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Hear David Bowie’s Rare, Original ‘Holy Holy’ From 1971

Track will appear on upcoming box set ‘Five Years: 1969 – 1973’

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David Bowie's rare, original version of his 1971 single "Holy Holy," soon to be available in a new box set, is now streaming.

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David Bowie will kick off a series of box sets later this year with the 10-album Five Years: 1969 – 1973, which includes a two-disc compilation of non-album singles, rare versions of songs and B sides called Re:Call 1. One of the most notable outtakes is the rare, original mono version of “Holy Holy,” a marching, psychedelic glam rocker in the vein of T. Rex. The song, streaming below, finds Bowie wanting the devil inside him and expressing the need to be left alone.

The song came out only once in 1971 on a 45, after the release of the album The Man Who Sold the World, and has never been reissued. The singer later recorded another version of the tune for The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, but shelved it until it came out as a B side to “Diamond Dogs” in 1974; it is that later version that came out on subsequent reissues of Bowie’s catalog.

The Five Years box set contains six of Bowie’s studio albums, from Space Oddity to Pin Ups, including new remasters of those records as well as The Man Who Sold the World and Hunky Dory. It also features two live albums and a 2003 mix of the The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. The CD version of the box set will contain a 128-page book, while the vinyl edition will contain an 84-page book, both of which feature rarely seen photos and notes from producers Tony Visconti and Ken Scott along with a foreword by Kinks frontman Ray Davies.

In addition to “Holy Holy,” Re:Call 1 contains the mono UK single edit of “Space Oddity” and an unreleased single edit of “All the Madmen,” among others. The track list for those discs is available here.

The box set, which will be available on both CD and vinyl as well as digitally, will be available on September 25th.

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