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New David Bowie digital EP of rarities, album of 1996 studio recordings coming soon

Coinciding with what would have been David Bowie's 73rd birthday comes news that a six-song digital EP of rare recordings called David Bowie Is It Any Wonder? will be released one track at a time in weekly installments over a period of six weeks starting today.

The first track, which is available now as a streaming-only digital single, is a previously unreleased 1996 version of "The Man Who Sold the World."

The track was one of nine songs recorded in a New York City studio in November of '96 during rehearsals for Bowie's 50th birthday concert that took place at Madison Square Garden in January 1997. David was accompanied on the recordings by three members of his then-current touring band -- bassist Gail Ann Dorsey, guitarist Reeves Gabrels and multi-instrumentalist Mark Plati.

The session was recorded for and broadcast as part of a BBC radio special celebrating Bowie's 50th birthday that also included an interview with David and messages from such artists as U2's BonoThe Cure's Robert SmithBlur's Damon Albarn and Scott Walker.

The nine-song session now is slated to be released under the title ChangesNowBowie as a limited-edition CD and vinyl LP on April 18 as part of the 2020 Record Store Day sale.

You can check out the unreleased version of "The Man Who Sold the World" now at Bowie's official YouTube channel.

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