Finally! Some good news today. This is really exciting.
Due for an October 21st release, the new collection entitled David Bowie Loving the Alien (1983-1988) features eight albums from Bowie’s most commercially successful period and includes previously unreleased music.
Despite the fact that Bowie himself admitted this era to be his “lost” period in terms of creativity, there were still great songs in there. “Loving the Alien” (not really about spacemen) is one of the most beautiful songs he wrote I think. I also loved the song “Never let me down” with his Lennon-eque vocal treatments. “Blue Jean” was always a favorite when played live. “She’s got turned up nose” (and he would do that sassy vogue-y face). Exciting stuff that this has been ‘revisited’
This era kicked off with Let’s Dance, the genius album which Bowie sought out maestro Nile Rodgers to produce, providing him a photo of Little Richard posed by a Cadillac saying “Nile, make the record sound like this.” Nile always speaks fondly of Bowie, frankly I could listen to Nile tell these stories all day long.
Let’s Dance also has some hidden gems in the mere 8 songs. Namely his cover of Metro’s “Criminal World.” and certainly the rock-Chic of the title track “Let’s Dance.”
There’s the live recording of the Serious Moonlight tour, which features one of my favorite live takes of “Scary Monsters.” I just wish someone would do something with the board tapes of the Dallas Rehearsals which featured Stevie Ray Vaughn (who quit before the tour began).
In addition to a remastered version of 1987’s Never Let Me Down, a brand new production of the record is included. Coming from Bowie producer/engineer Mario McNulty, the new version features fresh instrumentation from Bowie collaborators Reeves Gabrels (guitar), David Torn (guitar), Sterling Campbell (drums), Tim Lefebvre (bass).
Box Set Contents:
84- or 128-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)*