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Bowie's Nineties CDs Boxed

Rash of rare songs to surface on deluxe reissue

June 23, 2004 12:00 AM ET
David Bowie's trio of Virgin-released albums from the mid- and late Nineties will be reissued on September 27th with a bundle of extras.

Though Outside (1995), Earthling (1997) and Hours (1999) were met with mixed reviews and lukewarm sales -- particularly compared to his two most recent albums Heathen and Reality -- the albums will be reissued by his new label, Sony, as double-disc editions, containing the album and a CD worth of bonus material. A numbered, limited-edition slipcase box containing all three records will also be made available.

According to Bowie's site, the bonus material will not consist of "unreleased and unfinished versions of [album] tracks," but instead songs from "rare and hard-to-find releases and promos." Among the extras on Outside will be songs including "Get Real," "Nothing to Be Desired" and a variety of mixes of "The Heart's Filthy Lesson," including one by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, who also does a mix of "I'm Afraid of Americans" on the Earthling bonus CD. Beck's mix of "Seven" is included in the extras for Hours.

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