As keepers of the David Bowie catalogue, Parlophone has been presenting a wealth of CD box sets, vinyl reissues, and digital rarities in recent years. Now, another batch is on the way. Back in May, LiveandWell.com received its first wide commercial release on digital platforms. Prior to that, the label announced the RSD release of ChangesNowBowie on both CD and vinyl, and most recently, Parlophone delivered Ouvrez Le Chien (Live Dallas 95) to digital services.
This Friday, another ’90s live recording will hit digital download and streaming services. Meanwhile, vinyl aficionados will be pleased to hear a gold vinyl edition of the 1975 classic Young Americans is due September 18 in brick-and-mortar shops.
The new Something in the Air (Live Paris 99) brings together all 15 songs performed in Paris on October 14, 1999. Earlier that day, Bowie was awarded the Commandeurs of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the highest artistic honor bestowed by the country. And while the award recognized his 30 years of musical achievements, Bowie wasn’t looking back. He was on the road to promote Hours, his spacy, video game-inspired new album. The energetic show was filmed and three songs eventually found their way onto various versions of the Survive CD single, but this is the first time the complete show has been officially released.
Here, Bowie dusted off deep cuts like “Drive-In Saturday,” “Word on a Wing,” and the 1965 single “Can’t Help Thinking About Me” (perhaps on his mind as he prepared the Toy project). He also performed five tracks from Hours, including the live debut of “Something in the Air.” To preview the release, “Drive-In Saturday” has been released as a single across digital download and streaming platforms and a video of the performance is available now on YouTube.
Next, on September 18, Parlophone will celebrate the 45th anniversary of Bowie’s pivotal Young Americans album with a standalone gold vinyl pressing. The limited edition configuration will be exclusive to independent record stores. His ninth studio album, Young Americans marked another radical departure in a career full of them. Here, Bowie was inspired by the R&B sounds of Philadelphia and New York, brewing up his own blend of blue-eyed “plastic soul” with hit tracks like “Young Americans” and the Bowie-John Lennon-Carlos Alomar co-write “Fame” — the latter his first U.S. No. 1 hit. In the unpredictable days ahead, local record retailers will benefit from your purchase – whether you choose a safely distanced visit to a brick-and-mortar shop or an online purchase. You can find your nearest record shop carrying the special edition of Young Americans here and you can also give a listen to “Drive-In Saturday” off of Something in the Air (Live Paris 99) below!
David Bowie, Something in the Air (Live Paris 99) (Parlophone, 2020)
01. Life on Mars
02. Thursday’s Child
03. Something in the Air
04. Word on a Wing
05. Can’t Help Thinking About Me
06. China Girl
07. Always Crashing in the Same Car
09. Drive-In Saturday
13. I Can’t Read
14 The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell
15. Rebel Rebel
Tracks 1, 3-7, 9, 10, 12-15 previously unreleased
Tracks 2 and 11 released on Survive CD single, Virgin 724389648720, 2000
Track 8 video released as enhanced content on Survive Collectors’ Edition Live CD single, Virgin 724389648720, 2000