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A collector's dream: David Bowie's previously unheard 'The Mercury Demos' is being released

To coincide with the 50th anniversary of David Bowie’s first big hit ‘Space Oddity, Parlophone has announced it will be releasing another huge collection of intimate recordings title The Mercury Demos.

Due out in June the release collates 10 sumptuous early Bowie recordings form the spring of 1969. The songs were recorded with guitarist and vocalist John Hutchinson in his London flat to a reel tape machine.

The tape was recorded for the A&R man of Mercury Records as a way to secure Bowie’s record deal with the company. It comes complete with a previously unheard version of ‘Space Oddity’ as well as 9 other tracks including covers of Roger Bunn’s ‘Life is a Circus’ and Lesley Duncan’s ‘Love Song’.

Relive David Bowie’s first TV performance from 1969

The collection will come as part of an original idea as the housing of the records looks to emulate the original tape box which was sent to the company. As well as the housing the LP will be accompanied by a print, two contact photo sheets, sleeve notes by Mark Adams and with song titles in Bowie’s own handwriting.

Record collectors, are you ready?