A vinyl box set that features nine unreleased recordings from David Bowie will arrive later this year.
To mark what would have been the late music icon’s 72nd birthday, Parlophone will release ‘Spying Through A Keyhole’ a box set of nine 7″ singles that includes the earliest known versions of the now legendary ‘Space Oddity.’
As for the title of the box-set, it’s taken straight from ‘Love All Around’ – a previously unknown song that was released for the first time last year.
Although a specific release date is yet to arrive, you can check out the track-listings in full below, complete with official descriptions of the new offerings.
On what would have been David Bowie’s 72nd birthday we are excited to announce that Parlophone is set to release Spying Through A Keyhole, nine rare recordings from the era during which Space Oddity was first conceived. Read more about the collection here: https://t.co/JwDtu4Ibv4 pic.twitter.com/AT9gHPtIOw
— David Bowie Official (@DavidBowieReal) January 8, 2019
‘Mother Grey ‘(demo)
This mid-tempo tale of a fledgling son fleeing the nest features multi-tracked vocals, guitars and harmonica from David.
‘In The Heat Of The Morning ‘(demo)
A well-known early Bowie song but presented here in demo form with final lyrics.
‘Goodbye 3d (Threepenny) Joe’ (demo)
A charming demo from 1968.
‘Love All Around’ (demo)
A delightful love song from whence the title of this collection came: “I see a pop tune spying through a keyhole from the other room”.
‘London Bye, Ta-Ta’ (demo)
An early demo version of the song with completely different lyrics in a couple of the verses compared to those of the later full band versions.
‘Angel, Angel, Grubby Face’ (demo version 1)
The first and only previously known demo of this song.
‘Angel, Angel, Grubby Face’ (demo version 2)
A later version of the same song with alternative lyrics.
‘Space Oddity’ (demo excerpt)
The lyric and arrangement variations lend weight to the theory that this is possibly the first ever recorded demo of one of Bowie’s most famous songs.
‘Space Oddity (demo – alternative lyrics)’ (with Hutch)
Originally conceived as a song for a duo to perform, this is the first known version to feature John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson again with lyric and arrangement variations.
Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that Gary Oldman will provide narration on the ‘David Bowie…Is’ app.
The app is a virtual re-imagining of Bowie’s touring exhibition of the same name,which drew over 2million visitors across 12 cities before it closed in 2018.