80’s-era David Bowie box set Loving the Alien has arrived: Stream

Featuring an entirely new version of Never Let Me Down and an unreleased live LP

David Bowie Loving the Alien (1983-1988) Box Set
David Bowie

    Parlophone Records has released David Bowie Loving the Alien (1983-1988), the fourth entry in its series of career-spanning Bowie box sets. As the title suggests, this collection packages the Thin White Duke’s most commercially successful albums, in addition to a hearth of unreleased music. Subscribers of Apple Music and Spotify can stream the majority of the box set below.

    Spanning a staggering 11 CDs or 15 LPs, the collection features remastered versions of 1983’s Let’s Dance, 1984’s Tonight, 1987’s Never Let Me Down, the live album Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87), the previously unreleased live album Serious Moonlight, a collection of original remixes dubbed Dance, and a compilation of non-album singles, edits, B-sides, and soundtrack inclusions from LabyrinthAbsolute Beginners, and When The Wind Blows called Re: Call 4.

    Of course, the crown jewel of the set is the newly reconfigured Never Let Me Down. In an effort to grant the late singer’s wishes of redoing the album, producer/engineer Mario McNulty enlisted past collaborators Reeves Gabrels (guitar), David Torn (guitar), Sterling Campbell (drums), and Tim Lefebvre (bass) to do just that. He even tapped Nico Muhly for string quartet arrangements and nabbed Laurie Anderson to cameo on “Shining Star (Makin’ My Love)”.


    To be fair, diehards will want to actually pick up the damn thing as both the CD and vinyl configurations include a hardback book featuring rare and previously unpublished photos by the likes of Denis O’Regan, Greg Gorman, and Herb Ritts. What’s more, the book includes reprintings of historical press reviews and technical notes from producers/engineers McNulty, Nile Rodgers, Hugh Padgham, and Justin Shirely-Smith. Um, hello coffee table.

    Loving the Alien comes after David Bowie Five Years (1969-1973)David Bowie Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976), and David Bowie A New Career in a New Town (1977-1982), released respectively in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Orders are currently ongoing via Amazon or at the official David Bowie website.


    Loving the Alien Artwork:

    David Bowie Loving The Alien (1983 – 1988) box set

    Box Set Contents:
    84- or 128-Page hardback book
    Let’s Dance (remastered) (1LP)
    Serious Moonlight (Live ’83) (previously unreleased) (2LP)*
    Tonight (remastered) (1LP)
    Never Let Me Down (remastered) (1LP)
    Never Let Me Down (2018) (previously unreleased) (2LP – side 4 is etched)*
    Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) (previously unreleased on vinyl) (3LP)*
    Dance (2LP)*
    Re:Call 4 (non-album singles, edits, single versions, b-sides and soundtrack music (remastered) (3LP)*

    * Exclusive to Loving The Alien (1983-1988) LP box

    Let’s Dance:
    Side 1
    01. Modern Love
    02. China Girl
    03. Let’s Dance
    04. Without You

    Side 2
    01. Ricochet
    02. Criminal World
    03. Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
    04. Shake It

    Serious Moonlight (Live ’83):
    Side 1
    01. Look Back In Anger
    02. “Heroes”
    03. What In The World
    04. Golden Years
    05. Fashion
    06. Let’s Dance

    Side 2
    01. Breaking Glass
    02. Life on Mars?
    03. Sorrow
    04. Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
    05. China Girl
    06. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
    07. Rebel Rebel


    Side 3
    01. White Light/White Heat
    02. Station To Station
    03. Cracked Actor
    04. Ashes To Ashes

    Side 4
    01. Space Oddity/Band Introduction
    02. Young Americans
    03. Fame
    04. Modern Love

    Side 1
    01. Loving The Alien
    02. Don’t Look Down
    03. God Only Knows
    04. Tonight

    Side 2
    01. Neighborhood Threat
    02. Blue Jean
    03. Tumble And Twirl
    04. I Keep Forgettin’
    05. Dancing With The Big Boys

    Never Let Me Down:
    Side 1
    01. Day-In Day-Out
    02. Time Will Crawl
    03. Beat Of Your Drum
    04. Never Let Me Down
    05. Zeroes

    Side 2
    01. Glass Spider
    02. Shining Star (Makin’ My Love)
    03. New York’s in Love
    04. ’87 and Cry
    05. Bang


    Never Let Me Down (2018):
    Side 1
    01. Day-In Day-Out
    02. Time Will Crawl
    03. Beat Of Your Drum

    Side 2
    01. Never Let Me Down
    02. Zeroes
    03. Glass Spider

    Side 3
    01. Shining Star (Makin’ My Love) (feat. Laurie Anderson)
    02. New York’s in Love
    03. 87 & Cry
    04. Bang Bang

    Side 4
    01. David Bowie 1987 logo etching

    Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87):
    Side 1
    01. Up The Hill Backwards
    02. Glass Spider
    03. Day-In Day-Out
    04. Bang Bang

    Side 2
    01. Absolute Beginners
    02. Loving The Alien
    03. China Girl
    04. Rebel Rebel

    Side 3
    01. Fashion
    02. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
    03. All The Mad Men
    04. Never Let Me Down

    Side 4
    01. Big Brother
    02. ‘87 And Cry
    03. “Heroes”
    04. Sons Of The Silent Age
    05. Time Will Crawl / Band Introduction


    Side 5
    01. Young Americans
    02. Beat Of Your Drum
    03. The Jean Genie
    04. Let’s Dance

    Side 6
    01. Fame
    02. Time
    03. Blue Jean
    04. Modern Love

    Side 1
    01. Shake It (Re-mix aka Long Version) (Originally released on the B-side of the “China Girl” 12” single on EMI America 12EA 157 (U.K.) and V-7809 (U.S.) in May, 1983)
    02. Blue Jean (Extended Dance Mix) (Originally released on 12” single on EMI America 12EA 181 (U.K.) and V-7838 (U.S.) in September, 1984)
    03. Dancing With The Big Boys (Extended Dance Mix) (Originally released on the B-side of the “Blue Jean” 12” single alongside an Extended Dub Mix of the same, release details as above)

    Side 2
    01. Tonight (Vocal Dance Mix)
    (Originally released on 12” single on EMI America 12EA 187 (U.K.) and V-7846 (U.S.) in November, 1984)
    02. Don’t Look Down (Extended Dance Mix)(Originally released on the B-side of the ‘Loving The Alien’ (Extended Dance Mix) 12” single alongside the ‘Loving The Alien’ (Extended Dub Mix) on EMI America 12EA 195 (U.K.) and VG-7858 (U.S.) in May, 1985)
    03. Loving The Alien (Extended Dub Mix) (Originally released on the B-side of the ‘Loving The Alien’ (Extended Dance Mix) 12” single, release details as above)

    Side 3
    01. Tumble And Twirl (Extended Dance Mix) (Originally released on the B-side of the ‘Tonight’ 12” single alongside a ‘Tonight’ (Dub Mix), release details as above)
    02. Underground (Extended Dance Mix) (Originally released on 12” single on EMI America 12EA 216 (U.K.) and V-19210 (U.S.) in June, 1986)
    03. Day-In Day-Out (Groucho Mix) (Originally released on 12” single on EMI America 12EAX 230 (U.K.) and V-19239 (U.S.) in March, 1987)


    Side 4
    01. Time Will Crawl (Dance Crew Mix) (Originally released on 12” single on EMI America 12EAX 237 (U.K.) in June, 1987)
    02. Shining Star (Makin’ My Love) (12” mix) (Originally released on the ‘Never Let Me Down’ digital E.P. on EMI 0094639278954 in May, 2007)
    03. Never Let Me Down (Dub/Acapella) (Originally released on the B-side of the ‘Never Let Me Down’ (Extended Dance Mix) 12” single on EMI America 12EA 239 (U.K.) and V-19255 (U.S.) in August, 1987)

    Re:Call 4:
    Side 1
    01. Let’s Dance (single version)
    02. China Girl (single version)
    03. Modern Love (single version)
    04. This Is Not America (The theme from The Falcon And The Snowman) – David Bowie / Pat Metheny Group
    05. Loving The Alien (re-mixed version)

    Side 2
    01. Don’t Look Down (re-mixed version)
    02. Dancing In The Street (Clearmountain mix) – David Bowie and Mick Jagger
    03. Absolute Beginners (from Absolute Beginners)
    04. That’s Motivation (from Absolute Beginners)
    05. Volare (from Absolute Beginners)


    Side 3
    01. Labyrinth Opening Titles/Underground (from Labyrinth)
    02. Magic Dance (from Labyrinth)
    03. As The World Falls Down (from Labyrinth)
    04. Within You (from Labyrinth)
    05. Underground (from Labyrinth)

    Side 4
    01. When The Wind Blows (single version) (from When The Wind Blows)
    02. Day-In Day-Out (single version)
    03. Julie
    04. Beat Of Your Drum (vinyl album edit)
    05. Glass Spider (vinyl album edit)

    Side 5
    01. Shining Star (Makin’ My Love) (vinyl album edit)
    02. New York’s In Love (vinyl album edit)
    03. ‘87 And Cry (vinyl album edit)
    04. Bang Bang (vinyl album edit)
    05. Time Will Crawl (single version)


    Side 6
    01. Girls (extended edit)
    02. Never Let Me Down (7” remix edit)
    03. Bang Bang (live – promotional mix)
    04. Tonight (live) Tina Turner with David Bowie
    05. Let’s Dance (live) Tina Turner with David Bowie