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David Bowie to Unleash “Golden Years” Remixes Across Multiple Formats

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Well, there hasn’t been any news of David Bowie releasing his lost album Toy, even after it was unceremoniously leaked two weeks ago. But some old Bowie material will indeed be coming to light in a new way on June 6, when the musician and iconoclast releases Golden Years as both an EP and iPhone application.

Golden Years, the EP, will feature Bowie’s original 1975 track and four remixes by Anthony Valadez, Eric J. Lawrence, Chris Douridas and Jeremy Sole of KCRW. It will be released in an array of formats: CD, 12″ vinyl and digital download.

But the bigger news is arguably the launch of the iPhone application of the same name. Golden Years, the app, has been created by Harry Maslin, the Bowie collaborator and co-producer of both the original 1976 Station to Station and its lavish 2010 box set. The app will allow fans access to the original multi-tracks and allow them to share their own remixes with other members of the app community online. The app will draw on eight stems derived from the original 16 tracks: the lead vocal, 12-string guitar, bass, drums, guitar, harmonium, percussion (including blocks, congas and claps) and backing vocals.

Bowie has released multi-tracks in the past; a digital EP from 2009 on the occasion of Space Oddity‘s 40th anniversary contained 12 cuts: three single edits, a 1979 re-recording and eight tracks employed for the song’s recording (bass and drums, strings, acoustic guitar, mellotron, backing vocal with flute and cello, stylophone and guitar, lead vocal and main backing vocal).

All four remixes can be streamed here, and Golden Years hits stores (physical and digital) on June 6.

David Bowie, Golden Years (EMI, 2011)

CD & Digital Download

1. Golden Years (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
2. Golden Years (Anthony Valadez KCRW Remix)
3. Golden Years (Eric J. Lawrence KCRW Remix)
4. Golden Years (Chris Douridas KCRW Remix)
5. Golden Years (Jeremy Sole KCRW Remix)

12″

Side 1
1. Golden Years (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster)
2. Golden Years (Anthony Valadez KCRW Remix)
3. Golden Years (Eric J. Lawrence KCRW Remix)

Side 2
4. Golden Years (Chris Douridas KCRW Remix)
5. Golden Years (Jeremy Sole KCRW Remix)

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Written by Joe Marchese

April 4, 2011 at 16:59

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  1. Not too big of a fan of remixes, but it would be cool to have the audio stem files for Golden Years to mess around with. :)

    Bret

    April 4, 2011 at 17:19

  2. Lame. You know what other artists call this process? Business as usual. Bowie’s crew trying to make a big deal out of having stems available is lame. If Bowie wants to make a big splash in the remix world, he’ll have to do better than crowdsource this. Have a Moby-like person remix an entire album, or release an ambient version of a non-ambient album, something. Anything. But this Golden Years remix project is too insignificant.

    Will

    April 4, 2011 at 20:38

  3. Not a good idea is it – releasing the audio stems as app only. Not all of us actually have a iphone – stinks of cash in – lets hope it’s gets a itunes release. Anyway what is the point of all this – wouldn’t it be best for Bowie to release a new deluxe edition of Hunky Dory/Low ad nauseum instead??

    Andee

    April 5, 2011 at 07:07

  4. Yeah, I’m not too sure about this either. In general, I think it’s cool to make the stems available, but the app-only format does kinda smack of marketing.
    And the marketing aspect worries me the most. I realize there are people/companies out there trying to make up for the fact that he’s been inactive for eight years. And I didn’t mind the last few archive releases (Santa Monica ’72, VH1 Storytellers, the STS box), cuz it’s mostly welcomed material.
    But with this, I’m starting to wonder if his catalog’s gonna get endlessly, redundantly recycled/diluted (like, say, The Who). I hope I’m wrong.

    JG

    April 5, 2011 at 12:48


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