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David Bowie – I Can’t Read ’97 – Neues Video

Auch über den Tod hinaus: Neben dem von seinem Sohn Duncan Jones gegründeten Buchclub und der in Zusammenarbeit mit Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. entstandenen virtuellen App “David Bowie Is” sorgt vor allem Parlophone mit stetigen Jubiläumsveröffentlichungen dafür, dass David Bowie nicht in Vergessenheit gerät.

Vor knapp einer Woche wäre der 2016 an Leberkrebs verstorbene Sänger 73 Jahre alt geworden.

Anlässlich des Ehrentags kündigte das Label die 6-Track-EP “David Bowie: Is It Any Wonder?” mit bisher unveröffentlichten Songs an, die über einen Zeitraum von sechs Wochen wöchentlich als Streaming-Only-Tracks veröffentlicht werden.

Einen physischen Release wird es dann passend zum diesjährigen Record Store Day am 18. April geben.

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PARLOPHONE TO ISSUE UNRELEASED BOWIE TRACKS “We spoke of was and when…” It’s likely that some of you have been expecting something on what would have been David Bowie’s 73rd birthday, after announcements on 8th January for the past couple of years. Indeed, if the calendar has clicked over to that date where you are, then you have possibly already found something. Now it’s 8th January in the country of his birth, here’s that announcement… + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + Parlophone Records is proud to announce DAVID BOWIE IS IT ANY WONDER? a six track EP of unreleased and rare tracks to be released over six weeks. The first of these is a previously unreleased version of ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, released today as a streaming-only 1 track digital single in celebration of both David’s birthday and the 50th anniversary of the writing and recording of this classic. Five more songs will be released on a weekly basis from 17th January. ’THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD’ (CHANGESNOWBOWIE VERSION) is taken from the 9-track session ChangesNowBowie, recorded for radio and broadcast by the BBC on David’s 50th birthday on 8th January, 1997. This mostly acoustic session was a stripped back affair featuring some of David’s favourites of his own compositions and was produced by Bowie himself, Reeves Gabrels and Mark Plati. 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. CHANGESNOWBOWIE will be released in limited quantities on LP and CD for Record Store Day on 18th April, 2020. The cover art for the album will features a portrait of David by renowned photographer Albert Watson, taken in New York in 1996. (See montage for cover) More details will be announced shortly. ~ DAVID BOWIE 'THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD' (CHANGESNOWBOWIE) IS AVAILABLE NOW ON PARLOPHONE ~ DAVID BOWIE CHANGESNOWBOWIE RELEASED ON PARLOPHONE ON 18TH APRIL, 2020 FOR RECORD STORE DAY #BowieIIAW #CHANGESNOWBOWIE

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Den Anfang machte bereits die bisher unveröffentlichte Version des Songs “The Man Who Sold the World” aus der Radio-Session “ChangesNowBowie”, die im November 1996 in den New Yorker Looking Glass Studios für die BBC aufgenommen und zu Bowies 50. Geburtstag am 8. Januar 1997 ausgestrahlt wurde.

Als zweiten Track in der Reihe gibt es seit kurzem nun “I Can’t Read ’97” in Begleitung eines dazu passenden Clips, der unter Regie von Tim Pope während den Proben in Hartford in Connecticut im Januar 1997 entstand.

Hier die unveröffentlichte Version von “I Can’t Read ’97” im Video:

Die Originalausgabe des Songs erschien 1989 auf dem selbstbetitelten Debütalbum von Bowies Supergroup Tin Machine. Zwar hat der Sänger während seiner Mix-Phase von “Earthling” (1997) den Track neu aufgenommen, das Lied schaffte es aber dennoch nicht auf die LP.

Für Ang Lees Film “Der Eissturm (The Ice Storm)” (1997) wurde im selben Jahr eine weitere, dunklere Version des Songs aufgenommen, der auch auf dem Soundtrack zum Film wiederzufinden ist.

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I CAN’T READ ’97 AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING NOW* “Can I reach tomorrow?” As the 16th turns to the 17th around the globe, the second instalment of the IS IT ANY WONDER? EP of six unreleased and rare tracks is available now. Keep reading for the full press release. *Available now if it’s the 17th where you are. #BowieIIAW + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + DAVID BOWIE IS IT ANY WONDER? STREAMING EP OF UNRELEASED & RARE MATERIAL ’I CAN’T READ ’97'’ (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED) AVAILABLE NOW THE SECOND OF SIX TRACKS TO BE RELEASED OVER SIX WEEKS Parlophone Records is proud to unveil ‘I CAN’T READ ‘97’, the second instalment of DAVID BOWIE’s IS IT ANY WONDER? EP of six unreleased and rare tracks being released once a week. ‘I CAN’T READ’ originally appeared on Tin Machine’s eponymous debut album in 1989, and was a staple in the band’s live set. In the autumn of 1996, during the mixing stages for Earthling, David re-recorded the track – which, at one stage, appeared on a mastered version of the album. While the song’s second incarnation, ‘I CAN’T READ ‘97’, was David’s preferred solo version (the version available today), it was ultimately cut from Earthling and replaced at the last minute with ‘The Last Thing You Should Do’. An alternative version, featuring minor chords and a darker sound for the chorus, was recorded for Ang Lee’s film The Ice Storm. The full length version appeared on a single in 1998, while an edit featured on the film’s soundtrack album in 1997, both released by VelVel Records. ‘I CAN’T READ ‘97’ written by David Bowie & Reeves Gabrels is produced by David Bowie, co-produced by Reeves Gabrels and Mark Plati, and mixed by Mark Plati. The track was recorded and mixed at Right Track Recording in New York and features Gail Ann Dorsey on bass and vocals, Mike Garson on piano, and Reeves Gabrels on guitar and vocals.

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Parlophone wird neben “David Bowie: Is It Any Wonder?” auch die aus hauptsächlich akustischen Stücken bestehende Radio-Session zum RSD 2019 als 9-Track-Album “CHANGESNOWBOWIE” in begrenzter Auflage als LP und CD veröffentlichen.

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