David Bowie Covers Of Lennon And Dylan Songs To Be Released


To celebrate what would have been his 74th birthday, previously unreleased covers recorded by David Bowie will be released this week.

Bowie’s cover of John Lennon’s track ‘Mother’ and the Bob Dylan song ‘Tryin’ To Get To Heaven’ will be released as a limited edition seven inch single.

Originally recorded by Lennon for his 1970 album ‘John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band’, Bowie’s version of ‘Mother’ was produced by Tony Visconti in 1998 for a John Lennon tribute that never came to fruition.

‘Tryin’ To Get To Heaven’ appeared on Dylan’s 1997 album entitled ‘Time Out Of Mind’. Bowie recorded his cover of the song in 1998 in the mixing sessions for Bowie’s live album called ‘LiveAndWell.com’.

That album was not commercially available at the time and could only be acquired by signing up to David Bowie’s website at the time.

In a BBC interview that you can watch here from 1999, David Bowie predicts the future of the internet and it is a fascinating watch.

This Friday marks Bowie’s birthday which is when the new single will be released.

The new seven inch single is limited to 8,147 numbered copies. A thousand of which will be on cream-coloured vinyl available only from the official David Bowie store and Warner Music’s Dig! store and the remaining copies will be black.

Both tracks will be available to stream and download from the usual places.

David Bowie’s widow, Iman, spoke of her late husband this week. She said of the Starman singer “In our hearts and minds on a daily basis, for all of us. David is in our hearts and minds on a daily basis, for all of us. This was my true love.

To read more about Iman’s tribute to David Bowie, check out Radio Nova’s report on it here.