David Bowie Box Set 10/12/18

Out today (October 12th) is the fourth in a series of David Bowie box sets, titled, Loving The Alien (1983-1988). The 11-CD box, 15-LP vinyl set, and standard digital download boxed set is named after the opening track from the Tonight album and includes newly remastered versions of 1983’s Let’s Dance, 1984’s Tonight, 1987’s Never Let Me Down (original and 2018 versions), the live album Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87), the previously unreleased Serious Moonlight live album, a collection of original remixes entitled Dance and the non-album / alternate version / B-sides and soundtrack music compilation Re:Call 4.

Of particular interest to ’80s Bowie’s fans is the 2018 remix of the Never Let Me Down album. According to the press release: “The seeds of this new reimagining of the albums were first sown in 2008 when Bowie asked producer / engineer Mario McNulty to remix the track ‘Time Will Crawl’ and record new drums by longtime Bowie drummer Sterling Campbell along with strings. The track was issued on the iSelect compilation to much acclaim and, in the notes for that record, David remarked ‘Oh, to redo the rest of that album.'”

The new version features new instrumentation by Bowie collaborators Reeves Gabrels on guitar, David Torn guitar, Sterling Campbell on drums, Tim Lefebvre on bass as well as string quartet with arrangements by Nico Muhly and a guest cameo by Laurie Anderson on “Shining Star (Makin’ My Love).”

Although thought of as perhaps the most theatrical force in all of rock, David Bowie had always regarded performance as a way to enhance his music — not detract from it: [“The impact of the show has to be the astounding thing — not the dressing of it, y’know? It’s a sort, of perfunctory kind of thing. But, the content has to astound. I mean, you can dress a show with a trillion dollars, or a trillion pounds worth of goodies, but if the show is not substantial, there will be no impact.”] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . be no impact)

SOURCE: Press release


The contents of the new David Bowie CD box set Loving The Alien (1983-1988) is:

  • 128 Page hardback book
  • Let’s Dance (Remastered) (One CD)
  • Serious Moonlight (Live ’83) (Previously Unreleased) (Two CD)
  • Tonight (Remastered) (One CD)
  • Never Let Me Down (Remastered) (One CD)
  • Never Let Me Down (2018) (Previously Unreleased) (One CD)
  • Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) (Two CD)
  • Dance (One CD)
  • Re:Call 4 (Non-Album Singles, Edits, Single Versions, B-Sides and Soundtrack Music) (Remastered) (Two CD)