David Bowie producer says unreleased material is 'astounding'

Tony Visconti made the comment upon collecting Bowie's innovation honour at the Music Producers Guild Awards

David Bowie producer says unreleased material is 'astounding'

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David Bowie's producer Tony Visconti has said that there are two or three "astounding" tracks left over from the sessions for the artist's 2013 comeback album, 'The Next Day'.

The producer was speaking at the Music Producers Guild Awards on February 14, where he collected Bowie's innovation honour on the artist's behalf. He said that the unreleased songs could still be put out one day. BBC News writes that Visconti said both he and Bowie were "very excited" by the reaction to last year's Mercury Prize nominated LP. "We were very excited with the reaction. Honestly I was in a daze for the first week, because keeping a secret for two years took quite a lot of lying. I almost started believing my own stories!"

He continued: "No one believed that David Bowie was going to make another album and so the timing was perfect, because everyone kind of gave up on him. There were rumours of bad health and rumours of retirement, and I'm laughing my head off every time I hear them. I'm in the studio with a very healthy man who has no problem writing songs, he wrote easily 30 songs for that album."

Actor Gary Oldman recently spoke out about his role in the video for David Bowie's 'The Next Day', which he starred in last year, playing a priest opposite Marion Cotillard. He revealed that he was paid "a sandwich and a bottle of pop" for his part in the video, and no money changed hands. He commented: "Dave just shot me an email, out of the blue, saying, 'Do you want to come and play a priest for a day?' It was all done for a sandwich and a bottle of pop. We actually shot it in a place that's about 10 minutes from my house. There was no money in it."

'The Next Day' was the third single to be taken from Bowie's 2013 album of the same name. The video was directed by Floria Sigismundi, who also directed Bowie's 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)' video.

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