David Bowie will release two new songs this fall along with a career-spanning compilation, Nothing Has Changed, which contains hits and previously unreleased tracks from his 50-year career. One of the new tracks, the nearly eight-minute-long “Sue (Or a Season in Crime),” which Bowie recorded with producer Tony Visconti, will be available on the compilation but its B side, “‘Tis a Pity She’s a Whore,” will be available only on the “Sue” 10-inch single and as a digital download, available in the U.S. on November 28th. The comp, which will be available in a variety of configurations, will be available on November 18th.
Sequenced in reverse chronological order, Nothing Has Changed, whose title comes from a lyric in the song “Sunday,” off 2002’s Heathen, contains songs representing each era of the singer’s career, beginning with “Sue” and selections from last year’s The Next Day and The Next Day Extra releases. It includes Bowie’s many hits (“Space Oddity,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Let’s Dance”), and culminates with Bowie’s debut single, “Liza Jane,” which he put out at age 17 in 1964 under the name Davie Jones and the King Bees. A full track list is available on Bowie’s website.
The compilation will be available in two-disc and three-disc formats, as well as corresponding digital releases, as well as a two-LP set. The deluxe edition of Nothing Has Changed includes the first 45 to bear the Davie Bowie name, 1966’s “Can’t Help Thinking About Me,” a 2003 mix of “Life on Mars?,” the original single mixes of “Starman” and “The Jean Genie” a 2007 mix of “Young Americans” and many other alternate takes.
Nothing Has Changed will also feature three previously unreleased tracks from Bowie’s sessions for his abandoned Toy album, which was to find him remaking his earliest Sixties and Seventies recordings (like “Liza Jane”). These include “Let Me Sleep Beside You,” “Your Turn to Drive” (previously available only as a download) and “Shadow Man.”
The comp arrives as the singer’s legacy is honored at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art with its David Bowie Is exhibition of photos, costumes and other items from the Bowie archive. That exhibition is also highlighted in a David Bowie Is documentary, filmed when it got its debut at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, that will be screened in movie theaters around the U.S.