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Upcoming Bowie box set spans 1977-82

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David Bowie's legacy keeps getting bigger. Yet another monumental box set—11 CDs or 13 LPs, plus a photo-filled book—will premiere September 29, the third giant retrospective to be issued since 2015.

"A New Career In a New Town (1977-82)" features remastered editions of the four albums Bowie released during that five-year span, including the so-called Berlin trilogy. Bowie lived in the German capital in the mid-1970s and recorded three records there with help from Brian Eno, Iggy Pop and producer Tony Visconti: "Low," "Heroes" and "Lodger."

The bulky reissue, named after a song on "Low," also comes with 1980's "Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)" and the live double-album from 1978, "Stage," available here on yellow vinyl.

The official releases are supplemented with the "Heroes" EP, a 3-LP edition of "Stage," and Visconti's 2017 remix of "Lodger." The new set is capped off with "Re:Call 3," a compilation of non-album singles, edited singles and B-sides, including Bowie's hit collaboration with Queen, 1981's "Under Pressure," and his Christmas duet with Bing Crosby, "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy," culled from Crosby's 1977 holiday special on CBS.

"A New Career," which can also be downloaded, follows up on two earlier career-defining packages: "Five Years (1969-73)," issued four months before Bowie, 69, died of liver cancer on January 10, 2016, and last fall's "Who Can I Be Now? (1974-76)."

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