In an interesting but somewhat expected turn of events, the late David Bowie‘s close friend and producer Tony Visconti has come out saying that “great” unreleased material is likely to be released in the near future.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Visconti revealed he is in talks with Bowie’s management to unearth the songs that were recorded but never released. Amongst these, Visconti claims five songs were recently recorded and intended for a follow-up album to Bowie’s final release Blackstar.
“I haven’t heard those songs yet,” Visconti told the Standard,”I have an idea where he might have recorded them, but there is also a lot of unreleased material from many albums.”
Visconti worked with Bowie on a number of albums from 1969 right up to his final project in 2016, with some of these being the self titled, 1969 David Bowie, the ground breaking Heroes, and the final album and emotional Blackstar.
“I think it’s logical that over the next few years you’re going to hear a lot of stuff that you haven’t heard before. I’m in talks with his management and his label – there’s going to be some great Bowie stuff coming out.”
Unreleased Bowie tunes are set to be featured in BBC4’s documentary The People’s History Of Pop, with presenter Danny Baker tweeting that he had once heard an alternate version of Space Oddity, as well as Bowie’s interpretation of My Way, which is said to have inspired Life On Mars. A BBC spokeswoman later confirmed this to NME, saying, “The programme is still being made, but we can confirm that there will be some rare and special Bowie material in it”
Whether you believe in keeping Bowie’s unreleased work untouched and locked away or not, it will definitely be interesting to see what gets found in the years to come.
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