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Five Years gets Five Stars in Q magazine

on August 22, 2015


“We've got five stars, what a surprise”


In the latest issue of Q magazine, David Quantick has given the David Bowie (Five Years 1969 – 1973) box set top marks.

Here’s an edited excerpt from his review with a bit from both the intro and the conclusion.


The past, in David Bowie's case, is not so much a foreign country as an entire solar system of extraordinary planets...the albums Bowie made were each a genre in themselves, blueprints for a career and as different as Venus from Mercury.

Here they are, 10 albums – including two lives, a double rarities collection and one covers disc – in a

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You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving is 50 today

on August 20, 2015


“Sometimes I'm so glad, so glad”


Released this day (August 20th) in 1965 was the Davy Jones 45, You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving.

Baby Loves That Way was on the flip and both songs were composed by the young Jones before he Bowied-up for his next release the following year.

Produced by Shel Talmy (who was producing The Who and The Kinks at the time), and backed by The Lower Third, the influence of Townshend and his gang is more than apparent on both sides of this disc.

The 18-year-old mod is pictured here around the time of the release, shadowed by his older brother Ziggy who copped the same

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Five Years Box - Album 5: Santa Monica

on August 19, 2015


“And he was alright, the band was altogether”


Following on from last week’s focus on the Ziggy Stardust album, this week we’re looking at, and listening to, the live album that sprang from the first American tour in the autumn/fall of 1972 in support of Ziggy Stardust.

October 20 1972 was the first of two dates at the Civic Auditorium, in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California. The show was broadcast live by local station KMET-FM, and quickly became the first and one of the most popular live Bowie bootlegs of all time.

Santa Monica was released officially by EMI thirty six years later in

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Golden Years 40th anniversary disc due November

on August 17, 2015


“Nothing’s gonna touch you in these golden years”


Golden Years will be the last of the 40th anniversary 7" picture discs for 2015. Originally released on November 21 1975, the single had a lot to live up to.

As we said in our previous item, 1975 was a good year for Bowie chart action. Fame had given Bowie his first #1 Stateside and the Space Oddity rerelease became Bowie’s first UK #1.

The UK press advert for Golden Years reflected this success while making the following bold prediction:


October No. 1...Fame...USA

November No. 1...Space Oddity...UK

December No.

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Space Oddity is next 40th Anniversary Picture Disc

on August 17, 2015


“Commencing countdown, engines on”


No prizes for guessing the next limited David Bowie 7" picture disc will be the 40th anniversary edition of Space Oddity.

Of course, we’re not talking about the anniversary of the original 1969 issue on Philips, which gave Bowie his first Top 5 hit on the UK singles chart, or even the 1973 US release which reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1973. No, we’re celebrating the 1975 RCA re-issue which furnished Bowie with his first ever UK #1 single.

Originally issued in the UK on Friday September 26th 1975, the single followed hot on the heels of Bowie’s