David Bowie's Loving The Alien - 1983 - 1988. Available here on 15-LP Box Set and 11-CD Box Set.
David Bowie's Loving The Alien - 1983 - 1988 will contain a brand new production of the 1987 album ‘Never Let Me Down’ by Bowie producer/engineer Mario McNulty with new instrumentation by Bowie collaborators Reeves Gabrels (guitar), David Torn (guitar), Sterling Campbell (drums), Tim Lefebvre (bass) as well as a string quartet with arrangements by Nico Muhly and a guest cameo by Laurie Anderson on ‘Shining Star (Makin’ My Love)’.
The eleven CD box, fifteen-piece vinyl set and standard digital download box set is named after the opening track from the ‘Tonight’ album and includes newly remastered versions of David’s most commercially successful period ‘Let's Dance’, ‘Tonight’, ‘Never Let Me Down(Original and 2018 Versions)’, the live album ‘Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87)’, the previously unreleased ‘Serious Moonlight’ live album, a collection of original remixes entitled ‘Dance’ and the non-album/alternate version/b-sides and soundtrack music compilation Re:Call 4.
Exclusive to each of the box sets is ‘Never Let Me Down (2018)’, a new production of the 1987 album. The seeds of this reimagining of the album were first sown in 2008 when David asked Mario McNulty to remix the track ‘Time Will Crawl’ and record new drums by longtime Bowie drummer, Sterling Campbell, along with strings. 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’.
Also in each box is the never before released ‘Serious Moonlight live album recorded in Vancouver, in 1983. Originally mixed at the time by Bob Clearmountain, the double album captures Bowie on what at that time was his most successful tour. The artwork features shots taken by photographer Denis O’Regan.
Also included is the 2CD / 3LP Glass Spider (Live in Montreal ’87) album, making its debut on vinyl (which is exclusive to the LP box). The tour’s innovative set and marriage of music and theatre has been cited as a big inspiration to acts in the 2000’s. Speaking in 1991 about Glass Spider Bowie said, “It was the first time I'd had the opportunity to spend that kind of money and do shows like that! The first time since Diamond Dogs, anyway...I thought, right! Let’s really spend some money! I had all these thwarted dreams of what I'd tried to do with rock 'n roll in the early '70s”.
Exclusive to each box is ‘Re:Call 4’ and ‘Dance’. The former a new compilation featuring remastered contemporary single versions, non-album singles, album edits, b-sides and songs featured on soundtracks such as Labyrinth, Absolute Beginners and When The Wind Blows. ‘Dance’ features 12 contemporaneous remixes some of which are appearing on CD and vinyl for the first time and is named after an unreleased Bowie remix album that was originally slated for release in November 1985.
LPx15 - 15-LP Box Set. 180 Gram LPs. Includes 84-Page Book that will feature rarely seen and previously unpublished photos by photographers including Denis O’Regan, Greg Gorman, Herb Ritts and many others as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums from producers/engineers Nile Rodgers, Hugh Padgham, Mario McNulty and Justin Shirley-Smith.
CDx11 - 11-CD Box Set. Includes faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions of the original albums, and the CDs will be gold colored rather than the usual silver. Includes 128-Page Book that will feature rarely seen and previously unpublished photos by photographers including Denis O’Regan, Greg Gorman, Herb Ritts and many others as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums from producers/engineers Nile Rodgers, Hugh Padgham, Mario McNulty and Justin Shirley-Smith.