Newly Remastered Versions of: Let's Dance, Tonight, Never Let Me Down (Original & 2018 Versions), Glass Spider (Live Montreal '87), Previously Unreleased Serious Moonlight Live, Collection of Original Remixes Entitled Dance and Non-Album/Alternate Version/B-sides/Soundtrack Music Compilation Re:Call 4
Parlophone/Warner Bros. present Loving the Alien: 1983-1988, the fourth in a series of box sets spanning David Bowie's career following the award winning and critically acclaimed Five Years (1969-1973), Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976) and A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982). The box set's accompanying 128-page book features rarely seen and previously unpublished photos by photographers including Denis O'Regan, Greg Gorman, Herb Ritts and many others as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums from producers/engineers Nile Rodgers, Hugh Padgham, Mario McNulty and Justin Shirley-Smith. This CD edition includes faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions of the original albums.
The 11CD set is named after the opening track from the Tonight album and includes newly remastered versions of Bowie's most commercially successful period: Let's Dance, Tonight, Never Let Me Down (original and 2018 versions), Glass Spider (Live Montreal '87), the previously unreleased Serious Moonlight live album, a collection of original remixes entitled Dance and the non-album/alternate version/b-sides and soundtrack music compilation Re:Call 4. Exclusive to the box set is Never Let Me Down (2018), a new production of the 1987 LP. The seeds of this re-imagining of the album were first sown in 2008 when David asked Mario McNulty to remix the track "Time Will Crawl" and record new drums by longtime Bowie drummer, Sterling Campbell, along with strings. The track was issued on the iSelect compilation to much acclaim, and in the notes, for that record, David remarked "Oh, to redo the rest of that album."
Fast-forward to early 2018 McNulty entered Electric Lady Studios in New York with Sterling, Tim Lefebvre on bass, who was in the ★ ("Blackstar") band and Reeves Gabrels and David Torn on guitars. All of the musicians had a history with David, so were a perfect fit for what now sound like brand new songs. Nico Muhly, whom Mario first met when they were both interns working for Philip Glass in 2001, has handled the string arrangements. The re-workings have revealed Never Let Me Down as a very strong collection of songs with a dark thematic thread running through them. Fans listening to it would be forgiven for thinking that they were listening to a brand new ‘lost' Bowie record. This 2018 version of the album will also feature newly 'remixed' artwork reflecting the album's subject matter and features unseen images from the original cover photographic session from the archive of Greg Gorman.
Also in the box is the never before released Serious Moonlight live album recorded in Vancouver, in 1983. Originally mixed at the time by Bob Clearmountain, the double album captures Bowie on what at that time was his most successful tour. The artwork features shots taken by photographer Denis O'Regan. Also included is the Glass Spider (Live Montreal '87) album, making its debut on vinyl (which is exclusive to the LP box). The tour's innovative set and marriage of music and theatre has been cited as a big inspiration to acts in the 2000's. Speaking in 1991 about Glass Spider Bowie said, "It was the first time I'd had the opportunity to spend that kind of money and do shows like that! The first time since Diamond Dogs, anyway...I thought, right! Let's really spend some money! I had all these thwarted dreams of what I'd tried to do with rock 'n roll in the early '70s."
Exclusive to the box is Re:Call 4 and Dance. The former a new compilation featuring remastered contemporary single versions, non-album singles, album edits, b-sides and songs featured on soundtracks such as Labyrinth, Absolute Beginners and When The Wind Blows. Dance features 12 contemporaneous remixes some of which are appearing on vinyl for the first time and is named after an unreleased Bowie remix album that was originally slated for release in November 1985.
• 11CD box set
• Fourth in a series of box sets spanning David Bowie's career
• Newly remastered versions of Let's Dance, Tonight, Never Let Me Down (original and 2018 versions), Glass Spider (Live Montreal '87), the previously unreleased Serious Moonlight live album, a collection of original remixes entitled Dance and the non-album/alternate version/b-sides and soundtrack music compilation Re:Call 4
• Exclusive Never Let Me Down (2018), a new production of the 1987 LP
• Never before released Serious Moonlight live album recorded in Vancouver, in 1983
• Accompanying 128-page book featuring rarely seen and previously unpublished photos as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums from producers/engineers