You're playing with the spider who possess the sky...
We originally told you about the BAAL EP back in July, (07.12.06 NEWS: BAAL EP AND BTWN EXTRAS DIGITAL DOWNLOADS DUE) and again in August when the release date was put back. (08.21.2006 NEWS: BAAL EP DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELAY)
In the latter story EMI informed us that BAAL would be delayed until "early next year". Well, you can't get much more accurate than that, as it's now been rescheduled for a January 1st 2007 release via iTunes.
Here's the tracklisting again, (with slightly revised timings) for those of you that aren't already familiar with this superb recording:
David Bowie in Bertolt Brecht?s Baal digital EP
01 Baal?s Hymn (Der Choral Vom GroÃƒÅ¸en Baal) (4.00)
02 Remembering Marie A. (Erinnerung An Die Marie A.) (2.04)
03 Ballad Of The Adventurers (Die Ballad Von Den Abenteurern) (2.00)
04 The Drowned Girl (Vom Ertrunkenen MÃƒÂ¤dchen) (2.24)
05 The Dirty Song (0.37)
See the original news item for more details. The David Mallet directed video for The Drowned Girl is also scheduled to be released via iTunes on the same day.
EMI has just provided us with details of another digital download EP also scheduled for a January 1st 2007 release: BOWIE 1965!.
The EP above was first issued by EMI in 1979, collecting together David's four 1965 Parlophone recordings with The Manish Boys and The Lower Third, in much the same way that Pye cashed in in 1972 with their release of four of the six sides David recorded for them in 1966.
The tracklisting for BOWIE 1965! is the same as that 1979 EP:
BOWIE 1965! digital EP
01 I Pity The Fool - The Manish Boys
02 Take My Tip - The Manish Boys
03 You've Got A Habit Of Leaving - Davy Jones (And The Lower Third) (Pictured on the sleeve above)
04 Baby Loves That Way - Davy Jones (And The Lower Third)
As I'm sure you know, Take My Tip was the first of his own compositions that David ever released. It's also the source of today's seemingly irrelevant lyric quote...I guess the old other-worldly spider theme started earlier than you may have suspected.
Also, DB was obviously proud enough of the two Lower Third songs to re-record them for the Toy project.
It would have been nice to have been able to include the two alternate Manish Boys takes which first surfaced on the Early On compilation, but I'm guessing licensing issues didn't allow it to happen.