David Bowie Black Tie White Noise (1993)

Black Tie White Noise is the eighteenth studio album by David Bowie. Released in 1993, it was his first solo release in the 1990s after spending time with his hard rock band Tin Machine, retiring his old hits on his Sound+Vision Tour, and marrying supermodel Iman Abdulmajid. This album featured his old guitarist from the Ziggy Stardust era, Mick Ronson, who died of cancer later in the year. This album was inspired by his own wedding and includes tracks such as “The Wedding” and its reprise at the end of the album as a song reflecting the occasion.

Track listing
CD version
No. Title
01.”The Wedding” David Bowie 5:04
02.”You’ve Been Around” Bowie, Reeves Gabrels 4:45
03.”I Feel Free” Jack Bruce, Pete Brown 4:52
04.”Black Tie White Noise” (Featuring Al B. Sure!)Bowie 4:52
05.”Jump They Say” Bowie 4:22
06.”Nite Flights” Noel Scott Engel 4:30
07.”Pallas Athena” Bowie 4:40
08.”Miracle Goodnight” Bowie 4:14
09.”Don’t Let Me Down & Down” Tahra, Martine Valmont 4:55
10.”Looking for Lester” Bowie, Nile Rodgers 5:36
11.”I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday” Morrissey, Mark Nevin 4:14
12.”The Wedding Song” Bowie 4:29
BONUS TRACK
13.”Lucy can’t dance

Total length: 56:33

• On the Indonesian release, Bowie sang “Don’t Let Me Down & Down” in Indonesian.
• Nile Rodgers was not given a co-writing credit for “Looking for Lester” on the original 1993 release, but his credit was added on the 2003 reissue.

Rereleases
To mark the album’s 10th anniversary in 2003, a re-release consisting of the original album, a second disc of remixes and rarities and a bonus DVD of the Black Tie White Noise video was released. Songs like “Real Cool World” (a song from the Cool World film soundtrack released as a single in 1992) and “Lucy Can’t Dance” (a bonus track on the original album) were included alongside dance mixes of many of the album tracks.

Bonus tracks on some versions
13. “Jump They Say” (Alternate mix) – 3:58
• Same as the “JAE-E edit” from “Jump They Say” EU CD single.
• This mix is not included on the 10th anniversary edition.
14. “Lucy Can’t Dance” – 5:45
• The Japanese release featured the “Don’t Stop Praying” remix of “Pallas Athena” as an additional bonus track.

Disc 2 (Bonus tracks on 10th Anniversary version)
01. “Real Cool World” – 5:27
02. “Lucy Can’t Dance” – 5:48
03. “Jump They Say” (Rock Mix) – 4:30
04. “Black Tie White Noise” (3rd Floor US radio mix) – 3:44
05. “Miracle Goodnight” (Make Believe mix) – 4:30
06. “Don’t Let Me Down & Down” (Indonesian vocal version) – 4:56
07. “You’ve Been Around” (Dangers 12″ mix) – 7:40
08. “Jump They Say” (Brothers in Rhythm 12″ remix) – 8:26
09. “Black Tie White Noise” (Here Come Da Jazz) – 5:33
10. “Pallas Athena” (Don’t Stop Praying remix no. 2) – 7:24
11. “Nite Flights” (Moodswings Back to Basics Remix) – 10:01
12. “Jump They Say” (Dub Oddity) – 6:18

Black Tie White Noise Video EP
Released in 1993, this video collection was shows Bowie performing 6 (63 min) of the tracks from his album Black Tie White Noise, recorded “on Saturday 8 May 1993, at the Hollywood Center Studios in Los Angeles. The video includes additional new interview footage with David Bowie as well as 3 of his most recent full-length music videos.

Track listing (VHS (16622-3) / Laserdisc (16622-6))
• Only major musical performances are given track numbers; interviews with Bowie are interspersed between the musical numbers.
1. “You’ve Been Around”
2. “Nite Flights”
3. “Miracle Goodnight”
4. “Black Tie White Noise”
5. “I Feel Free”
6. “I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday”
7. “Miracle Goodnight” (music video)
8. “Jump They Say” (music video)
9. “Black Tie White Noise” (music video)

Track listing (DVD (72434-90726-9-5))
• On the 2003 re-release DVD, the chapter stops were expanded to include the inter-song interviews
1. “Introduction”
2. “With Lester Bowie”
3. “On Reeves Gabrels”
4. “You’ve Been Around” *
5. “Expanding and Experimenting”
6. “Nite Flights” *
7. “Otherness”
8. “Miracle Goodnight” *
9. “On Marriage”
10. “Black Tie White Noise” *
11. “With Mick Ronson”
12. “I Feel Free” *
13. “With Nile Rodgers”
14. “I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday” *
15. “Miracle Goodnight (promo video)”
16. “Jump They Say (promo video)”
17. “Black Tie White Noise (promo video)”
18. “Credits”

• Tracks marked with an asterisk (*) are musical performances recorded at the Hollywood Center Studios, Los Angeles, 5/8/93

Jump (The David Bowie interactive CD-ROM)
To coincide with the album’s release, Bowie commissioned an “interactive CD-ROM” be produced based on the album. Released in 1994, the Jump CD-ROM gave users a chance to remake Bowie’s “Jump They Say” video, remix “Black Tie White Noise,” and explore a virtual world based on the album (including “hidden animations, sounds, pictures and other surprises.”) It also included four complete music videos and excerpts from interviews with David Bowie about the creation of the video and album.
The CD was not well received. Initially Bowie was excited with the project, expecting it to be “fully interactive, and have a nonlinear storyline” and allowing listeners to play it over and over and “never go through the same experience. The release did not live up to his expectations however, and Bowie was quoted in 1995 saying “I hated it. I absolutely loathed it. … There were aspects of it I thought had potential, but then again, there was so much information on the disc itself that made the idea of anybody using it interactively a joke. Interactive, as far as I’m concerned, is when the person who’s operating the computer has as much to say as what’s on the screen. That is interactive. And at the moment, it’s just the ABC options. Even the most sophisticated CD-ROMs are just ‘Here’s the hard information. Now, you can take one of these three steps.

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David Bowie Black Tie White Noise

Personnel
• David Bowie – vocals, guitar, saxophone, production
• Nile Rodgers – production, guitar
• Pugi Bell, Sterling Campbell – drums
• Barry Campbell, John Regan – bass
• Richard Hilton, Dave Richards, Philippe Saisse, Richard Tee – keyboards
• Michael Reisman – harp, tubular bells, string arrangement
• Gerardo Velez – percussion
• Fonzi Thornton, Tawatha Agee, Curtis King, Jr., Dennis Collins, Brenda White-King, Maryl Epps –

background vocals
• Al B. Sure! – vocal duet on “Black Tie White Noise”
• Reeves Gabrels – lead guitar on “You’ve Been Around”
• Mick Ronson – lead guitar on “I Feel Free”
• Wild T. Springer – lead guitar on “I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday”
• Mike Garson – piano on “Looking For Lester”
• Lester Bowie – trumpet on “You’ve Been Around”, “Jump They Say”, “Pallas Athena”, “Don’t Let Me Down & Down”, “Looking For Lester”
• Fonzi Thornton, Tawatha Agee, Curtis King, Jr., Dennis Collins, Brenda White-King, Maryl Epps, Frank Simms, George Simms, David Spinner, Lamya Al-Mughiery, Connie Petruk, David Bowie, Nile Rodgers – choir on “I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday”
• Jon Goldberger, Gary Tole, Andrew Grassi, Mike Greene, Louis Alfred III, Dale Schalow, Lee Anthony, Neal Perry, Andy Smith – engineering

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