88 Page hardback book / Let's Dance (remastered) (1LP) / Serious Moonlight (Live '83) (previously unreleased) (2LP) / Tonight (remastered) (1LP) / Never Let Me Down (remastered) (1LP) / Never Let Me Down 2018 (previously unreleased) (2LP)* / Glass Spider (Live Montreal '87) (3LP) / Dance (2LP)* / Re:Call 4 (non-album singles, edits, single versions, b-sides and soundtrack music) (remastered) (3LP)* / * Exclusive to this box. Also available on CD.
In early 1983, David Bowie called a big press conference where he announced his new big record deal with EMI which launched yet another new phase in Bowie’s ever shifting career. That year he went pop with a new blond hairstyle and three big hit singles, all from the album ‘Let’s Dance’, his first album in two and a half years, at that point the longest gap between his new albums. There was a mega tour too, called ‘Serious Moonlight’ which was a huge success too. The album and a 2CD live set from that tour kick off the fourth installment of Bowie’s career box sets which began in 2015 with ‘Five Years’.
Everything has been remastered again and this box trails the period in his career which was just as successful commercially as his previous works but critically and especially over the years, Bowie’s oeuvre in the 80s is seen as the point when his golden touch began to slip. However, there is still plenty of great stuff and lots of rarities to salivate over too.
As well as the other two studio albums ‘Tonight’ (1984) and ‘Never Let Me Down (1987) there is another live album, this one drawn from his big budget and highly theatrical ‘Glass Spider’ tour (also 1987) which was poorly received at the time but today is seen as having laid the ground work for today’s massive tour set designs. The tour was ostensibly to promote ‘Never Let Me Down’, seen as one of his weakest albums and the album has been revisited in its entirety to create a ‘2018’ edition. Bowie himself expressed a desire to “redo” the album and that wish has been realised with input from the albums original musicians and Laurie Anderson.
Back in late 1985, a ‘remix’ album called ‘Dance’ was scheduled for release but was cancelled. It was to contain different versions of his recent singles and the project has now seen the light of day as another of the bonus discs in this box. It has a different tracklisting as to what was planned and includes tracks which cover the full time span of this set. Finally the fourth volume of the ‘Re-Call’ series is a double CD and not only contains single versions and b-sides from the period but also his soundtrack work from ‘Labyrinth’, ‘Absolute Beginners’ and ‘When The Wind Blows’.