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Adam
(cricket menace)
03/20/07 11:56 AM
The Lost Bowie Album (and a song called WHEELS)  

Those of you that have picked MOJO's "60 Years of Bowie" may have discovered a page written by Paul Buckmaster about Bowie's lost soundtrack to The Man Who Fell to Earth.

Buckmaster describes the soundtrack as follows:

* There were a couple medium tempo rock instrumental pieces, with simple motifs and riffy kind of grooves, with a lineup of David's rythym section (Carlos Alomar et al) plus J Peter Robinson on Rhodes-Fender piano and me on cello and some synth overdubs, using ARP Odyssey and Solina.

* There were some more slow and spacey cues with synth, Rhodes and cello; and

* A couple of weirder, atonal cues using synths and percussion

* There was a ballad instrumental by David that appears on Low (Subterraneans). It was performed by David, me and J Peter on various keyboards.

* There was also a piece I wrote and performed using some beautifully made mbiras (African thumb pianos) I had purchased earlier that year, plus cello, all done by multiple overdubbing.

* And a song David wrote, played and sang, called Wheels, which had a gentle sort of melancholy mood to it. The title referred to the alien train from his character Newton's home world.



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russellmael
(crash course raver)
03/20/07 12:53 PM
Re: The Lost Bowie Album (and a song called WHEELS) new [re: Adam]  

Yes, I found that article interesting too. I wonder if he was coked up making TMWFTE? I'll ask to_dizzy.

Wheels = maybe became another song? Word on a wing? Always Crashing?



96dbFreak
(acolyte)
03/20/07 03:45 PM
Re: The Lost Bowie Album (and a song called WHEELS) new [re: Adam]  

Maybe it was about little green wheels?

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Emil
(acolyte)
03/20/07 03:58 PM
Re: The Lost Bowie Album (and a song called WHEELS new [re: Adam]  

Positive: The session really resulted in a number of recorded, proper songs.
Negative: The recordings are in such a state that, according to Buckmaster, they would have to be re-recorded before they could ever be published.
It's a bit of a surprise to learn that the songs are apparently quite varied, not everything sounded like subterraneans. Try to imagine the transitional album between sts and low...

I so wonder whether there exist bootleggers out there who have actually heard this music. Or whether this album is the best kept secret in the whole world of popular music.

It's LABRYNTH, idiot!

96dbFreak
(acolyte)
03/20/07 08:11 PM
Re: The Lost Bowie Album (and a song called WHEELS new [re: Emil]  

I think these tapes are at the bottom of Bowie's vault, though I'm sure he's dragged them out from time to time. I wouldn't be surprised if we've heard bits and pieces of things that were demoed then in the intervening years. Only one person knows and he notoriously doesn't let on.

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to_dizzy
(crash course raver)
03/21/07 12:20 PM
Re: The Lost Bowie Album (and a song called WHEELS new [re: 96dbFreak]  

The soundtrack for TMWFTE ended up being two albums: STS, and Low. Let's put Bowie's lies to rest right here. Has anyone seen the covers for those two albums? Do they remind you of a certain Bowie movie?




russellmael
(crash course raver)
03/21/07 01:41 PM
Re: The Lost Bowie Album (and a song called WHEELS new [re: to_dizzy]  

YOU'RE NOT REAL



to_dizzy
(crash course raver)
03/21/07 03:46 PM
Re: The Lost Bowie Album (and a song called WHEELS new [re: russellmael]  

I'll give you a hint: the covers of Low and STS feature scenes from a Bowie movie about an alien. Do you think the album cover has nothing to do with the music?



russellmael
(crash course raver)
03/22/07 05:46 AM
Re: The Lost Bowie Album (and a song called WHEELS new [re: to_dizzy]  

Oh, yes, sorry you are right. I think you should make a new thread about this revelation. I can't believe generations of music lovers hadn't picked up on this. THIS WILL RE-WRITE WHAT WE BELIEVE AS BOWIE FANS



Forgotten_Boy
(kook)
04/11/07 02:54 AM
Re: The Lost Bowie Album (and a song called WHEELS) new [re: Adam]  

From "Low" by Hugo Wicken as a part of the 33 1/3 series:

"In December 1975, shortly after he'd signed off on 'Station To Station', Bowie was back at work on a soundtrack for The Man Who Fell To Earth - although ultimately it wasn't used and to this day remains unreleased..."

"Various 'Low' tracks are reported to have been recycled from this time - Brian Eno has stated that "Weeping Wall" started life there, although Bowie himself claims that "the only left over from the proposed soundtrack that I actually had used was the reverse bass part in "Subterraneans""..."

"Bowie worked with Paul Buckmaster (producer of his 1969 hit "Space Oddity") (sic), who brought in a cello to accompany Bowie's guitar, synthesisers and drum machines. The sessions (at Bowie's Bel Air home) produced five or six working tracks, recorded on a TEAC four-track tape recorder..."

""I considered the music to be demo-ish and not final, although we were supposed to be making it final", Buckmaster told Bowie biographer David Buckley. "All we produced was something substandard and Nic Roeg turned it down on those grounds"...

"As for the quality of Bowie's work, those who did hear it were impressed. (John) Phillips found it "haunting and beautiful, with chimes, Japanese bells, and what sounded like electronic winds and waves". Bowie had the soundtrack with him during the 'Low' sessions for work on "Subterraneans", and at one point played it to the musicians: "It was quite excellent", recalled guitarist Ricky Gardiner, "quite unlike anything else he's done".

So perhaps more than an ALBUM, rather rough demos with the intentions of becoming an album. Still, they would make for extremely interesting listening if they ever do become available.

In reply to:

There were a couple medium tempo rock instrumental pieces, with simple motifs and riffy kind of grooves, with a lineup of David's rythym section (Carlos Alomar et al) plus J Peter Robinson on Rhodes-Fender piano and me on cello and some synth overdubs, using ARP Odyssey and Solina.


It's possible that Bowie used the basis for these later on for 'The Idiot'. Wicken reports that Bowie's original intention for Low was "...for the first side to be raw rock songs with minimal studio intervention...but perhaps Bowie got the raw rock idea out of his system with 'The Idiot' and working with Eno was always going to be more about pop." We forget that Bowie made 'The Idiot' BEFORE 'Low', despite it being released after.

Turn off the television - put on romantic vinyl

Edited by Forgotten_Boy on 04/11/07 02:56 AM (server time).




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