The following information is sourced from EMI promotional information in late August 2000.
Featuring the best of the '68-'72 BBC radio sessions, personally chosen by David, the album marks the first official release of some of David's most important broadcast recordings. The recordings will be released on double CD and a limited edition deluxe quadruple vinyl set. The packaging will feature track by track/session details finally laying to rest the confusion surrounding the sessions, along with sleeve notes from Radio producers Bernie Andrews and Jeff Griffin who, between them, were responsible for producing 7 of the sessions. Jeff and Bernie will also be supplying personal artifacts/memorabilia from the time for inclusion in the 20 page full colour booklet.
The cover art for the album is a truly original piece of work by Guy Peellaert previously responsible for the artwork to David's seminal Diamond Dogs album. Creating a moment in history by reworking, in his super real style, a Mick Rock photograph of David, and a Sarah McCormack photograph of BBC Maida Vale Studio 3, Guy has produced a truly classic Bowie album sleeve. (NB. Sarah McCormack is the wife of Geoff (Warren Peace) McCormack who sings the third verse of the John Peel Sunday Show track "It Ain't Easy"). Although the recordings themselves are mainly in mono, they have been mastered to the highest possible sound quality and resolution. This limited edition comes with a third disc featuring David recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre in June, two days after his triumphant Glastonbury appearance.
There will be a triangular web teaser campaign from EMI, Bowienet and the BBC featuring streamed clips from the album and of the BBC special along with screen savers and other web based goodies. David performed a special 2 hour set in front of just 200 people at the Radio Theatre in Portland Place. This show, filmed by the BBC, will be edited down to a 1 hour programme and will be broadcast by the BBC during the week of release at approx 21.50 on BBC 1. We are currently aiming for a packshot of the album to be show at the end of the show's broadcast. The show, which will be sold worldwide, brings David back, full circle, to the BBC where he was once turned down at an audition in 1965. The setlist is full of Bowie classics and will certainly help promote the BBC album along with David's catalogue, and keep David's music high in the public eye following his stunning Glastonbury performance.
Before release, we will service the video of one performance from the show to satellite and terrestrial TV stations. Although it is still to be confirmed this may be David's performance of Ziggy Stardust, which features in two versions on the sessions album.
An 8 track sampler is being serviced to key radio we will be aiming for features, album of the week and competitions on key shows and stations including: Radio 1 ?Mark & Lard, Virgin ?Chris Evans.