David Bowie ’78 Live Coming For Record Store Day

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On April 21, for Record Store Day, Parlophone will release three limited-edition David Bowie vinyl 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.

The information about the three releases was provided in a press release.

This previously unreleased 3-LP set was recorded live during the ISOLAR II tour at Earls Court, London, on 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 collection includes “Heroes,” “The Jean Genie,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Suffragette City,” “Alabama Song” and “Rebel Rebel” among its 24 performances. The newly designed trifold sleeve features imagery by photographers Sukita and Chris Walter.

Watch Bowie perform “Heroes” at Earls Court in 1978

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.

This is the first commercial release of a rare 1977 U.S.-only promotional 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.

The announcement of the Bowie releases follows similar advance word on Record Store Day titles from Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. The event, now in its 11th year, celebrates independent record retailers with hundreds of exclusive releases in very limited quantities. The complete list of titles will be announced later this month.

Watch David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” video


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