June 16th sees the release of the latest in the series of special limited David Bowie 7″ picture discs, the 40th anniversary edition of Be My Wife on Parlophone.
Originally released in the UK in June 1977, Be My Wife was the second and last single to be taken from the groundbreaking album Low, the first of the so-called “Berlin Trilogy” of albums. The video for the track, which was Bowie’s first since 1973’s “Life On Mars?,” was directed by Stanley Dorfman, the original producer and director of the BBC’s Top of The Pops.
The AA of the 7″ picture disc is a previously unreleased live version of the instrumental Low track “Art Decade” recorded in Perth, Australia in 1978 during the Isolar II tour.
To celebrate the latest stop of the record-breaking “David Bowie Is” exhibition in Barcelona, a special limited edition red vinyl of I’m Afraid of Americans will be making it’s 7″ debut.
The Trent Reznor remixed ‘V1’ version of the track is a double A-side with an acoustic version of “Heroes” live at The Bridge School benefit, which was only briefly available on the Bridge School compilation vinyl.
The artwork for the red vinyl 7″ will feature two photographs of Bowie against a wall by renowned Mexican photographer Fernando Aceves) who shot Bowie on his visit to Mexico City during the Earthling tour in October 1997.
This single will be exclusively available at the Barcelona leg of the David Bowie Is exhibition at Museu Del Disseny De Barcelona.
A-Side: Be My Wife (2017 Remaster)
Produced by David Bowie & Tony Visconti
Mixed by Tony Visconti at Hansa by the Wall
AA-Side: Art Decade (Live Perth ’78)
Produced by David Bowie
Recorded live at Perth Entertainment Centre, Perth, Australia 15th November 1978
The images used on the A and B sides of the picture disc are by Christian Simonpietri and were taken in Paris in June 1977.
A-Side: I’m Afraid Of Americans (V1 edit)
Originally produced by David Bowie
Reproduced by Nine Inch Nails
Production & additional performances by Nine Inch Nails: Trent Reznor, Charlie Clouser, Keith Hillebrandt, Dave “Rave” Ogilvie, Danny Lohner
Mixed by Dave “Rave” Ogilvie. Engineered by Brian Pollack at Nothing Studios, New Orleans
AA-Side: Heroes (Live at The Bridge School ’96)
Produced by John Hanlon
Mixed by John Hanlon at Redwood Digital, Woodside, California
This acoustic version of “Heroes” was recorded at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California on 20th October 1996.
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