David Bowie

Is It Any Wonder?

  • Released: 20/03/2020
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  • Genre: PopRock

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Limited 6-Track 12" / CD EP: Exclusive 'Mail Order Only' Release

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We've managed to get our hands on a limited number of this 6-track EP, originally slated as a mail-order exclusive for the Rhino label and David Bowie fan club.

Now available for the first time since its 1995 release, “THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD (LIVE ENO MIX)” was previously issued as a double A-side green vinyl 7-inch single and CD single in various territories with the Outside version of “Strangers When We Meet.” The “Live Eno Mix” version of this classic song is based on the fairly radical trip-hop reworking performed on the Outside World Tour. Long time Bowie collaborator Brian Eno reshaped, overdubbed and mixed this live recording of the song at Westside Studios in London on October 30th 1995, recalling the session in his diaries: “I added some backing vocals and a sonar blip and sculpted the piece a little so that there was more contour to it.”

The basic backing and sequencer tracks were worked at the Factory in Dublin docklands during pre-tour rehearsals in early 1997. A live version of “Fame” recorded at the Amsterdam Paradiso on June 10th, 1997 was further worked on by Mark Plati and Reeves Gabrels at Looking Glass Studios in New York and mixed at Sony Music Studios in New York in February 1998. At one point the live version of “FUN,” as it was now being called, was considered for inclusion on the BowieNet exclusive Liveandwell.com album and appeared on early reference masters. Referenced in interviews by Gabrels as “Funhouse,” the song further developed lyrically and musically and by the time Danny Saber created the "Clownboy Mix" in May 1998, it was a completely new piece of work written by Bowie and Gabrels and featuring no elements of “Fame.” The "Clownboy Mix" has previously only appeared on a BowieNet subscriber exclusive CD-ROM in 1998 and on Virgin Records in-house CDR’s along with four other “Clownboy Mix” variants.

Also available is the drum and bass mix of “FUN” by UK D’N’B producer Dillinja as a one track digital download and streaming single to be released on March 20 2020, which had previously only been available on the Liveandwell.com CD which was exclusive to BowieNet members in 2000 and is making its debut digitally. This remix will also be found on the Club Bowie playlist.

“THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD (LIVE ENO MIX)” is produced by David Bowie, and mixed by Brian Eno. The track features backing vocals by Eno, Gail Ann Dorsey on bass and vocals, Peter Schwartz on synths, Zachary Alford on drums, Carlos Alomar on guitar and Reeves Gabrels on guitar and vocals.

“FUN (CLOWBOY MIX)” is produced by Bowie, Gabrels, and Plati. It was recorded by Steve Guest and Plati and was mixed by Danny Saber at Ocean Way Recording May 1998. The mix was engineered by John X. The track features Bowie on vocals, Alford on drums, Dorsey on bass/vocals, Mike Garson on piano, Gabrels on guitars/vocals, and Plati on keyboards/programming.

Tracklist
  1. Baby Universal ‘97
  2. Fun (Clownboy Mix)
  3. Stay ’97
  4. I Can’t Read ‘97
  5. Nuts
  6. The Man Who Sold The World (Live Eno Mix)
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