David Bowie Clareville Grove Demo’s – Featuring previously Unreleased Recordings early 1969 (3 x 7″ Vinyl singles box)

David Bowie Clareville Grove Demo's - Featuring previously Unreleased Recordings early 1969 (3 x 7" Vinyl singles box)

David Bowie Clareville Grove Demo’s – Featuring previously Unreleased Recordings early 1969 (3 x 7″ Vinyl singles box)

Single 1Side A
Space Oddity
Now featuring the final lyrics, this version of the demo first appeared on the long deleted Space Oddity 40th Anniversary 2 CD release, and is now making its debut on vinyl. It predates the 2nd February Morgan Studios recording that featured in the Love You Till Tuesday television film.

Single 1Side B
Lover To The Dawn
This song aimed at a former lover would eventually morph into Cygnet Committee recorded for the David Bowie (aka Space Oddity) album later in the year.

Single 2Side A
Previously recorded in October 1968 by the trio Turquoise featuring David, Hermione and Tony Hill (who became Feathers when Hutch replaced Hill). David and Hutch continued to perform the song as a duo following Hermione’s departure.

Single 2Side B
An Occasional Dream
Slightly different lyrically to the later album version, this version of the demo also first appeared on the deleted Space Oddity 40th Anniversary release.

Single 3Side A
Let Me Sleep Beside You
A studio version was first recorded in September 1967 but remained unreleased until The World Of David Bowie album in 1970. The song was later recorded in session for the BBC in October 1969 and was a song David clearly believed in, recording it once more for the unreleased Toy album 30 years later. That version finally saw the light of day on the Nothing Has Changed 3 CD set in 2014.

Single 3Side B
Life Is A Circus
A cover of an obscure song written by Roger Bunn recorded by vocal/instrumental quartet Djinn. Vocals are shared Simon and Garfunkel style by David and Hutch.

David Bowie – vocals, guitar and Stylophone
John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson – vocals and guitar

Design – Scott Minshall
Engineer [Audio Restoration] – Andy Walter
Liner Notes – Tris Penna
Mastered By – Ray Staff
Photography By – Kenneth Pitt
Producer – Aisha Cohen, Nigel Reeve
Songwriter – David Bowie (tracks: A to E)

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Following on from Spying Through A Keyhole, in early 1969 at his flat in Clareville Grove, London, David Bowie with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson continued to demo ‘Space Oddity’ and other tracks.

This live demo tape session is set for release as a 7″ vinyl singles box set of six home demos, four of which are previously unreleased recordings, Clareville Grove Demos will be released on 17th May 2019.

As with the Spying Through A Keyhole vinyl singles box set, 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 with cover and print photos by David’s then manager Ken Pitt taken in the Clareville Grove flat.

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.

Companies, etc.
Record Company – Warner Music Group
Licensed To – Parlophone Records Ltd.
Produced For – Warner Music
Produced For – RZO Music
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co., LLC
Copyright (c) – Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co., LLC
Copyright (c) – Parlophone Records Ltd.
Pressed By – Optimal Media GmbH – BI56063
Published By – TRO
Published By – Essex Music International, Inc.
Published By – Onward Music Ltd.
Published By – Tintoretto Music
Published By – RZO Music, Inc.
Published By – Screen Gems
Published By – EMI Music Inc.
Published By – EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Published By – BMG Blue
Published By – Tintoretto Music
Published By – RZO Music Ltd.
Published By – Chrysalis Music Ltd.
Published By – Westminster Music Ltd.
Published By – Bunnoven Publishing
Engineered At – Abbey Road Studios
Mastered At – Air Mastering
Designed At – Gas Associates

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