Five Years (1969–1973)

Five Years (1969–1973)
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Released25 September 2015 (2015-09-25)
RecordedJune 1969 – July 1973
Length524:58 (12 CDs / 13 LPs)
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Five Years (1969–1973) is a box set by English singer-songwriter David Bowie, released in September 2015. The period of Bowie's career from 1969 to 1973 is summarised over twelve discs and thirteen LPs. Exclusive to the box sets is Re:Call 1, a new compilation of non-album singles, single versions and B-sides.

It includes the albums David Bowie (more commonly known as Space Oddity), The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Aladdin Sane and the last Spiders album with Bowie Pin Ups. The albums cover the 5 years of Bowie's rise to stardom, with the box set also including Live Santa Monica '72, the soundtrack album of the last Ziggy Stardust show at the Hammersmith Odeon, and a 2003 Ken Scott stereo remix of Ziggy Stardust (previously available on the 2003 SACD edition and 2012 vinyl-and-DVD-Audio edition of the album).

The box set comes with a companion book featuring rarely seen photos, recording essays from producers Tony Visconti and Ken Scott, original press reviews and a short foreword by Ray Davies of the Kinks.

Track listing

All songs included are written by David Bowie, except where noted.

David Bowie (a.k.a. Space Oddity, 2015 remaster)

Side one
1."Space Oddity"5:16
2."Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed" (includes the hidden track "Don't Sit Down")6:52
3."Letter to Hermione"2:36
4."Cygnet Committee"9:39
Total length:24:23
Side two
6."An Occasional Dream"3:00
7."Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud"4:53
8."God Knows I'm Good"3:22
9."Memory of a Free Festival"7:10
Total length:21:50 (46:13)

The Man Who Sold the World (2015 remaster)

Side one
1."The Width of a Circle"8:10
2."All the Madmen"5:43
3."Black Country Rock"3:36
4."After All"4:00
Total length:21:29
Side two
5."Running Gun Blues"3:15
6."Saviour Machine"4:30
7."She Shook Me Cold"4:17
8."The Man Who Sold the World"4:01
9."The Supermen"3:41
Total length:19:44 (41:13)

Hunky Dory (2015 remaster)

Side one
2."Oh! You Pretty Things"3:12
3."Eight Line Poem"2:55
4."Life on Mars?"3:55
Total length:21:38
Side two
7."Fill Your Heart" (Biff Rose, Paul Williams)3:10
8."Andy Warhol"3:54
9."Song for Bob Dylan"4:13
10."Queen Bitch"3:20
11."The Bewlay Brothers"5:29
Total length:20:06 (41:44)

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 remaster)

Side one
1."Five Years"4:43
2."Soul Love"3:34
3."Moonage Daydream"4:40
5."It Ain't Easy" (Ron Davies)2:57
Total length:20:08
Side two
6."Lady Stardust"3:21
8."Hang On to Yourself"2:39
9."Ziggy Stardust"3:13
10."Suffragette City"3:28
11."Rock 'n' Roll Suicide"2:58
Total length:18:26 (38:34)

Aladdin Sane (2013 remaster)

Side one
1."Watch That Man"4:30
2."Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)"5:08
3."Drive-In Saturday"4:37
4."Panic in Detroit"4:28
5."Cracked Actor"3:01
Total length:21:44
Side two
7."The Prettiest Star"3:31
8."Let's Spend the Night Together" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)3:10
9."The Jean Genie"4:08
10."Lady Grinning Soul"3:55
Total length:19:59 (41:43)

Pin Ups (2015 remaster)

Side one
1."Rosalyn" (originally recorded by Pretty Things)Jimmy Duncan, Bill Farley2:21
2."Here Comes the Night" (notably recorded by Them)Bert Berns3:09
3."I Wish You Would" (notably recorded by the Yardbirds)Billy Boy Arnold2:48
4."See Emily Play" (originally recorded by Pink Floyd)Syd Barrett4:13
5."Everything's Alright" (originally recorded by The Mojos)Nicky Crouch, John Konrad, Simon Stavely, Stuart James, Keith Karlson2:28
6."I Can't Explain" (originally recorded by the Who)Pete Townshend2:15
Total length:17:14
Side two
7."Friday on My Mind" (originally recorded by the Easybeats)George Young, Harry Vanda2:56
8."Sorrow" (notably recorded by the Merseys)Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer2:53
9."Don't Bring Me Down" (originally recorded by Pretty Things)Johnnie Dee2:06
10."Shapes of Things" (originally recorded by the Yardbirds)Paul Samwell-Smith, Jim McCarty, Keith Relf2:53
11."Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (originally recorded by the Who)Roger Daltrey, Townshend3:13
12."Where Have All the Good Times Gone" (originally recorded by the Kinks)Ray Davies2:41
Total length:16:42 (33:56)

Live Santa Monica '72 (2008 remaster)

Side one
2."Hang On to Yourself"2:46
3."Ziggy Stardust"3:22
5."The Supermen"2:55
6."Life on Mars?"3:27
Total length:16:10
Side two
7."Five Years"4:32
8."Space Oddity"5:04
9."Andy Warhol"3:49
10."My Death" (Eric Blau, Mort Shuman, Jacques Brel)5:50
Total length:19:15
Side three
1."The Width of a Circle"10:43
2."Queen Bitch"3:00
3."Moonage Daydream"4:53
4."John, I'm Only Dancing"3:16
Total length:21:52
Side four
5."Waiting for the Man" (Lou Reed)5:44
6."The Jean Genie"4:00
7."Suffragette City"4:11
8."Rock 'n' Roll Suicide"3:01
Total length:16:56 (74:13)
  • In the CD version of the album, all the tracks are contained on one disc.

Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture Soundtrack (2003 remaster)

Side one
1."Introduction" (incorporating Beethoven's Ninth Symphony arranged and performed by Wendy Carlos) (Ludwig van Beethoven)1:06
2."Hang On to Yourself"2:56
3."Ziggy Stardust"3:19
4."Watch That Man"4:14
5."Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud"3:15
6."All the Young Dudes"1:38
7."Oh! You Pretty Things"1:46
Total length:18:14
Side two
8."Moonage Daydream"6:25
10."Space Oddity"5:05
11."My Death" (Blau, Shuman, Brel)7:21
Total length:22:27
Side three
1."Introduction" (incorporating the William Tell Overture) (Gioacchino Rossini)1:02
2."Cracked Actor"3:04
4."The Width of a Circle"15:45
Total length:25:22
Side four
5."Let's Spend the Night Together" (Jagger, Richards)3:02
6."Suffragette City"4:32
7."White Light/White Heat" (Reed)4:01
8."Farewell Speech"0:39
9."Rock 'n' Roll Suicide"5:17
Total length:17:31 (83:34)

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2003 Ken Scott mix)

Side one
1."Five Years"4:43
2."Soul Love"3:33
3."Moonage Daydream"4:39
5."It Ain't Easy" (Davies)2:59
Total length:20:04
Side two
6."Lady Stardust"3:21
8."Hang On to Yourself"2:38
9."Ziggy Stardust"3:13
10."Suffragette City"3:25
11."Rock 'n' Roll Suicide"2:58
Total length:18:21 (38:25)

Re:Call 1 (remastered tracks)

Side one
1."Space Oddity" (original UK mono single edit)4:42
2."Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud" (original UK mono single version)4:52
3."Ragazzo solo, ragazza sola" (Bowie, Mogol; Italian version of "Space Oddity")5:06
4."The Prettiest Star" (original mono single version (with Marc Bolan on guitar))3:13
5."Conversation Piece" (B-side to "The Prettiest Star")3:07
Total length:21:00
Side two
6."Memory of a Free Festival (Part 1)"4:03
7."Memory of a Free Festival (Part 2)"3:34
8."All the Madmen" (mono single edit; previously unreleased)3:15
9."Janine" (mono version)3:23
10."Holy Holy" (original mono single version; only ever issued on original '71 Mercury single)3:13
11."Moonage Daydream" (The Arnold Corns single version)3:53
12."Hang On to Yourself" (The Arnold Corns single version)2:52
Total length:24:13
Side three
1."Changes" (mono single version)3:39
2."Andy Warhol" (mono single version)3:07
3."Starman" (original single mix)4:17
4."John, I'm Only Dancing" (original single version)2:47
5."The Jean Genie" (original single mix)4:08
6."Drive-In Saturday" (German single edit)4:03
Total length:22:01
Side four
7."Round and Round" (Chuck Berry)2:42
8."Time" (U.S. single edit)3:43
9."John, I'm Only Dancing" (sax version)2:45
10."Amsterdam" (Brel)3:27
11."Holy Holy" (Spiders version)2:18
12."Velvet Goldmine" (B-side to the 1975 single reissue of "Space Oddity")3:10
Total length:18:05 (85:19)


Chart (2015–16) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) 46
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) 82
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) 68
French Albums (SNEP) 156
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) 63
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ) 24
Italian Albums (FIMI) 100
UK Albums (OCC) 45
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard) 23
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard) 23

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