David Bowie Spying Through A Keyhole – Demos and Unreleased songs (7″ singles vinyl box set 2019)
01. Mother Grey (Demo).flac
02. In The Heat Of The Morning (Demo).flac
03. Goodbye 3D (Threepenny) Joe [Demo].flac
04. Love All Around (Demo).flac
05. London Bye, Ta-Ta (Demo).flac
06. Angel Angel Grubby Face (Demo Version 1).flac
07. Angel Angel Grubby Face (Demo Version 2).flac
08. Space Oddity (Demo Excerpt).flac
09. Space Oddity (Demo with Hutch) [Alternative Lyrics].flac
Label – Parlophone – 9029549508
Format: Box Set
4 × Vinyl, 7″, Mono
Released: 05 Apr 2019
With 2019 marking 50 years since David Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity, Parlophone is set to release a 7″ vinyl singles box set of nine previously unreleased* recordings from the era during which Space Oddity was first conceived.
The title ‘Spying Through A Keyhole’ is a lyric taken from the previously unknown song, Love All Around, and though most of the other titles are known, these versions have never been officially released until late last year. Most of the recordings are solo vocal and acoustic home demo performances, unless otherwise stated.
The design of each single label is presented to reflect the way David sent many of his demos to publishers and record companies, featuring his own handwritten song titles on EMIDISC acetate labels. The singles themselves are all mono and play at 45 r.p.m.
Due to the nature of some of the solo home demos where Bowie accompanied himself on acoustic guitar, the recording quality isn’t always of a usual studio fidelity. This is partly due to David’s enthusiastic strumming hitting the red on a couple of the tracks, along with the limitations of the original recording equipment and tape degradation. However, the historical importance of these songs and the fact that the selections are from an archive of tracks cleared for release by Bowie, overrides this shortcoming.
*Although this will be the first physical release of these tracks, Parlophone did make them available on streaming services for a limited period only in December.