings - Ken Scott, Producer, Mixing Engineer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Big Brother 1999 Remaster
Nigel Reeve
00:03:23

Herbie Flowers, Bass Guitar - Peter Mew, Remastering Engineer - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums - Tony Newman, Drums - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer, Mellotron, MainArtist - Mike Garson, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Piano, Moog, Mellotron - Tony Visconti, Mixing Engineer - ALAN PARKER, Guitar - Nigel Reeve, Remastering Engineer - Keith Harwood, Engineer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Rebel Rebel US Single Version; 2002 Remaster
David Bowie
00:03:00

David Bowie, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2002 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Suffragette City Live '74; 2003 Remaster
David Bowie
00:03:46

Earl Slick, Guitar - Herbie Flowers, Bass - David Sanborn, Saxophone - Tony Newman, Drums - David Bowie, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Michael Kamen, Director, Oboe, Piano - Mike Garson, Keyboards - Tony Visconti, Producer, Mixer - Richard Grando, Saxophone - Keith Harwood, Recording - Warren Peace, Backing Vocals - Gui Andrisano, Backing Vocals - Pablo Rosario, Percussion - Edwin H Kramer, Mixer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Watch That Man Live '74; 2003 Remaster
David Bowie
00:05:08

Earl Slick, Guitar - Herbie Flowers, Bass - David Sanborn, Flute, Saxophone - Tony Newman, Drums - David Bowie, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Michael Kamen, Director, Oboe, Piano, Moog - Mike Garson, Keyboards, Piano, Mellotron - Tony Visconti, Producer, Mixer - Richard Grando, Flute, Saxophone - Keith Harwood, Supervisor - Warren Peace, Backing Vocals - Dr. Toby Mountain, Engineer, Digital Masterer - Jonathan Wyner, Engineer, Remixer, Digital Masterer - Showco, Engineer - Gui Andrisano, Backing Vocals - Pablo Rosario, Percussion - Edwin H Kramer, Mixer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Cracked Actor Live '74; 2003 Remaster
David Bowie
00:03:31

Earl Slick, Guitar - Herbie Flowers, Bass Guitar - David Sanborn, Flute, Alto Saxophone - Tony Newman, Drums - David Bowie, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Michael Kamen, Oboe, Piano, Moog, Music Director - Mike Garson, Keyboards, Piano, Mellotron - Tony Visconti, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Richard Grando, Flute, Saxophone - Keith Harwood, Supervisor - Warren Peace, Background Vocals - Dr. Toby Mountain, Remixer, Digital Mastering Engineer - Jonathan Wyner, Engineer, Remixer, Digital Masterer - Showco, Engineer - Gui Andrisano, Background Vocals - Pablo Rosario, Percussion - Edwin H Kramer, Mixing Engineer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Young Americans 1999 Remaster
Pablo Rosario
00:05:13

Andy Newmark, Drums - Carlos Alomar, Guitar - Luther Vandross, Backing Vocals - Willie Weeks, Bass - Peter Mew, Remastering Engineer - David Sanborn, Saxophone - David Bowie, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Mike Garson, Piano - Tony Visconti, Producer, Mixer - Robin Clark, Backing Vocals - Diane Sumler, Backing Vocals - Larry Washington, Congas - Nigel Reeve, Remastering Engineer - Warren Peace, Backing Vocals - Pablo Rosario, Percussion - Ava Cherry, Backing Vocals - Carl Parulow, Engineer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Fascination 1999 Remaster
Pablo Rosario
00:05:46

Ralph MacDonald, Percussion - Andy Newmark, Drums - Carlos Alomar, Guitar - Luther Vandross, Backing Vocals, Writer - Willie Weeks, Bass - Peter Mew, Remastering Engineer - David Sanborn, Saxophone - David Bowie, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Mike Garson, Piano - Harry Maslin, Producer, Mixer - Tony Visconti, Producer, Mixer - Robin Clark, Backing Vocals - Diane Sumler, Backing Vocals - Larry Washington, Congas - Nigel Reeve, Remastering Engineer - Warren Peace, Backing Vocals - Anthony Hinton, Backing Vocals - Ava Cherry, Backing Vocals - Carl Parulow, Engineer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

9
After Today 2003 Remaster
David Bowie
00:03:49

Andy Newmark, Drums - Carlos Alomar, Guitar - Luther Vandross, Backing Vocals - Willie Weeks, Bass - David Sanborn, Saxophone - David Bowie, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Mike Garson, Piano - Tony Visconti, Producer - Robin Clark, Backing Vocals - Diane Sumler, Backing Vocals - Larry Washington, Congas - Warren Peace, Backing Vocals - Pablo Rosario, Percussion - Anthony Hinton, Backing Vocals - Ava Cherry, Backing Vocals

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

10
It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City
David Bowie
00:03:48

Earl Slick, Guitar - Carlos Alomar, Guitar - George Murray, Bass - Dennis Davis, Drums - David Bowie, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Saxophone, Vocals, MainArtist - Harry Maslin, Producer - ROY BITTAN, Piano - David Richards, Mixer - Bruce Springsteen, Writer - Warren Peace, Backing Vocals

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1998 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

11
TVC15 1999 Remaster
David Bowie
00:05:32

Earl Slick, Guitar - Carlos Alomar, Guitar - George Murray, Bass Guitar - Dennis Davis, Drums - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Programmer, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Writer, Moog, Mellotron, MainArtist - Harry Maslin, Producer - ROY BITTAN, Piano - Warren Peace, Backing Vocals

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Wild Is the Wind 1999 Remaster
Nigel Reeve
00:06:00

Earl Slick, Guitar - Carlos Alomar, Guitar - George Murray, Bass Guitar - Dennis Davis, Drums - Dimitri Tiomkin, Writer - Ned Washington, Writer - Peter Mew, Remastering Engineer - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Programmer, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Moog, Mellotron, MainArtist - Harry Maslin, Producer - ROY BITTAN, Piano - Nigel Reeve, Remastering Engineer - Warren Peace, Backing Vocals

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Sound and Vision 1999 Remaster
Peter Mew
00:03:04

Carlos Alomar, Rhythm Guitar - George Murray, Bass Guitar - Dennis Davis, Percussion - Peter Mew, Remastering Engineer - Brian Eno, Guitar, Backing Vocals, Synthesizer - David Bowie, Producer, Saxophone, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Roy Young, Piano - Nigel Reeve, Remastering Engineer - Mary Visconti, Backing Vocals - Ricky Gardener, Guitar

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Be My Wife 1999 Remaster
Tony Visconti
00:02:56

Carlos Alomar, Guitar - George Murray, Bass Guitar - Dennis Davis, Percussion - Ricky Gardiner, Guitar - Peter Mew, Remastering Engineer - Brian Eno, Chamberlain Strings, Piano, Backing Vocals, Moog - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Roy Young, Piano - Nigel Reeve, Remastering Engineer - Mary Visconti, Backing Vocals

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

15
Speed of Life 1999 Remaster
David Bowie
00:02:46

Carlos Alomar, Rhythm Guitar - George Murray, Bass Guitar - Dennis Davis, Percussion - Peter Mew, Engineer - Brian Eno, Chamberlain Strings, Piano, Backing Vocals, Moog - David Bowie, Producer, Vocals, Writer, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Roy Young, Piano - Nigel Reeve, Engineer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

16
'Helden' German Version 1989 Remix; 2002 Remaster
David Bowie
00:03:39

Robert Fripp, Lead Guitar - Carlos Alomar, Rhythm Guitar - George Murray, Bass - Dennis Davis, Percussion - Brian Eno, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer, Synthesizer - David Bowie, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer - David Richards, Mixer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2002 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

17
Joe the Lion 1999 Remaster
Tony Visconti
00:03:07

Robert Fripp, Lead Guitar - Carlos Alomar, Rhythm Guitar - George Murray, Bass Guitar - Dennis Davis, Drums, Percussion - Peter Mew, Remastering Engineer - Brian Eno, Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer - Colin Thurston, Engineer - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, Engineer, Background Vocals - David Richards, Assistant Engineer - Nigel Reeve, Remastering Engineer - Antonia Maass, Background Vocals - Eugene Chaplin, Assistant Engineer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

18
Sons of the Silent Age 1999 Remaster
David Bowie
00:03:18

Robert Fripp, Lead Guitar - Carlos Alomar, Rhythm Guitar - George Murray, Bass Guitar - Dennis Davis, Drums, Percussion - Peter Mew, Remastering Engineer - Brian Eno, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Treatment Guitar - Colin Thurston, Engineer - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, Miscellaneous - Tony Visconti, Producer, Engineer, Background Vocals - David Richards, Assistant Engineer - Nigel Reeve, Remastering Engineer - Antonia Maass, Background Vocals - Eugene Chaplin, Assistant Engineer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

DISC 3

1
Station to Station Live '78; 2003 Remaster
Buford Jones
00:08:53

Roger Powell, Synthesizer - Carlos Alomar, Rhythm Guitar - George Murray, Bass - Dennis Davis, Drums - Adrian Belew, Lead Guitar - David Bowie, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, Mixer, Recorder, Audio Recording Engineer - Simon House, Electric Violin - Buford Jones, Engineer - Sean Mayes, Piano, Strings

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Warszawa Live '78; 2003 Remaster
David Bowie
00:06:49

Roger Powell, Synthesizer - Carlos Alomar, Rhythm Guitar - George Murray, Bass - Dennis Davis, Drums - Brian Eno, Writer - Adrian Belew, Lead Guitar - David Bowie, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, Mixer, Recorder - Simon House, Electric Violin - Buford Jones, Engineer - Sean Mayes, Piano, Strings

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Breaking Glass Live '78; 2003 Remaster
David Bowie
00:03:30

Roger Powell, Synthesizer - Carlos Alomar, Rhythm Guitar - George Murray, Bass Guitar, Writer - Dennis Davis, Drums, Writer - Adrian Belew, Lead Guitar - David Bowie, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Simon House, Electric Violin - Buford Jones, Engineer - Sean Mayes, Piano, Strings

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Red Sails 1999 Remaster
Simon House
00:03:44

Carlos Alomar, Guitar - George Murray, Bass - Dennis Davis, Drums - Rod O'Brien, Mixing Engineer - Peter Mew, Remastering Engineer - Brian Eno, Guitar, Writer, Synthesizer - Adrian Belew, Guitar - David Bowie, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Stan Harrison, Saxophone - Tony Visconti, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Nigel Reeve, Remastering Engineer - Simon House, Violin - Sean Mayes, Piano - Eugene Chaplin, Assistant Engineer - Greg Caruso, Assistant Mixing Engineer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

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Look Back in Anger 1999 Remaster
David Bowie
00:03:06

Carlos Alomar, Guitar - George Murray, Bass Guitar - Dennis Davis, Percussion - Rod O'Brien, Mixing Engineer - Peter Mew, Remastering Engineer - Brian Eno, Writer, Synthesizer, Eroica Horn, Horse Trumpet - David Bowie, Producer, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, Backing Vocals, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - David Richards, Audio Recording Engineer - Nigel Reeve, Remastering Engineer - Sean Mayes, Piano - Eugene Chaplin, Assistant Engineer - Greg Caruso, Assistant Mixing Engineer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

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Boys Keep Swinging 1999 Remaster
Nigel Reeve
00:03:18

Carlos Alomar, Drums - Dennis Davis, Bass - Rod O'Brien, Mixing Engineer - Peter Mew, Remastering Engineer - Brian Eno, Piano, Writer - Adrian Belew, Guitar - David Bowie, Producer, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, Backing Vocals, Bass - David Richards, Audio Recording Engineer - Nigel Reeve, Remastering Engineer - Simon House, Violin - Eugene Chaplin, Assistant Engineer - Greg Caruso, Assistant Mixing Engineer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

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Up the Hill Backwards 1999 Remaster
David Bowie
00:03:15

Robert Fripp, Guitar - Carlos Alomar, Guitar - Chris Porter, Backing Vocals - George Murray, Bass Guitar - Dennis Davis, Percussion - JEFF HENDRICKSON, Assistant - Peter Mew, Engineer - Larry Alexander, Assistant - David Bowie, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Writer, Recording Engineer, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals, Recording Engineer - ROY BITTAN, Piano - Nigel Reeve, Engineer - Lynn Maitland, Backing Vocals

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

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Kingdom Come 1999 Remaster
David Bowie
00:03:45

TOM VERLAINE, Writer - Robert Fripp, Guitar - Carlos Alomar, Guitar - Chris Porter, Backing Vocals - George Murray, Bass Guitar - Dennis Davis, Percussion - JEFF HENDRICKSON, Assistant - Peter Mew, Engineer - Larry Alexander, Assistant - David Bowie, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Recording Engineer, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, Backing Vocals, Recording Engineer - Nigel Reeve, Engineer - Lynn Maitland, Backing Vocals

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

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Ashes to Ashes
David Bowie
00:04:24

Robert Fripp, Guitar - Carlos Alomar, Guitar - Chris Porter, Backing Vocals - George Murray, Bass Guitar - Dennis Davis, Percussion - JEFF HENDRICKSON, Assistant - Peter Mew, Engineer - Larry Alexander, Assistant - David Bowie, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Writer, Recording Engineer, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, Backing Vocals, Recording Engineer - ROY BITTAN, Piano - Nigel Reeve, Engineer - Lynn Maitland, Backing Vocals - Chuck Hammer, Guitar - Andy Clark, Synthesizer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

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Baal's Hymn
David Bowie
00:04:03

Bertolt Brecht, Writer - David Bowie, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, Bass - Dominic Muldowney, Writer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1982 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

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The Drowned Girl
David Bowie
00:02:26

Kurt Weill, Composer - Bertolt Brecht, Composer - David Bowie, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer, Bass - Dominic Muldowney, Arranger - Thomas Hoffmann, Drums - Michael Bucher, Tuba - Ingo Cramer, Guitar - Axel-Glenn Müller, Tenor Saxophone - Erwin Milzkott, Flute - Bernd Machus, Bandoneon - David Kreitner, Alto Saxophone - Eckehard Scholl, Piano - Joachim Welz, Clarinet - Ralf Armbruster, Trombone - René Waintz, Trumpet - Ulrich Berggold, Contrabass Bass - Uwe Weniger, Viola - Jans-Joachim Glas, Concertmaster - Rolf Brecker, Cello

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1982 David Bowie under licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

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China Girl 1999 Remaster
David Bowie
00:05:32

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Guitar - Sammy Figueroa, Percussion - Iggy Pop, Writer - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, Engineer - NILE RODGERS, Producer, Guitar, Assistant Mixer - OMAR HAKIM, Drums - Tony Thompson, Drums - David Spinner, Backing Vocals - Frank Simms, Backing Vocals - Rob Sabino, Keyboards - Peter Mew, Remastering Engineer - Mac Gollehon, Trumpet - Steve Elson, Flute, Baritone Saxophone - David Bowie, Producer, Mixer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Stan Harrison, Flute, Tenor Saxophone - Dave Greenberg, Assistant Engineer - CARMINE ROJAS, Bass - George Simms, Backing Vocals - Nigel Reeve, Remastering Engineer - Robert Arron, Flute, Tenor Saxophone

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

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Ricochet 1999 Remaster
David Bowie
00:05:12

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Guitar - Sammy Figueroa, Percussion - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, Engineer - NILE RODGERS, Producer, Guitar, Assistant Mixer - OMAR HAKIM, Drums - Tony Thompson, Drums - David Spinner, Backing Vocals - Frank Simms, Backing Vocals - Rob Sabino, Keyboards - Peter Mew, Engineer - Mac Gollehon, Trumpet - Steve Elson, Flute, Baritone Saxophone - David Bowie, Producer, Vocals, Writer, Horns Arranger, Assistant Mixer, MainArtist - Stan Harrison, Flute, Tenor Saxophone - Dave Greenberg, Assistant Engineer - CARMINE ROJAS, Bass - George Simms, Backing Vocals - Nigel Reeve, Engineer - Robert Arron, Flute, Tenor Saxophone

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

In 1989, not all major artists had their catalog available on CD, and one of the most notable absences was David Bowie. When the format was in its infancy, RCA had issued several of his classics, but those pressings were notoriously awful and were pulled from the market in 1985 when Bowie acquired the rights to the recordings. Sharp businessman that he is, he took the catalog to market, and after an intense bidding war, he chose to reissue his classic work through Rykodisc, an independent CD-only label that had earned acclaim for its work with Frank Zappa's catalog. Instead of dumping all the discs on the market at once, the titles were slowly rolled out, beginning with a series-encompassing Sound + Vision, a three-CD/one-CD-ROM box set released to great fanfare in the fall of 1989. At the time, box sets were all the rage, following the template of Bob Dylan's Biograph -- an exhaustive career overview that offered all the basics, peppered with some revealing rarities. Upon its release, Sound + Vision was reviewed as if it belonged to this tradition, when it really inverted the formula, offering a series, not career, overview by showcasing alternate versions and rarities, along with album tracks, with a few familiar hits tossed in here and there to provide context. This was a tantalizing way to begin a reissue campaign, and it did receive gushing reviews -- the CD-era publication Rock & Roll Disc breathlessly claimed "Suffice to say that the sound quality will give your ears an orgasm" -- but once the reissue series completed and once Ryko lost the rights to the catalog, Sound + Vision looked more like a curiosity, an artifact of its time, than a major statement. Much of the problem stems from its design -- it was intended to show off the sound quality, which was a marked improvement over the RCA discs, and to show the depth and breadth of rarities within the vaults. It was not a career-capper; it was a teaser. It was enticing upon its release, and some of it remains so. There's a clutch of early rarities that lead off the set -- the original demo of "Space Oddity," alternate single versions of "The Wild-Eyed Boy From Freecloud" and "The Prettiest Star" -- that are quite good, alternate takes on "John I'm Only Dancing" and "Rebel Rebel" that manage to be notably different without changing the feel, excellent outtakes from Diamond Dogs (a medley of "1984/Dodo"), Station to Station (a glittery, lush cover of Springsteen's "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City"), and Young Americans (the superb "After Today," a disco-rock song that should have been on the album and is hands down the best rarity here). These suggested the great unearthed treasures that lay ahead, and they remain necessary additions to any serious Bowie collection, particularly because they never showed up on another disc. If they were placed in a better forum, they would function like the rarities on either Biograph or Eric Clapton's Crossroads -- rarities that helped fill in the details of an artist's story -- but since they're in a set that's intended to showcase what the Ryko series would do, not what Bowie had done, they're the main attraction instead of feeding into the greater narrative. And that narrative, while certainly capturing the sometimes bewildering twists and turns in Bowie's career, is an alternate-universe narrative, lacking defining songs, from "Starman" to "Golden Years," and presenting many familiar songs in odd, not particularly interesting variations (a live 1974 version of "Suffragette City," a German version of "Heroes," presented in a 1989 remix). Though it succeeds in conveying Bowie's ever-changing moods, it lacks the substance and sense of a great box set, which this surely could have been. Instead, it's an interesting artifact of the early days of CDs, right down to its overly elaborate packaging, and only those who want to relive that time, or need those rarities, will need this in their collection.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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