Pablo Picasso (Richman): a Modern Lovers cover from Reality. Performed regularly on the 2003/04 tour; a live version appears on the bonus DVD of the tour edition of Reality.
Pallas Athena (Bowie): from Black Tie White Noise. A Don't Stop Praying Remix can be found on 'Jump They Say' CD-single (Arista/BMG 74321 139422) and is also included as a third extra track on the Japanese Black Tie White Noise CD. Two other remixes by Jack Dangers were released on a white label promo 12" (Arista MEAT 1). In 2003, one was included as Don't Stop Praying Remix No 2 on the Limited Edition 2CD+DVD of Black Tie White Noise, whereas the other appeared as the Gone Midnight Mix on the Sound + Vision 4CD reissue. Played live on The Arsenio Hall Show (06-05-93) and on the 1997 Earthling tour. A recording from Amsterdam, Paradiso, 10-06-97 has been released as A-side of the Tao Jones Index 12" (RCA/BMG 74321 51254 1), on the 'Seven Years In Tibet' CD-single (RCA/BMG 74321 512542), Earthling In The City, the 2003 Sound + Vision reissue and the Limited 2CD Edition of Earthling. The latter has a marginally different fade in and out.
Panic In Detroit (Bowie): from Aladdin Sane. The studio version has been released on single only as B-side to the Japanese 'Time' single (RCA SS-2299). An early mix was included on a tape auctioned at Omega in 2019. A 1979 remake (recorded for the Kenny Everett Show, but never transmitted) was not released until 1992, on the Rykodisc version of Scary Monsters. This version re-appeared as a bonus track on the 2CD version of Heathen (labelled as "outtake from a 1979 recording"). Played live in 1973, 1974, 1976 and on the Sound + Vision, Earthling and Reality tours. An excellent live version was originally omitted from David Live, but appeared as a B-side of 'Knock On Wood' (RCA 2466) and on Rare and Re:Call 2, part of the Who Can I Be Now? set. The 2005 and later reissues of David Live feature the complete concert, including 'Panic In Detroit'. Another 1974 live version appeared on I'm Only Dancing, whereas a version from 1976 is found in edited form (much of the drum solo has been cut) on Live Nassau Coliseum '76. The complete unedited version (13'08") is available only as part of the digital download of Station To Station.
Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy (Grossman/Fraser/Kohan-Simeone/Onorati/Davis/Shawnee): this duet with Bing Crosby, recorded on his Merrie Olde Christmas TV show in October 1977, was released as a Christmas single in 1982 (RCA BOW 12). The 12" (RCA BOW T12) contained the original introduction to the song. Released on CD on several Christmas compilations, a/o The Coolest Christmas and The Edge Of Christmas. The duet was added as a limited edition bonus single to the Rykodisc The Singles 1969 To 1993; it was also included on Re:Call 3. In 2019, a version with Bing and Bowie's vocals synched to a re-recorded backing track by the London Symphony Orchestra was released on Bing At Christmas (Decca 00028948186341). The video (and full length version) was released on a "special multimedia CD single" (Oglio OGL 85001-2).
Penny Lane (Lennon/McCartney): see 'A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You'.
Perfect Day (Lou Reed): from the Lou Reed's Transformer, produced by Bowie and Mick Ronson. Re-recorded in 1997 for the 75th anniversary of the BBC; released later as a benefit for BBC Children In Need. Bowie, alongside Lou Reed, Bono, Suzanne Vega and many others, sings two lines. The CD-single (Chrysalis 7243 8 84934 2 0) also has a Male Version (3'48") of the song featuring David.
Peter And The Wolf, David Bowie Narrates Prokofiev's: this "Musical Tale For Children" was released in 1978 on RCA Red Seal ARL1 2743 and in 1983 on the RCA RD 82743 CD, together with Brittan's 'Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra'. Initial US copies were pressed on green vinyl (RCA ARL1-2743). A 14'37" version (instead of 26'40") was previously released in two parts on US promo 12" (RCA JD-11306). The 1992 CD re-release (RCA Victor 09026-60878-2) contained Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker Suite' as an extra track.
Piano-La (Bowie/Cale): this jam with John Cale (its title concocted by bootleggers) was recorded on October 5, 1979, in the New York Ciarbis Studio. It appeared in very bad sound quality as B-side of the Two Gentlemen In New York (Fl Records-080284) single.
Pictures Of Lily (Townsend): Bowie's contribution to the Who tribute Substitute - The Songs Of The Who. Reissued on Re:Call 5.
Pin-Ups Covers Medley: this 7'16" original artist vs. Bowie medley is released on the Retro Rock (RR-83-41/42) promo 2LP from 1983. The medley includes Shapes Of Things/I Can't Explain/Where Have All The Good Things Gone/Here Comes The Night/Friday On My Mind/Let's Spend The Night Together/Knock On Wood. Considering the last two tracks, its title is not very accurate.
Plan (Bowie): instrumental bonus track on the Deluxe edition of The Next Day and The Next Day Extra.
Planet Of Dreams (Bowie/Dorsey): released only on the charity album Long Live Tibet. Released as a streaming single in 2021 to promote the Brilliant Adventure box set.
Please Mr. Gravedigger (Bowie): originally recorded in 1966 during the same session as 'Rubber Band' and 'London Boys'. The master tape of this version was lost, so 'Please Mr. Gravedigger' was re-recorded for the 1967 David Bowie debut LP. The mono version uses a slightly different backing track, which can be identified by the different strophes of the Nightingale. A tape with several takes of 'Please Mr. Gravedigger' (plus 'Silly Boy Blue' and 'Sell Me A Coat') from the album sessions was auctioned at Omega in 2019. In 2007, an acetate with the original version surfaced. Contrary to e.g. 'Rubber Band' or 'Love You Till Tuesday', the original is very different from the re-recording, as it uses only an organ as instrumentation.
Port Of Amsterdam: alternative title of 'Amsterdam', used as such only on the South African single of 'Sorrow' (RCA 42-487).
The Prettiest Star (Bowie): the original mono version was released as a single in 1970 (Mercury MF 1135) and reissued on Sound + Vision I and on Re:Call 1. A previously unavailable stereo version later appeared on The Best Of David Bowie 1969/1974 and the 40th Anniversary Edition of Space Oddity. The Width Of A Circle has an Alternative Mix (prepared for a US single that never materialised) and a 2020 Mix. A 1972 Spiders remake appeared on Aladdin Sane and on the B-side of the US 'Time' single (RCA APBO 0001). A 2'30" edit of the latter has appeared on a South African sampler EP (RCA 46-104). Played live on the 1970 BBC "Sunday Show" (The Width Of A Circle; see BBC Performances) and on a handful of 1973 gigs.
Pretty Pink Rose (Bowie/Belew): this duet with Adrian Belew was released as a single (Atlantic A 7904) from his Young Lions album. The common format was a 4'09" remix, e.g. the UK CD-single (Atlantic A7904CD-7567-86173-2), which eradicates the second verse and replaces it with third verse repeated twice. The same remix, with a longer fade (4'21"), was released on a US promo CD-single (Atlantic PRCD 3294-2) and Spanish promo 7" (Atlantic 1.301). The US CD-single (Atlantic 7 86200-2) and UK 12" (Atlantic A7904) both contained the 4'44" album version. An Instrumental Remix was included on Adrian Belew's download-only album Dust. The latter features an immortal spoken intro by David: 'She had tits like melons/It was love in the rain'. Played live on the Sound + Vision tour. The video clip, featuring both Bowie and Belew, has never officially been released.
Pretty Thing (Bowie): from Tin Machine. A US advance cassettecontains an edit fading at 2'13". Played on their 1989 and 1991/92 tours.
The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell (Bowie/Gabrels): 'The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell' first appeared on the Stigmata soundtrack. Confusingly, in the film itself, a very different version is used. Both this '150 BPM Mix' and a different 3'56" unnamed remix (with the drums and guitar mixed to the back) were found only on two in-house promo CDRs. Both the soundtrack version and the film version were released as Stigmata Film Version and Stigmata Film Only Version respectively on the 2004 Limited 2CD Edition of hours...; the unnamed mix remains unreleased in any other form. The soundtrack version also appeared on the 'Survive' CD-single (Virgin 7243 8 96487 0 6), the 2004 US reissue of hours... and Re:Call 5. A slightly shorter (4'42" vs. 4'46"), but punchier version was recorded for hours..., a 3'59" Edit of which appeared on a US promo (Virgin DPRO 14338). The Edit was released as the first single from hours... in Japan (EMI/Virgin VJCP-61027) and Australia (Virgin 7243 8 96293 2 3) and was also included as a bonus track on the 2004 Limited 2CD Edition of hours... and on Re:Call 5. The Omikron: The Nomad Soul game uses the Stigmata soundtrack version, but a split second of the start is missing. According to the booklet of several localized versions of the game, an Easy Listening Version should also appear in Omikron, but this is incorrect. An in-house promo CDR supplied to the makers of the games, however, featured separate takes of the backing tracks and Bowie's vocal. Performed on a short promotional tour for the hours... album (Something In The Air and At The Kit Kat Klub) and in New York, Roseland Ballroom, 16-06-00.
Prisoner Of Love (Bowie/H. Sales/T. Sales/Gabrels): released in edited form (4'10" vs 4'51") as the third single from Tin Machine (EMI MT 76). The same Edit plus an LP version (4'16") were released on CD-single (EMI CDMT 76); note that 'Prisoner Of Love' lasts 4'51" on both LP and CD, so the second edit is labelled incorrectly. To further complicate matters, the Swiss CD-single (EMI 560-20 3547 2) and German 12" (EMI 060 20 3547 6) according to their labels contain the Edit and LP Version whereas they play the 4'51" and 4'10" versions instead! The video trailer of the Tin Machine album contains a different vocal. Finally, an edit fading at 2'12" is found on a US advance cassette. Played live on the 1989 Tin Machine tour. 'Prisoner Of Love' is featured on the video trailer (a compilation of several songs from the album, see 'I Can't Read'), but there also is a full length video of the song. The latter is available on iTunes.
Province (Malone/Sitek): Bowie provides guest vocals on this song by TV On The Radio. In May 2006, 'Province' was released on a one-sided 7" single on green vinyl (4AD RTCM-2), two months ahead of the album Return To Cookie Mountain. It was reissued as a regular 7" single (4AD AD 2724) in July 2007 and also made available as a digital download and a promo-only CD-single (4AD EAD 2724P).
Pussy Cat (Marnay/Bowie): a Deram-era outtake, recorded during the sessions for 'The Laughing Gnome'. In 2019, a reel additionally containing Bunny Thing, Your Funny Smile and a stereo mix of 'Did You Ever Have A Dream' was auctioned at Omega. A snippet released on YouTube made it clear that this was not a cover version, as was previously assumed. Instead, Bowie provided a new lyric to the music of Marie Laforêt’s 'Manchester Et Liverpool'.
Qualisar (Bowie/Gabrels): one of the four exclusive tracks from the Omikron: The Nomad Soul game performed by Bowie and Reeves Gabrels. It's very difficult to attach this title to a specific track, as they are all untitled in the game, but a likely candidate is the track with the marching rhythm in which Bowie endlessly repeats 'Looks like you'.
Queen & The King Megamix: released on the 1984 Disco Mix Club June 1984 Tape 1 cassette, this megamix (mixed by Alan Coulthard) includes Radio Ga Ga/Another One Bites The Dust/I Want To Break Free/Another One Bites The Dust (all by Queen)/Fashion/Let's Dance/Shake It/Let's Dance/Under Pressure.
Queen Bitch (Bowie): from Hunky Dory and B-side of both 'Rebel Rebel' (RCA LPBO 5009) and '1984' (RCA PB 10026). An early mix is found on the BOWPROMO promo LP. The intro of a demo was used in the 'Exploring Life On Mars' BBC Radio 2 broadcast in 2017. Played live for the BBC in 1971 and 1972 (see BBC Performances, Bowie At The Beeb and the Best Of Bowie DVD), as well as on the 1971, 1972, 1976 and 1990, 1997 and 2004 tours; performed together with The Arcade Fire in New York, Central Park SummerStage, 15-09-05. Live versions have been released officially on Live Santa Monica '72 and RarestOneBowie/Live Nassau Coliseum '76. Performed together with Lou Reed on the 50th birthday concert in New York.
Queen Of All The Tarts (Overture) (Bowie): included on the bonus disc of the Reality 2CD. Used as pre-show music on the Reality Tour.
Quicksand (Bowie): from Hunky Dory. An early mix had previously appeared on the rare BOWPROMO promo LP. A demo of the song was released as a bonus track on the Rykodisc remaster of Hunky Dory, whereas the intro of a different demo was broadcast in the BBC radio programme 'Exploring Life On Mars'. An instrumental version of this song was pressed on an Audiodisc acetate. 'Quicksand' was used as B-side of the 1974 'Rock 'N' Roll Suicide' single (RCA LPBO 5021). Played in a medley with 'Life On Mars' and 'Memory Of A Free Festival' on the 1973 UK tour (on The Myth (TP House DRJ 495) single and Heaven Or Maybe Hell CD). Resurrected for the semi-acoustic set transmitted by the BBC on 08-01-97 (ChangesNowBowie) and performed with Robert Smith of The Cure on the 50th birthday concert. Opener of most of the concerts of the Earthling tour (Look At The Moon!) and added to the set of the Reality tour on 20-02-04 in Sydney, Australia.
Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola (Bowie/Mogol): this Italian version of 'Space Oddity' (musically spoken) was released as a mono single (Philips 704208 BW) in Italy. For many years, the only official reissue was on the 1982 Rare LP. In 2009, a slightly longer stereo version (5'15" vs 5'05") was released on the 40th Anniversary Edition of Space Oddity. This newly created version reappeared on both Re:Call 1 in the Five Years box set. Conversation Piece features both the stereo version and a 2019 remix.
Ramona A. Stone (Bowie/Eno/Gabrels/Garson/Kizilcay/Campbell): the segue preceeding 'I Am With Name' on 1. Outside. An alternate, longer segue is found on the 1. Outside outtakes CD.
Real Cool World (Bowie): Bowie's contribution to the Songs From The Cool World soundtrack (5'25") was released as a single in edited format (4'17", Warner Brothers WO 127), backed by an Instrumental Version (also available on the Japanese Warner Brothers WPDP-6306 3" CD-single); the album version was reissued in 2003 on the Limited Edition 2CD+DVD of Black Tie White Noise. The 12"/CD-single (Warner Brothers WO 127T/W 0127 CD) additionally contained the following remixes: Radio Remix, Cool Dub Thing #1, 12" Club Mix, Cool Dub Overture and Cool Dub Thing #2. Re:Call 5, part of the Brilliant Adventure box set, added a previously unreleased mix (incorrectly labelled 'Sounds From The Cool World Soundtrack Version'). The video clip features scenes from the movie and has yet another mix of the song that is otherwise unavailable.
Real Emotion (Cropper): an outtake from Keith Moon's Two Sides Of The Moon, with a prominent vocal contribution from David. It was included as a bonus track on the 1997 reissue of the album.
Reality (Bowie): title track of Bowie's 2003 album. As it also gave it name to the 2003/04, of course it regularly featured on the setlist. A live version is included on the Reality CD+DVD tour edition and A Reality Tour 2CD/DVD.
Rebel Never Gets Old: a mashup of 'Rebel Rebel' and 'Never Get Old', which was released as a single (ISO/Columbia COL 674971) bundled with copies of Reality. The Radio Mix had already been available as an iTunes download before a promo CD-single (ISO/Columbia SAMPCM 14071 2) with the Radio Mix, 7th Heaven Edit and 7th Heaven Mix was released. The single eventually officially appeared on CD-single (ISO/Columbia COL 674971), 12" (ISO/Columbia 674971 6) and 12" picture disc (ISO/Columbia 675040 6), but for some reason the first two were very difficult to obtain. The 7th Heaven Edit, which was labelled Extended Edit on this promo, is also available on the Digital Beauties.001 compilation.
Rebel Rebel (Bowie): the first single from Diamond Dogs (RCA LPBO 5009), released ahead of the album in edited and slightly remixed form (4'22" instead of 4'31"). A radically different mix, often referred to as the US or "phased" version, was released in May 1974, three months after the first issue, but only in the US, Canada (both RCA APBO-0287) and Mexico (RCA SP-4049). A different edit of the album version was released on the Australian Rebel Rebel EP (RCA 20610), running faster and fading already at 4'06". Of minor interest are a Soulwax Edit, found on their 50,000,000 Soulwax Fans Can't Be Wrong (Wiretap WTCD02) and a 'dry mix' ("BBC Version"), released on the Absolutely Rare (no label) bootleg. Arguably the best mix, the single version, was reissued only in 2014 on the 40th Anniversary 'Rebel Rebel' picture disc (Parlophone DB REBEL 40). It finally appeared on CDin 2016 on Re:Call 2, part of the Who Can I Be Now? box set. The US single version was re-released on several bootleg singles and albums, before officially appearing on Sound + Vision II and the 30th Anniversary 2CD Edition of Diamond Dogs. In 2003, a newly recorded version was included on the Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle soundtrack, which too was included as a bonus track on the 2004 Diamond Dogs reissue. The 1974 performance on Top Pop was released on the Best Of Bowie DVD. 'Rebel Rebel' was performed on the Diamond Dogs tour and every consecutive tour, including the shows performed in 2000 and 2002; it even opened most shows of the 2003/04 Reality tour. Official live versions are available on David Live, Cracked Actor, I'm Only Dancing, Live Nassau Coliseum '76, Live In Berlin (1978), Welcome To The Blackout, Serious Moonlight, Live Aid, Glass Spider, VH1 Storytellers, Something In The Air, Glastonbury 2000 and A Reality Tour.
Red Money (Bowie/Alomar): while 'Sister Midnight' started the fruitful 1976-79 period, 'Red Money' (featuring a new lyric to the same backing track) from the Lodger album closes it. A superior remix appeared on the 2017 Tony Visconti Mix as part of A New Career In A New Town. Used as B-side of the Turkish 'Yassassin' single (RCA 79 014). Also see 'Sister Midnight'.
Red Sails (Bowie/Eno): from Lodger. A remix appeared on the 2017 Tony Visconti Mix of Lodger from A New Career In A New Town. Played live on the 1983 Serious Moonlight tour.
Remembering Marie A. (Erinnerung An Die Marie A.) (Brecht): from Baal (RCA BOW 11). A different version is performed on the TV-play. In 2007, Baal was released through iTunes, whereas in 2017 appeared in complete form on Re:Call 3.
Repetition (Bowie): released on Lodger. B-side of 'DJ' (RCA BOW 3), the Dutch 'Yassassin' (RCA PB-9417) and the US/Canadian 'Look Back In Anger' (RCA PB 11724). Remixed on the 2017 Tony Visconti Mix of Lodger. Played live on the ChangesNowBowie program and most of the 1999 dates (Something In The Air).
Reptile (Reznor): performed as a duet with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails on the US leg of the Outside tour.
Reverend Raymond Brown, The (Attends The Garden Fête On Thatchwick Green) (Bowie): this 1968 demo appeared on Conversation Piece.
Revolutionary Song (Bowie/Fishman): from the soundtrack of Just A Gigolo. The song is performed by The Rebels, but Bowie co-wrote it and provides 'la-la-la's in the intro and coda. An edit (3'43" vs. 4'36") was on 7" in Japan only (Overseas Records MA-185-A). Reissues from 2016 onward split the song up into four parts (1'49", 1'29", 0'51" and 0'47"). The album version was reissued on a blue vinyl 7" (Music On Vinyl MOV7053) for Record Store Day 2019.
Ricochet (Bowie): from Let's Dance. Despite notes on the cover of the Ricochet video mentioning a live version, this song has never been performed on stage. Released as a red vinyl 12" single (b/w the album version of 'Let's Dance'), accompanying the limited edition of Denis O'Regan's photography book, 'Ricochet: David Bowie 1983'. At £3000,- a piece, this probably is the most expensive 12" in the catalogue ;)
Right (Bowie): from Young Americans. An early version is included on The Gouster, part of the Who Can I Be Now? box set. This version had previously appeared on the Absolutely Rare bootleg. On the 1991 Rykodisc remaster, an alternate mix of 'Right' was included: the backup vocalists sing to the left and right channels, whereas on the original they sing to a central position (also see 'Fascination' and 'Win'). Furthermore, the Rykodisc mix has been slowed down by almost 3%, meaning that effectively it fades out four seconds earlier. This Alternative Mix was reissued in 2015 as B-side of the 40th Anniversary picture disc of 'Fame' (Parlophone DBFAME40). The 1975 "Cracked Actor" documentary features tour rehearsals; these have appeared on the bootleg Stardust From The 70's (BO 16).
Right On Mother (Bowie): this 1968 outtake was first released on the Little Toy Soldier (Albino AL 7153 HC 3104) bootleg. Peter Noone released his version of the song on the B-side of the 'Walnut Whirl' single (RAK 121), featuring David on piano.
Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (Bowie): the final track of The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, released as a single in 1974 (RCA LPBO 5021). Only quite recently a 4'18" video clip of this song was re-discovered. Live versions have officially been released on Live Santa Monica '72, Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture, David Live, Cracked Actor and I'm Only Dancing. Also played on a radio session in 1972 (see BBC Performances and Bowie At The Beeb) and on the 1978 (Slaughter In The Air (Rhythless Rhymes/TAKRL DB 1978 DUKE 001)) and 1990 (a/o Sound + Vision (Pop Tunes PT 316)) tours.
Rock 'N' Roll With Me (Bowie/Peace): on Diamond Dogs. A tape with several takes was auctioned at Omega in 2019. Released as a live single from David Live in the US only (RCA PB 10105). An edited live version (3'25" vs 4'11") was issued on a US promo single (RCA JB 10105). This faded edit was included on Re:Call 2, part of the Who Can I Be Now? set. Other 1974 live versions have appeared on Cracked Actor and I'm Only Dancing.
Rosalyn (Duncan/Farley): a Pretty Things song from Pin Ups. Released as a fanclub promo in New Zealand (RCA PROM 1). This edit can be found on Speaking In Tongues (DB SIT 2001).
Round And Round (Berry): a Chuck Berry cover recorded for Ziggy Stardust but released a year later as the B-side of the 'Drive-In Saturday' single (RCA 2352). The original single mix was reissued on Rare and Re:Call 1. A different, much duller mix appeared on Sound + Vision I (including its promo Sound + Vision: The CD Press Release) and later on the 30th anniversary edition of Ziggy Stardust. The 2003 edition of Sound + Vision contains yet another mix. An early mix was included on a tape auctioned at Omega in 2019. Although the latter is labelled as Alternate Vocal Take, all three mixes actually share the same vocal; the original B-side is identified by the lack of Bowie's 'uh' over the final chord. Played live in 1971 and on the Ziggy Stardust shows (A Cat From London (YOU J-003)). The performance with Jeff Beck on the last Ziggy show in London, Hammersmith Odeon, 03-07-73 is left off both the official Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture and bootlegs of this concert, but circulates on an audience recorded live tape and as a video from an unknown source ('Italian 1975 pirate broadcast').
Rubber Band (Bowie): released as single in 1966 (Deram DM 107). A different version appeared on the debut 1967 David Bowie album. The album version was released as a single in the US (Deram 45-DEM-85009). Also featured on the Love You Till Tuesday film. A tape with a session for the debut album, including false starts and studio banter was auctioned at Omega in 2019. See Early Works section.
Run (Bowie/Armstrong): appeared as an bonus track on the Tin Machine CD and cassette. Featured on most of the bootlegs of the 1989 Tin Machine tour.
Run Piper Run (Bowie): an acetate with this previously unknown 1967/68 song (with a demo of 'Lay Your Head Upon My Shoulder' by Ace Kefford on the other side) was auctioned in 2021 at Wessex Auctions Rooms.
Running Gun Blues (Bowie): from The Man Who Sold The World. A reel-to-reel tape featuring an early take with just a guide vocal (labelled as Cyclops) was auctioned in 1990 at Sotheby's. The 2020 edition of The Man Who Sold The World, Metrobolist, contains a remix.
Rupert The Riley (Bowie): a pre-Hunky Dory outtake, released on The Shadow Man (Past Masters PM 8901) CD. Two studio quality versions, one with and the other without sound effects, found their way to collectors at the end of the 1990s.