The best versions for each David Bowie album?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Haristar, Jul 10, 2017.

  1. MicSmith

    MicSmith Well-Known Member

    Although I knew most of Bowie's '69-'80 work having borrowed a friend's vinyl collection and taped them when I was a student, Scary Monsters aside, which I won in a competition, it wasn't until the Ryko/EMI reissues that I decided to buy them. By then the RCA CD releases were long out of print and if I remember this correctly, it was reported that Bowie wanted it that way because of them not coming from approved masters - Bowie experts please correct me on this. So the Rykos were my introduction to these albums proper, ignoring my SM vinyl and tapes of everything from Ziggy to Lodger. For that reason I never hear the deficiencies in the Rykos that get reported on here and I love most of the bonus cuts. I was gutted though when it dawned on me that Holy Holy wasn't the real deal! Having bought most of his catalogue several times since (the Anniversary sets and box sets in the main) I'm not that desperate to own the RCAs to be fair and therefore will never offer any opinion on them other than what I recall being reported on them at the time they dried up around '87.

    I don't have the '99 remasters except for HD which I picked up for £3, mainly because I was happy with what I had and they contained nothing new (and in most cases less than the Ryko editions) and again with at least 2 or 3 copies of almost every album in his catalogue I don't have the inclination to track these down to offer an opinion on them. I suppose the people that really don't care for them had bought earlier pressings on vinyl and CD and I can understand them saying negative things about them if they didn't equal or surpass what they already have. I feel the same about music that I first heard on vinyl and which subsequent remasters come nowhere near to matching. So I readily take those opinions on board

    I like the look of the recent boxes and Heroes and Low aside I don't have that big an issue with the sound of them so they tend to be the copies I play these days. However I understand some minor editing faults affect one or two of them so in time I may revert back to earlier versions. I'm still waiting for my replacement Heroes disc as I assume most others are?

    Interesting thread and thanks in particular for Karmaman for his input.
     
  2. zenarrow

    zenarrow Active Member

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    Wyoming
    It just gets so dang confusing at times with the 1E/2E 6E/4E first uk pressings for me anyhow. Mainman credits etc.

    Probably wrong info I quoted, but I just want a really good sounding copy of Ziggy.

    Price isn't too much of an issue, really.
     
  3. Solace

    Solace Forum Resident

    Location:
    Brussels, Belgium
    2012 remaster, also used on the 2015 Five Years vinyl set. Much lauded here and as near as damn it to a UK original (according to many on this forum). Mine sounds lovely.
     
  4. zenarrow

    zenarrow Active Member

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    Wyoming
    Sweet now I might have all the reasons to buy the box set. Thanks
     
  5. Buggyhair

    Buggyhair Forum Resident

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    Ann Arbor, MI
    I had that Glastonbury Fayre set, mint and complete. It is one of many LPs that I regret selling. Wish I still had it.
     
  6. NightGoatToCairo

    NightGoatToCairo Forum Resident

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    Hampshire, UK
    Just downloaded the original version from iTunes. Never heard it before. It's different enough to warrant a mention. What I can't find is the Mayor Of Sunset Strip version of All The Madmen for download anywhere. The actual CD comp goes for silly money on Amazon and Discogs. Is this also a different mix?
     
  7. footprintsinthesand

    footprintsinthesand Forum Resident

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  8. NightGoatToCairo

    NightGoatToCairo Forum Resident

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    Hampshire, UK
  9. footprintsinthesand

    footprintsinthesand Forum Resident

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    Haren, DM
    Sure, still probably better sound than most recent picture discs
     
  10. NightGoatToCairo

    NightGoatToCairo Forum Resident

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    Hampshire, UK
    Didn't buy those... I still don't have a copy of Blackout - Live, from the last release. I've not had a turntable since 1991! I have bought a few vinyl albums in the last 5 years so need to pull my finger out and pick one up.
     
  11. NightGoatToCairo

    NightGoatToCairo Forum Resident

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    Just checked Nicholas Pegg's 'The Complete David Bowie'*; same as the album version segued with live acoustic version. *Brilliant book.
     
  12. footprintsinthesand

    footprintsinthesand Forum Resident

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    Same here, did however reconnect my old turntable with a preamp late last year and after a few minutes of speed adjustments it played like the last time I used it (early 90's).
     
  13. karmaman

    karmaman Forum Resident

    the acoustic section is in abysmal quality, a hand-held tape recording. definitely not worth paying for.
     
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