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David Bowie: New ‘Ziggy Stardust’ era LP ‘Waiting In The Sky’ announced for Record Store Day

The collection of early Ziggy Stardust-era recordings arrives in April.

By Nick Reilly

David Bowie performing 'Starman' on Top of the Pops (TOTP) in July 1972 (Picture: BBC)

A new vinyl LP from David Bowie, recorded in his Ziggy Stardust era, is set to be released for Record Store Day this year.

‘Waiting In The Sky (Before The Starman Came To Earth)’ is a selection of early recordings from Trident Studios in 1971 and features the majority of recordings that went on to become Bowie’s iconic breakthrough record, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.

As well as those familiar tracks, the upcoming record also includes four new songs – including a unheard cover of Chuck Berry’s ‘Round And Round’.

It’s set to arrive on April 20 for Record Store Day and you can see the artwork and track-list below.

Side 1
‘Five Years’
‘Soul Love’
‘Moonage Daydream’
‘Round And Round’

Side 2
‘Hang On To Yourself’
‘Ziggy Stardust’
‘Velvet Goldmine’
‘Holy Holy’
‘Lady Stardust’

Bowie releases have been hot property for Record Store Day in recent years, with 2023 seeing the release of the ‘Laughing With Liza’ set – which featured his early singles released via Deram Records.

In other Bowie news, his frequent collaborator Nile Rodgers recently claimed that the singer would have struggled to break through in today’s music industry due to tough competition and the pressures of streaming.

The Chic icon, who produced Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’, claimed that the icon would have been dropped in today’s climate and that labels were failing to develop a pipeline of unique new talent.

Rodgers explained how he came to work with Bowie after the British icon was essentially “dropped” by record label RCA following the release of 1980’s Scary Monsters.

“They gave him all that time to try and make a hit, he called me up and we made [Let’s Dance],” said Rodgers. “[The labels] took on this financial responsibility and they would carry the artists they believed in that at some point in time would finally break, those days are truly over.”

He speaking at a House of Commons select committee which investigated the streaming economy and artists for payments, amid huge pressure to make streaming a fairer business model for artists and songwriters.