Also picked up the Long Live Tibet charity compilation CD. I love Planet Of Dreams. Okay, it's very Avalon-era Roxy, and also reminds me of those mid 80's soundtrack singles (This Is Not America, When The Wind Blows, As The World Falls Down), but dammit - I love it. It also reminds me of one of my favourite 80's tracks - Latin Quarter's "Radio Africa". Quite different from Earthling though - I wonder if it's just a once-off or a hint of things to come.
The rest of the CD is pretty dodgy - it seems the other artists involved were not as, ahem, 'committed' to the project as Bowie, so it's a typical horrorshow of out-takes that should probably have stayed in the vaults, live versions, alternate versions, demo version (yes folks, you too can own the original 4 track demo of Radiohead's "The Bends") and remixes (yet another remix of Bjork's "Possibly Maybe").
For me, the Bowie track is worth the price of the CD alone, but there's also a good hard cover of Bowie's "Moonage Daydream" provided by Terrorvision to make it more attractive to the Bowie fan. Apart from that, the highlights are a live version from Pulp of "Live Bedshow", an atmospheric new song from James called "Egoiste", a slight but pretty Texas out-take called "Polo Mint City" (which sports some of the most gloriously inept, inane and clearly unfinished lyrics you're ever likely to hear) and Supergrass with "Wait For The Sun".