David Bowie 1971 Freddi and the Dreamer
David Bowie-The Complete Arnold Corns Sessions (1971)
Studio & Outtakes
Excellent Recording Quality.
A collection of previously (un)released songs and demos recorded from 1971!!!
Total running time: 58m 26s
01 – Lady Stardust – Radio Luxemburg Studios, London, UK 10th March 1971 – 3:33 PLAY
02 – Right On Mother – Radio Luxemburg Studios, London, UK 10th March 1971 – 2:04 PLAY
03 – Moonage Daydream – Radio Luxemburg Studios, London, UK 10th March 1971 – 3:49 PLAY
04 – Looking For A Friend – Rough Mono Mix; Trident Studios, London, UK 4th June 1971 – 3:17 PLAY
05 – Man In The Middle – Mono Mix; Trident Studios, London, UK 4th June 1971 – 4:04 PLAY
06 – Looking For A Friend – Mono Mix; Trident Studios, London, UK 4th June 1971 – 3:12 PLAY
07 – Moonage Daydream – Arnold Corns single A-side, UK in April 1971 – 3:48 PLAY
08 – Hang On To Yourself – Arnold Corns single B-side, UK in April 1971 – 2:53 PLAY
09 – Looking For A Friend – Arnold Corns single A-side, Norway in May 1985 – 3:17 PLAY
10 – Man In The Middle – Arnold Corns single B-side, UK in September 1971 – 4:09 PLAY
11 – Looking For A Friend – Alternate Version – 2:09
12 – Hang On To Yourself – Live version with Gene Vincent in February 1971 – 2:12
13 – Looking For A Friend – Alternate Take – 2:12
14 – How Lucky You Are (Miss Peculiar) – Outtake from 1971 – 3:34
15 – Shadow Man – Outtake from 1971 – 3:45 PLAY
16 – Lightning Frightening (I’ve Got Lightning) – Outtake from 1971 – 3:55 PLAY
17 – Rupert The Riley – Outtake from 1971 – 3:01 PLAY
18 – Looking For A Friend – John Peel’s Sunday Show, London, UK 20th June 1971 – 3:25
A very nice disc with songs recorded during the short Arnold Corns era in 1971. The things that are “new” on this CD are three new versions of LOOKING FOR A FRIEND, one of MOONAGE DAYDREAM and one of HANG ON TO YOURSELF (with Gene Vincent!). The rest of the songs have been released on other discs. The sound quality is excellent, except for the Gene Vincent track. That track is only good! Some funny liner notes, and some really good information about the Arnold Corns project! A true must!
Arnold Corns had a strange hobby, Collecting clothes…
I’m sure you’re all more than familiar with the embryonic versions of Moonage Daydream and Hang On To Yourself released on the B&C label by The Arnold Corns in the UK in May 1971.
If you were in Holland at the time, you may even have stumbled upon Moonage Dream (sic) on Philips, in the only picture sleeve issued for the single. (See above)
The project was supposedly created as a vehicle for David’s new friend and future creator of many of the more memorable Bowie outfits over the next few years, Freddie Burretti, aka Rudi Valentino for this project. But, it was really a way of David recording new material anonymously to avoid record company complications.
Backed by Mark Carr-Pritchard on guitar, Peter De Somogyl on bass and Tim Broadbent on drums, (all members of Rungk) the lead vocal is clearly David with no evidence of Freddie on the recordings at all. There is another voice joining David on the chorus, which I suppose is most likely to be Carr-Pritchard, but I could be wrong.
The publicity material for this first single from The Arnold Corns utilised a Brian Ward shot that featured on the front of a ‘sex education’ magazine called Curious. Even the Dutch picture cover was lifted from this same shot which appears in colour above.
Thankfully, the record didn’t race to the top of the singles chart, otherwise, (following the success of Peter Noone’s version of Oh! You Pretty Things) DB may have become convinced that his future lay in songwriting for others rather than performing his songs under his own name.
The version of Moonage Daydream recorded later in the year for Ziggy Stardust is far superior and a more vital recording than the plodding Arnold Corns version, likewise Hang On To Yourself.
Shortening the name to Arnold Corns didn’t prove any more successful for the next single, released in August 1972, for which Hang On To Yourself was elevated to A-side status. This 45 was seen as an attempt by B&C to cash-in on the success of Ziggy Stardust.
A previously unreleased song, Man In The Middle, featuring Mark Carr-Pritchard on lead vocals backed by The Spiders became the B-side…but that release isn’t forty until next year, so more of that story then.
See the Arnold Corns section on Lanky Pearson’s Visual Discography of David Bowie 7″ vinyl for label variations and general nerdy excitement.
Bowie and Hutch
John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson, David Bowie’s guitarist between 1966 and 1973, talks about David’s early days with The Buzz to the end of Ziggy Stardust.
Bowie and Hutch
01 David Bowie (and The Buzz) – Do Anything You Say (Single A-side, Pye, 1966)
02 David Bowie (and The Buzz) – Good Morning Girl (Single B-side to Do Anything You Say, Pye, 1966)
03 David Bowie (and The Buzz) – I Dig Everything (Single A-side, Pye, 1966)
04 David Bowie (and The Buzz) – I’m Not Losing Sleep (Single B-side to I Dig Everything, Pye, 1966)
05 Feathers – Ching-A-Ling (Stereo Mix) (David Bowie, Deram, 2010 reissue of 1967 album rec 1968)
06 David Bowie – Sell Me A Coat (Love You Till Tuesday, Deram, 1984 rec 1969)
07 David Bowie and John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson – Space Oddity (demo) (Space Oddity, 2009 reissue, rec January 1969)
08 David Bowie and John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson – An Occasional Dream (Demo) (Space Oddity, 2009 reissue, rec March/April 1969)
09 John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson and David Bowie – Life is a Circus (unreleased rec April 1969)
10 John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson and David Bowie – Love Song (unreleased rec April 1969)
11 David Bowie and John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson – Conversation Piece (unreleased rec April 1969)
12 David Bowie and The Spiders from Mars – Watch That Man (Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars – The Motion Picture Soundtrack (30th Anniversary 2CD Edition), 2003 rec July 1973)
13 David Bowie and The Spiders from Mars – Changes (Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars – The Motion Picture Soundtrack (30th Anniversary 2CD Edition), 2003 rec July 1973)
14 David Bowie and The Spiders from Mars – Farewell Speech/Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide (Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars – The Motion Picture Soundtrack (30th Anniversary 2CD Edition), 2003 rec July 1973)
15 John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson – Standing Room (Old Hat EP, Desert Mine Music, 2016)
“Hutch’s story is a fabulous journey that takes him from hometown Scarborough to the Marquee Club in London 1966 to the Hammersmith Odeon farewell concert 1973 – via Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles. From a ‘buzz around London’ to worldwide hysteria… in the company of David Bowie. Jealous? Me?” Marc Riley, BBC Radio 6 Music on Bowie and Hutch, Hutch’s excellent book.
More information on Bowie and Hutch, and the new Old Hat EP can be found at: www.johnhutchhutchinson.co.uk