Friday, March 2, 2018

Three David Bowie Record Store Day Releases On Deck

David Bowie vinyl releases are always a Record Store Day highlight and 2018 will be no exception. On April 21, Parlophone will be releasing three very special limited edition David Bowie items -- Welcome To The Blackout (Live London, 1978), Let's Dance (Demo), and available for the first time commercially, the rare Berlin-era U.S. promo album Bowie Now.

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WELCOME TO THE BLACKOUT (LIVE LONDON '78) 3 x LP SET

This previously unreleased 3 LP set was recorded live during the ISOLAR II tour at Earls Court, London on the June 30 and July 1, 1978 by Tony Visconti and was mixed by Bowie and David Richards at Mountain Studios, Montreux, January 17-22, 1979. The newly designed trifold sleeve features imagery by photographers Sukita and Chris Walter.

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LET'S DANCE (FULL-LENGTH DEMO) c/w LET'S DANCE (LIVE)

The 45 rpm 12" single features the first appearance of the full length demo of "Let's Dance" which was previously released digitally in an edited form for Bowie's birthday on January 8 of this year. The full-length demo version clocks in at 7:34 and, like the edited version, was mixed by Nile Rodgers (original co-producer of the demo with Bowie) in December of last year.

The demo is backed by the live version of "Let's Dance" recorded live at Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, September 12, 1983 and mixed by Bob Clearmountain. This version can be seen in the Serious Moonlight concert film and was also previously available on the AA side of the now very rare Australian David Bowie Is exhibition exclusive yellow vinyl 7" single. The sleeve of the 12" single is a different colored variation of the original "Let's Dance" single cover.

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BOWIE NOW

This is the first commercial release of a rare 1977 U.S. only promotional-only LP on white vinyl. The tracks are drawn from the Low and "Heroes" albums and all of the audio is from the A New Career In A New Town boxed set, remastered by Tony Visconti. The package now features a newly designed inner sleeve with rarely seen black and white images taken in Berlin during 1977.

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