1986 - 1987
DAVID BOWIE: 1985 - 1989
1988 - 1989

← 1984 1985 1986 ↓

David Bowie:

Live in Tampa

(TP House Production DRJ 498; ?? 1985)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, plain white labels, 280 copies with printed cover

Tracks: 1984 / Moonage Daydream / Changes / Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?) / Watch that Man // Time / Width of a Circle / The Jean Genie / Rock'n'Roll Suicide

Other notes: live, Curtis Hixon Hall, Tampa, 02/07/1974

Collector's notes: The sound quality is so-so: the vocals are quite clear for the most part, but the rest of the music sounds rather dull.


David Bowie:

Hammersmith Odeon 30th June 1983 - Part Two

((no number); ?? 1985)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, white NC with black and white insert, plain white labels

Tracks: Cracked Actor / band introduction* / Young Americans / Space Oddity / TVC 15 // Fame / Stay / The Jean Genie / Modern Love

Other notes: live, Hammersmith Odeon, London, 30/06/1983; *not listed on cover

Collector's notes: An audience recording in good sound quality.


David Bowie:

Japan 1983

(Cako ZP 1116; Netherlands 1985)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg

Tracks: Look Back in Anger / Lavender Blue*/"Heroes" / What in the World / Golden Years / Fashion / Let's Dance / Breaking Glass / Life on Mars? // Sorrow / Cat People (Putting Out Fire) / China Girl / Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) / Rebel Rebel / White Light/White Heat // Station to Station / Cracked Actor / Ashes to Ashes / Space Oddity / band introduction* / Young Americans // Fame / Star** (includes parts of Ziggy Stardust) / Stay / The Jean Genie / Modern Love

Other notes: live, Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, 20/10/1983; *not listed on cover; **called Ziggy Stardust on cover

Collector's notes: Another audience recording in good sound quality.


David Bowie:

Blue Jean

(EMI 109-0064; Ecuador 1985)

Format: 7"

Release notes: plastic company cover

Tracks: Blue Jean // Tonight

Collector's notes: An unusual coupling of songs from Ecuador. The year of release is from the labels. Since I don't know the exact month, I have filed it under early 1985.


David Bowie:

Stage

(RCA PD-89002(2); Germany 1985)

Format: 2CD

Release notes: "Made in Germany" on disc, broad double jewel case with front and back inlay, 2 (identical) booklets

Tracks: Hang on to Yourself / Ziggy Stardust / Five Years / Soul Love / Star / Station to Station / Fame / TVC 15 // Warszawa / Speed of Life / Art Decade / Sense of Doubt / Breaking Glass / "Heroes" / What in the World / Blackout / Beauty and the Beast

Other notes: CD re-issue of 1978 album

Collector's notes: According to the memory of Rob Davison, the Stage CD set was released in early 1985. What is odd about this release is that they included the same booklet twice.



David Bowie/Pat Metheny Group:

This Is Not America

(EMI 12 EA 190; UK 02/1985)

Format: 12"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: David Bowie/Pat Metheny Group: This Is Not America* // Pat Metheny Group: This Is Not America (instrumental)

Other notes: *studio recording, late 1984


David Bowie/Pat Metheny Group:

This Is Not America

(EMI SPRO-9309/9310; USA 02/1985)

Format: 12"

Release notes: promo-only, 33 1/3 rpm, white NC with sticker

Tracks: David Bowie/Pat Metheny Group: This Is Not America* // Pat Metheny Group: This Is Not America (instrumental)

Other notes: *studio recording, late 1984

Collector's notes: The US issue was a promo-only release, since the only commercial issue in the USA was a 7".


David Bowie/Pat Metheny Group:

This Is Not America

(EMI 1C 006 20 0482 7; Germany 02/1985)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: David Bowie/Pat Metheny Group: This Is Not America* // Pat Metheny Group: This Is Not America (instrumental)

Other notes: *studio recording, late 1984


David Bowie/Pat Metheny Group:

This Is Not America

(EMI 1CK 052 20 0482 6; Germany 02/1985)

Format: 12"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: David Bowie/Pat Metheny Group: This Is Not America* // Pat Metheny Group: This Is Not America (instrumental)

Other notes: *studio recording, late 1984


David Bowie/Pat Metheny Group:

This Is Not America

(EMI EYS-17522; Japan 02/1985)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS, insert

Tracks: David Bowie/Pat Metheny Group: This Is Not America* // Pat Metheny Group: This Is Not America (instrumental)

Other notes: *studio recording, late 1984

Collector's notes: The cover of this record is a "real" cover and not an insert with a company bag. Like the Japanese Let's Dance single, it has an additional insert, though. Most Japanese single covers were such "real" covers from that time onwards. But note that they usually open to the left, not to the right. The yellow box on the right-hand side of the cover front does not belong to the design, but is a sticker left there by some previous owner. The back of the insert is plain white.



David Bowie:

Programme Plus

(Decca 820 193-1; France 1985)

Format: LP

Release notes: -

Tracks: see original issue

Other notes: re-issue of album David Bowie (France 197?)


David Bowie:

Early Years

(RCA NL 89494; France 1985)

Format: 3LP

Release notes: box, discs made in Germany (combination original)

Tracks: Watch That Man / Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?) / Drive-In Saturday / Panic in Detroit / Cracked Actor // Time / The Prettiest Star / Let's Spend the Night Together / The Jean Genie / Lady Grinning Soul // The Width of a Circle / All the Madmen / Black Country Rock / After All // Running Gun Blues / Saviour Machine / She Shook Me Cold / The Man Who Sold the World / The Supermen // Changes / Oh! You Pretty Things / Eight Line Poem / Life on Mars? / Kooks / Quicksand // Fill Your Heart / Andy Warhol / Song for Bob Dylan / Queen Bitch / The Bewlay Brothers

Other notes: re-issue of albums Aladdin Sane (1973), The Man Who Sold the World (USA/UK/Australia version, 1970), and Hunky Dory (1971)

Collector's notes: Another box of re-issues, similar to the Portrait of a Star box from 1982. It is difficult to say whether this box should be classified as a German or a French release. It was probably made for an international market, anyway.
This is the last "new" release by RCA in my collection. In 1985 RCA stopped selling old Bowie stuff in new covers. Pye and Deram, by contrast, gave their publishing rights to almost any budget label in the world, it seems...



David Bowie:

Interview

(AR 30.009; Denmark 1985)

Format: LP

Release notes: picture disc, NC

Tracks: interview // interview

Other notes: re-issue of album Let's Talk (1983); not related to the promo-LP of the same name


David Bowie:

Musik + Freizeit

(Decca 6.25232 LF; Germany 1985)

Format: LP

Release notes: OIS

Tracks: see original issue

Other notes: re-issue of album Die weiße Serie (1982)

Collector's notes: The inner sleeve is the same as that of the original.


David Bowie:

Rare Tracks

(Showcase SHLP 137; UK 04/1985)

Format: LP

Release notes: -

Tracks: see original issue

Other notes: re-issue of album Don't Be Fooled by the Name (1981)


David Bowie:

David Bowie

(PRT ZM-702; Spain 1985)

Format: LP

Release notes: -

Tracks: see original issue

Other notes: another re-issue of album Don't Be Fooled by the Name (1981)


Pat Metheny Group:

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - The Falcon and the Snowman

(EMI 1A 064 240305 1; Netherlands 04/1985)

Format: LP

Release notes: -

Tracks (Bowie): - // David Bowie/Pat Metheny Group: This Is Not America*

Other notes: *studio recording, late 1984

Collector's notes: I have shown the B-side label here, since this is the side on which Bowie's track appears.


David Bowie:

The Best of the Biscuit

(D.I.R. Broadcasting; USA 04/1985)

Format: LP/12"

Release notes: 3-sided album, promo-only, cardboard mailer, 3 cue sheets

Tracks: Intro sound / introduction (incl. excerpts from Young Americans*) / ads / Look Back in Anger* / Breaking Glass* / Golden Years* / Let's Dance* / ads / promo clip (incl. exerpts from Young Americans*) / promo clip (incl. excerpts from Young Americans*) // China Girl* / Space Oddity* / Young Americans* / TVC 15* / ads // Fame* / Stay* / Modern Love* / ads / out (incl. excerpts from Space Oddity*)

Other notes: *live, Forum, Montreal, Canada, 12?-13/07/1983; disc 1 couples sides A and C, disc 2 has side B

Collector's notes: There are earlier radio station promos with (most of) these recordings, like the 1983 Super Groups show, but all official versions of this heavily bootlegged broadcast are quite rare. It's no wonder that it has been used on various bootlegs, because the sound quality of this professionally recorded show is perfect: the recording of Modern Love even made it onto the B-side of the corresponding single. Note that promo has some tracks that were not included in the earlier Super Groups set. Since all recordings put together are too long for a single concert (I think), I assume that some are actually from the other Montreal gig on 12/07/1983.
What is interesting about these records is that they still have their original cardboard mailer. Since the D.I.R. radio shows came without a cover, this is as close as you can get to a "cover" for this album. And most of these boxes were certainly thrown away after unpacking the records. Picture 1 shows the box, picture 2 shows the records in a neutral sleeve with one of the cue sheets, and pictures 3 and 4 show the remaining cue sheets.



David Bowie:

Loving the Alien

(EMI EAP 195; UK 05/1985)

Format: 7"

Release notes: shaped picture disc, NC

Tracks: Loving the Alien (re-mixed version) // Don't Look Down (re-mixed version)

Collector's notes: As you can see on the left-hand side of the record, they obviously used a material for this picture disc that started "browning" in the course of time. This browning started approximately a decade after the record had been made and mysteriously affects only the transparent margin and the entire front of the disc. The back seems to be affected only as far as the margin is concerned. By now the copy shown in the picture has slight browning all over the margin, but the front still looks quite good. The only way to stop the effect is to put the record into an intransparent cover (like a neutral cardboard cover), since the deterioration seems to be caused by exposure to light. Most copies sold on the web nowadays are offered with a picture that shows only the back of the record - for good reason... So put your copy in a lightproof cover! Note, though, that even this cannot really prevent the deterioration of the colours, but only slow it down. The deterioration process can also be seen in the pictures shown here: the scan of the front was made in c. 2008 and that of the back in 2015.


David Bowie:

Loving the Alien

(EMI 12 EA 195; UK 05/1985)

Format: 12"

Release notes: PS, FOC, poster

Tracks: Loving the Alien (extended dance mix) // Don't Look Down (extended dance mix) / Loving the Alien (extended dub mix)

Collector's notes: The same poster came with the US issue. The only difference is that the UK poster has the UK catalogue number in the bottom right corner.



David Bowie:

Loving the Alien

(EMI 12 EAP 195; UK 05/1985)

Format: 12"

Release notes: picture disc, NC

Tracks: Loving the Alien (extended dance mix) // Don't Look Down (extended dance mix) / Loving the Alien (extended dub mix)

Collector's notes: The 12" version of the picture disc doesn't seem to be affected by the "browning" effect described in the entry of the 7" version.


David Bowie:

Loving the Alien

(EMI VG-7858-1/2; USA 05/1985)

Format: 12"

Release notes: 33 1/3 rpm, PS, FOC, poster, sticker on cover

Tracks: Loving the Alien (extended dance mix) // Don't Look Down (extended dance mix) / Loving the Alien (extended dub mix)

Collector's notes: Same poster as the one that came with the UK release, except for the US catalogue number and some copyright text in the bottom right corner.



David Bowie:

Loving the Alien

(EMI 1C 006 20 0599 7; Germany 05/1985)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS, FOC

Tracks: Loving the Alien (re-mixed version) // Don't Look Down (re-mixed version)



David Bowie:

Loving the Alien

(EMI EYS-17539; Japan 05/1985)

Format: 7"

Release notes: white label promo, PS, FOC, insert

Tracks: Loving the Alien (re-mixed version) // Don't Look Down (re-mixed version)



Arnold Corns:

Man in the Middle

(Krazy Kat Past 2; Denmark 05/1985)

Format: 12"

Release notes: pirate release, PS

Tracks: Man in the Middle* // Looking for a Friend / Hang on to Yourself*

Other notes: studio recordings, Trident Studios, 17/6/1971; *from the 1972 single

Collector's notes: This record (which is sometimes considered to be a Norwegian release) was widely available in regular record shops, but is generally assumed to be a pirate issue. It was the first release of the Arnold Corns version of Looking for a Friend. Strangely, they didn't include Moonage Daydream.


The Manish Boys/Davy Jones:

The Manish Boys/Davy Jones and the Lower Third

(See for Miles SEA 1; UK 06/1985)

Format: 12"

Release notes: mono, PS

Tracks: The Manish Boys: I Pity the Fool / The Manish Boys: Take My Tip // Davy Jones: You've Got a Habit of Leaving / Davy Jones: Baby Loves that Way

Other notes: re-issue of 7"EP The Manish Boys/Davy Jones & the Lower 3rd (1979)


David Bowie and Mick Jagger:

Dancing in the Street

(EMI EA 204; UK 08/1985)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Dancing in the Street (Clearmountain mix) // Dancing in the Street (instrumental)

Other notes: studio recordings, Abbey Road Studios, London, 06/1985


David Bowie and Mick Jagger:

Dancing in the Street

(EMI/Capitol; USA 08/1985)

Format: 7"

Release notes: promo-only, white label with handwritten title, NC

Tracks: Dancing in the Street (Clearmountain mix) // Dancing in the Street

Other notes: studio recording, Abbey Road Studios, London, 06/1985

Collector's notes: There are many of these rather unsusual US promo copies with either black or neutral white or handwritten labels.


David Bowie and Mick Jagger:

Dancing in the Street

(EMI/Capitol; USA 08/1985)

Format: 12"

Release notes: promo-only, 33 1/3 rpm, white label without titles, NC with insert

Tracks: Dancing in the Street (Clearmountain mix) // Dancing in the Street (Clearmountain mix)

Other notes: studio recording, Abbey Road Studios, London, 06/1985

Collector's notes: As in the case of the 7" single, there are also numerous white label 12" promos. They often came with a photocopied insert, like this one.


David Bowie and Mick Jagger:

Dancing in the Street

(EMI 1C 006 20 0787 7; Germany 08/1985)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Dancing in the Street (Clearmountain mix) // Dancing in the Street (instrumental)

Other notes: studio recordings, Abbey Road Studios, London, 06/1985


David Bowie and Mick Jagger:

Dancing in the Street

(EMI 1C K 060 20 0788 6; Germany 08/1985)

Format: 12"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Dancing in the Street (Steve Thompson mix) // Dancing in the Street (dub mix) / Dancing in the Street (Clearmountain mix)*

Other notes: studio recordings, Abbey Road Studios, London, 06/1985; *called "edit" on cover and label


David Bowie and Mick Jagger:

Dancing in the Street

(EMI POP-744; Mexico 1985)

Format: 12"

Release notes: 33 1/3 rpm, PS

Tracks: Dancing in the Street (Steve Thompson mix) // Dancing in the Street (dub mix) / Dancing in the Street (Clearmountain mix)*

Other notes: studio recordings, Abbey Road Studios, London, 06/1985; *called "edit" on cover and label

Collector's notes: The Mexican issue has a major cover variation with the song title being replaced by its Spanish translation "Bailando en la Calle". The English title is printed much smaller. On some other South American issues this is reversed (with the original title in large print and a smaller Spanish title).


David Bowie and Mick Jagger:

Dancing in the Street

(ST-64; South Korea 1985)

Format: 12"

Release notes: pirate issue, PS

Tracks: Dancing in the Street (Steve Thompson mix)* // Dancing in the Street (dub mix) / Dancing in the Street (Clearmountain mix)**

Other notes: *called "extended dance mix" on cover and label; **called "edit" on cover and label

Collector's notes: There are also copies with a green cover. LP.


David Bowie and Mick Jagger:

Dancing in the Street

(EMI EYS-17576; Japan 09/1985)

Format: 7"

Release notes: white label promo, PS, insert

Tracks: Dancing in the Street (Clearmountain mix) // Dancing in the Street (instrumental)

Other notes: studio recordings, Abbey Road Studios, London, 06/1985

Collector's notes: As often, the Japanse issue of the 7" has one of the few major cover variations.



David Bowie:

The Collection

(Castle Communications CCSLP 118; UK 11/1985)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: FOC

Tracks: The Laughing Gnome / Rubber Band* / Love You till Tuesday** / Maid of Bond Street / Sell Me a Coat // In the Heat of the Morning / Karma Man / Please Mr. Gravedigger / The London Boys / She's Got Medals // Silly Boy Blue / Join the Gang / Did You Ever Have a Dream / The Gospel According to Tony Day / I'm Not Losing Sleep // I Dig Everything / David Bowie with the Lower Third: Can't Help Thinking about Me / Do Anything You Say / Good Morning Girl / David Bowie with the Lower Third: And I Say to Myself

Other notes: *single version; **album version

Collector's notes: If there was anything remarkable about this album, then it was that it combined Deram and Pye material for the first time.



David Bowie:

Janine

(Fancy Records PCS 70; UK 1985)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg

Tracks: Amsterdam / God Knows I'm Good / Buzz the Fuzz / Karma Man / London Bye Ta-Ta / An Occasional Dream / The Width of a Circle / Janine // Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud / Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed / Fill Your Heart / The Prettiest Star / The Cygnet Committee

Other notes: The Sunday Show BBC programme, Paris Cinema Studio, London, 05/02/1970; date on sleeve incorrect

Collector's notes: Although the sound quality of this bootleg is at best "quite good", it is a fascinating document. This BBC session was recorded in front of a live audience, and is the oldest surviving Bowie live show of such length that I have ever heard. Only two songs are not included here: Waiting for the Man and Memory of a Free Festival (which has found its way onto Bowie at the Beep, though). Although several other songs from this session can also be found on the official set, this bootleg is still indispensable more than 25 years after its release!



David Bowie:

Somebody Up There Likes Me

(MIW 20; ?? 1985)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, plain white labels, white NC with black and white insert ("advance copy": limited edition of 100)

Tracks: Rebel Rebel / John, I'm Only Dancing (Again) / Sorrow / Changes / 1984 / Moonage Daydream // Young Americans / Can You Hear Me / Rock'n'Roll Suicide / Somebody Up There Likes Me / Footstompin'/Wish I Could Shimmy like My Sister Kate*

Other notes: live, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 10/10/1974; except: *Dick Cavett US TV show, 02/11/1974

Collector's notes: Parts of a show from the elusive Phillydogs tour. An interesting concert, but the sound is rather poor. According to Bassman's page, most copies had a printed colour cover, and those with the inserts are limited "advance copies". Decide for yourself what sense that makes in the case of a bootleg.


David Bowie:

A Scandinavian Affair Vol. 1

((no number); ?? 1985)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, plain white labels with small side numbers, 500 copies

Tracks: Warszawa / "Heroes" / What in the World / Be My Wife // The Jean Genie / Blackout / Sense of Doubt / Speed of Life / Breaking Glass / Fame

Other notes: live, Falkoner Teatret, Copenhagen, 31/05/1978

Collector's notes: An audience recording in average sound quality.


1985 ↑ 1986 1987 ↓

David Bowie:

Absolute Beginners

(Virgin VSS 838; UK 03/1986)

Format: 7"

Release notes: shaped picture disc, plastic NC with sticker, limited edition

Tracks: Absolute Beginners (single edit) // Absolute Beginners (dub mix)

Other notes: studio recordings, Abbey Road Studios, London, 06/1985


David Bowie:

Absolute Beginners

(Virgin VSG 838-12; UK 03/1986)

Format: 12"

Release notes: FOC, merchandise insert

Tracks: Absolute Beginners (full length verion)* // Absolute Beginners (dub mix)

Other notes: studio recordings, Abbey Road Studios, London, 06/1985; *identical to the album version

Collector's notes: Some copies came with a poster.



David Bowie:

Absolute Beginners

(Virgin 107 937-100; Germany 03/1986)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Absolute Beginners (single edit) // Absolute Beginners (dub mix)

Other notes: studio recordings, Abbey Road Studios, London, 06/1985


David Bowie:

Absolute Beginners

(Virgin 602 205-213; Germany 03/1986)

Format: 12"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Absolute Beginners (full length version)* // Absolute Beginners (dub mix)

Other notes: studio recordings, Abbey Road Studios, London, 06/1985; *identical to the album version



David Bowie/P.I.L.:

Absolute Beginners

(Virgin JBV 276; Italy 03/1986)

Format: 7"

Release notes: jukebox promo-only, NC

Tracks: David Bowie: Absolute Beginners (single edit)* // P.I.L.: Rise

Other notes: *studio recording, Abbey Road Studios, London, 06/1985


David Bowie:

Absolute Beginners

(Virgin 07VA-1031; Japan 03/1986)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS, insert

Tracks: Absolute Beginners (single edit) // Absolute Beginners (dub mix)

Other notes: studio recordings, Abbey Road Studios, London, 06/1985



Various artists:

Absolute Beginners - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

(Virgin 804 869-955 (cover)/302 704/302 705 (labels); Germany 04/1986)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: FOC

Tracks (Bowie): Absolute Beginners* // That's Motivation** // Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)** // -

Other notes: *studio recording, Abbey Road Studios, London, 06/1985; **unknown recording details

Collector's notes: The first disc of this soundtrack was also available separately, which turned the double album version - and hence Bowie's recording of Volare - into a minor rarity. Note that the records bears different catalogue numbers on cover and labels. There is an alternative German version of this double album with the number "302 706-420" that contains exactly the same discs. However, this copy is definitely a genuine combination, too: it was bought new in Germany soon after the release of the album.



David Bowie:

Underground

(EMI EAP 216; UK 06/1986)

Format: 7"

Release notes: shaped picture disc, plastic NC

Tracks: Underground (edited version) // Underground (instrumental version)


David Bowie:

Underground

(EMI P-B-8323; USA 06/1986)

Format: 7"

Release notes: promo-only, PS (stock)

Tracks: Underground (edited version) // Underground (edited version)


David Bowie:

Underground

(EMI SPRO 9670/9692 (cover)/SPRO 9670/9699 (labels); USA 06/1986)

Format: 12"

Release notes: promo-only, 33 1/3 rpm, PS

Tracks: Underground (edited version) // Underground (LP version)


David Bowie:

Underground

(EMI 016 20 1281 7; Germany 06/1986)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Underground (edited version) // Underground (instrumental version)


David Bowie:

Underground

(EMI EYS-17635; Japan 06/1986)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS, insert

Tracks: Underground (edited version) // Underground (instrumental version)



David Bowie:

Underground

(EMI K060-20 1288 6; Netherlands 06/1986)

Format: 12"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Underground (extended dance version) // Underground (dub mix) / Underground (instrumental version)


David Bowie:

Underground

(EMI 2012817; Portugal 06/1986)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Underground (edited version) // Underground (instrumental version)

Collector's notes: A back cover variation...


David Bowie/Jermaine Stewart:

Underground

(Virgin/EMI 12PS 50; South Africa 06/1986)

Format: 12"

Release notes: promo-only, pink vinyl, black NC

Tracks: David Bowie: Underground (extended dance version) // Jermaine Stewart: We Don't Have to...


David Bowie:

Underground

(EMI 006 20 1284 7; Spain 06/1986)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Underground (edited version) // Underground (instrumental version)


David Bowie/Trevor Jones:

From the Original Soundtrack of the Jim Henson Film Labyrinth

(EMI 064 24 0578 1; Netherlands 07/1986)

Format: LP

Release notes: OIS

Tracks (Bowie): Opening Titles including Underground / Magic Dance / Chilly Down // As the World Falls Down / Within You / Underground

Other notes: recorded in mid-1985; remaining tracks instrumental score by Trevor Jones



David Bowie/Trevor Jones:

From the Original Soundtrack of the Jim Henson Film Labyrinth

(EMI 064 24 0578 1; Netherlands 07/1986)

Format: LP

Release notes: OIS, signed (possibly fake)

Tracks (Bowie): see other copy

Collector's notes: Apart from the signature, this record is identical to the one in the previous entry.


David Bowie/Trevor Jones:

De la Banda de Sonido Original del Film de Jim Henson Laberinto

(EMI 58439 81 2405781; Argentina 1986)

Format: LP

Release notes: -

Tracks (Bowie): see Dutch issue

Other notes: Argentine edition of album From the Original Soundtrack of the Jim Henson Film Labyrinth

Collector's notes: The only major cover variation that I know of: the large film title is in Spanish.


David Bowie:

Archive 4

(Castle Communications TOF 105; UK 08/1986)

Format: 12"

Release notes: limited edition of 7.500, PS

Tracks: The London Boys / Love You till Tuesday* // The Laughing Gnome / Maid of Bond Street

Other notes: *album version


David Bowie:

When the Wind Blows

(Virgin VSS 906; UK 11/1986)

Format: 7"

Release notes: shaped picture disc, limited edition, plastic NC with sticker

Tracks: When the Wind Blows // When the Wind Blows (instrumental)

Other notes: unknown recording details


David Bowie:

When the Wind Blows

(Virgin VSB 906-12; UK 11/1986)

Format: 12"

Release notes: PS, FOC, limited edition

Tracks: When the Wind Blows (extended mix) // When the Wind Blows (instrumental)



David Bowie:

When the Wind Blows

(Virgin 108 613-100; Germany 11/1986)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS, promo-insert

Tracks: When the Wind Blows // When the Wind Blows (instrumental)


David Bowie:

When the Wind Blows

(Virgin 608 613-213; Germany 11/1986)

Format: 12"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: When the Wind Blows (extended mix) // When the Wind Blows (instrumental)



Various artists:

Original Soundtrack - Raymund Briggs' When the Wind Blows

(Virgin 208 042-630; Germany 11/1986)

Format: LP

Release notes: -

Tracks (Bowie): When the Wind Blows // -


David Bowie:

When the Wind Blows

(EMI/Virgin 07VA-1055; Japan 12/1986)

Format: 7"

Release notes: white label promo, PS with 2 promo stickers, insert

Tracks: When the Wind Blows // When the Wind Blows (instrumental)



David Bowie:

Berlin '78

(DBB 78; ?? 1986)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, multicoloured vinyl

Tracks: Speed of Life / Ziggy Stardust / Five Years / Soul Love / Star / Station to Station // "Heroes" / Beauty and the Beast / Fame / TVC 15

Other notes: all tracks taken from the official album Stage (1978); incorrect date and place on cover

Collector's notes: A beautiful, but absolutely superfluous release. Strictly speaking, it's a pirate disc pretending to be a bootleg. Not surprisingly, the sound quality is very good, but who needs an edited version of Stage?



David Bowie/Iggy Pop:

Black Sheep Boys Remixed

(Shelter LP 70 B; Germany 1986)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg

Tracks: David Bowie: The Supermen* / David Bowie: Queen Bitch** / David Bowie: Stay*** / Iggy Pop: Raw Power Poem / Iggy Pop: Night Clubbing (drum version) / Iggy Pop: The Passenger (English/German version) / Iggy Pop: I'm Crying / Iggy Pop: My Name Is Iggy Pop // Iggy Pop: Hang on Sloopy / Iggy Pop: Hassles / Iggy Pop: Ordinary Bummer / Iggy Pop: Street Crazies / Iggy Pop: Gloria

Other notes: *Sounds of the Seventies: Bob Harris BBC programme, Kensington House Studio T1, London, 21/09/1971; **Sounds of the Seventies: Bob Harris BBC programme, Maida Vale Studio 5, London, 18/01/1972; ***Dinah Shore US TV show, 03/01/1976; Iggy Pop recordings live, various locations and dates

Collector's notes: A rather weird Bowie/Pop bootleg with only three Bowie tracks and absolutely incorrect information on the cover. The two BBC session recordings have a rather poor sound, the quality of Stay is better. The sound quality of the Iggy Pop tracks is generally better, and, in fact, they are more interesting (if you like his music). But I doubt that any of these tracks are from the 1977 shows with Bowie. Frifelt doesn't list this album, but an earlier edition called Die Bowie (which is also the title on the B-side label and the cover back of this issue). He shows a re-issue of the earlier bootleg with a colour cover, but it's not identical to this release.


David Bowie/Iggy Pop:

The Missing Link

(Shelter 252570; Germany 1986)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg

Tracks: David Bowie: TVC 15* / David Bowie: Rebel Rebel* / David Bowie: Modern Love* / David Bowie: "Heroes"* / Band Aid: Do They Know It's Christmas?* // David Bowie: Time**° / David Bowie: John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)**° / David Bowie: Right***° / David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust+ / David Bowie: Five Years+ / Iggy Pop: Gloria/Louie Louie / Iggy Pop: Ordinary Bummer

Other notes: *live, Live Aid Concert, Wembley Arena, London, 13/07/1985; °Cracked Actor BBC documentary: **live, USA, 09/1974; ***rehearsal, USA 1974; +Sounds of the Seventies: Bob Harris BBC programme, Maida Vale Studio 5, London, 18/01/1972; Iggy Pop tracks live, unknown source(s)

Collector's notes: Another mad compilation from Shelter Records. Side 1 has Bowie's complete contribution to the Live Aid Concert including the finale, but in poor sound quality. The excerpts from Cracked Actor are all incomplete snippets, but at least the quality is a bit better than on the awful Stardust from the 70's bootleg. The sound quality of the two BBC tracks is quite good.
Note that this time Iggy's contribution is not mentioned on the record - the tracks are actually sold as Bowie songs!


Tina Turner:

Tina Turner feat. Bowie

(Metropol TT 233; Italy 1986)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg

Tracks: Proud Mary / Steel Claw / It's Only Love (duet with Bryan Adams) / Legs // Tonight* / Let's Dance/Let's Dance* / Dancing in the Dark

Other notes: live, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, UK, 23/03/1985; *duets with Bowie

Collector's notes: Let's Dance starts with two verses of the old Chris Montez hit before it turns into the Bowie song. The sound quality of the recording is generally quite bad. It's also shocking to hear in what a bad shape both Bowie's and Turner's voices were at the time. And this is not only due to the sound quality.
In 1988 "polished" versions of both duets were officially released on Tina Turner's Tina Live in Europe album.


1986 ↑ 1987 1988 ↓

David Bowie:

Magic Dance

(EMI V-19217; USA 01/1987)

Format: 12"

Release notes: 33 1/3 rpm, PS

Tracks: Magic Dance (a dance mix) // Magic Dance (dub mix) / Within You


Various artists:

Raymund Briggs' When the Wind Blows - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

(Virgin 7 90599-1; USA 1987)

Format: LP

Release notes: -

Tracks (Bowie): When the Wind Blows // -

Other notes: identical to the European album Original Soundtrack - Raymund Briggs' When the Wind Blows (1986)


David Bowie:

Day-In Day-Out

(EMI EAX 230; UK 03/1987)

Format: 7"

Release notes: red vinyl, limited edition, number 010858, PS-box with sticker, sticker sheet, multi-fold-out insert

Tracks: Day-In Day-Out (single edit) // Julie*

Other notes: *studio recording, Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland, from the Never Let Me Down sessions, 1986

Collector's notes: All the nice bonus stuff couldn't conceil the fact that this was the worst single Bowie had (and has) ever released - unless you turned it round and played the B-side, which was the finest track from the entire recording session.






David Bowie:

Day-In Day-Out

(EMI P-B-8380; USA 03/1987)

Format: 7"

Release notes: promo-only, PS (stock)

Tracks: Day-In Day-Out (single edit) // Day-In Day-Out (single edit)


David Bowie:

Day-In Day-Out

(EMI SPRO9985; USA 03/1987)

Format: 12"

Release notes: promo-only, 33 1/3 rpm, PS

Tracks: Day-In Day-Out (single edit) // Day-In Day-Out (single edit)


David Bowie:

Day-In Day-Out

(EMI 1C K 060 20 1815 6; Germany 03/1987)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Day-In Day-Out (single edit) // Julie*

Other notes: *studio recording, Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland, from the Never Let Me Down sessions, 1986


David Bowie/Mark Farina:

Day-In Day-Out

(EMI 1793297; Italy 03/1987)

Format: 7"

Release notes: jukebox promo-only, NC

Tracks: David Bowie: Day-In Day-Out (single edit) // Mark Farina: Take Your Time


David Bowie:

Day-In Day-Out

(EMI K 060 20 1715 6; Netherlands 03/1987)

Format: 12"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Day-In Day-Out (extended dance mix) // Day-In Day-Out (extended dub mix) / Julie*

Other notes: *studio recording, Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland, from the Never Let Me Down sessions, 1986

Collector's notes: According to the cover, the catalogue number is K 060 20 1715 6, according to the label, it is 1C K 060 20 1715 6. I treat this as a Dutch release because the cover says it was made in the Netherlands, but the catalogue number and the prominence of the Gema box on the labels indicate that it was primarily made for sale in Germany.
This revised label layout became the standard for Dutch 12" singles for a while.


David Bowie:

Day-In Day-Out

(EMI 1C K 060 20 1815 6; Germany 04/1987)

Format: 12"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Day-In Day-Out (remix)* // Day-In Day-Out (extended dub mix) / Julie**

Other notes: *not identical to the "extended dance mix" from the commoner Dutch 12"; **studio recording, Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland, from the Never Let Me Down sessions, 1986


David Bowie:

Day-In Day-Out

(EMI EYS-17698; Japan 04/1987)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS, insert

Tracks: Day-In Day-Out (single edit) // Julie*

Other notes: *studio recording, Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland, from the Never Let Me Down sessions, 1986


David Bowie:

'?' - The Interview

(EMI SPRO79112/79113; USA 04/1987)

Format: LP

Release notes: promo-only

Tracks: answer 1 / answer 2 / answer 3 / answer 4 / answer 5 / answer 6 / Time Will Crawl / answer 7 / answer 8 / answer 9 / answer 10 / Bang Bang // answer 11 / answer 12 / answer 13 / answer 14 / answer 15 / Day-In Day-Out / answer 16 / answer 17 / answer 18 / answer 19 / answer 20 / answer 21 / answer 22 / Zeroes / answer 23 / answer 24 / answer 25 / Never Let Me Down (reprise)

Collector's notes: Another silly interview disc without questions, similar to the Interview and Let's Talk promos.


David Bowie:

Never Let Me Down

(EMI 064 24 0746 1; Netherlands 04/1987)

Format: LP

Release notes: OIS

Tracks: Day-In Day-Out* / Time Will Crawl / Beat of Your Drum* / Never Let Me Down / Zeroes // Glass Spider* / Shining Star (Makin' My Love)* / New York's in Love* / '87 and Cry* / Too Dizzy / Bang Bang*

Other notes: recorded at Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland, and Power Station Studios, New York, late 1986; *edited vinyl versions

Collector's notes: In most countries the vinyl issue had edited versions of most songs. The full-length versions can be heard on the CD and the Japanese vinyl issue.



David Bowie:

Nunca Me Dejes Caer

(EMI 10020/101 2407461; Argentina 04/1987)

Format: LP

Release notes: OIS

Tracks: see Dutch issue

Other notes: Argentine issue of album Never Let Me Down

Collector's notes: Another Argentine release with a Spanish title on both cover and labels.



David Bowie:

Never Let Me Down

(EMI ST 240746; Australia 04/1987)

Format: LP

Release notes: Blue vinyl, cover sticker, OIS, limited edition

Tracks: see Dutch issue

Other notes: EMI Australia released a limited edition blue vinyl version of the album.



David Bowie:

Never Let Me Down

(Toshiba EMI EYS-91221; Japan 04/1987)

Format: LP

Release notes: OBI, fold-out insert, poster

Tracks: Day-In Day-Out / Time Will Crawl / Beat of Your Drum / Never Let Me Down / Zeroes / Girls (Japanese version)* // Glass Spider / Shining Star (Makin' My Love) / New York's in Love / '87 and Cry / Too Dizzy / Bang Bang

Other notes: recorded at Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland, and Power Station Studios, New York, late 1986; all versions unedited as on CD editions

Collector's notes: It has sometimes been claimed (for instance by Pegg) that the full-length versions of the songs that had been edited for most issues (like the Dutch one) are available only on the CD version of the album. However, the Japanese vinyl issue features the unedited tracks, too.
Only early copies included the poster.




David Bowie:

Never Let Me Down

(EMI/Oasis OLE-681 (PJ-17267); South Korea 1987)

Format: LP

Release notes: insert

Tracks: Day-In Day-Out* / Beat of Your Drum* / Never Let Me Down / Zeroes // New York's in Love* / '87 and Cry* / Too Dizzy / Bang Bang*

Other notes: recorded at Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland, and Power Station Studios, New York, late 1986; *edited vinyl versions

Collector's notes: Strangely, the South Korean issue of the album is considerably shorter than all other editions: it omits three tracks (compared to the Dutch release) and features only the shorter, edited vinyl versions of five tracks.



David Bowie/Tina Turner/Duran Duran:

Artistas Internationales de EMI/Capitol en Concierto

(EMI 056 26 1334 1; Spain 05?/1987)

Format: LP

Release notes: promo-only

Tracks (Bowie): Day-In Day-Out* / Never Let Me Down // Time Will Crawl

Other notes: *single edit

Collector's notes: A Spanish promo-only album intended to promote the live shows of three of EMI's most popular artists of the time. Despite the title all tracks are regular studio versions. Given that the Tina Turner and Duran Duran concert dates were between 17th and 25th May, I suppose that this album was released in April or early May. Note that Time Will Crawl is called Time Crawl on both label and cover.


David Bowie:

Time Will Crawl

(EMI EAP 237; UK 06/1987)

Format: 7"

Release notes: poster PS

Tracks: Time Will Crawl (single version) // Girls (single edit)*

Other notes: *studio recording, Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland, from the Never Let Me Down sessions, 1986


David Bowie:

Time Will Crawl

(EMI 12EAX 237; UK 06/1987)

Format: 12"

Release notes: PS, issue deleted after 5 days

Tracks: Time Will Crawl (Dance Crew mix) // Time Will Crawl (dub) / Girls (Japanese version)*

Other notes: *studio recording, Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland, from the Never Let Me Down sessions, 1986

Collector's notes: For some reason, EMI UK didn't seem to be content with this release. Note that the "Dance Crew mix" of Time Will Crawl is not simply another name for the extended dance mix on other issues. It's a completely different mix.


David Bowie:

Time Will Crawl

(EMI 1C 006 20 1892 7; Germany 06/1987)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Time Will Crawl (single version) // Girls (single edit)*

Other notes: *studio recording, Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland, from the Never Let Me Down sessions, 1986


David Bowie:

Time Will Crawl

(EMI K060 20 1883 6; Netherlands 06/1987)

Format: 12"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Time Will Crawl (extended dance mix) // Time Will Crawl (album version) / Girls (extended edit)*

Other notes: *studio recording, Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland, from the Never Let Me Down sessions, 1986

Collector's notes: Another Netherlands-pressed record that was primarily for the German market (see the prominent "GEMA" sign).


David Bowie:

Time Will Crawl

(EMI 1C 006 20 1892 7; Austria 06/1987)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS, record Germany (combination original)

Tracks: Time Will Crawl (single version) // Girls (single edit)*

Other notes: *studio recording, Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland, from the Never Let Me Down sessions, 1986

Collector's notes: Same labels as the German issue. A very rare alternative cover, which is usually said to be made in Austria. Not many of these seem to have been printed. The record that normally comes with it is the German issue.


David Bowie:

Never Let Me Down

(EMI SP 1330; France 06/1987)

Format: 7"

Release notes: promo-only, PS

Tracks: Never Let Me Down (album version) // Never Let Me Down (album version)

Collector's notes: A French promo-only single to promote the upcoming tour dates in France.


David Bowie:

Time Will Crawl

(EMI EYS-17712; Japan 07/1987)

Format: 7"

Release notes: white label promo, PS with promo sticker, insert

Tracks: Time Will Crawl (single version) // Girls (single edit)*

Other notes: *studio recording, Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland, from the Never Let Me Down sessions, 1986



David Bowie:

David Bowie Glass Spider Tour Special

(DIR; USA 07/1987)

Format: LP/12"

Release notes: promo-only radio show, 3-sided double album, black NC with cue sheet

Tracks: intro sound / introduction / Toyota ad / comment / Bang Bang* / comment / Fame** / comment / Diamond Dogs*** / out / Toyota ad // Toyota ad / comment / Never Let Me Down*** / comment / Let's Dance** / comment / "Heroes"** / out / Toyota ad // Toyota ad / tour dates / comment / Young Americans** / comment / Suffragette City° / comment / China Girl** / out / Toyota ad / out

Other notes: *live, Cat Club, New York, 18/03/1987; **live, Forum, Montreal, Canada, 13/07/1983; ***official studio version; °live 1974, from the album David Live (1974)

Collector's notes: The insert (cue sheet) of this radio station promo doesn't give any details concerning the source of the recordings. Suffragette City is clearly taken from the David Live album, Bang Bang is introduced with a mention of the Cat Club press conference, and the remaining live tracks are from the professionally recorded 1983 Montreal gig (all these tracks except "Heroes" can also be heard on the Best of the Biscuit album).


David Bowie:

Never Let Me Down

(EMI EAP 239; UK 08/1987)

Format: 7"

Release notes: picture disc, plastic NC

Tracks: Never Let Me Down (single version) // '87 and Cry (single version)


David Bowie:

Never Let Me Down

(EMI 9951 052; Brazil 1987)

Format: 12"

Release notes: promo-only, 33 1/3 rpm, PS

Tracks: Never Let Me Down (album version) // Never Let Me Down (album version)

Collector's notes: Regardless of what the label says, this is simply the album version.


David Bowie:

Never Let Me Down

(EMI 006 20 1996 7; Netherlands 08/1987)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Never Let Me Down (single version) // '87 and Cry (single version)


David Bowie:

Never Let Me Down

(EMI K 060 20 2030 6; Netherlands 08/1987)

Format: 12"

Release notes: mis-print: blank label on side 1, PS

Tracks: Never Let Me Down (extended dance mix) // '87 and Cry (edit mix)* / Never Let Me Down (dub mix) / Never Let Me Down (a capella)

Other notes: *not identical to the single version

Collector's note: Another Dutch release made primarily for the German market.



David Bowie:

Never Let Me Down

(EMI RP07-2009; Japan 10/1987)

Format: 7"

Release notes: white label promo, PS (insert with company cover), promo sticker

Tracks: Never Let Me Down (single version) // '87 and Cry (single version)


David Bowie:

Too Dizzy

(EMI SPRO79209; USA 1987)

Format: 12"

Release notes: promo-only, 33 1/3 rpm, black NC

Tracks: Too Dizzy // Too Dizzy

Collector's notes: While EMI USA seemed to love the song so much that they released it as a promo-only record, Bowie seemed to hate it so much that it was omitted from subsequent releases of the Never Let Me Down album!


David Bowie:

China Girl

(EMI-Manhattan B-8165; USA 1987)

Format: 7"

Release notes: company cover

Tracks: China Girl (single edit) // Shake It

Other notes: re-issue of 1983 single


David Bowie:

1966

(PRT 6.26686 BL; Germany 10/1987)

Format: LP

Release notes: -

Tracks: see original issue

Other notes: re-issue of album Don't Be Fooled by the Name (1981)

Collector's notes: Pegg gives 10/1987 as the release date of the UK issue of this record, and, in fact, my German copy has "1987" on the cover, too. But note that the UK picture disc version has "1988" on it.


David Bowie:

Interview Picture Disc Limited Edition

(D.B. 1010; ?? 1987)

Format: LP

Release notes: picture disc, plastic NC

Tracks: see album Let's Talk

Other notes: edited re-issue of Let's Talk (1983)

Collector's notes: A really awful rip-off release. Let's Talk had already been a castrated version of the earlier promo-only album King Biscuit Flower Hour – A Look at the 70's (1980), since all the music had been edited out. Editing the remaining interview even further makes it absolutely useless. Furthermore, the sound quality is bad and it's not a particularly beautiful picture disc.


David Bowie:

Press Conference, New York, Cat Club, 18.3.1987

(SPIDER 2; UK 1987)

Format: 7"

Release notes: 33 1/3 rpm, white vinyl, limited edition of 1000, plastic NC

Tracks: press conference // press conference

Other notes: recorded at the Cat Club, New York, 18/03/1987

Collector's notes: And another rip-off release...


David Bowie:

Press Conference, New York, Cat Club, 18.3.1987

(SPIDER 2P; UK 1987)

Format: 7"

Release notes: picture disc, 33 1/3 rpm, limited edition of 1000, plastic NC

Tracks: press conference // press conference

Other notes: recorded at the Cat Club, New York, 18/03/1987; picture disc issue of the record in the previous entry.


David Bowie:

The Glass Spider Tour Press Conference's 1987

(Spider 101P; UK 1987)

Format: LP

Release notes: picture disc, PS

Tracks: press conference London / press conference Amsterdam / press conference Stockholm // press conference New York / press conference Sydney

Other notes: recorded at various locations, 1987

Collector's notes: Although this record is as superfluous as the singles in the previous entries, it looks quite nice, at least.



David Bowie:

The London Boys

(Decca 6.14911 AC; Germany 1987)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: The London Boys // Love You till Tuesday (album version)

Other notes: re-issue of 1975 UK single


David Bowie:

Press Conference Rome, 25 March '87 Live

((SILU 1987); ?? 1987)

Format: 7"EP

Release notes: bootleg, 33 1/3 rpm, PS

Tracks: Bang Bang / '87 and Cry // Bang Bang / '87 and Cry

Other notes: live, Piper, Rome, 25/03/1987; versions on side 1 and side 2 identical, but from different sources

Collector's notes: First of all, this record is not one-sided, as Frifelt claims. Side 1 seems to have been taken from a radio transmission. The sound quality is very good, but there are voiceovers by an announcer and Bang Bang is heavily edited. Side 2 is an audience recording with less good (but still quite good) sound, and the songs are in full length here.


David Bowie:

Ziggy in Japan

(Duck Production; Germany 1987)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, paste-over Iggy Pop labels

Tracks: Hang On to Yourself / Ziggy Stardust / Changes / Moonage Daydream / John, I'm Only Dancing / Watch That Man // The Width of a Circle / Space Oddity / The Jean Genie

Other notes: live, Yubinchokin Kaihan, Hiroshima, Japan, 14/04/1973

Collector's notes: My copy of this album has labels from an Iggy Pop bootleg pasted over the original Duck labels. Nice sound quality for an audience recording from that era.


David Bowie:

The Glass Spider Premiere

(Spider JUP 87; UK 1987)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg

Tracks: Intro: Up the Hill Backwards / Glass Spider / Day-In Day-Out / Bang Bang / Absolute Beginners / Loving the Alien // China Girl / Fashion / Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) / All the Madmen / Never Let Me Down / Big Brother/Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family // '87 and Cry / "Heroes" / Time Will Crawl / Beat of Your Drum / Sons of the Silent Age / New York's in Love // Dancing with the Big Boys / Zeroes / Let's Dance / Fame / Time / Blue Jean / Modern Love

Other notes: live, Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam, 30/05/1987

Collector's notes: The sound is a bit thin, but very listenable.



David Bowie:

A Night with the Duke

(R.O.A.R. Records; NL? 1987)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg, fold-out insert

Tracks: Glass Spider / Up the Hill Backwards (reprise)* / Day-In Day-Out / Bang Bang / Absolute Beginners // Loving the Alien / China Girl / Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) / All the Madmen // Never Let Me Down / Big Brother/Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family* / "Heroes" / Time Will Crawl / Beat of You Drum // Zeroes / Let's Dance / Time / Blue Jean / Modern Love

Other notes: live, Stadio di San Siro, Milano, Italy,10/06/1987; *not listed on cover, generally incorrect track listing

Collector's notes: An audience recording in acceptable sound quality. Some more songs from this show can be heard on the bootleg Extramilan.



David Bowie:

Waiting in the Wind

(Cinthia Records DRJ 490/491; UK 1987)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg, 2nd edition: yellow/orange vinyl, colour cover, poster

Tracks: Intro: Up the Hill Backwards / Glass Spider / Day-In Day-Out / Bang Bang / Absolute Beginners // Loving the Alien / China Girl / Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) / Never Let Me Down / '87 and Cry // Time Will Crawl / Beat of You Drum / Sons of the Silent Age / Dancing with the Big Boys / Zeroes // Let's Dance / Fame / Time / Blue Jean / Modern Love

Other notes: live, Stadio Flaminio, Rome, 15/06/1987

Collector's notes: A very thin sound with little bass, but acceptable. In his Illustrated Bowie Bootleg File, Frifelt writes that this is the first edition of this bootleg, but on Bassman's David Bowie Page he claims that the yellow/orange version is the second pressing. Since the online version is more up-to-date, it will probably contain the more correct information.



David Bowie:

Bang Bang

(Bang Bang Productions 2407461 A/B; Germany 1987)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg

Tracks: Intro: Up the Hill Backwards / Glass Spider / Up the Hill Backwards (reprise)* / Day-In Day-Out / Bang Bang // Absolute Beginners / Loving the Alien / China Girl // Fashion / Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) / All the Madmen / Never Let Me Down / Big Brother/Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family* // '87 and Cry / "Heroes"* / Tonight** / Let's Dance/Let's Dance**

Other notes: live, Platz der Republik, Berlin, 06/06/1987; except: **duets with Tina Turner, live, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, UK, 23/03/1985; *tracks not listed on cover; track listing on cover incorrect

Collector's notes: This is a rather rare bootleg. Only few copies were distributed, since the bootleggers got busted after finishing their product. The sound quality is quite good, but given that the show was recorded from an official radio broadcast (as Frifelt writes), it could be better.


1987 ↑ 1988 1989 ↓

David Bowie:

Extramilan

(TPHP DRJ488; UK 1988)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, red vinyl

Tracks: Fashion / All the Madmen / Big Brother/Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family* / '87 and Cry // "Heroes" / Time Will Crawl / band intro / Fame / Time / Blue Jean

Other notes: live, Stadio di San Siro, Milano, Italy,10/06/1987; *not listed on cover

Collector's notes: Another typical audience recording from the time. Thin sound, but acceptable. It's the same show as on the A Night with the Duke bootleg, but still the concert isn't complete. Obviously from the same people who made the Waiting in the Wind bootleg.



David Bowie:

He Never Let Us Down

(Wildcat BOW 5-6; UK 1988)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg, 1st edition: red vinyl, insert, limited numbered edition 405/500

Tracks: Intro: Intro / Day-In Day-Out / Bang Bang / Absolute Beginners / China Girl // Rebel Rebel / Fashion / Scary Monsters (ans Super Creeps) / "Heroes" // Sons of the Silent Age / Young Americans / The Jean Genie / I Wanna Be Your Dog // White Light/White Heat / Let's Dance / Fame / Blue Jean / Modern Love

Other notes: live, Kooyong Stadium, Melbourne, Australia, 23/11/1987

Collector's notes: A very short show, due to bad weather conditions. Judging from the label design, it's one more by the guys who had released Waiting in the Wind and Extramilan. The sound quality is okay, and the record features Bowie's version of I Wanna Be Your Dog, which is quite rare on vinyl.



David Bowie:

Glass Spider Tour

(Starlight Records SL 87008; US 1988)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg

Tracks: Intro (Glass Spider)* / Fame / Bang Bang / Rebel Rebel / "Heroes" / Sons of the Silent Age // The Jean Genie / Let's Dance / Time / White Light/White Heat / Modern Love

Other notes: live, Entertainment Centre, Sydney, 07 and 09/11/1987; *not listed on cover; incorrect tracks on cover

Collector's notes: Taken from a TV special that was in turn based on the official tour video (offically released on DVD in 2007). Nevertheless, the sound quality is rather poor. This album became absolutely superfluous with the realease of the brilliant Glass Spider Live double LP in 2009. Of historical interest only.



David Bowie:

Gigantes del Pop Vol. 28

(Decca 64 95 081 (AD); Spain 1988)

Format: LP

Release notes: blank box on cover front

Tracks: see album Another Face

Other notes: re-issue of 1981 album

Collector's notes: See the original edition for criteria to distinguish the original and this re-issue.


David Bowie:

1966

(PRT PYX 6001; UK 1988)

Format: LP

Release notes: picture disc, NC

Tracks: see original issue

Other notes: re-issue of album Don't Be Fooled by the Name (1981)

Collector's notes: Picture disc version of the album from the previous year.


David Bowie:

Don't Be Fooled by the Name

(Green Line/PRT PRQ 04; Italy 1988)

Format: LP

Release notes: -

Tracks: see original issue

Other notes: re-issue of album Don't Be Fooled by the Name (1981)

Collector's notes: I've also read the claim that this album was released in 1989. This may be true, I simply can't say.


Tina Turner:

Tonight Live - Duet with David Bowie

(Capitol 006 20 3179 7; Netherlands 03/1988)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Tonight (duet with David Bowie)* // River Deep, Mountain High

Other notes: *live, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, 23/03/1985

Collector's notes: Not surprisingly, the sound quality of the official release of this duet is much better than on the Tina Turner feat. Bowie bootleg. What is more astonishing is how much better the voices of both singers sound...
The release date is based on the fact that the single entered the Swiss charts at the end of March 1988. So I think it was released that month (just like its parent album). The single is another example of a record that can be classified as either Dutch or German. The cover says that the record was made in Holland, but the prominent "GEMA" logo suggests that the record was primarily distributed in Germany.


Tina Turner:

Tonight Live - Duet with David Bowie

(Capitol K 060 20 3180 6; Netherlands 03/1988)

Format: 12"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Tonight (duet with David Bowie)* // Let's Stay Together / River Deep, Mountain High

Other notes: *live, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, 23/03/1985

Collector's notes: As in the case of the record in the previous entry, this record can either be classified as Dutch or German.


Tina Turner:

Tina Live in Europe

(Capitol 198 7 90126 1; Netherlands 03/1988)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: FOC

Tracks (Bowie): - // - // - // Tonight / Let's Dance/Let's Dance

Other notes: duets with Bowie, live, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, 23/03/1985

Collector's notes: And, finally, the Let's Dance medley also saw an official release.



David Bowie:

Live BBC '69 with Juniors Eyes

(3349; ?? 1988)

Format: 7"

Release notes: bootleg, green vinyl, PS

Tracks: Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed // Let Me Sleep beside You

Other notes: The Dave Lee Travis Show BBC programme, Aeolian Hall Studio 2, London, 20/10/1969

Collector's notes: Two tracks from a great session in fantastic sound quality!


David Bowie:

Absolute Beginners

(Virgin CDT 20; Austria 11/1988)

Format: 3"CDS

Release notes: cardboard cover with EMI plastic cover

Tracks: Absolute Beginners (full length version) / Absolute Beginners (dub mix)

Other notes: CD re-issue of 1986 12" single

Collector's notes: In the late 1980s, some record companies tried to introduce the new format of the 3"CD single. The CDs were so small they were usually sold in larger plastic covers and couldn't be played without an adapter in many CD-players. Understandably, the format went nowhere.



David Bowie:

1966

(PRT UDL-1009-Y; Japan 12/1988)

Format: LP

Release notes: mono, 45 rpm, promo, promo print on labels, promo sticker, OBI, insert, correction slip

Tracks: Tracks: see original issue

Other notes: re-issue of album Don't Be Fooled by the Name (1981)

Collector's notes: One more issue of the 1966 album. However, the Japanese release has a beautiful alternative cover. The month of release can be found on the back of cover ("R-12-16", where "R" stands for 1988). The correction slip seems to clear up the mono/stereo confusion caused by contradictory information on cover and labels.


1988 ↑ 1989 1990 →

David Bowie:

You Need a Tie to Get In

(DEAF 1094; ?? 1989)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, plain white labels

Tracks: Glass Spider / Up the Hill Backwards (reprise)* / Day-In Day-Out / Bang Bang / Absolute Beginners / Fashion // All the Madmen* / Never Let Me Down / Big Brother*/Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family* / '87 and Cry* / Alabama Song**

Other notes: live, Platz der Republik, Berlin, 06/06/1987; except: **live, Bremen, Germany, 30/05/1978, for Musikladen Extra TV show; *tracks not listed on cover; track listing on cover incorrect

Collector's notes: Basically, this is a truncated version of the 1987 Bang Bang bootleg. Again, the sound quality is better than on most audience recordings from the tour, but rather dull for an album based on a FM broadcast. Alabama Song also sounds duller than on the Live in Bremen bootleg (and it was copied from an album with clicks). The picture is rounded up by the absurd track list on the cover back. A superfluous release!


David Bowie:

David Bowie

(Deram 800 087-2 RT; Germany 04/1989)

Format: CD

Release notes: jewel case with booklet and back inlay, blue name on cover front

Tracks: Uncle Arthur / Sell Me a Coat / Rubber Band / Love You till Tuesday / There Is a Happy Land / We Are Hungry Men / When I Live My Dream // Little Bombardier / Silly Boy Blue / Come and Buy My Toys / Join the Gang / She's Got Medals / Maid of Bond Street / Please Mr. Gravedigger

Other notes: CD re-issue of 1967 album (UK/Germany stereo version)

Collector's notes: This is the second CD release of this album. A first issue, which had white lettering and the same catalogue number, had been released on the London label in 1983, also in Germany. The Illustrated db Discography gives 1987 as the release date of this second issue, but this can't be correct, since the text in the booklet is from 1988. Pegg seems more reliable here.



Tin Machine:

Tin Machine

(EMI 1C 064 7 91990 1; Germany 05/1989)

Format: LP

Release notes: white OIS, sticker on cover

Tracks: Heaven's in Here / Tin Machine / Prisoner of Love / Crack City / I Can't Read / Under the God // Amazing / Working Class Hero / Bus Stop / Pretty Thing / Video Crime / Baby Can Dance

Other notes: recorded at Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland, and Compass Point Studios, Nassau, 08/1988-1989

Collector's notes: In Germany, both German and Dutch pressings of the album were sold. The picture on the front cover of the German pressings is slightly cropped, so that the upper part of Tony Sales' hair has been cut off. Furthermore, whereas the German issue has "Electrola" on the back, the Dutch issue has "Printed in Holland" and a slightly different back cover layout. But both versions use the same discs: the labels are identical.


Tin Machine:

Tin Machine

(EMI 064 7 91990 1; Netherlands 05/1989)

Format: LP

Release notes: orange OIS, sticker on cover

Tracks: see German issue

Collector's notes: The Dutch issue with the "more complete" front cover. Same labels as in the previous entry. Some Dutch copies (like this one) have an orange inner sleeve (which was also used for French discs), though some came in a white inner sleeve similar to the German one.



Tin Machine:

Tin Machine

(EMI CDP-7-91990-2; USA 05/1989)

Format: CD

Release notes: jewel case with booklet and back inlay, sticker on cover

Tracks: Heaven's in Here / Tin Machine / Prisoner of Love / Crack City / I Can't Read / Under the God / Amazing / Working Class Hero / Bus Stop / Pretty Thing / Video Crime / Run / Sacrifice Yourself / Baby Can Dance

Other notes: recorded at Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland, and Compass Point Studios, Nassau, 08/1988-1989

Collector's notes: Compared to the vinyl issue, the CD version of the album contains two bonus tracks.


Tin Machine:

Under the God

(EMI MT 68; UK 06/1989)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Under the God // Sacrifice Yourself

Collector's notes: This single contains one of the bonus tracks from the CD issue of the first Tin Machine album. The single was released in all common vinyl formats: 7", 10" and 12".


Tin Machine:

Under the God

(EMI 10MT 68; UK 06/1989)

Format: 10"EP

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Under the God / Sacrifice Yourself // the interview

Collector's notes: Side 2 is an interview with the band.


Tin Machine:

Under the God

(EMI 12MT 68; UK 06/1989)

Format: 12"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Under the God / Sacrifice Yourself // the interview


Tin Machine:

Under the God

(EMI SPRO 4282; USA 06/1989)

Format: 12"

Release notes: 33 1/3 rpm, promo-only, picture labels, NC with artist/title sticker

Tracks: Under the God // Under the God


Tin Machine:

Under the God

(EMI US 2237; Australia 06/1989)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Under the God // Sacrifice Yourself


Tin Machine/Great White:

Under the God

(EMI DIF 528; Argentina 1989)

Format: 7"

Release notes: promo-only, NC

Tracks: Tin Machine: Under the God // Great White: Once Bitten, Twice Shy


Tin Machine:

Under the God

(EMI 006 20 3415 7; Germany 06/1989)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Under the God // Sacrifice Yourself


Tin Machine:

Under the God

(Toshiba-EMI PRP-1385; Japan 1989)

Format: 7"

Release notes: promo-only, PS (insert with NC)

Tracks: Under the God // Working Class Hero


Tin Machine:

The Interview

(EMI K 060 203415 6; Netherlands 06/1989)

Format: 12"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Under the God / Sacrifice Yourself // the interview

Collector's notes: Strangely, the Dutch issue used the B-side track, i.e. the interview with the band, for the title.
This is another example of a record that can either be classified as Dutch (due to the cover) or German (due to the prominent "GEMA" logo and the catalogue number).


Tin Machine:

Heaven's In Here

(EMI SPRO 4374; USA 1989)

Format: 12"

Release notes: 33 1/3 rpm, promo-only, picture labels, company cover with artist/title sticker

Tracks: Heaven's In Here (edited version) // Heaven's In Here (album version)


David Bowie:

Sound + Vision

(Ryko RALP 0120/21/22-2; USA 09/1989)

Format: 6LP

Release notes: box, limited edition, clear vinyl, 3 FOC, partial cardboard slipcase

Tracks:

Sound + Vision I

(Ryko RALP 0120)

Space Oddity* / Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud** / The Prettiest Star*** / London Bye Ta-Ta° // Black Country Rock / The Man Who Sold the World / The Bewlay Brothers / Changes // Round and Round°° / Moonage Daydream / John, I'm Only Dancing°°° / Drive-In Saturday // Panic in Detroit / Ziggy Stardust+ / White Light/White Heat+ / Rock'n'Roll Suicide+

Sound + Vision II

(Ryko RALP 0121)

Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere / Sorrow / Don't Bring Me Down / 1984/Dodo++ / Big Brother // Rebel Rebel+++ / Suffragette City# / Watch That Man# / Cracked Actor# // Young Americans / Fascination / After Today## // It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City## / TVC 15 / Wild Is the Wind

Sound + Vision III

(Ryko RALP 0122)

Sound and Vision / Be My Wife / Speed of Life / "Helden"### / Joe the Lion // Sons of the Silent Age / Station to Station% // Warszawa% / Breaking Glass% / Red Sails / Look Back in Anger // Boys Keep Swinging / Up the Hill Backwards / Kingdom Come / Ashes to Ashes

Other notes: all tracks from the original studio albums; except: *home demo, c. 04/1969; **single version without spoken intro, from the 1969 UK single; ***stereo single version, mono version on the 1970 single; °re-recorded version, Trident Studios, 08-15/01/1970; °°same recording as on the 1973 single, but different mix; °°°"sax version" from the 1973 single; +live, from the album Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture (1983); ++studio recording, Trident Studios, 10/1973; +++second US single version from the 1974 single; #live, from the album David Live (1974); ##recorded during the Young Americans sessions, Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, 08/1974, It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City incorrectly listed as a Station to Station outtake; ###short German version, 1989 remix; %live, from the album Stage (1978)

Collector's notes: This is a fantastic box set, although (or maybe because) its choice of tracks is rather idiosyncratic. It's partly a "greatest hits" collection, partly a collection of rarities, and partly a set that wants to make you familiar with good, but less popular, Bowie tracks. And it works well - very well! Since it contains a lot of rare tracks in impeccable sound quality, it is still indispensable for any Bowie collector.
A note on the labels: they are individually designed, but I have decided not to show them all, because they are similar. Each double album has its own label colour. The A-side labels always bear the names of the albums covered by the respective record, and the B-side labels are as shown in the picture, only the colour varies according to the double set they belong to. Note that in order to save space I have also changed the usual order of the pictures: I first show the cover backs, and than the inside of the covers.









David Bowie:

Sound + Vision Plus

(RYKO RCDV-1018; USA 09/1989)

Format: CDS

Release notes: includes video, originally part of Sound + Vision CD box, distributed for promotional reasons, CD single case with fold-out insert

Tracks: John, I'm Only Dancing / Changes / The Supermen / (NTSC video: Ashes to Ashes)

Other notes: all audio tracks live, Music Hall, Boston, 01/10/1972

Collector's notes: The first CD issue of the Sound + Vision box set came with this additional CD single, but some copies seem to have been distributed separately as promos. The sound quality of the live tracks is as great as expected.
This was one of the first Bowie CDs to include a video; later such CDs were often called "enhanced CDs". What seemed to be a good idea at the time is less convincing with hindsight: such videos don't meet later standards concerning resolution and picture quality.




Tin Machine:

Tin Machine

(EMI MTG 73; UK 09/1989)

Format: 7"

Release notes: limited edition, number 2500, PS: FOC with fold-out insert attached

Tracks: Tin Machine // Maggie's Farm*

Other notes: *live, La Cigale, Paris, 25/06/1989

Collector's notes: The fold-out insert turns the cover into a booklet. I have only shown the innermost double page here.



Tin Machine:

Tin Machine

(EMI MTPD 73; UK 09/1989)

Format: 7"

Release notes: shaped picture disc, limited edition, plastic NC, insert

Tracks: Tin Machine // Maggie's Farm*

Other notes: *live, La Cigale, Paris, 25/06/1989


Tin Machine:

Tin Machine

(EMI MTPD 73; UK 09/1989)

Format: 7"

Release notes: uncut shaped picture disc, test pressing, plastic NC

Tracks: Tin Machine // Maggie's Farm*

Other notes: *live, La Cigale, Paris, 25/06/1989


Tin Machine:

Tin Machine

(EMI 12MTP 73; UK 09/1989)

Format: 12"

Release notes: PS, poster cover, limited edtion

Tracks: Tin Machine // Maggie's Farm* / I Can't Read*

Other notes: *live, La Cigale, Paris, 25/06/1989



Tin Machine:

Prisoner of Love

(EMI MT 76; UK 10/1989)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Prisoner of Love (edit) // Baby Can Dance*

Other notes: *live, La Cigale, Paris, 25/06/1989


Tin Machine:

Prisoner of Love

(EMI MTS 76; UK 10/1989)

Format: 7"

Release notes: PS: envelope cover with 4 postcards

Tracks: Prisoner of Love (edit) // Baby Can Dance*

Other notes: *live, La Cigale, Paris, 25/06/1989

Collector's notes: Same labels as in the previous entry.



Tin Machine:

Prisoner of Love

(EMI MTPD 76; UK 10/1989)

Format: 7"

Release notes: shaped picture disc, printed plastic cover, insert

Tracks: Prisoner of Love (edit) // Baby Can Dance*

Other notes: *live, La Cigale, Paris, 25/06/1989



Tin Machine:

Prisoner of Love

(EMI 060 20 3547 2; Germany 10/1989)

Format: 12"

Release notes: PS

Tracks: Prisoner of Love (edit) / Baby Can Dance* // Crack City* / Prisoner of Love (LP version)

Other notes: *live, La Cigale, Paris, 25/06/1989


Tin Machine:

Tin Machine

(A Faith Healer Production FH/SDR 002; Germany? 1989)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, plain yellow labels

Tracks: Intro / Amazing / Heaven's In Here / Working Class Hero / Maggie's Farm (includes Jeepster intro*) / Prisoner of Love // Sorry / Bus Stop (country version) / Bus Stop / I Can't Read** / I Can't Read** / Pretty Thing / Crack City

Other notes: live, National Ballroom, London, 29/06/1989; *not listed on cover; **different takes

Collector's notes: Jeepster is just a few instrumental seconds of the song. I still wonder why there are two takes of I Can't Read (and where the second take comes from). The sound quality is not particularly good, but acceptable.


Tin Machine:

Live at the Town & Country Club

(MMLP012; ?? 1989)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg

Tracks: Amazing / Heaven's In Here / Working Class Hero / Prisoner of Love / Bus Stop (country version)* / Bus Stop // Maggie's Farm (includes Jeepster intro*) / I Can't Read / Crack City / Under the God / Shakin' All Over**

Other notes: live, Town & Country Club, London, 27/06/1989; except: **live, National Ballroom, London, 29/06/1989; *not listed on the cover

Collector's notes: The sound quality of the album is okay, but could be better. The sound of the track from the National Ballroom is superior. Note that the picture on the cover back is actually shown upside down on the record, but I have decided to show it the logical way here.


Tin Machine:

No Iggy, No Ziggy - Just a Tin Machine

(Stadtpark SR 003-89; Germany 1989)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg, plain yellow labels

Tracks: Amazing / Sacrifice Yourself / Heaven's In Here / Working Class Hero // Tin Machine / Sorry / Bus Stop (country version) / Bus Stop / Run / Maggie's Farm // I Can't Read / Baby Can Dance / Pretty Thing // Crack City / Under the God / soundcheck* / Sorry* / TV set Germany - medley: Crack City/Bus Stop/Video Crime**

Other notes: live, Docks, Hamburg, Germany, 22/06/1989; except: *soundcheck for the show; **excerpts from the regular studio versions, from the promo video

Collector's notes: Another Tin Machine bootleg in mediocre sound quality.


David Bowie:

The London Tapes

(World Productions of Compact Music WPOCM 0589D020-2; Italy 1989)

Format: CD

Release notes: bootleg, jewel case with fold-out insert and back inlay

Tracks: Interview* / Showboat interview** / Over the Wall We Go*** / Space Oddity° / Love You till Tuesday°° / Janine°°° / Let Me Sleep beside You°°° / Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed°°° / Space Oddity+ / Waiting for the Man++ / The Supermen+++ / Looking for a Friend#

Other notes: *Tonight BBC TV show, 12/11/1964; **recorded live at the Marquee, 1966; ***demo 12?/1966; °unclear origin, see the Kiss Away the Darkest Day bootleg; °°demo, 1966; °°°The Dave Lee Travis Show BBC programme, Aeolian Hall Studio 2, London, 20/10/1969; +home demo, c. 04/1969; ++studio recording, Decca Studios, 05/04/1967; +++probably Sounds of the Seventies: Andy Ferris BBC programme, Playhouse Theatre Studios, London, 25/03/1970; #In Concert: John Peel BBC programme, Paris Cinema Studio, London, 03/06/1971

Collector's notes: This was the first ever CD bootleg of Bowie. The sound quality is good to very good, but not an improvement, compared to earlier vinyl bootlegs. Which is no wonder: all tracks seem to have been taken straight off vinyl records - you can even hear the occasional click and crackle.



David Bowie:

TV Rebell

(n.i.c.o. 671288; Germany 1989)

Format: CDS

Release notes: bootleg, jewel case with fold-out insert and back inlay, blue picture CD, 100 copies

Tracks: Love You till Tuesday/Lieb dich bis Dienstag / When I Live My Dream/Mit dir in meinem Traum

Other notes: original versions from 1967 with voice overdubs recorded at Trident Studios, 29/01/1969; recorded for the non-realised German broadcast of the Love You till Tuesday movie

Collector's notes: A nice release of two tracks that were extremely rare at the time. Great sound quality!


David Bowie:

Into the Labyrinth

(L ZL 036; ?? 1989)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, plain white labels

Tracks: Hang On to Yourself / Ziggy Stardust / Changes / Soul Love / John, I'm Only Dancing / Drive-In Saturday* // Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?) / Panic in Detroit / Moonage Daydream / The Width of a Circle

Other notes: live, Radio City Music Hall, New York, 15/02/1973, except: *live, Pirate's Cove, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 17/11/1972; incorrect tracklisting on cover

Collector's notes: A re-issue of an earlier bootleg with a totally inappropriate cover and title. The sound quality is so-so. It's a bit dull, and the vocals are too far in the background. The rare (acoustic!) performance of Drive-In Saturday from Fort Lauderdale is interesting, but the sound of that track is terrible.


David Bowie:

Bon Soir Montreal - Part One

(Dragon Fly DFR 1/2; EU 1989)

Format: 2LP

Release notes: bootleg, multicoloured vinyl, limited edtion number 65/100

Tracks: Intro: Up the Hill Backwards / Glass Spider / Up the Hill Backwards (reprise)* / Day-In Day-Out / Bang Bang // Absolute Beginners / Loving the Alien / China Girl / Rebel Rebel // Fashion / Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) / All the Madmen / Never Let Me Down // Big Brother/Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family* / '87 and Cry / "Heroes" / Sons of the Silent Age / Time Will Crawl

Other notes: live, Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Canada, 30/08/1987; *not listed on cover

Collector's notes: Together with the second part, this is a fantastic bootleg. The show was professionally recorded and a CD promo set was distributed among American radio stations. Since these discs are recorded from the CDs, the sound quality is perfect.



David Bowie:

Bon Soir Montreal - Part Two

(Dragon Fly DFR 3; EEC 1989)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg, multicoloured vinyl, limited edtion number 65/100

Tracks: Young Americans / Beat of Your Drum / The Jean Genie / Let's Dance // Fame / Time / Blue Jean / Modern Love

Other notes: live, Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Canada, 30/08/1987

Collector's notes: Part 2 of the Montreal show. Same labels as in the previous entry.



David Bowie:

A Letter to Hermoine

(Flashback Flash 08.89.0105-33; Luxembourg 1989)

Format: LP

Release notes: bootleg

Tracks: Space Oddity / Janine (includes Hey Jude) / An Occasional Dream / Conversation Piece / Ching-a-Ling // Letter to Hermione* / Love Song / When I'm Five / Life Is a Circus

Other notes: home demos, Clareville Grove, London, 02?/02/1969; *called I'm Not Quiet by Bowie and on the cover

Collector's notes: This bootleg, which is a re-issue of the earlier The Beckenham Oddity, is a typical "protection gap" bootleg, i.e. one that was legally available in regular record shops, due to "gaps" in the copyright laws of some European countries. The sound quality is good, but far from perfect, and varies in the course of the recording.
As regards the music, this is a fantastic document, showing Bowie and John Hutchinson as a kind of Simon-and-Garfunkel-style duo. Janine includes a few seconds of the tune of the Beatles song Hey Jude. The version of Space Oddity is the one that can be found on the Sound + Vision box set in better sound quality. Also note the mis-spelling of the title: it should be "Hermione", and not "Hermoine", of course.
According to Pegg these demos were recorded around April 1969, but other sources say February. In fact, the later My Secret Memories bootleg even give the exact date 02/02/1969.



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