Here’s all you need to know about the new David Bowie box-set, Loving The Alien

Loving The Alien, a new David Bowie box-set, is to be released later this year.

The fourth in a series of career-spanning Bowie box-sets – dropping on October 21 through Parlophone – features eight albums from 1983-1988, as well as previously unreleased music.

The collection includes a remastered version of 1987’s Never Let Me Down, and a brand new production of the record also features.

The box-set also includes the never-previously-released live album Serious Moonlight.

The recording took place on July 13, 1983 in Montreal during Bowie’s Serious Moonlight Tour.

Bowie’s new collection is completed by a three-LP live album, consisting of 1987’s Glass Spider, which has been pressed on vinyl for the first time, 1983’s Let’s Dance and 1984’s Tonight.

Other additions include a double-LP remix collection called Dance, and a triple-LP called Re:Call 4, which features non-album singles, B-sides and a selection of soundtrack songs taken from Labyrinth, Absolute Beginners and When the Wind Blows.

Loving the Alien directly follows the release of 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), which released in 2015, 2016, and 2017 respectively.

A spokesman for Parlophone says: “The seeds of this new reimagining of the albums were first sown in 2008 when David asked Mario McNulty to remix the track Time Will Crawl and record new drums by longtime Bowie drummer, Sterling Campbell along with strings.

“The track was issued on the iSelect compilation to much acclaim, and in the notes, for that record, David remarked ‘Oh, to redo the rest of that album’.

“Fast-forward to early 2018 McNulty entered Electric Lady Studios in New York with Sterling, Tim Lefebvre on bass, who was in the ★ (“Blackstar”) band and Reeves Gabrels and David Torn on guitars.

“All of the musicians had a history with David, so were a perfect fit for what now sound like brand new songs. Nico Muhly, whom Mario first met when they were both interns working for Philip Glass in 2001, has handled the string arrangements.”

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