Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bowie - The '70s


Warning: If you're a casual Bowie fan, you should turn and run now. Go get yourself a copy of the Best Of and be done with it.

Starting in 1989, EMI (Rykodisc in the US) began a campaign of reissuing Bowie's catalog. All his albums were remastered with bonus tracks and there was an odds 'n sods box set collection, Sound & Vision. This was basically the first big Remaster campaign, which since has become quite common. Some people still swear by these 1990-1992 versions of the albums as being the definitive versions.

In 1999, his catalog went to Virgin, who began their own remaster campaign, issuing all the albums, newly remastered, but sans bonus tracks.

In 2007-2009 his albums were released on SHM-CD in Japan. In 2013, many of his albums were mastered for HD digital. Just this year, posthumous box sets have been released with yet new remasters.

Does it all really matter? Don't they basically sound the same? Well, not really. I'm not a collector (good luck finding all 200+ versions of Ziggy Stardust), but I am a bit of an audiophile and after being a fan for so long, I've just acquired different versions of the same albums over time.

So, you have choices... although, I don't think you can go wrong with the EMI/Rykodisc versions from '90-'92.

As to the music itself, maybe no one has gone through so many different styles and incarnations, alter egos and sounds in one single decade than Bowie in the 1970s.

1 comment:

  1. From the Five Years 1969-1973 Box Set [2015]:
    1969 - Space Oddity [Remastered 2015]
    1970 - The Man Who Sold The World [Remastered 2015]
    1971 - Hunky Dory [Remastered 2015]
    1972 - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust [Remastered 2012]
    1972 - Live Santa Monica '72 [Remastered 2008]
    1973 - Ziggy Stardust OST (Soundtrack to the film) [Remastered 2003]
    1973 - Ziggy Stardust OST (Ken Scott Mix) [2003]
    1973 - Aladdin Sane [Remastered 2013]
    1973 - Pin Ups [Remastered 2015]
    1973 - ReCall 1

    from the Who Can I Be Now 1974-1976 Box Set [2016]
    1974 - Diamond Dogs [Remastered 2016]
    1974 - David Live (Original) [2016 Remaster]
    1974 - David Live (2005 Mix)
    1974 - The Gouster
    1975 - Young Americans [Remastered 2016]
    1976 - Station To Station [Remastered 2016]
    1976 - Station To Station [2010 Harry Maslin Mix]
    1976 - Live Nassau Coliseum '76 [Remastered 2010]
    1976 - ReCall 2

    from the A New Career In A New Town 1977-1982 Box Set [2017]:
    1977 - Heroes [Remastered 2017]
    1977 - Heroes EP [Remastered 2017]
    1977 - Low [Remastered 2017]
    1978 - Stage (original mix) [Remastered 2017]
    1978 - Stage [2017 mix]
    1979 - Lodger [Remastered 2017]
    1979 - Lodger [2017 Tony Visconti mix]
    1982 - ReCall 3

    and... 1974 - Diamond Dogs [30th Anniversary Edition 2CD]


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