On January 8, Parlophone will celebrate what would have been David Bowie's 74th birthday with a special 7" single featuring his covers of John Lennon's "Mother" and Bob Dylan's "Tryin' To Get To Heaven." "Mother" had been prepared for a Tony Visconti-led John Lennon tribute album that went unreleased, while "Tryin' To Get To Heaven" was recorded at Sony Music Studios during the mixing sessions for the LiveAndWell.com compilation (itself recently announced for release, find out more here). The Dylan cover will be featured on the physical edition, appropriately enough, in a "Single Edit."
The new 7" single will be released in a limited edition of 8,147 copies, including 1,000 cream-colored copies. The color vinyl copies will be exclusive to DavidBowie.com and Rhino.com, while the remaining standard vinyl editions will be available across retailers. The tracks will also be available through digital download and streaming services.
Pre-order details are not yet available, but we'll keep you updated with any news. In the meantime, here's more information about the new single, courtesy of the label!
David Bowie, Mother / Tryin' To Get To Heaven (Parlophone, 2021) (Links TBD)
AA: Tryin' To Get To Heaven (single edit)
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD & STREAMING:
- Tryin' To Get To Heaven
"MOTHER" (John Lennon)
Produced by David Bowie, Tony Visconti and Reeves Gabrels
Engineered by Dave Amlen and Zach Wind (NYC) and Gabrels (Bermuda)
Recorded in Bermuda in 1997 and Sound On Sound Studios, New York, July, 1998
David Bowie - vocals
Reeves Gabrels - guitars
Tony Visconti - bass, harmony vocals
Andy Newmark - drums
Jordan Ruddess - piano
Richard Barone - harmony vocals
"TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN" (Bob Dylan)
Produced by David Bowie.
Co-produced by Reeves Gabrels and Mark Plati
Mixed by Plati
Recorded at Looking Glass, New York City, February 1998.
Mixed at Sony Studios New York City.
David Bowie - vocals, guitar and saxophone
Reeves Gabrels - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel, synths and vocals
Mark Plati - synths and programming
Gail Ann Dorsey - bass and vocals
Zach Alford - drums