Housed In Replica Of Original Tape Box!
Features Previously Unreleased Bowie Recordings!
The 'Mercury' Demos are ten early Bowie recordings captured live in one take to a Revox reel to reel tape machine in Bowie's flat in spring 1969, with accompaniment from John "Hutch" Hutchinson on guitar and vocals.
The version of "Space Oddity" from the Demos, originally released with edits on the Sound & Vision boxset, is presented here in its true context for the first time. The other nine recordings on the album are all previously unreleased. In addition to Bowie originals, the session also includes the Roger Bunn composition "Life Is A Circus" (which features as an earlier demo version on the Clareville Grove Demos set) and the Lesley Duncan composition, "Love Song", later recorded by Elton John for his Tumbleweed Connection album. David's own Conversation Piece is announced as "a new song" and Janine features a short nineteen second section sung to the melody of The Beatles' Hey Jude.
The session was a basic recording of the 'Bowie & Hutch' duo's set list at the time and was committed to tape at the request of Mercury Records A&R man Calvin Mark Lee who wanted the tracks to send them to his boss Bob Reno. Both Calvin and Bob are referenced during the 41-minute recording, and the demos were key in securing David his recording deal with Mercury Records.
The 'Mercury' Demos set comes in a replica of the original tape box and features one LP, a print, two photo contact sheets, and sleeve notes by Mark Adams. The labels of the LP feature the same EMIDISC acetate styling as Spying Through A Keyhole and Clareville Grove Demos with the song titles in Bowie's own handwriting.
• Vinyl LP
• Housed in Replica of original tape box
• Two photo contact sheets
• One print
• Sleeve notes by Mark Adams
• LP labels feature EMIDISC acetate styling with song titles in Bowie's handwriting
• Made in the EU
David Bowie, vocals, guitar, Stylophone
John "Hutch" Hutchinson, vocals, guitar
1. Space Oddity
3. An Occasional Dream
4. Conversation Piece
6. I'm Not Quite (aka Letter To Hermione)
1. Lover To The Dawn
2. Love Song
3. When I'm Five
4. Life Is A Circus