As a Bowie fanatic since 1972, it sure is tempting to quibble over some of the inclusions/exclusions here, as it always is with these mega sets. In fact, I agree with an earlier reviewer that it is unconscionable to not include "Always Crashing In the Same Car." And where's "Heroes" and "Fame"? Overplayed, sure, but still exciting tracks. If they're going to include two "PinUps" tunes in addition to "Sorrow," why not "See Emily Play" and "Friday On My Mind" instead of these two (IMO) less entertaining ones? Even better, how about the "Rosalyn/Here Comes the Night" medley?
However, let's not throw out the Bowie with the bath water. Any box that is such a stellar collection to include the acoustic "Space Oddity" demo, the vastly superior 45 mix of "Rebel Rebel" (with additional percussion and backing vocals, making the LP mix sound barren), and excellent live versions of tracks like "Cracked Actor" and "Station to Station," has a heads-up on most releases.
Add the resurrection of three live cuts from the abominable "Ziggy Stardust" motion picture for completion purposes, along with a sweeping overview of some superb tracks that are less familiar to the casual U.S. Bowie fan wanting this kind of set ("John I'm Only Dancing," "Fascination," "Wild Is the Wind," "Speed of Life," "Joe the Lion," etc.) and a flyover of more recent work on CD 4, and it's a spotty collection but well worth holding down four slots in the CD changer.
Ultimately, for me, it's the "Space Oddity" demo and the long-lost "Rebel Rebel" remix that make this whole set worth the price. Some of the omissions and inclusions are a bit too weird to warrant a 5-star rating, but hey, close enough. A truly inclusive set would need about 10 CDs, as a capsule of this genius's career is nearly an impossible task.