Long before David Bowie started selling out stadiums around the world, he made some demo recordings at home.

To celebrate 50 years of David Bowie music, Mercury is releasing “The Mercury Demos” on June 28. The new release follows two previously released collections “Spying Through a Keyhole” and “Clareville Grove Demos”.

The album features 10 early recordings by David Bowie that were originally recorded on a reel to reel tape machine in Bowie’s London apartment. John “Hutch” Hutchinson accompanies Bowie on the recordings.

Nine of the recordings have never been released, but portions of “Space Oddity” first appeared on the “Sound + Vision” boxed set.

Along with the vinyl album, the set comes in a replica of the original tape box and includes a print, two photo contact sheets, and liner notes by Mark Adams.

The “Mercury Demos” track list:
“Space Oddity”
“Janine”
“An Occasional Dream”
“Conversation Piece”
“Ching-a-Ling”
“I’m Not Quite (aka Letter To Hermione)”
“Lover To The Dawn”
“Love Song”
“When I’m Five”
“Life Is A Circus”

 

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