The Thin White Duke may have departed, but his music will be with us for the rest of time. On 23rd September the second in a series of Bowie box sets will be released – this time featuring the previously unreleased album The Gouster.
A mixture of live recordings, remastered tracks, and previously unreleased material; WHO CAN I BE NOW? Is a comprehensive snapshot of one of the most experimental phases of Bowie’s career. Following on from 2015’s Five Years, the set will be released as a 12 CD box, 13 piece vinyl set, and digital download. It’ll contain all of the officially released material from Bowie’s so-called “American” phase from ’74 to ’76 – so classics (and what of Bowies isn’t a classic??) like Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, and Station to Station (in original and 2010 mixes) will all be there.
The Gouster is an intriguing inclusion. Never released as a full album; it was recorded, mixed, and mastered before Bowie absconded to New York with that other incomparable Englishman John Lennon to work on Young Americans. Another exciting (and exclusive) addition to the set is RE:CALL 2, one of the tracks of which is the original single mix of “Rebel Rebel” – previously only featured on a 40th anniversary picture disk since its original 1974 release. RE:CALL 2 will also come packed with newly originated artwork using in-studio images from ’75.
And if all that hasn’t been enough to geek out over, the CD and vinyl sets will also exclusively feature an accompanying book with rarely seen and unpublished photos, press reviews, and technical notes about the albums from producers Tony Visconti and Harry Maslin (you should see some of The Speakeasy crew right now – they are actually salivating over this).
For more information about WHO CAN I BE NOW? including the full track listing check out the Bowie website.
Pre-order WHO CAN I BE NOW? (1974-1976) here.