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New David Bowie vinyl picture disc due in February features two versions of “Alabama Song”

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Dean Chamberlain ©The David Bowie Archive/Parlophone RecordsThe latest installment of David Bowie‘s series of limited-edition 40th anniversary vinyl picture discs will feature two versions of the late rock legend singing the 1920s Bertolt BrechtKurt Weill composition “Alabama Song.”

The seven-inch disc, which will be released on February 14, 2020, features Bowie’s studio version of “Alabama Song” on the A-side. David recorded the song in July of 1978, after regularly performing it live on his Isolar II world tour that year. It was released as a single in the U.K. in February 1980, and reached #23 on the U.K. chart.

The B-side of the picture disc features two previously unreleased tracks that both were recorded on the day before. The first is a rendition of the Heroes track “Joe the Lion” that Bowie performed during his soundcheck for a concert at the Earl’s Court venue. The second is a version of “Alabama Song” that he performed at the Earl’s Court show.

“Alabama Song” also was famously covered by The Doors on their debut album, under the title “Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar).”

The disc’s A-side features a 1980 photo of Bowie taken by Dean Chamberlain, while the B-side boasts a pic of David performing live in 1978 snapped by Chris Walter.

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