David Bowie album to be released for Record Store Day 2024

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8 Jan 2024, 15:01

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To mark what would have been his 77th birthday, it has been today (8th January) been announced that a David Bowie LP is on its way.

A limited-edition vinyl release, called Waiting In The Sky (Before The Starman Came To Earth), will be released on 20th April, 2024, for Record Store Day.

The album is taken from the Trident Studios 1/4" stereo tapes dated 15th December 1971, which were created for the then provisional tracklisting of what would go on to become Bowie’s celebrated fifth record, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.

The Ziggy Stardust album came out in 1972, and runs differently to the tracklisting for Waiting In The Sky (Before The Starman Came To Earth). The upcoming new release features four songs that didn’t make the final album.

On side one, in place of the iconic Starman, is Chuck Berry cover Round And Round, which was finally released on a single as the B-side to Drive-In Saturday.

Initially, the first side of the album was set close with Bowie's version of Jacques Brel’s Amsterdam, which would later appear as the B-side of Sorrow.

Meanwhile, side two of the 1971 tracklisting features Holy Holy and Velvet Goldmine. The former is a re-recording (with The Spiders) of David’s 1971 single and eventually appeared as a B-side of Diamond Dogs. Velvet Goldmine wasn’t released until 1975, alongside Changes, backing the re-released album version of Space Oddity.

The cover of the new release features a photo of the music icon by Brian Ward, while the album’s title comes from the lyrics of Starman.

If you want to hear some Bowie on his birthday, then Eddy Temple-Morris kicks off his brand new Virgin Radio Anthems show today (8th January), and he will be playing some classics from the late great musician. 

After Eddy's show today, at 6pm on Virgin Radio Anthems, Ben Jones will replay some of David Bowie's final-ever interview that he did with Ben before his death eight years ago.

Indeed, all day on Virgin Radio Anthems we will be celebrating Bowie’s life and music.

Listen to Eddy Temple-Morris every weekday from 2pm-6pm on Virgin Radio Anthems, where you can hear Eddy’s Good News and celebrate some of music’s biggest artists with some classic tunes. 

Waiting In The Sky (Before The Starman Came To Earth), will be released on 20th April, 2024 for Record Store Day.