Last week, we reported that details for a new David Bowie box set were forthcoming. It turns out we were half right: details for two David Bowie box sets have been confirmed!
The first one fans knew about from last week's announcement: Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001), a continuation of the series of "Era" box sets streamlining the rock icon's one-of-a-kind music catalog. Available on Nov. 26 as either a 11CD or 17LP box set, the collection will showcase how Bowie reinvented and evolved his sound from the '90s to the beginning of a new millennium, reuniting with classic collaborators (Nile Rodgers, Brian Eno) while also embarking on new ones. In addition to five studio albums from that time period - Black Tie White Noise (1993), the soundtrack to the BBC2 serial The Buddha of Suburbia (1993), 1. Outside (1995), Earthling (1997) and 'hours...' (1999) - the set will also include three very special new releases:
- BBC Radio Theatre, London, England, June 27, 2000: recorded after Bowie's headlining set at the Glastonbury Festival to an intimate audience of 500 fans, this career-spanning set was released in part on select copies of the Bowie at The Beeb box and now features several previously unreleased performances.
- Toy: Bowie's legendary "lost" 2000 album found him revisiting a selection of songs he'd released as singles at the start of his career - but was ultimately shelved in favor of a new album, 2002's Heathen
- Re:Call 5: as is customary with the "Era" box sets, each comes with a specially curated volume of non-album tracks. This box's is the biggest yet, offering 39 B-sides, remixes, single edits and soundtrack-only songs.
As always, the box comes with a hardcover book of liner notes, rare and unreleased photos, and technical notes from collaborators including Rodgers, Eno, Reeves Gabrels, Mark Plati and Erdal Kizilçay.
Another box set has also been confirmed by Bowie's estate: TOY:BOX, a 3CD or six 10" vinyl set that offers a deeper dive into the unreleased Toy. Available on Jan. 7, 2022 - the day before what would have been Bowie's birthday - the set includes the original album alongside a disc of intended B-sides and alternate mixes (several of which were released as B-sides during the Heathen era) plus an unheard "Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric" alternate mix of the original album.