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David Bowie:

Young Americans

(Parlophone DBYA40; EU 02/2015)

Format: 7"

Release notes: picture disc, plastic NC with sticker

Tracks: Young Americans (2007 Tony Visconti mix, single edit) // It's Gonna Be Me (with strings)*

Other notes: *studio recordings from the Young Americans sessions, Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, 08/1974

Collector's notes: The alternative version of It's Gonna Be Me had first been released on a 2007 CD re-issue of the Young Americans albums.



David Bowie:

"Heroes" - Chanté en Français

(Parlophone DBISF2015; France 02/2015)

Format: 7"

Release notes: blue vinyl, limited edition

Tracks: "Héros" (short French version) / "Heroes"*

Other notes: *live, Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada, 13/09/1983

Collector's notes: Released to accompany a French Bowie exhibition. Some copies came with a sticker promoting that exhibition.



David Bowie:

Aladdin Sane

(RCA RPL-2103; ?? 02/2015)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: pirate release, blue and purple marbled vinyl, insert

Tracks: Watch That Man / Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?) / Drive-In Saturday / Panic in Detroit / Cracked Actor // Time / The Prettiest Star / Let's Spend the Night Together / The Jean Genie / Lady Grinning Soul // John, I'm Only Dancing (sax version)* / All the Young Dudes** / Hang On to Yourself*** / Cracked Actor° / Wild Is the Wind° // Changes°° / The Supermen°° / Life on Mars?°° / The Jean Genie°°° / Drive-In Saturday#

Other notes: disc 1 re-issue of 1973 Aladdin Sane album; *from the 1972 7"; **recorded during the Aladdin Sane sessions, 12/1972-01/1973; ***Sounds of the 70s: Bob Harris BBC programme, Maida Vale Studio 5, London, 18/01/1972; °live, BBC Radio Theatre, London, 27/06/2000; °°live, Music Hall, Boston, 01/10/1972; °°°live, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, 20/10/1972; #live, Public Hall, Cleveland, 25/11/1972

Collector's notes: And yet another pirate release with a bonus LP full of tracks that had already been officially released elsewhere (most of them on the 30th Anniversary Edition of the Aladdin Sane album). The sound quality is excellent throughout. The cover, which mimicks a Japanese edition from 1982, is only a single sleeve and doesn't list the bonus tracks, probably because the album was also available in the same cover without the bonus disc.




David Bowie:

Diamond Dogs

(RCA YL 13889; EU 02/2015)

Format: LP

Release notes: transparent green vinyl, pirate release

Tracks: see original UK issue

Collector's notes: Another pirate release, vaguely based on a 1981 Italian re-issue of the album. There are also copies in black vinyl.




David Bowie:

The Man Who Sold the World

(Mercury 6338041; EU 03/2015)

Format: LP

Release notes: dress cover, marbled green vinyl, pirate issue of UK edition

Tracks: see original US issue

Collector's notes: About one year after the release of the EU counterfeit, this green vinyl version was released. Since there is no way to confuse this issue with the original, I classify it as a pirate issue. Same cover and labels as the 2014 counterfeit, and also available in red vinyl.


David Bowie:

iSelect

(Parlophone DB1-SLP1; EU 03/2015)

Format: LP

Release notes: red vinyl, fold-out insert, promo postcard, limited edition of 2.500 copies

Tracks: Tracks: Life on Mars? / Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (reprise) / The Bewlay Brothers / Lady Grinning Soul / Win / Some Are* // Teenage Wildlife / Repetition / Fantastic Voyage / Loving the Alien / Time Will Crawl (MM remix)** / Hang On to Yourself***

Other notes: all tracks from the original albums, except: *from the 1991 re-issue of Low; **original version with new instrumental overdubs; ***live, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, 20/10/1972; re-issue of 2008 CD.

Collector's notes: Distributed at the French "David Bowie Is" exhibition. There has been some confusion about the number of copies pressed. Originally, it was assumed that there were only between 250 and 275 copies. However, the final consensus seems to be that 2.500 copies were pressed, with 250+ copies reserved for the French exhibition, and that the rest will be distributed in different ways, especially at further exhibitions. The postcard that accompanied my copy identifies it as one of the few hundred sold in France.







David Bowie:

Strung Out on Heaven's High

(Discos Toro Salvaje; EU 04/2015)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, picture disc, back insert and triangular front insert, plastic NC, limited edition: 97/100

Tracks: Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)* / It's No Game (Part 2) / Tired of My Life** / Up the Hill Backwards / Teenage Wildlife / Scream like a Baby // Kingdom Come / I Am a Laser*** / Because I'm Young° / I Feel Free°° / Panic in Detroit°°°

Other notes: alternative versions from the Scary Monsters sessions, Power Station Studios, New York, early 1980 (°early version of Because You're Young, °°instrumental backing track, mistitled Is There Life after Marriage? on cover); except: *alternative mix of the official version; **demo, Haddon Hall, 05/1970; ***performed by Ava Cherry and the Astronettes, produced by Bowie, studio recording, 11/1973; °°°re-recorded version, 12/1979.

Collector's notes: The material on this record had previously been released on CDs like Glamour and Monsters to Ashes, but this was the first time it turned up on vinyl. The sound quality is excellent, the quality of the pressing is okay if you can live with a few minor clicks and a minimal bit of crackle here and there.
Also available in white, pink and blue vinyl (150 copies each). No label name is mentioned on this issue, but it's obvious that this release was made by the same people who also made the coloured vinyl issues.



David Bowie:

Strung Out on Heaven's High

(Discos Toro Salvaje; EU 04/2015)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, white vinyl, limited edition sticker on cover: 150/150

Tracks: see picture disc issue

Collector's notes: This is white vinyl issue referred to in the previous entry. The design of the cover is similar to that of the insert of the picture disc version.



David Bowie/Tom Verlaine:

Kingdom Come

(Parlophone/Elektra R7-547633 (K1); EU 04/2015)

Format: 7"

Release notes: translucent white vinyl, plastic NC with title sticker, catalogue number sticker and 2 Record Store Day stickers (1 Italian), limited edition

Tracks: David Bowie: Kingdom Come // Tom Verlaine: Kingdom Come

Collector's notes: A nice release for Record Store Day 2015. It couples Verlaine's original 1979 version of the song with Bowie's cover version from 1980.



David Bowie:

Changes

(Parlophone DBRSD2015; EU 04/2015)

Format: 7"

Release notes: picture disc, plastic NC with title sticker and 2 Record Store Day stickers (1 Italian), limited edition

Tracks: Changes // Eight Line Poem (Gem promo version)*

Other notes: *alternative version from the Gem promo album, recorded during the Hunky Dory sessions, Trident Studios, London, 06/1971-06/08/1971 Collector's notes: And another Record Store Day release. Note that this is the first in the picture disc series that is not also part of the "40th Anniversary" series.


David Bowie:

1966

(BMG/Sanctuary BMGRM047LP; EU 04/2015)

Format: LP

Release notes: mono, white vinyl, limited edition of 2.000 (?) copies

Tracks: see album I Dig Everything

Other notes: 12" re-issue of 10" LP I Dig Everything - The 1966 Pye Singles

Collector's notes: Another Record Store Day release, which was primarily sold in the UK. Although the title implies that it's a re-issue of the 1987 LP of the same name, it is actually a re-release of the above-mentioned album, since it contains the same alternative mix of Do Anything You Say.



David Bowie with Dana Gillespie:

Make Way for the Rock and Rollers

(Casino Records; USA 06/2015)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, white and blue vinyl, OIS, sticker on shrinkwrap: limited edition no. 116/300

Tracks: Oh! You Pretty Things*# / Eight Line Poem**# / Kooks*# / It Ain't Easy# / Queen Bitch*# / Quicksand*# // Bombers°#/Andy Warhol Intro**# / Mother Don't Be Frightened°°## / Andy Warhol°°## / Never Knew## / All Cut Up on You## / Lavender Hill##

Other notes: #performed by David Bowie, recorded at Trident Studios, London, 06/1971-06/08/1971; *different mix than on the Hunky Dory album, **different version than on the Hunky Dory album; °different mix than on the 1990 Hunky Dory re-issue album; ##performed by Dana Gillespie, recorded at Trident Studios, London, c. 06/1971, produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson; °°different version than on the Weren't Born a Man album.

Collector's notes: This great bootleg is a copy of the legendary 1971 "BOWPROMO" (a.k.a. "Gem promo") promo-only LP. It contains numerous versions and mixes/edits that are different to those on the regular releases by Bowie and Gillespie. The sound quality is excellent, and so is the pressing. The record has a really beautiful and unusual design.




David Bowie:

Hours...

(Iso/Columbia/Music on Vinyl MOVLP1400; EU 06/2015)

Format: LP

Release notes: blue vinyl, booklet, sticker on protective plastic sleeve, limited edition no. 000079

Tracks: Thursday's Child / Something in the Air / Survive / If I'm Dreaming My Life // Seven­ / What's Really Happening? / The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell / New Angels of Promise / Brilliant Adventure / The Dreamers

Other notes: re-issue of 1999 CD album.

Collector's notes: Finally, an official vinyl issue of the Hours... album. Also available in black and green vinyl.



David Bowie:

Hours...

(Iso/Columbia/Music on Vinyl MOVLP1400; EU 06/2015)

Format: LP

Release notes: mint green vinyl, booklet, sticker on protective plastic sleeve, limited edition no. 002338

Tracks: see blue vinyl issue

Other notes: re-issue of 1999 CD album.

Collector's notes: Apart from the details of the sticker and the number printed onto the cover back, this issue is identical to the blue vinyl copy.


David Bowie:

Heathen

(Iso/Columbia/Friday Music FRM-86630; USA 06/2015)

Format: LP

Release notes: blue vinyl, multi-FOC with sticker, limited edtion

Tracks: see original issue

Collector's notes: Another limited vinyl issue of the album. The trifold cover is interesting, but the reproduction of the cover design is rather poor. However, the quality of the pressing is excellent.



David Bowie:

A Further Exploration of Ziggy on Channel Two - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Recorded Performances 1970 - 1973

((ZATB2); EU 07/2015)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg

Tracks: The Width of a Circle* / The Supermen** / Oh! You Pretty Things*** / Space Oddity° / My Death°° // Andy Warhol°°° / Waiting for the Man* / Queen Bitch*** / Starman# / Drive-In Saturday##

Other notes: *Sounds of the 70: Andy Ferris BBC programme, Playhouse Theatre, London, 25/03/1970; **studio recording, Trident Studios, 12/11/1971, from the 1972 Revelations album; ***recorded for Old Grey Whistle Test TV programme, BBC TV Studios, 07/02/1972; °Johnny Walker Lunchtime Show BBC programme, Aeolian Hall Studio 2, London, 22/05/1972; °°live, Carnegie Hall, New York, 28/09/1972; °°°Sounds of the 70s: Bob Harris BBC programme, Kensington House Studio T1, London, 21/09/1971; #live, Top of the Pops TV show, 06/07/1972, backing track recorded at Trident Studios, London, 29/06/1972; ##recorded for Russell Harty Plus Pop TV show, London Weekend Television Studios, London, 17/01/1973, broadcast 20/01/1973

Collector's notes: A follow-up to the Ziggy at the BBC album from the previous year. It's a compilation of BBC, TV and live recordings, none which was particularly elusive. However, the sound quality is excellent throughout, and the liner notes are detailed (and correct!). A nice album.



David Bowie:

Day In Day Out

(Laser Media LM 160; 07/2015)

Format: 2CD

Release notes: bootleg

Tracks: Purple Haze (intro) / Intro/Up the Hill Backwards / Glass Spider/Up the Hill Backwards (reprise) / Day-In Day-Out / Bang Bang / Absolute Beginners / Loving the Alien / China Girl / Rebel Rebel / Fashion // Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) / All the Madmen / Never Let Me Down / Big Brother / '87 and Cry / "Heroes" / Sons of the Silent Age / Time Will Crawl / Young Americans / The Jean Genie / Let's Dance / Fame / Time / Blue Jean / Modern Love

Other notes: live, Sydney, Australia, 03/11/1987

Collector's notes: This recording is taken from a radio broadcast, so the sound quality is excellent, but Fashion and Scary Monsters are incomplete. Note that although recordings from the Sydney shows have been released both officially and inofficially, the show on this album was recorded on a different night.
This bootleg, with its completely inappropriate artwork, is another "semi-official" release, since it was available through regular channels.


David Bowie:

Fame

(Parlophone DBFAME40; EU 07/2015)

Format: 7"

Release notes: picture disc, plastic NC with title sticker, limited edition

Tracks: Fame (re-created single edit) // Right (alternative mix)

Collector's notes: Fame is a re-creation of the original edit, and the version of Right is the one originally released on the 1991 EMI/Ryko re-issues of the Young Americans album. This time, however, the speed has been corrected.


David Bowie:

Reality

(Iso/Columbia/Friday Music FRM-90576; USA 09/2015)

Format: LP

Release notes: clear vinyl, multi-FOC with sticker, limited edtion

Tracks: see original issue

Collector's notes: And a Friday Music issue of Reality. Same quality (in every respect) as the Heathen album.




David Bowie:

Five Years 1969-1973

(Parlophone 0825646284092 (DBXL 1); EU 09/2015)

Format: 13LP

Release notes: cardboard box with paper sheet on back, 10 covers (3 x FOC), 13 OIS, 3 inserts, book, limited edtion

Tracks:

David Bowie*

(Parlophone 082564628390 (DB69731))

see original issue

The Man Who Sold the World*

(Parlophone 0825646287383 (DB69732))

see original UK issue

Hunky Dory*

(Parlophone 0825646289448 (DB69733))

see original issues

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

(Parlophone 0825646287376 (DB69734))

see original issues

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2003 Mix)**

(Parlophone 0825646287352 (DB69738))

see original issues

Live Santa Monica '72

(Parlophone 0825646113743 (DB69737))

see 2008 issue

Aladdin Sane

(Parlophone 082564629431 (DB69735))

see original issues

Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture

(Parlophone 0825646113699 (DB69739))

see 2003 issue

Pin Ups*

(Parlophone 082564629424 (DB69736))

see original issues

Re:Call 1

(Parlophone 082564085187 (DB697310))

Space Oddity (UK single mono edit)°*** / Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud (UK single edit)°*** / Ragazzo Solo Ragazza Sola°° / The Prettiest Star (single version)°°°*** / Conversation Piece (original version)°°°*** // Memory of a Free Festival (Part 1) (single version)# / Memory of a Free Festival (Part 2) (single version)# / All the Madmen (single edit)##*** / Janine###*** / Holy Holy (original version)+*** / Moonage Daydream (Arnold Corns version)++*** / Hang On to Yourself (Arnold Corns version)++*** // Changes (mono mix)+++*** / Andy Warhol (mono single edit)+++*** / Starman (single mix)^ / John, I'm Only Dancing (original version)^^ / The Jean Genie (single mix)^^^ / Drive-In Saturday (German single edit)% // Round and Round%% / John, I'm Only Dancing (sax version)%%% / Time (single edit)$ / Amsterdam$$ / Holy Holy (re-recorded version)$$$ / Velvet Goldmine&

Other notes: *2015 re-master; **2003 Ken Scott mix; ***mono; °from the 1969 UK 7"; °°from the 1970 7"; °°°from the 1970 7"; #from the 1970 7", but in stereo; ##from the 1970 promo 7"; ###from the B-side of the withdrawn stock copies of the aforementioned single; +from the 1971 7"; ++performed by Arnold Corns, from the 1971 7"; +++from the 1972 UK 7"; ^from the 1972 7"; ^^from the 1972 7"; ^^^from the 1972 7"; %from the 1973 Germany 7"; %%from the 1973 7"; %%%from the 1973 7"; $from the 1973 US 7"; $$from the 1973 7"; $$$from the 1974 7"; &from the 1975 7"

Collector's notes: This is an overwhelming box set! There's nothing particularly exciting in it for long-time collectors, but at least it is a box into which the makers have put some thought, especially concerning the design of the individual album covers (more on that below). The sound quality is nice, although I don't care much about the fact that in some cases this is the 2015 (re-re-re-...-)re-master.
As I wrote, the true gimmick is the design of the covers etc. Of course, they couldn't use the original record company logos and catalogue numbers, but apart from that almost every aspect of the original design - from the labels to the cover spines (!) - has been re-created. Although each record has a modern, plastic-padded inner sleeve, they even included copies of the original generic record company sleeves and even of the original plain white paper inner sleeves (when there was no printed generic one). The set is completed by an album-sized full colour hardcover book with information on the records included.

Some notes on the particular albums:

David Bowie: the fold-out cover is a nice attempt to re-create the original Philips cover. I only wonder why the inside of the gatefold sleeve is black, while it was blue on the original. The inner sleeve mocks the original generic company sleeve.

The Man Who Sold the World: housed in a great copy of the original dress cover, complete with the "canvas" structure of the original. Again, the inner sleeve mocks the design of the original company sleeve.

Hunky Dory: in a sense, this one is the most exciting re-issue in this set, since it is a very good copy of the very first UK issue - not only does it have a front-only-laminated cover, but it also lacks the GEM logo in the top right corner of the cover back. Note that apart from the regular plastic-padded inner sleeve (and the insert, which is a bit darker than that of the original), this album has an additional plain white paper inner sleeve!

Ziggy Stardust (original mix): the cover looks very much like that of the third UK issue, which had a rather broad space between the title and the left-hand margin of the cover. The record comes with a copy of the original inner sleeve.

Ziggy Stardust (2003 mix): this re-mix had been available on SACD and DVD before, but is available on vinyl for the first time here. Nice cover and inner sleeve!

Live Santa Monica '72: comes with the two inner sleeves of the first fully legal release, but lacks the poster included in that issue.

Aladdin Sane: comes in a gatefold sleeve that includes copies of the original inner sleeve and the fan club insert that came with the first UK issue.

Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture: the version included here is of course the 2003 mix. It comes in a gatefold cover with two inner sleeves, but omits the poster included in the 2003 issue. Please don't wonder why I don't show the OIS of record 1: my copy came with two record 2 inner sleeves... I'll file that under "minor flaws"...

Pin Ups: this album has a copy of the original insert and, like Hunky Dory, comes with an additional plain white paper inner sleeve.

Re:Call 1: comes in single cover with two (one-sided) inner sleeves. From the musical point of view, this album is, of course, the most interesting item from the set. It's a more or less complete collection of the single tracks (alternative versions, mixes and edits) from the era in question. As such, it doesn't offer anything particularly new, but the songs are in great quality here, which is quite nice, given that hardly any collector has all the original singles in mint condition (and also given that some of the original releases were not pressed in the best possible quality).

To sum up, then, Five Years is a set for two groups of buyers: collectors of Bowie vinyl, and nostalgic people who want to have all those old albums on vinyl again, since they once sold or threw away their original copies or don't want to listen to the battered originals anymore.xxx




















David Bowie:

Pin Ups Radio Show

(Parlophone 0825646082179 (PURS 1); EU 09/2015)

Format: 10"EP

Release notes: promo-only, 1-sided, 33 1/3 rpm, PS with sticker, limited edition

Tracks: Rosalyn/comment / Here Comes the Night/comment / I Wish You Would / comment/Sorrow/comment / comment/I Can't Explain

Other notes: all tracks truncated

Collector's notes: A radio show in which Bowie gives some background information on the songs on Pin Ups. I don't know when and where exactly Bowie's spoken contribution was recorded. The record was given away with copies of the Five Years vinyl box set that were purchased from Bowie's web shop. I'm quite sure, however, that spare copies will be distributed in other ways as well.



David Bowie:

Space Oddity

(Parlophone DBSO140; EU 10/2015)

Format: 7"

Release notes: picture disc, plastic NC with title sticker, limited edition

Tracks: Space Oddity (UK stereo single edit) // Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud (full length version)

Collector's notes: A very weird issue. It celebrates the 1975 release, but is something like a re-issue of the 1969 single. However, the A-side is not the version released on the commercially available original UK single, but the stereo version - probably identical to the one on the very rare stereo promo (which I've never heard). The B-side, in turn, is the full-length (stereo) version not released in the UK, but in some European countries like Germany and France. The French single also provided the beautiful artwork for the A-side - including the original typo.


David Bowie:

Toy - The Lost Album

(Casino Records; USA 10/2015)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg, clear vinyl, FOC, 2 OIS, limited edition sticker on protective sleeve: 65/500

Tracks: Uncle Floyd / Afraid / Baby Loves that Way* // I Dig Everything* / Conversation Piece* / Let Me Sleep beside You* / Your Turn to Drive // Hole in the Ground / Shadow Man* / In the Heat of the Morning* / You've Got a Habit of Leaving* // Silly Boy Blue* / Liza Jane* / The London Boys*

Other notes: recorded at Sear Sound Studios, New York, 07-08/2000, and Looking Glass Studios, New York, 10/2000; *re-recorded versions

Collector's notes: A nice re-issue of the 2011 CD bootleg and the first complete vinyl release of the Toy album. The sound quality is excellent, but the pressing could be a bit better.






David Bowie:

C'est la Vie

(Deram DM 103; EU 10/2015)

Format: 7"

Release notes: bootleg, red vinyl, PS (insert in plastic sleeve), limited edition sticker: 84/100

Tracks: C'est la Vie (with vocals) // C'est la Vie (backing track)

Other notes: demos, Decca acetate, 10/1967

Collector's notes: A beautiful vinyl single that pretends to be a Japanese release, but is almost certainly from Europe. Also available in blue and clear vinyl.



David Bowie:

The Trident Tapes

(TTLP001; 10/2015)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, pink marbled vinyl

Tracks: Tired of My Life* / Shadow Man** / How Lucky You Are*** / Lightning Frightening° / Looking for a Friend°° / Rupert the Riley°°° // Bombers/Andy Warhol Intro# / Amsterdam## / Velvet Goldmine### / Round and Round+ / Holy Holy++ / All the Young Dudes+++

Other notes: *demo, Haddon Hall, c. 05/1970; **demo from the Ziggy Stardust sessions, Trident Studios, 14/09/1971; ***first version, demo, probably 04/1971; °studio recording c. 01/1970 (unedited version); °°performed by Arnold Corns, Trident Studios, 17/6/1971; °°°studio recording, 23/04/1971, Mickey King on lead vocal, no sound effects; #recorded during the Hunky Dory sessions, c. 06/1971; ##from the 1973 7"; ###from the 1975 EP; +from the 1973 7"; ++re-recording, from the 1974 7"; +++recorded during the Aladdin Sane sessions, 12/1972-01/1973

Collector's notes: A nice bootleg with some tracks that hadn't been available on vinyl in such good quality before, but I wonder why they included the officially released tracks. There are also copies in black vinyl.




David Bowie:

Ain't That Close to Love

((CTL-74); EU 10/2015)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, blue vinyl, limited edition sticker: 72/150

Tracks: Young Americans* / Right** / Somebody Up There Likes Me* / Right** / Young Americans US radio promo ad*** // Can You Hear Me* / Across the Universe° / Fame° / Fame° / Young Americans°° / After Today°° / I Am a Laser°°° / Shilling the Rubes°°° / Young Americans US TV promo ad***

Other notes: *alternative mixes (some drastically stripped down) of officially released tracks, Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, 08/1974; **demos, Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, 08/1974; ***1975; °alternative mixes (some drastically stripped down) of officially released tracks, Electric Ladyland Studios, New York, 01/1975; °°alternative takes, incomplete, Sigma Sound Studios, 08/1974; °°°studio recordings, incomplete, Sigma Sound Studios, 08/1974

Collector's notes: Another nice bootleg in excellent sound quality. None of this stuff was actually new, but, again, it was on vinyl for the first time.



David Bowie:

Slinky Secrets

((DB95); 10/2015)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg, black marbled vinyl

Tracks: The Motel / Look Back in Anger / The Hearts Filthy Lesson / Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) // The Voyeur of Utter Destruction (as Beauty) / I Have Not Been to Oxford Town / Outside / Andy Warhol / The Man Who Sold the World // Boys Keep Swinging / Strangers When We Meet / I'm Deranged / Breaking Glass / We Prick You // Nite Flights / My Death / D.J. (version 1) / D.J. (version 2)*

Other notes: rehearsals, Elwood Studios, Watford, 08-12/11/1995; *vocals by George Simms

Collector's notes: A brilliant bootleg in excellent sound quality. The recordings had been available on CD before, but I hadn't heard them. The records look plain black when you put them on your turntable, but if viewed in light they have a slightly marbled design. Note that the recording studios are called "Elstree Studios" on the cover, but in case of doubt, I prefer the information from Pegg.


David Bowie:

Golden Years

(Parlophone DBGOLD40; EU 11/2015)

Format: 7"

Release notes: picture disc, plastic NC with title sticker, limited edition

Tracks: Golden Years (single edit) // Station to Station (single edit)

Collector's notes: The absurd French single edit of Station to Station had previously been re-released on the 2011 album box of the same name.


David Bowie:

Hours...

(Iso/Columbia/Friday Music FRM-48155; USA 10/2015)

Format: LP

Release notes: blue vinyl, multi-FOC with sticker, limited edition

Tracks: see original issue

Collector's notes: Amazon Germany lists this as an October release, but several international webshops say November. So the latter date is probably correct.




David Bowie:

1. Outside

(Iso/Columbia/Friday Music FRM-40711; USA 11/2015)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: white vinyl, multi-FOC with sticker, limited edition

Tracks: Leon Takes Us Outside / Outside / The Hearts Filthy Lesson / A Small Plot of Land // Segue - Baby Grace (A Horrid Cassette) / Hallo Spaceboy / The Motel / I Have Not Been to Oxford Town // No Control / Segue - Algeria Touchshriek / The Voyeur of Utter Destruction (as Beauty) / Segue - Ramona A. Stone/I Am with Name / Wishful Beginnings // We Prick You / Segue - Nathan Adler / I'm Deranged / Thru' these Architects Eyes / Segue - Nathan Adler* / Strangers When We Meet

Other notes: *called Segue - Nathan Adler (version #2) on the cover

Collector's notes: For the first time we got a full vinyl version of the Outside album. The cover is a triple-FOC similar to that of the previous releases on Friday Music.







David Bowie:

1. Hurling Disdain - Volume One

(Bureau Supply BSDBLP01/02; UK 11/2015)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg, blue "splatter" vinyl, FOC, limited edition

Tracks: Intro: Subterreneans/Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)* / Reptile* // Hallo Spaceboy* / Hurt* / Look Back in Anger // I'm Deranged / The Hearts Filthy Lesson / The Voyeur of Utter Destruction (as Beauty) / I Have Not Been to Oxford Town // Outside / Andy Warhol / Breaking Glass / The Man Who Sold the World

Other notes: live, Riverport Amphitheater, St. Louis, USA, 11/10/1995; *performed by David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails

Collector's notes: A beautiful bootleg in excellent sound quality. Together with the second volume it is an extended version of the Live. Inside CD bootleg from 1996. Note that the cover says that the tracks were recorded in Philadelphia, 22/09/1996. However, they are definitely the same versions as on the earlier bootleg.




David Bowie:

1. Hurling Disdain - Volume Two

(Bureau Supply BSDBLP03/04; UK 11/2015)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg, orange "splatter" vinyl, FOC, limited edtion

Tracks: We Prick You / Joe the Lion / A Small Plot of Land // Nite Flights / band introduction / Under Pressure / Teenage Wildlife // Look Back in Anger* / The Man Who Sold the World* / Strangers When We Meet* / Hallo Spaceboy* // We Prick You* / Teenage Wildlife* / Hallo Spaceboy** / The Man Who Sold the World** / Strangers When We Meet**

Other notes: live, Riverport Amphitheater, St. Louis, USA, 11/10/1995; except: *live, Wembley Arena, London, 17/11/1995; **Later... with Jools Holland TV programme, 02/12/1995

Collector's notes: The second part of the set. Like the first volume it claims that the St. Louis tracks are from Philadelphia.




David Bowie:

My Death

(Bureau Supply BSDBLP05/06/07; UK 11/2015)

Format: 3LP

Release notes: bootleg, white "splatter" vinyl, multi-FOC, limited edtion of 500

Tracks: Introduction by Barry Bethal / Medley: Space Oddity/Ziggy Stardust/John, I'm Only Dancing/Life on Mars?* / Intro: Ode to Joy / Hang on to Yourself // Ziggy Stardust / Watch That Man / Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud/All the Young Dudes/Oh! You Pretty Things // Moonage Daydream / Changes / Space Oddity // My Death / Intro: The William Tell Overture / Cracked Actor / Time // The Width of a Circle / Let's Spend the Night Together / Suffragette City // White Light/White Heat / The Jean Genie/Love Me Do / Round and Round / Farewell Speech / Rock'n'Roll Suicide

Other notes: live, Odeon Hammersmith, London, 03/07/1973; *performed by Mike Garson

Collector's notes: At first thought, it seemed absurd to release another bootleg version of the old Hammersmith Odeon show, since official versions had been available for more than thirty years. However, this bootleg wasn't as useless as it seemed. For the first time we got the entire show! This one included all the intros, The Jean Genie/Love Me Do (which had already been available on the old His Master's Voice album, though) and, most important, Round and Round.
The sound quality is quite good, but not comparable to the official releases: it's a mono recording, and there are several audible flaws in the tape. As Robert Steeden let me know (thanks!), this recording was made by Robin Mayhew, straight from the soundboard. Despite the minor flaws it's an interesting release, and the beautiful triple gatefold cover and the great quality of the pressing add to the positive impression.








David Bowie:

Man of Words/Man of Music

(Parlophone DBISHLP 2015; NL 12/2015)

Format: LP

Release notes: blue vinyl, FOC, limited edition of 1.500 (?)

Tracks: see album David Bowie

Other notes: re-issue of album David Bowie (UK Philips edition)

Collector's notes: An apparent re-issue of the 1969 US version of Bowie's second album, made for the Dutch David Bowie Is exhibition. The cover and labels are beautiful copies of the US issue. However, the record plays the UK version including Don't Sit Down.
Originally, 1.500 copies should be pressed, but it is suspected that the record was re-pressed before the end of the exhibition.
My copy of this record and the Amsterdam single came with a magazine, a booklet, and a number of flyers promoting the exhibition and events related to it - I show only the front of each.




David Bowie:

Amsterdam

(Parlophone DBISH 2015; NL 12/2015)

Format: 7"

Release notes: orange vinyl, sticker on shrinkwrap, limited edition of 1.500 (?)

Tracks: Amsterdam* // My Death**

Other notes: *from the 1973 7"; **live, Carnegie Hall, New York, 28/09/1972

Collector's notes: Another exclusive issue for the Dutch exhibition. Again, the number of copies actually pressed is not entirely clear.



↑ 2015 2016 ↓ 2017

David Bowie:

Blackstar

(Iso/Columbia 888751738713 (cover)/888751888517 (sticker); USA 01/2016)

Format: LP

Release notes: clear vinyl, die-cut FOC with bar code sticker, plastic OIS, booklet, download card, limited edition of 5.000

Tracks: Blackstar / 'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore* / Lazarus // Sue (or In a Season of Crime)* / Girl Loves Me / Dollar Days / I Can't Give Everything Away

Other notes: recorded at The Magic Shop Studios and Human Studios, New York, 03/01-05/2015; *re-recordings

Collector's notes: Bowie's swansong. Clear vinyl issues of both the US and the EU version were available by pre-order and immediately became major rarities after Bowie's untimely death. I'm not sure if "limited to 5.000 copies worldwide" refers to each of the clear pressings or to both of them.
Note that I had to lighten up some of the pictures to make the text more easily visible.





David Bowie:

Blackstar

(Iso/Columbia 88875173871; EU 01/2016)

Format: LP

Release notes: die-cut FOC with sticker, plastic OIS, booklet, download card

Tracks: see US issue

Collector's notes: This copy can be identified as a first pressing by the information on the cover back: the "printed" and "copyright" date is 2015, whereas later pressings have the year 2016 in addition. Furthermore, this copy was made by Celebrate Records; copies made by MPO have "MPO" as part of the matrix numbers.





David Bowie:

Jesus on Dateline

(Bureau Supply BSDBLP08/09; UK 01/2016)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg, red vinyl and blue vinyl, FOC, numbered limited edtion: 253/500

Tracks: New Killer Star / Rebel Rebel / Fashion / Fall Dog Bombs the Moon / Cactus // Ashes to Ashes / The Man Who Sold the World / The Loneliest Guy / She'll Drive the Big Car // I'm Afraid of Americans / "Heroes" / Sunday / China Girl // New Killer Star* / I'm Afraid of Americans* / Rebel Rebel* / Fall Dog Bombs the Moon* / Days*

Other notes: live, Atlantis Paradise Island Hotel, Nassau, Bahamas, 20/12/2003, except: *AOL session, 10/10/2003

Collector's notes: The Nassau show had been released before, but for all I know, this is the first vinyl issue. Excellent sound, pressing and cover. A very pleasant bootleg.




David Bowie:

Bowie at the Beep - The Best of the BBC Radio Sessions 68-72

(Parlophone DBBBCLP6872 08256409585; EU 03/2016)

Format: 4LP

Release notes: box, booklet, sticker on shrinkwrap

Tracks: In the Heat of the Morning* / London Bye Ta-Ta** / Karma Man** / Silly Boy Blue** / Let Me Sleep beside You*** / Janine*** // Amsterdam° / God Knows I'm Good° / The Width of a Circle° / Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed° // The Cygnet Committee° / Memory of a Free Festival° / Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud°° / The Supermen°° // Bombers°°° / Looking for a Friend°°° / Almost Grown°°° / Kooks°°° / It Ain't Easy°°° // The Supermen# / Oh! You Pretty Things# / Eight Line Poem# / Hang On to Yourself## / Ziggy Stardust## / Queen Bitch## // Waiting for the Man## / Five Years## / White Light/White Heat### / Moonage Daydream### // Hang On to Yourself### / Suffragette City### / Ziggy Stardust### / Starman+ / Space Oddity+ // Changes+ / Oh! You Pretty Things+ / Andy Warhol++ / Lady Stardust++ / Rock'n'Roll Suicide++

Other notes: *Top Gear BBC programme, Piccadilly Studio 1, London, 18/12/1967, falsely assigned to the 13/05/1968 session in the booklet; **Top Gear BBC programme, Piccadilly Studio 1, London, 13/05/1968; ***Dave Lee Travis Show BBC programme, Aeolian Hall Studio 2, London, 20/10/1969; °The Sunday Show BBC programme, Paris Cinema Studio, London, 05/2/1970; °°Sounds of the 70: Andy Ferris BBC programme, Playhouse Theatre, London, 25/03/1970; °°°In Concert: John Peel BBC programme, Paris Cinema Studio, London, 03/06/1971; #Sounds of the 70s: Bob Harris BBC programme, Kensington House Studio T1, London, 21/09/1971; ##Sounds of the 70s: Bob Harris BBC programme, Maida Vale Studio 5, London, 18/01/1972; ###Sounds of the 70s: John Peel BBC programme, Maida Vale Studio 4, London, 16/05/1972; +Johnny Walker Lunchtime Show BBC programme, Aeolian Hall Studio 2, London, 22/05/1972; ++Sounds of the 70s: Bob Harris BBC programme, Maida Vale Studio 5, London, 23/05/1972

Collector's notes: Finally, there was an official release of the BBC album, which had been available on CD and pirate vinyl. Note, though, that this official release had two bonus tracks, namely alternative versions of The Supermen and Oh! You Pretty Things.
There seems to be general consensus among Bowie collectors that In the Heat of the Morning is from a 1967 session. However, the booklet of this vinyl version still lists it as a 1968 recording.




David Bowie:

Live - The F.M. Broadcast

(Laser Media LM001V; 03/2016)

Format: 7"

Release notes: bootleg, 33 1/3 rpm

Tracks: Absolute Beginners // China Girl

Other notes: live, Sydney, Australia, 03/11/1987

Collector's notes: An exploitation release taken from the equally "semi-official" Day In Day Out double CD issued on the same label the previous year.


David Bowie:

The Man Who Sold the World

(Parlophone DBRSDP 2016; EU 04/2016)

Format: LP

Release notes: picture disc, plastic NC with insert and Record Store Day sticker, limited edition

Tracks: see original US and UK issues

Other notes: fade-out on The Supermen identical to that on original US and UK pressings

Collector's notes: A nice picture disc with the design of the original German version. However, it's a pity that they didn't actually copy the German issue (with its different fade-out on the final track). What's more, the pirate picture disc from 2004 was actually more interesting, since it had a cover and an insert with the design of the original inner sleeve. The insert that comes with this release is plain white on the back.



David Bowie:

TVC 15

(Parlophone DBTV40; EU 04/2016)

Format: 7"

Release notes: picture disc, plastic NC with title sticker and Record Store Day sticker, limited edition

Tracks: TVC 15 (original single edit) // Wild Is the Wind (2010 Harry Maslin mix single edit)

Collector's notes: Nothing exciting on this one...



David Bowie:

In Memory of David Bowie

(Laser Media LM005V; 04/2016)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, limited edition

Tracks: China Girl / Let's Dance / Look Back in Anger / Lavender Blue/"Heroes" // Wild Is the Wind / Space Oddity / Ashes to Ashes / Young Americans

Other notes: rehearsals, Sound Stage, Las Colinas, Dallas, 27/04/1983

Collector's notes: Another semi-legal exploitation release by Laser Media, released only two years after the bootleg 3LP set that gave a fuller picture of these sessions. But it's a relatively cheap bootleg with a good sound and pressing quality and some interesting tracks. However, the title should be changed to "In Memory of Our Bank Account", and it's probably limited to "as many copies as can be sold"...


David Bowie:

Glastonbury XXV.VI.MM

(Bureau Supply BSDBLP 20/21/22; UK 04/2016)

Format: 3LP

Release notes: bootleg, beige "splatter" vinyl, multi-FOC, poster, limited edition: 481/500

Tracks: Wild Is the Wind / China Girl / Changes // Stay / Life on Mars? / Absolute Beginners // Ashes to Ashes / Rebel Rebel / Little Wonder / Golden Years // Fame / All the Young Dudes / The Man Who Sold the World / Station to Station // Starman / Hallo Spaceboy / Ziggy Stardust // "Heroes" / Let's Dance / I'm Afraid of Americans

Other notes: live, Glastonbury Festival, Glastonbury, UK, 25/06/2000

Collector's notes: And another beautiful release by Bureau Supply. The sound quality is excellent. The accuracy of this release can be seen from the fact that "Heroes" is actually put in quotation marks on the cover - who does this nowadays? Note that all four labels are minimally different: each one has a different little picture of Bowie on it. However, to save space, I've decided to show only one of them.





David Bowie:

1.0 Wishful Beginnings

(Bureau Supply BSDBLP 23/24; UK 04/2016)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg, clear "splatter" vinyl, FOC, poster, limited edition: 102/500

Tracks: Unknown 1: I Am with Name/"Hide Me"/We'll Creep Together // Unknown 2: Leon Takes Us Outside/"The First Time"/"I'd Rather Be Chrome"/We'll Creep Together // Unknown 3: spoken sequence/Nothing to Be Desired/Baby Grace segue/The Enemy Is Fragile/instrumental // Algeria Touchshriek segue/"Leon, Lift Up Your Eyes" / Get Real* / Nothing to Be Desired** / A Small Plot of Land***

Other notes: outtakes recorded during the first part of the 1. Outside sessions, Mountain View Studios, Montreux, Switzerland, 03-11/1994; except: *from the Japanese issue of the 1. Outside CD, **from the 1995 CDS, ***from the Basquiat soundtrack.

Collector's notes: A truly great release! These recordings had been circulating on the internet for years, and parts of them had been previously released on the Something Really Fishy bootleg CD. However, this bootleg has the complete set of recordings, without any omissions or repetitions. Moreover, on some of the tracks the sound quality is much better than on the earlier CD. The pressing is excellent, too.
As in the case of the Fishy CD, the titles in quotation marks are "mock titles"; the cover has only one title for each major sequence.
An interesting note is that I hadn't seen another bootleg with the full set of these recordings. So this album seems to be first factory-pressed issue with them - on vinyl, not on CD! I must admit, however, that I don't keep track of all Japanese bootleg CDs, and so on...
All four labels are slightly different: each label has a different "hand-written" inscription. To save space, I disregard these minimal differences and show only one label.




David Bowie:

When God Was an Englishman - Vancouver Rehearsal 76

(no number; EU 04/2016)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg, (slightly marbled) white vinyl, FOC, colour sticker on cover, limited edition sticker on protective plastic NC, limited edition of 150 (in white)

Tracks: Station to Station / Suffragette City / Waiting for the Man // Word on a Wing / Stay / TVC 15 // Sister Midnight / Life on Mars? / Five Years / Panic in Detroit // Fame / Changes / The Jean Genie / Queen Bitch / Rebel Rebel

Other notes: rehearsals for the 1976 tour, Vancouver, Canada, 02/02/1976

Collector's notes: A brilliant release of the 1976 tour rehearsals. It has one more track than earlier issues like Vancouver Station (The Jean Genie). However, this track sounds more carefully mixed than the rest.
A very good pressing with a great sound and a nice cover. There is no identifiable record label or number - not even matrix numbers! There are 150 copies in white, red and blue each, and 55 in splatter vinyl. Interestingly, Bureau Supply released an alternative bootleg issue almost simultaneously.





David Bowie:

Falling Up through the Years

((DBFUTTY); EU 04/2016)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg

Tracks: The Man Who Sold the World / The Supermen / Andy Warhol / Repetition / Lady Stardust / White Light/White Heat / Shopping for Girls // Quicksand / Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?) / Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)* / Seven Years in Tibet* / Dead Man Walking* / Life on Mars?**

Other notes: rehearsals (recorded for BBC radio), SIR Studios, New York, 03-04/01/1997; except: *live radio session, Fort Apache Recording Studios, Cambridge, MA., 08/04/1997; **BBC radio session, Maida Vale Studios, London, 18/09/2002

Collector's notes: A nice release in excellent sound quality. Especially the inclusion of Shopping for Girls is interesting, since this was one of the few occasions on which Bowie played a Tin Machine track as a solo artist.
Note that the cover gives some slightly different recording dates for most of the tracks: 04-06/01/1997 for the the SIR Studio recordings and 19/09/2002 for the Maida Vale song. However, I have decided to use the dates given by Pegg.
Note further that although some of the recordings on this record are identical to those on the Unplugged bootleg, the tracks from 08/04/1997 are not identical: Bowie recorded two radio sessions on that day.



David Bowie:

Changes One

(Parlophone 0190295994082 COBLP 2016; EU 05/2016)

Format: LP

Release notes: transparent vinyl, sticker on shrinkwrap

Tracks: see original UK issue

Collector's notes: Note that the link to the first UK issue of the album is not a mistake: the album actually contains the "sax version" of John, I'm Only Dancing.
Half of the copies were in black vinyl, and half of them transparent, and which colour was in the cover was not indicated anywhere on the outside. A stupid idea: why, for heaven's sake, should I want another black vinyl copy of the album? The only gimmick that makes this "40th anniversary" release interesting is the transparent vinyl.
Note, though, that there is a way to find out whether a sealed copy contains a black or a transparent LP: as Peter Bollen, Gary Jones and Chris Hanington pointed out to me independently of each other, you can hold the sealed record against a strong light, and if the light shines through, you've got a transparent record - as simple as that!



David Bowie:

Hunky Dory

(7 91843-1; EU 05/2016)

Format: LP

Release notes: pirate release, picture disc, die-cut cardboard NC

Tracks: Changes / Oh! You Pretty Things / Eight Line Poem / Life on Mars? / Kooks / Quicksand / Fill Your Heart / Andy Warhol // Song for Bob Dylan / Queen Bitch / The Bewlay Brothers / Bombers* / The Supermen** / Quicksand*** / The Bewlay Brothers°

Other notes: re-issue of 1971 album with bonus tracks: *recorded during the Hunky Dory sessions, c. 06/1971; **from the Revelations various artists album (1972); ***demo, 1971; °alternate mix

Collector's notes: A beautiful picture disc pirate re-issue of the 1990 EMI/Ryko release of Hunky Dory. The distribution of the tracks on the sides follows the EMI issue, which I haven't got. The pressing is so-so, but let's face it: who would buy such a record to listen to it?


David Bowie:

A Reality Tour

(Iso/Columbia/Friday Music FRM-88272; USA 06/2016)

Format: 3LP

Release notes: box, 2 inserts (1 fold-out), transparent blue vinyl, sticker on shrinkwrap, limited edition

Tracks: Rebel Rebel / New Killer Star / Reality / Fame / Cactus / Sister Midnight // Afraid / All the Young Dudes / Be My Wife / The Loneliest Guy / The Man Who Sold the World / Sunday // Fantastic Voyage / Hallo Spaceboy / Under Pressure / Life on Mars? / Battle for Britain (The Letter) / Never Get Old // Ashes to Ashes / The Motel / Loving the Alien / Changes / I'm Afraid of Americans // "Heroes" / Bring Me the Disco King / Slip Away / Heathen (The Rays) // Five Years / Hang On to Yourself / Ziggy Stardust / Fall Dog Bombs the Moon / Breaking Glass / China Girl

Other notes: live, Point Depot, Dublin, Ireland, 22-23/11/2003

Collector's notes: And, finally, a vinyl release of the A Reality Tour album. Note that the running order of the songs is slightly different from that on the CDs. It's a beautiful release, but it would have been better to distribute the tracks over four LPs, since the volume is rather low.








David Bowie & Stevie Ray Vaughan:

Space Oddity - F.M. Broadcast 1983

(Laser Media LM010V; 06/2016)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, limited edition

Tracks: Station to Station / Cracked Actor / Ashes to Ashes / Space Oddity // Young Americans / Soul Love / Hang On to Yourself / Look Back in Anger

Other notes: rehearsals, Sound Stage, Las Colinas, Dallas, 27/04/1983

Collector's notes: Some kind of follow-up to the In Memory of David Bowie bootleg released two months earlier. However, some of the tracks are on both albums, and what really makes this album a nuisance is that the actual contents of the record has little to do with what is listed on the cover and labels. In fact, only two of the songs listed are actually on the record!


David Bowie:

Ragazzo Solo Ragazza Sola

(Parlophone DBISIT 2016; IT 07/2016)

Format: 7"

Release notes: blue vinyl, PS, 2 stickers on shrinkwrap (plus bar code sticker), limited edition

Tracks: Ragazzo Solo Ragazza Sola // London Bye Ta-Ta*

Other notes: *re-recorded version, Trident Studios, 08-15/01/1970, mono

Collector's notes: Released for the Bowie exhibition in Bologna, Italy. I suppose it is limited, although I can't say to how many copies.



David Bowie & John 'Hutch' Hutchinson:

My Secret Memories - The Space Oddity Demos

(Pigs on the Groove POTG 40; EU 07/2016)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, yellow vinyl, envelope-FOC, 3 cardboard inserts, sticker on sleeve, colour sticker on protective plastic sleeve, numbered limited edition: 205/300

Tracks: Space Oddity / Janine (includes Hey Jude) / An Occasional Dream / Conversation Piece / Ching-a-Ling // Letter to Hermione / Love Song / When I'm Five / Life Is a Circus / Lover to the Dawn

Other notes: home demos, Clareville Grove, London, 02?/02/1969

Collector's notes: An improved re-issue of A Letter to Hermoine. Unlike that bootleg (and the earlier The Beckenham Oddity) it also includes Lover to the Dawn, which had previously been available on The Forgotten Songs of David Robert Jones.
The cover says that the recordings were re-mastered from the original source tape, which may be true because the sound quality is actually slightly better than on the earlier bootleg. In the case of Space Oddity this is no wonder, of course, since this track has obviously been copied from the official Sound + Vision box.
What is really great about this release is the beautiful cover. Both that and the inserts have a canvas-like structure, similar to that of the original UK issue of The Man who Sold the World. The album was available in yellow, white and clear vinyl (100 copies each). For those who need such stuff there were also 30 "test-pressings" in a black and white cover.





David Bowie:

Demanding Billy Dolls, and Other Friends of Mine

((HALL-12); UK? 07/2016)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg, red vinyl, FOC, plain white labels, 4 label stickers, cover sticker, limited edition of 150

Tracks: Hang On to Yourself / Ziggy Stardust / Changes / The Supermen / Life on Mars? / Lady Stardust // Queen Bitch / Five Years / Space Oddity / Andy Warhol / My Death // The Width of a Circle / John, I'm Only Dancing / Starman / Moonage Daydream // Waiting for the Man / White Light/White Heat / Suffragette City / Round and Round

Other notes: live, Music Hall, Boston, USA, 01/10/1972

Collector's notes: A beautiful bootleg, but not particularly interesting from a musical point of view. It's an average early 1970s audience recording. The pressing is very good, though. The record comes with four label stickers, which have no side markings, so that you can apply them in any order you like (although very few buyers will actually apply them, I guess...).
Available in white, blue and red (150 copies each). There is also a strictly limited number of picture discs.





Nine Inch Nails with David Bowie:

Back in Anger Volume 1

(Parachute PARA057LP; EU 08/2016)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg, clear vinyl, FOC, sticker on cover, limited edition of 1.000

Tracks: Terrible Lie / March of the Pigs / The Becoming / Sanctified // Piggy / Burn / Closer / Wish // Gave Up / Down in It / Eraser / Subterreneans* // Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)* / Reptile* / Hallo Spaceboy*

Other notes: live, Riverport Amphitheater, St. Louis, USA, 11/10/1995; performed by Nine Inch Nails, except: *performed by David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails

Collector's notes: This set of two double LPs had been released as a 2CD set some months ago. Since both the CD and the vinyl version were available through the usual channels it must count as some kind of "semi-legal" release. The parts featuring Bowie had been available on bootlegs like Live. Inside before.
This set could have been a great release - it could have been the first vinyl issue of this interesting show in full lenght, including the Nine Inch Nails part. But, alas, they missed the chance. This does not apply to this volume 1. The sound quality is great: although the tracks seem to be MP3-based, the general sound quality of the tracks with Bowie is even better than on the above-mentioned older bootleg (which already had a good sound). The problem is the more interesting volume 2.




Nine Inch Nails with David Bowie:

Back in Anger Volume 2

(Parachute PARA058LP; EU 08/2016)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg, clear vinyl, FOC, sticker on cover, limited edition of 1.000

Tracks: Hurt* / Look Back in Anger / I'm Deranged / The Hearts Filthy Lesson // The Voyeur of Utter Destruction (as Beauty) / I Have Not Been to Oxford Town / Outside / Andy Warhol // Breaking Glass / The Man Who Sold the World / We Prick You / Joe the Lion / A Small Plot of Land // Nite Flights / Under Pressure / Teenage Wildlife

Other notes: live, Riverport Amphitheater, St. Louis, USA, 11/10/1995; performed by David Bowie, except: *performed by David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails

Collector's notes: Unlike volume 1 of this set, this album is a disaster. I don't refer to the occasional clicks in the pressing, but to the fact that they used a defective source: there are numerous "skips" on several tracks (which are in the recording, not on the record), and a lot of annoying noise (again in the source) on other tracks. So, despite the generally "fuller" sound of this album, the Live. Inside bootleg is certainly the better representation of Bowie's solo part than this album (in any format - I've read that the CD version has the same flaws).




David Bowie:

Who Can I Be Now? [1974-1976]

(Parlophone 0190295989835 (DBXL 2); EU 09/2016)

Format: 13LP

Release notes: cardboard box with paper sheet on back, 9 covers (3 x FOC, 1 triple FOC), 13 OIS, 4 inserts, book, limited edition

Tracks:

Diamond Dogs

(Parlophone DB 74761)

see original issues

David Live

(Parlophone DB 74762)

see original UK issues

David Live (2005 Mix)*

(Parlophone DB 74763)

1984 / Rebel Rebel / Moonage Daydream / Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (reprise) // Changes / Suffragette City / Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?) / All the Young Dudes // Cracked Actor / Rock'n'Roll with Me / Watch that Man / Knock on Wood // Here Today, Gone Tomorrow / Space Oddity / Diamond Dogs // Panic in Detroit / Big Brother/Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family** / Time // The Width of a Circle / The Jean Genie / Rock'n'Roll Suicide

The Gouster***

(Parlophone DB 74764)

John, I'm Only Dancing (Again) (long version) / Somebody Up There Likes Me° / It's Gonna Be Me // Who Can I Be Now? / Can You Hear Me°° / Young Americans / Right°°

Young Americans

(Parlophone DB 74765)

see original issues

Station to Station

(Parlophone DB 74766)

see original issues

Station to Station (2010 Mix)°°°

(Parlophone DB 74767)

see original issues

Live Nassau Coliseum '76+

(Parlophone DB 74768)

Station to Station / Suffragette City / Fame // Word on a Wing / Stay / Waiting for the Man / Queen Bitch // Life on Mars? / Five Years / Panic in Detroit++ / Changes / TVC 15 // Diamond Dogs / Rebel Rebel / The Jean Genie

Re:Call 2

(Parlophone DB 74769)

Rebel Rebel (single edit)+++ / Diamond Dogs (Australian single edit)# / Rebel Rebel (US single version)## / Rock'n'Roll with Me (promo live edit)### / Panic in Detroit (live)^ / Young Americans (single edit)^^ // Fame (single edit)^^^ / Golden Years (single edit)% / Station to Station (single edit)%% / TVC 15 (single edit)%%% / Stay (single edit)& / Word on a Wing (single edit)&& / John, I'm Only Dancing (Again) (single edit)&&&

Other notes: *live, Tower Theater, Philadelphia, 08-12/07/1974, extended and remixed 2005 version; **not listed on cover; ***recorded at Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, 08/1974 and 11-12/1974; °different mix than on the Young Americans album; °°different version than on the Young Americans album; °°°2010 remix by Harry Maslin; +live, Nassau Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, New York, 23/03/1976; ++edited version; +++from the 1974 7" singles; #from the 1974 Australia 7"; ##from the 1974 USA 7"; ###live, Tower Theater, Philadelphia, 08-12/07/1974, "short version" from the 1974 USA promo 7"; ^live, Tower Theater, Philadelphia, 08-12/07/1974, original mix from the 1974 Knock on Wood 7" singles, ^^from the 1975 7" singles; ^^^from the 1975 7" singles; %from the 1975 7" singles; %%from the (withdrawn?) 1976 France 7" single; %%%from the 1976 7" singles; &from the 1976 US 7"; &&from the 1976 Japan Stay 7"; &&&from the 1979 7" singles

Collector's notes: Another impressive box set, similar, of course, to the Five Years box from the previous year. And, again, it leaves long-time collectors with mixed feelings. On the on hand, it's full of beautiful details, like the fake generic paper sleeves that come with albums that didn't have original inner sleeves, on the other hand, it's disappointing from the musical point of view. Did we really need the 2010 remix of Station to Station on vinyl? The extended 2005 version of David Live is more interesting, since it's really different from the original album and here available on vinyl for the first time.
Before the release, much fuss had been made about The Gouster, Bowie's original draft of what later became Young Americans. But what do we get? Three previously released tracks, two alternative versions, one alternative mix, and one track that ended up on the final product in exactly the same form. I'm aware that songs like Shilling the Rubes and I Am a Laser are unfinished and were not intended to be included in the album, but since long fragments of these tracks are circulating anyway, it would have been nice if complete versions had been thrown in as bonus tracks. Re:Call 2 is the usual hotchpotch of edits/mixes. Some of them, especially the drastic edit of Station to Station are quite funny, but after all they're good for a laugh, and that's it.

Some notes on the particular albums:

Diamond Dogs: the fold-out cover comes close to the original. In addition to the plastic-padded neutral inner sleeve, there is a generic company sleeve (with "Patent Nos." etc. on it), which I haven't shown here - in fact, I haven't even shown such sleeves in the entries of original records.

David Live: the gatefold cover is a faithful reproduction of that of the first UK issue. Even the wrong recording dates on the inside have been copied. It goes without saying that the record comes with replicas of the original inner sleeves.

David Live (2005 Mix): comes in a beautiful tri-fold gatefold cover with three printed inner sleeves and an additional insert. In fact, from a vinyl collector's point of view this is the most interesting album from this box, since this is the first release of the full-length David Live on vinyl. So far, this recording had only been available on CD.

The Gouster: in addition to the plastic-padded inner sleeve, there are another generic paper inner sleeve (which I don't show) and a printed insert. The version of Young Americans is the one that finally ended up on the album of the same name.

Young Americans: the cover has a canvas-like structure similar to that of some original issues. Comes with an additional plain white paper sleeve and two inserts.

Station to Station: comes with a replica of the original generic company sleeve ("Made in England..." etc.), which I haven't shown here, plus a replica of the original (one-sided) insert.

Station to Station (2010 Mix): comes with a one-sided printed inner sleeve. This mix had previously been available on audio-DVD as part of the Station to Station box set, and is here available on vinyl for the first time.

Live Nassau Coliseum '76: comes in a gatefold cover with plain black inner sleeves, just like the original album, which had previously been available as part of the Station to Station box set.

Re:Call 2: comes in single cover a printed inner sleeve.

Ultimately, Who Can I Be Now? is another set for completists and people who want to replace their long-lost Bowie vinyl records.




















David Bowie:

The 1980 Floor Show

(RDBSLP02; UK 09/2016)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg

Tracks: 1984/Dodo / Sorrow / Everything's Alright / Space Oddity / I Can't Explain // Time / The Jean Genie / I Got You Babe* / Drive-In Saturday**

Other notes: live, 1980 Floor Show, Marquee, London, 18-20/10/1973 (*duet with Marianne Faithfull), except: **recorded for Russell Harty Plus Pop TV show, London Weekend Television Studios, London, 17/01/1973, broadcast 20/01/1973

Collector's notes: A nice re-issue of this old show. It's the same mix as on the Absolutely Rare CD, identifiable by the uncensored version of Time. The sound quality is excellent, but not as good as on the CD. Drive-In Saturday is from the 2013 7".


David Bowie:

Low/Montreux

(RDBASLP07; UK 10/2016)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg

Tracks: Warszawa / Speed of Life / Breaking Glass / What in the World / Sound and Vision // Art Decade / Always Crashing in the Same Car / Be My Wife / A New Career in a New Town / Subterreneans

Other notes: live, Montreux Jazz Festival, Auditorium Stravinski, Montreux, Switzerland, 18/07/2002

Collector's notes: A great bootleg! The pressing is very good (with the occasional click and crackle) and the sound quality - it is a soundboard recording - is excellent. By and large, this bootleg is much better than the earlier Low Live album. The only sad thing is that it is not a rendition of the complete Low album: Bowie doesn't play Weeping Wall, although it is erroneously listed on the cover.


Various Artists:

Lazarus - The Original Cast Recording to the Musical by David Bowie and Enda Walsh

(Sony/Columbia 88985 367455 1; EU 10/2016)

Format: 2LP/12"

Release notes: 2 LPs and 1 one-sided LP, triple-FOC, 3 OIS, booklet, download card, sticker on cover (plus "Parental Advisory" sticker)

Tracks (Bowie): - // - // - // Sound and Vision* // Lazarus / No Plan** / Killing a Little Time** / When I Met You**

Other notes: *original version, excerpt; **recorded in New York, 2015

Collector's notes: Whether or not you need the musical recordings of Bowie tracks depends on your personal taste. The most interesting aspect about the album is of course the fifth side, which features, apart from the album version of Lazarus, three new tracks. These are said to be the last songs Bowie ever recorded.








Various Artists:

Lazarus - The Original Cast Recording to the Musical by David Bowie and Enda Walsh

(Columbia 88985 376851 6; USA 10/2016)

Format: 2LP/12"

Release notes: 2 LPs (black vinyl) and 1 one-sided LP (white vinyl), triple-FOC, 3 OIS, booklet, download card, barcode sticker on cover (plus "Parental Advisory" sticker), limited edition of 5.000

Tracks: see regular issue

Collector's notes: A limited edition of the Lazarus album, with the Bowie record in white vinyl. It's said to be limited to 5.000 copies worldwide. Note that the catalogue number is only on the barcode sticker. The cover is that of the regular US issue. My copy hasn't got any title sticker.









David Bowie:

Digging into the Archives

(Casino Records (A/B); EU? 10/2016)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, blue vinyl, OIS, limited edition sticker on protective sleeve: 304/500

Tracks: David Bowie's Revolutionary Song* / Baal's Hymn** / Remembering Marie A.** / The Dirty Song** / The Drowned Girl** / The Ballad of the Adventurers** / David Impersonates*** // Wild Things° / America°° / Wild Is the Wind°°° / Fantastic Voyage°°°# / Changes°°°#

Other notes: *performed by The Rebels, from the Just a Gigolo LP; **recorded at the BBC Television Centre, London, 08/1981; ***part of the backing track of Absolute Beginners with Bowie impersonating Bruce Springsteen, Marc Bolan, Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Anthony Newley and Iggy Pop to new lyrics, Abbey Road Studios, London, 06/1985; °early version (probably demo) of Chilly Down, probably recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 06/1985; live, Robin Hood Benefit, Javits Center, New York, 30/05/2002; live, Black Ball, Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, 09/11/2006; #featuring Alicia Keys

Collector's notes: A truly brilliant bootleg (the best inofficial compilation within many years)! Of course, no long-time collector would have needed the Revolutionary Song again. But especially Wild Things and the brilliant David Impersonates, the two tracks that turned up shortly after Bowie's death, are certainly valuable additions to anyone's collection. The cover says that Impersonates was recorded at West Side Studios, probably because there is a photo of the tape from which the track originates and which says "West Side Studios 18/8/85". However, since the tape also lists an "album mix" of Absolute Beginners, it probably refers to the mixing of the tracks.
The original versions of the songs from Baal are also very interesting. They are quite different from the re-recorded versions that had been officially released, and it's very strange that it took 35 years for them to turn up on a bootleg - especially because they had never been particulary rare: video tapes were already common in the early 1980s, and a DVD version of the TV play had been circulating on the internet for many years.
The pressing of this record is very good, and the sound quality is excellent, with the exception of the last three tracks, which have a rather poor sound, but are interesting nonetheless, since they are Bowie's last-ever live performance. Note that the cover claims that this is a US bootleg, but since most copies are sold from Europe, I suppose that it was made in Europe.




David Bowie:

All the Young Dudes

(EMI DB 116 AU; 10/2016)

Format: 10"LP

Release notes: bootleg, picture disc, limited edition of 250

Tracks: Tracks: All the Young Dudes / Dodo / Footstompin'/Wish I Could Shimmy like My Sister Kate / Somebody Up There Likes Me / Under Pressure // Space Oddity / Lady Stardust / Tired of My Life / How Lucky You Are / Rupert the Riley

Other notes: re-issue of Space Oddities album with sides inverted (see there for details)

Collector's notes: A beautiful picture disc, excellent sound and decent pressing. But apart from that it's a superfluous re-issue. A mere collectors' item.
The cover says that this is an Australian release, but I doubt that - as much as I doubt that the original issue was made in Japan.



David Bowie:

Fame in Paris

(Iso DB 1267; EU 11/2016)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, picture disc, limited edition of 500 (?)

Tracks: Fame / I'm Afraid of Americans / 5:15 The Angels Have Gone / I've Been Waiting for You / Afraid // Fashion / Rebel Rebel / "Heroes" / Heathen (The Rays) / A New Career in a New Town

Other notes: live, Zenith, Paris, 24/09/2002

Collector's notes: A pleasant release. It's an audience recording, but in truly excellent sound quality. The pressing is okay, especially for a picture disc. And the design is nice, although, as so often, the pictures are not really appropriate...



David Bowie:

The Buddha of Suburbia

(Arista/BMG 150.8220; EU 11/2016)

Format: LP

Release notes: pirate release, yellow vinyl, FOC opening to the left (with European cover design on the outside), 2 inserts, limited edition sticker on protective sleeve: 387/400

Tracks: Buddha of Suburbia / Sex and the Church / South Horizon / The Mysteries / Bleed like a Craze, Dad // Strangers When We Meet / Dead against It / Untitled No. 1 / Ian Fish, U.K. Heir / Buddha of Suburbia*

Other notes: *featuring Lenny Kravitz on guitar

Collector's notes: The only vinyl release of this album so far was a Brazilian issue from 1994, which I haven't got. Even the legitimacy of that release is sometimes called into question, although it probably is an official item. Be that as it may, here is a beautiful pirate album, available in two cover variations. The cover front and back and the second insert of this version are based on those of the Brazilian issue (which was in turn that of the 1993 European issue). The design on the inside is based on that of the 1995 US CD issue. Some more remarks on the cover will be made in the next entry, which is about the version in the alternative cover.
The sound quality of the album is quite good, although the volume is rather low - probably because of the length of the album. So the naturally present background noise is audible on the quieter tracks.
There are 400 copies altogether: 100 in yellow (or lime) vinyl, 100 in white (or rather light yellow), 100 in gold brown, 70 in black, and 30 "promo" copies (colour unknown to me).








David Bowie:

The Buddha of Suburbia

(Arista/BMG 150.8220; EU 11/2016)

Format: LP

Release notes: pirate release, white (or light yellow) vinyl, FOC opening to the right (with US cover design on the outside), 2 inserts, limited edition sticker on protective sleeve: 193/400

Tracks: see alternative issue

Collector's notes: This alternative issue of the album has the design of the 1995 US issue on the outside and that of the European (or Brazilian) version on the inside. The inserts and labels are identical to those of the other issue, so I don't show them again here.
The cover opens to the left, which is quite unusual for a gatefold sleeve. If you examine it more closely, you will see that there is printing on the inside of the part that holds the record, too. They used a very clever trick here: both versions actually have the same cover, and which variant you get only depends on the way the cover is folded and glued!



Various Artists:

Lost Highway

(Universal/Interscope/Music on Vinyl MOVATM101; EU 11/2016)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: FOC, insert, protective plastic wallet with sticker and seal

Tracks (Bowie): I'm Deranged (edit) // - // - // I'm Deranged (reprise)

Other notes: remixed edits

Collector's notes: This wasn't the first vinyl release of this album. After a very rare one on Simply Vinyl (1998?), there was a pirate release in 2015. This second official vinyl version of the soundtrack was also available in yellow, limited to 2.000 copies. However, since it's not one of the most interesting albums, the cheaper black version of this re-issue will do for me.




David Bowie:

VH1 Storytellers

(EMI 5099996-490938/DBVH1; EU 12/2016)

Format: LP

Release notes: pirate release

Tracks: Life on Mars? / Rebel Rebel (truncated) / Thursday's Child / Can't Help Thinking about Me // China Girl / Seven / Drive-In Saturday / Word on a Wing

Other notes: live, Manhattan Center, New York, 23/08/1999

Collector's notes: A pirate vinyl release of the official CD. Excellent sound. There are also copies in white vinyl.


David Bowie:

On the Airwaves

(no number; EU 12/2016)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, silver vinyl, OIS, limited edition sticker on protective sleeve: 399/500

Tracks: New Killer Star* / I'm Afraid of Americans* / Rebel Rebel* / Fall Dog Bombs the Moon* / Days* // Everyone Says 'Hi'** / Life on Mars?** / Ziggy Stardust*** / The Loneliest Guy***

Other notes: *AOL session, New York, 23/09/2003; **Parkinson UK TV show, 19/09/2002 (broadcast 21/09/2002); ***Parkinson UK TV show, 27/09/2003 (broadcast 29/09/2003)

Collector's notes: A very nice compilation bootleg, very good to excellent sound and excellent pressing.




↑ 2016 2017

David Bowie:

Legacy

(Parlophone DBLP64161 (0190295918323); EU 01/2017)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: FOC, 2 OIS, 2 prints, 2 stickers on shrinkwrap, limited edition

Tracks: Let's Dance* / Ashes to Ashes* / Under Pressure** / Life on Mars? (2016 mix) / Changes // Oh! You Pretty Things / The Man Who Sold the World / Space Oddity / Starman*** / Ziggy Stardust // The Jean Genie / Rebel Rebel / Golden Years* / Dancing in the Street° / China Girl* // Fame / Sound and Vision / "Heroes" (English single version) / Where Are We Now? / Lazarus (radio edit)

Other notes: *single edit; **performed by Queen & David Bowie; ***single mix; °performed by David Bowie & Mick Jagger, Clearmountain mix

Collector's notes: Our yearly Bowie compilation give us today... I'm quite glad that this isn't actually Bowie's "legacy" - much of his best work is ignored. But I like the cover. I can't say how many copies of this limited issue with the prints were made.
The CD issues of this album had already been released in November 2016.





David Bowie:

The Collaborator - The Legendary Broadcasts

(Coda/mcps CPLCD247; Czechia 01/2017)

Format: 4CD

Release notes: bootleg, cardboard multi-FOC

Tracks: Sorrow* / Everything's Alright* / Space Oddity* / 1984* / I Can't Explain* / Time* / The Jean Genie* / I Got You Babe*+ // Warszawa** / "Heroes"** / Fame** / Beauty and the Beast** / Five Years** / Soul Love** / Star** / Hang On to Yourself** / Ziggy Stardust** / Suffragette City** / Station to Station** / TVC 15** // Subterreneans/Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)***++ / Reptile***++ / Hallo Spaceboy***++ / Hurt***++ / Look Back in Anger*** / I'm Deranged*** / The Hearts Filthy Lesson*** / The Voyeur of Utter Destruction (as Beauty)*** / I Have Not Been to Oxford Town*** / Outside*** / Andy Warhol*** / Breaking Glass*** / The Man Who Sold the World*** / Nite Flights*** / Under Pressure*** // Young Americans medley°+++ / Fame° / Can You Hear Me°+++ / Stay°° / Five Years°° / "Heroes"°°° / Funtime# / Sister Midnight# / Life on Mars?## / Ashes to Ashes## / The Man Who Sold the World### / Nite Flights^ / Black Tie White Noise^ / Strangers When We Meet^^ / The Hearts Filthy Lesson^^^ / China Girl%

Other notes: *live, 1980 Floor Show, Marquee, London, 18-20/10/1973, +duet with Marianne Faithfull; **live, NHK Hall, Tokyo, Japan, 12/12/1978; ***live, Riverport Amphitheater, St. Louis, USA, 11/10/1995, ++performed by David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails; °Cher TV show, 23/11/1975, +++duets with Cher; °°live, Dinah Shore TV show, 03/01/1976; °°°live, Dutch Top Pop TV show, 06/11/1977; #performed by Iggy Pop featuring Bowie, live, Dinah Shore TV show, 15/04/1977; ##live, Tonight TV show, 03/09/1980; ###live, Saturday Night Live TV show, 15/12/1979, featuring Klaus Nomi; ^live, Tonight TV show, 13/05/1993; ^^live, Tonight TV show, 27/10/1995; ^^^live, The Late Show with David Letterman TV show, 26/09/1995; %performed by Iggy Pop featuring David Bowie, live, Midnight Mantra Studios, Chicago, 28/03/1977

Collector's notes: This album was available through legal channels at very cheap prices, but quickly unavailable - I can't say whether that was due to legal complaints or to high demand. In any case this album was a nice addition to one's collection: you got a lot of great music for little money, especially because the sound quality is very good to excellent.
Disc 1 has the old 1980 Floor Show again. The recordings as such are identical to those on the Dollars in Drag and Absolutely Rare bootlegs, but this album shows how different identical recordings from different sources can sound. To begin with the flaws: 1984 is incomplete (it fades out where Dodo should start), Time has a short gap where the word goddamn has been edited out (which had been cleverly masked on the old Dollars bootleg), and I Got You Babe is the edited version. However, with the exception of the edited 1984 and, possibly, Time (due to the gap) this is certainly the best-sounding version of this show in my collection - note, though, that the vinyl version of this disc is even better. And, by the way, for purists I must point out that the music is based on compressed files.
Disc 2, originally recorded for and broadcast on Japanese TV, had previously been circulating as a DVD on the internet (and probably been available in some audio form, too), but it's nice to have it on CD. Disc 3 is an incomplete version of the Riverport Amphitheater show that had previously been released on Live.Inside and the Back in Anger volume 1 and volume 2 bootlegs. There are no sound dropouts on this version, but there is some distortion on the last two tracks. Disc 4 is a hotchpotch of TV recordings in nice sound quality, but not particularly exciting.
After all, I can only repeat that it's a great collection for little money - and they seem to have put more thought into the cover design than some designers have for some official releases!









David Bowie:

My Early Memories - The Mid Sixties Demos

(Pigs on the Groove POTG 41; EU 01/2017)

Format: LP

Release notes: Bootleg, mono, blue vinyl, envelope gimmick cover, poster, limited edition: 213/500

Tracks: That's Where My Heart Is* / I Want My Baby Back* / Bars of the County Jail* / I'll Follow You* / Glad I've Got Nobody* / I Pity the Fool* / Take My Tip* / That's a Promise** / Silly Boy Blue** / Over the Wall We Go*** // Interview° / Take My Tip°° / Rubber Band°°° / The London Boys+

Other notes: *from the Early On CD, see there for details; **demos, recorded with The Lower Third, R.G. Jones Oak Studios, 31/08/1965; ***demo, 12?/1966; °Tonight BBC TV show, 12/11/1964, with later introduction; °°not Bowie, performed by Kenny Miller; °°°single version; +original version

Collector's notes: A nice, but not exciting compilation bootleg with excellent sound. Much of the stuff is from the Early On CD and on vinyl here for the first time. The remaining tracks on side 1 are probably taken from The Forgotten Songs of David Robert Jones. The tracks on side 2 are not really interesting: in addition to the inevitable "long hair interview" we get a Kenny Miller track, and two familiar Deram tracks (called "alternate single versions" on the cover, but actually the standard single versions - there is no other original version of The London Boys, anyway). Note that the cover lists seven tracks for each side, whereas the tracks are actually distributed as listed above.
The cover is truly beautiful. It is a kind of envelope opening at the top. The triangles on the front can be opened to reveal the picture printed on the inside. I can't show this here because in order to scan the opened front I would have to bend the triangles so far that the cover could get damaged.



David Bowie:

Blackstar

(Iso/Columbia SIJ7 1; Japan 01/2017)

Format: 12"

Release notes: red vinyl, die-cut cover, insert, poster, sticker on protective plastic sleeve

Tracks: Blackstar // Lazarus (radio edit) / I Can't Give Everything Away (radio edit)

Collector's notes: Made for the Japanese David Bowie Is exhibition. My copy came with two flyers and a plastic bag of the exhibition. Since these are not actually "part" of the record, but only "associated items", I show only the front (the bag has the same design on both sides, anyway).



David Bowie:

Lady Stardust

(Parlophone DBISN 2017; Japan 01/2017)

Format: 7"

Release notes: picture disc, plastic NC with title sticker, made in the EU exclusively for the Japanese market

Tracks: Lady Stardust* // Crystal Japan

Other notes: *4 track demo, stereo version

Collector's notes: Another release for the Japanese Bowie exhibition. The demo version of Lady Stardust is basically the same as the one on the Ryko and EMI re-issues of the Ziggy album. However, the version here is longer and in stereo, similar to that on the old Little Toy Soldier bootleg, but mastered and mixed differently.



David Bowie:

Sound and Vision

(Parlophone DBSAV40; EU 02/2017)

Format: 7"

Release notes: picture disc, plastic NC with title sticker, limited edition

Tracks: Sound and Vision (original) // Sound and Vision 2013*

Other notes: *remix of original version

Collector's notes: Promo CDs left aside, this was the first physical release of the beautiful 2013 remix of Sound and Vision. It's a pity that the sound quality is so poor - even by the standards of a picture disc.



David Bowie:

No Plan EP

(Iso/Columbia 88985419651; EU 04/2017)

Format: 12"

Release notes: 1-sided, 33 1/3 rpm, blank etched B-side with blank label, download card, cover sticker

Tracks: Lazarus / No Plan / Killing a Little Time / When I Met You

Other notes: re-issue of the third disc of the Lazarus various artists album

Collector's notes: Not a particularly interesting release, but the practice of milking the cow as long as possible is not really new, given that seven out of eight tracks of the Let's Dance album were released on 7" singles.
The last picture shows the etched B-side with the blank label.




David Bowie:

No Plan EP

(Iso/Columbia 88985419651; EU 04/2017)

Format: 12"

Release notes: 1-sided, 33 1/3 rpm, transparent (actually marbled transparent blue) vinyl, blank etched B-side with blank label, download card, cover sticker, limited edition number 007955

Tracks: Lazarus / No Plan / Killing a Little Time / When I Met You

Other notes: re-issue of the third disc of the Lazarus various artists album

Collector's notes: A limited edition of who-knows-how-many copies of the above record.
I haven't shown the etching because it's identical to that of the other issue.




Placebo featuring David Bowie:

Without You I'm Nothing

(Elevator 0600753757772; EU 04/2017)

Format: 12"

Release notes: picture disc, die-cut cover, limited edition of 5.000 copies

Tracks: Without You I'm Nothing (single mix) / Without You I'm Nothing (Unkle remix) // Without You I'm Nothing (The Flexirol mix)

Other notes: first vinyl issue of 1999 CDS minus one of the remixes

Collector's notes: This release (for Record Store Day) followed the CDS issue rather than the promo-only 12", which had been the only vinyl release so far.



David Bowie:

Cracked Actor (Live Los Angeles '74)

(Parlophone 0902586973/DBRSD 7476; EU 04/2017)

Format: 2LP/12"

Release notes: 5-sided 3 LP set with blank etched B-side (without label), triple FOC, Record Store Day sticker, limited edition of 17.000

Tracks: introduction / 1984 / Rebel Rebel / Moonage Daydream / Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise) // Changes / Suffragette City / Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)/On Broadway* / All the Young Dudes / Cracked Actor // Rock'n'Roll with Me / Knock on Wood / It's Gonna Be Me / Space Oddity // Future Legend*/Diamond Dogs / Big Brother/Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family* / Time // The Jean Genie / Rock'n'Roll Suicide / band introduction*/John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)

Other notes: live, Los Angeles Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California, 05/09/1974; *not listed on cover

Collector's notes: A very nice release for Record Store Day. The soundboard recording of this show had been available before, for example on the Strange Fascination bootleg, but here all songs are complete, and the sound quality is better. A recording with comparable sound had been circulating on the internet, and might have been released on bootleg CD (I'm not sure), but it was great to have the show as an official release in a beautiful packaging.
The second last picture shows the etched B-side - as you might realize, it was extremely difficult to scan.






David Bowie:

BOWPROMO

(Parlophone 0190295875329; EU 04/2017)

Format: LP

Release notes: 1-sided LP without label on B-side, box with "Gem" sticker and barcode sticker, cover with "Gem" sticker on back (wrapped in semi-transparent green paper with "Gem" seal), re-sealable envelope with 5 prints and 3-page insert, limited edition of 15.000

Tracks: Oh! You Pretty Things*/Eight Line Poem** / Kooks* / It Ain't Easy / Queen Bitch* / Quicksand* / Bombers°/Andy Warhol Intro**

Other notes: recorded at Trident Studios, London, 06/1971-06/08/1971; *different mix than on the Hunky Dory album, **different version than on the Hunky Dory album; °different mix than on the 1990 Hunky Dory re-issue album

Collector's notes: Finally, we got an official release of the legendary "BOWPROMO" LP - unfortunately without the Dana Gillespie B-side. The packaging of this Record Store Day release is beautiful, but from the musical point of view the 2015 Make Way for the Rock and Rollers bootleg LP was superior.
The pictures show the front of the box (the back is plain white), the barcode sticker, the front of the cover with its sealed wrapping (it can be taken out without breaking the seal), the front and back of the cover (without the wrapping), the front of the envelope (the back is plain brown), the five prints, the front of the insert, and the label.





David Bowie:

No Plan EP

(Iso/Columbia 88985421071; USA 05/2017)

Format: 12"

Release notes: 1-sided, 33 1/3 rpm, white vinyl, blank etched B-side with blank label, die-cut cover, download card, cover sticker, lithograph in semi-transparent paper and additional plain white cover with barcode sticker, limited edition number 3729

Tracks: see original issue

Collector's notes: A lot of description and a lot of pictures for what is - strictly speaking - simply a re-issue of a record that had been released a month earlier. It was exclusively available as a pre-order through Bowie's official webside. The number of exact copies is unknown; the number pressed depended on the number of pre-orders.
I haven't tried to show the etched B-side, since it's difficult to scan and the design is the same as on the European issues.





David Bowie:

Be My Wife

(Parlophone DBBMW40; EU 06/2017)

Format: 7"

Release notes: picture disc, plastic NC with title sticker, limited edition

Tracks: Be My Wife // Art Decade*

Other notes: *live, Perth Entertainment Centre, Perth, Australia, 15/11/1978

Collector's notes: Somehow they never get it right. This time there's no distortion or crackle, but the B-side runs off-centre.



David Bowie:

The Collaborator - The Legendary Broadcast Collaborations

(Coda Publishing/American Icons CLPVNY247; Czechia 06/2017)

Format: 4LP

Release notes: bootleg, transparent vinyl, wraparound cardboard box, 4 covers, limited edition

Tracks:

David Bowie and His Guests: Ziggy's Last Floor Show - The Legendary Broadcast

(Coda Publishing/American Icons CLPVNY254)

Sorrow* / Everything's Alright* / Space Oddity* / 1984/Dodo* // I Can't Explain* / Time* / The Jean Genie* / I Got You Babe*+

Bowie plus Guests: Across the Ether - The Legendary US Broadcasts

(Coda Publishing/American Icons CLPVNY255)

Black Tie White Noise** / Fame*** / Sister Midnight° / The Man Who Sold the World°° / Can You Hear Me°°° // Life on Mars?# / Ashes to Ashes# / Nite Flights** / Stay## / The Hearts Filthy Lesson### / Funtime°

David Bowie & Nine Inch Nails: Industrial Collaborations - The Legendary US Broadcast

(Coda Publishing/American Icons CLPVNY256)

Subterreneans/Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)%^ / Reptile%^ / Hallo Spaceboy%^ / Hurt%^ // Outside% / Andy Warhol% / Breaking Glass% / The Man Who Sold the World% / Nite Flights%

David Bowie: Berlin in Tokyo - The Legendary Broadcast

(Coda Publishing/American Icons CLPVNY257)

"Heroes"%% / Fame%% / Five Years%% / Soul Love%% / Star%% // Hang On to Yourself%% / Ziggy Stardust%% / Suffragette City%% / Station to Station%%

Other notes: *live, 1980 Floor Show, Marquee, London, 18-20/10/1973, +duet with Marianne Faithfull; **live, Tonight TV show, 13/05/1993; ***Cher TV show, 23/11/1975; °performed by Iggy Pop featuring Bowie, live, Dinah Shore TV show, 15/04/1977; °°live, Saturday Night Live TV show, 15/12/1979, featuring Klaus Nomi; °°°Cher TV show, 23/11/1975, duet with Cher; #live, Tonight TV show, 03/09/1980; ##live, Dinah Shore TV show, 03/01/1976; ###live, The Late Show with David Letterman TV show, 26/09/1995; %live, Riverport Amphitheater, St. Louis, USA, 11/10/1995, %^performed by David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails; %%live, NHK Hall, Tokyo, Japan, 12/12/1978
Extended vinyl version of disc 1 of the The Collaborator bootleg 4CD set, edited vinyl versions of the 3 other discs of that set.

Collector's notes: A more or less truncated version (see below for an explanation of this strange formulation) of the The Collaborator CD set. All four parts are good pressings with excellent sound quality. However, if you're only after the music, then go for the CD set... with the exception of disc 1, however!
The weird thing is that this LP does not only have all the tracks of the CD, but that it's actually longer and better: I Got You Babe is still the truncated version, but 1984/Dodo is complete (including the Dodo part and the reprise of the title track), and Time is uncensored, that is, without a gap. They must have used a different source than on the CD, so this might really be the best version of the show in my collection.
The other LPs are incomplete versions of the CDs. Sometimes the choice of songs is odd, but by and large it's worth buying for vinyl collectors.
All four records had been available separately in May and I had originally listed them in this way, but I replaced my copies by the box set. I don't know when exactly the box set turned up, but it can't have been long after the separate LPs, which is why I have listed it under June.





David Bowie:

Hunky Dory

(Parlophone DBXL1/DB 69733 (0825646289448); EU 06/2017)

Format: LP"

Release notes: gold vinyl, insert, cover sticker (plus 2 barcode stickers), limited edition

Tracks: see original issues

Other notes: re-issue of 1971 album

Collector's notes: A stand-alone issue of the album from the Five Years box in coloured vinyl. Exactly what we've waited for...
I haven't shown the barcode stickers.




David Bowie:

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

(Parlophone DBXL1-4/DB 69734 (0825646287376); EU 06/2017)

Format: LP"

Release notes: gold vinyl, OIS, cover sticker (plus 2 barcode stickers), limited edition

Tracks: see original issues

Other notes: re-issue of 1972 album

Collector's notes: Another stand-alone issue from the Five Years box in coloured vinyl.
Again, I haven't shown the barcode stickers.




Various Artists:

Making Time - A Shel Talmy Production

(ACE CDCHD 1497; EU 06/2017)

Format: CD

Release notes: mostly mono (including Bowie track), jewel case with booklet and back inlay

Tracks (Bowie): Davy Jones: You've Got a Habit of Leaving (alternate overdub)

Other notes: studio recording, IBC Studios, Portland Place, 25/06/1965

Collector's notes: Although the version included here is listed as an "alternate overdub" it's practically a completely different version with different vocals. Maybe superior to the one originally released.


David Bowie:

Man, I'm in Danger

(HUR-01; EU 08/2017)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg, green and transparent red vinyl, small labels, 4 label stickers, limited edition of 100 copies (in this combination of colours)

Tracks: Rebel Rebel / Fame / Battle for Britain (The Letter) / Sister Midnight / New Killer Star / Cactus // All the Young Dudes / China Girl / Modern Love / Station to Station / The Man Who Sold the World // Changes / The Loneliest Guy / band introduction* / Under Pressure / Ashes to ashes / Quicksand // I'm Afraid of Americans / "Heroes" / Life on Mars? / Suffragette City / Ziggy Stardust

Other notes: live, Hurricane Festival, Scheessel, Germany, 25/06/2004; *not listed on cover

Collector's notes: There were 300 copies in different colours altogether.
Finally, after 13 years, there was a bootleg release of Bowie's last ever full show. The bootleg is beautiful. It has small black labels and four label stickers you can use to identify the sides, which haven't even got matrix numbers. Note that the catalogue number is only on the label stickers, there is no number on the cover. As enjoyable as the set is, there is one major drawback: the sound quality! When I bought the record I expected a soundboard recording, especially since parts of the show were professionally filmed (and broadcast). This recording, however, is a mediocre audience recording, even by the standards of that time. The sound is rather thin and there is a lot of talking by the audience ("Ich mag die Musik nicht!" - "I don't like the music!" - I've always wanted to know that). So we'll still have to wait for a really good release of this historical show.




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