Listening notes

The Bowie Box set as individual LPs

Finally got around to listening to the various releases of the Bowie box set that came out as individual LPs earlier this year. I suppose over the years I've owned three copies of some of these, particularly Aladdin Sane, and I decided it was probably a good time to fill in the gaps or to determine if the new pressings were a step up on my old worn copies.

I'll make it brief -- the answer is no. While there's a little more upfront presence and high-end detail on a couple of these, I don't really think the sonics are greatly improved. More, they really do sound quite digital in nature, which in and of itself would not bother me too much if they had the best aspects of good digital reproduction but I don't hear that with these. Aladdin Sane and Ziggy Stardust are both acceptable, and even quite good if you have nothing else but I don't feel I am really being transported into the heart of the music with these recordings. Still, they are great albums and it's nice that people can find copies now that are clean, decently packaged and quiet. And no matter what, Lady Grinning Soul still makes me catch my breath every time I hear Bowie utter the opening phrase "She'll come...she'll go". 

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