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Loving The Alien (1983-1988)

David Bowie
Vinyl  |  Rock  |  12 Oct 2018
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David Bowie Loving The Alien: 1983 - 1988 Vinyl

 

 

 

Parlophone Records are proud to announce 'David Bowie: Loving The Alien (1983–1988),' the fourth in a series of box sets spanning his career from 1969!

The follow-up to the awarding winning and critically acclaimed 'David Bowie: Five Years (1969-1973),' 'David Bowie: Who Can I Be Now? (1974–1976)' and 'David Bowie: A New Career In A New Town (1977–1982).'

'David Bowie: Loving The Alien (1983–1988)' will contain a brand new production of the 1987 album 'Never Let Me Down' by Bowie producer / engineer Mario McNulty with new instrumentation by Bowie collaborators Reeves Gabrels (guitar), David Torn (guitar), Sterling Campbell (drums), Tim Lefebvre (bass) as well as string quartet with arrangements by Nico Muhly and a guest cameo by Laurie Anderson on 'Shining Star (Makin' My Love)'.

The eleven CD box, fifteen-piece vinyl set and standard digital download box set is named after the opening track from the 'Tonight' album and includes newly remastered versions of David's most commercially successful period 'Let's Dance', 'Tonight', 'Never Let Me Down (Original and 2018 Versions)', the live album 'Glass Spider (Live Montreal '87)', the previously unreleased 'Serious Moonlight' live album, a collection of original remixes entitled 'Dance' and the non-album / alternate version / b-sides and soundtrack music compilation 'RE:CALL 4.'

Exclusive to each of the box sets is 'Never Let Me Down (2018)', a new production of the 1987 album. The seeds of this new reimagining of the albums were first sown in 2008 when David asked Mario McNulty to remix the track 'Time Will Crawl' and record new drums by longtime Bowie drummer, Sterling Campbell along with strings. The track was issued on the iSelect compilation to much acclaim, and in the notes, for that record, David remarked 'Oh, to redo the rest of that album'.

Fast-forward to early 2018 McNulty entered Electric Lady Studios in New York with Sterling, Tim Lefebvre on bass, who was in the "Blackstar" band and Reeves Gabrels and David Torn on guitars. All of the musicians had a history with David, so were a perfect fit for what now sound like brand new songs. Nico Muhly, whom Mario first met when they were both interns working for Philip Glass in 2001, has handled the string arrangements.

The new re-workings have revealed 'Never Let Me Down' as a very strong collection of songs with a dark thematic thread running through them. Fans listening to 'Never Let Me Down (2018)' would be forgiven for thinking that they were listening to a brand new 'lost' Bowie record.

This 2018 version of the album will also feature newly 'remixed' artwork reflecting the album's subject matter and features unseen images from the original cover photographic session from the archive of Greg Gorman.

Also in each box is the never before released 'Serious Moonlight' live album recorded in Montreal in 1983. Originally mixed at the time by Bob Clearmountain, the double album captures Bowie on what at that time was his most successful tour. The artwork features shots taken by photographer Denis O'Regan.

Also included is the 2CD/3LP 'Glass Spider (Live Montreal '87)' album, making its debut on vinyl (which is exclusive to the LP box). The tour's innovative set and marriage of music and theatre has been cited as a big inspiration to acts in the 2000's. Speaking in 1991 about Glass Spider Bowie said, "It was the first time I'd had the opportunity to spend that kind of money and do shows like that! The first time since Diamond Dogs, anyway ... I thought, Right! Let's really spend some money! I had all these thwarted dreams of what I'd tried to do with rock 'n roll in the early '70s".

Exclusive to each box is 'RE:CALL 4' and 'Dance'. The former a new compilation featuring remastered contemporary single versions, non-album singles, album edits, b-sides and songs featured on soundtracks such as Labyrinth, Absolute Beginners and When The Wind Blows. 'Dance' features 12 contemporaneous remixes some of which are appearing on CD and vinyl for the first time and is named after an unreleased Bowie remix album that was originally slated for release in November 1985.

The physical box set's accompanying book, 128 pages in the CD box and 84 in the vinyl set, will feature rarely seen and previously unpublished photos by photographers including Denis O'Regan, Greg Gorman, Herb Ritts and many others as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums from producers/engineers Nile Rodgers, Hugh Padgham, Mario McNulty and Justin Shirley-Smith.

The CD box set will include faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions of the original albums, and the CDs will be gold coloured rather than the usual silver. The vinyl box set has the same content as the CD set and is pressed on audiophile quality 180g vinyl. As well as 'Never Let Me Down (2018)', 'Dance' and 'Re:Call 4', both 'Serious Moonlight (Live '83)' and 'Glass Spider (Live Montreal '87)'.

DETAILS

Title: Loving The Alien (1983-1988)

Format: Vinyl

Release Date: 12 Oct 2018

Artist: David Bowie

Sku: 2385039

Catalogue No: RPLH573623.1

Category: Rock

TRACKS

DISC 1

LP - LET'S DANCE (SIDE A)

1. Modern Love

2. China Girl

3. Let's Dance

4. Without You

LP - LET'S DANCE (SIDE B)

1. Ricochet

2. Criminal World

3. Cat People (Putting Out Fire)

4. Shake It

LP - SERIOUS MOONLIGHT (LIVE '83) (SIDE C)

1. Look Back In Anger

2. "Heroes"

3. What In The World

4. Golden Years

5. Fashion

6. Let's Dance

LP - SERIOUS MOONLIGHT (LIVE '83) (SIDE D)

1. Breaking Glass

2. Life On Mars?

3. Sorrow

4. Cat People (Putting Out Fire)

5. China Girl

6. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)

7. Rebel Rebel

LP - SERIOUS MOONLIGHT (LIVE '83) (SIDE E)

1. White Light / White Heat

2. Station To Station

3. Cracked Actor

4. Ashes To Ashes

LP - SERIOUS MOONLIGHT (LIVE '83) (SIDE F)

1. Space Oddity/Band Introduction

2. Young Americans

3. Fame

4. Modern Love

LP - TONIGHT (SIDE G)

1. Loving The Alien

2. Don't Look Down

3. God Only Knows

4. Tonight

LP - TONIGHT (SIDE H)

1. Neighborhood Threat

2. Blue Jean

3. Tumble And Twirl

4. I Keep Forgettin'

5. Dancing With The Big Boys

LP - NEVER LET ME DOWN (SIDE I)

1. Day-In Day-Out

2. Time Will Crawl

3. Beat Of Your Drum

4. Never Let Me Down

5. Zeroes

LP - NEVER LET ME DOWN (SIDE J)

1. Glass Spider

2. Shining Star (Makin' My Love)

3. New York's In Love

4. '87 And Cry

5. Bang

LP - NEVER LET ME DOWN (2018) (SIDE K)

1. Day-In Day-Out

2. Time Will Crawl

3. Beat Of Your Drum

LP - NEVER LET ME DOWN (2018) (SIDE L)

1. Never Let Me Down

2. Zeroes

3. Glass Spider

LP - NEVER LET ME DOWN (2018) (SIDE M)

1. Shining Star (Makin' My Love) (ft Laurie Anderson)

2. New York's In Love

3. 87 & Cry

4. Bang Bang

LP - NEVER LET ME DOWN (2018) (SIDE N)

1. David Bowie 1987 logo etching

LP - GLASS SPIDER (LIVE MONTREAL '87) (SIDE O)

1. Up The Hill Backwards

2. Glass Spider

3. Day-In Day-Out

4. Bang Bang

LP - GLASS SPIDER (LIVE MONTREAL '87) (SIDE P)

1. Absolute Beginners

2. Loving The Alien

3. China Girl

4. Rebel Rebel

LP - GLASS SPIDER (LIVE MONTREAL '87) (SIDE Q)

1. Fashion

2. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)

3. All The Mad Men

4. Never Let Me Down

LP - GLASS SPIDER (LIVE MONTREAL '87) (SIDE R)

1. Big Brother

2. '87 And Cry

3. Heroes

4. Sons Of The Silent Age

5. Time Will Crawl / Band Introduction

LP - GLASS SPIDER (LIVE MONTREAL '87) (SIDE S)

1. Young Americans

2. Beat Of Your Drum

3. The Jean Genie

4. Let's Dance

LP - GLASS SPIDER (LIVE MONTREAL '87) (SIDE T)

1. Fame

2. Time

3. Blue Jean

4. Modern Love

LP - DANCE (SIDE U)

1. Shake It (Re-mix aka Long Version)(Originally released on the B-side of the 'China Girl' 12" single on EMI America 12EA 157 (U.K.) and V-7809 (U.S.) in May, 1983)

2. Blue Jean (Extended Dance Mix)(Originally released on 12" single on EMI America 12EA 181 (U.K.) and V-7838 (U.S.) in September, 1984)

3. Dancing With The Big Boys (Extended Dance Mix)(Originally released on the B-side of the 'Blue Jean' 12" single alongside an Extended Dub Mix of the same, release details as above)

LP - DANCE (SIDE V)

1. Tonight (Vocal Dance Mix)(Originally released on 12" single on EMI America 12EA 187 (U.K.) and V-7846 (U.S.) in November, 1984.)

2. Don't Look Down (Extended Dance Mix)(Originally released on the B-side of the 'Loving The Alien' (Extended Dance Mix) 12" single alongside the 'Loving The Alien' (Extended Dub Mix) on EMI America 1

3. Loving The Alien (Extended Dub Mix)(Originally released on the B-side of the 'Loving The Alien' (Extended Dance Mix) 12" single, release details as above.)

LP - DANCE (SIDE W)

1. Tumble And Twirl (Extended Dance Mix)(Originally released on the B-side of the 'Tonight' 12" single alongside a 'Tonight' (Dub Mix), release details as above.)

2. Underground (Extended Dance Mix)(Originally released on 12" single on EMI America 12EA 216 (U.K.) and V-19210 (U.S.) in June, 1986.)

3. Day-In Day-Out (Groucho Mix)(Originally released on 12" single on EMI America 12EAX 230 (U.K.) and V-19239 (U.S.) in March, 1987.)

LP - DANCE (SIDE X)

1. Time Will Crawl (Dance Crew Mix)(Originally released on 12" single on EMI America 12EAX 237 (U.K.) in June, 1987.)

2. Shining Star (Makin' My Love) (12" mix)(Originally released on the 'Never Let Me Down' digital E.P. on EMI 0094639278954 in May, 2007.)

3. Never Let Me Down (Dub/Acapella)(Originally released on the B-side of the 'Never Let Me Down' (Extended Dance Mix) 12" single on EMI America 12EA 239 (U.K.) and V-19255 (U.S.) in August, 1987.)

LP - RE:CALL 4 (SIDE Y)

1. Let's Dance (single version)

2. China Girl (single version)

3. Modern Love (single version)

4. This Is Not America (The theme from 'The Falcon And The Snowman') - David Bowie / Pat Metheny Group

5. Loving The Alien (re-mixed version)

LP - RE:CALL 4 (SIDE Z)

1. Don't Look Down (re-mixed version)

2. Dancing In The Street (Clearmountain mix) - David Bowie and Mick Jagger

3. Absolute Beginners (from Absolute Beginners)

4. That's Motivation (from Absolute Beginners)

5. Volare (from Absolute Beginners)

LP - RE:CALL 4 (SIDE AA)

1. Labyrinth Opening Titles/Underground (from Labyrinth)

2. Magic Dance (from Labyrinth)

3. As The World Falls Down (from Labyrinth)

4. Within You (from Labyrinth)

5. Underground (from Labyrinth)

LP - RE:CALL 4 (SIDE BB)

1. When The Wind Blows (single version) (from When The Wind Blows)

2. Day-In Day-Out (single version)

3. Julie

4. Beat Of Your Drum (vinyl album edit)

5. Glass Spider (vinyl album edit)

LP - RE:CALL 4 (SIDE CC)

1. Shining Star (Makin' My Love) (vinyl album edit)

2. New York's In Love (vinyl album edit)

3. '87 And Cry (vinyl album edit)

4. Bang Bang (vinyl album edit)

5. Time Will Crawl (single version)

LP - RE:CALL 4 (SIDE DD)

1. Girls (extended edit)

2. Never Let Me Down (7" remix edit)

3. Bang Bang (live - promotional mix)

4. Tonight (live) Tina Turner with David Bowie

5. Let's Dance (live) Tina Turner with David Bow


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