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A rare 1965 David Bowie Demo, ‘I Want Your Love’, is going up for auction

The Shel Talmy-produced demo was credited to Davey Jones And The Lower Third

By Patrick Clarke

David Bowie's 'I Want Your Love'
The demo of David Bowie's 'I Want Your Love' (Photo: Wessex Auction Rooms)

A rare demo recorded by a teenage David Bowie in 1965 will go up for auction tomorrow (December 16).

The track, titled ‘I Want Your Love’ was written by John Dee and Jack Tarr and credited to Davey Jones And The Lower Third. It was recorded by Bowie and his band when he was 18. He did not adopt the surname Bowie until the following the year, to differentiate himself from The Monkees‘ David Jones.

The acetate recording up for auction was produced by famed producer Shel Talmy, whose credits include The Kinks‘ ‘You Really Got Me’ and ‘Sunny Afternoon’, and The Who‘s ‘My Generation’ and ‘I Can’t Explain’.

You can take a listen to an extract of ‘I Want Your Love’ below, which bears a similarity to Talmy’s other productions from the era.

The demo is expected to sell for between £8,000 and £12,000, and will be auctioned at Wessex Auction Rooms tomorrow.

The disc is expected to fetch £8,000 – £12,000 and will be auctioned at Wessex Auction Rooms on Thursday. The same firm has previously auctioned off two other unreleased Bowie acetates from the same era, 1966’s ‘I Do Believe I Love You’ and and the following year’s ‘Run Piper Run’. The buyer will not acquire the rights to the recording or its publishing.

“The seller purchased the physical music archive of one of the world’s biggest publishing companies and therefore unearthed a raft of amazing demos and unheard tracks from huge artists,” auctioneer Martin Hughes told the Wilshire Gazette and Herald.”

Last month, meanwhile, it was reported that an “immersive” David Bowie film is on the way from Brett Morgen, the director of ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’.

A source has described the project as “neither documentary nor biography, but an immersive cinematic experience built, in part, upon thousands of hours of never before seen material.”

Morgen is reportedly considering an IMAX release for the film, and, in addition to his directing duties, he has been involved in the editing, writing and production processes as well.