To celebrate what would have been the 74th birthday of David Bowie on January 8, two previously unreleased cover versions John Lennon’s “Mother” and Bob Dylan’s “Tryin’ To Get To Heaven” will be released as a very special limited edition 7” single.
The 7” single is limited to 8,147 numbered copies, 1,000 of which will be on cream colored vinyl available only from the official David Bowie store and Rhino.com (the remainder will be black). Both tracks will be available to stream and download.
Originally recorded by Lennon for his 1970 album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Bowie's version of “Mother” was produced by Tony Visconti in 1998 for a Lennon tribute that never came to fruition. Bob Dylan’s original “Tryin’ To Get To Heaven” was released on his 1997 Album of the Year GRAMMY winning Time Out Of Mind. Bowie’s version was recorded in February 1998 during the mixing sessions for the live album LiveAndWell.com.
Produced by David Bowie, Tony Visconti and Reeves Gabrels
Engineered by Dave Amlen and Zach Wind (NYC) and Gabrels (Bermuda)
Recorded in Bermuda in 1997 and Sound On Sound Studios, New York, July, 1998
David Bowie – vocals
Reeves Gabrels – guitars
Tony Visconti – bass, harmony vocals
Andy Newmark – drums
Jordan Ruddess - piano
Richard Barone – harmony vocals
“TRYIN’ TO GET TO HEAVEN”
Produced by David Bowie. Co-produced by Reeves Gabrels and Mark Plati
Mixed by Plati
Recorded at Looking Glass, New York City, February 1998. Mixed at Sony Studios New York City.
David Bowie – vocals, guitar and saxophone
Reeves Gabrels – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel, synths and vocals
Mark Plati – synths and programming
Gail Ann Dorsey – bass and vocals
Zach Alford - drums
AA/Tryin’ To Get To Heaven (single edit)
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD & STREAMING
1. “Tryin’ To Get To Heaven”