NOTE: The USA and the UK box sets have four discs!
Okay. I just received my anxiously awaited David Bowie Box Set and I have to say, it is not what I expected. I was hoping for a nice fold-out single piece like the "Moody Blues Time Traveler", or "ABBA's" box set or anything in one piece for the mantle. This is completely different and you may or may not like it.
The box is 11" X 6" and 1" thick covered in a thick plastic see-through like in the photo here. The box slides out and is gray silver. There is a 50 page glossy booklet that covers Bowie's entire history and includes all the song titles with the band members, the date of release, the producers, the publisher, the mixers, the writers (if not Bowie) and the date of the remixes. There is a ton of trivia. Then there are four 6" X 10" 'postcards' of Bowie in collage style through the years that you can - stick on your wall? There is a 24" X 33" glossy poster of the cover with Bowie and all the song titles. AND! Underneath of this stuff in a little cutout are four discs in thin plastic sleeves. Each disc cover has the title of each song on the disc.
Now. What about the sound? Well, you can see what songs are here on the list. They go from 1969 to 1993 and are all remastered and sound fantastic. Sure, it all a remix of the 1986 box set that is so hard to find plus a fourth disc of great songs, but it's still about time. Am I happy? Yup. But, hey, it's all about the music. And it DOES sound great!There are so many hard to find songs here that I am glad to own them ("Helden" is my favorite). However, somehow I feel a bit ripped off for all the extra stuff I don't need and certainly paid for. The booklet is nice, but I'll probably only read it twice and I've already read all this stuff before. In essence, it is a fan collection. It's a good one, but I think I'll just take out the discs and put them in jewel boxes where I can get to them anytime I want. Enjoy!