David Bowie “Loving The Alien (1983-1988)” box set available in October

LOS ANGELES – Parlophone Records are proud to announce DAVID BOWIE LOVING THE ALIEN (1983-1988), the fourth in a series of boxed sets spanning his career from 1969.

The follow-up to the awarding 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 October 12.

DAVID BOWIE LOVING THE ALIEN (1983-1988) will contain a brand new production of the 1987 albumNever 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 string quartet with arrangements by Nico Muhly and a guest cameo by Laurie Anderson on “Shining Star (Makin’ My Love).”

The 11-CD box, 15-LP vinyl set, and standard digital download boxed 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 DanceTonightNever 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 boxed sets is Never Let Me Down (2018), a new production of the 1987 album. The seeds of this new reimagining of the albums were first sown in 2008 when Bowie asked 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 Campbell, Lefebvre on bass, who was in the ★ (“Blackstar”) band, and Gabrels and Torn on guitars.  All of the musicians had a history with Bowie, so were a perfect fit for what now sound like brand new songs. Muhly, whom McNulty first met when they were both interns working for Philip Glass in 2001, has handled the string arrangements.

The new 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. A radio edit of the new 2018 version of “Zeroes” is available now as digital single and will be released as a double a-side limited edition 7″ picture disc, paired with a radio edit of “Beat On Your Drum” (2018), on September 7.

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 Montreal 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.

Also included is the 2-CD/3-LP 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 2000s. 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 LabyrinthAbsolute 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.

The physical boxed set’s accompanying book, 128-pages in the CD box and 84 in the vinyl set, will feature rarely seen and previously unpublished photos by photographers including O’Regan, Gorman, Herb Ritts and many others as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums from producers/engineers Nile Rodgers, Hugh Padgham, McNulty and Justin Shirley-Smith.

The CD boxed set will include faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions of the original albums, and the CDs will be gold colored rather than the usual silver. The vinyl boxed set has the same content as the CD set and is pressed on audiophile quality 180g vinyl. As well as Never Let Me Down (2018), Dance and Re:Call 4, both Serious Moonlight  (Live ’83) and Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87).

 

DAVID BOWIE LOVING THE ALIEN (1983-1988)

 

LP Box Set:
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 LOVING THE ALIEN (1983-1988) LP box

CD Box Set:
128 Page hardback book
Let’s Dance (Remastered) (1CD)
Serious Moonlight  (Live ’83) (Previously Unreleased) (2CD)
Tonight (Remastered) (1CD)
Never Let Me Down (Remastered) (1CD)
Never Let Me Down (2018) (Previously Unreleased) (1CD)*
Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) (2CD)
Dance (1CD)*
Re:Call 4 (Non-Album Singles, Edits, Single Versions, B-Sides and Soundtrack Music)
(Remastered) (2CD)*

* Exclusive to LOVING THE ALIEN (1983-1988)

Digital download standard:
Let’s Dance (Remastered)
Serious Moonlight  (Live ’83) (Previously Unreleased)
Tonight (Remastered)
Never Let Me Down (Remastered)
Never Let Me Down (2018) (Previously Unreleased)*
Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) 
Dance *
Re:Call 4 (Non-Album Singles, Edits, Single Versions, B-Sides and Soundtrack Music)
(Remastered)*

* Set exclusives

LOVING THE ALIEN (1983-1988) 
Vinyl & CD Track Lists (Showing Vinyl Side Breaks)

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 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
“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.)

“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.)

“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
Tonight” (Vocal Dance Mix)
(Originally released on 12″ single on EMI America 12EA 187 (U.K.) and V-7846 (U.S.) in
November 1984.)

“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.)

“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
“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.)

“Underground” (Extended Dance Mix)
(Originally released on 12″ single on EMI America 12EA 216 (U.K.) and V-19210 (U.S.) in
June 1986.)

“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
“Time Will Crawl” (Dance Crew Mix)
(Originally released on 12″ single on EMI America 12EAX 237 (U.K.) in June 1987.)

“Shining Star (Makin’ My Love)” (12″ mix)
(Originally released on the “Never Let Me Down” digital E.P. on EMI 0094639278954 in May
2007.)

“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

CD Track List

Let’s Dance
“Modern Love”                                                       
“China Girl”                                                                                     
“Let’s Dance”                                                                                    
“Without You”
“Ricochet”                                                                                
“Criminal World”                                                      
“Cat People (Putting Out Fire)”                        
“Shake It”

Serious Moonlight  (Live ’83)  
CD 1
“Look Back In Anger”
“‘Heroes'”
“What In The World”
“Golden Years”
“Fashion”
“Let’s Dance”
“Breaking Glass”
“Life On Mars?”
“Sorrow”
“Cat People (Putting Out Fire)”
“China Girl”
“Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)”
“Rebel Rebel”

CD 2
“White Light / White Heat”
“Station To Station”
“Cracked Actor”
“Ashes To Ashes”
“Space Oddity/Band Introduction”
“Young Americans”
“Fame”
“Modern Love”

Tonight
“Loving The Alien”                                                                                    
“Don’t Look Down”                                                                                     
“God Only Knows”                                                                                    
Tonight
“Neighborhood Threat”                                                     
“Blue Jean”                                                                                     
“Tumble And Twirl”                                                                                    
“I Keep Forgettin”                                                                                
“Dancing With The Big Boys”

Never Let Me Down
“Day-In Day-Out”                                                    
“Time Will Crawl”                                                                                    
“Beat Of Your Drum”                                                       
“Never Let Me Down”
“Zeroes”
“Glass Spider”                                                                                   
“Shining Star (Makin’ My Love)”                        
“New York’s In Love”                                                       
“’87 And Cry”                                                                                      
“Bang Bang”                                                                                     

Never Let Me Down (2018)
“Day-In Day-Out”                                                    
“Time Will Crawl”                                                                                    
“Beat Of Your Drum”
“Never Let Me Down”
“Zeroes”                                                                                  
“Glass Spider”
“Shining Star (Makin’ My Love)” (ft Laurie Anderson)
“New York’s In Love”
“87 & Cry”
“Bang Bang”

Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) 
CD 1
“Up The Hill Backwards”
“Glass Spider”
“Day-In Day-Out”
“Bang Bang”
“Absolute Beginners”
“Loving The Alien”
“China Girl”
“Rebel Rebel”
“Fashion”
“Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)”
“All The Mad Men”
“Never Let Me Down”

CD 2
“Big Brother”
“’87 And Cry”
“‘Heroes'”
“Sons Of The Silent Age”
“Time Will Crawl / Band Introduction”
“Young Americans”
“Beat Of Your Drum”
“The Jean Genie”
“Let’s Dance”
“Fame”
“Time”
“Blue Jean”
“Modern Love”

Dance
“Shake It” (Re-mix aka Long Version)
“Blue Jean” (Extended Dance Mix)
“Dancing With The Big Boys” (Extended Dance Mix)
Tonight” (Vocal Dance Mix)
“Don’t Look Down” (Extended Dance Mix)
“Loving The Alien” (Extended Dub Mix)
“Tumble And Twirl” (Extended Dance Mix)
“Underground” (Extended Dance Mix)
“Day-In Day-Out” (Groucho Mix)
“Time Will Crawl” (Dance Crew Mix)
“Shining Star (Makin’ My Love)” (12″ mix)
“Never Let Me Down” (Dub/Acapella)

Re:Call 4
CD 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)
“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)
“Labyrinth Opening Titles/Underground” (From Labyrinth)
“Magic Dance” (From Labyrinth)
“As The World Falls Down” (From Labyrinth)
“Within You” (From Labyrinth)
“Underground” (From Labyrinth)

CD2
“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)
“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)
“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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