- .. GROVE DEMOS / 3X7" SINGLE BOXED SET
Following the recent Spying Through A Keyhole announcement,
Parlophone is set to further commemorate the 50th anniversary of David
Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity, with a 7" vinyl singles box set of six
home demos, four of which are previously unreleased recordings. This set
further documents the earliest stages of David’s journey and
development as an artist and songwriter.
Recorded early in 1969 in David’s flat in Clareville Grove, London, this
live to tape demo session features David performing as a duo with John
‘Hutch’ Hutchinson following the end of the Feathers trio, which
featured David’s then girlfriend Hermione Farthingale.
The photography featured on the box front and the print inside, is by
Bowie’s then manager, Ken Pitt, and was taken in the Clareville Grove
flat that David shared with Hermione. His military haircut was due to
the very brief appearance he had in the movie The Virgin Soldiers.
As with the Spying Through A Keyhole vinyl singles box set, the design
of each single label is presented to reflect the way David sent many of
his demos to publishers and record companies, featuring his own
handwritten song titles on EMIDISC acetate labels. The singles
themselves are all mono and play at 45 rpm.