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Golden Years: “Nothing Has Changed” Compiles 50 Years of David Bowie’s Best, Plus New Song

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Bowie - Nothing Has Changed Promo ArtLess than a month ago, we reported on the upcoming reissue of David Bowie’s Sound and Vision, the box set covering the artist’s career from 1969 to 1997.  Today, Bowie’s official website has confirmed the November 18 release of NOTHING HAS CHANGED, an all-new career-spanning retrospective which for the first time collects music from the entirety of his 50-year career: 1964 to 2014.  In the U.K., this package – available in 2-CD, 3-CD and 2-LP configurations – will arrive from Parlophone; in the U.S., the label is Columbia/Legacy.

To sweeten the pot, NOTHING HAS CHANGED will feature the first new music from Bowie since his critically-lauded 2013 album The Next DayHis new single “Sue (or In a Season of Crime)” was recorded with longtime producer/collaborator Tony Visconti specifically for this project.  It will also be featured (along with a never-before-heard B-side, “‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore”) on a special Record Store Day vinyl release set for the annual Black Friday RSD event on November 28; this 1o-inch release will be available at general retail in the U.K.!

“Sue” isn’t the only previously unissued music on NOTHING HAS CHANGED.  The set will also premiere the 2001 versions of 1967’s “Let Me Sleep Beside You” and 1971’s “Shadow Man,” both reportedly from sessions related to the as-yet-unreleased album Toy.  The download-only track “Your Turn to Drive,” from that same album/period, makes its CD debut on NOTHING HAS CHANGED.  (The official press release confirms “Let Me Sleep Beside You” as a part of Toy but oddly, not the other two tracks.)

The 3-CD version of NOTHING HAS CHANGED (which takes its name from “Sunday,” from the album Heathen) is arranged in reverse chronological order, while the truncated 2-CD edition (which begins with 1969’s “Space Oddity,” dropping five earlier songs) is presented chronologically.  The 2-LP set jumps around, beginning with “Let’s Dance” (1983) and ending with “Where Are We Now” (2013).  A number of remixes and edits are included on the anthology, further distinguishing the set from a standard “best-of.”  (Alas, “The Laughing Gnome” is absent from all iterations!)  Mix variations also occur between the various editions such as on “Young Americans.”

After the jump, we have more on this new retrospective, plus the complete track listing for all three editions!

 NOTHING HAS CHANGED is anticipated by the September 23 release of David Bowie Is, a film documentary of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s recent exhibition dedicated to Bowie’s art. Filmed on the closing night of the V&A exhibition in London and directed by Hamish Hamilton, the BAFTA-winning Director of the Academy Awards and the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, it is arriving in 100 U.S. theatres. The exhibition itself is opening next at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in Chicago, running from September 23 through January 4, featuring over 400 objects such as costumes, lyrics, set designs and album artwork from Bowie’s archive.

You can order below!

Bowie - Nothing Has Changed

David Bowie, NOTHING HAS CHANGED (Parlophone/Columbia/Legacy, 2014)

3CD DELUXE EDITION (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. )

* also available as a digital download

CD 1:

  1. Sue (or In A Season Of Crime) (7.40)
  2. Where Are We Now? (4.09)
  3. Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA Edit) (4.07)
  4. The Stars (Are Out Tonight) (3.57)
  5. New Killer Star (radio edit) (3.42)
  6. Everyone Says ‘Hi’ (edit) (3.29)
  7. Slow Burn (radio edit) (3.55)
  8. Let Me Sleep Beside You (3.14)
  9. Your Turn To Drive (4.44)
  10. Shadow Man (4.48)
  11. Seven (Marius De Vries mix) (4.12)
  12. Survive (Marius De Vries mix) (4.18)
  13. Thursday’s Child (radio edit) (4.25)
  14. I’m Afraid Of Americans (V1) (clean edit) (4.30)
  15. Little Wonder (edit) (3.40)
  16. Hallo Spaceboy (PSB Remix) (with The Pet Shop Boys) (4.23)
  17. Heart’s Filthy Lesson (radio edit) (3.32)
  18. Strangers When We Meet (single version) (4.21)

CD 2:

  1. Buddha Of Suburbia (4.24)
  2. Jump They Say (radio edit) (3.53)
  3. Time Will Crawl (MM remix) (4.18)
  4. Absolute Beginners (single version) (5.35)
  5. Dancing In The Street (with Mick Jagger) (3.20)
  6. Loving The Alien (single remix) (4.45)
  7. This Is Not America (with The Pat Metheny Group) (3.51)
  8. Blue Jean (3.11)
  9. Modern Love (single version) (3.56)
  10. China Girl (single version) (4.15)
  11. Let’s Dance (single version) (4.08)
  12. Fashion (single version) (3.25)
  13. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (single version) (3.32)
  14. Ashes To Ashes (single version) (3.35)
  15. Under Pressure (with Queen) (3.56)
  16. Boys Keep Swinging (3.17)
  17. ‘Heroes’ (single version) (3.35)
  18. Sound And Vision (3.03)
  19. Golden Years (single version) (3.27)
  20. Wild Is The Wind (2010 Harry Maslin Mix) (5.58)

CD 3:

  1. Fame (4.14)
  2. Young Americans (2007 Tony Visconti mix single edit)  (3.13)
  3. Diamond Dogs (5.56)
  4. Rebel Rebel (4.28)
  5. Sorrow (2.53)
  6. Drive-In Saturday (4.29)
  7. All The Young Dudes (3.08)
  8. The Jean Genie (original single mix) (4.05)
  9. Moonage Daydream (4.40)
  10. Ziggy Stardust (3.12)
  11. Starman (original single mix) (4.10)
  12. Life On Mars? (2003 Ken Scott Mix) (3.49)
  13. Oh! You Pretty Things (3.11)
  14. Changes (3.33)
  15. The Man Who Sold The World (3.56)
  16. Space Oddity (5.12)
  17. In The Heat Of The Morning (3.00)
  18. Silly Boy Blue (3.54)
  19. Can’t Help Thinking About Me (2.46)
  20. You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving (2.32)
  21. Liza Jane (2.18)

2CD EDITION (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. )

* also available as a digital download

CD 1:

  1. Space Oddity (5.12)
  2. The Man Who Sold The World (3.56)
  3. Changes (3.33)
  4. Oh! You Pretty Things (3.11)
  5. Life On Mars? (3.49)
  6. Starman (original single mix) (4.10)
  7. Ziggy Stardust (3.12)
  8. Moonage Daydream (4.40)
  9. The Jean Genie (original single mix) (4.05)
  10. All The Young Dudes (3.08)
  11. Drive-In Saturday (4.29)
  12. Sorrow (2.53)
  13. Rebel Rebel (4.28)
  14. Young Americans (original single edit) (3.13)
  15. Fame (4.14)
  16. Golden Years (single version) (3.27)
  17. Sound And Vision (3.03)
  18. ‘Heroes’ (single version) (3.35)
  19. Boys Keep Swinging (3.17)
  20. Fashion (single version) (3.25)
  21. Ashes To Ashes (single version) (3.35)

CD 2:

  1. Under Pressure (with Queen) (3.56)
  2. Let’s Dance (single version) (4.08)
  3. China Girl (single version) (4.15)
  4. Modern Love (single version) (3.56)
  5. Blue Jean (3.11)
  6. This Is Not America (with The Pat Metheny Group) (3.51)
  7. Dancing In The Street (with Mick Jagger) (3.20)
  8. Absolute Beginners (edit) (4.46)
  9. Jump They Say (radio edit) (3.53)
  10. Hallo Spaceboy (Pet Shop Boys remix) (with The Pet Shop Boys) (4.23)
  11. Little Wonder (edit) (3.40)
  12. I’m Afraid Of Americans V1 (clean edit) (4.30)
  13. Thursday’s Child (radio edit) (4.25)
  14. Everyone Says ‘Hi’ (3.29)
  15. New Killer Star (radio edit) (3.42)
  16. Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA Edit) (4.07)
  17. Where Are We Now? (4.09)
  18. Sue (or In A Season Of Crime) (7.40)

DOUBLE VINYL (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. )

Side 1:

  1. Let’s Dance (single version) (4.08)
  2. Ashes To Ashes (single version) (3.35)
  3. ‘Heroes’’ (single version) (3.35)
  4. Changes (3.33)
  5. Life On Mars? (3.49)

Side 2:

  1. Space Oddity (5.12)
  2. Starman (original single mix) (4.10)
  3. Ziggy Stardust (3.12)
  4. The Jean Genie (original single mix) (4.05)
  5. Rebel Rebel (4.28)

Side 3:

  1. Golden Years (single version) (3.27)
  2. Fame (4.14)
  3. Sound And Vision (3.03)
  4. Under Pressure (3.56)  Queen & David Bowie
  5. Sue (or In A Season Of Crime) (7.40)

Side 4:

  1. Hallo Spaceboy (Pet Shop Boys remix) – with The Pet Shop Boys (4.23)
  2. China Girl (single version) (4.15)
  3. Modern Love (single version) (3.56)
  4. Absolute Beginners (single version) (5.35)
  5. Where Are We Now? (4.09)

10″ SINGLE (Amazon U.K.)

  1. Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)
  2. ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore

Written by Joe Marchese

September 9, 2014 at 13:07

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  1. I wonder if the digital download will be high-definition or just CD quality.

    Will

    September 9, 2014 at 13:53

    • This looks like a good collection, although my mind is blown that Bowie continuously spotlight’s the PSB remix of “Hallo Spaceboy” instead of the original album version – which is infinitely better.

      I should also add that ‘Shadow Man’ is not previously unreleased – in fact, it was (at the very least) included on a few different CD singles at the time of ‘Heathen’s release.

      The Thorn

      September 9, 2014 at 15:28

      • You’re right, Thorn; it’s also on the box set from Bowie’s Columbia period which collected all of those non-LP odds and ends. The information about it being previously unreleased comes directly from the official press release; I will try to determine whether it is an alternate mix or the press release is incorrect. Thanks for refreshing my memory!

        Joe Marchese

        September 9, 2014 at 16:03

  2. Is there a way I can get it without Dancing In the Street? Once was enough!

    Jeremy Shatan

    September 9, 2014 at 16:04

  3. This is a good collection and I intend to buy it. However, while I’m glad to see that that some obscure early songs are being recognized as part of the official Bowie canon, there are too many songs here that overlap with other collections. Why not include “Lady Grinning Soul” instead of “Drive in Saturday” from Aladdin Sane? How about including something else from “Space Oddity? What about “Bring Me the Disco King” from Reality? Bowie has a rich and diverse oevre, so why not some different selections? And like the poster above said, do we really need “Dancing in the Street” on yet another collection?

    JoeF.

    September 9, 2014 at 18:18

  4. I’d rather have “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)” (Giorgio Moroder-produced version) instead of “Dancing on the Street”.

    Tom

    September 10, 2014 at 00:34

  5. I assume that royalties for Dancing in the Street’ still go to Band Aid Trust? Therefore, if he left it off, he’d risk being accused of taking the food out of the mouths of starving children….He’s almost obliged to include it…

    Johnny

    September 10, 2014 at 04:19

  6. Bizarre multiple track lists and the backwards thing is quite an interesting choice. That said, barring some dubious rarities it is a “hits collection”: as much as Bowie had hits, so “Dancing in The Street”, despite itself, is a natural for inclusion. Rather than release two collections, I don’t understand why they didn’t update Sound + Vision to reflect his whole career.

    Feeding the bond, perhaps, which would explain all the formats – Bowie remains an artist whose fans buy physical goods.

    PS: I’ll be covering the whole Rykodisc Sound & Vision series process from conception to finish on my site starting next week, including pics of tape boxes, rationale for track choices, etc. Sorry for shilling, Joe!

    Jeff Rougvie

    September 15, 2014 at 09:04

  7. Searching for Rougvie’s site now…

    Will

    September 15, 2014 at 19:57

    • If it is jeffrougvie.com, the site is blank for now…

      Will

      September 16, 2014 at 22:19

      • And jeffrougvie.com is now up, and the series has begun!

        Will

        October 24, 2014 at 00:40


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