Ask me, so far as solo artists go, nobody beats Bowie. Inventiveness, uniqueness, longevity, intellect, performance, and best of all – the breadth of recordings. And there’s cause to celebrate with reissues perfect for the fans and would be fans (turn your kids onto some quality music?), including the new Five Years boxed set.
Five Years (the song), is significant for a number of reasons, including:
Being the opening song to David’s landmark 1972 album ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’.
Having been among the songs brilliantly performed by Bowie and Canada’s Arcade Fire at the 2005 Fashion Rocks concert in New York.
And it was the song title used for the BBC2 must-see documentary David Bowie – Five Years – The Making of an Icon in 2013.
September 2015, Bowie will come with a series of box sets that span his entire career. First up is Five Years 1969–1973. The box—12 CDs or 13 LPs—includes six remastered studio albums, two live albums, and a compilation called Re:Call 1, featuring non-album tracks and previously unreleased material from that period.
The six newly remastered albums include David Bowie AKA Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane, and PinUps. The live albums are Live Santa Monica ’72 and Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture Soundtrack. It also includes the 2003 stereo mix of Rise and Fall.
The box also comes with a book featuring rarely seen photos and technical notes about each album. There’s also a foreword by the Kinks’ Ray Davies. Both Re:Call 1 and the 2003 Ziggymix feature new artwork featuring archival photographs. Track listings below. All things Bowie, from DavidBowie.com
01 Space Oddity (original UK mono single edit)
02 Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (original UK mono single version)
03 Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola
04 The Prettiest Star (original mono single version)
05 Conversation Piece
06 Memory of a Free Festival (Part 1)
07 Memory of a Free Festival (Part 2)
08 All the Madmen (mono single edit) *
10 Holy Holy (original mono single version) #
11 Moonage Daydream (The Arnold Corns single version)
12 Hang on to Yourself (The Arnold Corns single version)
01 Changes (mono single version)
02 Andy Warhol (mono single version)
03 Starman (original single mix)
04 John, I’m Only Dancing (original single version)
05 The Jean Genie (original single mix)
06 Drive-In Saturday (German single edit)
07 Round and Round
08 John, I’m Only Dancing (sax version)
09 Time (U.S. single edit)
11 Holy Holy (Spiders version)
12 Velvet Goldmine
* previously unreleased
# only issued on original ‘71 Mercury single
Where did David come up with the title to the album Aladdin Sane? And who is the model next to David on the cover of the album Pinups? The answers, and more:
Bowie in the 1970’s. The Rise and the Retirement, so to speak: