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Sound + Vision
     

Sound + Vision

by David Bowie
 

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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.

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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.]

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Neil Strauss
An alternative history of one of rock's greatest brainiacs.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/1989
Label:
Rykodisc
UPC:
0014431012020
catalogNumber:
90120

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Bowie   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals,Stylophone
Rick Wakeman   Piano
Adrian Belew   Guitar
John Lodge   Bass
Earl Slick   Guitar
Luther Vandross   Background Vocals
Mike Garson   Piano,Keyboards
Michael Kamen   Piano,Oboe
David Sanborn   Saxophone
Ava Cherry   Background Vocals
Herbie Flowers   Bass
Roger Powell   Synthesizer
Tim Renwick   Guitar
Mick Ronson   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Robin Clark   Background Vocals
Marc Bolan   Guitar
Aynsley Dunbar   Drums
Carlos Alomar   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Gui Andresano   Background Vocals
Roy Bittan   Piano
Trevor Bolder   Bass
Paul Buckmaster   Cello
John Cambridge   Drums
Dennis Davis   Percussion,Drums
Brian Eno   Synthesizer,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Ken Fordham   Saxophone
Robert Fripp   Guitar
Ricky Gardiner   Guitar
Richard Grando   Saxophone
Chuck Hammer   Guitar
Simon House   Violin
Ralph Mace   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Lynn Maitland   Background Vocals
Sean Mayes   Piano
George Murray   Bass
Tony Newman   Drums
Andy Newmark   Drums
Warren Peace   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Porter   Background Vocals
Pablo Rosario   Percussion
Tony Visconti   Bass,Strings,Background Vocals
Larry Washington   Conga
Mick Wayne   Guitar
Willie Weeks   Bass
Brian Wilshaw   Saxophone
Mick "Woody" Woodmansey   Drums
Roy Young   Piano
Mary Visconti   Background Vocals
Geoffrey Alexander   Background Vocals
John "Hutch" Hutchinson   Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Director,Producer
Lou Reed   Composer
Bruce Springsteen   Composer
Ken Scott   Producer
Harry Maslin   Producer
Tony Visconti   Producer
Jonathan Wyner   Contributor,Digital Mixing Assistant
Kurt Loder   Liner Notes
Greg Gorman   Cover Photo
Roger Gorman   Art Direction
David Mallet   Director
Jeff Rougvie   Producer
John "Hutch" Hutchinson   Producer

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