RELEASE
LABEL
Rykodisc
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Proto-Punk, Glam Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Art Rock, Experimental Rock, Hard Rock, Album Rock, Dance-Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Pop/Rock

Album Review

Sound + Vision is a triple-disc box set designed to introduce Rykodisc's extensive reissue program of David Bowie's RCA albums. As a result, it has a number of idiosyncrasies that prevent it from becoming a definitive box set. Conceptually, the set was intended to showcase Rykodisc's remastering expertise, as well as the rarities lying in the vaults. Consequently, the song selection is targeted toward hardcore Bowie fans, ignoring such hits as "Jean Genie," "Starman," "Golden Years," and "Fame," among many others. However, there is an abundance of terrific rare material, including the demo for "Space Oddity," the Man Who Sold the World outtake "London Bye Ta Ta," an alternate "John, I'm Only Dancing," the soulful Young Americans outtake "After Today," and a single version of "Rebel Rebel," which arguably is better than the more familiar version. However, such rarities and unpredictable selections ("Red Sails" but not "D.J." from Lodger, live versions of "Sufragette City," "Station to Station," and "Breaking Glass") mean that the set is neither a good introduction nor a compliment to Changesbowie. Instead, it's a good, if frustrating, curio piece for collectors. [The initial pressings of Sound + Vision included a bonus disc that contained a CD-video of "Ashes to Ashes," as well as three live tracks. It was replaced in 1995 with a CD-ROM of the same material.]
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Space Oddity [Original Demo][#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  2. Wild-Eyed Boy from Freecloud [Rare B-Side Version]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  3. The Prettiest Star [Single Version]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  4. London Bye Ta Ta [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  5. Black Country Rock [From the Man Who Sold the World]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  6. The Man Who Sold the World [From the Man Who Sold the World]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  7. The Bewlay Brothers [From Hunky Dory]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  8. Changes [From Hunky Dory]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  9. Round and Round [B-Side from Ziggy Sessions]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  10. Moonage Daydream [From Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  11. John, I'm Only Dancing [Aladdin Sane Outtake]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  12. Drive in Saturday [From Aladdin Sane]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  13. Panic in Detroit [From Aladdin Sane]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  14. Ziggy Stardust [Live]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  15. White Light/White Heat [Live]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  16. Rock & Roll Suicide [Live]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  17. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywherehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  18. Sorrowhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  19. Don't Bring Me Downhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  20. 1984/Dodo [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  21. Big Brotherhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  22. Rebel Rebelhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  23. Suffragette Cityhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  24. Watch That Manhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  25. Cracked Actorhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  26. Young Americanshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  27. Fascinationhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  28. After Today [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  29. It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  30. TVC 15https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  31. Wild Is the Windhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  32. Sound and Visionhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  33. Be My Wifehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  34. Speed of Lifehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  35. Helden [1989 Remix]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  36. Joe the Lionhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  37. Sons of the Silent Agehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  38. Station to Station [Live]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  39. Warszawa [Live]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  40. Breaking Glass [Live]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  41. Red Sailshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  42. Look Back in Angerhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  43. Boys Keep Swinginghttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  44. Up the Hill Backwardshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  45. Kingdom Comehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  46. Ashes to Asheshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  47. John, I'm Only Dancing [Live][#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  48. Changes [Live][#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  49. The Supermen [Live][#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
  50. Ashes to Ashes [DVD]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-+-vision/id699622205?uo=5
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