A second box set of David Bowie demos has been announced by his estate, following the recent announcement of a first box, Spying Through a Keyhole, this spring.
Clareville Grove Demos will arrive on May 17 from Parlophone. The box will feature six additional 1969 home recordings (four previously unreleased), all performed with singer/guitarist John “Hutch” Hutchinson, his former cohort in the trio Feathers (alongside then-girlfriend Hermione Farthingale). Several of these tracks were heard in final form on Bowie’s self-titled 1969 album, including “Space Oddity,” “An Occasional Dream” and “Cygnet Committee” (known here as “Lover To The Dawn”). A different demo of “Ching-a-Ling” appeared on the 2010 deluxe edition of Bowie’s 1967 self-titled album for Deram Records, while “Let Me Sleep Beside You” is well-known, particularly when it was dusted off at the turn of the 21st century for inclusion on the unissued Toy album (that version appears on the compilation Nothing Has Changed).
The six songs are pressed on three mono 45 RPM records with minimal sleeve and label design recalling the acetates Bowie himself would handle when these songs were pressed. His then-manager Ken Pitt took the cover photo as well as a print that appears in the box.
Now featuring the final lyrics, this version of the demo first appeared on the long deleted Space Oddity 40th Anniversary 2-CD release, and is making its debut on vinyl and predates the February 2 Morgan Studios recording that featured in the unbroadcast Love You Till Tuesday television film.
“Lover To The Dawn”
This song aimed at a former lover would eventually morph into “Cygnet Committee” recorded for the David Bowie (aka Space Oddity) album later in the year.
Previously recorded in October 1968 by the trio Turquoise featuring Bowie, Farthingale, and Tony Hill (who became Feathers when Hutchinson replaced Hill). Bowie and Hutchinson continued to perform the song as a duo following Farthingale’s departure.
“An Occasional Dream”
Slightly different lyrically to the later album version, this version of the demo also first appeared on the deleted Space Oddity 40th Anniversary release.
“Let Me Sleep Beside You”
A studio version was first recorded in September 1967 but remained unreleased until The World Of David Bowie album in 1970. The song was later recorded in session for the BBC in October 1969 and was one Bowie clearly believed in, recording it once more for the unreleased Toy album 30 years later. That version finally saw the light of day on the Nothing Has Changed 3-CD set in 2014.
“Life Is A Circus”
A cover of an obscure song written by Roger Bunn recorded by vocal/instrumental quartet Djinn. Vocals are shared Simon and Garfunkel style by Bowie and Hutchinson.
David Bowie – vocals, guitar, and Stylophone
John “Hutch” Hutchinson – vocals and guitar
David Bowie with John “Hutch” Hutchinson, Clareville Grove Demos (Parlophone, 2019) (Pre-Order Links TBD)
Single 1: Space Oddity b/w Lover To The Dawn
Single 2: Ching-a-Ling b/w An Occasional Dream
Single 3: Let Me Sleep Beside You b/w Life Is a Circus
All tracks previously unreleased except 1 and 4, from David Bowie: 40th Anniversary Edition, Virgin/EMI DBSOCD40, 2009. All tracks: David Bowie – vocals, guitar and Stylophone; John “Hutch” Hutchinson – vocals and guitar