New York, NY - July 21, 2000 - September 2000 will witness the release of a very special Limited Edition 3CD set chronicling rock legend David Bowie's sessions at the BBC from 1968 to 1972.
In a groundbreaking on line first David Bowie has also announced that a track from this new BBC sessions package will be mixed with the help of his fans in a real time event broadcast over the Internet . On July 31st fans can log on to BowieNet (www.davidbowie.com) to select their favourite version of a track that will appear on the album.
The first two CD1s in the 3cd set are taken from BBC shows from 68-72 include rare performances of classics such as Ziggy Stardust, Starman and Space Oddity. The 3rd CD in this Limited package, will exclusively feature classic tracks and live favourites performed at the already legendary BBC Radio Theatre show this Summer following David's triumphant return to this years Glastonbury festival where he undoubtedly stole the show.
Later in the year a 2 CD package to replace the 3cd set will be released comprising only of the 1968 Ã‚Â 1972 sessions which will also be available as a 4 LP Vinyl Limited Edition set including two bonus tracks not included on any of the CD's.
The Limited edition 3CD set, includes tracks taken from such BBC shows as Top Gear, Sounds Of The 70's (both presented by whispering Bob Harris) and In Concert (presented by John Peel).
The tracks from the 1968 Top Gear session have not been heard or even bootlegged since the day they were first broadcast, one track was never even aired! The tape for this particular session was supplied by David himself as the BBC had lost the original masters!
The Sunday Show tracks have been the subject of legendary bootlegging but always in very poor quality. This session was historic for the fact that it was the first time that David and Mick Ronson performed live together having literally met only days before.
The Sound Of The 70's session tapes also include the first, and only, early Bowie BBC session recordings in stereo. It is also a valuable historical record because of the rare performances by David just accompanied by Mick Ronson.
The In Concert session (recorded June 1971) feature many of David's friends and on the track It Ain't Easy, Bowie shares the vocal duties with old school friend's George Underwood (the man responsible for several of Bowies early album covers) and Warren Peace.
The cover of the album has been compiled and treated by Guy Peellaert who was responsible for the Diamond Dogs sleeve.
The exclusive 3rd CD was recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre on June 27th 2000 to an audience of specially invited fans and guests. It includes such classics as Ashes To Ashes, Fame, Cracked Actor and Let's Dance alongside rarely performed fan favourites such as Wild Is The Wind, This Is Not America, Always Crashing In The Same Car and I'm Afraid Of Americans.