After the release of 2017's acclaimed A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982) box set, breakouts of five selected albums from the set as stand-alone releases are now available. The five — Low, Heroes, Stage (2017 version 3LP), Lodger, and Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) — haven't been available on vinyl officially for more than a quarter of a century.
A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982) is the third in a series of box sets spanning Bowie's career, following Five Years (1969-1973) and Who Can I Be Now (1974-1976).
"Even when Bowie retreated to Berlin, to live a ‘normal' life and pull down the blinds on his past fame and misdemeanours, he's ladling on the drama, even when there are no lyrics (and sometimes no vocals), through side two of Low, the first record in his so-called ‘Berlin Trilogy'," writes The Vinyl Factory. "Low's most recognizably singalong episode, ‘Sound And Vision' was perfectly assembled, bobbing on an elastic bass line and clipped guitar, and yet totally at odds with anything else that Top Of The Pops would have presented: the intro lasts 74 seconds before the female doo-de-doo vocals came in, and 88 seconds before Bowie's own vocal: initially subdued, predominantly simmering and gently crooning. And yet it's so beautiful, and simple; just where did he find such lasting melodies?"