It can seem overwhelming to be a dedicated collector of music box sets — and a rather expensive hobby, frankly — but it’s a hobby tons of music fans have. Such is our relationship with the artists and bands we enjoy. And on Nov. 15, a special David Bowie box set titled Conversation Piece will be released, adding to the mix of must-have items for fans of the Thin White Duke.
Released via Parlophone Records, Conversation Piece is a 5-CD set “tracking his early development” from 1968 and 1969. This comes a few months after the special 50th anniversary edition of “Space Oddity” the single was released, as well.
Parlophone Records is proud to announce DAVID BOWIE CONVERSATION PIECE (due 15th November), a five CD box set tracking David’s early development throughout 1968 and 1969, containing 12 previously unreleased tracks. Pre-order links and images to follow. PR: https://t.co/MdOReA41Al pic.twitter.com/pIXTjN8HzU
— David Bowie Official (@DavidBowieReal) September 5, 2019
… via his home demos, BBC radio sessions, studio recordings with guitarist John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson and the experimental music and mime group, Feathers. The collection also celebrates the 50th anniversaries of the release of the ‘Space Oddity’ single and David’s second album, David Bowie (aka Space Oddity).
The Space Oddity album receives special treatment on this set, as a brand new mix of the album from Tony Visconti will be included, as well as twelve previously unreleased and unheard tracks and demo recordings from that period of Bowie’s career.
More on this box set, via David Bowie’s official website’s announcement:
The 120 page 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 along with contributions from David’s lifelong friend George Underwood, Tony Visconti, Vernon Dewhurst, Dana Gillespie and John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson.
The 2019 mix of the Space Oddity album will also be released separately and individually on CD, standard digital, 96/24 digital and vinyl. The various vinyl configurations will be randomly distributed worldwide with a mixture of hand-numbered labels; numbers 1 to 1969 on silver vinyl numbers and 1970 to 2019 on gold vinyl, with the remainder being black vinyl.