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David Bowie - Conversation Piece 5CD Box Set

Paralophone Records

  • $ 7498


David Bowie Conversation Piece 5CD Box Set

Five-CD boxed set tracking Bowie's early development throughout 1968 and 1969, via his home demos, BBC radio sessions, studio recordings with guitarist John 'Hutch' Hutchinson, and the experimental music and mime group, Feathers. The collection also celebrates the 50th anniversaries of the releases of the "Space Oddity" single and Bowie's second album, David Bowie (aka Space Oddity).

The set contains 12 previously unreleased tracks/demos from the period as well as a brand-new mix of the Space Oddity album by long-time Bowie producer/collaborator Tony Visconti. The new mix of the album now features the title track of the boxed set, "Conversation Piece," restored to the track listing in it's initially intended position before it was originally dropped due to time constraints of the vinyl.

The 120-page hardback book accompanying the box features exclusive memorabilia from the personal collection of Bowie's former manager, the late Ken Pitt, as well as from the David Bowie Archive and includes photos. The sleeve notes have been written for the release by Bowie experts Mark Adams, Tris Penna, and Kevin Cann along with contributions from Bowie's lifelong friend George Underwood, Vernon Dewhurst, and Dana Gillespie.

David Bowie Conversation Piece Track Listing:

CD1 - Home Demos

1. April’s Tooth Of Gold *
2. The Reverend Raymond Brown (Attends the Garden Fête on Thatchwick Green) *
3. When I’m Five *
4. Mother Grey
5. In The Heat Of The Morning
6. Goodbye 3d (Threepenny) Joe
7. Love All Around
8. London Bye, Ta-Ta
9. Angel Angel Grubby Face (version 1)
10. Angel Angel Grubby Face (version 2)
11. Animal Farm *
12. Space Oddity (solo demo fragment)
13. Space Oddity (version 1) with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson
14. Space Oddity (version 2) with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson *
15. Space Oddity (version 3) with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson
16. Lover To The Dawn with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson
17. Ching-a-Ling with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson
18. An Occasional Dream with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson
19. Let Me Sleep Beside You with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson
20. Life Is A Circus with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson
21. Conversation Piece *
22. Jerusalem *
23. Hole In The Ground with George Underwood *

CD2 - The ‘Mercury’ Demos with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson

1. Space Oddity
2. Janine
3. An Occasional Dream
4. Conversation Piece
5. Ching-a-Ling
6. I’m Not Quite (aka Letter To Hermione)
7. Lover To The Dawn
8. Love Song
9. When I’m Five
10. Life Is A Circus

CD3 - Conversation Pieces (Mono)

1. In The Heat Of The Morning (Decca mono version)
2. London Bye, Ta-Ta (Decca alternative version)
BBC Top Gear radio session with the Tony Visconti Orchestra, recorded May 13, 1968
3. In The Heat Of The Morning
4. London Bye, Ta-Ta
5. Karma Man
6. When I’m Five
7. Silly Boy Blue
8. Ching-a-Ling
9. Space Oddity (Morgan Studios version – alternative take) with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson *
10. Space Oddity (U.K. single edit)
11. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (single B-side – mono mix)
12. Janine (mono mix)
13. Conversation Piece
BBC Dave Lee Travis Show radio session, recorded October 20, 1969
14. Let Me Sleep Beside You
15. Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed
16. Janine

CD4 - 1969 stereo mixes

The original David Bowie (aka Space Oddity) album
1. Space Oddity
2. Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed (inc. Don’t Sit Down)
3. Letter To Hermione
4. Cygnet Committee
5. Janine
6. An Occasional Dream
7. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud
8. God Knows I'm Good
9. Memory Of A Free Festival (
The Extras
10. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (single B-side stereo mix)
11. Letter To Hermione (early mix) *
12. Janine (early mix) *
13. An Occasional Dream (early mix) *
14. Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola (full length version)

CD5 - 2019 mixes (all previously unreleased)

The Space Oddity album
1. Space Oddity
2. Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed
3. Letter To Hermione
4. Cygnet Committee
5. Janine
6. An Occasional Dream
7. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud
8. Conversation Piece
9. God Knows I'm Good
10. Memory Of A Free Festival
The Extras
11. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (single version)
12. Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola

* Previously Unreleased


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