David Bowie: Loving The Alien: 1983 - 1988

Loving The Alien: 1983 - 1988

David Bowie

  • US $309.99  

  • Release Date 12 October 2018
  • In Stock
Product code
0190295693527
Format
Vinyl Box Set
Label
Parlophone

Box Set Includes
- 88 Page hardback book
- Let’s Dance (remastered) (1LP)
- Serious Moonlight (Live ’83) (previously unreleased) (2LP)*
- Tonight (remastered) (1LP)
- Never Let Me Down (remastered) (1LP)
- Never Let Me Down (2018) (previously unreleased) (2LP – side 4 is etched)*
- Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) (previously unreleased on vinyl) (3LP)*
- Dance (2LP)*
- Re:Call 4 (non-album singles, edits, single versions, b-sides and soundtrack music) (remastered) (3LP)*

*exclusive to box set

Parlophone Records are proud to announce DAVID BOWIE ‘LOVING THE ALIEN (1983 – 1988)’ the fourth in a series of box sets spanning his career from 1969.

The follow-up to the award winning and critically acclaimed DAVID BOWIE ‘FIVE YEARS (1969 – 1973)’, DAVID BOWIE ‘WHO CAN I BE NOW? (1974 – 1976)’ and DAVID BOWIE ‘A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN (1977 – 1982)’ will be released on 12th October.

DAVID BOWIE ‘LOVING THE ALIEN (1983 – 1988)’ will contain a brand new production of the 1987 album ‘NEVER LET ME DOWN’ by Bowie producer/engineer Mario McNulty with new instrumentation by Bowie collaborators Reeves Gabrels (guitar), David Torn (guitar), Sterling Campbell (drums), Tim Lefebvre (bass) as well as a string quartet with arrangements by Nico Muhly and a guest cameo by Laurie Anderson on ‘Shining Star (Makin’ My Love)’.

The box set is named after the opening track from the ‘Tonight’ album and includes newly remastered versions of David’s most commercially successful period ‘LET’S DANCE’, ‘TONIGHT’, ‘NEVER LET ME DOWN (ORIGINAL and 2018 VERSIONS)’, the live album ‘GLASS SPIDER (Live Montreal ’87)’, the previously unreleased ‘SERIOUS MOONLIGHT’ live album, a collection of original remixes entitled ‘DANCE’ and the non-album/alternate version/b-sides and soundtrack music compilation RE:CALL 4.

Exclusive to each of the box sets is ‘NEVER LET ME DOWN (2018)’, a new production of the 1987 album. The seeds of this reimagining of the album were first sown in 2008 when David asked Mario McNulty to remix the track ‘Time Will Crawl’ and record new drums by longtime Bowie drummer, Sterling Campbell, along with strings. The track was issued on the iSelect compilation to much acclaim, and in the notes, for that record, David remarked ‘Oh, to redo the rest of that album’.

Fast-forward to early 2018 McNulty entered Electric Lady Studios in New York with Sterling, Tim Lefebvre on bass, who was in the ★ (“Blackstar") band and Reeves Gabrels and David Torn on guitars. All of the musicians had a history with David, so were a perfect fit for what now sound like brand new songs. Nico Muhly, whom Mario first met when they were both interns working for Philip Glass in 2001, has handled the string arrangements.

The re-workings have revealed ‘Never Let Me Down’ as a very strong collection of songs with a dark thematic thread running through them. Fans listening to ‘NEVER LET ME DOWN (2018)’ would be forgiven for thinking that they were listening to a brand new ‘lost’ Bowie record.

This 2018 version of the album will also feature newly 'remixed' artwork reflecting the album’s subject matter and features unseen images from the original cover photographic session from the archive of Greg Gorman.

Also in each box is the never before released ‘SERIOUS MOONLIGHT’ live album recorded in Vancouver, in 1983. Originally mixed at the time by Bob Clearmountain, the double album captures Bowie on what at that time was his most successful tour. The artwork features shots taken by photographer Denis O’Regan.

lso included is the 2CD / 3LP GLASS SPIDER (LIVE MONTREAL ’87) album, making its debut on vinyl (which is exclusive to the LP box). The tour’s innovative set and marriage of music and theatre has been cited as a big inspiration to acts in the 2000’s. Speaking in 1991 about Glass Spider Bowie said, “It was the first time I'd had the opportunity to spend that kind of money and do shows like that! The first time since Diamond Dogs, anyway...I thought, right! Let’s really spend some money! I had all these thwarted dreams of what I'd tried to do with rock 'n roll in the early '70s”.

Exclusive to each box is ‘RE:CALL 4’ and ‘DANCE’. The former a new compilation featuring remastered contemporary single versions, non-album singles, album edits, b-sides and songs featured on soundtracks such as Labyrinth, Absolute Beginners and When The Wind Blows. ‘DANCE’ features 12 contemporaneous remixes some of which are appearing on CD and vinyl for the first time and is named after an unreleased Bowie remix album that was originally slated for release in November 1985.

LET’S DANCE
Side 1

Modern Love
China Girl
Let’s Dance
Without You

Side 2
Ricochet
Criminal World
Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
Shake It

SERIOUS MOONLIGHT (LIVE ’83)
Side 1

Look Back In Anger
“Heroes”
What In The World
Golden Years
Fashion
Let’s Dance

Side 2
Breaking Glass
Life On Mars?
Sorrow
Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
China Girl
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
Rebel Rebel

Side 3
White Light / White Heat
Station To Station
Cracked Actor
Ashes To Ashes

Side 4
Space Oddity/Band Introduction
Young Americans
Fame
Modern Love

TONIGHT
Side 1

Loving The Alien
Don’t Look Down
God Only Knows
Tonight

Side 2
Neighborhood Threat
Blue Jean
Tumble And Twirl
I Keep Forgettin’
Dancing With The Big Boys

NEVER LET ME DOWN
Side 1

Day-In Day-Out
Time Will Crawl
Beat Of Your Drum
Never Let Me Down
Zeroes

Side 2
Glass Spider
Shining Star (Makin’ My Love)
New York’s In Love
’87 And Cry
Bang

NEVER LET ME DOWN (2018)
Side 1

Day-In Day-Out
Time Will Crawl
Beat Of Your Drum

Side 2
Never Let Me Down
Zeroes
Glass Spider

Side 3
Shining Star (Makin’ My Love) (ft Laurie Anderson)
New York’s In Love
87 & Cry
Bang Bang

Side 4
David Bowie 1987 logo etching

GLASS SPIDER (LIVE MONTREAL ’87)
Side 1

Up The Hill Backwards
Glass Spider
Day-In Day-Out
Bang Bang

Side 2
Absolute Beginners
Loving The Alien
China Girl
Rebel Rebel

Side 3
Fashion
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
All The Mad Men
Never Let Me Down

Side 4
Big Brother
‘87 And Cry
“Heroes”
Sons Of The Silent Age
Time Will Crawl / Band Introduction

Side 5
Young Americans
Beat Of Your Drum
The Jean Genie
Let’s Dance

Side 6
Fame
Time
Blue Jean
Modern Love

DANCE Side 1
1 Shake It (Re-mix aka Long Version)
(Originally released on the B-side of the ‘China Girl’ 12” single on EMI America 12EA 157 (U.K.) and V-7809 (U.S.) in May, 1983.)
2 Blue Jean (Extended Dance Mix)
(Originally released on 12” single on EMI America 12EA 181 (U.K.) and V-7838 (U.S.) in September, 1984.)
3 Dancing With The Big Boys (Extended Dance Mix)
(Originally released on the B-side of the ‘Blue Jean’ 12” single alongside an Extended Dub Mix of the same, release details as above.)

Side 2
1 Tonight (Vocal Dance Mix)
(Originally released on 12” single on EMI America 12EA 187 (U.K.) and V-7846 (U.S.) in November, 1984.)
2 Don’t Look Down (Extended Dance Mix)
(Originally released on the B-side of the ‘Loving The Alien’ (Extended Dance Mix) 12” single alongside the ‘Loving The Alien’ (Extended Dub Mix) on EMI America 12EA 195 (U.K.) and VG-7858 (U.S.) in May, 1985.)
3 Loving The Alien (Extended Dub Mix)
(Originally released on the B-side of the ‘Loving The Alien’ (Extended Dance Mix) 12” single, release details as above.)

Side 3
1 Tumble And Twirl (Extended Dance Mix)
(Originally released on the B-side of the ‘Tonight’ 12” single alongside a ‘Tonight’ (Dub Mix), release details as above.)
2 Underground (Extended Dance Mix)
(Originally released on 12” single on EMI America 12EA 216 (U.K.) and V-19210 (U.S.) in June, 1986.)
3 Day-In Day-Out (Groucho Mix)
(Originally released on 12” single on EMI America 12EAX 230 (U.K.) and V-19239 (U.S.) in March, 1987.)

Side 4
1 Time Will Crawl (Dance Crew Mix)
(Originally released on 12” single on EMI America 12EAX 237 (U.K.) in June, 1987.)
2 Shining Star (Makin’ My Love) (12” mix)
(Originally released on the ‘Never Let Me Down’ digital E.P. on EMI 0094639278954 in May, 2007.)
3. Never Let Me Down (Dub/Acapella)
(Originally released on the B-side of the ‘Never Let Me Down’ (Extended Dance Mix) 12” single on EMI America 12EA 239 (U.K.) and V-19255 (U.S.) in August, 1987.)

RE:CALL 4
Side 1

Let’s Dance (single version)
China Girl (single version)
Modern Love (single version)
This Is Not America (The theme from ‘The Falcon And The Snowman’) – David Bowie / Pat Metheny Group
Loving The Alien (re-mixed version)

Side 2
Don’t Look Down (re-mixed version)
Dancing In The Street (Clearmountain mix) – David Bowie and Mick Jagger
Absolute Beginners (from Absolute Beginners)
That’s Motivation (from Absolute Beginners)
Volare (from Absolute Beginners)

Side 3
Labyrinth Opening Titles/Underground (from Labyrinth)
Magic Dance (from Labyrinth)
As The World Falls Down (from Labyrinth)
Within You (from Labyrinth)
Underground (from Labyrinth)

Side 4
When The Wind Blows (single version) (from When The Wind Blows)
Day-In Day-Out (single version)
Julie
Beat Of Your Drum (vinyl album edit)
Glass Spider (vinyl album edit)

Side 5
Shining Star (Makin’ My Love) (vinyl album edit)
New York’s In Love (vinyl album edit)
‘87 And Cry (vinyl album edit)
Bang Bang (vinyl album edit)
Time Will Crawl (single version)

Side 6
Girls (extended edit)
Never Let Me Down (7” remix edit)
Bang Bang (live – promotional mix)
Tonight (live) Tina Turner with David Bowie
Let’s Dance (live) Tina Turner with David Bowie

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