David Bowie promised new music, and he's about to deliver on his word.
The Thin White Duke will issue a new song "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)" as part of the release this November of a career-spanning collection, titled Nothing Has Changed (The Definitive Collection).
"Sue" was recorded especially for the retrospective with long-time collaborator Tony Visconti, and it’ll be released as a limited edition 10” single and digital download.
The album and single will be released via Parlophone in the U.K. on Nov. 17. Nothing Has Changed and the digital download will drop the following day in the U.S. through Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings, though American fans will have to wait a little longer for the physical single; it'll drop in the U.S. as a Black Friday exclusive on Nov. 28. The set will arrive Nov. 21 in Australia.
"Sue" will be the first new Bowie material since the veteran British singer released The Next Day in early 2013. The Next Day, which was recorded in secrecy with Visconti assuming production duties, arrived at No. 1 in 15 countries including the U.K., and opened at No. 2 in the U.S., his highest chart position there.
Nothing Has Changed (named after a lyric in "Sunday," the opening track of Bowie’s Mercury Music Prize nominated 2002 album Heathen) tracks 50 years of Bowie’s recordings, from his earliest works "Liza Jane" and "Can’t Help Thinking About Me" through to James Murphy’s "Hello Steve Reich Mix of Love Is Lost" from last year.
The new compilation will be released in 1CD, 2CD, 3CD and vinyl formats, and it will carry the previously-unreleased "Let Me Sleep Beside You" from the Toy sessions, the until now download-only "Your Turn To Drive" and the 2001 re-recording of the 1971 outtake "Shadow Man." Both the U.K. and U.S. versions of the 10” will feature another exclusive 2014 recording on the B-side, “'Tis A Pity She’s A Whore.”
This year marks the 50th anniversary of “Liza Jane” -- Bowie’s first single released as Davie Jones with the King Bees (he adopted the name Bowie to avoid confusion with the Monkees' British frontman Davy Jones).
Bowie observers knew he was ready to share new music. He said as much (through a rep) at a low-key London party in July to celebrate his half-century in the record business.
Fans who can’t wait for the release can catch a glimpse of the alternative rock legend when the documentary film David Bowie is hits movie theaters across the U.S. from Sept. 23. The film, created by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, will coincide with the Bowie exhibition's opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (MCA).
Another retrospective Bowie four-CD box set Sound+Vision, spanning four decades and 21 albums from 1969's Space Oddity through to 1993 soundtrack The Buddha Of Suburbia, will be released Sept. 22.
Nothing Has Changed 3CD Deluxe Edition/Digital Download Tracklisting:
"Sue (or In A Season Of Crime)"
"Where Are We Now?"
"Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA Edit)"
"The Stars (Are Out Tonight)"
"New Killer Star (radio edit)"
"Everyone Says ‘Hi’ (edit)"
"Slow Burn (radio edit)"
"Let Me Sleep Beside You"
"Your Turn To Drive"
"Seven (Marius De Vries mix)"
"Survive (Marius De Vries mix)"
"Thursday’s Child (radio edit)"
"I’m Afraid Of Americans (V1) (clean edit)"
"Little Wonder (edit)"
"Hallo Spaceboy (PSB Remix) (with The Pet Shop Boys)"
"Heart’s Filthy Lesson (radio edit)"
"Strangers When We Meet (single version)"
"Buddha Of Suburbia"
"Jump They Say (radio edit)"
"Time Will Crawl (MM remix)"
"Absolute Beginners (single version)"
"Dancing In The Street (with Mick Jagger)"
"Loving The Alien (single remix)"
"This Is Not America (with The Pat Metheny Group)"
"Modern Love (single version)"
"China Girl (single version)"
"Let's Dance (single version)"
"Fashion (single version)"
"Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (single version)"
"Ashes To Ashes (single version)"
"Under Pressure (with Queen)"
"Boys Keep Swinging"
"‘Heroes’ (single version)"
"Sound And Vision"
"Golden Years (single version)"
"Wild Is The Wind (2010 Harry Maslin Mix)"
"Young Americans (2007 Tony Visconti mix single edit)"
"All The Young Dudes"
"The Jean Genie (original single mix)"
"Starman (original single mix)"
"Life On Mars? (2003 Ken Scott Mix)"
"Oh! You Pretty Things"
"The Man Who Sold The World"
"In The Heat Of The Morning"
"Silly Boy Blue"
"Can’t Help Thinking About Me"
"You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving"