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Artist: David Bowie
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David Bowie Loving The Alien vinyl boxset
The follow-up to the acclaimed Five Years (1969-1973) and A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982).
 
Loving The Alien (1983-1988) contains remastered versions of Let’s DanceTonightNever Let Me Down (1987 and 2018 versions), Glass Spider (Live 1987), the previously unreleased Serious Moonlight (Live 1983), a collection of original remixes Dance and the rarities compilation Re:Call 4
 
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The highlight is the 2018 production of Never Let Me Down by Mario McNulty, with new instrumentation from Reeves Gabrels, David Torn, Sterling Campbell, Tim Lefebvre, string quartet with arrangements by Nico Muhly and a guest cameo by Laurie Anderson on Shining Star (Makin’ My Love).
 
The seeds of this new reimagining of the albums were first sown in 2008 when David asked Mario McNulty to remix the track ‘Time Will Crawl’ and record new drums by longtime Bowie drummer, Sterling Campbell along with strings. The track was issued on the iSelect compilation to much acclaim, and in the notes, for that record, David remarked ‘Oh, to redo the rest of that album’. 
The new re-workings have revealed Never Let Me Down as a very strong collection of songs with a dark thematic thread running through them. Fans listening to Never Let Me Down would be forgiven for thinking that they were listening to a brand new ‘lost’ Bowie record.
 
Serious Moonlight was recorded in Montreal in 1983. Originally mixed at the time by Bob Clearmountain, the double album captures Bowie on what at that time was his most successful tour. 
 
The box set’s accompanying 84 page book features rarely seen and previously unpublished photos by photographers including Denis O’Regan, Greg Gorman, Herb Ritts and many others as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums from producers/engineers Nile Rodgers, Hugh Padgham, Mario McNulty and Justin Shirley-Smith.
 
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Contents:
 
88 Page hardback book 
Let’s Dance (remastered) (1LP)
Serious Moonlight (Live ’83) (previously unreleased) (2LP)*
Tonight (remastered) (1LP)
Never Let Me Down (remastered) (1LP)
Never Let Me Down (2018) (previously unreleased) (2LP - side 4 is etched)*
Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) (previously unreleased on vinyl) (3LP)*
Dance (2LP)*
Re:Call 4 (non-album singles, edits, single versions, b-sides and soundtrack music) (remastered) (3LP)*
 
* Exclusive to ‘Loving The Alien (1983-1988) LP box’
LET’S DANCE
 
Side 1
1. Modern Love                                                                                      
2. China Girl                                                                                            
3. Let’s Dance                                                                                        
4. Without You 
                                                                                     
Side 2
1. Ricochet                                                                                                              
2. Criminal World                                                                                 
3. Cat People (Putting Out Fire)                                                     
4. Shake It
 
SERIOUS MOONLIGHT (LIVE ’83)
 
Side 1
1. Look Back In Anger
2. “Heroes”
3. What In The World
4. Golden Years
5. Fashion
6. Let’s Dance
 
Side 2
1. Breaking Glass
2. Life On Mars?
3. Sorrow
4. Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
5. China Girl
6. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
7. Rebel Rebel
 
Side 3
1. White Light / White Heat
2. Station To Station
3. Cracked Actor
4. Ashes To Ashes
 
Side 4
1. Space Oddity/Band Introduction
2. Young Americans
3. Fame
4. Modern Love
 
TONIGHT 
 
Side 1
1. Loving The Alien                                                                                              
2. Don’t Look Down                                                                                            
3. God Only Knows                                                                                             
4. Tonight 
                                                                                               
Side 2
1. Neighborhood Threat                                                                   
2. Blue Jean                                                                                                            
3. Tumble And Twirl                                                                                            
4. I Keep Forgettin’                                                                                             
5. Dancing With The Big Boys  
 
NEVER LET ME DOWN
 
Side 1
1. Day-In Day-Out                                                                                
2. Time Will Crawl                                                                                                
3. Beat Of Your Drum                                                                         
4. Never Let Me Down
5. Zeroes     
                                                                                            
Side 2
1. Glass Spider                                                                                      
2. Shining Star (Makin’ My Love)                                                   
3. New York’s In Love                                                                        
4. ’87 And Cry                                                                                        
5. Bang                                                                                                   
 
NEVER LET ME DOWN (2018)
 
Side 1
1. Day-In Day-Out                                                                                
2. Time Will Crawl                                                                                                
3. Beat Of Your Drum
                                                                        
Side 2
1. Never Let Me Down
2. Zeroes                                                                                                 
3. Glass Spider 
                                                                                     
Side 3
1. Shining Star (Makin’ My Love) (ft Laurie Anderson)
2. New York’s In Love 
3. 87 & Cry
4. Bang Bang
 
Side 4
David Bowie 1987 logo etching                                                                       
 
GLASS SPIDER (LIVE MONTREAL ’87)
 
Side 1
1. Up The Hill Backwards
2. Glass Spider
3. Day-In Day-Out
4. Bang Bang
 
Side 2
1. Absolute Beginners
2. Loving The Alien
3. China Girl
4. Rebel Rebel
 
Side 3
1. Fashion
2. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
3. All The Mad Men
4. Never Let Me Down
 
Side 4
1. Big Brother
2. ‘87 And Cry
3. “Heroes”
4. Sons Of The Silent Age
5. Time Will Crawl / Band Introduction
 
Side 5
1. Young Americans
2. Beat Of Your Drum
3. The Jean Genie
4. Let’s Dance
 
Side 6
1. Fame
2. Time
3. Blue Jean
4. Modern Love
 
DANCE
 
Side 1 
1. Shake It (Re-mix aka Long Version)
2. Blue Jean (Extended Dance Mix)
3. Dancing With The Big Boys (Extended Dance Mix)
 
Side 2
1. Tonight (Vocal Dance Mix)
2. Don't Look Down (Extended Dance Mix)
3. Loving The Alien (Extended Dub Mix)
 
Side 3
1. Tumble And Twirl (Extended Dance Mix)
2. Underground (Extended Dance Mix)
3. Day-In Day-Out (Groucho Mix) 
 
Side 4
1. Time Will Crawl (Dance Crew Mix)
2. Shining Star (Makin’ My Love) (12” mix)
3. Never Let Me Down (Dub/Acapella)
 
RE:CALL 4
 
Side 1
1. Let's Dance (single version)
2. China Girl (single version)
3. Modern Love (single version)
4. This Is Not America (The theme from ‘The Falcon And The Snowman’) - David Bowie / Pat Metheny Group
5. Loving The Alien (re-mixed version)
 
Side 2
1. Don't Look Down (re-mixed version)
2. Dancing In The Street (Clearmountain mix) - David Bowie and Mick Jagger
3. Absolute Beginners (from Absolute Beginners)
4. That’s Motivation (from Absolute Beginners)
5. Volare (from Absolute Beginners)
 
Side 3
1. Labyrinth Opening Titles/Underground (from Labyrinth)
2. Magic Dance (from Labyrinth)
3. As The World Falls Down (from Labyrinth)
4. Within You (from Labyrinth)
5. Underground (from Labyrinth)
 
Side 4
1. When The Wind Blows (single version) (from When The Wind Blows)
2. Day-In Day-Out (single version)
3. Julie
4. Beat Of Your Drum (vinyl album edit)
5. Glass Spider (vinyl album edit)
 
Side 5
1. Shining Star (Makin’ My Love) (vinyl album edit)
2. New York’s In Love (vinyl album edit)
3. ‘87 And Cry (vinyl album edit)
4. Bang Bang (vinyl album edit)
5. Time Will Crawl (single version)
 
Side 6
1. Girls (extended edit)
2. Never Let Me Down (7” remix edit)
3. Bang Bang (live - promotional mix)
4. Tonight (live) Tina Turner with David Bowie
5. Let's Dance (live) Tina Turner with David Bowie