Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Station to StationDavid Bowie12" Vinyl6
  • GB1976-01-23
RCA VictorAPL1 1327, APL1-1327[none]
Station to StationDavid Bowie12" Vinyl6
RCA VictorAPL1-1327, FKAY 30946[none]
Station to StationDavid Bowie12" Vinyl6
RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle)APL1-1327
Station to StationDavid Bowie12" Vinyl6
RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle)AQL1-1327
Station to StationDavid BowieCD6
RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle)PD813270035628132727
Station to StationDavid BowieCD6
RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or ‘RCA’ with lightning bolt in circle)PCD1-132707863513272
Station to StationDavid BowieCD8
  • JP1991-05-31
東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29)TOCP-62124988006650664
Station to StationDavid BowieCD8
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDEMD 1020, CDP 79 6435 20077779643523
Station to Station (Ryko remaster)David BowieCD8
BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. (BMG company that owned their direct marketing company/club editions), RykodiscD 164383, RCD 10141[none]
Station to Station (Ryko remaster)David BowieCD8
RykodiscRCD 10141014431014123
Station to StationDavid BowieCD8
RykodiscRCD 80141014431814129
Station to Station (24-Bit Digitally Remastered)David BowieCD6
  • DE1999-09-17
  • GB1999-09-20
  • XE1999-09
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)521 9060, 7243 521906 0 7724352190607
Station to StationDavid BowieCD6
  • GB1999-09-20
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)521 90600724352190607
Station to StationDavid BowieCD6
  • US1999-09-28
Virgin Records America, Inc. (DO NOT USE! please refer to either “Virgin” or “Virgin America”)7243 521906 0 7724352190607
Station to StationDavid BowieCD6
  • JP2007-02-07
東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29)TOCP-701494988006850583
Station to StationDavid BowieSHM-CD6
  • JP2009-11-25
EMI Music Japan Inc. (2007-06-30 to 2013-04-01 - record company, do NOT USE as release label - check the back cover or CD surface for the imprint)TOCP-950494988006876347
Station to Station (deluxe edition)David Bowie5×CD + DVD-Video + 3×12" Vinyl6 + 6 + 5 + 7 + 8 + 18 + 6 + 7 + 8
  • GB2010-09-27
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)BOWSTSD20105099964760124
Station to Station (special edition)David Bowie3×CD6 + 7 + 8
  • US2010-09-28
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)BOWLIVE032376, BOWSTSA20105099964758329
Station to Station (deluxe edition)David Bowie5×CD + DVD-Video + 3×12" Vinyl6 + 6 + 5 + 7 + 8 + 18 + 6 + 7 + 8
  • US2010-09-28
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)BOWLIVE032376LP, BOWSTSD2010, BOWSTSL20105099964760124
Station to Station (30th anniversary edition)David Bowie3×Digital Media6 + 7 + 9
  • US2010-09-28
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)
Station to Station (special edition)David Bowie3×CD6 + 7 + 8
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)BOWLIVE 032376, BOWSTSA 20105099964758329
Station to Station (2016 remaster 24‐bit 192.0 kHz – stereo)David BowieDigital Media6
  • -2016
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)
Station to Station (2016 remaster)David BowieCD6
  • US2017-02-10
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)R2-219066190295990299
Station to StationDavid BowieCD6Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)7243 521906 0 7724352190607
Station to Station (Ryko remaster)David BowieCD8RykodiscRCD 10141014431014123
Promotion
Station to Station (advance)David Bowie3×CD + DVD-Video6 + 7 + 8 + 18
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)[none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:TVC 15
included in:The 24K Gold Collection – Golden Years
Who Can I Be Now? 1974–1976
part of:Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 52) (order: 52)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2003 edition (number: 323) (order: 323)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 324) (order: 324)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/22420 [info]
reviews:http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14687-station-to-station-deluxe-edition/ [info]
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/album-david-bowie-station-to-station-super-deluxe-limited-edition-emi-2081275.html [info]
http://www.nme.com/reviews/114 [info]
http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_album.php?id=958 [info]
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/station-to-station-19760325 [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/5c9p [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/david_bowie/station_to_station/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000098920 [info]
standalone website:http://www.davidbowiecatalogue.com/?album=stationtostation [info]
Wikidata:Q831890 [info]

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After what Bowie labelled "plastic soul," on Young Americans, it was more a case of lost soul for 1976's Station to Station. The desperately thin, paranoid Bowie was still living in America but casting anxious, glassy-eyed looks across the Atlantic to European salvation - principally the musical and spiritual regeneration of Berlin.

Conflicting reports claim the album was either recorded before or after filming The Man Who Fell to Earth in New Mexico, but either way both album and film feature heavy themes of alienation, loss of control, madness and addiction (in his alien character's case, alcohol; in Bowie's, cocaine). Musically, it's similarly intense, even more so because Bowie claims he can't remember making it. It's also one of his greatest records, bridging the stations of US R&B and krautrock - a sound bleached of blues but rooted in the motorik rhythm of Neu! and Kraftwerk - and of its six track, four are certified tour de forces.

The ten-minute title-track is first. A train gathering speed whizzes from speaker to speaker before a slow, clanking instrumental incline toward Bowie's (ever-deeper) vocal intro, and his most dramatic lyrical entrance: "The return of the thin white duke / throwing darts in lover's eyes." The Duke - Bowie's last distinct character - resembles a Nietzsche superman obsessed with belief - Judaism, Christianity, the occult - and totally off the rails: "It's not the side effect of the cocaine, I'm thinking that it must be love." The second section is a gallop, Earl Slick's snarling solo unfurling over Roy Bittan's barrelhouse piano.

The elegiac aftermath Golden Years distils and bakes Young Americans' finger-snapping soul-funk canon; TVC15 is the other pop nugget, a more jovial saga of (according to Bowie) a girl in love with her TV. In between, Word on a Wing is a simmering plea for help to an angel but it's outdone for gorgeous, fearless melodrama by Wild is the Wind (the title-track of a 1957 film, made famous by Nina Simone) as the Duke/Bowie hits an emotional all-time low. Stay is equally desperate, but the music is an all-time Bowie high, watertight rock-funk behind more naked confessionals from the man usually behind a mask.

The five-CD Super Deluxe Edition features additional album mixes and single versions, but the three-disc Special Edition is the essential purchase, involving the twofer Nassau Coliseum concert, aka the Thin White Duke bootleg, where Station cuts come to life and old classics are either invigorated (a rampant The Jean Genie, an awesome Five Years) or badly clobbered (especially Suffragette City and Queen Bitch). The band couldn't truly rock, but then Bowie wasn't interested in rock; he was rolling toward another sound and vision, the Berlin trilogy.

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