David Bowie’s third album The Man Who Sold The World will be remixed and reissued for its 50th anniversary this fall.
The album will be re-released November 6 – two days after its exact anniversary – with a new mix of nearly the entire album by original producer Tony Visconti, available on CD, LP and high-resolution digital formats. (The sole exception: Side 1 closer “After All,” which Visconti felt he could not improve on.)
This release will feature a new version of the album’s original American sleeve, featuring not only the original Pop Art-inspired sleeve by Mike Weller (issued after Mercury’s U.S. branch declined to use a photo featuring Bowie reclining in a Michael Fish-designed dress) but the album’s intended title: Metrobolist. Bowie conceived the name as a play on Metropolis, and the original master tape box still bears that name. (The packaging will also feature outtakes from the “dress” shoot as well.)
The LP pressing, on 180-gram vinyl, will feature a random distribution of color; the first 1,970 numbered copies will be pressed on white, while #1,971-2,020 will be gold.
The Man Who Sold The World found Bowie further refining his sound, with the aid of some key new collaborators in his backing band known as Hype. With Visconti on bass, Bowie picked guitarist Mick Ronson and drummer Woody Woodmansey to deliver the darker, more progressive-leaning sound heard on the album. (Within a few years, Visconti would be switched out for Trevor Bolder to create the feted “Ziggy Stardust” lineup.)
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Metrobolist (aka The Man Who Sold The World: 50th Anniversary Edition) (originally released as Mercury SR-61325 (U.S.), 1970/6338 041 (U.K.), 1971 – reissued Parlophone, 2020)
- The Width Of a Circle
- All The Madmen
- Black Country Rock
- After All
- Running Gun Blues
- Saviour Machine
- She Shook Me Cold
- The Man Who Sold The World
- The Supermen
All tracks except 4 remixed by Tony Visconti