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Bowie*Rare

Label:RCA – PL 45406
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Stereo
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Rock
Style:Glam

Tracklist

A1Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola
Arranged ByD. Bowie*, P. Buckmaster*
BassTony Visconti
DrumsTerry Cox
KeyboardsRick Wakeman
ProducerGus Dudgeon
Vocals, Guitar, StylophoneDavid Bowie
Written-ByD. Bowie*, Mogol
5:02
A2'Round And 'Round
Arranged ByD. Bowie*, Mick Ronson
BassTrevor Bolder
GuitarMick Ronson
VocalsDavid Bowie
Written-ByChuck Berry
2:41
A3Amsterdam
GuitarMick Ronson
Lyrics By [English Lyrics]M. Schuman*
VocalsDavid Bowie
Written-ByJ. Brel*
3:25
A4Holy Holy
BassTrevor Bolder
Guitar, Piano, VocalsMick Ronson
VocalsDavid Bowie
Written-ByD. Bowie*
2:15
A5Panic In Detroit
Alto SaxophoneDavid Sanborn
Baritone SaxophoneRichard Grando
DrumsTony Newman
GuitarEarl Slick
KeyboardsMike Garson
Keyboards, Synth [Synthy]Michael Kamen
Written-ByD. Bowie*
5:49
A6Young Americans
Alto SaxophoneDavid Sanborn
BassWillie Weeks
CongasLarry Washington
DrumsAndy Newmark
GuitarCarlos Alomar
PianoMike Garson
Vocals, Guitar, PianoDavid Bowie
Written-ByD. Bowie*
3:11
B1Velvet Goldmine
BassTrevor Bolder
GuitarMick Ronson
PianoRick Wakeman
Producer [Assisted By]The Actor (2)
Vocals, Guitar, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, PianoDavid Bowie
Written-ByD. Bowie*
3:08
B2Helden
BassGeorge Murray
Drums, PercussionDennis Davis
Lead GuitarRobert Fripp
Rhythm GuitarCarlos Alomar
Synth [Synthy], Keyboards, Guitar [Treatments]Brian Eno
Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar, Saxophone, KotoDavid Bowie
Written-ByA. Maass*, B. Eno*, D. Bowie*
6:07
B3John, I'm Only Dancing (Again) (1975)
Alto SaxophoneDavid Sanborn
BassWillie Weeks
CongasLarry Washington
DrumsAndy Newmark
GuitarCarlos Alomar
PianoMike Garson
Vocals, Guitar, PianoDavid Bowie
Written-ByD. Bowie*
3:26
B4Moon Of Alabama
BassGeorge Murray
Electric ViolinSimon House
Keyboards, SynthesizerRoger Powell, Sean Mayes
PercussionDennis Davis
VocalsDavid Bowie
Written-ByB. Brecht*, K. Weill*
3:51
B5Crystal Japan (Instrumental)
Written-ByD. Bowie*
3:07
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Track A1: Italian version of 'Space Oddity', released in October 1970. Published by Westminster Music Ltd (translates from the Italian as ‘Lonely Boy, Lonely Girl).
Track A2: Released in April 1973 as B-side of 'Drive-In Saturday', was recorded during the 'Ziggy Stardust' sessions. Published by Jewel Music Pub. Co. Ltd.
Track A3: Released in September 1973 as B-side of 'Sorrow'. Published by Carlin Music Corp. / MCPS
Track A4: Released in June 1974 as B-side of 'DiamondDogs'. Published by MainMan Music Ltd. / Chrysalis Music Ltd. / Bewlay Bros. Music
Track A5: Released in September 1974 as B-side of 'Knock On Wood', was recorded live 1974 but not included in the 'David Live' double album. Published by MainMan Music Ltd. / Chrysalis Music Ltd. / Bewlay Bros. Music
Track A6: A different mix than the original track, done for the U.S. market and released in February 1975. Published by MainMan Music Ltd. / Chrysalis Music Ltd. / Bewlay Bros. Music
Track B1: Released in September 1975 as third track of maxi-single 'Space Oddity', was a 'Hunky Dory' outtake. Published by David Bowie / Chrysalis Music Ltd. / MainMan Ltd.
Track B2: 'Heroes', German version, released in September 1977. Published by Bewlay Bros. Music / Fleur Music / E.G. Music
Track B3: Released in December 1979 but recorded in 1975 during the 'Young Americans' sessions. Published by MainMan Ltd. / Chrysalis Music Ltd. / Bowie
Track B4: Also known as 'Alabama Song' released in February 1980. Published by Universal Edition (Ldn) Ltd. / MCPS
Track B5: Released in March 1981 as B-side of 'Up The Hill Backwards', was recorded during the 'Scary Monsters' sessions. Published by Bewlay Bros. Music / Fleur Music

A2, A4, A5 & A6 Produced for Mainman

Mastered at RCA Studios, Rome

Manufactured and Distributed by RCA Ltd., Record Division

℗ RCA Corporation

A1 ℗ 1970
A2, A3 ℗ 1973
A4, A5 ℗ 1974
A6, B1 ℗ 1975
B2 ℗ 1977
B3 ℗ 1979
B4 ℗ 1980
B5 ℗ 1981

Inner sleeve with lyrics.

Track times not listed on release.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: MCPS
  • Other (Printed, back cover bottom-right): PP 1282 RS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 1, stamped, JA etched): PL 45406 A-1U-1-1- JA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 1, stamped, JA etched): PL 45406 B-1U-1-1- JA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 2, stamped, JA etched): PL 45406 A-1U-1-1 JA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 2, stamped, JA etched): PL 45406 B-1U-1-2- JA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 3, stamped, JA etched): PL 45406 A-1U-1-2 JA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 3, stamped, JA etched): PL 45406 B-1U-1-2-15 JA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 4, stamped, JA etched): PL 45406 A-1U-1-1 JA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 4, stamped, JA etched): PL 45406 B-1U-1-1- 49 JA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 5, stamped, JA etched): PL 45406 A-1U-1-2 JA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 5, stamped, JA etched): PL 45406 B-1U-1-1- 25 JA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 6, stamped, JA etched): PL 45406 A-1U-1-2- JA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 6, stamped, JA etched): PL 45406 B-1U-1-2-1C JA

Other Versions (5 of 32)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Rare (LP, Compilation, Stereo)RCAPL 45406Italy1982
Recently Edited
Rare (LP, Compilation)RCA VictorPL 45406Germany1982
Rare (LP, Compilation)RCAPL 45406France1982
Recently Edited
Rare (LP, Compilation, Stereo)RCA VictorPL 45406Germany1982
New Submission
Rare (LP, Compilation)RCAPL 45406Portugal1982

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Reviews

  • SleeplessNights87's avatar
    Edited 3 months ago
    Whilst it's easy to dismiss "Bowie Rare" as a typical record company cash-in attempt (which is some respect it was), it offers a fanatic curation of b-sides and alternate cuts from c.1970-81. A highly recommended exploration of the period, which to this day, is not available on CD (in official capacity). I consider this one of the most worthwhile Bowie collections/complications.
    • Rob_Byrne's avatar
      Rob_Byrne
      It's easy to dismiss this messy compilation but it remains the best place to find all-analogue versions of several tracks - for instance, in the pre-digital era, the only other place to find Velvet Goldmine was the 1975 7" reissue of Space Oddity, where it was squeezed onto one side along with Changes, with an inevitable compromise in sound quality.
      But there's no escaping the fact that this would have been a better listen if the tracks were in recording order rather than release order, and if a few better choices had been made - eg, why include the futile single edit of Young Americans rather than the sax version of John, I'm Only Dancing?
      • Vanlierde's avatar
        Vanlierde
        Bonjour, sur mon album 33 tours de 1982, j'ai la référence PL 45406 en haut à gauche de la façade de la pochette, est ce une première édition de l'album enregistré à Rome? je ne l'ai pas retrouvée sur les photos d'internet.. merci pour votre réponse à ce sujet...Amicalement,Vince
        • toshberman's avatar
          toshberman
          On one level, a knock-off compilation of bits and pieces of David Bowie's music career output in the year 1982, issued and compiled in Italy by Carlo Basile and Fabrizio Ferrucci. It depends on how one defines 'rare' these days, but finding these recordings on one vinyl disc is rare. Although I have a few on 45 rpm singles, I didn't have any of them on an album.

          Basile and Ferrucci, whoever they may be in the Italian music world, did a fine collection of Bowie songs. Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola (translated title into English is Lonley Girl, Lonely Boy), the Italian version of Space Oddity. The pleasures of hearing Bowie singing in Italian and German for Helden (Heroes) are worth the package for me. But it's really having Velvet Goldmine, Holy Holy, Moon of Alabama, and the instrumental Crystal Japan that makes it a must-buy.
          • bigitalmusic's avatar
            bigitalmusic
            Edited 3 years ago
            Apparantly Bowie was infuriated with this release. And listening to it, you can understand why. Sure, its a fun album to own in your Bowie collection - but as a whole, it just doesn't really sound or feel like a record he would make. It includes an italian version of Space Oddity, the german version of Heroes, lost track Velvet Goldmine and his version of the Kurt Weill classic "Moon af Alabama" - but it is what it is... a collection of obscure tracks that are only likely to entertain hard-core fans. Not surprised that it was never re-released for CD - wich perhaps makes it a bit more special in your LP collection.

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