"Thinking of a different time"
Parlophone Records announce David Bowie Loving The Alien (1983 - 1988), the fourth in a series of box sets spanning his career
As well as the studio and live albums from the period, the set will also contain an exclusive new production of the 1987 album Never Let Me Down, by Bowie producer/engineer Mario McNulty with new instrumentation by Bowie collaborators Reeves Gabrels, David Torn, Sterling Campbell and Tim Lefebvre. Never Let Me Down (2018) also boasts a string quartet with arrangements by Nico Muhly and a guest cameo by Laurie Anderson on Shining Star (Makin' My Love).
The follow-up to the award 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)' will be released on 12th October.
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 a string quartet with arrangements by Nico Muhly and a guest cameo by Laurie Anderson on 'Shining Star (Makin' My Love)'.
The fifteen-piece vinyl 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 the box set is 'NEVER LET ME DOWN (2018)', a new production of the 1987 album. The seeds of this reimagining of the album 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 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 included is the never before released 'SERIOUS MOONLIGHT' live album recorded in Vancouver, 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 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, 84 pages 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.
DAVID BOWIE 'LOVING THE ALIEN (1983-1988)'
LP Box Set:
88 Page hardback book
Let's Dance (remastered) (1LP)
Serious Moonlight (Live '83) (previously unreleased) (2LP)*
Tonight (remastered) (1LP)
Never Let Me Down (remastered) (1LP)
Never Let Me Down (2018) (previously unreleased) (2LP - side 4 is etched)*
Glass Spider (Live Montreal '87) (previously unreleased on vinyl) (3LP)*
Re:Call 4 (non-album singles, edits, single versions, b-sides and soundtrack music) (remastered) (3LP)*
* Exclusive to 'Loving The Alien (1983-1988) LP box'
|3.||Cat People (Putting Out Fire)|
|1.||Look Back In Anger|
|3.||What In The World|
|2.||Life On Mars?|
|4.||Cat People (Putting Out Fire)|
|6.||Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)|
|1.||White Light / White Heat|
|2.||Station To Station|
|4.||Ashes To Ashes|
|1.||Space Oddity/band Introduction|
|1.||Loving The Alien|
|2.||Don't Look Down|
|3.||God Only Knows|
|3.||Tumble And Twirl|
|4.||I Keep Forgettin'|
|5.||Dancing With The Big Boys|
|2.||Time Will Crawl|
|3.||Beat Of Your Drum|
|4.||Never Let Me Down|
|2.||Shining Star (Makin' My Love)|
|3.||New York's In Love|
|4.||'87 And Cry|
|2.||Time Will Crawl|
|3.||Beat Of Your Drum|
|1.||Never Let Me Down|
|1.||Shining Star (Makin' My Love) (Ft Laurie Anderson)|
|2.||New York's In Love|
|3.||87 & Cry|
|1.||David Bowie 1987 Logo Etching|
|1.||Up The Hill Backwards|
|2.||Loving The Alien|
|2.||Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)|
|3.||All The Mad Men|
|4.||Never Let Me Down|
|2.||'87 And Cry|
|4.||Sons Of The Silent Age|
|5.||Time Will Crawl / Band Introduction|
|2.||Beat Of Your Drum|
|3.||The Jean Genie|
|1.||Shake It (Re-mix Aka Long Version)|
|2.||Blue Jean (Extended Dance Mix)|
|3.||Dancing With The Big Boys (Extended Dance Mix)|
|1.||Tonight (Vocal Dance Mix)|
|2.||Don't Look Down (Extended Dance Mix)|
|3.||Loving The Alien (Extended Dub Mix)|
|1.||Tumble And Twirl (Extended Dance Mix)|
|2.||Underground (Extended Dance Mix)|
|3.||Day-in Day-out (Groucho Mix)|
|1.||Time Will Crawl (Dance Crew Mix)|
|2.||Shining Star (Makin' My Love) (12' Mix)|
|3.||Never Let Me Down (Dub/acapella)|
|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)|
|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)|
|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)|
|1.||When The Wind Blows (Single Version) (From When The Wind Blows)|
|2.||Day-in Day-out (Single Version)|
|4.||Beat Of Your Drum (Vinyl Album Edit)|
|5.||Glass Spider (Vinyl Album Edit)|
|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)|
|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 Bowie|