Collection Of Bowie Non-Album Singles & Sessions Set For May Release

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A collection of non-album singles, alternate versions and BBC In Concert sessions by David Bowie are to be merged into one compilation called “Width of a Circle”.

This will released on May 28 on a two CD set. You can pre-order it here.

Mick Ronson once said that he only began to work with Bowie the day before these recordings were made.

“I didn’t know any of the material”, a “really nervous” Ronson explained. “I just followed David, watched his fingers on the guitar”.

He also added, “I guess it worked OK because he wanted to work with me again”. 

“Width of a Circle”– Bowie

“Width of a Circle” has been marked as a companion piece to the re-release of Bowie’s third studio album “The Man Who Sold The World”.

This album had been re-released recently under the title “Metrobolist”. “Metrobolist” was also meant to be Bowie’s intended name for the LP. However, it was changed following consultation.

“Width of a Circle” will include recordings from a session with John Peel from 1970. In this session, Bowie performed with The Tony Visconti Trio, aka “The Hype”.

Also included in this compilation is a five score-song that Bowie composed for the BBC drama, The Looking Glass Murders, (aka Perriot In Turquoise). It will also include four songs that were recorded for the Andy Ferris Show from 1970. This includes a cover of Velvet Underground’s “Waiting for a man” as well as the compilation’s title track “Width of a Circle”.

It will also include mixes from 2020. These mixes will include “Memory of a Free Festival”, “The Prettiest Star”, “All The Madmen”, and “London Bye, Ta Ta”. 

Speaking of “The Man Who Sold The World”, this month marked the 27th anniversary of a man who released a pretty decent cover of that track, Kurt Cobain. Fans paid tributes in their droves to the Nirvana frontman who died on 5 April 1994. Check out Nirvana’s cover of Bowie’s track and more here.

This year also marked five years since David Bowie’s passing. Bowie’s wife Imam spoke about her one “true love” in January. More here.

Duncan Jones was David Bowie’s son from his first marriage to Angie. He also spoke about his father here.