Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Bowie Drops Station To Station Reissue

Sure, Reissues are usually the not-so-delicate ploy of a record company to get money out of an already overextended fanbase. To be sure, David Bowie's no stranger to such ploys; his full catalog's been reissued twice in the past 20 or so years, and the last few have seen a wave of double-disc reissues that are yet another stab at the gamut of his work.

As you may have guessed from the above description, the Bowie reissues haven't really served to impress us, and we've been pretty damn content basking in the goodness of the original Ryko Sound + Vision reissue project. Content, that is, until we heard the Young Americans surround mix that came packaged with that reissue. We here at HAD are huge surround fans, and once we got wind of that, we had to have it. And boy did we enjoy it.

Fast forward a couple of years, and Bowie's Station To Station is seeing a truly major overhaul. First off, it's got a surround remix, which would be enough to rope us in right there. But there's more: They managed to unearth the original RCA mix of the record, an 80's CD mix, and a bootleg concert from the era. Moreover, they made a huge reissue package perfect for neurotic collectors (present company included). Top it all off with some primo heavyweight vinyl, and well, you've got a serious reissue package.

Yes, it's abhorrently priced, and yes it's a lot of rehash of material that most obsessives probably already have, but still: we kinda sort of have to have it. That's not saying we'll actually buy it, but if you were thinking of sending a gift anyway, this might not be a bad idea. The ridiculousness is pictured above.