OUT NOW: David Bowie: THE WIDTH OF A CIRCLE and THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD Picture Disc
Happy Record Store Friday! It feels like a special event any time we get two new David Bowie exclusives in one day, and here we are. First up is a glorious picture disc edition of Bowie's 1971 LP, The Man Who Sold the World. It features the 1972 RCA reissue sleeve, with the 2015 remaster of the original album.
This week also sees the release of The Width of A Circle, considered a companion piece to Metrobolist, the original title for The Man Who Sold the World. Named for the album's opening track (which itself was titled after a painting by Bowie’s friend George Underwood), the new two-CD set The Width Of A Circle features 21 tracks of non-album singles, a BBC In Concert session, music for a TV play and more Tony Visconti remixes, wrapping up David’s recordings from 1970 and revealing the first sonic steps toward Hunky Dory. See the complete The Width of A Circle tracklist below:
THE SUNDAY SHOW INTRODUCED BY JOHN PEEL
Recorded on 5th February, 1970 and broadcast on 8th February, 1970
God Knows I’m Good *
Buzz The Fuzz
London Bye, Ta-Ta
An Occasional Dream
The Width Of A Circle*
Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud
Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed*
Fill Your Heart
The Prettiest Star
Memory Of A Free Festival*
Performed by David Bowie and The Tony Visconti Trio (a.k.a. The Hype)
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THE LOOKING GLASS MURDERS AKA PIERROT IN TURQUOISE:
When I Live My Dream
When I Live My Dream (Reprise)
The Prettiest Star (Alternative Mix)
Single mix released on 6th March, 1970 on Mercury Records MF 1135. This is the unreleased alternative mix created for promotion in the US market.
London Bye, Ta-Ta*
Originally recorded and rejected as the follow up single to ‘Space Oddity’. This mono mix was finally released on the Sound & Vision box set in 1989.
London Bye, Ta-Ta (1970 Stereo Mix)*
This stereo mix of the above remained unreleased until the reformatted reissue of the Sound & Vision box set in 2003, replacing the mono mix.
Memory Of A Free Festival (Single Version Part 1)*
Memory Of A Free Festival (Single Version Part 2)*
The re-recorded electric version of the closing track from the David Bowie (aka Space Oddity) album released as a single on Mercury Records 6052 026 on 26th June, 1970.
This non-album single A side, backed by the album version of ‘Black Country Rock’ from The Man Who Sold The World album, was released on Mercury Records 6052 049 on 15th January, 1971.
SOUNDS OF THE 70’S: ANDY FERRIS SHOW
Recorded on 25th March, 1970 and broadcast on the 6th April, 1970
Waiting For The Man
The Width Of A Circle
The Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud*
The Supermen (Bowie At The Beeb vinyl only)*
Performed by David Bowie and The Hype
The Prettiest Star (2020 Mix)
London Bye, Ta-Ta (2020 Mix)
Memory Of A Free Festival (Single Version - 2020 Mix)
All The Madmen (Single Edit 2020 Mix)
Holy Holy (2020 Mix)
(*denotes previously released)