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ME AND THE STARMAN
30th April 2019

Me and The Starman There's a new DAVID BOWIE book in the pipeline...

Entitled: ME AND THE STARMAN, We Are Cult's editor JAMES GENT and regular contributor JON ARNOLD have put together a massive David Bowie tribute anthology with all profits going to Cancer Research.

Three years in the making. Expect it on 11th July.

Foreword by Nicholas Pegg and afterword by Tony Zanetta.

Published by Chinbeard Books.

More details soon.


'THE A TO Z OF DAVID BOWIE' PODCAST #66
30th April 2019

A to Z of David Bowie The sixty-sixth episode of THE A TO Z OF DAVID BOWIE podcast created by MARC RILEY, ROB HUGHES and sound assisted by HOWARD NOCK is now available online for your listening pleasure.

This episode covers the letter W and discusses: Woody Woodmansey.

Available FREE via your preferred podcast download or streaming. I personally prefer acast.com for streaming - LISTEN HERE

For more information, updates and questions you can follow @zofdavidbowie on Twitter.

Also check out their YouTube channel A to Z of David Bowie and don't forget to subscribe for notifications.

For the podcast each letter is currently averaged at 2 episodes of 30 plus minutes and will be published at 3am on Tuesday's each week.

You can listen to ALL previous episodes HERE


BOWIE AT OMEGA AUCTIONS
29th April 2019

Aladdin Sane / Zion tape There are some amazing DAVID BOWIE items in OMEGA AUCTIONS next two day vinyl and memorabilia sale on 21st / 22nd May.

Highlights include:

Lot 411: DAVID BOWIE LOST ZION TAPE
Lot 412: DAVID BOWIE 1967 REJECTED DEMOS
Lot 413: DAVID BOWIE ZIGGY STARDUST TAPE REEL
Lot 414: DAVID BOWIE ZIGGY STARDUST TAPE REEL
Lot 418: DAVID BOWIE THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD TRIDENT ACETATE
Lot 419: DAVID BOWIE DECCA FRENCH "HEROES" ACETATE
Lot 420: DAVID BOWIE 1968 DRURY LANE ARTS LAB POSTER

The Music Memorabilia and Vinyl Records (2 Days) goes live on 21/05/2019 at 10:30 am GMT.

Check out the online catalogue now.


THE 'MERCURY' DEMOS OUT IN JUNE
26th April 2019

The Mercury Demos The Mercury Demos davidbowie.com have announced details of THE 'MERCURY' DEMOS vinyl LP release by DAVID BOWIE with JOHN 'HUTCH' HUTCHINSON scheduled for release on 28th June.

The tracklisting runs as follows:

Disc: 1
1. Space Oddity (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) ['Mercury' Demo]
2. Janine (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) ['Mercury' Demo]
3. An Occasional Dream (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) ['Mercury' Demo]
4. Conversation Piece (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) ['Mercury' Demo]
5. Ching-a-Ling (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) ['Mercury' Demo]
6. I'm Not Quite (aka Letter To Hermione) [with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson] ['Mercury' Demo]

Disc: 2
1. Lover To The Dawn (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) ['Mercury' Demo]
2. Love Song (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) ['Mercury' Demo]
3. When I'm Five (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) ['Mercury' Demo]
4. Life Is A Circus (with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson) ['Mercury' Demo]

As part of the ongoing celebrations marking 50 years since David Bowie's first hit, 'Space Oddity', and following the recent Spying Through A Keyhole and Clareville Grove Demos collections, The 'Mercury' Demos are 10 early Bowie recordings captured live in one take to a Revox reel to reel tape machine in David'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' box set, is presented here in its true context for the first time. The other nine recordings on the album are all previously unreleased.

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 will come in a replica of the original tape box and will feature 1 vinyl 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 David's own handwriting.

You can pre-order The 'Mercury' Demos NOW!


ON THIS DAY...
24th April 2019

On this day, 27 years ago, DAVID BOWIE and IMAN were married having a private civil wedding ceremony at Lausanne registry office, Switzerland in 1992..

On this day, 41 years ago, DAVID BOWIE performed at the Mecca Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA during his 1978 World Tour...

On this day, 43 years ago, DAVID BOWIE performed at UKK Hall in Helsinki, Finland during his 1976 World Tour. He arrived via train and went to a press conference held at Hotel Hesperia. After the concert, it was reported that David partied at a nightclub with Iggy Pop and Marc Bolan...

On this day, 53 years ago, DAVID BOWIE & THE BUZZ performed at the Marquee Club, Soho, London, England in 1966...

On this day, 53 years ago, DAVIE JONES & THE MANISH BOYS perform at Bletchley, England in 1965. This is David's last ever performance with this band...

Happy Birthday wishes to TONY VISCONTI have a good one!...


TOM ELMHIRST ON LAZARUS
24th April 2019

Enter the world of prolific mix engineer TOM ELMHIRST as he dives into the multi-track session of 'Lazarus' - a song from DAVID BOWIE's Grammy-winning final album, ★.

At Electric Lady Studios in New York, Elmhirst describes the collaboration with Bowie and his producer Tony Visconti, detailing the entire journey from rough to final mix.

Learn about his gain staging principles, console layout, monitoring environment, ergonomic VCA usage, effects routing, and a hybrid workflow that comprises a variety of processing from high-end outboard gear to stock Pro Tools plug-ins.




BOWIE IN SAN FRANCISCO E-BOOK
23rd April 2019

I was there. I interviewed him for Rolling Stone, and photographed him. And now I've combined the story and the photos into an ebook no DAVID BOWIE fan will want to be without!

When David Bowie made his first visit to the USA, a year before Ziggy Stardust and before even Hunky Dory, he was greeted in San Francisco by Rolling Stone writer JOHN MENDELSSOHN, who, all those years later, is now making available for the first time the photographs he took of the dress-wearing young icon-to-be.



You can order the ebook, priced at £10 or $12 US, please PayPal: johnmendelssohn@gmail.com

From John Mendelssohn.


'THE A TO Z OF DAVID BOWIE' PODCAST #65
23rd April 2019

A to Z of David Bowie The sixty-fifth episode of THE A TO Z OF DAVID BOWIE podcast created by MARC RILEY, ROB HUGHES and sound assisted by HOWARD NOCK is now available online for your listening pleasure.

This episode continues with the letter V and discusses: The Velvet Underground.

Available FREE via your preferred podcast download or streaming. I personally prefer acast.com for streaming - LISTEN HERE

For more information, updates and questions you can follow @zofdavidbowie on Twitter.

Also check out their YouTube channel A to Z of David Bowie and don't forget to subscribe for notifications.

For the podcast each letter is currently averaged at 2 episodes of 30 plus minutes and will be published at 3am on Tuesday's each week.

You can listen to ALL previous episodes HERE


BOWIE SOLO ART EXHIBITION FOOTAGE
23rd April 2019

For those of you who didn't get to see David Bowie's solo art exhibition in Cork Street, London in 1995, here's some sneaky footage my old mate took...




'THE A TO Z OF DAVID BOWIE' PODCAST #64
16th April 2019

A to Z of David Bowie The sixty-fourth episode of THE A TO Z OF DAVID BOWIE podcast created by MARC RILEY, ROB HUGHES and sound assisted by HOWARD NOCK is now available online for your listening pleasure.

This episode continues with the letter V and discusses: Cherry Vanilla, Mike Vernon and Velvet Goldmine.

Available FREE via your preferred podcast download or streaming. I personally prefer acast.com for streaming - LISTEN HERE

For more information, updates and questions you can follow @zofdavidbowie on Twitter.

Also check out their YouTube channel A to Z of David Bowie and don't forget to subscribe for notifications.

For the podcast each letter is currently averaged at 2 episodes of 30 plus minutes and will be published at 3am on Tuesday's each week.

You can listen to ALL previous episodes HERE


DBG FANZINE ISSUE #5
15th April 2019

DBG fanzine issue 5 Check out the DAVID BOWIE GLAMOUR fanzine issue 5 cover created by HELEN GREEN.

Inside, features interviews with all the Bowie Blackstar band, Jonathan Barnbrook and foreword by Tony Visconti.

They also feature fabulous articles by several fans including 'Collecting Blackstar'

You can pre-order now at davidbowieglamour.wordpress.com website.

NOT MANY COPIES LEFT! LESS THAN 50

Just so everyone is aware, only 1,000 copies are printed.

The fanzine is now on general sale (for non-email subscribers). So far over 800 have been sold in a few days. Be really quick!


DAVID BOWIE GLAMOUR ISSUE #5
14th April 2019

DBG fanzine issue 5 Heads up! Issue 5 of DAVID BOWIE GLAMOUR fanzine is selling fast!

If you want to guarantee your copy which includes FOUR exclusive prints join their email subscription on the link below.

You'll receive an email today with a link and password to purchase the fanzine. You need to do this before Monday (15th) at 7.00pm UK time to guarantee the full package.

Visit DBG mailing list

The demand for this forthcoming issue is staggering and is selling faster than any previous issue.

This forthcoming issue is based fully on the Blackstar album and the entire band who played on the album have been interviewed.

DBG competition DBG competition Competition now ended Also they have TWO competitions currently running, signed Blackstar album and Helen Green artwork. Details below...

To win this first pressing (2015) Blackstar vinyl signed by the fabulous designer Jonathan Barnbrook, email 100 words to davidbowieglamour@yahoo.com telling them why you love the album/design.

To win this unique A3 Blackstar band image (Tim Lefebvre, Donny McCaslin, Ben Monder, Mark Guiliana, Jason Lindner and David Bowie) signed by the artist Helen Green, email 100 words to davidbowieglamour@yahoo.com telling them why you love David Bowie Glamour fanzine.

For more details and information visit davidbowieglamour.wordpress.com website.

From DBG.


BRITISH PODCAST AWARDS
14th April 2019

If you enjoy listening to THE A TO Z OF DAVID BOWIE podcast you can vote for them in the British Podcast Awards.

The Listeners' Choice Award rewards the Best UK Podcast voted by the fans.

Voting began at 18:00 on Monday 8th April 2019 and will close at 17:00 on Wednesday 15th May 2019.

Vote HERE


ANCIANT VIDEO FROM NACHO
12th April 2019

Check out the latest video created by NACHO where's he's done this thing on DAVID BOWIE - A New Career In A New Town.



This video has been on the cards for a couple of years. The first minute or so started out as part of his 2017 documentary David Bowie is The Man Who Fell to Earth - [View here].


'THE A TO Z OF DAVID BOWIE' PODCAST #63
9th April 2019

A to Z of David Bowie The sixty-third episode of THE A TO Z OF DAVID BOWIE podcast created by MARC RILEY, ROB HUGHES and sound assisted by HOWARD NOCK is now available online for your listening pleasure.

This episode covers the letter V and discusses: Tony Visconti.

Available FREE via your preferred podcast download or streaming. I personally prefer acast.com for streaming - LISTEN HERE

For more information, updates and questions you can follow @zofdavidbowie on Twitter.

Also check out their YouTube channel A to Z of David Bowie and don't forget to subscribe for notifications.

For the podcast each letter is currently averaged at 2 episodes of 30 plus minutes and will be published at 3am on Tuesday's each week.

You can listen to ALL previous episodes HERE


TRACING MY DAD
6th April 2019

THE HD PROJECTS presents the second in a series of four interview videos with world-famous music producer TONY VISCONTI discussing drummer DENNIS DAVIS and DAVID BOWIE.

TRACING MY DAD (Volume 10) is dedicated to the memory of Dennis on the third anniversary of his passing.



The interview took place in New York City in 2018. Tony provided a lot of information and insight into the music he and David Bowie made, and the times they shared with Dennis Davis.

Each video focuses on a specific phase of Tony's work with Bowie and Dennis. This one focuses on David Bowie's 1977 album, Low. The album is considered groundbreaking. The D.A.M. Trio - Dennis Davis, Carlos Alomar and George Murray - jamming with Bowie and Tony Visconti, was the starting point for much of the material. Dennis Davis drumming, and the innovative use of early pitch-shift studio technology on his drums, would become one of the prominent features of the album.

From NACHO.


STAK BOX SET OUT NOW!
5th April 2019

Released today (5th April) is the DAVID BOWIE Spying Through A Keyhole 7" Vinyl Box Set.

Spying Through A Keyhole David Bowie Spying Through A Keyhole David Bowie With 2019 marking 50 years since David Bowie's first hit, Space Oddity, Parlophone is set to release a 7" vinyl singles box set of nine previously unreleased recordings* from the era during which Space Oddity was first conceived.

The title 'Spying Through A Keyhole' is a lyric taken from the previously unknown song, Love All Around, and though most of the other titles are known, these versions have never been officially released until late last year. Most of the recordings are solo vocal and acoustic home demo performances, unless otherwise stated.

The design of each single label is presented to reflect the way David sent many of his demos to publishers and record companies, featuring his own handwritten song titles on EMIDISC acetate labels. The singles themselves are all mono and play at 45 r.p.m.

Please note: Due to the nature of some of the solo home demos where Bowie accompanied himself on acoustic guitar, the recording quality isn't always of a usual studio fidelity. This is partly due to David's enthusiastic strumming hitting the red on a couple of the tracks, along with the limitations of the original recording equipment and tape degradation. However, the historical importance of these songs and the fact that the selections are from an archive of tracks cleared for release by Bowie, overrides this shortcoming.

The tracklistings run as follows:

SINGLE 1
Side 1
Mother Grey (demo)
Side 2
In The Heat Of The Morning (demo)

SINGLE 2
Side 1
Goodbye 3d (Threepenny) Joe (demo)
Side 2
Love All Around (demo)

SINGLE 3
Side 1
London Bye, Ta-Ta (demo)
Side 2
Angel, Angel, Grubby Face (demo version 1)

SINGLE 4
Side 1
1. Angel, Angel, Grubby Face (demo version 2)
2. Space Oddity (demo excerpt)
Side 2
Space Oddity (demo) with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson.

*Although this will be the first physical release of these tracks, Parlophone did make them available on streaming services for a limited period only in December.

You can purchase Spying Through A Keyhole NOW!


VANS - DAVID BOWIE COLLECTION LAUNCHED
5th April 2019

Vans David Bowie collection Launched today are the VANS DAVID BOWIE collection of footwear featuring SIX different styles.

Vans commemorates the life and legacy of David Bowie with a collection of unisex footwear and apparel for adults and toddlers. Drawing inspiration from some of Bowie's most influential works and many colourful personas, this collaboration celebrates a joint force between Vans and "the man who fell to earth" - two entities who for decades have championed the different and the strange, leaving a lasting impression on generations. The Vans and David Bowie collection lands in select Vans retail stores and online April 5th.

David Bowie is a truly immortal artist whose body of work revolutionised sound and vision, leaving a legacy of innovation and reinvention that will live on forever. For this collection, Vans designers were inspired by iconic Bowie imagery throughout his career from 1969's Space Oddity all the way to his final album, 2016's ★.

The Vans x David Bowie collection kicks off with a five-piece apparel and accessories capsule, with each style designed to represent remarkable moments from the Aladdin Sane and Ziggy Stardust album covers to the Serious Moonlight tour.

The footwear collection begins by dedicating Vans Classic Era to Bowie's first hit single 'Space Oddity' from 1969. Vans' first skate shoe showcases varying hues of blue and green and cylindrical shapes that matches back to the album art cover. The Era is finished with a black sole that is accented with the album name on the medial and tonal design details on the lateral sides.

The Slip-On 47 V has been reimagined to include fuzzy checkerboard uppers reminiscent of the coat seen on Bowie on the Hunky Dory album artwork. The slip-on is accented by yellow suede uppers and is finished with the artist's moniker on the pull-tab.

The Sk8-Hi Platform 2.0 pays tribute to Bowie's glam rock alter-ego Ziggy Stardust. The platform style is decked out in red patent leather and features an embossed Bowie lettering and black platform sole. Paying homage to Bowie's inclusive nature, Vans will be offering the Sk8-Hi Platform style in an extended size range for men and women.

Vans' Old Skool is dedicated to David Bowie's Aladdin Sane album and includes pearlescent pebbled leather uppers accented by the iconic red and blue lightning bolt and finished with Vans' Sidestripe. The two renowned motifs merge on the Sk8-Hi model which has checkerboard printed sidewall and includes the Bowie lightning bolt logo lock-up overlaid across the ubiquitous print and Sidestripe.

David Bowie's last album, ★ is highlighted across Vans Classic Slip-On model. Using a combination of canvas and suede uppers, the vamp includes a vinyl star while the tonal black outsole includes an embossed star. The Slip-On is completed with a galaxy of stars on the footbed as a tribute to Bowie's legacy.

Even the youngest of David Bowie fans can pay homage to the prolific artist with a two-pair collection of footwear including the Sk8-Hi Zip and Old Skool V models that match back to the Bowie and Aladdin Sane adult styles.

The Vans x David Bowie collection is available for a limited time in select Vans retail stores and online at vans.eu on April 5th.


If you find that your local stockists are currently sold out here's the price range in case you start looking on eBay or Amazon to give you an idea of original prices without getting ripped off.

Vans UA Era x David Bowie
Space Oddity Blue. £65.00

Vans UA Slip-On 47 V x David Bowie
Hunky Dory. £65.00

Vans UA Sk8-Hi Platform 2.0 x David Bowie
Ziggy Stardust / Red. £89.00

Vans UA Old Skool x David Bowie
Aladdin Sane / True White. £75.00

Vans Slip-On LX x David Bowie
★ Blackstar / Black. £59.00

Vans UA Sk8-Hi x David Bowie
Diamond Dog / Checkerboard. £79.00

All the tee-shirts and caps are £28


HOUSE OF VANS BOWIE LONDON PARTY
4th April 2019

Taking place on Thursday 11th April in London at HOUSE OF VANS is the launch of their DAVID BOWIE COLLECTION with an evening of music, art and fashion.

Venue: House Of Vans London - Art
Address: Arches 228 - 232 Station Approach Road London SE1 8SW
Doors: 19:00 - Station Approach Road Entrance
Age Restriction: 18+ - ID required - Free - Booking Required.

Here is your RSVP for the Vans David Bowie collection launch party in London - visit houseofvansuk-art.queueapp.com website for more details.


SPYING THROUGH A KEYHOLE
2nd April 2019

All set for release this coming Friday on 5th April is the DAVID BOWIE Spying Through A Keyhole 7" Vinyl Box Set.

Spying Through A Keyhole David Bowie Spying Through A Keyhole David Bowie With 2019 marking 50 years since David Bowie's first hit, Space Oddity, Parlophone is set to release a 7" vinyl singles box set of nine previously unreleased recordings* from the era during which Space Oddity was first conceived.

The title 'Spying Through A Keyhole' is a lyric taken from the previously unknown song, Love All Around, and though most of the other titles are known, these versions have never been officially released until late last year. Most of the recordings are solo vocal and acoustic home demo performances, unless otherwise stated.

The design of each single label is presented to reflect the way David sent many of his demos to publishers and record companies, featuring his own handwritten song titles on EMIDISC acetate labels. The singles themselves are all mono and play at 45 r.p.m.

Please note: Due to the nature of some of the solo home demos where Bowie accompanied himself on acoustic guitar, the recording quality isn't always of a usual studio fidelity. This is partly due to David's enthusiastic strumming hitting the red on a couple of the tracks, along with the limitations of the original recording equipment and tape degradation. However, the historical importance of these songs and the fact that the selections are from an archive of tracks cleared for release by Bowie, overrides this shortcoming.

The tracklistings run as follows:

SINGLE 1
Side 1
Mother Grey (demo)
Side 2
In The Heat Of The Morning (demo)

SINGLE 2
Side 1
Goodbye 3d (Threepenny) Joe (demo)
Side 2
Love All Around (demo)

SINGLE 3
Side 1
London Bye, Ta-Ta (demo)
Side 2
Angel, Angel, Grubby Face (demo version 1)

SINGLE 4
Side 1
1. Angel, Angel, Grubby Face (demo version 2)
2. Space Oddity (demo excerpt)
Side 2
Space Oddity (demo) with John 'Hutch' Hutchinson.

*Although this will be the first physical release of these tracks, Parlophone did make them available on streaming services for a limited period only in December.

You can pre-order Spying Through A Keyhole NOW!


'THE A TO Z OF DAVID BOWIE' PODCAST #62
2nd April 2019

A to Z of David Bowie The sixty-second episode of THE A TO Z OF DAVID BOWIE podcast created by MARC RILEY, ROB HUGHES and sound assisted by HOWARD NOCK is now available online for your listening pleasure.

This episode covers the letter U and discusses: U-Boat, Un Chien Andalou, UFOs (incl. Vince Taylor) and Uncle Arthur.

Available FREE via your preferred podcast download or streaming. I personally prefer acast.com for streaming - LISTEN HERE

For more information, updates and questions you can follow @zofdavidbowie on Twitter.

Also check out their YouTube channel A to Z of David Bowie and don't forget to subscribe for notifications.

For the podcast each letter is currently averaged at 2 episodes of 30 plus minutes and will be published at 3am on Tuesday's each week.

You can listen to ALL previous episodes HERE


VANS DAVID BOWIE COLLECTION
1st April 2019

About to hit the market are the VANS DAVID BOWIE collection of footwear.

I'm told these limited editions are to be released this month on 4th April.

You can sign up to be alerted when the products are available in your country: [UK] - [US] - [Europe].

Update: Looking around online, I have found SIX different styles, although most recent news stories are reporting only four.

The sneaker styles reported are: Slip-On 47 V DX, Era, Old Skool, and Sk8-Hi which are styled for Space Oddity, Hunky Dory, Aladdin Sane and Diamond Dogs Bowie 74 logo.

I have noticed two other styles: a 'platform sole' pair that mimic his copied Kansai red boots he wore on the cover of his Ziggy Stardust album, which obviously fits in perfectly with the other styles and there is also a Blackstar style

More details coming soon.


DAVID BOWIE UK CONVENTION 2019
1st April 2019

David Bowie UK Convention 2019 Update: THIS EVENT HAS UNFORTUNATELY BEEN CANCELLED FOR THIS YEAR

Grab your tickets now for the DAVID BOWIE CONVENTION 2019 which takes place on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May at Queens Hall, Derby, England.

Amazing live acts and special guests!

Jean Genie, The London Boys, David Love, The Maggi Ronson Band, Luxury Stranger, The Froot, Rebel Heroes, Secret Life, Miss Bowie and The New Killer Stars, Heroes Indie DJs Baz and Daz and Andy Yeo's Bowie-oke.

Venue: Queens Hall, 125 London Road, Derby DE1 2QQ, England.

For more details and ticket purchasing please visit the Facebook page or you can email Jimster Draper directly at


WHAT MEMORIES WE MAKE
1st April 2019

What Memories We Make - The Complete Mainman Recordings 1971-1974 Released on 29th March is the audio 2-CD WHAT MEMORIES WE MAKE - THE COMPLETE MAINMAN RECORDINGS 1971-1974 by DANA GILLESPIE which compiles all of Dana's recordings/output for MainMan Recordings.

Dana Gillespie first made her name as a teenage singer (and songwriter) in the 1960s, with a string of memorable singles and albums for Pye and Decca.

In 1971, she teamed up with DAVID BOWIE's management company MainMan, joining Bowie at RCA Records. It would be two years before her next record - but it was worth the wait. Weren't Born A Man was a wonderful amalgam of pop, soul and some wonderful songwriting from Dana. The title track, for example, wouldn't have sounded out-of-place on Dusty In Memphis, while Dana's twist on Bowie's 'Andy Warhol' (the song had actually been written for her) was unique. Both these album highlights were issued as singles.

Dana swiftly followed up with a second album for RCA, Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle. The recordings were bluesier in places than on its predecessor but still equally impressive. The LP was promoted by a single, 'Really Love The Man', but thereafter Dana parted ways with MainMan before building an enviable reputation as a blues singer of some renown.

Issued with the full support and involvement of the artist and MainMan, What Memories We Make is the first proper retrospective of Dana's recordings for MainMan/RCA. Many album tracks make their debut on CD and have been joined by a raft of rarities and previously unissued material.

All five tracks from the legendary BOWPROMO album from 1971 are included: this was an album circulated by MainMan featuring rough mixes by David Bowie on one side (made prior to him signing with RCA) and Dana Gillespie on the other.

Also present is the semi-mythical, previously unheard original demo of 'Andy Warhol' featuring backing vocals from Bowie, and the rare Libido single (issued on Mooncrest in 1973), plus sessions from late 1974 for what would have been Dana's third album for RCA/MainMan.

Housed in a plush Digipak with lengthy sleeve-notes by David Wells within a 24-page booklet also boasting an embarrassment of photographic riches, What Memories We Make is a long overdue tribute to a rare British singing/songwriting talent.

The tracklisting runs as follows:

Disc One: 1971 Promo LP

01. Mother, Don't Be Frightened*
02. Andy Warhol
03. Never Knew*
04. All Cut Up On You*
05. Lavender Hill*
(Weren't Born A Man LP)
06. Stardom Road Part I / Stardom Road Part II
07. What Memories We Make
08. Dizzy Heights
09. Andy Warhol
10. Backed A Loser
11. Weren't Born A Man
12. Mother, Don't Be Frightened
13. All Cut Up On You
14. Eternal Showman
15. All Gone
16. Lavender Hill (alternative version)
17. Never Knew (alternative version)
18. Hold On To Your Fire
19. Weren't Born A Man
*Previously unissued

Disc Two:

01. Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle
02. Really Love The Man
03. Hold Me Gently
04. Don't Mind Me
05. Pack Your Bags
06. No Tail To Wag
07. Get My Rocks Off
08. Wanderlust
09. Getting Through To Me
10. Never Knew
11. Man Size Job (Outtake)*
12. Stoke The Engine (October 1974 demo)*
13. Goin' Crazy With The Blues (October 1974 demo)*
14. Say Goodnight To The Night (October 1974 demo)*
15. Do The Spin (October 1974 demo)*
16. Gone At The Game (October 1974 demo)*
17. Andy Warhol (Original demo)*

*Previously unissued

What Memories We Make - The Complete Mainman Recordings 1971-1974 is available to purchase NOW!



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