Two New David Bowie Box Sets Announced

'Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001)'
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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 Kizilc╠žay.

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.

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