Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Thin White Regifter

David Bowie never met a reissue he didn't like. Much like Elvis Costello (another one of my favorites), the artist just keeps repackaging and rereleasing all of his best work, and I just keep lining up at the cash register like a lamb. Well, here we go again.

'Space Oddity' celebrates its 40th anniversary with a special edition on Nov. 3. The formats are 180gm heavyweight vinyl, double CD and digital download. Along with the original version, several demos, radio sessions and alternate versions of the nine-song set will be included. Also, expect a new cover without the words "Space Oddity" on it. This is more in line with the original thinking of the label. There will be a newly released demo of the song "Space Oddity." This means it will not be this great demo first found on the 'Sound + Vision' box set. Now, there will be an alternate version of "Wild-Eyed Boy From Freecloud" that looks to be previously released. Could this be the "rare B-side version" found on 'Sound + Vision'? Here are those box-set tracks.

David Bowie - Space Oddity (demo) (mp3)
David Bowie - Wild-Eyed Boy From Freecloud (rare B-side version) (mp3)

In other Bowie reissue news, the 1976 classic 'Station to Station' will be reissued in the first half of 2010 as a four-disc set. Yes, the six-song album will be four discs! The best of it are the last two discs. The popular bootleg of the March 23, 1976 Nassau Coliseum show is a boot no longer. Fifteen live songs have been mixed by 'Station to Station' producer Harry Maslin. To whet your appetite, here is my favorite song from 'Station to Station'.

David Bowie - TVC 15 (mp3)

OK, Mr. Bowie, sir. Enough with the reissues and reissues of reissues. Please, give me something new. I adored your last two albums, but it has been years.

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