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  • Summary: The five-disc box set includes the glam rock icon's demos, radio sessions and recordings with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson and the Feathers recorded between 1968 and 1969, as well as a new mix by Tony Visconti of Space Oddity that includes the b-sides: Conversation Piece, Wild Eyed Boy FromThe five-disc box set includes the glam rock icon's demos, radio sessions and recordings with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson and the Feathers recorded between 1968 and 1969, as well as a new mix by Tony Visconti of Space Oddity that includes the b-sides: Conversation Piece, Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud, and Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola. Expand
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  • Record Label: Warner Records
  • Genre(s): Contemporary Pop/Rock, Album Rock, Art Rock, British Folk-Rock, British Psychedelia
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  1. Classic Rock Magazine
    Dec 10, 2019
    90
    So, far from being another vault-raiding cash-grab by the label, it's a privilege and an honour. occasionally dreamlike. [Dec 2019, p.88]
  2. Dec 10, 2019
    80
    Hearing these oddly innocent songs (and his speaking voice) can’t help but reignite that overwhelming sense of loss, and also wonder, since Bowie passed on nearly three years ago: has any artist been so loved or missed by so many? Even with all its frolics, fumbles, filler and foibles, Conversation Piece can only be welcomed and celebrated.
  3. Uncut
    Dec 10, 2019
    80
    It's sometimes more about the journey than the getting there, and the contents of this latest Bowie box help document many of the steps. ... The 1969 Space Oddity record remains more than its title track, the tender love songs particularly strong. It's a hippie record of social observation and heavy inner trips, Bowie's wit and tenderness rendering it a cut above. [Dec 2019, p.41]
  4. Dec 10, 2019
    60
    Strictly speaking, there aren't many unheard tracks here. Everything from the Spying Through a Keyhole, Clareville Grove Demos, and The "Mercury" Demos sets are here, along with a brand-new mix of the Space Oddity album by Tony Visconti, one that restores "Conversation Piece" as part of its sequence. Setting aside the new mix of Space Oddity, that leaves 11 tracks out of 75 that are making their debut here, including several that have never been bootlegged and a couple that weren't even known to exist.