David Bowie's "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)," taken from the Thin White Duke's upcoming greatest hits compilation Nothing Has Changed, premiered Sunday on BBC Music 6. Spanning nearly seven-and-a-half minutes, this horns-heavy epic is Bowie's most jazz-influenced track since the Aladdin Sane era, while the vocal delivery and disjointed lyrics are reminiscent of singer Scott Walker, of whom Bowie once said "He’s been my idol since I was a kid."
This new song, Bowie's first track since ending his long hiatus last year with his excellent comeback LP The Next Day and its follow-up EP The Next Day Extra, was produced by Bowie's longtime collaborator Tony Visconti and features New York's Maria Schneider Orchestra.
"Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)" is one of the unreleased tracks that will accompany Bowie's Nothing Has Changed, a three-disc collection of Bowie's best presented in reverse chronological order, from 2013's The Next Day to his 1964 Davie Jones and the King Bees single "Liza Jane." The comp also boasts "Let Me Sleep Beside You," "Shadow Man" and "Your Turn to Drive," three tracks from the singer's abandoned 2001 album Toy. "Sue" was recorded specifically for the compilation.
Nothing Has Changed, both a play on Bowie's essential Changesonebowie greatest hits collection and a lyric from Heathen's "Sunday," is out on November 17th. "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)" will be released as a limited edition 10" single on Black Friday, November 28th, backed by another new track titled "'Tis a Pity She's a Whore."