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David Bowie 11-CD Boxed Set Spanning 1977-82 Due Sept. 29

Variety logo Variety 7/12/2017 Jem Aswad
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Parlophone Records have announced the third and latest installment in their series of David Bowie’s boxed sets covering the late artist’s career from 1969. “A New Career in a New Town” compiles his material from 1977 through 1982, arguably the most experimental years of his career.

The 11-CD/13-LP set includes the so-called “Berlin trilogy” of albums — “Low,” “’Heroes’” and “Lodger” — as well as “Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps),” the live album “Stage,” the 1981 “Baal” soundtrack, and assorted B-sides and singles. The set also includes a new mix of “Lodger” by Bowie’s longtime co-producer Tony Visconti, which was “started with David’s blessing before his passing in January last year …. and remixed with the benefit of modern technology to better highlight the album’s nuances,” according to a press release.

The series completes Bowie’s enormously influential catalog originally released on RCA Records, which covers his pioneering glam-rock era (on the “Five Years 1969-73” set), his R&B years (“Who Can I Be Now? 1974-76”) and, with the new set, his more angular and experimental work — a profound influence on new wave and the Pitchfork generation. During this time Bowie turned his back on the R&B-based fame he’d achieved with mid-’70s hits like “Fame,” “Young Americans” and “Golden Years” and moved his residence from Los Angeles to Berlin. There, in collaboration with Visconti and experimentalist Brian Eno, he pursued atmospheric and instrumental work influenced by European electronic acts like Kraftwerk and Neu, with Brian Eno as well as left-field hits like “’Heroes,’” “Ashes to Ashes,” “Sound and Vision” and “Fashion.”

While the era that followed included Bowie’s biggest-selling album, 1983’s “Let’s Dance,” most fans feel that his influence and the quality of his work waned during the 1980s and 1990s, recovering some of its vitality with albums like “Hours” (1999) and “Heathen” (2002) before finishing with a blaze of jazz-inflected creativity on “Blackstar,” which was released just three days before his death from cancer on Jan. 10, 2016.

Over the years Bowie curated his catalog zealously, and while the new set — named after a key track on “Low” — includes many single edits and B-sides, “Heroes” sung in three different languages and even two different versions of the live “Stage” album, like the previous set it selectively omits several bonus tracks he’d released on previous reissues, including the studio outtakes “Some Are” and “I Pray, Ole” as well as a later recording of “Panic in Detroit” and a few other stray songs.

The physical boxed set’s accompanying book, 128 pages in the CD box and 84 in the vinyl set, will feature rarely seen and previously unpublished photos by photographers including Anton Corbijn, Helmut Newton, Andrew Kent, Steve Schapiro, Duffy, and many others as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums from Visconti.

Full release information is below, for further details head to DavidBowie.com:

DAVID BOWIE A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN (1977-1982) includes:

LP Boxed Set:

84 Page hardback book

Low (Remastered) (1LP)

“Heroes” (Remastered) (1LP)

“Heroes” E.P. (Remastered) (12″ Single)*

Stage (Original Mix) (Remastered) (2LP Yellow Vinyl) *

Stage (2017 Mix) (Remastered) (3LP)

Lodger (Remastered) (1LP)

Lodger (Tony Visconti 2017 Mix) (1LP)*

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (1LP)

Re:Call 3 (Non Album Singles, Single Versions and B-sides) (Remastered) (2LP)*

* Exclusive to A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN (1977-1982)

CD Boxed Set:

128 Page hardback book

Low (Remastered) (1CD)

“Heroes” (Remastered) (1CD)

“Heroes” E.P. (Remastered) (CD EP)*

Stage (Original Mix) (Remastered) (2CD)*

Stage (2017 Mix) (Remastered) (2CD)

Lodger (Remastered) (1CD)

Lodger (Tony Visconti 2017 Mix) (1CD)*

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (1CD)

Re:Call 3 (Non Album Singles, Single Versions and B-sides) (Remastered) (1CD)*

* Exclusive to A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN (1977-1982)

Digital Download 192kHz/24bit Boxed Set:

Low (Remastered)

“Heroes” (Remastered)

“Heroes” E.P.*

Stage (Original Mix) (Remastered)*

Stage (2017 Mix) (Remastered)

Lodger (Remastered)

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (Remastered)

NB Lodger (Tony Visconti 2017 mix) is not included in this digital box set.

Digital Download 96kHz/24bit Boxed Set:

Low (Remastered)

“Heroes” (Remastered)

“Heroes” E.P.*

Stage (Original Mix) (Remastered) *

Stage (2017 Mix) (Remastered)

Lodger (Remastered)

Lodger (Tony Visconti 2017 mix) *

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (Remastered)

Digital Download Standard/MFiT Boxed Set:

Low(Remastered)

“Heroes” (Remastered)

“Heroes” E.P.*

Stage (Original Mix) (Remastered) *

Stage (2017 Mix) (Remastered)

Lodger (Remastered)

Lodger (Tony Visconti 2017 mix) *

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (Remastered)

Re:Call 3 (Single Versions and Non Album B-sides) (Non MFiT) *

* Set exclusives

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