Price: £79.99
Format: boxset
Artist: David Bowie
Availability: 15-11-2019
CatNo: 0190295389291
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David Bowie Conversation Piece Tony Visconti Book 5CD boxset
Conversation Piece is a five CD box set with 120 page book tracking Bowie’s development throughout 1968 and 1969 via his home demos, BBC radio sessions, studio recordings with guitarist John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson, and the experimental music and mime group, Feathers. 
 
The set contains twelve previously unreleased tracks/demos from the period as well as a 2019 Tony Visconti mix of the Space Oddity (aka David Bowie) album.
 
The hardback book accompanying the box features exclusive memorabilia from the personal collection of David’s former manager, the late Ken Pitt, as well as from the David Bowie Archive, and includes photos by Ray Stevenson, Vernon Dewhurst, David Bebbington, Ken Pitt, Alec Byrne, Tony Visconti and Jojanneke Claasen.
 
The sleeve notes have been written for the release by Bowie experts Mark Adams, Tris Penna and Kevin Cann and feature contributions from David’s lifelong friend George Underwood, Tony Visconti, Vernon Dewhurst, Dana Gillespie and John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson.
CD1 – Home Demos
 
1 April’s Tooth Of Gold (2.29) *
2 The Reverend Raymond Brown (Attends the Garden Fête on Thatchwick Green) (2.15) *
3 When I’m Five (3.18) *
4 Mother Grey (3.00)
5 In The Heat Of The Morning (2.59)
6 Goodbye 3d (Threepenny) Joe (3.19)
7 Love All Around (2.49)
8 London Bye, Ta-Ta (3.31)
9 Angel Angel Grubby Face (version 1) (2.31)
10 Angel Angel Grubby Face (version 2) (2.37)
11 Animal Farm (2.21) *
12 Space Oddity (solo demo fragment) (2.39)
13 Space Oddity (version 1) with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (4.02)
14 Space Oddity (version 2) with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (5.00) *
15 Space Oddity (version 3) with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (5.10)
16 Lover To The Dawn with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (3.50)
17 Ching-a-Ling with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (2.58)
18 An Occasional Dream with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (2.49)
19 Let Me Sleep Beside You with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (2.54)
20 Life Is A Circus with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (4.50)
21 Conversation Piece (3.47) *
22 Jerusalem (4.19) *
23 Hole In The Ground with George Underwood (3.29) *
 
CD2 - The ‘Mercury’ Demos (with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson)
 
1 Space Oddity (5.28)
2 Janine (3.53)
3 An Occasional Dream (3.18)
4 Conversation Piece (3.31)
5 Ching-a-Ling (3.35)
6 I’m Not Quite (aka Letter To Hermione) (4.00)
7 Lover To The Dawn (5.01)
8 Love Song (4.08)
9 When I’m Five (3.13)
10 Life Is A Circus (5.33)
 
CD3 - Conversation Pieces (Mono)
 
1 In The Heat Of The Morning (Decca mono version) (2.51)
2 London Bye, Ta-Ta (Decca alternative version) (2.36)
 
BBC Top Gear radio session with the Tony Visconti Orchestra, recorded 13th May, 1968:
3 In The Heat Of The Morning (3.01)
4 London Bye, Ta-Ta (2.39)
5 Karma Man (3.07)
6 When I’m Five (3.14)
7 Silly Boy Blue (4.32)
8 Ching-a-Ling (2.51)
9 Space Oddity (Morgan Studios version – alternative take) (4.22)* with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson
10 Space Oddity (U.K. single edit) (4.42)
11 Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (single B-side – mono mix) (4.54)
12 Janine (mono mix) (3.23)
13 Conversation Piece (3.06)
 
BBC Dave Lee Travis Show radio session, recorded 20th October, 1969:
14 Let Me Sleep Beside You (3.20)
15 Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed (4.03)
16 Janine (3.03)
 
CD 4 - 1969 stereo mixes
 
The original David Bowie (aka Space Oddity) album:
1 Space Oddity (5.14)
2 Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed (inc. Don’t Sit Down) (6.51)
3 Letter To Hermione (2.32)
4 Cygnet Committee (9.31)
5 Janine (3.21)
6 An Occasional Dream (2.54)
7 Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (4.46)
8 God Knows I'm Good (3.17)
9 Memory Of A Free Festival (7.09)
 
The Extras:
10 Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (single B-side stereo mix) (4.56)
11 Letter To Hermione (early mix) (2.32) *
12 Janine (early mix) (3.23) *
13 An Occasional Dream (early mix) (2.54) *
14 Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola (full length version) (5.14)
 
CD 5 - 2019 Tony Visconti mixes 
 
The Space Oddity album:
1 Space Oddity (5.20)
2 Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed (6.18)
3 Letter To Hermione (2.32)
4 Cygnet Committee (9.28)
5 Janine (3.21)
6 An Occasional Dream (2.57)
7 Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (4.50)
8 Conversation Piece (3.11)
9 God Knows I'm Good (3.16)
10 Memory Of A Free Festival (7.14)
 
The Extras:
11 Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (single version) (4.59)
12 Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola (5.20)
 
*Unreleased tracks