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David Bowie

CONVERSATION PIECE

warner brothers



5cd boxset in hardback book

Released: 15th Nov 2019

£97.99


celebrating the 50th anniversary of ‘space oddity’, this whopping box set docunents David’s early development throughout 1968-1969, via home demos, BBC radio sessions, studio recordings with guitarist John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson and the experimental music and mime group, Feathers.

The set contains twelve previously unreleased tracks/demos from the period as well as a brand new mix of the Space Oddity (aka David Bowie) album by longtime Bowie producer/collaborator Tony Visconti. The new mix of the album now features the title track of the boxset ‘Conversation Piece’ restored to the tracklisting in its initially intended position before it was originally dropped due to time constraints of vinyl. The 120 page hardback book features exclusive memorabilia, including photographs from heretofore private collections.

CONVERSATION PIECE

Tracklist

*Unreleased tracks

 

CD1 – Home Demos

 


  1. April’s Tooth Of Gold (2.29) *
  2. The Reverend Raymond Brown (Attends the Garden Fête on Thatchwick Green) (2.15) *
  3. When I’m Five (3.18) *
  4. Mother Grey (3.00)
  5. In The Heat Of The Morning (2.59)
  6. Goodbye 3d (Threepenny) Joe (3.19)
  7. Love All Around (2.49)
  8. London Bye, Ta-Ta (3.31)
  9. Angel Angel Grubby Face (version 1) (2.31)
  10. Angel Angel Grubby Face (version 2) (2.37)
  11. Animal Farm (2.21) *
  12. Space Oddity (solo demo fragment) (2.39)
  13. Space Oddity (version 1) with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (4.02)
  14. Space Oddity (version 2) with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (5.00) *
  15. Space Oddity (version 3) with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (5.10)
  16. Lover To The Dawn with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (3.50)
  17. Ching-a-Ling with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (2.58)
  18. An Occasional Dream with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (2.49)
  19. Let Me Sleep Beside You with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (2.54)
  20. Life Is A Circus with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (4.50)
  21. Conversation Piece (3.47) *
  22. Jerusalem (4.19) *
  23. Hole In The Ground with George Underwood (3.29) *

 

CD2 - The ‘Mercury’ Demos (with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson)

 

  1. Space Oddity (5.28)
  2. Janine (3.53)
  3. An Occasional Dream (3.18)
  4. Conversation Piece (3.31)
  5. Ching-a-Ling (3.35)
  6. I’m Not Quite (aka Letter To Hermione) (4.00)
  7. Lover To The Dawn (5.01)
  8. Love Song (4.08)
  9. When I’m Five (3.13)
  10. Life Is A Circus (5.33)

 

CD3 - Conversation Pieces (Mono)

 

  1. In The Heat Of The Morning (Decca mono version) (2.51)
  2. London Bye, Ta-Ta (Decca alternative version) (2.36)

 

BBC Top Gear radio session with the Tony Visconti Orchestra, recorded 13th May, 1968:

  1. In The Heat Of The Morning (3.01)
  2. London Bye, Ta-Ta (2.39)
  3. Karma Man (3.07)
  4. When I’m Five (3.14)
  5. Silly Boy Blue (4.32)
  6. Ching-a-Ling (2.51)
  7. Space Oddity (Morgan Studios version – alternative take) (4.22)* with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson
  8. Space Oddity (U.K. single edit) (4.42)
  9. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (single B-side – mono mix) (4.54)
  10. Janine (mono mix) (3.23)
  11. Conversation Piece (3.06)

 

BBC Dave Lee Travis Show radio session, recorded 20th October, 1969:

  1. Let Me Sleep Beside You (3.20)
  2. Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed (4.03)
  3. Janine (3.03)

 

CD 4 - 1969 stereo mixes

 

The original David Bowie (aka Space Oddity) album:

  1. Space Oddity (5.14)
  2. Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed (inc. Don’t Sit Down) (6.51)
  3. Letter To Hermione (2.32)
  4. Cygnet Committee (9.31)
  5. Janine (3.21)
  6. An Occasional Dream (2.54)
  7. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (4.46)
  8. God Knows I'm Good (3.17)
  9. Memory Of A Free Festival (7.09)

 

The Extras:

  1. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (single B-side stereo mix) (4.56)
  2. Letter To Hermione (early mix) (2.32) *
  3. Janine (early mix) (3.23) *
  4. An Occasional Dream (early mix) (2.54) *
  5. Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola (full length version) (5.14)

 

CD 5 - 2019 mixes (all previously unreleased)

 

The Space Oddity album:

  1. Space Oddity (5.20)
  2. Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed (6.18)
  3. Letter To Hermione (2.32)
  4. Cygnet Committee (9.28)
  5. Janine (3.21)
  6. An Occasional Dream (2.57)
  7. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (4.50)
  8. Conversation Piece (3.11)
  9. God Knows I'm Good (3.16)
  10. Memory Of A Free Festival (7.14)

 

The Extras:

  1. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (single version) (4.59)
  2. Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola (5.20)