Monday, 22 August 2016

The Lost Bowie album

The soundtrack to The Man Who Fell to Earth will be released for the first time next month, as a double-disc CD/LP. This album will not however contain the 5 instrumental pieces Bowie composed for the film at Cherokee Studios in the fall of 1975. RCA planned to release this collection, entitled The Visitor in March 1976 to coincide with the film's UK release but Bowie withdrew his music at the 11th hour for reasons unclear. All that exists of the album is this ultra rare test-pressing.

Or perhaps not... The is my mischievous homage to Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray's book David Bowie: An illustrated Record, which has an entry in the discography section for the mysterious bootleg LP The Visitor containing music Bowie composed for The Man Who Fell To Earth. The album was entirely made up by the book's authors Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray to catch out plagiarists. I imagine Bowie collectors spent years looking for this. Here's the entry from the book.

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