A New Career in a New Town (1977–1982)

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A New Career in a New Town (1977–1982)
Box set by
Released29 September 2017
RecordedDecember 1975 – September 1981
Length450:08 (11 CDs / 13 LPs)
  • David Bowie
  • Tony Visconti exc.
    * "Under Pressure" (Single version): Queen and David Bowie
    * "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" (soundtrack album version): Giorgio Moroder
David Bowie chronology
Cracked Actor (Live Los Angeles '74)
A New Career in a New Town (1977–1982)
Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78)
David Bowie retrospective box sets chronology
Who Can I Be Now? (1974–1976)
A New Career in a New Town (1977–1982)
Loving the Alien (1983–1988)

A New Career in a New Town (1977–1982) is a box set by David Bowie, released on 29 September 2017.[1][2] A follow-up to the compilations Five Years (1969–1973) and Who Can I Be Now? (1974–1976), the set covers the period of Bowie's career from 1977 to 1982, including his "Berlin Trilogy", over eleven compact discs or thirteen LPs. Exclusive to the box set are a "Heroes" EP, which compiles album and single versions of the song that were recorded in German and French, a new version of Lodger (1979), remixed by coproducer Tony Visconti, and Re:Call 3, a compilation of non-album singles, single versions, and B-sides that serves as a sequel to Re:Call 1 from Five Years and Re:Call 2 from Who Can I Be Now? and features the Baal EP (1982) in its entirety on CD for the first time.[3]

The box set also includes remastered editions of Low, "Heroes", Lodger (in original mix), Stage (in original and 2017 versions), and Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps).

The set comes with a hardcover book with photographs by 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 producer Tony Visconti.[4]


The box attracted vast criticism by fans and music reviewers, including Henry Rollins,[5] as heavier changes to the music in the mixing and mastering process through Visconti became clear. [6]

A volume shift in the song "Heroes" had received particular notice, which Parlophone proceeded to describe as intentional and unalterable,[7] because of damages in the original master tapes. After the critical voices wouldn't lessen, a statement was released on the official Bowie website, announcing corrected replacement discs for the "Heroes" CD and LP;[8] the replacement disc offer lasted until June of 2018.[9] The amended remaster featured on the replacement discs was also used for the standalone CD and LP release of "Heroes" in early 2018.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All the songs on each of the albums included are written by David Bowie, except where noted.

Low (2017 remaster)[edit]

Side 1
1."Speed of Life" 2:47
2."Breaking Glass"Bowie, Dennis Davis, George Murray1:52
3."What in the World" 2:24
4."Sound and Vision" 3:03
5."Always Crashing in the Same Car" 3:35
6."Be My Wife" 2:56
7."A New Career in a New Town" 2:55
Total length:19:32
Side 2
8."Warszawa"Bowie, Brian Eno6:27
9."Art Decade" 3:48
10."Weeping Wall" 3:29
11."Subterraneans" 5:43
Total length:19:27 (38:59)

"Heroes" (2017 remaster)[edit]

Side 1
1."Beauty and the Beast" 3:36
2."Joe the Lion" 3:08
3.""Heroes""Bowie, Eno6:11
4."Sons of the Silent Age" 3:20
5."Blackout" 3:49
Total length:20:04
Side 2
6."V-2 Schneider" 3:11
7."Sense of Doubt" 3:59
8."Moss Garden"Bowie, Eno5:05
9."Neuköln"Bowie, Eno4:34
10."The Secret Life of Arabia"Bowie, Eno, Carlos Alomar3:46
Total length:20:35 (40:39)

"Heroes" EP[edit]

Side 1
1.""Heroes"" / ""Helden"" (English/German album version)Bowie, Eno6:07
2.""Helden"" (German single version)Bowie, Eno3:38
Total length:9:45
Side 2
3.""Heroes"" / ""Héros"" (English/French album version)Bowie, Eno6:05
4.""Héros"" (French single version)Bowie, Eno3:33
Total length:9:38 (19:23)

Stage (original version) (2017 remaster)[edit]

Side 1
1."Hang On to Yourself"3:25
2."Ziggy Stardust"3:33
3."Five Years"3:57
4."Soul Love"2:56
Total length:16:25
Side 2
6."Station to Station" 8:51
7."Fame"Bowie, Alomar, John Lennon4:08
8."TVC 15" 4:38
Total length:17:37
Side 3
9."Warszawa"Bowie, Eno6:53
10."Speed of Life" 2:44
11."Art Decade" 3:10
12."Sense of Doubt" 3:12
13."Breaking Glass"Bowie, Davis, Murray3:30
Total length:19:29
Side 4
14.""Heroes""Bowie, Eno6:20
15."What in the World" 4:25
16."Blackout" 4:03
17."Beauty and the Beast" 5:11
Total length:19:59 (73:30)

Stage (2017 version)[edit]

Side 1
1."Warszawa"Bowie, Eno6:53
2.""Heroes""Bowie, Eno6:19
3."What in the World" 4:25
Total length:17:37
Side 2
4."Be My Wife"2:49
5."The Jean Genie" (Previously unreleased)6:17
7."Sense of Doubt"3:07
Total length:16:13
Side 3
8."Speed of Life" 2:40
9."Breaking Glass"Bowie, Davis, Murray3:22
10."Beauty and the Beast" 5:06
11."Fame"Bowie, Alomar, Lennon4:13
Total length:15:21
Side 4
12."Five Years"3:57
13."Soul Love"2:56
15."Hang On to Yourself"3:22
16."Ziggy Stardust"3:30
17."Suffragette City" (Previously unreleased)3:58
Total length:17:43
Side 5
18."Art Decade" 3:01
19."Alabama Song"Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill3:55
20."Station to Station" 8:43
Total length:15:39
Side 6
22."TVC 15"4:36
Total length:11:57 (94:30)

Lodger (2017 remaster)[edit]

Side 1
1."Fantastic Voyage"Bowie, Eno2:55
2."African Night Flight"Bowie, Eno2:56
3."Move On" 3:20
4."Yassassin" (Turkish for: Long Live) 4:13
5."Red Sails"Bowie, Eno3:45
Total length:17:09
Side 2
6."DJ"Bowie, Eno, Alomar4:01
7."Look Back in Anger"Bowie, Eno3:08
8."Boys Keep Swinging"Bowie, Eno3:18
9."Repetition" 3:00
10."Red Money"Bowie, Alomar4:19
Total length:17:46 (34:55)

Lodger (Tony Visconti 2017 mix)[edit]

Side 1
1."Fantastic Voyage"Bowie, Eno2:53
2."African Night Flight"Bowie, Eno2:56
3."Move On" 3:24
4."Yassassin" (Turkish for: Long Live) 4:13
5."Red Sails"Bowie, Eno3:46
Total length:17:12
Side 2
6."DJ"Bowie, Eno, Alomar3:59
7."Look Back in Anger"Bowie, Eno3:09
8."Boys Keep Swinging"Bowie, Eno3:22
9."Repetition" 3:01
10."Red Money"Bowie, Alomar4:18
Total length:17:49 (35:01)

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (2017 remaster)[edit]

Side 1
1."It's No Game (No. 1)"4:17
2."Up the Hill Backwards"3:15
3."Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)"5:13
4."Ashes to Ashes"4:26
Total length:22:01
Side 2
6."Teenage Wildlife" 6:58
7."Scream Like a Baby" 3:36
8."Kingdom Come"Tom Verlaine3:47
9."Because You're Young" 4:55
10."It's No Game (No. 2)" 4:26
Total length:23:42 (45:43)

Re:Call 3 (remastered tracks)[edit]

Side 1
1.""Heroes"" (Single version)Bowie, Eno3:35
2."Beauty and the Beast" (Extended version) 5:20
3."Breaking Glass" (Australian single version)Bowie, Davis, Murray2:51
4."Yassassin" (Single version) 3:07
5."DJ" (Single version)Bowie, Eno, Alomar3:25
Total length:18:18
Side 2
6."Alabama Song"Brecht, Weill3:53
7."Space Oddity" (1979 version) 4:52
8."Ashes to Ashes" (Single version) 3:37
9."Fashion" (Single version) 3:24
10."Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)" (Single version) 3:35
Total length:19:21
Side 3
11."Crystal Japan" 3:09
12."Under Pressure" (Single version) (Queen and David Bowie)Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon, Bowie4:08
13."Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" (Soundtrack album version)Bowie, Giorgio Moroder6:41
14."Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" (David Bowie & Bing Crosby)Ian Fraser, Larry Grossman, Alan Kohan / Harry Simeone, K.K. Davis, Henry Onorati4:26
Total length:18:24
Side 4: Bertolt Brecht’s Baal
15."Baal’s Hymn"Brecht, Dominic Muldowney4:04
16."Remembering Marie A"Traditional; adapted by Brecht and Muldowney2:09
17."Ballad of the Adventurers"Brecht, Muldowney2:02
18."The Drowned Girl"Brecht, Weill2:31
19."The Dirty Song"Brecht, Muldowney0:39
Total length:11:25 (67:28)


Chart (2017) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[11] 59
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[12] 41
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[13] 61
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[14] 76
French Albums (SNEP)[15] 62
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[16] 24
Irish Albums (IRMA)[17] 59
Italian Albums (FIMI)[18] 92
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[19] 8
Scottish Albums (OCC)[20] 18
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 41
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 19
US Billboard 200[23] 151


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