Unreleased material, remastered versions and live recordings created during David Bowie’s American phase will be compiled in a new box set entitled Who Can I Be Now?
Centred around 1974-76, it includes the previously announced unreleased Bowie album The Gouster, recorded in 1974, which found the star experimenting with the soul and funk that later became Young Americans. According to Tony Visconti – who mastered The Gouster – the album’s name came from a “type of dress code worn by African American teens in the 60s, in Chicago,” but in the context of the album its meaning was “an attitude of pride and hipness. Of all the songs we cut, we were enamoured of the ones we chose for the album that portrayed this attitude.”
The box set also features Re:call 2, which brings together the single edits and b-sides from this period. An Australian edit of Diamond Dogs, previously only available in that country, will also appear.
This latest posthumous release follows 2015’s Five Years, which captured his musical phase between 1969 to 1973, and can be purchased on 13-LP, 12-CD box set and digital download. Aside from his musical output, the box set will come with a book displaying rare and unpublished photos of the star alongside famous press reviews and detailed notes about the album’s creation written by Visconti and Henry Maslin.
- Who Can I Be Now? is released on 23 September. Full details of the tracklist can be found on the official David Bowie website.
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