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2019
Space Oddity (50th Anniversary EP)
2018
Glastonbury 2000 (Live)
2018
Dance
2018
Loving the Alien (1983 - 1988)
2018
Welcome To the Blackout (Live London '78)
2017
A New Career in a New Town (1977-1982)
2017
Cracked Actor (Live) [Los Angeles '74]
2017
Stage (2017) [Live]
2016
Who Can I Be Now? (1974 - 1976)
2016
Labyrinth (From the Original Soundtrack of the Jim Henson Film)
2016
Legacy
2015
Hunky Dory (Remastered)
2015
Five Years 1969-1973
2015
Aladdin Sane (2013 Remastered Version)
2015
PinUps (2015 Remastered Version)
2015
Blackstar
2015
The Man Who Sold the World (2015 Remastered Version)
2015
David Bowie (2015 Remastered Version)
2015
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (2012 Remastered Version)
2013
The Next Day Extra EP
2013
The Next Day
2010
Live Nassau Coliseum '76
2009
I Need Someone (Live In Cleveland U.S.A. In 1977) [With David Bowie]
2009
VH1 Storytellers: David Bowie (Live)
2009
A Reality Tour (Bonus Track Version) [Live]
2008
iSelect
2008
Live Santa Monica '72
2007
The Best of David Bowie 1980/1987
2007
Sound + Vision
2006
Black Tie White Noise: Extras
2005
David Live (2005 Mix) [Remastered Version]
2005
The Platinum Collection
2004
Black Tie White Noise
2003
Reality (Bonus Track Version)
2003
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (The Motion Picture Soundtrack)
2002
Best of Bowie
2001
Christiane F. – Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo (Original Soundtrack)
2001
All Saints: Collected Instrumentals 1977-1999
2000
Bowie at the Beeb - The Best of the BBC Radio Sessions 68-72
1999
Space Oddity
1999
Never Let Me Down
1999
'Hours...'
1999
'hours...' (Expanded Edition)
1999
Let's Dance
1999
Tonight
1997
The Best of David Bowie 1969/1974
1997
Earthling (Expanded Edition)
1997
The Deram Anthology 1966 - 1968
1997
Earthling
1995
1. Outside (Expanded Edition)
1995
Outside
1995
London Boy
1994
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf
1993
The Buddha of Suburbia (Music from the Motion Picture)
1990
Changesbowie
1988
David Bowie Narrates Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf
1987
Never Let Me Down (Remaster) [Japanese Version]
1981
Changestwobowie
1980
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) [2017 Remastered Version]
1979
Heathen
1979
Lodger (2017 Remastered Version)
1977
"Heroes" (2017 Remastered Version)
1977
Low (2017 Remastered Version)
1976
Station to Station (2016 Remastered Version)
1976
Changesonebowie
1975
Young Americans (2016 Remastered Version)
1974
Diamond Dogs (2016 Remastered Version)
1967
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David Bowie Feb 20, 2019
CLAREVILLE GROVE DEMOS RELEASE DATE AND PRE-ORDER “You’ll lose your mind and play, Three singles for May...” * We recently promised the release date and pre-order links for the David Bowie (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) - Clareville Grove Demos box set. The 3x7" vinyl singles box featuring six tracks, four of which are previously unreleased recordings, will be released by Parlophone on 17th May 2019. Pre-order here: https://lnk.to/ClarevilleGrove Read more about the set here: http://smarturl.it/CGDdetailsBNet Photography by Kenneth Pitt © Kenneth Pitt. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + * With apologies to Syd and The Floyd, the creators of See Emily Play. Syd Barrett’s original chorus lyric: There is no other day Let’s try it another way You’ll lose your mind and play Free games for May See Emily play For those not familiar with it, David Bowie himself made a rather good fist of See Emily Play for his 1973 Pin Ups album. #BowieCGD
David Bowie Feb 16, 2019
BOWIE TALKS GLASS SPIDER TOUR ON BOWIE TV “But the Glass Spider would have long gone...” Have you been keeping an eye on the YouTube Bowie TV channel (https://lnk.to/WatchBowieTVFA)? In the latest instalment (Episode 17), David Bowie talks about preparations for the 1987 Glass Spider World Tour and its demands on the performers. He also highlights the superb setlist, which you can judge for yourself by listening to the Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) in the David Bowie: Loving the Alien (1983-1988) box set. #BowieTV #GlassSpider #LTABox
David Bowie Feb 15, 2019
REBEL REBEL 45 IS FORTY FIVE TODAY “Hot tramp, I love you so…” Though the press adverts proclaimed that it was a Valentine's Day release, Rebel Rebel was actually issued forty five years ago today on the 15th of February, 1974. The release, which had already been put back two weeks (original printed release date on demo label is Feb 1st), was an edited version of the song and a first taste from the upcoming Diamond Dogs LP, though it was considered a bit of a curveball compared to much of the music on that album. The single was backed with Queen Bitch. It was the first release since the dissolution of The Spiders From Mars, though stylistically it may have been more at home on Aladdin Sane, with its up-tempo, Stonesy feel and with an unmistakable and instantly recognisable riff played by Bowie. A riff that he was more than grateful to have conjured up, later saying of it: “It's a fabulous riff! Just fabulous! When I stumbled onto it, it was 'Oh, thank you!'”. The track reached #5 on the UK singles chart (Bowie's sixth Top Five single in the UK), and even managed a placing in the US Billboard Hot 100, no doubt helped by the exclusive New York Mix, which was almost a minute and a half shorter than the regular single mix. The New York Mix was released in North America and Mexico in May 1974 backed with Lady Grinning Soul. This second version was more urgent than the original, with a backward echo effect on the new la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la backing vocals, castanets and more general excitement all round...more akin to the live version that would be performed shortly on the US Diamond Dogs tour. The main images in our montage show the music press adverts from the UK (left) and the Netherlands (on the right), where David’s performance of the song on the Dutch TV show, Top Pop, was broadcast on the 18th. Watch it here: http://smarturl.it/RebelTopPopYT #BowieRebelRebel
David Bowie Feb 15, 2019
LOVING THE ALIEN BREAK-OUTS OUT NOW “Under the moonlight, this serious moonlight...” The five selected stand-alone albums from last year’s David Bowie: Loving the Alien (1983-1988) box set are released today (15th February) by Parlophone. The break-outs include the three studio albums, Let’s Dance, Tonight and Never Let Me Down on vinyl LP, CD and various digital formats, plus the two live albums: Serious Moonlight (Live ’83) and Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) on CD and digital formats. In addition, the compilation album, Dance (which features twelve remixes), will be available on standard digital. If you haven’t already, you can order here: https://lnk.to/LTABO and go here for the full breakdown: http://smarturl.it/LTAbreakoutsBNet #LTABox
David Bowie Feb 15, 2019
BOYS KEEP SWINGING 40TH ANNIVERSARY PICTURE DISC “Boys always work it out...” 2019 is the 40th anniversary of Lodger and 17th May sees the release of the latest limited 7" picture disc from Parlophone, Boys Keep Swinging. While originally recording the song, Bowie had hoped to capture a garage band feel with the musicians swapping instruments after a deck of Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies cards had suggested ‘reverse roles’. So guitarist Carlos Alomar played drums and drummer Dennis Davis played bass. The version featured on the A side is the 2017 mix by Tony Visconti from Lodger, undertaken for the A New Career In A New Town box set, as both Tony and Bowie felt they never had the opportunity to give Lodger the mix it deserved in 1979, due to time and studio constraints. The AA side features I Pray, Ole which was apparently recorded during the Lodger sessions, but remained unreleased until mixed by David and David Richards for inclusion as an extra track on the 1991 reissue of the Lodger album. The track has been commercially unavailable since then. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + DAVID BOWIE - BOYS KEEP SWINGING LIMITED EDITION 40th ANNIVERSARY 7" PICTURE DISC Side A Boys Keep Swinging (2017 Tony Visconti mix) (David Bowie, Brian Eno) Produced by David Bowie & Tony Visconti Mixed by Tony Visconti at Human Studios, NYC, 2017 Side AA I Pray, Ole (David Bowie) Produced by David Bowie & Tony Visconti Mixed by David Bowie & David Richards, 1991 + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Boys Keep Swinging limited 40th anniversary 7" picture disc is released by Parlophone on 17th May. #DBBKS40 #BowieVinyl
David Bowie Feb 14, 2019
BOWIE COLLECTS EDISON AWARD IN AMSTERDAM 45 YEARS AGO “It’s made out of old fisherman...” On this day in 1974 (13th February), David Bowie attended a press reception at the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam, where Ad Visser (host of Dutch music show Top Pop), presented him with the Edison Award and a certificate for the Most Popular Male Vocalist, with particular recognition given to Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars. Recalling an earlier trip to London to visit David, Visser poured two glasses of an “old fisherman drink”, Schelvispekel*, to toast David’s win. Check out a brief excerpt from the conference on YouTube to make sense of today’s ‘lyric quotation’: http://smarturl.it/DBinAmsterdam74 * Schelvispekel is a spicy Dutch liqueur produced using brandy and a secret blend of spices. The name translates as 'haddock brine', not a nod to the ingredients, rather that the drink is reminiscent of one early-20th century haddock fishermen would drink to keep them warm on their days at sea. FOOTNOTE: The Edison Award is an annual Dutch music prize awarded for outstanding achievements in the music industry. It is one of the oldest music awards in the world, having been presented since 1960. #DavidBowieNL
David Bowie Feb 13, 2019
CLAREVILLE GROVE DEMOS BOX DUE “I recall how we lived, On the corner of a bed...” DAVID BOWIE - CLAREVILLE GROVE DEMOS 3 x 7" VINYL SINGLES BOX SET FEATURING PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED DAVID BOWIE RECORDINGS Following the recent Spying Through A Keyhole announcement, Parlophone is set to further commemorate the 50th anniversary of David Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity, with a 7" vinyl singles box set of six home demos, four of which are previously unreleased recordings. This set further documents the earliest stages of David’s journey and development as an artist and songwriter. Recorded early in 1969 in David’s flat in Clareville Grove, London, this live to tape demo session features David performing as a duo with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson following the end of the Feathers trio, which featured David’s then girlfriend Hermione Farthingale. The photography featured on the box front and the print inside, is by Bowie’s then manager, Ken Pitt, and was taken in the Clareville Grove flat that David shared with Hermione. His military haircut was due to the very brief appearance he had in the movie The Virgin Soldiers. As with the Spying Through A Keyhole vinyl singles box set, the design of each single label is presented to reflect the way David sent many of his demos to publishers and record companies, featuring his own handwritten song titles on EMIDISC acetate labels. The singles themselves are all mono and play at 45 rpm. CLAREVILLE GROVE DEMOS (3 X 7” SINGLE BOX SET) DAVID BOWIE (WITH JOHN ‘HUTCH’ HUTCHINSON) 3 x 7" SET TRACKLISTING Single 1 Side A Space Oddity Now featuring the final lyrics, this version of the demo first appeared on the long deleted Space Oddity 40th Anniversary 2 CD release, and is now making its debut on vinyl. It predates the 2nd February Morgan Studios recording that featured in the Love You Till Tuesday television film. Side B Lover To The Dawn This song aimed at a former lover would eventually morph into Cygnet Committee recorded for the David Bowie (aka Space Oddity) album later in the year. Single 2 Side A Ching-a-Ling Previously recorded in October 1968 by the trio Turquoise featuring David, Hermione and Tony Hill (who became Feathers when Hutch replaced Hill). David and Hutch continued to perform the song as a duo following Hermione’s departure. Side B An Occasional Dream Slightly different lyrically to the later album version, this version of the demo also first appeared on the deleted Space Oddity 40th Anniversary release. Single 3 Side A Let Me Sleep Beside You A studio version was first recorded in September 1967 but remained unreleased until The World Of David Bowie album in 1970. The song was later recorded in session for the BBC in October 1969 and was a song David clearly believed in, recording it once more for the unreleased Toy album 30 years later. That version finally saw the light of day on the Nothing Has Changed 3 CD set in 2014. Side B Life Is A Circus A cover of an obscure song written by Roger Bunn recorded by vocal/instrumental quartet Djinn. Vocals are shared Simon and Garfunkel style by David and Hutch. Musicians David Bowie – vocals, guitar and Stylophone John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson – vocals and guitar Photography by Ken Pitt © Ken Pitt Further details and release date to follow. #BowieCGD
David Bowie Feb 11, 2019
PIN UPS PICTURE DISC FOR RSD 2019 “Singing old songs he loved...” Parlophone will be issuing David Bowie’s 1973 album of cover versions as a picture disc for Record Store Day 2019 on Saturday, 13th April. When originally released, the David Bowie/Ken Scott produced album was preceded by the only single from Pin Ups, Sorrow, which reached #3 on the UK chart. Pin Ups itself entered the UK album chart at #1 on the strength of pre-orders alone. Joining Bowie on the sleeve for Justin de Villeneuve’s extraordinary photograph with Bowie is Twiggy, name-checked earlier the same year on Aladdin Sane for Drive-In Saturday: “She’d sigh like Twig the Wonder Kid”. The photo session was shot in Paris for Vogue magazine, but at Bowie's request was used for the album instead. This same image is used for Side 1 of the picture disc. Originally, the back cover and insert featured Mick Rock photographs and Side 2 of the picture disc uses one of his artworks which utilised images from that session. The picture disc includes a reproduction of the insert, and the back cover is as the original with the following note from Bowie: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + These songs are among my favourites from the '64–67' period of London. Most of the groups were playing the Ricky-Tick (was it a 'y' or an 'i'?) - Scene club circuit (Marquee, eel pie island la-la) Some are still with us. Pretty Things, Them, Yardbirds, Syd's Pink Floyd, Mojos, Who, Easybeats, Merseys, Kinks. Love-on ya! Bowie x + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + David Bowie Pin Ups RSD 2019 picture disc Released via Parlophone on 13th April. Cat #: DB69736P UPC: 0190295511289 Side 1 01 - Rosalyn (Duncan/Farley) 02 - Here Comes the Night (Berns) 03 - I Wish You Would (Arnold) 04 - See Emily Play (Barrett) 05 - Everything's Alright (Crouch/Konrad/Stavely/Stuart) 06 - I Can't Explain (Townshend) Side 2 01 - Friday On My Mind (Young/Vanda) 02 - Sorrow (Feldman/Goldstein/Gottehrer) 03 - Don't Bring Me Down (Dee) 04 - Shapes of Things (Samwell-Smith/McCarty/Relf) 05 - Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (Daltrey/Townshend) 06 - Where Have All the Good Times Gone? (Davies) Originally released on RCA on 19th October 1973 Produced by David Bowie and Ken Scott Musicians: David Bowie – vocals, guitar, tenor and alto saxophone, harmonica, arrangements, backing vocals, Moog synthesiser Mick Ronson – guitar, piano, vocals, arrangements Trevor Bolder – bass guitar Aynsley Dunbar – drums Mike Garson – piano, organ, harpsichord, electric piano Ken Fordham – baritone saxophone G.A. MacCormack – backing vocals Original Pin Ups Design: Justin de Villeneuve - front cover photograph Twiggy - Twig the Wonderkid on front cover Pierre Laroche - front cover makeup masks for Twig and Bowie Mick Rock - back cover photography/design Ray Campbell - front cover lettering #BowieRSD #RSD2019 #BowieVinyl #BowiePinUps
David Bowie Feb 08, 2019
BOWIE ESSENTIALS PLAYLIST ON APPLE MUSIC “You’ve really made the grade...” In the year that sees the 50th anniversary of Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity, revisit all of his best songs Apple Music's ESSENTIALS playlist. Listen here now: http://smarturl.it/DBonAppleMusic #BowieAppleMusic
David Bowie Feb 07, 2019
SPACE ODDITY FILMED 50 YEARS AGO TODAY “You’ve really made the grade...” On Sunday, 2nd February 1969, David Bowie entered Morgan Studios in London’s Willesden to record the soundtrack version of Space Oddity for the proposed television special and promotional vehicle, Love You Till Tuesday. Four days later and fifty years ago today, the Space Oddity segment was filmed for the special and it was clear from this first ‘public’ outing of the song that David Bowie had composed something extraordinary. Here’s Ken Pitt (David’s manager at the time), from his book Bowie The Pitt Report: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + The next day, February 6, proved to be an important landmark in David’s career for it was then that he was filmed performing the new song Space Oddity. That this was an unusually clever song was apparent from the first hearing, but it was only during the course of the day’s shooting that its wide appeal became evident. During the break for lunch, freed from the silence imposed on them on the set, people were laughing, chattering and singing about the unconventional hero Major Tom. When David came through a doorway someone said “Well, if it isn’t Major Tom.“ After lunch he walked onto the set and rehearsed the final scene where the astronaut, resigned to his chosen fate, is caressed by two seductive sirens, played by Samantha Bond and the production assistant Suzanne Mercer. Admiration was now coupled with envy, perhaps two important ingredients for the hit that had so long eluded us. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + The Love You Till Tuesday film was not broadcast at the time and the Space Oddity segment didn’t surface for another six years, when the BBC showed it on TOTPs to accompany the reissue of the song that topped the charts in 1975. But that’s a whole other story. The original Love You Till Tuesday film was finally released on video in 1984 and on DVD in 2005. Watch the original Space Oddity segment here: http://smarturl.it/SpaceOddityLYTT50YT #SpaceOddity50
David Bowie Feb 01, 2019
DAVID BOWIE: FINDING FAME SPOILERS “Now it's time to leave the capsule if you dare…” Having had the pleasure of viewing Francis Whately’s David Bowie: Finding Fame at a private preview on Wednesday evening, we thought we’d highlight a few of the things that might interest you. But, for those of you who would rather wait until the broadcast proper on Saturday, 9th February, at 21:00 on BBC TWO, beware, this item does include spoilers. The preview (in London’s Fitzrovia), was attended by pretty well all of the main contributors, including (alphabetically): Kristina Amadeus, Hermione Farthingale, Dana Gillespie, Phil Lancaster, Geoff MacCormack, George Underwood and Woody Woodmansey. Following the screening, Adam Buxton hosted a Q&A with Francis himself. Aside from emotional (and sometimes hilarious), tributes from those and other contributors, David Bowie: Finding Fame boasts a fair few scoops, including excerpts from the following, in no particular order… Cut scenes from backstage at Hammersmith Odeon, 1973 Audio from Glastonbury, 1971 The Hype at The Roundhouse, 1970 My Death on Russell Harty Plus Pop, 1973 Plus lots of audio teaser snippets of various demos and unreleased tracks. Sadly, the previously mentioned television debut of Starman on Lift Off with Ayshea in 1972, didn’t materialise in time for Wednesday’s screening. It was pointed out that the low quality, black and white footage might not even make the final cut. But, no matter, there’s more than enough here to sate even the hungriest of rare Bowie seeker appetites. But, don’t take our word for it, here’s a line from the just published five-star review by James Hall in The Telegraph: “Above all else, this documentary is about an individual’s relentless impulse to create. It’s about never giving up. And in this sense I’d argue that it is the most fascinating of the three films.” David Bowie: Finding Fame is on BBC TWO on Saturday, 9th February, at 21:00. (http://smarturl.it/FindingFameBBC2) #BowieTheFirstFiveYears #DavidBowieFindingFame
David Bowie Jan 30, 2019
STAK RELEASE DATE AND PRE-ORDER LINKS “...spying through a keyhole from the other room...” We posted the press release for Spying Through A Keyhole (STAK) on what would have been David Bowie’s 72nd birthday, with the promise to follow up with the release date and pre-order links. So here they are: DAVID BOWIE - SPYING THROUGH A KEYHOLE (DEMOS AND UNRELEASED SONGS) * 4 x 7" vinyl box set RELEASED ON PARLOPHONE 5th APRIL 2019 Single 1 Side 1 Mother Grey (demo) Side 2 In The Heat Of The Morning (demo) Single 2 Side 1 Goodbye 3d (Threepenny) Joe (demo) Side 2 Love All Around (demo) Single 3 Side 1 London Bye, Ta-Ta (demo) Side 2 Angel Angel Grubby Face (demo version 1) Single 4 Side 1 1.Angel Angel Grubby Face (demo version 2) 2. Space Oddity (demo excerpt) Side 2 Space Oddity (demo) with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson The photography that adorns the box front and the print inside is by Ray Stevenson and was taken in Tony Visconti’s flat in the summer of 1968. Each single label is designed to reflect the way David presented many of his demos to publishers and record companies, featuring his own handwritten song titles and originally cut on EMIDISC acetates. The singles themselves are all mono and play at 45 rpm. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + The Official David Bowie Store has a limited T-shirt and box set bundle: US Webstore: http://smarturl.it/DavidBowieStoreUS EU Webstore: http://smarturl.it/DavidBowieStoreEU + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Go here for more details regarding the set: http://smarturl.it/BowieSTAK *Although this will be the first physical release of these tracks, Parlophone did make them available on streaming services for a limited period only in December. #BowieSTAK
David Bowie Jan 29, 2019
WILL THE STARMAN RETURN IN TIME? “Five, Four, Three, Two, One, Lift Off...” The latest Radio Times (dated 2nd-8th February), has a five-page Bowie cover feature in celebration of Francis Whately’s David Bowie: Finding Fame. (Was David Bowie: The First Five Years) Here’s an edited excerpt with exciting news from the piece... + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Francis Whately is nervously excited. While he sweats, an incredibly rare piece of TV footage is being slowly “baked” – the moisture tentatively extracted from a degraded recording containing a performance by David Bowie not seen in nearly 50 years. The footage in question reveals Ziggy Stardust’s “birth” on TV, a moment in broadcast and music history long considered lost. “For fans, it is something of a Holy Grail,” says Whately. It was broadcast on 15 June 1972, on an ITV children’s pop show called Lift Off with Ayshea, but was wiped from the official archives and has long been regarded as missing presumed extinct. Then, a few months ago, professional “tape diggers” found a fragile recording of it made by the owner off his TV. “It would fall apart if we played it, so it’s had to be very carefully restored,” says Whately. “It will be a real coup if it comes off.” + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Well, even if Starman isn't ready in time for broadcast, you can rest assured that the content of David Bowie: Finding Fame will still leave you feeling satisfied. Aside from other promised surprises, here are a few of the contributors... + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Kristina Amadeus - Bowie’s close cousin from south London and New York resident in the early 1970s: Whately has encouraged Kristina to talk for the first time on camera about the restlessly creative boy she knew back then. Hermione Farthingale - all singing all dancing girlfriend: Whately says it “took months” to persuade the deeply private Farthingale to finally talk to him. Phil Lancaster - Drummer in the Lower Third: “We talked about books – we loved Jack Kerouac – and had the same sense of humour.” Geoff MacCormack - Lifelong friend and photographer: “David’s dad bought him lots of records, and we both loved a [1957 doo-wop] song called I’m Not a Juvenile Delinquent by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers. When David released his 2013 album The Next Day, I sent him an email saying, “Lovely album, well done, young man,” or something equally silly. And he replied, all those years later: “It’s not I’m Not a Juvenile Delinquent, but it’s something!”.” + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Due to the down to the wire edits and Starman baking times, it's possible that the advertised broadcast date and time could change. We'll update you here as soon as we have the final confirmed details. Read more about David Bowie: Finding Fame here: http://smarturl.it/DBFindingFame The Radio Times is out now: http://smarturl.it/RadioTimes #BowieTheFirstFiveYears #DavidBowieFindingFame
David Bowie Jan 26, 2019
DAVID BOWIE is… The Mobile Exhibition “And the clock waits so patiently on your song...” So, you’ve had a couple of weeks to explore the David Bowie is The Mobile Exhibition app that was launched on January 8th. Have you found some of the previously unseen footage yet? What do you think of the app so far? Go here for more information: https://davidbowieisreal.com/ App Store: http://smarturl.it/AppStoreDBisV2 Google Play: http://smarturl.it/GooglePlayDBis #DBisVirtual
David Bowie Jan 23, 2019
DUNCAN JONES’ MOON IS TEN TODAY “You are my moon, you are my son...” * Crikey, already ten years since MOON received its first showing. Here’s a piece reflecting that fact from our good friend, Unkle Rupert. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + MOON Celebrates 10th Anniversary - by @Unklerupert It’s 10 years to the day that Duncan Jones’ debut feature MOON premiered at the Sundance Festival in Utah screening at the Eccles Theatre in Park City on Friday 23rd January 2009. In attendance were cast and crew including; Writer / Director - Duncan Jones, Producers - Trudie Styler & Stuart Fenegan, Star - Sam Rockwell, Writer - Nathan Parker, and special guests Sting and Duncan’s proud father - David Bowie. MOON was very well received by film critics in attendance, here’s a sample of those first reactions. “Not only does it look wonderful, but Sam Rockwell is flawless yet again.” - Alex Billington - First Showing “Moon is yet another impressive work of independent science fiction. In which we have a young director with an ambitious vision, a perfectly cast lead and the creativity to bring it to life without having to work on a Michael Bay-sized budget.” - Neil Miller - Film School Rejects “I’m convinced that Moon is at the beginning of a new renaissance of indie sci-fi feature films which will challenge Hollywood’s big budget computer generated spectacles.” - Peter Sciretta - Film MOON continued to garner high praise from the film community and wider film going audiences around the World as further festival screenings occurred and upon general release starting in the US on the 10th July 2009, it also picked up many award nominations and awards including a BAFTA for Duncan Jones for Outstanding Debut by a British Director. Over the last 10 years MOON has become a much loved Sci-fi classic with regular screenings still occurring around the World and of course through home release on DVD, Blu-ray, and streaming services. High praise has come from all quarters, but none more so than from one of Duncan’s Directorial heroes, Terry Gilliam, during a Little White Lies interview published in April 2011 “I think MOON is a really brilliant example of contemporary Sci-fi because it has a message, it has strong visuals but it also has a proper science-fiction core. It’s the closest thing to a modern-day 2001 I have seen.” This day though, this was the day that MOON received its premiere. A premiere attended by a first time feature Director, and his proud Father. Happy 10th Anniversary, MOON x + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + If you’ve yet to see MOON for some insane reason, it’s probably best to correct that situation, pronto. *Yes, we know it’s sun, not son. But that wouldn’t have really worked. #MOONfilm #ManMadeMOON
David Bowie Jan 21, 2019
BOWIE AT THE BEEB COLLECTABLES “Then I got the small white box, And I didn't know what to do...” This kind of specialist detail isn't for everybody, however, here’s another instalment in our occasional Bowie Collector series, this time focusing on the Bowie At The Beeb CD set, issued by EMI/BBC in September 2000. Aside from the regular releases of the CD in their various permutations, the album was also promoted with the following promo only items in the UK. + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + UK BOWIE AT THE BEEB Promotional Items 8-track sampler CD in facsimile tape box 8-track sampler CD in plastic wallet Vintage Microphone Radio in box Zippo Lighter in box T-shirt A2 Guy Peellaert cover artwork print signed by Bowie and Peellaert in a numbered edition of 25 + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + And that's just the UK. There were territorial variations including various posters, CDs and press kits, including a beautiful US press kit with transparencies. A bit of a headache for the collector hoping to complete their collection, as many of the above are almost impossible to locate today. The one item that does show up regularly for sale at a reasonable price, is the promo 8-track sampler CD in facsimile tape box...well, one version of it does. If you own this sampler, you'll no doubt agree that it is a pretty cool promo, albeit rather sparse once you look inside and take out the disc itself. Well, that's because the original intention was to include a 10-page foldout booklet, with further details regarding the upcoming set, including notes and full tracklisting. Due to some sensitive content, and with no time to replace it with another version, the booklet was withdrawn and destroyed at the last minute before distribution. As is the way with these things, the record company retained "three or four" library copies, one of which is illustrated in our montage in the comments section. It's unlikely any of these will turn up at auction, but there’s still plenty for the Bowie Collector to hunt out from the list above. #BowieAtTheBeeb #BowieCollector
David Bowie Jan 20, 2019
JAPANESE LOVING THE ALIEN CD BOX AND CROSSBEAT SPECIAL “You can't say no to the beauty from the East...” * For those of you who collect such things, the Japanese version of the David Bowie: Loving the Alien (1983-1988) CD box set, was released last month (12th December). Extras include a 148-page book containing Japanese language notes and interviews from the LTA book with English/Japanese lyrics thrown in. There’s also a 24-page booklet of 1983 Japanese press conference pictures and Serious Moonlight live shots by Masashi Kuwamoto. The folks at CROSSBEAT in Japan were very quick off the mark when they published a 1983-1988 special in celebration of the box set last month, too. Fourth in the series, it's a thorough look at the releases of the period, including the films Bowie starred in, with the usual wealth of pictorial content and Bowie interviews we’ve come to expect from their series of Parlophone box set specials, albeit in Japanese. The magazine also focuses on all of the other 2018 Bowie releases, right up to Glastonbury 2000. If you’ve been bitten by the Bowie collecting bug, stay tuned for another instalment in our occasional Bowie Collector series tomorrow. * Sorry #BowieJapan #LTAbox #BowieCollector
David Bowie Jan 17, 2019
THANKYOU FOR VOTING BOWIE BEST ENTERTAINER “In the world of today, for tomorrow's man...” No doubt you all know that David Bowie was voted the winner of the Entertainment category of BBC TWO’s ICONS poll yesterday. Many thanks to everybody who voted for our man, it’s really very much appreciated. David Bowie joins Alan Turing (Scientists), Ernest Shackleton (Explorers) Nelson Mandela (Leaders) and three other category winners (yet to be decided), for a place in the final on Tuesday 5th February at 9:00pm on BBC Two. Find everything you need to know about the poll and how to vote in the final, here: http://smarturl.it/BBC2ICONS FOOTNOTE: Today’s lyric quotation was triggered by the BBC’s Bowie tagline: “David Bowie’s cutting-edge music gave the world the sound of the future, today.” (Main image by [email protected]) #BBCIcons
David Bowie Jan 17, 2019
MYSTERY BOWIE FOOTAGE IN BBC’s FIRST FIVE YEARS “The First Five Years, What a surprise...” The March 2019 issue of Uncut Magazine has a single-page piece by Peter Watts, including the image here of one of Tony Visconti’s Bowie ‘snaps’ from 1969. The picture illustrates an interview with Francis Whately regarding next month’s broadcast of BBC2’s David Bowie: The First Five Years. Here’s a couple of paragraphs from it: + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + “Considering I once said I couldn't make this film because there wasn't enough material, we have found a surprising wealth of new things.” Francis Whately is discussing the third in his series of David Bowie documentaries for the BBC. While his previous films have focused on Bowie's '70s heyday and the final years of his life, David Bowie: The First Five Years is a document of the pre-fame years, starting in 1966 when Bowie legally changed his name from Jones. Filmed content of this period was naturally harder to come by, though Whately does promise “extraordinary footage” of a television performance long believed wiped. Bowie’s failure to break through in the ’60s was because he simply wasn't ready, but the film suggests that, in some ways, he was ahead of his time. “He was doing the cut-up technique on the Lower Third tour bus years before Diamond Dogs,” says Whately. “His band were already wearing makeup in 1966 and you can even see the jazz influences that didn't really come through until the very end of his life. There were songs on the Deram album like 'She's Got Medals' that were addressing trans gender issues that most people have only started talking about in the last two years. He was incredibly prescient.” + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + Intriguing stuff. And what could that extraordinary footage of a television performance long believed wiped, possibly be? The 1966 footage of Can’t Help Thinking About Me on Ready Steady Go!? Space Oddity on Top Of The Pops from 1969? The TV debut of Starman on Lift Off in 1972, or perhaps the spellbinding performance of My Death on Russell Harty Plus Pop from the following year? Or possibly none of the above. You’ll just have to wait till the broadcast next month to find out. The new Uncut is in shops from Thursday, January 17, but you can also order a copy online here: http://smarturl.it/BuyUNCUT #BowieUNCUT #BowieTheFirstFiveYears
David Bowie Jan 10, 2019
David Bowie: January 8th 1947 - January 10th 2016 #BowieForever
David Bowie Jan 08, 2019
DAVID BOWIE is… VIRTUAL LAUNCHED TODAY “Welcome to reality...” RECORD-BREAKING EXHIBITION COMES TO DIGITAL/INTERACTIVE LIFE MOBILE APP AVAILABLE NOW App Store: http://smarturl.it/AppStoreDBis Google Play: http://smarturl.it/GooglePlayDBis EXCLUSIVE BOWIE VIDEO AND IMAGES AVAILABLE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME Ground-breaking Collaboration Between David Bowie Archive and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. https://davidbowieisreal.com/ The David Bowie is… Augmented Reality app has been made available today (January 8th) on what would have been David Bowie’s 72nd birthday. Along with narration from the Oscar-winning actor Gary Oldman the app features over 400 items to explore including video and images from the very beginning of his career through to his final album ★. Exclusive video elements in the app include film from the 1972 performance at the Rainbow Theatre, 1990 Sound & Vision Tour, a Herb Ritts photo shoot in 1989, live performances from the 1974 Diamond Dogs Tour, footage from the experimental Diamond Dogs movie, and rehearsal footage from the 1976 Station to Station Tour. The app also features items not previously seen outside of the Brooklyn Museum run of the exhibition such as David’s script for Lazarus along with his sketchbook for the ★ video, original lyrics and David’s original drawings for the video concept. The app is based on the record-breaking exhibition David Bowie is… that drew over 2 million visitors across 12 stops in 11 cities making it the most visited touring exhibition in the history of the V&A. David Bowie is… curated by Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, was the first exhibition of its kind and has set the standard for others to follow. The visual richness of this show and visionary nature of Bowie and his music made this a must for virtual reality. The David Bowie is Augmented Reality mobile app is available in iOS and Android — granting access to the show’s hundreds of costumes, videos, handwritten lyrics, original works of art and more to the tens of millions of Bowie fans unable to visit the exhibition before it shuttered permanently on July 15, 2018. This virtual reality adaption of David Bowie is will enable the visitor to spend as long as desired on individual items and jump to others. The David Bowie is AR mobile app is the first release resulting from a collaboration between the David Bowie Archive and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., who hosted the exhibition in Tokyo in 2017. The New York-based studio Planeta is designing and developing the AR/VR interpretations of the original museum experience at the V&A. The AR adaptation, a first of its kind, mirrors the physical exhibition through a sequence of audio-visual spaces through which the works and artefacts of Bowie’s life can be explored. 3D renderings preserve and present his costumes and treasured objects such as musical scores, storyboards, handwritten lyrics, and even diary entries--all in 360-degree detail, enabling intimate “behind the glass” access rivalling that of the visitors to the original exhibit, and enhanced by an immersive audio experience featuring Bowie’s music and narration, best experienced with headphones. Additionally, the David Bowie is mobile app will feature dozens of items not featured in the original exhibition including some entirely new and exclusive to this AR version. The app is available now price £7.99. The AR mobile app is the first phase of this innovative initiative, with the VR format scheduled for later release. For more information https://davidbowieisreal.com/ #DBisVirtual
David Bowie Jan 08, 2019
PARLOPHONE SET TO RELEASE RARE BOWIE TRACKS “...spying through a keyhole from the other room...” On what would have been David Bowie’s 72nd birthday and with 2019 marking 50 years since David Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity, we are excited to announce that Parlophone is set to release a 7" vinyl singles box set of nine rare recordings from the era during which Space Oddity was first conceived. The title: Spying Through A Keyhole, is a lyric taken from the previously unknown song: Love All Around. Go here for the full details: http://smarturl.it/BowieSTAK #BowieSTAK
David Bowie Jan 07, 2019
LOVING THE ALIEN BREAK-OUTS DUE FEBRUARY “And you'll believe you're loving the alien...” The five selected stand-alone albums from last year’s David Bowie: Loving the Alien (1983-1988) box set will be issued by Parlophone on 15th February. The break-outs include the three studio albums, Let’s Dance, Tonight and Never Let Me Down on vinyl LP, CD and various digital formats, plus the two live albums: Serious Moonlight (Live ’83) and Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) on CD and digital formats. In addition, the compilation album, Dance (which features twelve remixes), will be available on standard digital. Pre-order here: https://lnk.to/LTABO and go here for the full breakdown: http://smarturl.it/LTAbreakoutsBNet #LTABox
David Bowie Jan 03, 2019
GARY OLDMAN NARRATES DAVID BOWIE IS MOBILE APP “We had a friend, a talking man...” Gary Oldman, the legendary British Oscar, Golden Globe and three time Bafta-winning actor is to provide the narration for the new David Bowie is mobile app. (https://davidbowieisreal.com/) Oldman and Bowie first met in the late 80’s and having both been born and bred in South London found they had a great deal in common. Gary once remarked “I see him less as 'David Bowie’ and more as Dave from Brixton and I'm Gary from New Cross.” Gary had this to say regarding the app: “This brings the amazing David Bowie is exhibition to a wider audience. It’s great that his fans get to experience it. It was a privilege to be involved.”. The app will be available from January 8th priced £7.99. Our montage shows Gary Oldman recording the narration for David Bowie is. Picture by Hideo Oida. Go here for the full press release: http://smarturl.it/DBisGoldmanBNetPR #DBisVirtual
David Bowie Jan 01, 2019
A HAPPY NEW YEAR WITH A SMILE FROM DB “When you see a famous smile...” Welcome to 2019, the year that marks fifty years since Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity...but more of that later. Following on from last year’s theme, here’s another previously unpublished picture of David Bowie by Total Blam Blam. This shot was taken in the dressing room before his appearance on TFI in June 2000 and it seems Blam had a way of getting a smile out of DB, not that that was a hard thing to do. (See last year’s pic for more evidence: http://smarturl.it/HNY2018DBFB) A Happy New Year to all you BOWIE KOOKS. Stay tuned for an exciting first week of 2019 leading up to January 8th and what would have been David’s 72nd birthday. #BowieNewYear2019