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Sound & Vision Box set, Best of

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Dec 2 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Best of
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000DB56S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #189,788 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Space Oddity (original demo 1969)
2. The Wild-Eyed Boy From Freecloud (rare B-side version 1969)
3. The Prettiest Star (single version 1970)
4. London Bye Ta-Ta (previously unreleased stereo mix 1970)
5. Black Country Rock
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. 1984/Dodo (recorded 1973)
2. Big Brother
3. Rebel Rebel (rare single version 1974)
4. Suffragette City (Live)
5. Watch That Man (Live)
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Station To Station (Live)
2. Warszawa (Live)
3. Breaking Glass (Live)
4. Red Sails
5. Look Back In Anger
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Blue Jean
2. Time Will Crawl
3. Baby Can Dance
4. Amazing
5. I Can't Read
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Format: Audio CD
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.
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I managed to find a mint copy of Sound & Vision on Discogs for under $200 CDN.
I have been offered 2-3 times what I paid & I will never sell. I didn't buy it for its collector status or to flip it to make $$$.

This set is for the true Bowie fan, I highly recommend it to new & old fans.
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The problem with this box set is that it is neither a greatest hits collection nor a rarities one. The first edition was released in 1989 as a sort of sampler for the upcoming Rykodisc reissues. Ryko probably chose not to include the best tracks to avoid hurting the sales of the individual albums, when they came out. Yet, at a time when the CD format was booming and the RCA albums had been long out of print, fans were hungry for Bowie's 70's material on CD. So this set was welcomed at the time even though it was a seemingly random selection of tracks with a few rarities thrown in for good measure. These rarities would not reappear as bonus tracks on the regular releases, so they were the very reason for buying and keeping this set.
Now that the original albums have been reissued to death, this box set is released again. It includes a fourth CD and adds a few more rarities to make it desirable even to those who had bought the original edition. But the "mixed bag" concept is still there and it is totally pointless, now. I'm not complaining about the rarities, but they should have gone for an entirely different approach instead of just releasing an expanded edition of the old box. So casual fans beware: this is by no means a "definitive" Bowie compilation. Apart from the rarities, tracks seem to have been chosen by luck of the draw.
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By Martin A Hogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on Oct. 5 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the Canadian Box Set that is so rare and hard to find. Containing 49 songs from 1969 to 1980, there are great cuts, rare B-sides, live recordings, unreleased singles and previously unreleased material. The box itself is a 12" X 12" standard with a 3-D see-through cover and also contains a lengthy booklet with history, notes, and rare photographs. The fourth disc is a CD-ROM with a fun interactive version of "Ashes To Ashes" with a "make your own video" program for the song, "Black Tie White Noise".
Disc 1 contains unreleased versions of, "Space Oddity (Demo)", "London Bye Ta-Ta", rare B-sides, "Wild Eye Boy From Freecloud", "Round & Round" and cuts from "The Man Who Sold The World", "Hunky Dory", "Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust", "Aladdin Sane" and "Ziggy Stardust: The Movie".
Disc 2 contains unreleased versions of, "1984/Dodo", "After Today", "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City", cuts from "Pin-Ups", "Diamond Dogs", "David Live", "Young Americans" and "Station To Station".
Disc 3 contains the German version of "Heroes" ("Helden"-worth the set alone) and cuts from "Low", "Heroes", "Live From Stage", "Lodger" and "Scary Monsters".
The cuts are all some of Bowie's best and some never made it to single status. This is a really great find for fans and collectors.
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I am a huge Bowie fan, I have all of the RCA/EMI albums on vinyl, but my "classic" Bowie cd collection has been lacking because I'd rather find the Rykodiscs with the bonus tracks instead of the current Virgin's. This set picks a lot of the best songs that aren't on the out of print Rykodisc The Singles 1969-1993 (which I believe is still the definitive Bowie compilation, the albums since should be bought seperately). This by no means a "Definitive" Bowie cd (both of his #1 singles are missing, but haven't we heard Fame and Let's Dance enough?), 4 discs frankly cannot tell the story from the 1969-1993 era... However, if you have this, and also track down the 69-93 on [web site], those 6 discs is as good a summation of Bowie's RCA/EMI/Savage years without actually owning the studio albums.
Also check out his recent stuff. Bowie hasn't been commercially successful since the late 1980's, but I think Heathen and Reality both count among the best albums he's ever recorded bar none. He has definately bounced back after having a few awful years in the 80's
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