The release is part of an upcoming six-track EP.
David Bowie fans are in for a treat. In honor of the late rock musician’s 50th birthday, Bowie’s estate is releasing a compilation of previously unheard tracks. The EP is titled Is It Any Wonder. The first selection from the EP is an unheard version of “The Man Who Sold the World.” Check it out on Bowie’s official YouTube channel.
In a statement. the estate revealed the session was mostly acoustic. The original song was released in 1970, and most famously covered by Nirvana on their 1993 MTV Unplugged session. In later years, Bowie reworked the track, adding synths and techno-influenced drums. In 1997, Bowie said the song exemplifies the feeling of “[being] young when you know there’s a piece of yourself you haven’t really put together yet.”
Every week for the next five weeks, the estate will release a new unheard track. The tracks were taken from the ChangesNowBowie sessions from November 1996. The session took place at New York’s Looking Glass Studios and also featured Gail Ann Dorsey, Reeves Gabrels and Mark Plati. BBC previously aired these sessions in 1997 in honor of Bowie’s 50th birthday. Bowie also celebrated the milestone with a concert at Madison Square Garden.
The next unheard Bowie track will arrive on January 17. In addition to Is It Any Wonder, the entire ChangesNowBowie sessions will be released. Physical copies of the nine-track session will be available for purchase on Record Store Day, April 18. More details about both releases will be available in the coming weeks.
H/T: Rolling Stone