David Bowie Is, the stellar worldwide exhibition offering an unprecedented deep dive into the world of one of rock’s greatest icons, is making its final bow this year, opening this Friday (March 2) at the Brooklyn Museum in New York and running there through July 15. A trio of exclusive vinyl titles, made available at the exhibition’s shop, were announced today, offering color variants of two rare releases and a live mini-album with several unreleased tracks.
First up is a reissue of “Time,” the third single from Bowie’s 1973 masterwork Aladdin Sane. Pressed on translucent silver vinyl, this replica of the U.S. single features an edit of the A-side, the album re-recording of 1970 single “The Prettiest Star” on the flip side, and a reproduction of the original, undistributed picture sleeve, featuring the iconic Aladdin Sane artwork.
The only release with unheard content is the Live In Berlin mini-album, pressed on translucent orange vinyl. Recorded at Berlin’s Deutschlandhalle on the Isolar II Tour in 1978, half of this excerpt from the set has been heard: three tracks appeared on a (since-deleted) streaming EP to promote the release of last year’s A New Career In a New Town box set, and one was the B-side to “Beauty and the Beast,” part of the Bowie camp’s ongoing 40th anniversary picture disc releases.
Finally, 2003’s iSelectBowie compilation – a frequent companion piece to David Bowie Is – makes yet another appearance at the exhibition, pressed once again on red vinyl. Created as a gift for The Mail On Sunday readers and released separately from the newspaper later in 2003, this alternate route through Bowie’s first two decades focuses primarily on album tracks, with a pair of exclusive cuts: a remix of 1987’s “Time Will Crawl” featuring re-recorded elements, and the opening to Bowie’s famed 1972 performance in Santa Monica, California – which wouldn’t be released officially until five years later. (Another special rarity: “Some Are,” a Low outtake available only on the 1991 CD reissue of the album.) As with previous issues (and the original newspaper itself), this pressing includes Bowie’s insightful song-by-song comments.
Featuring close to 400 pieces from Bowie’s own archive, including costumes, handwritten lyrics, original album art, photographs, videos and even paintings, David Bowie Is marks a stunning tribute to a legendary musician. The full rundown of each title to be sold at the exhibition is below.
Time (Single Edit) b/w The Prettiest Star (originally released as RCA Victor APBO-0001, 1973)
Live In Berlin (Parlophone, 2018)
- Be My Wife
- Sense of Doubt
- Breaking Glass
- Alabama Song
- Rebel Rebel
Recorded live at Deutschlandhalle, Berlin – 5/16/1978
Tracks 2 and 4-5 released on Live In Berlin streaming EP – Parlophone, 2017
Track 3 released on “Beauty and the Beast” picture single – Parlophone DBBATB 40, 2018
All other tracks previously unreleased
iSelectBowie (originally released as EMI 50999 236640 2 9, 2003)
- Life On Mars?
- Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise)
- The Bewlay Brothers
- Lady Grinning Soul
- Some Are
- Teenage Wildlife
- Fantastic Voyage
- Loving the Alien
- Time Will Crawl (MM Remix)
- Intro/Hang On to Yourself (Live from Santa Monica ’72)
Tracks 1 and 3 from Hunky Dory (RCA Victor LSP-4623, 1971)
Track 2 from Diamond Dogs (RCA Victor APL1-0576, 1974)
Track 4 from Aladdin Sane (RCA Victor LSP-4852, 1973)
Track 5 from Young Americans (RCA Victor APL1-0998, 1975)
Track 6 from Low reissue (EMI CDEMD 1027 (U.K.)/Rykodisc RCD 10142 (U.S.), 1991)
Track 7 from Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) (RCA BOW LP 2 (U.K.)/AQL1-3647 (U.S.), 1980)
Tracks 8-9 from Lodger (RCA Victor BOW LP 1 (U.K.)/AQL1-3254 (U.S.), 1979)
Track 10 from Tonight (EMI America DB 1 (U.K.)/SJ-17138 (U.S.), 1984)
Original version of Track 11 from Never Let Me Down (EMI America AMLS-3117 (U.K.)/PJ-17267 (U.S.), 1987). Later released on Nothing Has Changed (Parlophone DB 64143 (U.K.)/Columbia/Legacy 88875 03098-2 (U.S.), 2013)
Track 12 from Live Santa Monica ’72 (EMI 50999 237663 2 7, 2008)