45 years ago this May 24, David Bowie unleashed Diamond Dogs on the world. Now, on May 24, 2019, 45 years to the day since the album’s original release date, Parlophone will release a limited, one-run red vinyl pressing of Bowie’s classic album, utilizing the 2016 remaster. It follows gold vinyl versions of Hunky Dory and The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars and a silver vinyl release of Aladdin Sane released 45 years to the day of their first issue. The Diamond Dogs vinyl will only be available at brick-and-mortar retailers.
In addition, Parlophone will issue on the same day a one-track digital single of the original single mix of “Rebel Rebel.” Its release having preceded the album by over three months, the rock anthem made it all the way to No. 5 on the U.K. Singles Chart. In North America, the original single mix was replaced by a shorter, “phased” New York Remix with alterations to the arrangement as well as overdubbed vocals.
Preceding the album by more than three months, “Rebel Rebel” peaked at number five on the official U.K. singles chart. The original single mix was substituted by the shorter, “phased” New York Remix single version in North America, featuring a new arrangement and overdubbed vocals. On the 2016 boxed set Who Can I Be Now?, the original single mix of “Rebel Rebel” was sourced from a pristine copy of the vinyl single. The original master tape, which had been missing since the mid-1970s, has now been newly discovered and remastered for this digital single.
Diamond Dogs originally peaked at No. 1 on the Official Albums Chart in the U.K. and No. 5 on the Billboard album chart in the United States. You can rediscover it on May 24 from Parlophone. The track listing is below!
David Bowie, Diamond Dogs (RCA APL1-0576 (U.K.)/CPL1-0576 (U.S.), 1974)
- “Future Legend”
- “Diamond Dogs”
- “Sweet Thing”
- “Sweet Things (Reprise)”
- “Rebel Rebel”
- “Rock ‘n’ Roll With Me”
- “We Are the Dead”
- “Big Brother”
- “Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family”