Illustrated db Discography

Abdulmajid (Bowie/Eno): an instrumental from the Berlin period. Released as a bonus track on the Rykodisc "Heroes" CD in 1991 and re-issued ten years later on All Saints (Collected Instrumentals 1977-1999).

Absolute Beginners (Bowie): the full length version (8'01") appears on 12", 3"- or 5" CD-single (Virgin VSG 838-12, CDT 20 and CDF 20 respectively), the Absolute Beginners soundtrack and the Virgin reissue of Tonight. The Single and Dub Mix (on Virgin VS 838) are edited to 5'35". The first has been reissued on the Singles Collection and most editions of Best Of Bowie, whereas all three were part of the Absolute Beginners EP on iTunes. A US promo 12" (EMI SPRO 9623) and US and Canadian promo 7" (EMI PRO 9626 and Capitol SPRO 290 respectively) have an edited version of 4'46", while on the February '86 Previews promo LP (Disco Mix Club 37/1) a short mix of 3'52" is found. In 2014, the Edit was included on the 1CD and 2CD editions of Nothing Has Changed. Performed live on 1987 Glass Spider tour (Glass Spider, Special Edition DVD) and the short tours of 2000 (BBC Radio Theatre, London, June 27, 2000 and Glastonbury 2000) and 2002. In 2016, a fantastic recording of David impersonating Bruce Springsteen, Marc Bolan, Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Anthony Newley, Iggy Pop and Neil Young over the backing track of 'Absolute Beginners' was posted on YouTube. A full length (7'47") video clip of the song is featured on The Video Collection and the Best Of Bowie DVD; the edited version (5'49") is found only as a bonus on the German edition of the DVD.

Across The Universe (Lennon/McCartney): this Beatles song was covered on Young Americans. The Dolby 5.1 and DTS 5.1 remixes on the 2007 Special Edition last 4'44" instead of the usual 4'30". Compared to the original, this version does not fade and ends with a bit of studio banter (John Lennon saying "Eh, let me just drop in").

Afraid (Bowie): recorded for Toy, but eventually appearing in remixed form on Heathen. The Toy version was left off the 2021 release of the album and remains officially unreleased. Video footage of Mark Plati and David demoeing the song is available on BowieNet. This demo is has been released on the bootleg CD Jewel (Tube TUCD 033). Played live on the 2002 Heathen and 2003/04 Reality tours. A live version from the latter was released on the A Reality Tour 2CD/DVD.

African Night Flight (Bowie): from Lodger. A remix appeared on the 2017 Tony Visconti Mix of Lodger from A New Career In A New Town.

After All (Bowie): released on The Man Who Sold The World.

After Today (Bowie): a Young Americans outtake, released in 1989 on Sound + Vision II. In 2009, a very early version was present on a reel auctioned at eBay. The complete recording ultimately appeared in 2022 on the bootleg 3 x 7" set 'The Gouster' (Sigma Sound Records SSR45-001/002/003).

Alabama Song (Brecht/Weill): 'Alabama Song' was introduced to the Bowie canon in the live set of 1978 world tour. The song did not appear on the original version of Stage, but was included from the 1992 reissues onwards. A studio version was recorded mid-way during the 1978 tour, but not released as a single (RCA BOW 5) until 1980. In 1982, it was reissued as A-side of a German 12" single (RCA PC 9854) and on Rare. Reissues are restricted to the Rykodisc edition of Scary Monsters, The Platinum Collection and Re:Call 3. Further 1978 live versions are available on Live In Berlin (1978), Welcome To The Blackout and the AA-side of the 'Alabama Song' 40th Anniversary picture disc (Parlophone DBALAS 40). The latter were recorded at two different nights at the London Earl's Court Arena, London, on 30-06 and 01-07-78 respectively. 'Alabama Song' occasionally reappeared on the set lists of the 1990 Sound + Vision and 2002 Heathen tours.

Al Alba (Bowie/Alomar): a Spanish version of 'Day-In Day-Out', also known as 'Dia Tras Dia'. Transmitted once on Spanish radio. Released unofficially in poor quality on Speaking In Tongues (DB SIT 2001). In 2007, 'Al Alba' was officially released as part of a Day-In Day-Out EP on iTunes.

Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?) (Bowie): title track of the follow up LP to Ziggy Stardust, credited on ChangesTwoBowie as 'Aladdin Sane/On Broadway'. A 2'48" edit has appeared on a South African sampler EP (RCA 46-104), while a 5'04" Moonage Daydream Edit (which shaved off only the final piano florish) appeared on the Moonage Daydream soundtrack. An early mix was included on a tape auctioned at Omega in 2019. Instrumental versions of 'Aladdin Sane', 'Drive-In Saturday' and 'Time' are circulating on tape for years already, but these are actually taken from an album called The Most Beautiful Songs Of David Bowie (Disques Motors MT44044) by the Leopard Band! A live version can be found on David Live and Cracked Actor, plus a large number of the 1973 and 1974 live bootlegs. The song was not featured on Bowie's live set again until 1996's Outside Festival tour. An acoustic version recorded for the BBC was released on ChangesNowBowie.

Algeria Touchschriek (Bowie/Eno/Gabrels/Garson/Kizilcay/Campbell): second spoken intermezzo on 1. Outside. Alternate and additional segues are found on the 1. Outside outtakes CD.

All Saints (Bowie/Eno): a previously unreleased Berlin-instrumental, issued as an extra track on the Rykodisc version of Low. All Saints also is the title of a compilation of Bowie's instrumentals, originally appearing in the form of a promotional 2CD but in 2001 officially released as All Saints (Collected Instrumental 1977-1999).

All The Madmen (Bowie): from The Man Who Sold The World. An edited mono version (3'14" vs 5'38") was released as a promo-only single in the US (Mercury DJ-311). This edit was scheduled for official release, backed by 'Janine' (Mercury 73173), but was withdrawn before distribution. Only in 2015, it officially released on Re:Call 1 from the Five Years box set. A fake outtake appeared on the Todos Los Locos bootleg single (ESP-601 SGAE/VIC M.8.153-1983), re-released on the MissingLinksOneZiggy (Icon One) CD. The 2020 edition of The Man Who Sold The World, titled Metrobolist, contains a remix. A reconstructed single version appeared on The Width Of A Circle as Single Edit, 2020 Mix. A snippet of an acoustic live version recorded at a party in Hollywood in January/February 1971 was released on the bootleg Kiss Away The Darkest Day (Igor/Jonas Production A-8148); also see 'Hang On To Yourself'. This fragment was segued into the album version on the Mayor Of The Sunset Strip soundtrack. Revived only in 1987 for the Glass Spider tour; a live version is found on Glass Spider.

All The Young Dudes (Bowie): written for and released by Mott The Hoople (CBS C.8271). The demo version of this song, with Bowie on guide vocals and Mott The Hoople playing the backing track, was finally released in 1998 on the Trident Session '72 & Live Glasgow '73 (7172-9) CD and in slightly better quality on Starman Over The Rainbow (Savage Hippo SH118). A combination of this rough mix and the final mix, with Bowie doing the verses and Ian Hunter the choruses, was released on the All The Young Dudes-The Anthology (Sony 491400-2) 3CD box set and the 2006 remaster of All The Young Dudes (Columbia/Legacy 82796 93809-2). Bowie's own studio version, recorded during the Aladdin Sane sessions, has been a well-known outtake, available in two distinct mixes: a stereo mix with prominent guitar work by Mick Ronson (3'01"; e.g. on MissingLinksOneZiggy (Icon One)) and a longer but much less powerful mono mix (3'58"; e.g. on Naked And Wired (GEMA BOW 005)). The mono mix was officially released in 1995 on RarestOneBowie and reissued on The Best Of David Bowie 1969/1974, the US and Chilean editions of Best Of Bowie and the 30th Anniversary 2CD Edition of Aladdin Sane. The stereo mix finally was officially released in 2013 on the 2CD and 3CD editions of Nothing Has Changed. Bowie did the announcements for a Mott The Hoople concert in Philadelphia, Tower Theatre, on 29-11-72 and delivered backing vocals on 'All The Young Dudes' and 'Honky Tonk Women'. The first has been released on The Thin White Duke Meets Ziggy (Vinyl Sound DB 36) bootleg, while both songs can be found (albeit in relatively bad sound quality) on Miscellaneous Of Cats (DBJP-72). Years later, the entire concert appeared in excellent quality on the Mott The Hoople All The Way from Stockholm To Philadelphia Live 71/72 (Angel Air SJPCD029) 2CD and Mott The Hoople 4CD. 'All The Young Dudes' was part of a medley with 'The Wild-Eyed Boy From Freecloud' and 'Oh! You Pretty Things' in 1973 (Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture) and played in full in 1974 (David Live and Cracked Actor). In 1992, Bowie participated on 'All The Young Dudes' at the Tribute To Freddie Mercury concert (London, Wembley Stadium, 20-04-92); this version has officially been released on Mick Ronson's Heaven And Hull album and on the The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert video. 'All The Young Dudes' reappeared at the Japanese leg of the Outside tour and the consecutive European tour, the 50th birthday concert (a duet with Billy Corgan) and remained in the live set for the 1997, 2000 (Glastonbury 2000, expanded edition of BBC Radio Theatre, London, June 27, 2000), 2002 and 2003/4 tours. Exactly 30 years after its appearance on David Live, another officially released live version from 2003 appeared on the A Reality Tour 2CD/DVD. A video from the Isle of Wight Festival (13-06-04) is available exclusively through iTunes.

Almost Grown (Berry): this Chuck Berry cover was performed for BBC radio in 1971, appearing for the first time on the Ziggy 2 (Tune In 002/Dragonfly Records) LP. Transmitted on the 1987 "Bowie At The Beeb" special and in that way turning up on a large number of bootleg CDs (see BBC Performances), before officially being released on Bowie At The Beeb and Divine Symmetry.

Alternative Candidate: see 'Candidate'.

Always Crashing In The Same Car (Bowie): from Low. Not played live until the US leg of the 1997 Earthling tour (e.g. on The Chaos Girls (Montserrat BRCD 2900/2901)), concerts between 1999 and 2004. Officially released on VH1 Storytellers, Something, In The Air At The Kit Kat Klub and BBC Radio Theatre, London, June 27, 2000.

Amazing (Bowie/Gabrels): from Tin Machine. A US advance cassette features an edit fading at 2'14". A live version from 1989 is found on Live At La Cigale. Oy Vey, Baby contains a live version from Chicago, Riviera Theatre, 07-12-91.

America (Simon): Bowie opened the Concert For New York City (New York, Madison Square Gardens, 20-10-01) with this Simon & Garfunkel song; it is featured on the The Concert For New York City live 2CD. A year later Bowie again performed the song, for the Robin Hood Foundation charity event (New York, Javits Center, 30-05-02).

American Dream (Combs/Bowie/Jones/Winans/Gibson/Cioffe/Ross/Curry/Metheny/Mays): a P. Diddy track from the Training Day soundtrack featuring lines from 'This Is Not America'. As Bowie came to Sean Combs' Daddy House studio to lay down vocals for this track, the credits for 'American Dream' go to P. Diddy And The Bad Boy Family featuring David Bowie.

American Landfill (Young): a radical reworking of 'Saviour', a duet with Kristeen Young, released on the The Turning: Kate's Diary soundtrack.

Amlapura (Bowie/Gabrels): from Tin Machine II. An Indonesian Version was released as B-side of the 'You Belong In Rock 'N' Roll' single (London/Victory LOCDT 305), unofficially compiled on Speaking In Tongues (DB SIT 2001). Four alternate takes, one of which instrumental and the other in Indonesian, surfaced in 2008 as part of a collection of Tin Machine II outtakes. A live version (Hamburg, Docks, 24-10-91) is featured on the Oy Vey, Baby video.

Amsterdam (Brel/Shuman): a Jacques Brel cover recorded during the Hunky Dory sessions and appearing two years later as B-side of 'Sorrow' (RCA 2424). On the German 'Sorrow' single (RCA 74-16383) the ending is faded, drastically reducing the power of the dead stop. A demo version has circulated among fans since the 70s. The single B-side was reissued a couple of times on vinyl, a/o on Rare. The version appearing as a bonus track to the Rykodisc version of Pin Ups, the 30th Anniversary Edition of Ziggy Stardust and later compilations (except for Re:Call 1) is a slightly different, less compressed mix with a wider stereo separation. This may be the same version as on a two-reel set with an early mix (listed as 'Port Of Amsterdam') that was auctioned at Omega in 2019. Both versions appeared on Divine Symmetry alongside the demo, labelled Early Mix and Single B-side Mix. 'Amsterdam' was performed regularly between 1969 and 1972. Live recordings, however, are limited to two BBC sessions and a handful of 1971/72 shows. The recording from the 1970 The Sunday Show has officially been released on Bowie At The Beeb, the Jacques Brel tribute Next (Universal 9809950) and The Width Of A Circle. Divine Symmetry features a recording from the Sound Of The Seventies: Bob Harris session and a live recording from Aylesbury, Friars, 25-09-71. Bowie started this song in Brussels, Vorst Nationaal, 20-04-90, but didn't get very far as he obviously had forgotten the words!

And I Say To Myself (Bowie): the B-side to the 1966 'Can't Help Thinking About Me' single (Pye 7N 17020). For more info, see the Early Works section.

Andy Warhol (Bowie): written for and recorded in 1971 with Dana Gillespie on lead vocals. Part of a Dana Gillespie demo, featuring David on guitar and backing vocals, was used in the 'Exploring Life On Mars' BBC Radio 2 broadcast in 2017. This demo was released in 2019 on the Dana Gillespie compilation What Memories We Make. The version appearing on the rare Bowie/Gillespie BOWPROMO sampler was radically different from the version that eventually appeared on Gillespie's Weren't Born A Man. Bowie's own version appeared on Hunky Dory. Also released as B-side to 'Changes' (RCA 2160), lacking the studio chat intro on a/o the US single (RCA 45-0605). An alternate and longer intro (but not the song itself) was released on the BOWPROMO album, whereas a shorter intro was used for The Collection (3'47" vs. 3'57"). 'Andy Warhol' was included in three BBC sessions: In Concert: John Peel in 1971 (Divine Symmetry) and Sound Of The Seventies in both 1971 (BBC Sessions 1969-1972 Sampler; Divine Symmetry) and 1972 (Bowie At The Beeb). An acoustic version recorded in 1997 for the BBC was released on ChangesNowBowie; see BBC Performances for more info. Performed on 1971/72 live dates (Live Santa Monica '72) and again in 1995, on the Outside tour (Ouvrez Le Chien).

Angel Angel Grubby Face (Bowie): two different demos have appeared on Spying Through A Keyhole and Conversation Piece. Before that, the song was known only from a demo on an EMIDISC acetate.

Animal Farm (Bowie): a previously unknown song, released as a demo on Conversation Piece.

Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (Daltrey/Townshend): a cover of The Who from Pin Ups.

April's Tooth Of Gold (Bowie): originally available only on acetate, coupled with a 1968 demo of 'When I'm Five'. In 2019, both were released on Conversation Piece.

Arnold Layne (Barrett): this early Pink Floyd song was performanced live as a special guest of David Gilmour in London, Royal Albert Hall, 29-05-06 and released as a CD-single (EMI CDEM 717). The European 7" (EMI EM 717) and US 10" (Columbia 88697 05025 1) editions of the single run half a minute longer as they feature David Gilmour's introduction and Bowie responding to the applause. This intro was reused for 'Comfortably Numb' on the promo CD-single. Also featured on the Remember That Night DVD.

Art Decade (Bowie): an instrumental from Low. Released in live format on Stage, also functioning as the B-side of the RCA BOW 1 'Breaking Glass' EP from that album. Further 1978 live versions are found on Welcome To The Blackout (London, Earl's Court, 01-07-78), the 40th Anniversary Edition picture disc of 'Breaking Glass' (London, Earl's Court, 30-06-78; Parlophone DBBG 40) and on the B-side of the 40th Anniversary Edition 'Be My Wife' picture disc (Perth, Entertainment Centre, 15-11-78; Parlophone DBBMW 40). Also played live in New York, Roseland Ballroom, 11-06-02 and London, Royal Festival Hall, 29-06-02 (together with the rest of the Low album).

As The World Falls Down (Bowie): from the Labyrinth soundtrack; also released as a bonus track on the Virgin re-release of Tonight. A 3'36" edit (instead of the album's 4'49") was intended as the second single from this soundtrack (a video clip of the song was made and is featured on The Video Collection and the Best Of Bowie DVD), but never released as such.

Ashes To Ashes (Bowie): an edited version (3'35" vs 4'22") was successfully released as the first single (RCA BOW 6) from Scary Monsters. The Continuing Story Of Major Tom, a US promo 12" (RCA DJL1-3795) features 'Space Oddity' segued into the 3'35" version of 'Ashes To Ashes'. The edit has been reissued on a large series of compilations, including ChangesTwoBowie, The Singles 1969 To 1993 and Best Of Bowie and Re:Call 3. The Moonage Daydream soundtrack includes A Moonage Daydream Mix. A long-rumoured 12 minute version (actually lasting 12'55") appeared on the From A Phoenix... The Ashes Shall Rise (Major Tom MT001/2) 2CD, but this turned out to be a fake, endlessly repeating the instrumental breaks. A 15 second snippet of the backing track, then still titled 'People Are Turning To Gold', to which Bowie 'la la la's was aired in October 2000 on Channel 4's Top Ten: 1980. The 3'34" video clip of the song is featured on the bonus CD-video of the Sound + Vision set, The Video Collection and the Best Of Bowie DVD. 'Ashes To Ashes' was played live in 1983, 1990 and on the shows Bowie did in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003/04. A BBC live version is featured on BBC Radio Theatre, London, June 27, 2000, whereas a 1983, 2000 and 2003 live recordings are found on Serious Moonlight, Glastonbury 2000 and A Reality Tour.

Atomica (Bowie): released as a bonus track on The Next Day Extra.

Awaken 2 (Bowie/Gabrels): one of the four exclusive instrumentals from the Omikron: The Nomad Soul game. The second half of this track is an ambient version of 'No One Calls'.