DAVID BOWIE – Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976) Box Set (Vinyl edition)
For all of us, the Ziggy lovers, collecting Bowie is a way of life. Nothing can make us more happy, than a new David record, that we can add it to our collections. It is the strong feeling that we keep his memory and presence still alive!! So the announcement that Parlophone records is releasing the second in a series of box sets on 23rd of September, with the title Who Can I Be Now? made our day!
We have already the box in our hands, so here our review…
The thirteen-piece vinyl edition features material recorded by Bowie during the so-called “American” period of his career from 1974-1976. The title was taken after a track recorded in 1974, but not officially released until the ’90s by the Rykodisc reprints.
The box contains Diamond Dogs, David Live (in original and 2005 mixes), Young Americans with the texture sleeve, Station To Station (in original and 2010 mixes), the previously unreleased The Gouster, Nassau Coliseum ‘76 and Re:Call 2, a collection of single versions and non-album b-sides.
The unreleased complete album The Gouster, was recorded at Sigma Sound, Philadelphia in 1974 and produced be Tony Visconti. The album was mixed before David flies to New York to work with John Lennon. It contains previously unreleased mixes of Right, Can You Hear Me and Somebody Up There Like Me. For this release, Tony Visconti took the material from the original tapes and the photos that were used for the cover, taken by Eric Stephen Jacobs at the same period.
Re:Call 2, the new compilation contains among others great versions, the original single mix of Rebel Rebel, a previously unreleased Australian only single edit of Diamond Dogs and a live version of Rock ‘n’ Roll With Me, which was issued in the U.S. to promote the David Live album. But there’s no trace of It’s Gonna Be Me.
The box set also contains a hardback book of 84 pages, that includes rarely seen and previously unpublished photos from Eric Stephen Jacobs, Tom Kelley, backup singer Geoff MacCormack, Terry O’Neill, Steve Schapiro, and more, as well as liner notes penned by Bowie’s close collaborators Tony Visconti and Harry Maslin. The book is amazing (as you can see in our gallery of photos) with great images and a great artwork.
We managed to hear already more of this stuff, which was pressed on audiophile quality 180g vinyl and we can admitt that the sound is perfect. It is a great opportunity to hear again all this material remastered and discover new sounds in old songs! We fully recommend to buy it as it’s a great addition to every record collection!