Forty-four years to the day after David Bowie first performed at Glastonbury (then known as the Glastonbury Fair rather than today’s Festival), Parlophone Records has announced the first in a new series of box sets which will eventually span his entire career. Five Years: 1969-1973, named of course after the opening track of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, will be available on September 25 in 12-CD or 13-LP configurations, containing all of the core material (ten albums’ worth!) officially released by Bowie during the first five years of his “proper” solo career. (His Deram recordings are not included in this set.) Both the CD and LP boxes include new remasters; the CD version contains material never before available in the format.
At the heart of the box set are the six original albums released during this period. David Bowie (a.k.a. Space Oddity), The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory and Pin Ups will all be presented in new 2015 remasters. Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane will be heard in previously-available remasters. Live: Santa Monica 1972 and the Ziggy Stardust motion picture soundtrack are also included. All of the discs are housed in faithfully-recreated mini-LP sleeves, and the actual discs will be gold rather than silver.
Exclusive to both the CD and 180-gram LP box sets will be a new 2-CD, 24-track compilation entitled Re:Call 1, boasting non-album singles, single versions and B-sides. Re:Call 1 features a previously unreleased single edit of “All The Madmen,” which was originally set for a U.S. release but remained unissued. Also included is the original version of “Holy Holy,” which was only ever released on the original 1971 Mercury Records single and hasn’t been officially available since. Also exclusive to all editions of Five Years 1969 – 1973 is the 2003 stereo remix of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars by the album’s original co-producer, Ken Scott, previously only available on DVD as part of the album’s 40th anniversary DVD/LP package. Re:Call 1 and the 2003 mix of Ziggy Stardust feature newly created original artwork.
A 128-page book will accompany the CD version of Five Years, while the LP edition will have an 84-page book. Both books will feature rarely seen photos as well as technical notes about each album from producers Tony Visconti and Ken Scott, an original press review for each album, and a short foreword by The Kinks’ Ray Davies.
Five Years 1969-1973 is due on September 25 from Parlophone Records on CD, LP and DD. Pre-order links are not yet active, but watch this space!
David Bowie, Five Years 1969-1973 (Parlophone DBX1/DBXL1, 2015)
- David Bowiek.a. Space Oddity (New 2015 Remaster)
- The Man Who Sold the World (New 2015 Remaster)
- Hunky Dory (New 2015 Remaster)
- The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
- Aladdin Sane
- Pin Ups (New 2015 Remaster)
- Live Santa Monica ’72
- Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture Soundtrack (2 CDs)
- The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2003 Ken Scott Mix)
- Re:Call 1 (2 CDs)
- Space Oddity (original UK mono single edit)*
- Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud (original UK mono single version)*
- Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola
- The Prettiest Star (original mono single version)*
- Conversation Piece*
- Memory of a Free Festival (Part 1)
- Memory of a Free Festival (Part 2)
- All the Madmen (mono single edit)* previously unreleased
- Holy Holy (original mono single version)* only ever issued on original ’71 Mercury single
- Moonage Daydream (Arnold Corns single version)*
- Hang On To Yourself (Arnold Corns single version)*
- Changes (mono single version)*
- Andy Warhol (mono single version)*
- Starman (original single mix)
- John, I’m Only Dancing (original single version)
- The Jean Genie (original single mix)
- Drive-In Saturday (German single edit)
- Round And Round
- John, I’m Only Dancing (sax version)
- Time (U.S. single edit)
- Holy Holy (Spiders version)
- Velvet Goldmine
All tracks stereo except (*) mono.