Released: 30 October 2020
Brilliant Live Adventures (1995-1999) is a David Bowie box set, containing six live albums recorded during three tours in the 1990s.
The box set was announced on 2 October 2020, along with the physical release of Ouvrez Le Chien (Live Dallas 95).
Unusually, the Bowie estate chose to release the live albums individually, and the empty box separately. Fans were disappointed at having to pay individual shipping for each item, which raised the total cost of the set considerably.
Furthermore, demand for the empty boxes was underestimated, and they sold out within hours of going on sale on 2 October, despite the price of £17/$28 for the CD box and £12/$18 for the vinyl.
In response, on 7 October davidbowie.com posted news of a second run of the boxes to meet demand:
As you are more than aware, last week we posted details of the Brilliant Live Adventures six album live set and the first release from it, Ouvrez Le Chien.
Along with other associated merchandise, we also offered LP and CD sized slipcase boxes to house the releases for those that intended to buy the full set of six albums.
Of course, estimating the demand for such a thing is far from an exact science. Even when trying to gauge quantities by asking people to register their interest beforehand, as did the DIG! site.
Clearly we underestimated and all copies from both the Official David Bowie Store and the Dig! (Rhino) store have now sold out.
HOWEVER… Due to the incredible interest and the fact that so many of you have been left disappointed, we will be manufacturing more of both slipcase boxes to meet the demand.
The new batch won’t go on sale till the new year, around the time of the sixth and last release of the Brilliant Live Adventures campaign. We’ll post details of how to pre-order well before then.
Thanks again for your enthusiasm and apologies for any distress caused.
The second album in the set, No Trendy Réchauffé (Live Birmingham 95), was announced on 9 November 2020, and was released on 20 November.
The back of the Brilliant Live Adventures (1995-1999) box reads as follows:
Brilliant Live Adventures contains six live albums providing an exciting snapshot of three 1990s Bowie tours, with two albums each from the 1995-1996 Outside World Tour, the 1997 Earthling World Tour and the millennium closing 1999 ‘hours…’ Promotional Tour.
More than 30 years into his professional live career, Brilliant Live Adventures proves just how great a performer Bowie still was, even without the safety net of his most famous compositions. He had purged the majority of the better known songs in his canon following 1990’s Sound + Vision World Tour. A brave move which gave him the opportunity for a fresh start.
And what a palate-cleansing rejuvenation it was, witnessed by the tracks contained herein. Brilliant Live Adventures takes us on a five year journey in which time over 180 shows were performed by an ever-evolving group of incredible musicians.
Aside from songs from the three albums being promoted, enjoy a clutch of never previously played album tracks being aired in public for the first time on these tours, including ‘Teenage Wildlife’, ‘Nite Flights’, ‘Jump They Say’, ‘Always Crashing In The Same Car’ and ‘Can’t Help Thinking About Me’, along with rarely performed songs like ‘Andy Warhol’, ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, ‘Joe The Lion’, ‘Word On A Wing’, ‘Drive-In Saturday’ and ‘Stay’…all represented within Brilliant Live Adventures.
DAVID BOWIE ‘BRILLIANT LIVE ADVENTURES’ – A SERIES OF SIX DAVID BOWIE LIVE ALBUMS FROM THE 1990s
VINYL, CD AND LIMITED EDITION BOXES TO HOUSE THE COMPLETE SETS AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY VIA THE DAVID BOWIE OFFICIAL STORE & WARNER MUSIC GROUP’S DIG! STORE
FIRST LIVE ALBUM TO BE RELEASED IS ‘OUVREZ LE CHIEN (LIVE DALLAS 95)’ CD AND 2xLP TO BE RELEASED ON 30th OCTOBER
Parlophone Records is proud to announce release details for DAVID BOWIE ‘BRILLIANT LIVE ADVENTURES’ a series of six live albums from the 1990s which will be released on vinyl and CD as limited one run only pressings. There will also be special limited edition boxes for both vinyl and CD to house the full collection. The albums and boxes will only be available via the David Bowie official store and Warner Music Group’s Dig! store.
The first three albums and the special limited edition boxes will be released pre-Christmas, with the remaining three albums coming early next year.
The first release on CD and double vinyl is DAVID BOWIE OUVREZ LE CHIEN (LIVE DALLAS 95), previously a streaming only live album which was recorded live at the Starplex Amphitheater, Dallas, 13th October, 1995, during the U.S. leg of the Outside tour. The title OUVREZ LE CHIEN (“open the dog” in French) originally appeared in the song ‘All The Madmen’ taken from The Man Who Sold The World album which celebrates its 50th anniversary later this year. Bowie also used the phrase in the lyrics of his 1993 single ‘Buddha Of Suburbia’, once again spelling “ouvre” without a Z. The Z was restored when the phrase and its English translation were prominently featured in the stage set of the 1995 Outside tour.