Sound + Vision (box set)

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For the David Bowie song of the same name, see Sound and Vision.
Sound + Vision
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Compilation album by David Bowie
Released 19 September 1989 (1989-09-19) (original)
2 December 2003 (2003-12-02) (reissue)
Recorded 1969–1980 (original)
1969–1997 (reissue)
Genre Rock, glam rock, art rock
Length 196:38 (original)
298:03 (reissue)
Label Rykodisc/EMI/Virgin Records
Producer David Bowie, Ken Scott, Tony Visconti, Harry Maslin (original and reissue)
Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Derek Bramble, Hugh Padgham, David Richards, Tin Machine, Tim Palmer (reissue)
David Bowie chronology
Tin Machine
(1989)
Sound + Vision
(1989)
Changesbowie
(1990)
David Bowie Compilation chronology
Fame and Fashion
(1983)
Sound + Vision
(1989)
Changesbowie
(1990)
Alternative cover
2003 edition
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic (original) 3/5 stars[1]
Allmusic (2003 reissue) 3/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 4/4 stars[3]

Sound + Vision is David Bowie's box set compilation released on Rykodisc in 1989. By the end of the 1980s, the rights to Bowie's pre-1983 catalogue (released under the RCA label) reverted to Bowie. Rykodisc had approached Bowie in 1988 to re-release albums on CD and Bowie agreed, and in September 1989 the Sound + Vision box set was released.[4] By April 1990 the box set had sold over 200,000 copies, which, for a set costing $50–$60 (or about $100 today)[5] was considered "phenomenal."[6]

Set contents[edit]

Sound + Vision contains few of Bowie's greatest hits in their original form, instead frequently opting for demos, live versions and even a German vocal version of "Heroes" ("Helden"). This box set was originally conceived in 1989 as less of a comprehensive career retrospective than as a "teaser" for the then-upcoming Rykodisc CD reissue campaign covering Bowie's output from 1969 to 1980. As a result of this commercial logic, none of the "rarities" originally included on the 1989 edition of Sound + Vision (the rare single versions of "Wild-Eyed Boy From Freecloud" and "Rebel Rebel," or the previously unreleased studio outtakes "London Bye Ta–Ta," "1984/Dodo," "After Today," or "It's Hard To Be A Saint in the City") were included as bonus tracks on the Rykodisc editions of Bowie's albums. Conversely, some rarities were reserved exclusively for the Rykodisc re-releases and do not appear in this release.

Awards and reception[edit]

The set won the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Album Package, including Album Cover, Graphic Arts, with photography by Roger Gorman. The quality of the boxset was so high that Rolling Stone said the boxset "stood above the rest [of the 1989 boxset releases]" and called the release a "promising harbinger" for the then-upcoming re-release of Bowie's RCA back catalogue on CD with Rykodisc,[7] for which Bowie launched a world-wide supporting tour.[8]

Release versions[edit]

It exists in two primary editions, each of which has been released in an original version and a subsequent repackaged version:

  1. The original 1989 Rykodisc edition, in an LP-size box, was either in LP, audiocassette or CD format, as six LPs, three cassettes or three CDs and one CD-Video (a Laserdisc type disc that was retired in 1991), with the latter containing audio tracks and the music video of "Ashes To Ashes". Content from this release included material from Bowie's catalogue through 1980 (including several live performances from the 1970s). A second Rykodisc version of this edition, released in 1995 on CD, replaced the CD-Video with a regular CD-ROM and was packaged in a smaller slipcase. The contents of this release are otherwise identical to the original release.
  2. A new edition of the album, issued by Virgin/EMI in 2003, added Bowie studio material released from 1982 - 1993 (plus live tracks from 1983 and 1997), and replaced some of the tracks from the original set with alternate versions. This version contains more tracks on each CD than the original release, and does not include the CD-Video/CD-ROM tracks from the original release. This edition was re-released on CD, in a smaller slipcase, under the Rhino imprint in 2014.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by David Bowie unless otherwise indicated.

1989 issue[edit]

CD one
No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
1. "Space Oddity" (demo version)   Previously unreleased; demo recorded in spring 1969 5:09
2. "Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud" (single version)   B-side to Space Oddity single 4:50
3. "The Prettiest Star" (Marc Bolan mono single version)   Non-album single, 1970; later re-recorded and reissued on Aladdin Sane, 1973 3:11
4. "London Bye Ta Ta" (Mono)   Previously unreleased; recorded in 1970 as follow up single to "Space Oddity" 2:35
5. "Black Country Rock"     The Man Who Sold the World, 1970/1971 3:33
6. "The Man Who Sold the World"     The Man Who Sold the World 3:56
7. "The Bewlay Brothers"     Hunky Dory, 1971 5:22
8. "Changes"     Hunky Dory 3:35
9. "Round and Round" (cover of the Chuck Berry song "Around and Around") Chuck Berry "Drive-In Saturday" B-side, 1973; recorded during the Ziggy Stardust sessions, 1971 2:41
10. "Moonage Daydream"     The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 1972 4:39
11. "John, I'm Only Dancing" (Sax version)   Non-album single, 1973; originally released in 1972; Aladdin Sane outtake 2:43
12. "Drive-In Saturday"     Aladdin Sane 4:30
13. "Panic in Detroit"     Aladdin Sane 4:25
14. "Ziggy Stardust" (Live)   Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture, recorded 1973, released 1983; originally from Ziggy Stardust 3:16
15. "White Light/White Heat" (Live) Lou Reed Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture; originally by The Velvet Underground from the album of the same name, 1968 3:57
16. "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" (Live)   Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture 4:30
CD two
No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
1. "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere"   Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend Pin Ups, 1973 3:08
2. "Sorrow"   Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer Pin Ups 2:53
3. "Don't Bring Me Down"   Johnnie Dee Pin Ups 2:05
5. "1984/Dodo"     Previously unreleased; originally recorded for the U.S. TV special The 1980 Floor Show & later found on the Dollars in Drag bootleg, 1973 5:29
6. "Big Brother"     Diamond Dogs, 1974 3:21
7. "Rebel Rebel" (U.S. single version)   Diamond Dogs; released a few months before the album's release 3:01
8. "Suffragette City"     David Live, 1974; originally from Ziggy Stardust 3:50
9. "Watch That Man"     David Live; originally from Aladdin Sane 5:07
10. "Cracked Actor"     David Live 3:30
11. "Young Americans"     Young Americans, 1975 5:12
12. "Fascination" (A different, more echo heavy mix which was not on the 2003 issue) Bowie, Luther Vandross Young Americans 5:45
13. "After Today" (Previously unreleased; Young Americans outtake, 1975)     3:50
14. "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City"   Bruce Springsteen Previously unreleased, 1975 3:49
15. "TVC 15"     Station to Station, 1976 5:31
16. "Wild Is the Wind"   Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington Station to Station; originally written for the film of the same name, 1957 5:58
CD three
No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
1. "Sound and Vision"     Low, 1977 3:05
2. "Be My Wife"     Low 2:57
3. "Speed of Life"     Low 2:47
4. ""Helden"" (German version of ""Heroes"", recorded in 1977 and remixed for this release) Bowie, Brian Eno "Heroes", 1977 3:39
5. "Joe the Lion"     "Heroes" 3:07
6. "Sons of the Silent Age"     "Heroes" 3:19
7. "Station to Station" (Live)   Stage, 1978; originally from Station to Station 8:50
8. "Warszawa" (Live) Bowie, Eno Stage; originally from Low 6:52
9. "Breaking Glass" (Live) Bowie, Dennis Davis, George Murray Stage; originally from Low 3:35
10. "Red Sails"   Bowie, Eno Lodger, 1979 3:45
11. "Look Back in Anger"   Bowie, Eno Lodger 3:07
12. "Boys Keep Swinging"   Bowie, Eno Lodger 3:18
13. "Up the Hill Backwards"     Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), 1980 3:15
14. "Kingdom Come"   Tom Verlaine Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) 3:44
15. "Ashes to Ashes"     Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) 4:23
CD-Video/CD-ROM
No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
1. "John, I'm Only Dancing" (Live at the Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., 1 October 1972)   Previously unreleased 2:40
2. "Changes" (Live at the Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., 1 October 1972)   Previously unreleased 3:20
3. "The Supermen" (Live at the Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., 1 October 1972)   Previously unreleased; originally from The Man Who Sold the World 2:43
4. "Ashes to Ashes" (Video/single edit)     3:34

2003 reissue (CD: EMI / 5945112)[edit]

All songs written by David Bowie unless otherwise indicated. Songs that are different from the original Sound + Vision box set or new to this release of the box set are as indicated with *.

CD one
No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
1. "Space Oddity" (Demo version)      
2. "Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud*" (with spoken intro)      
3. "The Prettiest Star" (Single version)      
4. "London Bye Ta Ta*" (Previously unreleased stereo mix)      
5. "Black Country Rock"        
6. "The Man Who Sold the World"        
7. "The Bewlay Brothers"        
8. "Changes"        
9. "Round and Round*" (Alternate vocal)      
10. "Moonage Daydream"        
11. "John, I'm Only Dancing" (Sax version)      
12. "Drive-In Saturday"        
13. "Panic in Detroit"        
14. "Ziggy Stardust" (Live)      
15. "White Light/White Heat" (Live) Reed    
16. "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" (Live)      
17. "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere"   Daltrey, Townshend    
18. "Sorrow"   Feldman, Goldstein, Gottehrer    
19. "Don't Bring Me Down"   Dee    
CD two
No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
1. "1984/Dodo"        
2. "Big Brother"        
3. "Rebel Rebel"        
4. "Suffragette City" (Live)      
5. "Watch That Man" (Live)      
6. "Cracked Actor" (Live)      
7. "Young Americans"        
8. "Fascination*"        
9. "After Today"        
10. "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City"   Springsteen    
11. "TVC 15"        
12. "Wild Is the Wind"   Tiomkin, Washington    
13. "Sound and Vision"        
14. "Be My Wife"        
15. "Speed of Life"        
16. ""Helden"" (German version of ""Heroes"")      
17. "Joe the Lion"   Bowie, Eno    
18. "Sons of the Silent Age"        
CD three
No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
1. "Station to Station" (Live)      
2. "Warszawa" (Live) Bowie, Eno    
3. "Breaking Glass" (Live) Bowie, Davis, Murray    
4. "Red Sails"   Bowie, Eno    
5. "Look Back in Anger"   Bowie, Eno    
6. "Boys Keep Swinging"   Bowie, Eno    
7. "Up the Hill Backwards"        
8. "Kingdom Come"        
9. "Ashes to Ashes"        
10. "Baal's Hymn*"   Kurt Weill Baal (EP), 1982; previously unreleased on CD 4:00
11. "The Drowned Girl*"   Bertolt Brecht, Weill Baal; previously unreleased on CD 2:24
12. "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)*" (with Giorgio Moroder) Bowie, Moroder Cat People soundtrack, 1982 6:41
13. "China Girl*"   Bowie, Jim Osterburg (a.k.a. Iggy Pop) Let's Dance, 1983; originally by Iggy Pop from The Idiot, 1977 5:32
14. "Ricochet*"     Let's Dance 5:14
15. "Modern Love*" (Live)   "Modern Love" B-side, 1983; originally from Let's Dance; previously unreleased on CD 3:43
16. "Loving the Alien*"     Tonight, 1984 7:10
17. "Dancing with the Big Boys*"   Bowie, Pop, Alomar Tonight 3:34
CD four
No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
1. "Blue Jean*"     Tonight 3:10
2. "Time Will Crawl*"     Never Let Me Down, 1987 4:18
3. "Tin Machine: "Baby Can Dance*"     Tin Machine, 1989 4:57
4. "Tin Machine: "Amazing*"   Bowie, Reeves Gabrels Tin Machine 3:04
5. "Tin Machine: "I Can't Read*"   Bowie, Gabrels Tin Machine 4:54
6. "Tin Machine: "Shopping for Girls*"   Bowie, Gabrels Tin Machine II, 1991 3:44
7. "Tin Machine: "Goodbye Mr. Ed*"   Bowie, Tony Sales, Hunt Sales Tin Machine II 3:24
8. "Tin Machine: "Amlapura*"   Bowie, Gabrels Tin Machine II 3:46
9. "You've Been Around*"   Bowie, Gabrels Black Tie White Noise, 1993 4:45
10. "Nite Flights*" (Moodswings Back to Basics remix radio edit) N. Scott Engels Previously unreleased; original version from Black Tie White Noise 4:35
11. "Pallas Athena" (Gone Midnight mix)   Previously unreleased on CD, original version from Black Tie White Noise 4:21
12. "Jump They Say*"     Black Tie White Noise 4:22
13. "The Buddha of Suburbia*"     The Buddha of Suburbia, 1993 4:28
14. "Dead Against It*"     The Buddha of Suburbia 5:48
15. "South Horizon*"     The Buddha of Suburbia 5:26
16. "Pallas Athena*" (Live)   "Seven Years in Tibet" B-side, 1997 8:18

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1989 The Billboard 200 97
2014 UK Albums Chart 63

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA – US Gold 7 November 1995

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r2517
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r674316
  3. ^ Rolling Stone magazine, 14–28 December 1989, page 245
  4. ^ White, Dennis R. (May 1990), "The Men Who Sold the Man", The Rocket (Seattle, WA) (127): 19 
  5. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  6. ^ "Bowie, Rebel in Repose" by Edna Gundersen, USA Today, 27 April 1990, Section D pp 1 & 2
  7. ^ "CD News" by Pete Howard, Rolling Stone, 14–28 December 1989, page 216
  8. ^ "Watch that Man" by Tina Clarke, Music Express, March 1990, page 9