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Item no. 445883
Gender Unisex
Musical Genre Alternative/Indie
Media - Format 1-3 LP
Product topic Bands
Band David Bowie
Product type LP
Release date 28/06/2019
Released as a black vinyl edition (mono/33 1/3 RPM) packed in a decorative tape-box replica including a print, photo contact sheet and sleeve notes by Mark Adams.

As part of the ongoing celebrations marking 50 years since David Bowie’s first hit, ‘Space Oddity’, and following the recent collections ‘Spying Through A Keyhole’ box set featuring four singles and the ‘Clareville Grove’ Demos with three more singles, Parlophone is releasing a further set of recordings from Bowie’s archive known as The ‘Mercury’ Demos. The ‘Mercury’ Demos include 10 early Bowie recordings captured live in one take to a Revox reel-to-reel tape machine in David’s flat in the spring of 1969, with accompaniment from John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson on guitar and harmonica. The version of ‘Space Oddity’ from the Demos, originally released with edits on the ‘Sound & Vision’ boxset, is presented here in its true context for the first time. The other nine recordings on the album are all previously unreleased. In addition to Bowie originals, the session also includes the Roger Bunn composition ‘Life Is A Circus’, which features as an earlier demo version on the ‘Clareville Grove’ Demos set, and the Lesley Duncan composition ‘Love Song’, later recorded by Elton John for his ‘Tumbleweed Connection’ album. David’s own ‘Conversation Piece’ is announced as ‘a new song’ and Janine features a short 19 second section sung to the melody of The Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’. The ‘Mercury’ Demos set comes in a replica of the original tape box and features one LP, a print, two photo contact sheets and sleeve notes by Mark Adams.
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1. Space Oddity 2. Janine 3. An Occasional Dream 4. Conversation Piece 5. Ching-a-Ling 6. I’m Not Quite (aka Letter To Hermione) 7. Lover To The Dawn 8. Love Song 9. When I’m Five 10. Life Is A Circus