David Bowie

The 'Mercury' Demos

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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 boxset, is presented here in its true context for the first time. The other 9 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 in 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 19 second section sung to the melody of The Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’.


  1. Space Oddity

  2. Janine

  3. An Occasional Dream

  4. Conversation Piece

  5. Ching-a-Ling

  6. I'm Not Quite (AKA Letter To Hermoine)

  7. Lover To The Dawn

  8. Love Song

  9. When I'm Five

  10. Life Is A Circus