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In 1976, David Bowie was between David Bowies. He had been Ziggy Stardust, a Pin-Up, and now he was leaving glam behind and experimenting with his Thin White Duke period, during which he would mix electronic space-rock with funk.
This extravagant Station To Station box - five CDs, one DVD and three vinyl LPs - captures Bowie in all of his mid-'70s, coke-fueled glory. TVC15, Word On A Wing, Golden Years - they didn't sound like gems at the time, but they sure do now, and it's fascinating to hear how snappy and wistful they are, coming as they do as precursors to Bowie's not-a-load-of-laughs 'Berlin Trilogy' - the collaboration with Brian Eno that yielded Low, Heroes and Lodger.
The highly coveted and much-bootlegged concert from 23 March 1976 at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum is included here, spread out over two discs. Among the cuts are a slamming Suffragette City, a rocking Rebel Rebel, a gut-grooving Fame, a riotous version of Panic In Detroit, among others.