David Bowie's 'Man Who Sold the World' Era Celebrated with New Rarities Set
'The Width of the Circle' will feature 21 previously unreleased tracks and a pile of rare cuts
Published Apr 14, 2021David Bowie is once again being honoured with a sprawling reissue set packed full of previously unreleased goodies and rarities. This time it's shining a light on Bowie's classic The Man Who Sold the World period with a reissue package called The Width of the Circle.
The upcoming release is being billed as a companion piece to last year's Metrobolist reissue, which also paid tribute to Bowie's Man Who Sold the World era. Digging even deeper into the Bowie archives, The Width of the Circle gathers up a variety of non-album tracks, alternate versions and BBC sessions. All together there are 21 previously unreleased recordings included on The Width of the Circle.
There will be a two-CD set that includes a 48-page book, as well as a 10-inch vinyl edition that includes the 2020 Tony Visconti mixes of "The Prettiest Star," "London Bye, Ta-Ta," "Memory of a Free Festival," and "Holy Holy."
Both the sprawling double-CD version and the vinyl edition will arrive on May 26 via Rhino. Down below, you can see the impressively long tracklist to the CD version.
The Width of a Circle:
THE SUNDAY SHOW INTRODUCED BY JOHN PEEL
Recorded on February 5th, 1970 and broadcast on February 8th, 1970
1. Amsterdam *
2. God Knows I'm Good *
3. Buzz The Fuzz
4. Karma Man
5. London Bye, Ta-Ta
6. An Occasional Dream
7. The Width Of A Circle *
9. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud
10. Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed *
11. Fill Your Heart
12. The Prettiest Star
13. Cygnet Committee *
14. Memory Of A Free Festival *
Performed by David Bowie and The Tony Visconti Trio (a.k.a. The Hype)
THE LOOKING GLASS MURDERS AKA PIERROT IN TURQUOISE:
1. When I Live My Dream
3. The Mirror
4. Threepenny Pierrot
5. When I Live My Dream (Reprise)
1. The Prettiest Star (Alternative Mix)
Single mix released on March 6, 1970 on Mercury Records MF 1135. This is the unreleased alternative mix created for promotion in the US market.
2. London Bye, Ta-Ta *
Originally recorded and rejected as the follow up single to "Space Oddity". This mono mix was finally released on the Sound & Vision box set in 1989.
3. London Bye, Ta-Ta (1970 Stereo Mix) *
This stereo mix of the above remained unreleased until the reformatted reissue of the Sound & Vision box set in 2003, replacing the mono mix.
4. Memory Of A Free Festival (Single Version Part 1) *
5. Memory Of A Free Festival (Single Version Part 2) *
The re-recorded electric version of the closing track from the David Bowie (aka Space Oddity) album released as a single on Mercury Records 6052 026 on June 26, 1970.
6. Holy Holy *
This non-album single A side, backed by the album version of "Black Country Rock" from The Man Who Sold The World album, was released on Mercury Records 6052 049 on January 15, 1971.
SOUNDS OF THE 70'S: ANDY FERRIS SHOW
Recorded on March 25th, 1970 and broadcast on the April 6th, 1970
1. Waiting For The Man
2. The Width Of A Circle
3. The Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud *
4. The Supermen (Bowie At The Beeb vinyl only) *
Performed by David Bowie and The Hype
1. The Prettiest Star (2020 Mix)
2. London Bye, Ta-Ta (2020 Mix)
3. Memory Of A Free Festival (Single Version – 2020 Mix)
4. All The Madmen (Single Edit 2020 Mix)
5. Holy Holy (2020 Mix)
* Previously Unreleased
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