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David Bowie’s Mid-Eighties Work Collected for Massive ‘Loving the Alien’ Box Set

15-LP or 11-CD collection boasts three studio albums, a remix compilation, two unreleased live LPs and a 2018 reworking of ‘Never Let Me Down’

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David Bowie's mid-Eighties career will be explored in the new box set Loving the Alien that gathers his albums, live LPs and more.

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David Bowie‘s mid-Eighties career will be explored in the new box set Loving the Alien (1983-1988), a massive collection that gathers the late icon’s albums, live LPs and more from the era.

The 11-CD or 15-LP Loving the Alien, due out October 12th, features three Bowie studio albums – 1983’s Let’s Dance, 1984’s Tonight and 1987’s Never Let Me Down – alongside a pair of first-time-on-vinyl live albums – Serious Moonlight (Live ’83) and Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) – and the newly assembled compilation Dance, which collects 12 contemporaneous remixes from the era.

Also exclusive to the box set is a 2018 reworking of Never Let Me Down with new production and instrumentation overseen by Bowie producer/engineer Mario McNulty. Longtime Bowie collaborators including guitarist Reeves Gabriel and drummer Sterling Campbell, Blackstar bassist Tim Lefebvre and composer Nico Muhly also contributed to the project, which was born out of Bowie’s desire to rerecord the 1987 LP that he called “a bitter disappointment.

“The seeds of this new reimagining of the albums were first sown in 2008 when Bowie asked McNulty to remix the track ‘Time Will Crawl’ and record new drums by longtime Bowie drummer Sterling Campbell along with strings,’ Parlaphone wrote of Never Let Me Down (2018). “The track was issued on the iSelect compilation to much acclaim and, in the notes for that record, David remarked ‘Oh, to redo the rest of that album.'”

In early January, the musicians involved entered New York’s Electric Lady Studios to fulfill Bowie’s wish and remake Never Let Me Down, which now features a guest appearance by Laurie Anderson on “Shining Star (Makin’ My Love).” The 2018 reworking also boasts “newly ‘remixed’ artwork reflecting the album’s subject matter and features unseen images from the original cover photographic session from the archive of Greg Gorman.

Like previous Bowie retrospective box sets like Five Years (1969-1973), Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976) and A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982), Loving the Alien is capped off by a new compilation titled Re:Call 4 that hosts single versions, remixes and vinyl edits from the era. Bowie’s contributions to the soundtracks for Labyrinth, The Falcon And The Snowman, Absolute Beginners and When the Wind Blows also highlight Re:Call 4.

The Loving the Alien box set comes complete with an accompanying book with previously unpublished photos, historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums from producers/engineers Nile Rodgers, Hugh Padgham, McNulty and Justin Shirley-Smith.

LOVING THE ALIEN (1983-1988)
Vinyl & CD Track Lists

Let’s Dance
“Modern Love”
“China Girl”
“Let’s Dance”
“Without You”
“Ricochet”
“Criminal World”
“Cat People (Putting Out Fire)”
“Shake It”

Serious Moonlight (Live ’83)
“Look Back In Anger”
“‘Heroes'”
“What In The World”
“Golden Years”
“Fashion”
“Let’s Dance”
“Breaking Glass”
“Life On Mars?”
“Sorrow”
“Cat People (Putting Out Fire)”
“China Girl”
“Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)”
“Rebel Rebel”
“White Light / White Heat”
“Station To Station”
“Cracked Actor”
“Ashes To Ashes”
“Space Oddity/Band Introduction”
“Young Americans”
“Fame”
“Modern Love”

Tonight
“Loving The Alien”
“Don’t Look Down”
“God Only Knows”
“Tonight”
“Neighborhood Threat”
“Blue Jean”
“Tumble And Twirl”
“I Keep Forgettin”
“Dancing With The Big Boys”

Never Let Me Down
“Day-In Day-Out”
“Time Will Crawl”
“Beat Of Your Drum”
“Never Let Me Down”
“Zeroes”
“Glass Spider”
“Shining Star (Makin’ My Love)”
“New York’s In Love”
“’87 And Cry”
“Bang”

Never Let Me Down (2018)
“Day-In Day-Out”
“Time Will Crawl”
“Beat Of Your Drum”
“Never Let Me Down”
“Zeroes”
“Glass Spider”
“Shining Star (Makin’ My Love)” (ft Laurie Anderson)
“New York’s In Love”
“87 & Cry”
“Bang Bang”

Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87)
“Up The Hill Backwards”
“Glass Spider”
“Day-In Day-Out”
“Bang Bang”
“Absolute Beginners”
“Loving The Alien”
“China Girl”
“Rebel Rebel”
“Fashion”
“Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)”
“All The Mad Men”
“Never Let Me Down”
“Big Brother”
“‘87 And Cry”
“‘Heroes'”
“Sons Of The Silent Age”
“Time Will Crawl / Band Introduction”
“Young Americans”
“Beat Of Your Drum”
“The Jean Genie”
“Let’s Dance”
“Fame”
“Time”
“Blue Jean”
“Modern Love” 

Dance

  1. “Shake It” (Re-mix aka Long Version)
  2. “Blue Jean” (Extended Dance Mix)
  3. “Dancing With The Big Boys” (Extended Dance Mix)
  4. “Tonight” (Vocal Dance Mix)
  5. “Don’t Look Down” (Extended Dance Mix)
  6. “Loving The Alien” (Extended Dub Mix)
  7. “Tumble And Twirl” (Extended Dance Mix)
  8. “Underground” (Extended Dance Mix)
  9. “Day-In Day-Out” (Groucho Mix)
  10. “Time Will Crawl” (Dance Crew Mix)
  11. “Shining Star (Makin’ My Love)” (12″ mix)
  12. “Never Let Me Down” (Dub/Acapella)

Re:Call 4

  1. “Let’s Dance” (Single Version)
  2. “China Girl” (Single Version)
  3. “Modern Love” (Single Version)
  4. “This Is Not America (The Theme From The Falcon And The Snowman)” – David Bowie / Pat Metheny Group
  5. “Loving The Alien” (Re-mixed Version)
  6. “Don’t Look Down” (Re-mixed Version)
  7. “Dancing In The Street” (Clearmountain Mix) – David Bowie and Mick Jagger
  8. “Absolute Beginners” (From Absolute Beginners)
  9. “That’s Motivation” (From Absolute Beginners)
  10. “Volare” (From Absolute Beginners)
  11. “Labyrinth Opening Titles/Underground” (From Labyrinth)
  12. “Magic Dance” (From Labyrinth)
  13. “As The World Falls Down” (From Labyrinth)
  14. “Within You” (From Labyrinth)
  15. “Underground” (From Labyrinth)
  16. “When The Wind Blows” (Single Version) (From When The Wind Blows)
  17. “Day-In Day-Out” (Single Version)
  18. “Julie”
  19. “Beat Of Your Drum” (Vinyl Album Edit)
  20. “Glass Spider” ((Vinyl Album Edit)
  21. “Shining Star (Makin’ My Love)” (Vinyl Album Edit)
  22. “New York’s In Love” (Vinyl Album Edit)
  23. “‘87 And Cry” (Vinyl Album Edit)
  24. “Bang Bang” (Vinyl Album Edit)
  25. “Time Will Crawl” (Single Version)
  26. “Girls” (Extended Edit)
  27. “Never Let Me Down” (7″ Remix Edit)
  28. “Bang Bang” (Live – Promotional Mix)
  29. “Tonight” (Live) – Tina Turner with David Bowie
  30. “Let’s Dance” (Live) – Tina Turner with David Bowie

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