David Bowie

Spying Through A Keyhole

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As 2019 is the 50th anniversary of Bowie’s first hit, "Space Oddity", Parlophone releases a 7" vinyl singles box set of nine demo recordings from the late 60s including a demo of the track itself.
The title ‘Spying Through A Keyhole’ is a lyric taken from one of the featured songs, "Love All Around".
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.

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.
1. Mother Grey
2. In The Heat Of The Morning
3. Goodbye 3d (Threepenny) Joe
4. Love All Around
5. London Bye, Ta-Ta
6. Angel Angel Grubby Face
7. Angel Angel Grubby Face (version 2)
8. Space Oddity (demo excerpt)
9. Space Oddity (with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson)