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Parlophone set to release Bowie rarities and demos, 50 years on from his debut


David Bowie would have been 72 today, his loss is still felt across the musical world as is inspirational music and style continues to resonate. It feels fitting then that a man so individual would still be able to shock us after his death. He’s done just that as Parlophone records are set to release a selection of rare demos and unreleased songs titled Spying Through A Keyhole.

With 2019 marking 50 years since David Bowie’s first hit, ‘Space Oddity’, Parlophone is set to release a 7″ vinyl singles box set of nine previously unreleased recordings from the era during which ‘Space Oddity’ was first conceived.

The title: Spying Through A Keyhole, is a lyric taken from the previously unknown song named ‘Love All Around’, which can be found in the set. Although most of the other titles are known to his fans and music lovers, these versions have never been officially released until late last year.

Most of the recordings are solo vocal and acoustic home demo performances, because of this we get a beautiful glimpse into the recording life of an artist that has inspired millions.

Below is the tracklisting from David Bowie’s website:

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.