‘Spying Through A Keyhole’ is a brand new David Bowie release featuring nine previous unreleased demos including one never-before released song.
The ‘Spying Through A Keyhole’ project will be released as a limited edition 7inch vinyl box set. The news comes 50 years to the day of the release of Bowie’s first international hit ‘Space Oddity’.
The never before released song is ‘Love All Around’. The title ‘Spying Through A Keyhole’ is a lyric from the song.
According to davidbowie.com the songs are:
Mother Grey (demo)
This mid-tempo tale of a fledgling son fleeing the nest features multi-tracked vocals, guitars and harmonica from David.
In The Heat Of The Morning (demo)
A well-known early Bowie song but presented here in demo form with final lyrics.
Goodbye 3d (Threepenny) Joe (demo)
A charming demo from 1968.
Love All Around (demo)
A delightful love song from whence the title of this collection came: “I see a pop tune spying through a keyhole from the other room”.
London Bye, Ta-Ta (demo)
An early demo version of the song with completely different lyrics in a couple of the verses compared to those of the later full band versions.
Angel, Angel, Grubby Face (demo version 1)
The first and only previously known demo of this song.
Angel, Angel, Grubby Face (demo version 2)
A later version of the same song with alternative lyrics.
Space Oddity (demo excerpt)
The lyric and arrangement variations lend weight to the theory that this is possibly the first ever recorded demo of one of Bowie’s most famous songs.
Space Oddity (demo – alternative lyrics) (with Hutch)
Originally conceived as a song for a duo to perform, this is the first known version to feature John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson again with lyric and arrangement variations.
While davidbowie.com says ‘Spying Through a Keyhole’ will be a limited vinyl release they do not rule out a release in other formats at a later date. The songs will also be made available on streaming services for one month.
In other Bowie new Melbourne fans have this to look forward to this week. On Thursday January 10, Jason Singh, Dale Ryder, Tim Watson, Rusty Brown and Gary Pinto will perform a tribute to David Bowie ‘Golden Years’ at the Corner Hotel in Richmond, Melbourne.