Music | January 11, 2020 5:58 am

A Pair of Posthumous David Bowie Records Are Due Out in 2020

The “ChangesNowBowie” sessions to be released on Record Store Day

David Bowie
This year will bring with it a number of archival releases from David Bowie.
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It’s been four years now since David Bowie died. As befits musicians with an impressive massive back catalogue, there’s been no small amount of posthumous work released from Bowie’s archives since then, beginning with the No Plan EP, released in 2017.

A new report from Dazed suggests that the new year will bring a significant amount of previously unheard music from Bowie. First up, from Parlophone: David Bowie Is It Any Wonder?, a new EP.  The label describes it as “a six track EP of unreleased and rare tracks to be released over six weeks.”

The first of the songs to be released? An acoustic version of “The Man Who Sold the World.” 

This version is from the recording session ChangesNowBowie, which was recorded in 1996 and aired on the BBC to coincide with Bowie’s 50th birthday — January 8, 1997.

That coincides neatly with the second announcement from Parlophone: in conjunction with Record Store Day on April 18, 2020, they’ll release the entirety of ChangesNowBowie on LP and CD. Parlophone shared some additional details about the recording, adding that more information would be forthcoming.

ChangesNowBowie was recorded and mixed at Looking Glass Studios in New York in November 1996 during rehearsals for David’s 50th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden. Gail Ann Dorsey (bass, vocals), Reeves Gabrels (guitars) and Mark Plati (keyboards and programming) accompanied David on the recording.”

For Bowie completists, these two records will join a host of others released in the last few years. That includes a high-profile reworking of his 1987 album Never Let Me Down and a collection of recordings from 1969, The Mercury Demos. Given Bowie’s ability to reinvent himself and his music, these new records may well add to his mystique — and his legacy.

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