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David Bowie – Listen to New 2018 Version of “Beat of Your Drum”

David Bowie Loving the Alien (1983-1988) Box Set Due Out October 12 via Parlophone

Sep 07, 2018 David Bowie
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A new version of David Bowie‘s 1987 song “Beat of Your Drums” has been shared. It’s taken from a re-recorded version of 1987’s Never Let Me Down, which is part of a new box set out next month. Previously the 2018 version of Never Let Me Down‘s “Zeroes” was shared (it was one of our Songs of the Week) and “Zeroes” and “Beat of Your Drum” are also being released today as a double A-side picture disc vinyl. Check out the new version of “Beat of Your Drums” below, followed by the original version.

On October 12 Parlophone will release a new Bowie box set, David Bowie Loving the Alien (1983-1988). It’s the fourth in a career spanning series of fantastic box sets of the late singer’s work, following up 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). The box set includes the studio albums Let’s Dance (1983), Tonight (1984), and Never Let Me Down (1987), as well as the live album Glass Spider (Live Montreal ‘87), the previously unreleased Serious Moonlight live album, and the compilation Re:Call 4 (containing B-sides, remixes, soundtrack cuts, and other rarities). But perhaps most interestingly, it also has a new 2018 version of Never Let Me Down. Producer/engineer Mario McNulty oversaw the new version of the album, which features new instrumentation by Bowie collaborators Reeves Gabrels (guitar), David Torn (guitar), Sterling Campbell (drums), and Tim Lefebvre (bass), as well as a string quartet with arrangements by Nico Muhly and a guest cameo by Laurie Anderson on “Shining Star (Makin’ My Love).” Bowie, who passed away in 2016, spearheaded the idea of redoing the album way back in 2008, when he asked McNulty to remix the album’s “Time Will Crawl” and Bowie then suggested doing the rest of the album. The new instrumentation wasn’t recorded until earlier this year.

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